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5 most uplifting stories of the week

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 14:56

An Amish show of gratitude and a long-overdue military honor highlight the week's list of uplifting stories.

       

Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 14:18

Western business connections complicating efforts to bring sanctions against execs, companies aligned with Putin.

       

Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 14:01

The country's meteorological agency described the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field.

       

China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 13:51

Decision promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub

       

5 killed in Colorado plane crash

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 13:23

Plane crashed northwest of Erie Municipal Airport's runway.

       

Australia to provide arms in U.S.-led mission against IS

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 11:22

Sending guns and ammo to help Kurds fight IS militants is part of U.S.-led multi-nation mission.

       

License plate update? Delaware considers new look

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:58

The First State's unadorned tags are referred to as 'Dull-aware' by license-plate hobbyists.

       

Spotify brings music streaming to smart TVs

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:14

The move is part of Spotify's effort to get on as many digital platforms as possible.

       

Search for unconscious pilot who crashed halted

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 09:26

The plane, which took off from Wisconsin headed to Virginia drifted into restricted airspace.

       

Who's paying the new Obamacare tax? You

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 20:42

A new levy aimed at the health care industry is being redirected, in part, to taxpayers.

       

NYPD probed for 2nd restraint-related death

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 20:33

Medical examiner "physical restrain by police" was a factor in the of Ronald Singleton, 45.

       

Dog turns on stove, starts fire in N.J. home

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 20:06

No one was inside the home at the time of the fire.

       

Moderate quake hits near Fairbanks, Alaska

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:46

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit at 7:06 p.m. local time and had a depth of 10 miles.

       

Girl dies after sand hole on Ore. beach collapses

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:28

Isabel Grace Franks was digging a 3 to 5-foot hole on an Ore. beach Friday when it buried her.

       

Pricey VA wind turbines remain idle

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:14

The Department of Veterans Affairs has spent more than $3.7 million on the project.

       

Ukraine-Russia conflict: What you need to know

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:49

NATO estimates 1,000 Russian soldiers are in Ukraine, aiding separatists in the country's east.

       

Yonkers man charged in attack on mom, kids

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:48

The attack was captured by surveillance video.

       

Cat lives secret life with two families

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:44

Alice Alexander probably had no idea that the name she gave her new Siamese cat 14 years ago would prove so prescient.

       

HBO miniseries to revisit Yonkers desegregation saga

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:27

The miniseries will delve into the city's desegregation battle in the late 1980s.

       

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:09

Shelter Cluster says it will take 20 years to rebuild the wreckage in Gaza.