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80-year-old grandmother still fits in wedding dress, dons gown on 60th anniversary

An 80-year-old woman and her husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year at a party thrown by their family. 

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Janith and Joe Goedde, married May 11, 1957, in Haubstadt, Indiana, said the key to a long, happy and successful marriage is communication and prayer.

The great-grandparents celebrated their union at an anniversary party last month with 62 family members.

“Our anniversary is May 11, but to get everything and everybody together, we had it on April 30” Janith Goedde told ABC News.

The Goeddes were served a cake that read, “Happy 60th Anniversary.” Beside the lettering was a picture of the couple on their special day 60 years ago.

Family members complimented Janith Goedde on how nice she looked on her wedding day and encouraged her to try on her wedding dress again. She had kept the gown, which cost $69.95, in a plastic bag for decades, according to WABC-TV.

“When we came home that evening, one of the girls said, ‘I bet she can still get in her wedding gown. Where’s it at?’ Janith Goedde told ABC News. “I told them where it was in the attic, and they went up there and got it. So I had to put it on.”

The Goedde’s 1957 wedding announcement described the gown in detail. 

It read: “For her wedding, the bride chose a floor-length gown of imported Chantilly lace and nylon tulle over satin, fastened down the back with tiny covered buttons. The fitted lace bodice was designed with Sabrina neckline and embroidered in pearlized sequins. The long sleeves tapered over the wrists.”

One of the Goeddes’ granddaughters posted a photo of her grandmother in the dress. 

Joe Goedde said his wife “still looks beautiful.” 

 Read more at ABC News.

Married man sends fake email alleging plane hijacks to avoid vacation with mistress

An Indian man was arrested Thursday after he sent police an email falsely claiming that he overheard a conversation that detailed plans of scheduled plane hijackings. 

He sent the emails in an effort to get out of a planned vacation with his online girlfriend, police said.

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According to CNN, Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna, 32, sent Mumbai police an email Saturday in which he claimed to be a woman who overheard six men plotting to hijack planes in three Indian cities: Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai.

Police increased security presence at three international airports in the cities after receiving the tip.

The email said the woman, who claimed that she couldn’t provide details of her identity, overheard the conversation while having lunch at a hotel. The claim stated six Muslim men discussed a plan to have 23 people involved in the hijackings, authorities said. “They spoke some other things also but I (could) not hear them, as I heard only these few sentences from them. I don’t know do am I doing correct or not, and they are true or not but heard this so kindly go through this and as I informed this as a duty and a citizen of India and (please) don’t make me to get into issues,” the email read, in part.

Krishna wrote the fake email in an effort to get out of going on a trip with an online girlfriend, police said. 

Hyderabad police tracked down Krishna after following the the IP address of the email to an internet cafe. 

After being questioned, Krishna told police that he perpetrated the hoax after his girlfriend suggested that the two travel together and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Krishna, who didn’t have enough money for the trip, created a fake plane ticket for his girlfriend from Chennai to Mumbai. He emailed the fake ticket to the woman and hoped that her flight would get canceled after sending the anonymous tip to police.

“He didn't have the money, but if he canceled because of that, it would have hurt his pride, and his friendship with the girl would’ve come to an end,” said B. Limba Reddy, deputy commissioner of police at the Commissioner's Task Force in Hyderabad. “So, his thinking was that if the flight was to be canceled, and it was because of the airport, he wouldn’t be at fault.”

Krishna was charged with impersonation and providing false information, CNN reported. He could face jail time.

According to KTLA, Krishna is married with a child. 

Read Krishna’s full email to police here.

Elderly couple meets online, gets married on their birthday

A Georgia couple is proving that it’s never too late to find love.

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Sylvia Moye and Stanley Krafchick of Tucker, Georgia, tied the knot on April 7.

Not only did they get married on April 7, but they were both celebrating their birthdays. Krafchick turned 86, and Moye turned 81.

They held a small reception for close friends and family at their Tucker home the next day.

Krafchick and Moye met online in 2015.

“I joined one of those senior single something or another,” Krafchick told Hot Topics. “And I didn’t have too much luck … I had one week left on my membership. And so I said after this one week, I’m going to give it up.”

That same week, he connected with Moye.

“I think the next-to-last day, I met Sylvia online,” said Krafchick. “We were corresponding. We were trying to arrange to get together and meet. And she was reluctant because she was nervous and wasn’t into it all that much.”

Krafchick got impatient and almost gave up.

“I said, ‘Look, I always felt you have to meet to get to know somebody. You can’t correspond and really get to know somebody,’” he said. “And so I said, ‘We have to meet or forget about it.’”

“When he said that, I thought, ‘You know, this sounds like a nice man. I’m not going to let him get away,’” said Moye.

The couple met a few days later at the food court at Northlake Mall in Atlanta.

“I was so dainty and delicate that I knocked over his coffee, spilled it all over him,” said Moye. “And I’m thinking to myself, ‘Good job, Sylvia. Really didn’t want to meet anybody, did you?’”

Despite the flub, the couple sat and chatted for about two hours.

“He called me when he got home, and the rest of us is history,” said Moye.

The couple said they sometimes have trouble understanding one another.

“We do have somewhat of a language barrier,” said Krafchick, who speaks with a New York accent he acquired growing up in the North.

“I speak Southern,” Moye said with a laugh. “He speaks that other language.”

Moye’s former husband died more than a decade ago.

“For 12 years, I had been alone,” she said. “I would be the one that would be looking out the window to see all my neighbors going somewhere with their respective husbands or boyfriends, picking up their girlfriends to go out. I’d be with my little dog, Bruce, going, ‘Well, Bruce, just you and me.’”

The two said they feel lucky to have found one another.

“I love this man with all of my heart. And also I inherited a wonderful family,” Moye said.

The newlyweds are looking forward to the days that lie ahead.

“We’re very happy. We’re very appreciative that we were able to meet somebody and feel this way, particularly at this age,” said Krafchick. “So we’re going to make the best of it and count every hour of every day, appreciate all those moments and not take anything for granted. So far it’s been great.”

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author who wrote heartbreaking 'dating profile' for husband, dead at 51

The terminally ill Chicago author who wrote a heartbreaking "dating profile" for her husband has died.

According to The Associated Press, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, died Monday, her literary agent confirmed. She was 51.

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In a column titled "You May Want to Marry My Husband" published earlier this month in The New York Times, Rosenthal, known for her children's books and the memoir "Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal," wrote about how she hoped that her husband, Jason, will love again after her death. The essay quickly went viral online, with more than 4 1/2 million readers, the Times reported.

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"I'm facing a deadline, in this case, a pressing one," Rosenthal wrote. "I need to say this (and say it right) while I have a) your attention, and b) a pulse."

She then described her husband of 26 years in a mock dating profile.

"I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony, but I'm going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of coexisting in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days," she wrote.

Rosenthal called Jason an "absolutely wonderful father" and a "dreamy, let's-go-for-it travel companion."

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She added: "Here is the kind of man Jason is: He showed up at our first pregnancy ultrasound with flowers. This is a man who, because he is always up early, surprises me every Sunday morning by making some kind of oddball smiley face out of items near the coffeepot: a spoon, a mug, a banana.

"This is a man who emerges from the minimart or gas station and says, 'Give me your palm.' And, voila, a colorful gumball appears. (He knows I love all the flavors but white.)

"My guess is you know enough about him now. So let's swipe right."

Days later, Jason shared his emotional reaction to the essay.

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"I was with her as she labored through this process, and I can tell you that writing the story was no easy task," Jason told People magazine. "When I read her words for the first time, I was shocked at the beauty, slightly surprised at the incredible prose given her condition and, of course, emotionally ripped apart.”

He said he doesn't have his wife's way with words, "but if I did, I can assure you that my tale would be about the most epic love story – ours," People reported.

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That love was apparent on Valentine's Day, when Jason "hung music sheets with words to different love songs for Amy, with notes on each one," Rosenthal's literary agent, Amy Rennert, told the Chicago Sun-Times. It was the same day Rosenthal completed her column.

Read more here or here.

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OkCupid's new matchmaking questions tackle Trump, politics

Looking for love in today's tense political climate? OkCupid may be able to help.

According to Engadget, the online dating service has added 50 more questions that users can answer to improve their matches. 

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"You’ll see a brand-new category of questions that cover topical issues, so you can focus in on the things – whether politics or sex – that are most important to you," the company said Tuesday in a press release. "We’ll update this new question category every year. The initial 2017 release includes 50 of-the-moment questions, covering everything from ghosting to (President Donald) Trump, from climate change to student debt – the things you want to know a person’s stance on before you meet them."

Engadget reported that the new questions include "Is climate change real?" and "Trump?"

OkCupid also announced its new "DoubleTake" feature, which allows mobile users to see more than just a photo when quickly swiping through possible matches. 

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"DoubleTake shows more photos and highlights each person’s personality and profile within a mobile matching interface," the company said. "The new DoubleTake helps convey your individuality  –  whether that means showcasing a love for politics, craft beer, dogs, the outdoors or art  –  so you can connect with people you’ll actually click with in real life."

Additionally, OkCupid said it will "debut a fresh new look featuring fun, lively illustrations" by Berlin-based artist Jay Daniel Wright, as well as "new typography and a bolder, cleaner aesthetic."

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10-year-old twins separated at birth reunite for first time

A pair of identical twins separated at birth in China reunited for the first time Wednesday.

Audrey Doreing and Gracie Rainsberry were adopted by two different American families years ago. Audrey lives with her family in Wisconsin and Gracie lives in Washington state.

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The 10-year-old identical twins learned about each other a few weeks before Christmas, after Audrey's mother, Jennifer Doering, discovered a photo of the girls together as infants while doing research about Audrey's family history online in December.

"We just happened to stumble upon a picture, and from there we were able to find that there were two of them," Doering told WOWA.

After doing a little more digging, Doering found out that girl was Gracie and got in touch with her family.

The girls began video chatting, which allowed them to communicate with each other for a few weeks, but they didn't meet in person until this week. 

They reunited for the first time in person on "Good Morning America."

The two girls burst into tears and hugged each other.

"It's very overwhelming," said Gracie.

"It felt like there was somebody missing," said Audrey. "Now, it's complete."

Watch the heartwarming reunion below:

WATCH:  Incredible moment as twins separated at birth meet each other for the very first time LIVE on Good Morning America. http://2wsb.tv/2ig6h7NPosted by WSB-TV on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

'Evil stepmother' photobombs couple's romantic kiss at Disney World

A photo has started making the rounds online after a couple enjoying a kiss in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World in Orlando was photobombed by a woman, apparently looking on in horror.

A user named HotCamAndCheese posted the photo on Imgur Sunday with the headline, “My brother and his girlfriend at Disney! But…” followed by the caption, “That random lady.”

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The photo had hundreds of comments on Imgur and more than 7,000 points.

Users took no time making the most of the opportunity to offer up commentary on the situation.

“She’s obviously cringing at the couple’s matching T-shirts,” one user wrote. “She is the victim here.”

“It’s his girlfriend visiting from the future, looking back at her decisions,” another quipped.

But it was user TonyStarkWantsOne who took home the prize for best comment: “Why did they bring her evil stepmother to Disney?”

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4-year-old honors mom lost to cancer in bittersweet photo shoot

A little girl honored her late mother by donning her wedding dress for a heartwarming photo shoot.

Little Nora Davis, 4, lost her mother, Amber, to cancer in 2015. To mark the 1 year anniversary of her death, Nora posed in her mom’s wedding dress for photos.

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The photos were captured by Heidi Spillane, who owns My Three Arrows photography. Amber was a close friend, and when she was diagnosed with cancer, they came up with the idea together, according to ABC News.

“Photographing this session without you was never in the plan, but we felt you there, smiling and so proud of your sweet girl,” wrote Spillane on Facebook.

Nora learned a lot about her late mother during the photo shoot.

“I thought it was going to be emotional, but it was just a happy time,” said Amber’s sister, Adrianne Blackwelder. “We talked about Amber … the day of their wedding.”

Check out the beautiful photos below:

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Man donates liver to stranger; she gives him her heart in return

Nearly two years ago, a man donated a piece of his liver to a stranger, and last weekend, she gave him her heart in return. The two were married in a church outside of Chicago this weekend.

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When doctors diagnosed Heather Krueger, 27, with stage 4 liver disease, they told her she had just a few months to live.

"They immediately told me I was going to need a transplant," Krueger told CBS News. "By that time, I could really feel my body shutting down."

But there wasn't much time to find a donor.

But one day, Chris Dempsey, who had never met Krueger, overheard a colleague at work talking about her situation. He decided to get tested to see if he'd be a match. The former Marine said he is programmed to help others.

"I spent four years in the Marine Corps and learned there never to run away from anything," Dempsey told CBS. "So I just said to myself, 'Hey, if I can help, I'm going to help.'"

After finding out that they were compatible, the two met for lunch to discuss what the process would be like.

The transplant was successful, and the two stayed in touch, eventually falling in love. Last weekend, a year and a half after the liver transplant, they tied the knot in a ceremony in front of family and friends.

"You are the most incredible man I have ever known," Krueger told Dempsey in her wedding vows. "You believe in me, and you make me feel amazing every single day. Because of you, I laugh, smile, and I dare to dream again."

Posted by Christopher Dempsey on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Magical nighttime weddings can now be celebrated at Cinderella's Castle

If you ever dreamed of getting married at Walt Disney World's Cinderella Castle, now you have your chance. 

Park officials announced earlier this year that couples who want a fairy-tale wedding can get hitched in the East Plaza Garden in the castle's shadow. 

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The weddings will take place during park operating hours.

Disney weddings recently announced that brides and grooms can have weddings after park operating hours at the Magic Kingdom. 

A horse-drawn carriage can take the bride down an empty Main Street to the front of Cinderella's Castle. A reception can be held in Fantasyland.

An after-hours wedding, which is part of the Wishes collection, can accommodate up to 300 guests. The collection, which starts at $12,000, has a minimum of 18 guests plus the couple and can be booked up to 12 months in advance. 

For more information, visit Disney's wedding website.

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