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ATM Mistakenly Gives $37K to Homeless Man

Police returned it, though

(Newser) - A woman in South Portland, Maine, called police yesterday because a homeless man was spending a very long time at the ATM she wanted to use. Turns out, he was doing so for good reason. He kept asking the machine for money, and the machine kept spitting it out, reports... More »

Homeless Vet 'Basically Baked to Death' in NY Jail

Riker's Island having trouble with mental illness, violence

(Newser) - Guards at Rikers Island are supposed to check on mentally ill inmates every 15 minutes. But when Jerome Murdough was booked for sleeping on a housing project roof, he was left unattended long enough to keel over dead from overheating, the AP revealed today. The former Marine was left alone... More »

Homeless Guy Drops Last Cash on Lotto, Wins $2.8M

Establishing foundations to fight addiction, domestic abuse

(Newser) - Reality doesn't really tend to work this way, but László Andraschek's tale is the stuff of fantasy: En route to a program for recovering alcoholics, the unemployed, indebted Hungarian man was down to his last few coins when he decided to buy a lottery ticket. "I... More »

Jury Acquits Officers Who Beat Homeless Man to Death

Fullerton, Calif., case hinged on graphic surveillance video

(Newser) - Two former California police officers were acquitted today in the death of a homeless man after a violent struggle with officers that was captured on surveillance video. It was a rare case in which police officers were charged with a death involving actions on duty. In the death of Kelly... More »

Chance Photo Leads Family to Missing Son

AP used photo of man for cold-weather story

(Newser) - An upstate New York family was reunited with their missing son after a photo of him appeared in their local paper alongside a story about cold temperatures hundreds of miles away in Washington, DC. Nicholas Simmons, 20, disappeared from his parents' home on New Year's Day, but after an... More »

Man Poses as Homeless, Gives Away $1K

Iowa businessman surprises those who helped out panhandler

(Newser) - Drivers in Iowa who rolled down their window to give a few bucks to a homeless guy asking for help on Christmas Eve got a surprise gift in return. The "homeless" man was actually Des Moines business owner Jonnie Wright, and he gave his donors a sealed envelope with... More »

Gangsters Hiring Homeless to Wipe Up Fukushima Mess

There's some shady stuff going on, Reuters finds

(Newser) - Nearly three years after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, the $35 billion effort to scrub an area of Japan bigger than Hong Kong of radioactive fallout has become an enormous operation involving some pretty shady dealings. A lack of oversight is part of the issue: Between top government contractors and... More »

Reporter Finds Santana's Old Bandmate—Homeless

An unlikely TV segment brought them together after 40 years

(Newser) - It's probably not often that California's KRON's "People Behaving Badly" news segment ends with heartwarming news. But that has been the case this month, following Stanley Roberts' piece on illegal dumpsites in Oakland. In the course of his reporting, Roberts interviewed Marcus Malone , who was searching... More »

LA May Ban Feeding Homeless in Public

Advocates say residents trying to make a difficult problem disappear

(Newser) - For 27 years, the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition has offered free meals to LA's homeless out of the back of a truck. Now, two city council members are forwarding legislation that would shut that operation down—or at least force it to move indoors. The resolution would ban... More »

Homeless Man's Good Deed Gets Benefits Yanked

James Brady returned $850 he found on sidewalk

(Newser) - In April, James Brady was taking his daily walk when he found $850 in cash in a bank envelope on the sidewalk. The New Jersey man, then homeless, turned the money in to police. No one claimed it, and last month police returned it to him ... and as a result,... More »

Pinkberry Founder Guilty in Homeless Man's Beating

Young Lee attacked Daniel Bolding with tire iron: jury

(Newser) - A co-founder of frozen-yogurt chain Pinkberry is guilty of beating a homeless man with a tire iron in 2011, a jury has found. Young Lee, 49, who will be sentenced in January, faces up to seven years in prison following a three-week trial. Panhandler Daniel Bolding reportedly showed Lee and... More »

Canceled Wedding Turns Into Dinner for Homeless

Atlanta family donates swanky event, brings in 200 people

(Newser) - Willie and Carol Fowler were prepared to lose their deposits. Their daughter canceled her Georgia wedding with just 40 days' notice, and the venue, food, and entertainment were already paid for. Then Willie had "a vision," his wife tells ABC News . "I was in the process of... More »

New Class of Homeless in Thailand: Westerners

An estimated 200 expats living on Thai streets

(Newser) - Homelessness is not a new problem in Thailand, but this is: an increasing number of expat Westerners are now also living rough on the country's streets, according to local charities. Many have been kicked out of home by their Thai wives, or have spent all their money and have... More »

Scheme to Pay Homeless to Buy iPhones Misfires

When his plan unravels, police have to get businessman out safely

(Newser) - The long line snaking outside the Apple store in Pasadena yesterday sure looked impressive, but it turns out that dozens of the supposed Apple devotees were actually homeless people hired to buy new iPhones for an enterprising businessman, reports USA Today . It might have worked, too, had the businessman not... 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 »

SC Capital's Plan for the Homeless: Ban Them

Those who won't leave downtown will face jail

(Newser) - South Carolina's capital city has approved a plan to rid its downtown of the "scary" homeless people officials fear might prevent Columbia from becoming a regional economic hotspot, the New York Times finds. Under a policy the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty calls an "extreme,... More »

Low-Income Tenants Evicted to House Homeless

In NYC, apartments earn more as homeless shelters than as private rentals

(Newser) - Here's a head-scratcher. New York City's homeless shelters are full. So to find more space for the city's homeless, the city has been renting apartments in low-income neighborhoods. Only the city pays above market rate, which means the actual tenants of these apartments are being pushed out,... More »

18 Stars Who Were Once Homeless

J.Lo wasn't the only one who had no place to call home

(Newser) - After she was "Jenny from the block," Jennifer Lopez was, briefly, homeless, she revealed in a new interview last week . But after a few months of sleeping on her dance studio's couch, her fortunes changed. J. Lo isn't the only celeb whose path to stardom didn'... More »

Detroit Cops Dumping Homeless Outside City: ACLU

Police 'deserting them miles away', it claims

(Newser) - Detroit police are ushering homeless people out of a tourist area and leaving them miles away—in some cases outside the city itself, the ACLU alleges in a federal complaint. Officers are "approaching individuals who appear to be homeless in the Greektown area, forcing them into police vans, and... More »

Churches Reject Sculpture of Homeless Jesus

Toronto artist wanted 'marginalized' people to relate

(Newser) - A new sculpture of Jesus looks a lot like a homeless person lying on a bench—which, ironically, is why it had trouble finding a home, the Toronto Star reports. Artist Timothy Schmalz carved Jesus huddling under a blanket so that "marginalized" people could relate. Jesus was, after all,... More »

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