• Buying art at Goodwill appears to be the latest get-rich trend.

    Last spring, a 362-year-old Flemish painting was purchased for $3 at a South Carolina Goodwill. It sold for $190,000 at auction.

    This summer, a North Carolina artist bought a painting for $10. It turned out to be the work of abstract artist Ilya Bolotowsky — and was worth $20,000.

    In November, a Salvador Dali etching was found at a Tacoma, Washington, Goodwill.

    $9K artwork bought for $12 at Milwaukee Goodwill "Red Nose" just meant a reindeer named Rudolph to Karen Mallet until she bought a print by that name for $12.34 at a Goodwill store in Milwaukee.

    Karen Mallet of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, recently purchased a print titled "Red Nose" at her local Goodwill store for $12.34. She didn't even like the graphic image at first. She was just intrigued by the Calder signature on it.

    "I thought, 'I don't know if it's real or not, but it's $12.99. I've wasted more on worse things,'" she told the Associated Press.

    It was real. The

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  • L.A. landlord’s generous holiday gift to tenants goes viral

    Reddit/mikeoleyLast week, Reddit user mikeoley posted a photo of a letter under the caption "Good guy landlord."

    The heartwarming note quickly went viral.

    During a season of empty wallets and financial stress — and one of cheer and goodwill — a Los Angeles landlord is giving his tenants a gift of unexpected generosity: reduced rent.

    "For so many years now, we have had a tradition of helping a little during this last month of the year when many people start getting ready for Christmas," the landlord, Joel, wrote. "We feel fortunate to be able to extend that tradition this year as well. To that end, we offer each of your our holiday present. Please deduct $70 from your regular rent for the month of December and perhaps use those monies to purchase a gift for someone special in your life."

    The landlord then thanked his tenants for their continued residence there and wished them a happy, healthy holiday season.

    "You. Should. Never. Move. Out," one Redditor responded.

    Another wrote: "This blows my mind.

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  • Indian acid attack victim wins millions on game show

    Nine years ago, three men broke into Sonali Mukherjee's New Delhi home and poured acid over her face for rejecting their sexual advances.

    Mukherjee was left disfigured and partially deaf and blind. Her family spent their savings on her medical treatments. Her attackers served just 3-and-a-half years in prison.

    Now 27, the acid-attack victim is now a national celebrity — and rupee millionaire — thanks to her appearance on Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

    She plans to use her 2.5 million-rupee fortune — $45,000 CAD — to help other victims of acid violence.

    "I've had 22 operations and nine more are remaining, so that at least my eyes and ears are functional," Mukherjee told the Times of India. "If I recover, I want to help people like me. In my nine years of struggle, I have faced a lot. I know the kind of difficulties we have to face, with no help from any quarter."

    Following her win, Mukherjee underwent her second reconstructive

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  • Five-year-old boy saves family, home from fire

    A little boy saved his family from a house fire in Beacon, New York.

    On the day before Thanksgiving, 5-year-old Matthew Hansen woke around 4 a.m, surrounded by smoke.

    Downstairs, flames were consuming the kitchen in his family's Beacon, New York, home. Smoke billowed up the stairs and into his room.

    The youngster, unsure of what was going on, called out to his parents, Christina and Greg Hansen.

    "I need my eyes checked, mommy, I can't see," he yelled.

    The smoke had yet to reach the master bedroom, so Greg responded, "You can't see because it's dark out and you're sleeping."

    Still, little Matthew wouldn't stop calling for help.

    "I felt something, and at school, they told us what to do if your butt is ever on fire," Matthew told the Poughkeepsie Journal. "You stop, drop and roll. You're never supposed to hide, and you're always supposed to call for help. So I called my mom and dad."

    Soon Christina entered his room and saw the smoke. She grabbed her son and ran outside. She then ran back

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  • Oklahoma toddler learns to walk on prosthetic leg

    Lincoln Mouser, an adorable 1-year-old boy from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is still a little unsteady on his feet.

    Born at just 23 weeks, premature Lincoln suffered circulation problems as a newborn and subsequently lost his right leg to amputation at just four weeks old. His twin sister, Abigail, died just days after birth.

    The determined tot now walks on a cutting-edge prothesis — Lincoln was originally fitted with it when he was just crawling — that adjusts to accommodate his growing body.

    "He is probably the most determined little baby I have ever met in my entire life," Lincoln's mother, Andrea Mouser, told Fox23.

    "He isn't tentative, it's his leg and he doesn't know any different," Scott Stromberg, a certified prosthetist at the Hangar Clinic where Lincoln visits monthly, told FOX23.

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    "He is a breath of fresh air and our little inspiration," said Robert Mouser, Lincoln's father.

    "It makes us feel amazing and wonderful and very proud because initially, we didn't know if he'd ever be able

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  • A wealthy Kansas City, Missouri, businessman plans to hand out $100,000 this holiday season — anonymously.

    The Secret Santa has been spotted giving out $100 bills to residents in Staten Island and New Jersey affected by Superstorm Sandy.

    "The money is not the point at all," the anonymous benefactor who refused his face be photographed, surrounded by a security entourage, told the Associated Press. "It's about the random acts of kindness. I'm just setting an example, and if 10 percent of the people who see me emulate what I'm doing, anybody can be a Secret Santa!"

    Santa and his team choose their stops carefully so as to avoid being mobbed, and are often received with tearful hugs.

    In a Staten Island Salvation Army store, he gave 41-year-old Janice Kennedy, an unemployed woman who lost everything in the storm, four $100 bills to help over Christmas and birthday presents for her 2-year-old daughter.

    "This is the start of our holiday cheer. We can go Christmas shopping now. It's nice,"

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  • Rare coin worth $1,800 dropped in Salvation Army kettle

    Just days after the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign started in Mishawaka, Indiana, a generous Samartian dropped a rare coin into the kettle.

    Bell ringer George Shell discovered a 1904 $20 gold piece in his kettle at the end of his shift at the local Sam's Club. The coin is worth $1,800.

    The coin was wrapped in a white fortune that quoted William Booth, Salvation Army's founder: "Work as if everything depended upon work and pray as if everything depended on prayer."

    WSBT-TV reports that it's the third straight year someone has dropped a valuable coin in a Mishawaka kettle.

    Shell, who has been a bell ringer for 30 years, shared with WBMD the highlights of the position:

    "Well you got to smile, make people happy, and they want to know the bell ringers are there to make people happy and smile. Bring something back for the holiday season because the Salvation Army's been out for a long, long time and I love working with them, they're real good to me," said Shull.

    In Houston,

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  • An officer's simple act of kindness has made him online celebrity, thanks to a snapshot-taking tourist from Arizona.

    Jennifer Foster of Florence, Arizona, was visiting Times Square with her husband on November 14 when she noticed a barefoot man asking for change.

    Officer Lawrence DePrimo, 25, approached the man with a pair of boots and knelt at his side to help him. Foster captured the touching exchange with her cellphone, then submitted the image to the NYPD's official Facebook page.

    By Wednesday, the photo had been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

    "Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, 'I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let's put them on and take care of you.' The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching," she wrote. "I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never

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  • Young friends in Missouri discover they’re brothers

    Isaac Nolting, 12, and Dakotah Zimmer, 13, became fast friends at a Washington, Missouri, swimming pool this summer.

    Mutual friends commented that the pair looked like brothers. They soon discovered they were.

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    Dakotah knew he had a young brother he'd never met. His sibling was adopted as an infant more than 10 years ago to a woman named Dawn.

    "That's my mom's name," Isaac told his new friend.

    Dakotah told the Missourian he knew his friend, 13 months younger than him, was actually his brother because of one very distinctive feature: "I could tell because of the nose."

    Isaac, however, didn't even know he was adopted.

    "I just didn't know how to tell him," Issac's adoptive mother, Dawn Nolting, told the Missourian. "I never knew when was the best time. I talked with experts and relatives, but never knew when I should do it."

    After his day at the pool with Dakotah, Issac approached his mother with questions about his birth.

    "He took my hand and we went back in the bedroom, sat down, and he

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  • New stress-relief trend at Canadian universities: Puppies!

    "Stressed from exams? Come take a break from studying and exams and play with a dog!" a poster published on the Dalhousie University Student Union's Facebook page encourages.

    During the upcoming exam season at the Halifax university, stressed out students can seek a little relief in a room of playful puppies.

    Also in Halifax, Mount Saint Vincent University has enlisted the help of a pooch named Oscar to encourage students to visit the counsellor's office to process their stress and anxiety.

    This "dog as stress-relief strategy" is relatively new for Canadian universities.

    Last December, McGill students played with therapy dogs thanks to a visit from Therapeutic Paws of Canada.

    "The purpose of the event was to help ease student stress and anxiety during exams," McGill student Amanda Fraser told OpenFile Montreal. "We wanted to provide an opportunity for students to take a break from their hectic schedules and have fun and relax with friendly dogs and volunteers. It is becoming

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