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Young Boy Who Died Trying to Save Dad Wins Bravery Medal

Local fire chief calls the boy a 'hero'

(Newser) - As a raging fire burned through the three-story brick home of a family in Norristown, Pa., a 12-year-old boy watching the flames grew increasingly worried about his father, who was still recovering from hip-replacement surgery. Not realizing that his dad, Sanford Harling Jr., who was 58, had jumped out of... More »

10-Year-Old Found Dead Under 2 Feet of Snow

It was a freak accident

(Newser) - A boy doing what any kid does on a snow day—digging around in the snow—met a tragic end when the tunnel he had burrowed collapsed and suffocated him. The 10-year-old was playing on his grandparents' farm in upstate New York Wednesday when his father, who was clearing the... More »

Boy Becomes Meme, Helps Spark Village Fundraiser

Jake's story is finally being told

(Newser) - It was a photo shared 'round the world: a little boy, said to be from South Africa, drawing with utter concentration. People sharing it joked he was, for example, a grouchy driving instructor or perhaps a stern security guard . The story behind the image was unclear—until now, reports... More »

Dying Son's Birthday Wish: to Receive Mail

And it's pouring in for 8-year-old Bubby Everson

(Newser) - Bubby Everson is an 8-year-old boy with a simple birthday dream: to receive mail. He loves getting cards and especially stickers, which he'll play with and "put all over the place," his dad, Thomas Everson, tells Q13 Fox . His parents are asking people to send Bubby mail... More »

Boy Survives 230-Foot Fall From Cliff

He suffered broken bones, but lived though plunge

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy in northern California survived a plunge of nearly 250 feet off a cliff onto the ground below last night, reports CBS Local . The unidentified boy has broken bones but somehow escaped life-threatening injuries when he fell from a trail on Bodega Head in Sonoma County. As the... More »

Boy Cuts Worker's Safety Line on 8th Floor

10-year-old in China says he couldn't watch cartoons

(Newser) - A guy doing handiwork outside an apartment building in China got quite the shock when a boy severed his safety line, leaving him to dangle 100 feet above the ground, reports NPR . Why the unkind cut? The worker, named Liu, apparently made so much noise installing lights that the 10-year-old... More »

Boy Keeps Fallen Dad Alive for a Week

But Bienvenu Asumani died yesterday, 2 days after he was taken to hospital

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy cared for and kept his father alive for more than a week after the man slipped on a wet floor in their Nebraska home, struck his head, and became unresponsive. Peter Asumani told a police investigator that he fed his father, 45-year-old Bienvenu Asumani, and gave him... More »

Plastics 'Feminizing' Baby Boys

In utero exposure linked to different behaviors

(Newser) - Pregnant women's exposure to plastics is "feminizing" the baby boys they give birth to, researchers have found. Heightened in utero exposure to plastics is linked to reduced interest by boys in "rough and tumble" play and also to more typically masculine toys, like trucks, trains and guns, found... More »

Errant Balloon Lands, But Boy Missing

(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy is missing after he supposedly floated away in his father's homemade balloon over the skies of Denver. The craft came down about 3:30pm, after two hours in the air, but the youngster wasn't inside. His fate remains unclear, and it's possible that he fell out during... More »

How China's Boy Boom Hurt US Economy

Preference for boys may lead to 'savings glut'

(Newser) - Lots of theories have been floated about the how the US housing and credit bubbles came to be, but this one gets points for originality: New research suggests that China's overabundance of males played a role, reports the Wall Street Journal. It begins with this: Because of the high male-to-female... More »

Abducted SoCal Boy Reunited With Mom

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy abducted from his family home in San Bernardino nearly 2 weeks ago by two armed men was reunited with his mother today after police found him wandering a Mexican border town's streets, sheriff's officials said. The reunion took place in the California border city of Calexico, a... More »

Boys Outnumber Girls in China by 32M

Sex ratio poses looming security concerns

(Newser) - China's one-child policy has left the nation with 32 million more boys than girls under the age of 20, a new study says. The greatest imbalance is among kids ages 1 to 4, which likely means bigger problems down the road, the New York Times reports. Researchers said China could... More »

Prison Crew Helps Toddler Lost on Highway

(Newser) - Inmates in a Maryland road crew helped care for a toddler who wandered down a freeway yesterday when his family forgot about him, the Frederick News-Post reports. A trucking company owner first spotted the 2 1/2-year-old boy running on the center lines of Route 550 as gravel trucks drove by.... More »

Finger Length Holds Key to Running Skill

Measure digits to predict aggression, math scores, arthritis

(Newser) - Boys with ring fingers longer than their middle fingers may be speedier than peers with more symmetrical hands, a study of Qatari adolescents suggests. The speed difference is associated with exposure to testosterone in the womb, LiveScience reports. Finger length can also predict men’s aggression and SAT math scores,... More »

Jacko Has Boyish Taste in Art

Neverland property loaded with sculptures of boys

(Newser) - Michael Jackson is fighting to keep his possessions off the auction block, and now we know why. TMZ has a list of everything on his Neverland ranch property, and it includes lots of creepy-sounding art. Among the pieces: "boy with accordion," "boy sitting on bricks," "... More »

Ariz. Mom Wants Her Killer Boy Back in School

Nine-year-old pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his dad and a friend

(Newser) - The mother of a 9-year-old Arizona boy accused of shooting to death his father and a family friend says her son should not have been allowed to plead guilty without her consent—and she wants him back in school, reports ABC News. The child avoided a murder trial by pleading... More »

Town Struggles With Prosecution of 'Killer Boy'

Boy accused of shooting dad's pregnant lover 'swimming' in adult prison duds

(Newser) - Pennsylvania authorities are struggling with how to handle the case of an 11-year-old boy arrested in the murder of his father's pregnant girlfriend. State law allows children over ten to be tried as adults. But the prison warden already wants Jordan Brown moved to a juvenile facility, reports the Pittsburgh ... More »

Aussie Boy's Body Found in Croc

Boy vanished while playing with dog and brother in mangrove swamp

(Newser) - The remains of a 5-year-old boy who vanished while playing near a flooded Australian river have been found inside a crocodile, reports AP. The stomach contents of a 14-foot croc captured in the Daintree River confirmed the giant reptile consumed the boy, who disappeared while playing with his dog and... More »

Kid Matador Kills Record 6 Bulls

Bloody spectacle gets last-minute go-ahead despite controversy

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Mexican bullfighter has broken a world record by killing six young bulls in a single bloody spectacle, reports the BBC. "I'm happy to have achieved this great victory," boasted the boy as he left the ring in Merida yesterday. The controversial bullfight exhibition won a last-minute... More »

Boy, 8, Mulling Deal in Dad's Death

Deal linked to 3 mental evaluations of boy who killed dad

(Newser) - An 8-year-old Arizona boy who is accused of shooting his father and a tenant to death is considering a plea deal in the double killing, reports the Arizona Republic. "We would have to decide if that's something in our client's best interest, and it's too early to be able... More »

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