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Cops: Man Kills Boy, 11, Walking Home From School

Suspect Che Calhoun is still at large

(Newser) - Josue Flores, 11, dreamed of being a doctor so he could help others. Sadly, doctors couldn't help him Tuesday when he was stabbed in an "unprovoked" attack on a Houston street, per CBS News . Police say Josue was walking home from school, about two blocks from his home,... More »

City Will Pay People Sent to Jail Over Court Fines

The mostly homeless individuals will get $125 per day in jail

(Newser) - In a rare move, Colorado Springs has agreed to pay dozens of people, most of them homeless, who were sent to jail because they couldn't afford to pay fines for minor offenses like panhandling and jaywalking, the AP reports. The $103,000 deal requires the city to pay up... More »

Italy: Stealing Food Not a Crime if You're Starving, Homeless

Court's ruling would be 'blasphemy in America'

(Newser) - This week, Italy's highest court ruled it's not illegal for a starving homeless person to steal food needed to survive, the Guardian reports. The ruling stems from a 2011 incident in which a homeless man named Roman Ostriakov paid for a bag of breadsticks at a supermarket while... More »

Woman Raises $16K for Helpful Homeless Man

He took her to a cafe when she was stranded in London

(Newser) - If a homeless man had asked her for spare change before March 3, Nicole Sedgebeer admits she would have turned the other way. Then came "the most eye-opening event in my life." The 21-year-old from Milton Keynes, England, says she missed the last train home from London after... More »

SF 'Tech Bro': Get Rid of Homeless 'Riff Raff'

'I shouldn’t have to see the ... despair of homeless people [going] to work every day'

(Newser) - What may have started out as a concerned citizen's plea to city officials to take care of an ongoing issue quickly denigrated into a case study of entitlement and privilege that's now being "crucified" across the Internet, per the San Francisco Chronicle . Tech entrepreneur Justin Keller, who... More »

Detroit Panhandler Accepts Credit Cards

'Being homeless is my business now'

(Newser) - It's been a mild winter in Detroit, which means less snow for Abe Hagenston to shovel, and he could certainly use the income, CBS Detroit reports. Instead, Hagenston—who's been homeless for a decade—used his free time to set up a website and buy a credit-card reader,... More »

Colo. Homeless Man Spends $10, Wins $500K

Aspen's Michael Engfors has had a rough go of it the past few years

(Newser) - The odds were 840,000 to 1, but Michael Engfors beat them, winning $500,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket in Aspen, Colo., on Friday, NBC News reports. And "it couldn't happen to a better type of person," Jeremy Kowalis, a rep from a local homeless shelter,... More »

Once-Homeless Dad Whose Story Went Viral Is Paying it Forward

James Moss is now helping the homeless himself

(Newser) - A once-homeless single father who was recently helped by the kindness of strangers is now helping other homeless people. James Moss moved to Denver from New York because he wanted to raise his young son in a more "peaceful place," he explained to Leon Logothetis, who found Moss... More »

Cruel Trick on Homeless Man Gets McDonald's Worker Fired

Detroit employee offered man a sandwich, then threw water on him in viral video

(Newser) - Viral videos can entertain, surprise, and, in this case, get a McDonald's worker fired. A disturbing NSFW clip recorded by a customer at a Detroit Mickey D's shows an employee working the drive-thru window, luring a homeless man he calls Willie over by holding up a sandwich and... More »

Hawaii Declares Emergency Over Soaring Homelessness

State has highest rate in the US

(Newser) - Hawaii has declared a state of emergency to deal with a homelessness problem that has exploded over the last couple of years. With an estimated 7,620 homeless people amid a population of 1.36 million, the state has the worst homeless problem per capita in the US, according to... More »

Groom Gets Cold Feet, Homeless Get to Eat

Jilted family opens hotel doors to the unfortunate

(Newser) - What do you do when the groom gets cold feet and bails on a $35,000 wedding? If you're the Duanes—whose daughter nearly became the bride—you open the doors of a fancy hotel and invite the homeless to eat all of your wedding food, 14 News reports.... More »

25-Year-Old NBA Star Gives $400K to Homeless Kids

Wizards' John Wall stopped by DC children's center with surprise donation

(Newser) - John Wall is only 25 years old and he's already achieved great success with the Washington Wizards, including being called by Fox Sports "one of the best point guards in the NBA." He can also check "philanthropist" off his list after his surprise visit Friday to... More »

Homeless Family Finds Guardian Angel in Deputy

'There are good cops. They're still out there'

(Newser) - While feeling like she had finally hit rock bottom, a homeless mother of two found her guardian angel in the form of an Ohio sheriff's deputy, WCPO reports. Tierra Gray and her sons were rotating between the homes of friends, family, and church members after being evicted for failing... More »

LA Declares Homelessness a $100M 'Emergency'

City council to put serious cash toward fighting problem

(Newser) - Los Angeles says it will declare a state of emergency to deal with … homelessness. Mayor Eric Garcetti and city council made the announcement yesterday, noting $100 million will be set aside to help the 26,000 living on the city's streets, up 12% since 2013, reports the Los ... More »

Why Full-Time City Workers Are Homeless

Angelo Torres sleeps in a truck, works for New York City

(Newser) - Angelo Torres makes $33,662 a year cleaning up trash on a beach at Staten Island. Georgie Grier pulls in $33,600 as a New York City sanitation enforcement agent. Similar jobs, similar pay, same problem: They're among more than 300 full-time workers in the city who are homeless,... More »

Cops: Brothers Inspired by Trump Beat Homeless Man

Trump is now taking flak for his response

(Newser) - A savage beating in Boston is making headlines because of its connection to Donald Trump. In fact, a headline at the Atlantic calls it a "Trump-Inspired Hate Crime." Police say two brothers set upon a homeless Hispanic man sleeping outside a subway station, leaving him with a broken... More »

Feds: Homeless Have a Right to Sleep Outside

DOJ says laws forbidding it essentially criminalize homelessness

(Newser) - The US government believes it is unconstitutional for cities and towns to prohibit homeless people from sleeping outside, according to a statement of interest filed by the Department of Justice in a case out of Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Statesman reports the suit was brought against Boise by a number... More »

Cop's Kindness to Homeless Man Warms Hearts

'Truly a sign of compassion'

(Newser) - Another day, another viral post about America's police: This time, though, a Florida woman spotted a police officer's random act of kindness and posted a series of photos earlier this month celebrating Ocala Police Sgt. Erica Hay, who sat down on a curb with a homeless man to... More »

Homeless Woman Faces Life Over Dropped Cop Baton

LA woman charged with assault at Skid Row shooting didn't swing or hit anyone

(Newser) - A homeless woman involved in the chaos surrounding the fatal shooting of a homeless man on LA's Skid Row has been in jail since the March incident, and yesterday Trishawn Cardessa Carey's bail was reduced from $1 million to $50,000 after a judge deemed it "way... More »

School Gives Homeless Piano Player Full Scholarship

Donald Gould getting chance to finish his degree

(Newser) - A viral video of a homeless man artfully playing a piano in Sarasota didn't just make 51-year-old Donald Gould an Internet star. It's giving him a real shot at turning his life around. Michigan's Spring Arbor University, where Gould studied music years ago but left before getting... More »

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