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Cop Returns to Highway, Finds Woman's Lost Ring

Search came up empty the first time in Paramus, NJ

(Newser) - The words "above and beyond" come to mind. A police officer came to the rescue of a New Jersey woman who lost her diamond engagement ring on a highway while changing a flat tire, per the AP . Police in Paramus said Kimberly Garcia realized when she got home on... More »

'Fate Opened the Door': Pair Weds 50 Years After Romance

Stephen Walbert says he can face his leukemia with Jennifer Meyerink by his side

(Newser) - A US Navy officer, the Trinidad girl he loved, and 50 years separating them since. Those years have now disappeared with a reunion for Stephen Walbert and Jennifer Meyerink and their rekindled romance in the face of adversity, including Walbert's recent cancer diagnosis. The two met as teens in... More »

Irma's 'Chainsaw Sister' Had to Google Instructions

Sister Margaret Ann of Miami has become an internet sensation

(Newser) - The Florida nun who became an internet sensation when video emerged of her—dressed in full habit—wielding a chainsaw to clear downed trees after Hurricane Irma says she had to look up instructions on how to start the tool. "I actually had to Google it to find out... More »

70 Foster Kids Staying in Ex- Penthouse Exec's Fla. Mansion

'They hadn't showered for a week and you saw how excited they were' after Irma

(Newser) - In the wake of Hurricane Irma, 70 foster children found themselves staying in some pretty fancy digs. After Marc Bell got a call from the SOS Children's Villages Florida—on whose board he sits—telling him there was no power at the facility and the children who live there... More »

Selena Gomez: I've Been on the Mend From Kidney Transplant

Singer surprises fans with procedure she had done over the summer as a result of lupus

(Newser) - TMZ has the scoop on why Selena Gomez was largely absent from the public eye over the summer—and it didn't have anything to do with Justin Bieber or any other petty drama that TMZ is often known for exposing. The singer revealed Thursday morning via an Instagram... More »

Kitten Pulled From Fire Will Melt Your Heart

Velcro was given oxygen to aid recovery

(Newser) - "There was heavy smoke in there, so the fact that they survived is pretty remarkable," says a fire official after a kitten and snake were rescued from a cooking fire at an apartment in Washington state on Monday. Firefighters initially pulled two dogs from the fire, one of... More »

National Guard Couple Tie Knot During Irma

They missed original ceremony due to deployment

(Newser) - Lauren Durham had a poofy white dress and plans for an intimate beach wedding on the second weekend of September. Instead she got married in fatigues, sans makeup, in a vast hangar filled with rescue vehicles and paramedics just hours before she would rush into a hurricane to try to... More »

Organs From 13-Year-Old Girl Save 8 Lives

Jemima Layzell, who died of a brain aneurysm, breaks a UK record

(Newser) - Eight people, including five children, have a 13-year-old organ donor to thank for their lives—and that donor has entered the UK record books. The Guardian reports on Jemima Layzell, who collapsed from a brain aneurysm while helping prep for her mom's birthday party in March 2012. Jemima died... More »

Battered Houston Donates $20K to Give Weather Guy a Break

GoFundMe page to send Jeff Lindner on vacation smashes its modest $4K goal

(Newser) - There amid the flooding, the loss, and the devastation of Hurricane Harvey was Houston meteorologist Jeff Lindner, working nonstop to give residents the latest on the storm. And rather than the more typical and cliched complaining about the weather man, a grateful populace decided to chip in to give Lindner... More »

Harvey Victims Could Get Free Home ... in Harvey

Officials in Harvey, Ill., say 10 homes are up for grabs

(Newser) - "Harvey" might now be associated with death and devastation, but one Midwestern city is doing a little something to change that. Harvey, Illinois, is offering 10 homes for free to families who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey. City spokesman Sean Howard tells NBC Chicago the... More »

Houston Kids Will Eat 3 Free Meals Daily for Rest of Year

And other stories of financial kindness

(Newser) - Some 218,000 Houston schoolkids won't have to worry about where breakfast, lunch, or dinner is coming from for the remainder of the school year. The Houston Independent School District on Wednesday announced that it got the green light from the USDA and the Texas Department of Agriculture to... More »

Indiana Couple Sets Cracker Barrel Record

Ray and Wilma Yoder have visited every location in the US

(Newser) - Ray and Wilma Yoder's visit Monday to a new Cracker Barrel restaurant in Tualatin, Ore., was a special one. For one thing, they were greeted with applause and flowers. That's because the Cracker Barrel visit marked not only Ray's 81st birthday, but the couple's completion of... More »

Dad Devastated by School Lunch Shaming Takes Action

Jeffrey Lew wants to pay off lunch debt for every student in Washington state

(Newser) - Jeffrey Lew never wants a child to be shamed on the school cafeteria line again. That's why the Seattle dad of three has been hard at work fundraising, with one goal in mind: to pay down the school lunch debt of every student in the state of Washington. Today.... More »

Athlete With Down Syndrome Breaks Major Barrier

It took Andrew 'Bob' Harris 12 hours to scale Grand Teton

(Newser) - A Nevada man has become the first climber with Down syndrome to conquer the mighty Grand Teton. Andrew "Bob" Harris, 32, made history on Aug. 18 when he reached the summit, 13,776 feet above Jackson Hole, Wyo., at 5:15pm local time, Climbing reports. "With Bob, limits... More »

Good News Times 3 in Italy Quake Rescue

Pulled from rubble: 3 siblings, including preteen who saved younger brother

(Newser) - A preteen being hailed as a hero in the earthquake that rocked Italy's Ischia island Monday was yanked out of the rubble Tuesday afternoon, as were his two little brothers, whom he's credited with saving. The BBC reports that 11-year-old Ciro was the last of the three siblings... More »

She Lost Her Ring in 2004. It Just Showed Up on a Carrot

Canada's Mary Grams says it still fits

(Newser) - Mary Grams pulled a weed on her family farm in Alberta, Canada, in 2004 and lost her engagement ring in the process. All these years later, the ring has turned up, incredibly, on a carrot, reports the CBC . It seems her daughter-in-law plucked the lucky carrot from the ground, and... More »

Pilot Trades 'Kidney for Lasagna'

She and flight attendant are back to work 5 months after the transplant

(Newser) - Four years ago, the home of Alaska Airlines pilot Jodi Harskamp burned down. Alaska Airlines flight attendant Jenny Stansel was one of the first people to come by, with a lasagna in hand. "She said, 'you don’t know me but here is some love,'" Harskamp... More »

Your Tinder Bio Will Never Beat This One-Armed Woman's Bio

Lauren, who lost her limb in a moped accident, lists her job as 'arms dealer'

(Newser) - It can be hard to stand out from the pack on online dating sites, but a 21-year-old from San Diego has found a way to make her mark. Complex says "everyone can give up and go home now," because the Tinder bio of the woman who ID's... More »

These Whales Are Rarely Seen. Scientists Spotted 2

Pair of rare right whales photographed in Bering Sea

(Newser) - Federal researchers studying critically endangered North Pacific right whales sometimes go years without finding their subjects. Last weekend, they got lucky, per the AP . A research vessel in the Bering Sea photographed two of the animals Sunday and obtained a biopsy sample from one, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric... More »

With Weeks to Live, She Gets Her Last Wish

As she was dying in Virginia, Emily Pomeranz wanted a mocha shake—from Cleveland

(Newser) - In all his years running Tommy's Restaurant in Ohio, owner Tommy Fello never got an order quite like this one: a mocha milkshake for a customer nearly 400 miles away. The request came last month from Emily Pomeranz, a Cleveland Heights native, who was dying from her second battle... More »

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