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ABC News(COLUMBUS, Neb.) — Avon, the direct-selling company for beauty products, first started employing women as sales representatives 130 years ago, in 1886 — that’s 34 years before women earned the right to vote.

Opal Greene’s history with the company goes far back as well. She received her first brochure from Avon in July of 1962. Today, more than 50 years later, she is 94 years old and still going strong.

She now has a friend helping her out but she still goes door to door to her customers every two weeks in Columbus, Nebraska, and passes out about 40 catalogs each time.

Her customers are no longer just customers — they’re dear friends.

“I love them and they love me too,” she told ABC News.

This interaction, according to her grandson, Ben Greene, is what keeps her going.

“I just can’t say enough about her determination. She’s built so many great relationships with people and it’s not just about selling lipsticks anymore,” he said. “To be honest, I don’t know if there’s one person in Columbus that doesn’t know my grandmother.”

Greene is a tough cookie. She’s endured a plane crash, a brain aneurysm, colon cancer, and a year and a half ago, a car accident.

“I walked around selling Avon two days before,” she said of the time she was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.

Will she ever stop selling products for the beauty company? “When my day is up, I imagine,” she said.

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Christian Offenberg/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is set to travel to Israel to lead the U.S. delegation attending the funeral services Friday for former Israeli President Shimon Peres, the White House announced Wednesday.

The president departs Thursday and will return to the United States after the services.

In a statement late Tuesday evening, President Obama called Peres his “friend,” who worked tirelessly over decades to strengthen the alliance between the United States and Israel.

He also hailed Peres’ work in pursuit of peace between the Israeli and Palestinian people, and said there would be “no greater tribute to his life than to renew our commitment to the peace that we know is possible.”

Obama honored Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — There’s a lot of appeal in the idea of a volunteer vacation: giving back while getting away, getting to know the “real” people of a the place you’re visiting and using your skills to help others.

But volunteer vacations are being questioned on how much good they actually do the local population, and at the same time, volunteering overall has become less popular, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the year ending September 2015, the number of Americans who volunteered had declined from the previous year.

Still, many travelers are interested in being more than tourists.

Rob Harper, co-owner and director of business development at Namu Travel, said his clients are excited about giving a day of their vacation over to the local community. The company, which interviews each client before putting together their trip itinerary, books trips to Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica.

“It’s not that people don’t want to give a week or more to volunteer,” he said, “but logistically that can be very difficult. When they find out we can book it for them, they build it into their trip.”

For example, clients who fly into San Jose, Costa Rica, have the opportunity to volunteer in a soup kitchen in Alajuelita for a full or half day. The client has transportation to and from the soup kitchen.

“They pay for the experience,” Harper said. “Let’s face it, these places need your time and your money.”

In Nicaragua, guests that book the Jicaro Island Ecolodge have the opportunity to visit a school on a nearby island where the children have outdated books and limited bathroom facilities. “The client may plan ahead and coordinate with the school on bringing down the supplies they need, or they can participate in a clean-up effort,” Harper said.

Even cruise ships, primarily associated — whether fairly or not — with high seas hi-jinks are getting in on giving back. In June 2015, Carnival Corp. debuted the new brand Fathom, with itineraries that are either Cuba or Dominican Republic-based. The Cuba trips are based on cultural immersion, but the trips to the DR are focused on volunteering. Cruisers can participate in activities ranging from supporting English language skills — a skill demanded by the local tourism industry — to working in a women’s cooperative to pouring the foundation in community homes.

The “impact activities” range in price from free to $20.

For those who don’t want to give up time off, there’s a new way to book travel and donate to a charity of choice. Book Here, Give Here was started by Loulu Lima last year and donates to vetted charities with each booking. It’s no cost to the client, she said, and instead comes out of the company’s commission. Group, wedding and corporate travelers can customize their charitable donation.

The company also asks suppliers to match the donation, potentially doubling the impact.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two of the largest hospitals in the besieged part of eastern Aleppo have been attacked and are now out of service, as the number of wounded civilians continues to grow.

“The place is filled with dust,” Abu Rajab, a radiologist and managing director of one of the destroyed hospitals, told ABC News. “Warplanes targeted the hospital directly. This attack led to the hospital going out of service. Because of the siege we can’t fix the broken equipment. We are unable to service the people who need it. Today, we are sad. We are sad because we can’t provide the necessary treatment to the patients who need it. We are hoping to go back in service even if at a minimum level.”

Early this morning, 2 SAMS-supported hospitals in eastern #Aleppo were hit by targeted airstrikes and shelling. 2 casualties & 5 injured. pic.twitter.com/qB4a89PyRf

— SAMS (@sams_usa) September 28, 2016

The attack happened at around 4 a.m. local time, Abu Rajab said. Power generators, water reservoirs, respirators and other equipment were destroyed. The intensive care unit was also hit and damaged. Dust and rubble fell on the patients in their beds.

#Aleppo #Syria: It has come to the point where it’s actually more dangerous to be in a hospital than outside in the streets. @RMardiniICRC

— Yves Daccord (@YDaccordICRC) September 28, 2016

The wounded were sent to the few functioning hospitals in east Aleppo.

“We are very busy because all the patients from the two hospitals were transferred to the remaining hospitals,” Hamza Khatib, a doctor at an east Aleppo hospital who uses a pseudonym for safety reasons, told ABC News.

The World Health Organization and the Red Cross have called for humanitarian routes to be established in the besieged part of Aleppo so that dozens of sick and injured people can be evacuated. Only some 30 doctors are believed to remain in the besieged eastern part of Aleppo. Airstrikes on Aleppo intensified after the Syrian military declared an offensive against eastern Aleppo on Sept. 22 – a few days after announcing that a U.S.-Russia-brokered ceasefire had ended.

“These attacks strike at the very heart of what’s left of Aleppo’s health care system,” Donna McKay, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights, a non-profit group, said of today’s hospital attacks. “And now, with heavier artillery and a sustained campaign against medical facilities since the end of the ceasefire, we’re seeing the noose tighten around Aleppo. Intentional attacks on hospitals are war crimes, plain and simple, and the silence from the international community is deafening. The Syrian government and its Russian allies are engaged in an all-out assault on civilians and health care, and until these attacks end, the ongoing suffering and carnage will be a stain on all the world’s conscience.”

The hospital attacks happened as the number of killed and wounded in parts of Aleppo increases every day. Six civilians were killed in Aleppo’s al-Maadi neighbourhood today, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Airstrikes struck a number of other neighborhoods, leaving several civilians wounded.

Yesterday, at least 23 people, including 10 children, were killed after airstrikes hit east Aleppo’s neighborhoods of al-Shaar and al-Mashhad. One girl was rescued alive from under the rubble of a destroyed building. Activists said she lost 16 members of her family in the attack.

Since Friday, at least 96 children have been killed in eastern Aleppo and 223 have been injured, according to UNICEF.

“The children of Aleppo are trapped in a living nightmare,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth in a statement. “There are no words left to describe the suffering they are experiencing.”

Around 1,000 people have been killed in the past eight days alone after 1,700 airstrikes pounded the besieged part of Aleppo, according to the White Helmets, a group of unarmed, nonpartisan rescue workers in Syria.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Almost 25 years after “Mrs. Doubtfire” was filmed, the home used in the famed Robin Williams comedy is on the market for $4.45 million.

The 4-bedroom, 3,300-square foot home, located in San Francisco, was used by Williams’ character, Mrs. Doubtfire, so that he could be close to his kids during a tumultuous divorce.

The listing, by realtor Steve Gothelf, features plenty of pics and exclusive looks from the inside of the house.

It has changed a bit, of course, with a “remodeled kitchen” and “lower-level family room or office with hardwood floors and remodeled full bath with shower” since the film’s 1993 release.

Williams committed suicide in 2014 and local San Francisco news site SF Gate adds that the home is “a shrine of sorts” to the late comedian, with flowers often left on the sidewalk.

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Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A long-awaited investigation by international prosecutors has found that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over east Ukraine two years ago using a missile brought from Russia and fired by Russian-backed rebels. All 298 aboard the plane were killed.

During a presentation today in the Dutch city of Nieuwegein, an international Joint Investigation Team (JIT) led by Dutch prosecutors, said it had concluded “without any doubt” that the flight was struck by an anti-aircraft missile fired by pro-Russian rebels and that it had established the missile’s route from Russia to the launch the site.

“Based on the criminal investigation, we can conclude that flight MH17 was shot down on July 17, 2014, by a BUK missile brought from the territory of the Russian Federation and that after it was launched, the system returned to Russia,” Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch investigator, told a news conference.

The JIT consists of representatives from Malaysia, Ukraine, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands, which had the largest number of citizens aboard the flight.

The investigators did not accuse Russia of supplying the missile, saying that the next stage of its investigation would now focus on firmly establishing suspects and bringing criminal charges against them. However, the JIT said it had already identified 100 individuals connected with the shooting and was now working to establish levels of involvement.

The investigation provided the most comprehensive case yet that the missile was fired by rebels and appeared to rule out many other scenarios, mostly put forward by Russia, that Ukrainian government forces were to blame for disaster.

Ahead of its release, Russia has sought to discredit the Dutch investigation, and on Monday its military released what it claimed was radar images showing the missile could not have been fired by the rebels.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, reiterated the claim just an hour before the JIT delivered its findings, saying the facts were “undeniable.”

The JIT investigators, however, refuted that claim, saying that the abundance of evidence it had gathered meant that the additional radar images did not change the overall conclusions of the investigation.

The investigation will now seek to build a criminal case against those responsible for firing the missile. The investigators issued a call for witnesses, saying the investigation was working to establish the chain of command that led to the missile’s firing.

Prosecutors could not give a time frame for the investigation but the JIT is scheduled to continue its work through 2018.

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Karwai Tang/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Prince William and Princess Kate enjoyed a rare, kids-free date night Tuesday with a stay at the Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, Canada.

Earlier in the day, William and Kate, both 34, revisited their school days when they toured the University of British Columbia Okanagan and watched an exhibition game by the university’s women’s volleyball team.

Kate, who stood out in a $2,600 emerald Dolce & Gabbana dress, and William, dressed in slacks and a blazer, were gifted their own customized volleyball jerseys and teddy bears for their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

What a game! Thank you @UBC for an amazing welcome! And for TRH’s special @UBC jerseys! #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/EbaD47Uvj5

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 27, 2016

The royals also visited a winery in Kelowna, where they sampled the region’s finest wines and signature dishes.

The Duke and Duchess sample some signature dishes from British Columbian chefs at #TasteofBC #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/fFU7e99zZJ

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 27, 2016

“It’s quite unusual,” Kate said while sampling one delicacy. “I’ve never seen it before.”

William and Kate’s busy day Tuesday also included a stop at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Center in Yukon, where they took in a show.

Chief Bill and Chief Kane welcome TRH to the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre for tonight’s showcase of Yukon’s thriving performing arts. pic.twitter.com/EfsAZGTEuU

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 28, 2016

William later told the young performers, “That was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. You should be very proud.”

William and Kate have so far kept up with their demanding schedule of engagements in Canada on their own while Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 16 months, have stayed in Victoria with their nanny, Maria Teresa Borallo. George and Charlotte were seen when the family landed in Victoria on Saturday.

Thank you to the @RCAF_ARC who flew the family safely to Victoria. pic.twitter.com/2wEhjaqNCd

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 24, 2016

Wednesday morning, William and Kate will greet the residents of Whitehorse at a colorful street party. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will later make their way along the spectacular Klondike Highway to Carcross, a small town of less than 300 people, where they will be welcomed by the Carcross/Tagish First Nation community.

William and Kate will then travel a short distance to the beautiful Montana Mountain where they will observe a mountain biking demonstration by Single Track to Success, a project that builds world-class trails and provides life-changing experiences to local youth.

William, Kate, George and Charlotte will conclude their eight-day tour of Canada on Saturday.

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Salah Malkawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Israel’s longest serving statesman Shimon Peres died early Wednesday, leaving the country mourning the last of the state’s founding fathers and a man whose legacy as a would-be peacemaker is celebrated by supporters but eyed with skepticism by many Palestinians.

The Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv said Peres, 93, died two weeks after suffering a serious stroke that caused bleeding in his brain.

Peres was present at the birth of the State of Israel. He emigrated from Poland to Palestine, then under British rule, in 1934 with his family when he was 12 years old. He grew up with the young nation, attending a school advocating for the relocation of Jews and as a teenager joined the first generation of Zionists in politics, led by David Ben-Gurion.

“Shimon was the essence of Israel itself,” President Obama said in a statement Wednesday. “The courage of Israel’s fight for independence … and the perseverance that led him to serve his nation in virtually every position in government across the entire life of the State of Israel.”

Peres’ career spanned 10 U.S. presidencies. He served in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, for over 47 years, and was elected prime minister three times. Peres was present at nearly every key moment in Israel’s history.

“As a man of vision, his gaze was aimed to the future,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday. “As a man of security, he fortified Israel’s strength in many ways, some of which even today are still unknown.”

His reputation was never without controversy, but his popularity grew enormously in the last 15 years of his life.

“He became the darling of the nation,” said Peres biographer Michael Bar Zohar. “He wanted to be loved by the public.”

And he was, at times.

“Sometimes the world is divided between the dreamers and the doers,” said Yehuda Ben-Meir, a former deputy minister of foreign affairs and a member of Knesset. “He was a dreamer, he was a visionary, but Shimon was also a builder. He managed to combine the two.”

Peres built Israel’s defense industry from scratch in the 1950s, negotiated Israel’s biggest arms and technology deals and prioritized security above all else. He dealt secretly with European powers, and was the mastermind behind Israel’s nuclear power plant Dimona, which houses a 24,000-kilowatt reactor in the Negev desert.

Two decades before the Oslo Accords and his subsequent Nobel Peace Prize, shared with then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat, Peres was a staunch supporter of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

As defense minister, he encouraged Jewish settlers to move to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and to the Golan Heights. Some 10 years later, he set his sights on peace with the Palestinians, and to this day, that very peace remains elusive in large part due to the expanding Jewish settlements, according to the United Nations.

And Palestinians remember that.

For Israelis, even those that opposed the Oslo Accords, the Nobel Peace Prize cemented Peres’ legacy as a “man of peace,” but for Palestinians, despite the flicker of hope before Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995, the impact of settlement expansion and a powerhouse Israeli military leave a cruel legacy, said Diana Buttu, a lawyer who was involved in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

“He was the first to do a number of things,” said Buttu. “Setting up Dimona nuclear facility without inspections — that created a precedent that stands today. And the bombing of Qana, Lebanon, in 1996 where 800 people were seeking shelter in a UN building … it then became acceptable to bomb UN facilities.”

She continued, “For Peres, ‘peace’ meant bombing civilians, stealing land, ethnic cleansing and building settlements. He stripped the word ‘peace’ of any meaning.”

For his part, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, sent a message to the Peres family expressing his sadness and regret in losing “a partner in brave peacemaking.” The message praised Peres for making “relentless efforts to achieve lasting peace since the Oslo agreement until the last moment of his life.”

The struggle between security and peace dominated Peres’ later political life but he never showed regret.

“Shimon was an optimist,” said his biographer, Zohar. “He never looked back in anger. If he did regret, he did not show it.”

Years later, when asked about his change in priorities, he told Newsweek: “It’s not that I changed my character. I found a different situation.”

He worked tirelessly and his peers say nothing was ever enough.

“He was a fighter. He never gave up,” said Ben-Meir. “He knew how to give them hell. And knew how to build.”

Zohar describes it this way: “When [Peres] was 4 or 5 years old in Poland, he would go to his grandmother’s house with a friend who was much stronger than him. They played a game that involved the stronger friend pushing little Peres down again, and again. Finally Peres’ grandmother put an end to it and Peres protested. ‘But perhaps next time I’ll make it!’ he said, and that was Shimon Peres from age 5 until his death.”

An eternal optimist, he told Zohar once, “I never met a pessimist who found another star in the sky.”

And when asked about his legacy, Zohar said, “I don’t think he cared about it very much.”

“People ask me how I would like to be remembered,” Peres told the Sunday Times in a 2013 interview. “I say bubbemeises [nonsense] — no one remembers anything.”

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Thaxton Family/ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning about certain top-loading Samsung washing machines after reports that some had exploded, ABC News has learned exclusively.

The agency said it is working with Samsung on a remedy to fix the issue that apparently affects some units made between March 2011 and April 2016.

At first, Melissa Thaxton, 32, of Dallas, Ga. thought her Samsung washing machine was a lifesaver.

“It was just perfect,” Thaxton said.

But she says that changed on the morning of April 8, 2016. Thaxton says she was standing next to the running machine when it exploded.

“It was the loudest sound. It sounded like a bomb went off in my ear,” Thaxton said. “There were wires, nuts, the cover actual was laying on the floor.”

Thaxton says what made it even more frightening was that her then- 4-year-old son, Luke, was right next to her.

“I just remember covering my head and leaning towards my son and just screaming this scream that I didn’t even know I could scream,” she said.

In a similar case in Holly Springs, NC, Sarah Price, said her two-month-old top loading Samsung washing machine flew apart, too.

“Any one of us could’ve been in here,” Price said.

These aren’t the only cases.

GMA Investigates has learned that since early last year, 21 people have reported to the CPSC that their top-loading Samsung washing machines have exploded or blown apart.

Thaxton and several other plaintiffs are suing Samsung in federal court in New Jersey. Their lawyer, Jason Lichtman, argues that a support rod in the top-loading Samsung washing machine is insufficient to hold the tub in place and can become unfastened during the spin cycle.

“The rod can slide right out,” Lichtman said. “And that’s what causes the washing machine to blow apart.”

In a statement late yesterday Samsung told GMA Investigates: “In rare cases, affected units may experience abnormal vibrations that could pose a risk of personal injury or property damage when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant items. It is important to note that Samsung customers have completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011.”

Until the remedy to this safety issue is in place, the CPSC and Samsung Wednesday are advising consumers to only use the delicate cycle when washing bedding and bulky items. They say the lower speed lessens the risk of impact injuries or property damage due to the washing machine becoming dislodged. Consumers can contact Samsung for more information and to determine if they have an affected washing machine.

Thaxton said that Samsung offered her a refund, but she said she’s taking it to court instead because she wants to warn other people about the problem.

“If that would have hit my child there is no telling. It would have been catastrophic,” Thaxton said. “And that’s why I’m speaking out.”

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Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres has died in Tel Aviv two weeks after suffering from a major stroke, his family has confirmed.

He was Israel’s longest-serving politician, holding all top posts in government, including twice as prime minister. In 2007, he was elected as the ninth president.

Peres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin for the Oslo Peace Accords signed in 1993 after the first negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Peres was 93.

In a statement Tuesday night, President Obama called Shimon the “essence of Israel itself.”

“I will always be grateful that I was able to call Shimon my friend,” the president said. “I first visited him in Jerusalem when I was a senator, and when I asked for his advice, he told me that while people often say that the future belongs to the young, it’s the present that really belongs to the young. ‘Leave the future to me,’ he said, ‘I have time.’ And he was right. Whether it was during our conversations in the Oval Office, walking together through Yad Vashem, or when I presented him with America’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, Shimon always looked to the future.”

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