What would you do if you lost your job? Look for another one? Apply for benefits? Take some time off?
One man in Utah – Daniel Smith – didn't do any of that. Living off his savings, he decided to spend a month committing random acts of kindness.
He gave out free gift cards in a Walmart parking lot and distributed care packages for the homeless, among other things. Videos, shot by his wife, got a lot of attention, and we're happy to say, Daniel now has a job. Donations have also flooded in for him to continue his work, so he's adding another "month of acts of kindness." We'll let you know how he does.
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Rescue boats and helicopters scrambled Wednesday to find almost 300 passengers, including scores of high school students, missing after a ferry sank off the southwest coast of South Korea.
Of the 459 people on board, 164 have been rescued, the security ministry said.
Many jumped from the listing ship to the freezing waters of the Yellow Sea.
The bodies of at least four people - a female and three males– were confirmed dead. About 292 remain unaccounted for, the ministry said.
The rescue operation was still underway Wednesday evening, hours after the ferry first sent out a distress signal.
Authorities could not immediately say what caused the ship to sink. The weather at the time of the incident was clear.
Technical glitches slow the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Hundreds are missing after a South Korean ferry sinks. And Al Qaeda meets out in the open in Yemen.
It's Wednesday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
1. MISSING PLANE
Underwater scans: The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is a highly sophisticated affair. The underwater vessel looking for traces of the missing jetliner in the Indian Ocean resurfaced today ahead of schedule to fix a technical issue. It was the second day in a row the Bluefin-21 resurfaced prematurely - and went down again. None of these are big problems, just relatively short interruptions in what's expected to be a two-month mission to scan the entire search area.
2. SOUTH KOREA FERRY
Rescue operation underway: Rescue boats and helicopters scrambled to pluck passengers, most of them high school students, from a ferry as it slowly sank off the southwest coast of South Korea today. Of the 459 people on board, 164 have been rescued, the security ministry said. At least four people are known to be dead. Another 293 remain unaccounted for. It wasn't immediately clear why the ship sank.
3. BOSTON MARATHON SCARE
People get ready: Yesterday’s first anniversary of the bombing came with two security scares, both involving backpacks. One turned out to have been left by a media outlet; the idea by a man. But it raises the question – how is Boston prepping for Monday’s race. Over at CNN.com we try to answer that question.
4. AL QAEDA MEETING
Out in the open: A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike. U.S. officials won't comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.
5. NYPD MUSLIM SURVEILLANCE
Dissolved: A controversial New York Police Department surveillance unit that spied on Muslim communities has been disbanded, according to the department. The unit was developed with the CIA's help after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Two advocacy groups that filed a lawsuit challenging the unit said they were pleased it had been disbanded but also wanted to ensure that the surveillance has stopped as well.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Hey, that's not a snowy mountain: And today's patience award goes to this big, fluffy white dog, who doesn't seem mind being a stomping ground for these little goats.
– Baby talk: It just goes to show you can't reason with a baby.
– They grow up so fast: Zero to 14 in 4 minutes. Frans Hofmeester is chronicling the life of his daughter Lotte. How does he do it? A few seconds at a time every week. Watch little Lotte grow up before your eyes.
– Completely insane: This mountain biker tackles a crazy course. How crazy? Just pack an extra pair of Depends.
– From dads everywhere: This protective papa lays down the law "To the Boys Who May One Day Date My Daughter."
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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