Some heroes boast muscle and brawn. Others possess steely nerves and impeccable timing. But this hero is a little different. This one has feathery fur, a sunny smile, a calm nature and — for a dog — an uncanny ability to zero in on the people who need her most. She’s a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne, and she’s believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Sometimes, even in the darkest moments, something magical can happen. Cassidy Stay, 15, was the sole survivor of the murder of her parents and four siblings in her family’s suburban Houston home on July 9. As part of her eulogy, Stay quoted from a “Harry Potter” novel. Many people took notice of Stay’s remarks that day — including “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.
Blake Beckford had to have his colon removed — and he doesn’t care that you know about it. In fact, he wants you to know about it. The British body builder and model recently posed shirtless and displayed his ileostomy bag as prominently as his abs and pecs.
For decades, baby dolls have been famous for their vagueness. Are they girl babies? Are they boy babies? Really, without their pink or blue outfits, who could say? Well, one doll on store shelves is leaving little to the imagination.
The latest Internet craze is one you may be missing entirely — that is, unless you have a toddler. It’s a YouTube channel called “DisneyCollectorBR,” and its simple, toy-focused videos have been watched more than 2.5 billion times, surpassing Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
Never underestimate the transformative power of a nice bath, a new hairstyle, a professional photo shoot and a good belly rub. Shelter dogs across the United States are showing off their confidence and good looks thanks to an effort to give them makeovers and lots of TLC.
With a few bold steps across a stage, Miss Idaho 2014 has pumped up people with Type 1 diabetes everywhere. Sierra Sandison, a diabetic, opted to wear her insulin pump conspicuously attached to her bikini bottom during the Miss Idaho pageant’s swimsuit competition.
Senior citizens? Retirees? Elders? Oh, no-no-no. Here’s a better label for these folks: fierce athletes. Meet 15 of the more than 11,000 expected participants in the National Senior Games, also known as the “Senior Olympics,” due to kick off in Minnesota one year from now in July 2015.
Once again, Gabrielle Giffords has shown that she’s in a league of her own. On Wednesday night, the former congresswoman threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.
Shaina Brown, a 26-year-old Waffle House waitress and a single mom, had to hold back from screaming with joy when a Good Samaritan left her a $1,000 tip on Mother’s Day. Then, in the weeks that followed, she had to hold back from screaming in frustration when Waffle House wouldn’t let her keep the money because of the restaurant chain’s policy about large tips.
For many children with autism, social interactions with strangers can be awkward and anxiety-inducing. But if the stranger is a gentle golden retriever puppy with huge paws and a quiet snore, something remarkable happens.
Susan Spencer-Wendel, the Florida writer who focused on living with joy and relishing adventures with her family and friends while battling ALS, died early Wednesday morning at her West Palm Beach home.
Nearly seven years ago, Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his wife, Amy, were in a state of bliss. Amy had just given birth to their first son, Paul, and for that first day in the hospital, everything was perfect. But 24 hours later, everything changed. After tests, the Baiers learned that their baby had five congenital heart defects.
When U.S. Army Capt. James Van Thach returned home from Iraq in late 2008, he began to worry that the darkness might not ever lift. It wasn’t until a calm, loyal friend named Liz entered his life that Thach could step back into the light again. Liz is a highly trained service dog, and she only has eyes for Thach.
It’s not every day that Sarah Jessica Parker pops in for a cameo performance at a talent show with elementary- and middle-school children. It’s also not every day that a student talent show takes place in the East Room of the White House.
Many parents — and quite a few students — are not happy about a two-page spread in an Arizona high school yearbook that features teenage students who are either pregnant or have babies. But a psychologist who works with adolescents says the yearbook’s move is a good thing.
It’s not unusual these days for family pets to attain Internet fame — but Tara the “hero cat” is reigning as queen over them all after a surveillance video captured her chasing off a dog after it attacked her owner’s son.Tara’s daring rescue was remarkable, but she isn’t the only feline to save a human from danger or death.
Last Friday, one week before her high school graduation, 16-year-old Grace Bush donned a cap and gown for another auspicious ceremony: Her college graduation. “I think anyone my age can do what I did,” she said. “It’s not hard — it’s just hard work.”
No matter how dark or intimidating someone may seem, he’s bound to have a soft side. Like, a really soft side — one that meows, purrs and takes naps in the sun. “Metal Cats,” a new photography book by Alexandra Crockett, definitively shows that heavy-metal musicians across the land are crazy about their cats.
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday afternoon that she and her husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child later this year. She shared the news while speaking at a New York event with her mother Hillary Rodham Clinton by her side.
Who says you need customer service when purchasing a luxury vehicle, a gold bar, a freshly baked cupcake or a live hairy crab? Strange as it may seem, you can buy all of these items and more straight from vending machines.
Sometimes you really can find what you didn’t know was missing. It happened to Brandon Stanton, the man behind the popular blog and book “Humans of New York,” when he adopted a funny little 11-year-old dog named Susie. Now a new Facebook page bearing Susie’s name aims to connect people with older dogs up for adoption all over the country.
Remember Theron Humphrey, the photographer who attained Internet fame with images of his dog Maddie standing on things? His latest photography project, “Why We Rescue,” packs a similarly blissful wallop. “When you’re in someone’s home with their rescued dog,” Humphrey said, “there’s a real tangible example of a person making the world a better place.”
As part of TODAY’s “Love Your Selfie” week, a special series examining body image, first lady Michelle Obama spoke with TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager about raising self-confident girls. “We don’t talk about weight,” Obama said of her relationship with her daughters. “We talk about health. We talk about what’s on the inside.”
The TODAY family is growing with a familiar, friendly face: Tamron Hall has been named a co-host of TODAY’s Take, the show’s 9 a.m. hour. She’ll be joining fellow hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist.
Launched with the goal of “lending a hand to paws that serve,” a new charity called Mission K9 Rescue aims to find comfortable, happy homes for all sorts of working dogs when they age out of their vocations. At one recent reunion between a retired military dog and his former handler, all the humans involved cried — but the dog couldn’t stop smiling.
Duchess Kate dazzled onlookers Tuesday night with a longer hairstyle, a stunning Jenny Packham gown and something else: Serious royal bling, borrowed from her granny-in-law. Queen Elizabeth II loaned Kate the diamond necklace she received as a wedding gift for her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh in November 1947.
Gustavo Alonso, 27, served in the Marines for eight years before becoming a fashion designer. On Tuesday night, he showed his eveningwear collection at New York Fashion Week — the same day he wed his partner of five years.
As Michelle Obama eases into her 50s and her husband’s second term as president, she’s speaking out about the value of college for all students — and revealing some awkward moments in her own experience.
As the SeattleSeahawks and Denver Broncos brace for battle in Sunday’s Super Bowl, food lovers everywhere deserve to know: Which city dominates when it comes to game-day munchies? Oh, it is ON. In what just might be the food fight to end all food fights, TODAY.com writers Laura T. Coffey, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, and Amy Eley, a Denver native, are serving up Super Bowl party menu ideas. Let the games begin!
It’s pretty common for parents to field requests for pet puppies, kittens, hamsters, turtles and even the occasional snake or ferret. But what’s a mom and dad to do when their little girl wants a pet dragon? That’s easy. Contact some scientists.
President Barack Obama moved millions of listeners around the world when he gave his eulogy for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday — and on Wednesday, the White House released behind-the-scenes photos from Obama’s trip to South Africa.
Prince William and Duchess Kate enjoyed a high-profile date night on Wednesday, during which they donned 3-D glasses and watched the London premiere of Sir David Attenborough’s new film, “Natural History Museum Alive 3-D.”