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A homeless man finds a fortune, and more

A homeless man who stumbled across $77,000 in a city park learned last week that he could keep the money.

A homeless man finds a fortune
A homeless man who stumbled across $77,000 in a city park learned last week that he could keep the money. Timothy Yost, 46, found a bag of damp bills and gold coins in a park in Bastrop, Texas. Although police initially took Yost’s find away from him, their attempts to locate the money’s rightful owner proved fruitless. Under Texas state law, the finder gets to keep recovered goods if the original owner can’t be found. Yost had a clear idea how he’d start to spend his windfall. “I’ve been walking so long,” he said. “The first thing I want is a vehicle.”

An Olympic torchbearer proposes
The Olympic flame burned brightly this week over a marriage proposal. During his relay stint through Yorkshire, England, Olympic torchbearer David State, 25, paused, handed the torch to a security official, and got down on one knee to ask his eight-months-pregnant girlfriend, Christine Langham, if she would marry him. “I almost had my baby then and there,” she said. After her assent, State ran on as one of 8,000 Britons chosen to carry the Olympic flame around the U.K. before the Games start in July. 

Colombian daredevil sets wingsuit records
A Colombian daredevil broke four records in just over nine minutes after jumping from 37,000 feet in a specially designed wingsuit that allowed him to “fly” at over 100 mph. Jhonathan Florez’s feat was the longest-lasting and highest wingsuit jump ever recorded. He also broke records for horizontal and absolute distance, landing over 17 miles away from where he jumped. Florez had trained for the stunt for several months, readying himself for the physical stresses of high-altitude jumping at temperatures of around minus 49. “You have to be strong enough to maneuver your body,” he said. “I was up there for a long time.” 

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