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Rio Medalist Sells His Silver to Save Little Boy's Sight

'My silver medal today is worth a lot more than a week ago'

(Newser) - Poland's Piotr Malachowski is no slouch at throwing the discus—but he appears to be even better at being an awesome human being. After winning a silver medal in Rio, the 31-year-old went home and put it up for auction to raise funds for a little boy with eye... More »

Runner Searches for Dog That Followed Him Across Desert

She ran 80 miles to stay with him; he searched for her in a city of 3 million

(Newser) - The dog ran 80 miles across a Chinese desert for him, so it seems only fitting that ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard would ignore the odds and comb a city of 3 million people for the missing pup. Earlier this year, Leonard was running a six-day marathon through the Gobi desert... More »

'Divine Intervention:' Boy 4th to Survive Brain-Eating Amoeba

Quick-thinking doctors and a happy coincidence saved Sebastian DeLeon, 16

(Newser) - A 16-year-old South Florida boy has made a miraculous recovery after becoming infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba. Sebastian DeLeon is only the fourth person in the US to survive an infection by the Naegleria fowleri parasite, which he contracted while swimming, Florida Today reports. On Aug. 5, the teen... More »

Community Wipes Out Racist Graffiti Before Family Sees It

Dozens turned out to paint Wash. family's home

(Newser) - If the goal of whoever scrawled racist graffiti on the home and truck of Marvin Phillips on Friday night was to make the Tenino, Wash., family feel unwelcome, it backfired spectacularly: Dozens of community members got together to scrub away the graffiti—which included "KKK" and the n-word—and... More »

What Saved Crying Toddler in Overturned Boat

'Please God send someone now ... please hurry,' mom pleaded in 911 call

(Newser) - Rescuers scrambling to rescue a 23-month-old after a boat crash in Cocoa, Fla., on Friday night could hear the toddler crying, but they couldn't figure out where she was. Those tense moments gave way to relief as Kennedy Bossard was located underneath the overturned boat, frightened but OK, 45... More »

Deer at Brink of Extinction Survives Afghan Conflicts

Bactrian deer were spotted by researchers for the first time in decades in 2013

(Newser) - In Afghanistan—in spite of multiple wars, habitat destruction, and unregulated hunting—one species feared to have gone extinct in the nation has been spotted and may even be staging a comeback: the rare and majestic Bactrian deer. When they were last surveyed in the 1970s, their local numbers were... More »

One Year Later, Mayor's Idea for Homeless Shows Promise

'There's a better way' puts Albuquerque's panhandlers to work

(Newser) - An Albuquerque program that hires the homeless to beautify the city is being hailed as a success on its first birthday, the Washington Post reports. Republican Mayor Richard Berry said he launched the effort after spotting a man holding a sign on the street: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.... More »

A Moving Rio Moment: 5 Brilliant Stories of the Week

Including the tale of a girl's favorite shirt

(Newser) - A model of amazing sportsmanship and the best my-favorite-shirt story in a long time make the list:
  • Nasty Fall Leads to One of Rio's Best Moments : A nice moment emerged out of a rough one in Rio Tuesday morning: During a qualifying race for the women's 5,000
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Parents Give Up 'Everything' to Keep Sick Baby Alive

But Michigan family says 'miracle' Ruby Pearl is worth every sacrifice

(Newser) - A 1-year-old from Michigan was given the name Ruby Pearl because she's a "rare jewel," dad TJ Bunker tells People , which reports on the poignant story of the baby and her family as they deal with the litany of serious conditions she's been dealing with since... More »

Internet Helps Autistic Girl Replace Beloved Shirt—150 Times

'It's been very, very touching,' says mom Deborah Skouson

(Newser) - Ever since Deborah Skouson came home with a pink flowered shirt for her daughter five years ago, Cami, who has autism, has been "fixated" on it. It quickly became her favorite piece of clothing, leading Skouson to scour eBay each time her daughter's current shirt became unwearable. But... More »

A Nasty Fall Leads to One of the Best Rio Moments

USA's Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin help each other up

(Newser) - A nice moment emerged out of a rough one in Rio Tuesday morning: During a qualifying race for the women's 5,000 meters, Abbey D'Agostino appeared to accidentally clip the foot of New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin, and both fell to the ground hard. “When I went... More »

Helping a Proud Dad Get to Rio: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Including a special walk down a wedding aisle

(Newser) - An unexpected trip to Rio and a daughter's walk down the aisle were among the favorite stories of the week:
  • Woman Raises Cash for Uber Driver to Watch Son in Rio : Ellis Hill's son is competing in shot put in the Olympics next week—and thanks to one
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California's Island Foxes Make Amazing Comeback

They're now off endangered species list

(Newser) - The little island foxes of California are back, maybe for good. Three fox subspecies found only on the state's Channel Islands have made a big comeback since they were placed on the endangered species list in 2004 and have just been removed. No mammal on the list has made... More »

Fisherman's Catch: Dog That Fell Off a Ferry

Chesney's owners had no idea she was in the water

(Newser) - A New Hampshire family was reunited with their dog Monday after the animal fell off a ferry en route to Martha's Vineyard without anyone noticing. Passengers on a 10:30am ferry from Falmouth noticed 12-year-old Chesney swimming about a mile offshore and alerted a nearby fishing boat. A fisherman... More »

Guy Survives Plane Crash, Wins $1M Days Later

'World's luckiest man' plans to help the less-fortunate

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar was scrambling out of a plane that had crash-landed in the United Arab Emirates. Six days later, he was jumping for joy, $1 million richer. Days before the Emirates crash, which left 13 people injured, the 62-year-old Indian national living in Dubai had bought... More »

Judge Lets Inmate Meet His Baby for First Time in Court

Boy had been born 30 days prior

(Newser) - James Roeder has been in jail, charged with burglary and under orders from a judge not to see his wife, Ashley—who is charged in the same burglary. That means that when Roeder appeared in court for a hearing Friday, he had not yet met his baby son, born just... More »

Couple Married 63 Years Die 20 Minutes Apart

'You couldn't ask for anything more beautiful'

(Newser) - Henry and Jeanette De Lange lived together as husband and wife for 63 years, so perhaps it's only fitting that they died together, too. The married couple from Platte, South Dakota, were in the same room in a nursing home on July 31 when Jeanette, 87, suffering from Alzheimer'... More »

Police Checking Up on Elderly Couple Cook Them Pasta

Rome PD's Facebook post goes viral

(Newser) - Someone called Rome police last week after hearing crying and yelling coming from an apartment. But when officers arrived, they found no crime taking place—just an elderly couple lonely and upset by news they were watching on TV, the Telegraph reports. The couple said no one had visited them... More »

Woman Raises Cash for Her Uber Driver to Watch Son in Rio

Ellis Hill is scheduled to fly to Rio next week

(Newser) - Ellis Hill's son is competing in shot put in the Rio Olympics next week—and thanks to one of Hill's Uber passengers, Hill will be there to watch him do it. Hill was driving Liz Willock from the Philadelphia airport to her hotel last week when Willock mentioned... More »

Bride Walked Down Aisle by Man With Her Dad's Heart

'Best day of my life,' says Jeni Stepien

(Newser) - Jeni Stepien's father was murdered a decade ago in a mugging, but she still found a way for him to play a role in her wedding over the weekend. Before the big day, she wrote a letter to Arthur Thomas, the New Jersey man who had received her father'... More »

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