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Newborn Helps Dad Propose to Mom

'Mommy, will you marry my Daddy?'

(Newser) - The internet's reaction to an inventive and adorable marriage proposal in Nebraska can best be summed up by this tweet : "DEAR CHRIST I AM SOBBING." Susan Medina and Darick Mead welcomed their first child last week, a son named Ryder, Mashable reports. And Ryder, despite being just... More »

11-Year-Old Helps People One Yoga Lesson at a Time

Tabay Atkins may be America's youngest certified yoga instructor

(Newser) - Eleven-year-old Tabay Atkins was given a choice upon graduating fifth grade last year: a trip to Europe or a 200-hour yoga instructor certification course. He went with the yoga. The Orange County Register reports Tabay may very well now be the youngest certified yoga instructor in America, leading classes at... More »

When Vet's Body Went Unclaimed, Strangers Stepped In

Lawrence Kays will get full military funeral on Friday

(Newser) - When US Army veteran Lawrence Kays died of heart disease at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Sante Fe on Nov. 16 at age 78, there were no family members gathered around him. Nor have any turned up to claim his body in the months since. Indeed, Kays' body sat at... More »

Man Abandoned as Newborn Finds Family After 39 Years

David Volk publicized his search on Facebook

(Newser) - A man who was abandoned as a newborn in a Newark McDonald's restroom has reunited with his biological family, 39 years later. David Volk publicized his search for his birth mother on Facebook in 2014, and now—also on Facebook—he reveals that the search has come to an... More »

Twins Reunited: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Plus, a husband does what he has to do for his pregnant wife

(Newser) - Two sets of notable twins make this week's list of inspiring stories:
  • His Wife in Labor, Husband Jumps in Front of Snowplow : When Stephanie Dawson, 28, went into labor at around 3:30 last Sunday morning in the middle of a winter storm, she and her husband soon realized
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Parents Building a Neighborhood Just for Autistic Adults

Community is going up on 29 acres near Dallas

(Newser) - For years, the parents of a boy on the high-needs end of the autism spectrum have been brainstorming what to do when he enters adulthood. When he was a pre-teen, they hit on the idea of a housing complex designed specifically for adults with autism, and now that he's... More »

Identical Twins, Separated at Adoption, Find Each Other Again

Audrey Doering and Gracie Rainsberry cried upon reuniting

(Newser) - Audrey Doering and Gracie Rainsberry were born in China, and both were adopted by US families in 2007. Little did they know they're twin sisters—and they were reunited for the first time since they were babies Wednesday on Good Morning America . It all started when Audrey asked her... More »

Paralyzed NYPD Cop Who Urged Forgiveness Dies at 59

Steven McDonald, shot by teen in Central Park in '86, traveled world to spread message

(Newser) - Steven McDonald spent the last 30 years of his life in a wheelchair, but the NYPD officer shot by a teen in Central Park chose forgiveness, becoming "an international emblem," per CNN . McDonald died Tuesday at a Long Island hospital at age 59, just days after suffering a... More »

Girl Gets Back Teddy Bear Lost in Airport Shooting

10-year-old dropped special bear as family fled

(Newser) - Yards from where workers finished the cleanup from the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, a girl was reunited Tuesday with the teddy bear she left behind while fleeing. Courtney Gelinas, 10, smiled as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport spokesman Greg Meyer opened the trunk of his SUV to reveal Rufus, the teddy... More »

Abducted Man Tastes Oysters, Longtime Mystery Unravels

Li Risheng was sold by his mother at age 7—and just found his father, 13 years later

(Newser) - When Li Risheng was 7, he endured one of the most horrible betrayals a child can experience: being sold by his own mother. "It was a rainy day, two of my mum's friends came to our home," Li, now 20, tells Guangzhou Daily , via the South China ... More »

His Wife in Labor, Husband Jumps in Front of Snowplow

Hugh Dawson did what he had to do to get his wife to the hospital

(Newser) - A winter storm led to icy, snowy conditions throughout much of the South over the weekend, and for one North Carolina couple it proved more than a minor inconvenience, the AP reports. Stephanie Dawson, 28, went into labor at around 3:30 Sunday morning at her home in Moyock,... More »

A 'Tree Man,' Pruned: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Plus, a boy who grew out his hair for an awesome reason

(Newser) - A viral video that's literally uplifting makes this week's list of the top five feel-good stories:
  • Boy Grows Hair for 2 Years for Best Reason : Tyler Boone, 10, has been friends for years with 12-year-old Gabby Ruiz, and when the two kids first started playing together, Tyler was
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Community Steps Up After Dad Fired for Attending Son's Birth

Lamar Austin has gotten job offers, fundraising page

(Newser) - A month ago, Lamar Austin was hired by a security company for a 90-day trial period that involved him being on call 24/7. On New Year's Day, Austin's son was born. Austin, who had already had to miss one shift offered to him due to a doctor's... More »

Boy Grows Hair for 2 Years for Best Reason

Tyler Boone endured taunts, being called a girl for friend Gabby Ruiz, who has alopecia

(Newser) - For two years, Tyler Boone has been growing his hair out, and a few days after Christmas the 10-year-old finally had his 12-inch tresses shorn—not as part of some evolving tween aesthetic, but because the kid with the "super-big heart" was donating it to a friend who suffers... More »

Hero Toddler Pushes Fallen Dresser Off Twin

First seconds of video are hard to watch, but what Bowdy does to save Brock is amazing

(Newser) - You just want to look away when the dresser falls on 2-year-old Brock Shoff in a now-viral video on YouTube —but it's what happens after that that makes this video literally uplifting. As Fox News reports, Brock and his twin brother, Bowdy, can be seen playing unattended, climbing... More »

A Very Jedi Adoption Ceremony: 5 Brilliant Stories

Plus, a quick-thinking wife saves her husband and dog

(Newser) - A happily empty animal shelter and a Star Wars-themed adoption ceremony make this week's list of uplifting stories:
  • Very Merry Animal Shelter Empties Out : An animal shelter can be a lonely place to spend Christmas, and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region was especially desolate this holiday
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Viewers Watch With Bated Breath for Bald Eagle Hatchings

Live feed out of Fort Myers, Fla., should show 2 eggs hatch at any moment

(Newser) - "We have a PIP in one egg!! The hatching process has begun." That's the excited message on a Southwest Florida real estate website that's been documenting a local bald eagle and her mates via live cam for four years. The big event everyone's now waiting... More »

Eddie Vedder Repays Man Who Once Saved His Life

Pearl Jam donates $70K after hero has his own boating accident

(Newser) - More than 10 years ago, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was paddling in Hawaii with friends when their canoe overturned. Keith Baxter was also out boating with his daughter, and they rescued Vedder and friends after they had been stranded for two hours, Entertainment Weekly reports. Last year, Baxter was... More »

The Force Was With 4-Year-Old at Her Adoption Ceremony

Zoe Pedicone's 'Star Wars'-themed event even had a judge dressed as Princess Leia

(Newser) - When 4-year-old Zoe Pedicone, whose bedroom is adorned with Star Wars paraphernalia, was asked for a guest list for her adoption ceremony, she named family, friends, and … Darth Vader. And thanks to her adoptive mom's efforts, the Sith lord was there Friday in a Wilmington, Del., courtroom, as... More »

After Husband Saves Dog, Wife Has to Save Them Both

Everybody gets rescued

(Newser) - Rescue authorities in England have a message for the public: If your dog falls into dangerous waters, don't try to save it yourself. The reminder came after a man came very close to death trying to save his mother-in-law's dog from a fast-flowing river Monday, the Times of... More »

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