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Woman Finds Kidney Donor —via Plea on Car Window

Maine man responds to woman's plea, is a match

(Newser) - It's not everyone who appeals to strangers they pass on the road to give them an organ, and it's definitely not everyone who spots such an appeal, turns to his wife, and says, "Did you get her number? Text her right now." But two such strangers... More »

Ohio Rest-Home Residents Strip Down for Calendar

All in the name of charity

(Newser) - Helen Mirren unfortunately isn't involved, but she'd likely approve of Akron's very own version of Calendar Girls. Residents of Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living—women in their 80s and 90s—have bared all in the name of charity. And as the AP tells it, the $12 calendar... More »

Proud of Her Stretch Marks: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Including a coach's unusual last gift

(Newser) - A mother's bikini photo wins the Internet for all the right reasons in this week's roundup of uplifting stories:
  • Mom's Proud Photo of 'Flabby' Bikini Body Goes Viral : "I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini." So begins the bold caption under Rachel
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After NYC Blast, Good Samaritan to the Rescue

Video shows Austin Branda helping woman off fire escape

(Newser) - After this week's explosion in New York City's East Village , stories emerged about New Yorkers going above and beyond to lend a hand. But one in particular generated a lot of interest—that of a Good Samaritan who climbed a fire escape to help a woman who was... More »

Dave Grohl Helps Out a Dying Fan

Aussie with terminal cancer will meet the band

(Newser) - A big Foo Fighters fan with terminal cancer will get to scratch off one item from his wish list: meeting Dave Grohl and the band. The band was flying home from Australia when a flight attendant told Grohl about the wish of her friend, Australian Ken Powell, 56, who has... More »

Tim Cook Reveals What He'll Do With His Fortune

Apple's CEO will carve out some for his nephew, give rest away

(Newser) - Before Tim Cook kicks the bucket—and after he sets aside enough money for his 10-year-old nephew's education—he plans to leave all of his wealth to charity. In an interview with Fortune , the CEO of Apple, which could soon become the world's first company worth $1 trillion... More »

UNC Coach Leaves $200 to Each Player in His Will

The late Dean Smith wants them to go out to dinner, on him

(Newser) - Before longtime North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith died last month, he made an unusual arrangement in his will: All of his former players are getting $200 to go out to dinner, reports ESPN . The letter to one such player, Dante Calabria, surfaced today on Twitter . "Enjoy a dinner... More »

Mom's Proud Photo of 'Flabby' Bikini Body Goes Viral

Rachel Hollis boldly declares, 'I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini'

(Newser) - "I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini." So begins the bold caption under Rachel Hollis' equally bold Facebook photo : one that shows the mother of three at a Cancun beach with her "permanently flabby" belly exposed, and one that's been liked more than 375,... More »

After Runner Won't Quit, Cop Helps Her Finish Race

Woman who lost 200 pounds was determined to finish

(Newser) - The police incident commander for the Rodes City Run in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday went a long way beyond the call of duty when he saw a runner struggling around 2 miles from the finish line. After Asia Ford insisted that she was determined to finish the 10K race despite... More »

Little Survivor: 5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Including nearly 60 remarkable rescue dogs

(Newser) - A toddler whose recovery from a fall into an icy river has doctors marveling, and a crazy coincidence involving an VHS tape are on the list:
  • Toddler OK After Icy Plunge, 101 Minutes of CPR : A 22-month-old Pennsylvania boy whose lifeless body was pulled from an icy creek was revived
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57 Dogs Saved From S. Korean Dog-Meat Farm

They're going up for adoption in California

(Newser) - More than 50 dogs going up for adoption in San Francisco have an unusual pedigree: All were destined to become dinner before their rescue. Two groups, Humane Society International and the Change for Animals Foundation, removed the 57 animals from a dog-meat farm in South Korea and flew them to... More »

Why One Couple Is Getting Married 38 Times

California pair scrapped the more traditional approach

(Newser) - It's one of the more interesting wedding ideas to make headlines in a while, but it's more precise to call it a weddingS idea. Californians Cheetah Platt, 30, and Rhiann Woodyard, 32, scrapped the traditional notion of spending their money on one ceremony and decided to travel the... More »

Old Video Captures Married Couple Together—as Kids

New Jersey pair visited same amusement park in 1988

(Newser) - Today.com is throwing around words like "destiny," "serendipity," and "fate," and this at least qualifies as a crazy coincidence. An old VHS home video shows a married New Jersey couple in the same frame while they visited an amusement park as kids... More »

Nine Puppies Survive Fire in Hole Dug by Mom

Rescue in Chile makes national headlines there

(Newser) - A mother dog and her nine puppies are making headlines and providing a bit of good news for residents of Valparaíso, Chile, after a devastating forest fire. TV images shows rescuers pulling all nine pups to safety from a hole dug by mom, reports Mashable , citing a report in... More »

Toddler OK After Icy Plunge, 101 Minutes of CPR

Pennsylvania boy fell into stream

(Newser) - In a survival story his doctors call extraordinary, a 22-month-old Pennsylvania boy whose lifeless body was pulled from an icy creek was revived after an hour and 41 minutes of CPR and has suffered virtually no lingering effects. Gardell Martin came home from the hospital on Sunday, and his doctors... More »

Havana Throws Stray Mutts State Homes, Health Care

Which is a little better than a bone, really

(Newser) - Life on city streets often keeps stray dogs lean and mean, but select pooches in Havana could be forgiven for thinking that all dogs are in heaven: The AP ventures into the Cuban capital, and finds that, pseudo-officially and unofficially, it has a soft spot for street dogs—as well... More »

South Carolina Cat Turns Up in California

'Kevin' disappeared from original owner 2 years ago

(Newser) - Another entry in the cat-came-back chronicles, though this orange tabby had some help in doing so. "Kevin" disappeared two years ago in South Carolina and turned up this month about 2,000 miles away in California. He apparently hitched a ride in a U-Haul trailer being towed across the... More »

Young Heroes: 5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Including a tip to remember for a waitress

(Newser) - Who says role models need to be adults? Two stories about kids highlight the week's most uplifting stories:
  • Kids Stop Kidnapping of Toddler : Police say a 15-year-old boy donned a disguise and tried to kidnap a 22-month-old toddler in the small town of Sprague, Wash. What the would-be abductor
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Blind Dog on Iditarod Sled Team

'Laura' still a big part of Kelly Maixner's pack

(Newser) - A blind dog is helping musher Kelly Maixner find the Iditarod finish line in Alaska. The 5-year-old, 50-pound sled dog named Laura has a cornea disease called pannus, reports Anchorage television station KTUU . But Laura is comfortable running in every spot on Maixner's sled team—except lead. When the... More »

Robert Downey Jr. Presents Iron Man Arm to Boy, 7

Actor works with nonprofit that makes affordable bionic limbs

(Newser) - Not only did Alex Pring, 7, recently receive an Iron Man-themed prosthetic arm: None other than Robert Downey Jr. presented it to him. Alex's bionic prosthetic limb was made by Limbitless Solutions , a nonprofit run by University of Central Florida students. The group's goal is to 3D-print affordable... More »

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