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5 Seconds of Summer bring the heat to adoring throng of fans on TODAY plaza

It may be cold Down Under this time of year, but Australian pop/punk band 5 Seconds of Summer brought a whole lot of warmth to TODAY Tuesday, attracting one of the biggest crowds seen on the plaza yet this year."It's definitely not another day at the office," chuckled drummer Ashton Irwin, standing alongside fellow band members Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood.






Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:33:00 GMT
Wife gives husband a surprise birthday from strangers on social media

Jennifer Hamilton is not on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, but that didn't stop her from enlisting strangers to give her husband surprise birthday wishes on social media.She went to subway stations around New York City's different boroughs, taping up flyers with a picture of her smiling husband, New York Yankees television reporter Gary Hamilton.






Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:18:00 GMT
California limits tackling in school football practice

In the latest in a nationwide effort to minimize concussions and brain injuries, California passes a law that will limit practices with full-on tackling during the playing season for middle and high school students.






Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:16:50 GMT
Take TODAY out to the ball game: Viewers share baseball loyalty in photos

TODAY pitched a callout for baseball loyalty photos, and TODAY fans hit a home run!In honor of Natalie's upcoming trip to Cooperstown, New York, to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, viewers sent in their most fan-tastic photos both at their hometown stadiums and in their favorite teams' gear.






Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:08:00 GMT
Anonymous vet sends 'Slender Man' stabbing victim Purple Heart medal

An anonymous military veteran has given away his Purple Heart medal to the young Wisconsin girl who was stabbed 19 times on May 31 by two 12-year-old classmates trying to win favor from a fictional online character named Slender Man.The medal, awarded to service members wounded in battle, came with a card that read, The only heart I could find! Be strong!






Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:08:00 GMT
Grandpa throws down canes, busts a move

An adorable grandpa was the life of the party when he surprised guests by tossing his canes during a wedding dance. Hundreds of thousands of people have watched the YouTube video.






Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:50:46 GMT
Rebels release MH17 crash victim bodies

Pro-Russian rebels released a train carrying remains of victims of the plane crash, and handed over the flights black boxes to Malaysian officials. On Russian media, theories fly back and forth about who was behind the disaster. NBCs Keir Simmons reports.






Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:23:10 GMT
Weird Al Yankovic's 8 great videos spoof everything from grammar to tackiness

Seen a lot of Weird Al videos shared on social media lately? No surprise. Weird Al released a video a day starting last Monday to mark the release of his new album, "Mandatory Fun." The videos did their job: The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts with more than 80,000 units sold.In case you missed any of the eight, here's a look.






Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:52:00 GMT
'Strength is beautiful': Harvard women's rugby team spreads inspiring body image message

Its sad but true: Even young, fit female athletes struggle with pressure about body image. That's why the members of the Harvard womens rugby team recently took matters into their own hands, staging a photo and video shoot thats now going viral.






Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:27:00 GMT
Oh, baby (cakes)! See the smash trend taking 1-year-old parties by storm

A very famous 1-year-old will celebrate his birthday tomorrow, and while there's no word yet on whether little Prince George will ring in his second year by planting his face in a "smash cake," we can certainly hope.






Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:53:00 GMT
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