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Woman's Dramatic Roof Escape Caught on Camera

Homeless man, Christian Hicks, 29, charged with burlgary

(Newser) - As Melora Rivera hid on her roof, half-naked, from an intruder Wednesday morning, neighbors snapped pictures and posted them to Twitter . The California woman had fled from a second-story window when a homeless man broke into her house as she slept, CBS2 reports. "The drop is, I would guess,... More »

Miley's Homeless VMAs Date Is Wanted by Cops

Apparently he violated probation in Oregon, then skipped town

(Newser) - The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Jesse Helt, 22, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and burglary in 2010. According to court records, he broke into the apartment of a... More »

To Ease Homelessness, Portland Eyes Micro-Homes

One design costs $20K—just over annual cost of an emergency shelter room

(Newser) - It isn't cheap for Portland, Ore., to house its sizable homeless population. An emergency shelter room costs $16,000 a year and lacks basic plumbing, and there aren't enough rooms to prevent 2,000 people from setting up shelters under bridges, on sidewalks, and in abandoned lots throughout... More »

Married Cops Busted in Shooting of Daughter's Beau

Ohio couple had kicked her out of their house a week earlier

(Newser) - Married police officers in Tulsa, Okla., are in jail after the husband allegedly shot and killed their daughter's boyfriend. Shannon Kepler turned himself in not long after the shooting and was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill, while his wife, Gina Kepler, was... More »

Survivor: Teens Giggled as They Beat Homeless Men

Bond set at $5M for NM trio accused of killing 2

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Albuquerque accused of beating two homeless men to death acted like the attack was hilarious, says a man who escaped. "They were giggling and laughing at us, mocking us, calling us homeless," the victim—who says the group was just "quietly sleeping and watching... More »

Cops: NM Teens Preyed on Homeless, Killed 2

Sleeping men were beaten to death

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Albuquerque, NM, took part in the violent murder of two homeless men over the weekend, say police, who suspect the teens could be behind dozens of other attacks. Alex Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, and 15-year-old Gilbert Tafoya were arrested on Saturday for the murder of two... More »

Hip SF Guy Gives Panhandlers New Signs

Anthony Bustos tries to help homeless with better signage

(Newser) - Would you give change to a homeless guy carrying the shabby sign, "Poor, hungry"? San Francisco social entrepreneur Anthony Bustos saw such a man and "had no inclination to give alms" to him, he says—but realized he might feel differently if he'd seen a better... More »

When Homeless Pal Dies, Woman Pays to Bury Him

Bank worker saved 'Smokey' from mass burial in Potter's Field

(Newser) - His name was Smokey, and Juanita Vega woke him up every day for 11 years. In return, he called her "sis" and gave her tchotchkes that he found—a sweet friendship between a homeless man and an employee at the New York City bank where he slept in the... More »

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 »

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