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$218K Sent to Single Mom for Damaged Ferguson Bakery

Natalie DuBose says support from strangers has been 'absolutely amazing'

(Newser) - There were times when Natalie DuBose didn't have enough money to buy new sneakers as she scrimped and saved to start a bakery in Ferguson, Mo.: She worked two jobs and held bake sales to make her dream come true in June, when she finally opened the doors to... More »

Ebola Vaccine Passes First Test

Initial results in small study are promising

(Newser) - The world took a small but significant step toward an Ebola vaccine today. Results of a study involving 20 people in the US found that the vaccine worked well enough to move on to round two—a much bigger test group of thousands of people in Africa, reports USA Today... More »

Why a Janitor, Cook Kept Working Without Pay

StoryCorps talks to the two men who cared for abandoned seniors last year

(Newser) - Things to be thankful for: people like Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez. StoryCorps revisits the story of the cook and the janitor, who worked at a California assisted living home that was abandoned by its management after the state pulled its operating license in October of last year, leaving roughly... More »

A Meatball Wins Stray Dog's Love—and Unreal Devotion

Arthur captures hearts of Swedish racers he doggedly follows

(Newser) - If anyone has something to be thankful about this holiday week, it's a stray dog from Ecuador. Earlier this month, Arthur met up with a team of Swedish athletes competing in a 430-mile endurance race in the Amazon rainforest; he graciously accepted a meatball from Peak Performance member Mikael... More »

MacArthur Genius Spends Her $500K on Others

Heather McHugh creates nonprofit for people who need a break

(Newser) - What would you do with $500,000? For Seattle poet Heather McHugh, it took some figuring out. "Nobody deserves that kind of money, and I think something in me was chastened by being awarded such a big amount of money," McHugh tells KPLU . After receiving the money with... More »

30K Birthday Cards Arrive for Man With Down Syndrome

30-year-old has well-wishers from Chicago to Hong Kong

(Newser) - With Manuel Parisseaux's 30th birthday coming up, his mother sent out a quick note on Facebook requesting a few cards for her son, who has Down syndrome. The results were stunning: Dozens of cards started arriving at the family's home in Calais, France. Then the dozens turned to... More »

Family: Mom Sacrificed Her Life to Save Her Son

Karisa Bugal suffered rare complication

(Newser) - She could have chosen a different route that might have saved her own life, but Karisa Bugal made a choice that ultimately saved her unborn son. The 34-year-old Colorado woman died Nov. 4 shortly after giving birth to Declan Jay, after suffering a rare amniotic fluid embolism, KUSA reports. Doctors... More »

Snowstorm Bright Spots: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Also: A 100-year-old woman who sees ocean for first time

(Newser) - A pair of stories amid the misery of Buffalo's crazy snowstorm are among this week's most uplifting stories:
  • Her Car Buried in Snow, Mom Writes Letters to Kids : Karen Rossi got stuck in a Buffalo snowbank while driving home from work, then got jammed in further by a
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Her Car Buried in Snow, Mom Writes Letters to Kids

Karen Rossi recounts to Buffalo News how she made it 13 hours

(Newser) - Some amazing stories are emerging in the aftermath of Buffalo's freak storm , and this one is right up there: As the Buffalo News recounts, Karen Rossi got stuck in a snowbank while driving home from work at 3am Tuesday. A plow then jammed her further into the snowbank, and... More »

Woman Has Worked for One Company for 75 Years

Alabama's Frances Moore started out polishing jewelry

(Newser) - Seventy-five years ago today, Alabama's Bromberg & Co. hired 18-year-old Frances Moore to polish silver ahead of the holiday rush. This morning, the company hosted a breakfast for its most loyal employee, who never left, reports AP . "I didn't think I'd live 75 years let alone... More »

'Miracle Baby' Born at Just 23 Weeks

Doctors in China say tiny infant's survival defies huge odds

(Newser) - They call her "chopstick girl," which provides a sense of her size: all of 11 inches long and weighing just 23 ounces. The Independent reports that a girl in southwest China has survived after being born last week at just 23 weeks. She came along after doctors had... More »

100-Year-Old Woman Sees Ocean for First Time

Tennessee's Ruby Holt watched dolphins, ate seafood along Alabama shore

(Newser) - It was during a water-gun fight at her senior living facility over the summer that Ruby Holt told bystanders she had always wanted to see the ocean, which she had never visited in her century on this planet. With the encouragement of employees at the Tennessee facility where she resides,... More »

Buffalo Bright Spot: Baby Born in Fire Station

Firefighters couldn't make it to the hospital

(Newser) - Seven people have now died as a result of Buffalo's freak snowstorm , reports AP , but little Lucy Hojnacki provides an antidote to the depressing stat. The Buffalo News recounts her amazing delivery story: When mom Bethany went into labor in their South Buffalo home yesterday morning, dad Jared had... More »

Passer-by Saves Baby From Sunken Car

Another passer-by in Maine gives the girl CPR

(Newser) - Two Good Samaritans teamed up to save the life of a baby in a submerged SUV, reports AP . The rescue unfolded in Kossuth Township, Maine, when Leo Moody spotted the flipped vehicle in about 3 feet of water in a culvert. The driver and two passengers had made it to... More »

Neo-Nazis Tricked Into Anti-Nazi Fundraiser

Town in Germany turns their march into a charity event

(Newser) - When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you're the fine citizens of Wunsiedel, Germany, when life hands you neo-Nazis marching uninvited into your town every year, you turn it to your advantage. That's exactly what fed-up residents did to deal with the 200 far-right extremists who... More »

A Special 'First Dance': 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Paraplegic surprises his wife at wedding reception

(Newser) - A determined groom and an amazing baby elephant were among the week's most uplifting stories:
  • Paraplegic Veteran Stands Up for First Dance : An Afghanistan war veteran who lost all feeling below his chest after a 2012 motorcycle accident had one wedding-day goal: to stand up for his first dance
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Dog Secretly Hitches Ride on Ambulance With Owner

Buddy jumped on the side step as it was leaving the house

(Newser) - When an ambulance in Mason County, Texas, loaded up 85-year-old rancher JR Nicholson and set off for the hospital, Nicholson's dog had no intention of being separated from his pal. As the San Angelo Standard-Times reports, the dog jumped onto the vehicle's side step. The ambulance crew didn'... More »

Woman Wakes Up in Morgue After 11 Hours

Janina Kolkiewicz then warms up with a bowl of soup

(Newser) - Another in the grand tradition of people waking up from the not-so-dead: A 91-year-old woman in Poland startled morgue workers by moving around after what the BBC reports was 11 hours in "cold storage." A doctor had declared Janina Kolkiewicz dead after the woman's niece noticed that... More »

Paraplegic Vet Surprises Bride, Stands Up for First Dance

Sgt. Joey Johnson built device that let him ditch wheelchair to dance with Michelle

(Newser) - Michelle Johnson is a wedding planner outside of Indianapolis, but she had nothing to do with the biggest surprise at her own June wedding. Sgt. Joey Johnson—an Afghanistan war veteran who lost all feeling below his chest after a 2012 motorcycle accident just four months after he met Michelle—... More »

After Man Tells Bishop He Smells, Vatican Takes Action

3 public showers to be installed

(Newser) - Pope Francis made headlines last year when he said that he would like a "poor church, and for the poor." Now, after a man declined an invitation to dine with a bishop because, the man said simply, "puzzo"—or "I smell"—the pope is... More »

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