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Widower's Dinner Date: Photo of Late Wife

Man in viral photos is happy to talk to anyone who asks about love of his life

(Newser) - Determined not to forget his true love after her death five years ago, an elderly man has been bringing along a photo of her during his outings to a California burger joint. Multiple patrons have spotted the widower at an In-N-Out Burger, seated with a photo of his deceased wife... More »

Off-Duty Cop Finds $120K, Returns It to Owner

She was driving home from work, found two bags on road

(Newser) - It could have been easy money. But when an off-duty sergeant with the California Highway Patrol found two bags stuffed with $120,000 in cash, she reported the find instead, reports UPI . The unidentified 20-year veteran says she had to swerve to avoid hitting the bank-deposit bags while driving in... More »

Woman Choosing to Die Has Completed Her Bucket List

Brittany Maynard visits the Grand Canyon

(Newser) - Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman choosing to die on her own terms before a brain tumor kills her, has checked off every item on her bucket list. She crossed off the final item last week, when she visited the Grand Canyon, Fox News reports. "This week, my family and... More »

NCAA Bends Rules for a Special Player

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - A college basketball player who's become an inspiration and a newborn who managed to save her mom's life are among the week's uplifting stories:
  • NCAA Moves Up Season Opener for Dying Player : The NCAA normally doesn't let its teams open their seasons in early November, but
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Female UPS Driver's Feat: 4M Miles, 0 Accidents

Ginny Odom hits 40-year mark without even a fender bender

(Newser) - If you're a professional truck driver, it's a rare achievement to log 4 million miles over 40 years. It's rarer still to manage it without a single accident along the way. Such is the feat of UPS driver Ginny Odom, who becomes the company's first female... More »

NCAA Moves Up Season Opener for Dying Player

Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill has brain tumor

(Newser) - The NCAA normally doesn't let its teams open their seasons in early November, but Cincinnati's Mount St. Joseph will do so against Hiram College on Nov. 2, reports the AP . The reason for the exception? No. 22. That would be the Mount's 19-year-old Lauren Hill, who has... More »

NHL Crowd Sings 'O Canada' After Ottawa Attack

Prime minister thanks fans in Pittsburgh for the gesture

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans offered a nice show of support to Canada last night before a game against Philadelphia. Hours after a gunman attacked the Parliament in Ottawa, fans joined along in the singing of O Canada as the Canadian flag was projected on the ice, reports ABC... More »

Teen Killed in WWII Buried at Arlington

Cecil Harris' remains were recently found in France

(Newser) - A Tennessee teenager who was killed in World War II and lay in a shallow grave for 70 years finally got a proper burial yesterday at Arlington, reports the Tennessean . Army private Cecil Harris, who was killed in battle on Jan. 2, 1945, was laid to rest with full military... More »

Nurse's Dog Free of Ebola

But Bentley will remain under watch for a while longer

(Newser) - It looks like Bentley's going to make it. That would be the dog owned by Dallas nurse Nina Pham , who is herself being treated for Ebola. Health officials put the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel into quarantine and announced today that tests have shown him to be clear of the... More »

Couple Married 73 Years Die Hours Apart

Joe Auer, 100, followed Helen quickly

(Newser) - Joe Auer lived 100 years, surviving the Depression, a stint in World War II, and no fewer than 10 kids. But when his wife of 73 years died last week, that was it. Joe Auer lasted only 28 hours after Helen, 94, reports WPTV . "I think sleeping only one... More »

NBC Journalist Free of Ebola

Ashoka Mukpo of Rhode Island will be released from hospital soon

(Newser) - A little more good news on Ebola, at least in the US: NBC journalist Ashoka Mukpo is free of the disease and will be released from a hospital in Omaha, reports AP . The Rhode Island native contracted the disease in Liberia while working as a freelance camera operator for the... More »

Dog Eats Nasty Toad, Gets 'Mouth-to-Snout' CPR

Florida dog had fallen unconscious in a canal

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a Florida dog owner gave his pooch mouth-to-mouth resuscitation—or "mouth to snout," he calls it—in an effort to save the dog's life, the Miami Herald reports. Andrew Burtschin, 29, returned from a boating trip to his Key Largo home on Oct. 1... More »

How a 'Miracle' Baby Saved Mom's Life

Led to the discovery that Jenny Purvis had ovarian cancer

(Newser) - Jenny Purvis calls her daughter "Miracle Mae," and with good reason: In giving her daughter life, the Georgia woman had her own life saved. Mary Ella "Mae" Purvis was due in September, but a 27-week doctor visit in June revealed that the 29-year-old mom-to-be had elevated blood... More »

How a Paralyzed Groom Walked Down the Aisle

Matt Ficarra relied on a bionic exoskeleton

(Newser) - There weren't many dry eyes when Matt Ficarra walked down the aisle with his new wife, Jordan Basile—and not just because the occasion was his wedding. The Syracuse, NY, man has been paralyzed from his chest down since he broke his neck in a boating accident in 2011.... More »

Selfless Act Saves Others

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - A Himalayan porter's bravery and a Florida teen's moving dog adoption highlight this week's list:
  • Man Sacrifices Life to Save 20 in Himalayan Blizzard : An amazing tale of sacrifice out of the Nepal blizzard that claimed lives in the Himalayas: A group of Israeli trekkers who were
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Man Blind for Decades Sees Again With Bionic Eye

Larry Hester is country's 7th recipient of device

(Newser) - It's been 33 years since Larry Hester started going blind. But thanks to a new bionic eye, the 66-year-old is experiencing vision once again, Duke Medicine reports. Granted, "it's not vision as we traditionally know it," a Duke University scientist tells Duke Medicine. But "turning... More »

Man Sacrificed Life to Save 20 in Himalayan Blizzard

Hikers say porter Pasang Tamang gave them 'second lease [on] life'

(Newser) - An amazing tale of sacrifice out of the Nepal blizzard that claimed at least 29 lives in the Himalayas: A group of Israeli trekkers who were rescued on the Annapurna Circuit tell the Himalayan Times that porter Pasang Tamang saved their lives, and the lives of many others, by directing... More »

Teen Who Lost Leg Rescues Dog Who Did, Too

Young amputee in Florida relates to rescue dachshund

(Newser) - NBC 6 South Florida has a story about a teenager who lost a leg in an ATV accident last year and is now adjusting to life with a prosthetic. The added twist, though, is that Sam Sartain's mom happened to be looking at a website for dachshund rescues... More »

Keeping Childhood Promise, Brothers Split Jackpot

Eric Hale honors vow, splits $1M with brother Quinn

(Newser) - "When I was a kid, I promised my brother that if I ever won the lottery, I would split it with him," Eric Hale tells KPTV . But instead of pleading amnesia when he found out he'd won a Powerball jackpot of $1 million last month, the Oregon... More »

Man Who Took Dying Mom to Mexico Can Return to US

Dario Guerrero Meneses, 21, gets humanitarian visa

(Newser) - A Harvard student who broke immigration rules to take his dying mother to Mexico will be allowed back into the US on a humanitarian visa. The decision comes just hours after the AP published a story about the plight of Dario Guerrero Meneses. In an immigration system where even the... More »

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