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Twenty-two students, staff members and some parents gather at Ellignton School in Quincy, Ill., to have their hair cut and donated to "Children With Hair Loss," an organization that makes wigs for kids who have lost their hair, because of various medical reasons. Stylist were on hand to cut the lengths of hair and provide a nice new look for the donors. (Steve Bohnstedt/The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)

EXCHANGE: Volunteers donate hair to help children get wigs

By EDWARD HUSAR - Associated Press

Six-year-old Beijah Sowards felt bad when she learned some kids her age were losing their hair because of illnesses. Published May 28, 2015

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The Rev. Christopher Thoma has written a book on whisky, particularly Scotch whisky, having become a passionate whisky 'enjoyer', Friday, May 8, 2015. Bottles from his whisky cupboard represent the major Scotch whisky regions of Scotland, and his book is entitled "The Angels' Portion: A Clergyman's Whisky Narrative." (Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily Press & Argus via AP)

Lutheran pastor also a Scotch whisky reviewer

- Associated Press

A Livingston County reverend wrote a book, and its subject matter might surprise you. "The Angels' Portion: A Clergyman's Whisky Narrative" is a collection of Scotch whisky reviews that reads more like a collection of creative short stories.

FILE - In this March 5, 2009 file photo, US singer Michael Jackson speaks at a press conference at the London O2 Arena. A Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, that choreographer Wade Robson waited too long to file a claim alleging that Jackson abused him and the allegations should be dismissed. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

- Associated Press

A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer's estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled.

Afghan first lady Rula Ghani adjusts her head scarf during an interview with The Associated Press at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this Monday, May 25, 2015, file photo. Rula Ghani has been quietly breaking conventions since she became first lady in a society that traditionally keeps its women behind closed doors. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Rula Ghani, Afghanistan's first lady, breaks taboos

- Associated Press

Afghanistan's first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors -- speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. But perhaps Rula Ghani's biggest taboo breaker is simply being the country's first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public.

Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, second left, and Assistant Attorney General Christopher Coulston, second from right, appear in Manhattan State Supreme Court, in New York, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Lawyers for two chimpanzees went to court to argue that the animals have "personhood" rights and should be freed from the Long Island university where they are kept. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

Lawyer: Confinement of chimps for research akin to slavery

- Associated Press

A lawyer seeking to free two chimpanzees from a state university told a judge Wednesday that their confinement for research purposes is akin to slavery, the involuntary detention of people with mental illnesses and imprisonment.

FILE - In this April 24, 2014, file photo provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk stand in line to receive aid food distributed by UNRWA on the southern edge of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Conditions in the camp have deteriorated since Islamic State militants muscled their way into it in early April 2015. The militants are trying to consolidate their hold on the camp. (AP Photo/UNRWA, File)

UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty

Associated Press

The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.

In this photo provided by Burt Osteen, glass is scattered around a toppled basketball hoop after a waterspout made landfall at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla. on Monday, May 25, 2015. Authorities say three children were injured when the waterspout uprooted a bounce house and sent it across a parking lot into the road. (Burt Osteen via AP)

Police: 3 children hurt when waterspout uproots bounce house

- Associated Press

Two of the three children tossed onto a South Florida beach from a bounce house sent flying by a waterspout have been sent home from a hospital with minor injuries, hours after the inflatable was sent airborne above palm trees and a four-lane road, police said.

Adam Crapser, 40, who now has a wife and children including 1-year-old Christal, was adopted from South Korea when he was young, but his adoptive parents neglected to make him a U.S. citizen and re-homed him. (Associated Press)

Adoptees decry re-homing as states move to end practice

- The Washington Times

Adopted under false pretenses from Ethiopia in 2006, Tarikuwa Lemma was barely acclimated to America when her family "re-homed" her to relatives a few months later. It was "really humiliating," she testified to Maine lawmakers Thursday. Re-homing is "not right, not fair, not safe."

This photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows Bradley Cooper, left, and Rachel McAdams in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "Aloha." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2015. (Neal Preston/Sony Pictures Entertainment via AP)

Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of 'Aloha' movie title

- Associated Press

Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of the name of a movie filmed and set in Hawaii, saying that titling it "Aloha" is a disrespectful misappropriation of culture and simplifies a word that's rich with meaning.

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