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Dogs May Like Praise as Much as Their Treats

A small study finds that a pat on the head can go a long way

(Newser) - Scientists who've trained the first group of dogs to sit still in MRI machines so that their brain activity can be measured say they've made a striking discovery: Dogs may like to get attention as much as if not more than they like to get treats. Reporting in... More »

Dead Jogger's Family Raises Money for Massive Reward

Original goal of $100K was met within hours

(Newser) - The parents of Karina Vetrano, the jogger murdered in Queens last week, teamed up with others in their close-knit community, Howard Beach, to try to come up with a reward to supplement the $20,000 being offered by the NYPD to catch Vetrano's killer. The goal of their GoFundMe... More »

Cabbie Returns $187K, Gets Meager Reward

Fare left inheritance in Boston taxi

(Newser) - A man who left about $187,000 cash in a Boston taxi has been reunited with his money thanks to an honest cabbie, police say. Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland, a driver for the Independent Taxi Operators Association, picked up a fare with a cast on one leg on Saturday. "... More »

Man Pulls $25K Reward in Ohio Slayings Over 'Developments'

Jeff Ruby cites 'complex criminal developments'

(Newser) - An odd and mostly unexplained development in the murder of eight Ohio family members : A local business leader has yanked his $25,000 reward in the case. In a tweet , restaurant owner Jeff Ruby said that "with recent complex criminal developments in Pike Co case, we are withdrawing our... More »

Student's Winter Break Plan: Find This Man's Bones. He Did

Caleb Shumway went on the hunt for Lance Leeroy Arellano

(Newser) - As far as winter breaks go, Caleb Shumway has had an unusual and potentially lucrative one: The Utah Valley University student likely found the human remains he was looking for. The 23-year-old Moab native is the son of an officer, one of the 150-plus law enforcement members who in 2010... More »

Down-on-His-Luck Busboy Finds $3K, Turns It In

Johnny Duckworth says he never even considered keeping the money

(Newser) - A Colorado busboy who's low on cash and dealing with medical issues didn't let his own woes stop him from doing the right thing. Johnny Duckworth found $3,000 Tuesday in an envelope that had fallen behind a booth at Randy's Southside Diner in Grand Junction, the... More »

Police Reopen Investigation Into 1975 Officer Slaying

And they're offering a $50K reward for information

(Newser) - Late last month, the Long Beach Police Department reopened the investigation into a 28-year-old officer gunned down in front of his house in 1975, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. Not only that, but the department is offering a $50,000 reward for any information that helps solve the case, according... More »

Psychic Sues NY for $100K: My 'Gifts' Helped Find Inmates

Texas man wants reward money for 'helping' in case of escaped inmates

(Newser) - On June 7, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted that the state of New York had $100,000 for anyone with info that would lead to the arrest of two escaped prison inmates. Now a Texas psychic wants Cuomo to pay up and has filed a lawsuit to demand the... More »

Cops Aim Sketch, $28K at Nabbing Bangkok Bomber

Thai police aren't convinced he acted alone, though

(Newser) - Thai law enforcement have released an arrest warrant, police sketch, and a hefty reward in their efforts to catch the bomber behind this week's deadly blast in Bangkok , the AP and ah report. Cops say the sketch released today, which shows a man with bushy dark hair and eyeglasses,... More »

$75K Reward Offered to Find Drone Pilots at Wildfires

California county is fed up with interference of firefighters

(Newser) - Firefighters battling California wildfires keep running into the same problem over and over —drones. Specifically, hobbyist drones being flown by someone presumably looking to take great images of the fire. The problem is that the drones prevent airdrops, and now authorities are banking on an old-fashioned solution: fat rewards.... More »

Study: The Stick Trumps the Carrot

But the stick may not have to be very big

(Newser) - Do people learn better by being rewarded for the right behavior—or punished for doing wrong? A new study offers a harsh answer: The stick beats the carrot. Researchers at Washington University of St. Louis had 88 students perform a challenging task. Some listened to a randomized bunch of clicks... More »

Mystery Donor Offers $30M Reward for MH17 Culprit

German investigative firm says offer is legit, with funds held in Zurich

(Newser) - Everyone wants to know who shot Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 out of the skies over Ukraine in July, but one unknown entity really wants to know—and is apparently willing to pony up $30 million for the answer. Wifka, a German private-investigation firm, says it has a client who's... More »

59 Years Later, Hunt Is On for 2 Stolen 'Jennies'

$100K reward offered for missing stamps

(Newser) - In 1955, thieves stole four prized stamps—and more than half a century later, two still haven't been found. A dealer recently promised a $50,000 reward for each of the stamps, known as Inverted Jennies, the New York Times reports. A stamp library is also prepared to pay... More »

Drug Lord Snitches: US Stiffed Us on Reward Money

'Snitches' tell the 'Guardian' they're still waiting for cash

(Newser) - In 2004, Diego León Montoya Sánchez, at the time the leader of Colombia's most powerful drug cartel, was second only to Osama bin Laden on the list of America's most wanted. Three years later, a member of his inner circle who goes by "Tito" decided... More »

Honest Cabbie Gets $10K Reward

Vegas driver who turned in $300K is rewarded

(Newser) - The cabbie in Vegas who returned $300,000 in cash left in his car has gotten a five-figure reward for his honesty. Gerardo Gamboa received a $10,000 thank-you from the absent-minded gambler, reports the Las Vegas Sun . The amazing find took place a few days before Christmas, when Gamboa... More »

Michigan Man Wants $25M Reward for Osama Raid

He says he told FBI where bin Laden was hiding

(Newser) - A Michigan man claims he tipped federal investigators to the location of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan years before his killing and is seeking the $25 million reward. A letter obtained by the AP from a law firm representing Grand Rapids resident Tom Lee says the 63-year-old gem... More »

Homeless Man Who Returned $42K Gets Big Pay Off

We're talking $130K, and growing

(Newser) - Whoever said no good deed goes unpunished probably never got six figures out of the act. But turning in a lost backpack with $42,000 in cash and traveler's checks inside has paid off for Glen James, who's raked in more than $130,000 in donations from across... More »

College Kids Caught Being Honest, Rewarded

4 football players receive gift cards

(Newser) - Four New Jersey college football players are being rewarded for their honesty. The members of the William Paterson University football team each received $50 gift cards after surveillance cameras captured them paying for some batteries and sunglasses even though no employees were around at a Wayne, NJ, store. Buddy's... More »

Kid Rock Offers Reward to Catch Intruder

Rocker will pay $5K for information after man tries to enter home

(Newser) - Kid Rock is willing to pay up to catch a man who seems to be either a stalker fan or an inept burglar. The rocker has offered a $5,000 reward for information that helps police arrest a guy who drove a van through the gate of his Detroit-area home,... More »

Hostage Couple to Get Most of Dorner Reward

$1M payout to be split 3 ways

(Newser) - A couple tied up and held captive in their cabin by rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner will be getting most of the $1 million reward in the case. The LAPD says a panel of three judges has decided to give 80% of the payout to Jim and Karen Reynolds, who called... More »

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