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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet’s wheel well spent seven hours undetected in the plane before the jetliner took off.

The teen, the son of a California cab driver, is a junior at Santa Clara High School. He reportedly moved to the school this year.

Student Emanuael Golla said the student is shy. “He really didn’t speak that much,” he added. “We were all surprised at what happened. We really didn’t believe it was him.”

The teen told authorities he left home after a fight with his father and step-mother. He scaled a fence at the San Jose Airport at about 1 a.m. Sunday, hiding in the Hawaiian Airlines 767 wheel well for nearly seven hours before the plane took off at 7:55 a.m.

While it’s not clear how the teen spent all that time, FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen was sleeping in the plane before takeoff. He “literally just slept on the plane overnight,” Simon said.

The boy told authorities that he chose the specific plane because it was the closest one. The teen’s actions were caught on tape, but were undetected by security.

Once the plane landed in Maui, officials said airport surveillance video captured the boy crawling out of the wheel well. Authorities believe the boy survived the five-plus hour flight, despite little oxygen and temperatures of at least -50 degrees.

Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz said he spoke with the stowaway after airport employees found him wandering the tarmac. He said the teen told him he hadn’t seen his biological mother since he was 2 years old and that he wanted to go see her. It’s not clear if that was the purpose of the teen’s incredible journey.

The boy was resting Tuesday at a Honolulu hospital. Hawaii’s Department of Human Services said child welfare officials were arranging his safe return to California.

The big concern Wednesday is airport security. A camera caught the teen climbing into the wheel well, but nobody knew until Hawaiian officials called the San Jose International Airport and asked them to look.

“We are looking at what we need to improve so that what happened on Sunday will not occur again,” said Rosemary Barnes, the airport’s spokesperson.

The Federal Aviation Administration said about one-quarter of the 105 stowaways who have sneaked aboard flights worldwide since 1947 have survived. Some wheel-well stowaways survived deadly cold and a lack of oxygen because their breathing, heart rate and brain activity slow down.

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Samir Hussein/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Last month Beyonce shot a Toyota commercial for the auto maker’s new campaign titled “Get Going.” Now, a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot has surfaced on Tuesday.

In the two-minute clip, posted on one of her Beyhive’s YouTube page, the singer films three spots as her latest single, “XO,” plays in the background.

“I feel like it’s a very emotional spot. It goes through my growth and my childhood and who I wanted to be and who I have become,” Beyonce says during an on-set interview.

The commercial was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who previously helmed Beyonce’s video “Pretty Hurts” and “Move Your Body.” She comments, “We all can relate to the idea of ‘get going’ and how we all need that motivation in our own lives.”

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Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Debra Messing has never looked anything less than drop-dead gorgeous.

You would never know it, but the Will & Grace icon, 45, recently made an effort to eat better for her health and it’s definitely paid off big time.

“About two to three years ago, I made a very, very big change the way I approach nutrition,” she told ABC News. “I think it made a big difference in how I look or at least how I’m perceived to look.”

She continued, “I lost like 20 pounds, it wasn’t my intention, that wasn’t why I made the change. I made the change because I was just tired all the time. For a long time, I just accepted that was the plight of a working, single mother. You’re juggling everyday.”

Messing admitted that she grew up eating “crappy foods.”

“I grew up on fast food and candy every day,” she said. “Pizza and french fries and burgers — I love food and I’ve always loved food. Vegetables were not a part of my life at all”

Now, she is focused and feeling the difference from head-to-toe.

“I’m just eating really, really clean healthy foods,” she said. “Obviously I knew there was an association between what I ate and whether I gained 10 pounds or lost 10 pounds, but it never really became a reality for me that it shows on the outside in your hair and skin and even the clarity of your eyes. I was just stubborn.”

Messing, who just filmed a new pilot The Mysteries of Laura, said she starts every morning with a green juice.

“[That includes] kale and spinach and celery and ginger and lemon and cucumber,” she said. “At least I know I’m starting my day and getting a big shot of nutrients that I need. I start out strong…For the pilot, I was shooting 15, 16, 17 hours everyday. I really depended on having that juice once or twice a day. It really gave me more energy. That made an obvious difference for me, in me feeling strong.”

Messing spoke to ABC as part of a collaboration with Zyrtec. Along with eating clean, the actress takes Zyrtec because of allergies.

“Allergies have been a lifelong struggle for me,” she said. “I’m allergic to everything. I’m allergic to pollen, grass, mold, mildew and dust. You name it and I’m allergic to it.”

Now with the proper help, Messing said she is grateful she can wake up in the morning without the constant fear of an allergy attack.

“I know I’m going to be okay, whether I’m going out to Central Park with my 10-year-old son to play soccer in the middle of the pollen vortex, or doing a Broadway play in a 100-year-old theater covered in dust,” she added.

Can’t imagine eight Broadway shows a week without #ZYRTEC in my allergy arsenal! #ad pic.twitter.com/KTlEKlVT4W

— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 14, 2014

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File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you could eat doughnuts without the guilt, would you?

Turns out, you can, almost. And there’s still a pinch of guilt, but only about one-fourth of the guilt you would experience after eating a typical doughnut.

Holey Donuts, the online-only doughnut shop, is about to open its first retail location in New York City. The store opens next month, but ABC News staffers got to sample a variety of the low-fat doughnuts fresh from the still-unopened store in a very unofficial, unscientific taste test. Could they be as good as the real thing?

In a word, yes. Or in another word, “amazing.” And still another, “fine.”

Every reaction to the doughnuts was a positive one, but enthusiasm varied considerably. One thing that was agreed upon by all: the doughnuts were far more dough-y than a typical doughnut. Comparisons were made to a bagel and store-bought French bread. “You know, the dough-y kind…not the crusty one,” one sampler said.

Another point made by several tasters: The doughnuts are sweet, but not too sweet. “Sweet enough,” as one photo editor on the informal panel put it.

Indeed. The company claims a “huge” online fan base for the treats it touts as “great-tasting donuts without the fat, calories and guilt.”

The company said its “exclusive, yet secret cooking process” results in a doughnut with a fraction of the fat of regular doughnuts: 3 to 5 grams of fat compared with 15 to 40 grams in others. The doughnuts contain no artificial sweeteners.

The store’s model will be an environmentally friendly green business with the concept of “nothing on display, nothing to throw away.” Instead of keeping shelves full of product, doughnuts will be ordered from a photo menu board. Customers will watch the doughnuts as they are being filled, frosted and boxed after placing their order. The store will also carry a line of natural juices from RAAW. There will also be green tea and the brand’s own fair trade “Simple Coffee.”

The store is in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village at 101 Seventh Ave. South. It opens May 4 and each doughnut will cost $3.85.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s like online dating — except for people seeking dogs or cats or chinchillas or whatever else may be the perfect pet for them.

“It’s exactly like using Match.com,” says Darrell Lerner, who ought to know. Before he founded pet-finder site Allpaws (which currently has 82,960 pets awaiting adoption), Lerner co-founded SNAP Interactive, the developer of AYI (Are You Interested?), a dating application on Facebook with, he says, some 70 million installs.

Allpaws, says its website, “Takes online pet listing in a new and exciting direction by offering an online dating style interface complete with advanced search tools.” Those include some 30 different search filters, Lerner tells ABC News.

Adopters (we hesitate to call them “early adopters,” although the site launched only this past January) can search by type of pet, breed, location, gender, age, size or friskiness. You can search for a bird who’s great with children, a senior cat or a special-needs chinchilla.

The site lists over 49,000 dogs, over 31,000 cats, 1,208 rabbits and 272 horses — not to mention 658 animals “small and furry,” 79 that hail from the barnyard and 238 slitherers and other assorted reptiles.

Meanwhile, PuppyFind.com, as its name implies, matches puppy-seekers with breeders. “We’re puppies-only,” says Mike Peters, head of business development.

Peters tells ABC News the site lists some 50,000 puppies (from 300 different breeds), some priced as high at $3,000 per pup. The site makes money by charging breeders a flat fee. It exists only to connect buyers and sellers. From there, it takes no further role in the transaction.

The site, says Peters, was the target of scammers some years ago — people falsely claiming to be breeders, many doing business from overseas. They would list puppies for sale and collect the money. Then Fido would not be forthcoming. Such scammers, in their sales blurbs, would tell heart-tugging tales explaining why they had to sell their Dalmatians at fire-sale prices, he says. The cons were cousins to those now in circulation, for example, where a man trapped in the Cairo airport promises to send you a check for $1,000, if only you will wire $350 so he can get a new passport.

PuppyFind, Peters says, has since installed security software that makes such scams harder to perpetrate.

Miranda Furtado, 28, of Toronto, Canada, tells ABC she used PuppyFind last November. The self-described editor, guru and broadcaster — founder of a website that delivers sports news to women (BabesDigBalls) — says she had always wanted a French bulldog. She calls finding the right dog online a higher-risk proposition than online dating.

“With a puppy, you’re putting money down,” she explains. “I wasn’t even sure the dog would show up.”

But he did. And Elvis (so-named because he has a cleft lip) has since turned out to be “an amazing dog.”

His lip was not a defect in Furtado’s eyes, since it made him a cheaper buy than a Canadian bulldog would have been. “Here, they’re really expensive,” she explained.

Elvis is the best dog she has ever had, says Furtado. “I couldn’t be happier,” she says.

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Fuse/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — A survey conducted for the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that 69 percent of respondents believe that health plans offered in the U.S. should automatically cover birth control.

Study researcher Dr. Michelle Moniz, an OB/GYN at the University of Michigan Medical School, says that the bulk of those supporting a birth control mandate are women, blacks and Hispanics.

The survey asked 3,500 people their opinions about what services should be required in health plans with about 2,100 responding to the questionnaire.

Eighty-five percent of the respondents want mandated mammograms, colonoscopies and vaccinations in medical coverage while at least three-quarters also support exams for diabetes and high cholesterol, mental health care, and dental care.

Ten percent want coverage for everything except birth control. This group is mostly made up of men, people over 60 and those without children.

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iStock/360/Thinkstock(HAMILTON, N.Y.) — If you think your significant other is the sun, moon and stars all rolled up into one, your high expectations could come crashing down around your head.

Colgate University psychologist Jennifer Tomlinson contends putting your partner on a pedestal might ultimately harm the relationship.

Tomlinson and her research team conducted various experiments with couples, both married and unmarried, to learn how they felt about one another through questionnaires.

The first conclusion wasn’t at all surprising: people in relationships are generally happier when their partner sees them in a slightly better light than they see themselves.

However, there also comes a point when too much idealizing becomes a dangerous thing if the object of praise starts to pull away after realizing they either can’t or won’t live up to a partner’s expectations.

Tomlinson maintains, “While it may be tempting to provide effusive praise, I think it’s also important to communicate understanding and validation of a person’s core identity.”

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A conservative watchdog of the nation’s higher education system says that Democratic politicians easily outnumber Republicans when it comes to being invited to give college commencement addresses in May.

Campus Reform says Democrats have to a two-to-one advantage with President Obama actually scheduled for two speeches at the University of California, Irvine and West Point while first lady Michelle Obama will address students at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore all have invites to college campuses as well. Meanwhile, Campus Reform says Democratic congressmen and governors have also doubled up on their GOP counterparts.

Some potential candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination are scheduled commencement day speakers, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at New Jersey’s public Rowan University, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Naturally, wherever commencement speakers go, controversy usually follows. In the latest case, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is facing controversy from not one but two colleges.

Members of the faculties at both the University of Minnesota and Rutgers University have called upon their administrations to rescind their invitations to Rice because of their opposition to the policies of the last Republican president.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Although the Obama administration is still considering how many U.S. troops to leave in Afghanistan after 2014, there are reports that the residual force could fall well under 10,000.

Some of the factors going into the decision include the failure of the Afghan government to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement and the relatively peaceful election process earlier this month in which the Taliban didn’t exercise much muscle.

However, everything is a moot point if the new Afghan president fails to sign a post-war pact.

White House spokeswoman Laura Lucas Magnuson said in a statement, “The longer we go without a BSA, the more challenging it will be to plan and execute any US mission. Furthermore, the longer we go without a BSA, the more likely it will be that any post-2014 US mission will be smaller in scale and ambition.”

Keeping a residual force in Afghanistan in a training and advisory role would help national forces repel attempts by the Taliban to destabilize the government.

Furthermore, American soldiers are needed to protect CIA bases in Afghanistan where drone strikes are launched against militant targets in neighboring Pakistan.

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Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s good to be a college graduate. Or, at the very least, it’s better than it was last year.

An update of the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ job outlook finds that employers will hire 8.6 percent more graduates this spring, compared to the same time in 2013.

Employers that responded to the NACE survey indicated that they’re mostly looking for business, engineering and accounting majors with bachelor’s degrees. In fact, seven in ten companies specifically want business majors.

Grads who will likely struggle to find work will be those who got their degrees in health science and education although Andrea Koncz, employment information officer for NACE, points out that the preponderance of respondents were from the finance, insurance and real estate industries.

As for who can expect to earn the most with their bachelor’s degree, it’s petroleum engineering majors with a starting salary of $95,300.

While companies expect to employ more grads in 2014, Koncz says the numbers are still on the flat side because the rate of increase is really no different from previous years.

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