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After Separation Surgery, Mom Holds Twin Alone for First Time

A week after surgery, Jadon is well enough to snuggle with mom

(Newser) - Nicole McDonald had "one of the most profound moments of [her] life" on Friday, when she finally got to hold her son Jadon, who was born conjoined to his twin brother at the head. The twins were successfully separated last week during a dangerous, 27-hour surgery in NYC. After... More »

'Born Again' Baby Has Rare Distinction: 2 Births

First at 23 weeks so doctors could remove tumor, then at 36 weeks

(Newser) - "Sacrococcygeal teratoma" are not the words you want to hear during a pregnancy ultrasound, but that's what Margaret Boemer was confronted with when she went for her 16-week checkup. In an interview shared by Texas Children's Hospital with CNN , the Texas mom, who already had three kids... More »

Family Receives Letter From Man Murdered 14 Years Ago

Aaron Vickers wrote the letter to his future self for a high-school assignment

(Newser) - “When I opened the letter and saw his handwriting, tears filled my eyes,” Tyra Vickers-Kearney tells CBS Sacramento . Her brother, Aaron Vickers, was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2002 in Stockton, Calif., when he was just 19 years old. But this month, a letter from Vickers arrived... More »

Ageless Love: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Also: A bar owner's thoughtful note

(Newser) - A beaming bride and some really honest shoppers were among the good-news stories of the week to make headlines:
  • 86-Year-Old Bride Has Love Story for the Ages : An 86-year-old grandmother has become something of a Facebook sensation after she posted pictures from her wedding day last weekend. It's not
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86-Year-Old Bride Has a Love Story for the Ages

Millie Taylor-Morrison's first husband died nearly a quarter century ago

(Newser) - An 86-year-old grandmother has become something of a Facebook sensation after she posted pictures from her wedding day over the weekend. It's not just that Millie Taylor-Morrison found love again well after her first husband of 41 years died in 1992, but that she is such a "radiant... More »

Couple Returns $10K Cash Found in Shopping Cart

'I'm just ever so grateful that there are people like that'

(Newser) - It's good to know 2016 hasn't killed good old American decency quite yet. The Auburn Citizen reports a couple who found nearly $10,000 in a shopping cart Monday in upstate New York returned the cash with absolutely no expectation of a reward. The cash—$9,800 in... More »

Bar Owner Leaves Thank-You Notes on Cars Left Overnight

'A thank you for being responsible'

(Newser) - Paula Grzelak-Schultz returned to her car the morning after a night of drinking to see what we all fear: a slip of paper under the windshield wiper. Lucky for Paula, it wasn't a ticket or an angry note about her leaving her car there overnight—it was a letter... More »

Bush Letter to Clinton Has People Longing for Civil Politics

'Your success now is our country's success'

(Newser) - A 1993 letter from George HW Bush to Bill Clinton is suddenly back in the news, being hailed as a great example of grace in defeat and a reminder of what a peaceful transition of power looks like. The letter, which is mentioned in autobiographies by both former presidents, was... More »

Man's Quick Swim Turns Into 4-Hour Nightmare

Randall Hackett found a buoy amid heavy fog

(Newser) - A swimmer who vanished off a Massachusetts beach was found safe and sound Tuesday after treading water for 4 1/2 hours. Randall Hackett, 58, and his 28-year-old son-in-law, Alexander Auerbach, had decided to swim part of the 4-mile distance of Crane Beach in Ipswich around 5pm Tuesday, report the Salem ... More »

Emotional Day: Chibok Girls Reunite With Families

Nigeria trying to negotiate return of others—but 100-plus don't seem to want to leave

(Newser) - Twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria were released last week, and on Sunday, they had what they've been wishing for for more than two years: reunions with their families. It was an emotional scene at a welcome-home ceremony in Nigeria's capital,... More »

Dems Raise $13K to Reopen Firebombed GOP Office

They blew past fundraising goal in hours

(Newser) - Democrats disgusted by the firebombing of a GOP office in Orange County, NC, set up a GoFundMe page to help reopen it and blew past their $10,000 goal within hours Sunday. "Thank you all for showing that Americans are thirsty for civility and decency, and that we love... More »

Strangers Form Human Chain, Rescue Driver From Flames

'You will not die today'

(Newser) - A man in Florida is alive today after a group of strangers formed a human chain and helped police get him out of a burning vehicle. Police in Brevard County say the driver of an SUV hit another car on US 1 about 11am Sunday, then careened down an embankment,... More »

A Cop's Heartfelt Lament: 5 Brilliant Stories of the Week

Also, 2 remarkable Hurricane Matthew tales

(Newser) - A police officer's viral post and some happy endings related to Hurricane Matthew were among the uplifting stories of the week:
  • Post by Cop About 'Terrified' Black Youth Goes Viral : Lt. Tim McMillan, a white cop in Georgia, pulled over a black teen for texting and driving, and
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He Couldn't Reach Police, So He Called Papa John's

Nebraska man got quick confirmation his grandma was OK in hurricane's wake

(Newser) - The far-flung family of Claire Olsen found a novel way to contact the 87-year-old after Hurricane Matthew knocked out her phone service. Eric Olsen talked to his grandmother Friday morning but as of Sunday hadn't heard anything since. "I was calling the police department, I was calling the... More »

Her Pregnancy Went Viral. Then, a Year in NICU

'Baby Bun' has finally gone home

(Newser) - Last year, a woman's emotional "bun in the oven" pregnancy surprise for her husband went viral. The journey Dana and Arkell Graves and their son, Kaleb "Baby Bun" Graves, have been on since then is a remarkable one that, finally, appears to have a happy ending. Dana... More »

Teen Athlete Rescues the National Anthem

Texas volleyball player Marina Garcia belts out song after CD malfunction

(Newser) - Marina Garcia was all ready to play for her Texas high school's volleyball team Friday night, but she had one task to take care of before the first spike: rescuing the national anthem. Fox 29 reports that the senior stepped up to the mic when something went awry with... More »

New CoverGirl Is Teen Boy

James Charles, 17, is an 'aspiring makeup artist' and Instagram star

(Newser) - If a woman can be president, who's to say a man can't be a CoverGirl. On Tuesday, the makeup company's current spokesperson, Katy Perry, announced James Charles as the first ever "CoverBoy" on her Instagram page . Charles, a 17-year-old "aspiring makeup artist," started using... More »

Post by Cop Who Pulled Over 'Terrified' Black Youth Goes Viral

But Lt. Tim McMillan says he kind of wishes he could take the post back

(Newser) - Lt. Tim McMillan put up a Facebook post Oct. 1 about an encounter he'd had with a young African-American man and how he wished relations between police and the community could be better. The Garden City, Ga., cop had no idea how much of a chord he'd strike... More »

'One in a Million': Chance Drone Pic Saves Trapped Man

Texas' Craig Williams just happened to see photo online of brother's flooded home in NC

(Newser) - A drone photo, a Twitter hashtag, and a concerned brother more than a thousand miles away all helped save a North Carolina veteran trapped in his home by Hurricane Matthew flooding. Craig Williams, who lives in Austin, Texas, was worried about his twin, Chris, who had fled Saturday night to... More »

Weekend's Oddest 911 Call: Bald Eagle Stuck in Car Grille

Rescuers think the bird flew in front of a car while hunting

(Newser) - The Clay County Sheriff's Office in northern Florida has been busy in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, but one emergency call over the weekend has gotten more attention than the rest: a bald eagle stuck in the grille of a car. Local police and fire and rescue were able... More »

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