Two weeks after people feared the worst outcome, the world was celebrating.

The last of the 12 youth soccer players and their beloved coach who went missing in late June were successfully rescued from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand on July 10.

The boys and their coach were receiving medical treatment and getting much-needed rest and care. They were to be on a restricted diet while they recover, though Thailand's Health Secretary confirmed some of them were asking for bread and chocolate.


For now, the world is celebrating the rapid and heroic turnaround of a story that captured the attention of millions.

At a moment of crisis, people came together to help.

Not everything went according to plan. But people stayed united.

There were serious obstacles along the way. One of the Thai Navy SEAL divers tragically died while setting up oxygen tanks for the rescue operations. And for a while, it was unclear how or when a rescue could be conducted.

However, those fears were greatly outnumbered by an outpouring of support from Thailand and around the world. 50 of the 90 rescue operators came from outside of Thailand, and prominent people like Elon Musk were offering to help in any way they could.

The parents of the missing children rallied around the 25-year-old coach, showering him with praise rather than blame.

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It's a moment to pause and celebrate before focusing on the next challenge.

This was a moment of good news the world needed right now. The road to recovery for these children and their families might be long, but the first obstacle — getting them to safety — has been overcome.

There will surely be many more stories about the kids and their rescuers as this story unfolds, but for now the most important news is that they are all safe.

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked his Senate colleagues the questions millions of Americans have after a mass shooting.

Another school shooting. Another mass murder of innocent children. They were elementary school kids this time. There were 18 children killed—so far—this time.

The fact that I can say "this time" is enraging, but that's the routine nature of mass shootings in the U.S. It happened in Texas this time. At least three adults were killed this time. The shooter was a teenager this time.

The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

Some of those things have been factors in some shootings, but the single common denominator in every mass shooting is guns. That's not a secret. It's not controversial. It's fact. The only thing all mass shootings have in common is guns.

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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