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Top Chef Names Dishwasher Co-Owner of Restaurant

Ali Sonko becomes partner in Noma in Copenhagen

(Newser) - The best chefs will tell you the success of a restaurant depends not on the chef, but on the entire staff, including the dishwashers. Chef Rene Redzepi is clearly among that group. When his Noma restaurant in Copenhagen received the first of four Best Restaurant in the World awards in... More »

A Boy Collapsed on a Soccer Field. His Mom Saved His Life

Teen's mom, a doctor, did CPR until an automated AED arrived

(Newser) - Jose Agredano was on the field for his final JV soccer game of the season earlier this month when his parents, watching from the stands in Watsonville, Calif., noticed something was wrong. They ran to their 16-year-old son, who had been hit by a ball, as he collapsed and stopped... More »

2 Onesies, 452 Needles: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Plus, internet comes together for a 6-year-old boy with autism

(Newser) - A very moving pregnancy announcement and a big moment on Ellen make this week's list of uplifting news:
  • Couple's Pregnancy Reveal Features 452 Needles : After more than two years of failed attempts, a woman in Texas is finally pregnant, and her heartfelt Facebook post has gone viral with
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After Devastating Ultrasound, a Remarkable Decision

Eva will be born so her organs can be donated

(Newser) - Keri Young was nearly halfway through her pregnancy when she and her husband learned that the girl she was carrying was terminally ill. Suffering from anencephaly, the fetus was developing without parts of her brain, and in almost all cases these babies die within a day or two of birth,... More »

Couple's Pregnancy Reveal Features 452 Needles

Duke and Diana Walker are due in August

(Newser) - After more than two years of failed attempts, a woman in Texas is finally pregnant, and her heartfelt Facebook post has gone viral with thousands of likes and hundreds of comments. It took, as Lauren Walker writes, more than 953 days, 452 needles, two IVF rounds, multiple miscarriages, and thousands... More »

Ellen Tells Entire Senior Class They're Going to College—Free

With the help of Walmart

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres gave what the show says is her single biggest gift ever on her show Thursday: She told an entire class of high-school seniors they'd be going to college for free. At the beginning of February, DeGeneres had two teachers from Brooklyn's Summit Academy Charter School on... More »

Single Mom's Post About Her Tax Refund Goes Viral

She paid rent—for the entire year

(Newser) - A recovering addict and single mom took her $5,600 tax refund and used it not to splurge on the latest gadget, but to pay her rent—for the entire year. Christina Knaack put a photo of the rent check on Facebook Wednesday and explained her reasoning behind the move... More »

Boy Survives Spider Bite With Record Dose of Antivenom

The spider is now helping to replenish stocks

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy in Australia survived a bite from one of the world's deadliest spiders thanks to a quick-thinking dad—and a record-breaking amount of antivenom. Matthew Mitchell was working with his father in a shed at their home around 60 miles north of Sydney when he was bitten... More »

When Jewish Cemetery Got Vandalized, Muslims Came to the Rescue

Muslim-American activists raise more than $90K to combat anti-Semitism

(Newser) - Tarek El-Messidi tells a story about the prophet Muhammad standing in observance of a Jewish funeral procession because, as he said, "Is it not a human soul?" To show that kind of respect to their "Jewish cousins" is one of the reasons El-Messidi and fellow Muslim-American activist Linda... More »

Cop Saves 10-Year-Old Girl ... From Homework Emergency

Lena Draper went to the police with a tough math question last week

(Newser) - When you're 10 years old, a tough math question can definitely feel like a life-or-death emergency. So when Ohio fifth-grader Lena Draper couldn't figure out the answer to (8 + 29) x 15, she turned to the Marion Police Department. "I'm having trouble with my homework,... More »

6-Year-Old Autistic Boy Will Only Eat One Thing, Something Amazing Happens

Parents ask for help with limited-edition food, strangers step in

(Newser) - Everett Botwright is on the autism spectrum, and food is one of the 6-year-old's "key issues," his parents say. Lately, one of the only foods he would eat was a Star Wars-themed pasta dinner made by Kraft—and when his parents realized it was a limited edition... More »

Woman Sees Cop in Trouble, Jumps on Attacker's Back

Vickie Williams-Tillman is being hailed as a hero

(Newser) - When Vickie Williams-Tillman saw a police officer struggling with someone on the side of the road as she was headed out to shop Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, the 56-year-old says she didn't have time to think. "I could see in his eyes he needed help," she... More »

Single Mom Dons Mustache for 'Dads' Event at Son's School

Whitney Kittrell's photo went viral

(Newser) - A Utah single mom is generating attention online after she donned a mustache, dressed up like a dad for a school breakfast event and posed for photos with her son. KSL-TV reports Whitney Kittrell wore the costume after deciding to fulfill her son's request that she accompany him to... More »

Woman Scores Half-Court Shot, $500, Fiancé

It was an eventful few minutes for Upstate New York woman

(Newser) - When Erin Tobin shoots, sometimes she really scores: The 30-year-old New Yorker and college basketball fan was watching her alma mater Siena take on Manhattan on Thursday night in Albany when she got the opportunity to take a half-court shot with a $500 gift card on the line. Not only... More »

One Awesome Pregnancy Post: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Plus, a neat story about the late Little Caesars founder

(Newser) - A very brave Tesla driver and a heroic cop make this year's list of inspiring stories:
  • Little Caesars Founder Quietly Paid the Rent of Rosa Parks : The death of Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars, has brought back into the public eye a little-known story about his hometown philanthropy
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World's Oldest Seabird Has New Baby at 66

Liberty is the world's oldest breeding bird in the wild

(Newser) - The world's oldest known seabird has a new chick. The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday Wisdom's offspring hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge last week. The Laysan albatross is at least 66 years old and is the world's oldest breeding bird in the wild,... More »

Awesome Pregnancy Post Goes Viral

'It still works!' is message from paraplegic man

(Newser) - Todd Krieg can't feel anything below his chest after he was paralyzed in a dirt bike accident in 2014, so he and fiancee Amanda Diesen figured they'd need help conceiving a child someday. Not so: The couple recently found themselves unexpectedly pregnant, and their somewhat irreverent pregnancy announcement... More »

Girl Scout Robbed at Gunpoint, Then Cops Do Something Great

'We did what we could'

(Newser) - Thanks to a mass act of kindness by Union City police officers, the story of a cookie-selling Girl Scout robbed at gunpoint has a sweet ending. The 12-year-old and her mom were selling cookies outside a California Safeway around 5pm on Feb. 8 when a man approached and asked about... More »

Google CEO Responds to Girl Who Wrote Looking for Job

'I look forward to receiving your job application'

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl in England already has her foot in the door at Google after she wrote to the tech company asking for a job—and CEO Sundar Pichai responded, the BBC reports. According to Business Insider , Chloe Bridgewater enjoys robots and her Kindle Fire tablet, but she had no... More »

Little Caesars Founder Quietly Paid the Rent of Rosa Parks

Story resurfaces about the late Mike Ilitch and his generosity

(Newser) - The death of Mike Ilitch , founder of Little Caesars, has brought back into the public eye a little-known story about his hometown philanthropy in Detroit: Back in 1994, he began covering the rent for civil rights icon Rosa Parks. That year, Parks had been robbed and assaulted in her central... More »

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