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The skinny: Twitter leads homeless man to his daughter

New York From orbit to auction Workers move the Vostok 3KA-2 space capsule into place for display Wednesday at Sotheby’s auction house. The Russian capsule that orbited the Earth with a mannequin and a live dog is scheduled to be auctioned April 12.

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New York From orbit to auction Workers move the Vostok 3KA-2 space capsule into place for display Wednesday at Sotheby’s auction house. The Russian capsule that orbited the Earth with a mannequin and a live dog is scheduled to be auctioned April 12.

Tweet reunion

Twitter leads homeless man to his daughter

A homeless man in New York City has been reunited with his daughter after 11 years, thanks to Twitter. Daniel Morales was given a prepaid cell phone to create a Twitter account as part of a project on homeless people called Underheard in New York. Three weeks into the project, Morales, 58, decided to use the social networking tool to find his daughter, Sarah Rivera, 27. The New York Daily News said on Wednesday he posted his cell phone number, her name and a photo of her at age 16. She called him the next day. On Friday, their reunion was recorded on WCB-TV. Morales said he was overjoyed. Rivera said social networking was amazing. Morales lives at a homeless shelter. His daughter lives in Brooklyn.

Take it back

He wanted change, got a diamond ring

A homeless man in southeast Michigan says a woman accidentally gave him a gold ring laced with diamonds when she handed him a handful of change. Michael Secaur told the Oakland Press he was panhandling at an intersection in Pontiac on Monday when a woman pulled up in a vehicle and handed him some money. The ring was among some coins, and he thinks she "did an oops." Secaur said he would recognize the woman if he saw her again. The owner of a shelter where Secaur often stays has locked it in a safety deposit box. Secaur said he has lived on the streets of Pontiac for nearly two years.

What about the kids?

Breast milk ice cream is a hit

A British company is offering an unusual dessert — ice cream made with human breast milk. Trendy London ice cream parlor Icecreamists said its "Baby Gaga" ice cream sold out as soon as it launched Friday. The company paid women who responded to an online ad to donate their breast milk. The milk — which the company said was screened in line with blood donor requirements — was pasteurized and churned together with vanilla pods and lemon zest. The dish comes in a martini glass and sells for $22.50 each. Matt O'Connor, who owns the company, told the BBC that the product is "organic, free-range and totally natural," and, he bragged, "It's good enough for our kids, good enough for our ice cream."

Cookie crackdown

Sale busted, Girl Scouts to get pizza

A Girl Scout leader says young members of her troop thought they were headed to jail when a Georgia police officer told them to quit selling cookies. The girls had set up a stand at a strip mall in Villa Rica, about 30 miles west of Atlanta, on Wednesday when the officer asked them if they had a peddler's permit. They didn't. Troop leader Kathy Crook told WXIA-TV that the younger members thought they would be taken to jail. But no one messes with Girl Scouts for long. The troop got a permit to sell and an offer for a pizza party from the city.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Twitter leads homeless man to his daughter 02/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 10:31pm]

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