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Joint birthday party for NY couple married 82 years

Joint birthday party for NY couple, both over 100 years old and married 82 years
The Associated Press

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. - A husband and wife thought to be one of the oldest married couples in New York have celebrated their birthdays — and their combined ages will be 212.

The Journal News reports Duranord Veillard turned 108 on Saturday. His wife, Jeanne Veillard, won't turn 105 until May.

The couple celebrated Saturday at the Spring Valley home they share with their daughter.

Veillard is a native of Haiti who was a judge there.

Family celebrating one-month birthdays of identical triplets

Detroit-area family with 2 kids celebrates one-month birthdays of rare identical triplet boys
Corey Williams, The Associated Press

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. - A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming parents to identical triplets — a multiple birth that's rare.

The Whiteley family of St. Clair Shores celebrated the one-month birthdays Wednesday for Alexander, Nicholas and Timothy. The brothers were born Jan. 25 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, but spent nearly a month in the newborn intensive care unit.

Powerball jackpot winner in North Carolina: Single mom of 4

1 of 3 Powerball jackpot winners comes forward in North Carolina: A single mom of 4 young kids
Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. - A single mother of four from a small North Carolina town came forward Monday as one of three winners in a huge Powerball jackpot drawn earlier this month.

For Marie Holmes, the best thing about the lucky ticket in the $564 million jackpot is that she'll be able to provide for her children, she said at a news conference. All are under the age of 7 — three daughters and a son with cerebral palsy.

Families of 3 missing UK girls urge 'Please come home!'

Families issue emotional appeals to 3 missing UK girls believed in Syria to join Islamic State
Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press

LONDON - Turkish police searched Monday for three missing British schoolgirls believed to be headed to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group as their frightened families issued urgent pleas begging the girls to return home.

The girls, said to be "straight-A students" from the same east London school, disappeared last Tuesday without leaving any messages. Authorities said they boarded a Turkish Airlines plane to Istanbul.

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