Four good things that happened in 2016 – BBC News

A lot has gone wrong this year.

China’s vow to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 is...

BEIJING — China promised Friday to halt its domestic ivory trade completely by the end of 2017, a decision greeted by environmentalists as offering real hope for an end to a poaching crisis that is wiping out tens of thousands of elephants across Africa.

Chipper gets strange request from customer feeling a little under the weather – Independent.ie

In the notes to the driver on the order, the customer said:

Campaign reminds people of rule that everyone is an organ donor unless they say...

EVERYONE in France is presumed to want to be an organ donor after they die unless they opt out ? the state is reminding people of the rule as a new way of opting out comes in.

Forget the fireworks — look for a comet in the sky on New Year’s...

Even if you’re not a fan of New Year’s Eve fireworks, you’ll have another reason to look to the skies.

Car sense: Westampton man uses spare change to buy specialty vehicle for wife

Garfield Harper, 69, of Westampton, stands next to his wife, Sheila, with their new 2017 Buick Enclave at the Barlow Auto Group on Route 130 in Delran on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

Steph Curry sneakers raise $45,201 for Oakland fire victims

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has raised $45,201 for victims of the Oakland warehouse fire by auctioning off two pairs of sneakers.

Seeing is believing: New gene therapy could help cure blindness

If you’re long- or short-sighted technologies like laser eye surgery can be a game changer.

India opens first school for transgender pupils – BBC News

A residential school for transgender people has been opened in the Indian city of Kochi, to help adults who dropped out of school finish their education.

Happy ending for dogs found on railway tracks in Ukraine – BBC News

A video of two dogs ducking underneath trains has gone viral – and led to their rescue.

Garbagemen Bring Joy to Girl With Cancer Who Waves to Them Through Window

Two sanitation workers paid it forward this Christmas after hearing heartbreaking news about a child who waves to them through her window.

‘It feels amazing to be home’: Eisenhower Strike Group returns to Norfolk | Southside...

When William Difilippantonio saw his wife, Virginia, on pier 14 of Naval Station Norfolk, he couldn’t wait another second to kiss her.

Firefighters rescue dog that fell through ice into lake

WHITEHALL, Mich. –  Three Michigan firefighters used rope and their wits to rescue a 90-pound retriever that fell through the ice about 100 yards from shore on a western Michigan lake.

Holiday hound: Police recover puppy stolen in violent home robbery

SAN JOSE — A wolf cub of a puppy braved an incredible journey over the holiday weekend when she was dognapped during a violent home robbery, police said, only to be rescued in the nick of time for a Christmas Day reunion with her owner.

Neighbor Buys Home For 89-Year Old Evicted Woman

Picture this, you’re almost 90-years old, you’ve been living in a house for over three decades, and all of a sudden, you’re evicted.

China’s vow to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 is...

BEIJING — China promised Friday to halt its domestic ivory trade completely by the end of 2017, a decision greeted by environmentalists as offering real hope for an end to a poaching crisis that is wiping out tens of thousands of elephants across Africa.

Child asthma emergency visits drop after indoor smoking bans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A new study helps to answer the burning question of whether recently enacted indoor smoking bans in public areas have improved health.

China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017 – BBC News

China has announced a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017.