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Nurse to Raise Son of Dying Single Mom

Mother made unusual request in hospital room

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman diagnosed with terminal liver cancer had a second, awful problem to deal with: The single mom had nobody to take care of her 8-year-old son. But as WHTM of Harrisburg reports, salvation appeared in the form of her nurse. Tricia Somers, 45, had struck up a rapport... More »

WWII Vet Gets Purple Heart 70 Years Later

Plus, it was a surprise for Fred Zurbuchen

(Newser) - A World War II veteran was finally awarded a Purple Heart this week after earning it 70 years ago. When he was just 17, Fred Zurbuchen of Wisconsin enlisted and became a B-17 gunner in the Air Force. He got injured on his 10th mission, but fire destroyed his paperwork,... More »

Teacher Wins $1M on Wheel of Fortune

Sarah Manchester is show's third big winner

(Newser) - The puzzle itself was a pretty easy solve—"loud laughter," with most of the letters in place beforehand—but the payday for math teacher Sarah Manchester of Maryland was spectacular: She won the $1 million Wheel of Fortune prize, only the third person to do so, reports WJLA-TV... More »

Skeletons Holding Hands for 700 Years

Ancient remains found at burial site in England

(Newser) - Archaeologists in England digging at a 14th-century burial site made an unexpected discovery: A couple buried together holding hands had remained that way all this time, reports ABC News . The man and woman were found at the site of an ancient chapel in Hallaton, along with nine other skeletons, reports... More »

Kidney Donors Have Brains 'Built for Compassion'

'Empathy zone' is bigger than average, study finds

(Newser) - People who donate kidneys to total strangers aren't just bighearted, they're big-brained compared to most people, researchers say. Neurologists scanned the brains of 39 such donors and found that their brains were 9% bigger than non-donors' brains—with significantly greater volume in the part of the brain that... More »

Woman's Lost Bible Returned After 40 Years

It was a cherished gift from her late father

(Newser) - A little sleuthing and a little luck has resulted in a Tennessee woman getting back a Bible she lost in 1972. But as the Tennessean explains, it wasn't just any Bible to Deborah Savely. Her dad had given it to her as a girl a decade previously, and he... More »

Wildlife Rarity: Mama Bear Adopts Abandoned Cub

After real mother ran off with boyfriend, 'supermom' steps in

(Newser) - An Alaskan brown bear that had already rescued one cub after it broke its leg has once more become Katmai National Park and Preserve's resident hero. Holly—officially known as "brown bear 435" but described by park rangers as "supermom"—took in an abandoned grizzly cub... More »

Gun Instructor's Kids Make Video for Girl Who Shot Him

Charlie Vacca's children say they hope to meet her

(Newser) - The family of a gun instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old has a video message for the girl, Mediaite reports: "Our dad would want you to know that you should move forward with your life," says Charlie Vacca's 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. "You should not let this... More »

Acts 'Lost in the Fog' of Vietnam Honored

Obama bestows Medal of Honor on Bennie G. Adkins, late Donald P. Sloat

(Newser) - President Barack Obama honored the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops, bestowing the Medal of Honor on them in a White House ceremony today. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, who attended the ceremony, and Army Spc. Donald P.... More »

Mystery of Ground Zero Wedding Photo Solved

It turns out everyone in it is alive

(Newser) - Every year on 9/11, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has tweeted out an image of a tattered wedding photo that a friend of hers found at Ground Zero, in the hopes that this time, the right person would see it. And now, after 13 years of trying, the right person has. On... More »

Onion Bandits Fail to Foil Kids' Act of Charity

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - An unusual theft that has a happy ending, and friends' efforts to help teen achieve a posthumous goal were among the week's most uplifting stories:
  • Theft of Kids' Onions Has Happy Ending : What started out as a lousy lesson for a fifth-grade class in Maine has turned into a
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TV Anchor: I Have Just Months to Live

Illinois personality Dave Benton announces brain tumor

(Newser) - An Illinois TV anchor has shared some deeply personal news with viewers: Brain cancer has left him with just four to six months to live. He can't have surgery or radiation because the tumor is too big, he said on WCIA-TV , as the AP reports. But he's not... More »

MIT Hackathon Goal: A Better Breast Pump

Given the health benefits, change is way overdue, say organizers

(Newser) - It might not be the first thing that comes to mind after the word "hackathon," but organizers of an upcoming one at MIT say the world is long overdue for a better breast pump. Engineers, designers, moms, and health experts will gather later this month for reasons spelled... More »

Even Giant Pandas Need Dental Work

Bai Yun's chipped lower canine was repaired on Wednesday

(Newser) - One of the most reproductively successful pandas in captivity is no longer stuck with a chipped tooth. On Wednesday, the San Diego Zoo's giant female panda Bai Yun underwent a procedure to fix a chipped lower canine tooth that could have seriously cut down her bamboo consumption, the Los ... More »

Theft of Kids' Onions Has Happy Ending

As does the theft of other kids' pumpkins

(Newser) - What started out as a lousy lesson for a fifth-grade class in Maine has turned into a nice one instead. As the Morning Sentinel reports, the lousy part is that somebody stole all 100 onions planted by the class. The kids were going to give them to the school cafeteria... More »

Gates Foundation Gives $50M to Ebola Fight

Money will pay for supplies, diagnostics, drugs

(Newser) - The fight to curtail the Ebola epidemic has more support—$50 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to finance supplies, drug and vaccine development, and diagnostics, as well as bolster emergency response, Reuters reports. "We are working urgently with our partners to identify the most effective ways... More »

After Scout's Death, Friends Helping Him Get Eagle Rank

Pennsylvania teen died suddenly last month

(Newser) - Scores of friends, family members, and fellow Boy Scouts have joined forces to help a Pennsylvania Boy Scout win his Eagle badge weeks after his sudden death. Noah Cornuet, 16, collapsed and died after football practice last month from what turned out to be a rare heart tumor, the Pittsburgh ... More »

Waitress Hits Lottery, Won't Quit Job

She and husband collect $12M in Minnesota

(Newser) - Rhonda Meath waits tables for a living, and a lottery payout of $11.7 million isn't about to change that. “I actually really enjoy my job,” the 51-year-old waitress at the Lake Elmo Inn in Minnesota tells ABC News . "I have great friends here and a... More »

Iowa Women Marry After 72 Years Together

Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice 'Nonie' Dubes, 90, finally tie the knot

(Newser) - After 72 years together, two Iowa women have finally said "I do." "This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago," said the reverend officiating the Saturday wedding of Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice "Nonie" Dubes, 90. They met... More »

NFL Team's Classy Move Makes Headlines

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - Some good news out of the NFL and some quick-thinking air travelers highlight the week's list of uplifting stories:
  • Bengals Re-Sign Player So He Can Pay for Kid's Cancer Treatment : After missing parts of minicamp with the Cincinnati Bengals in the offseason, Devon Still says he understands the
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