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Pope Gives Sleeping Bags to Homeless for His Birthday

Pontiff handed out 400 sleeping bags to Rome's destitute to celebrate his 78th

(Newser) - Pope Francis spent his birthday last year by going to church with four homeless locals . This year he upped the ante, celebrating his 78th birthday on Wednesday by donating 400 sleeping bags—complete with an imprinted papal coat of arms—to homeless people around Rome, ABC News reports. Volunteers and... More »

Mystery Donor Handing Out $100 Bills in Massachusetts

Fast-food workers get a Christmas surprise

(Newser) - What seems to have become an annual tradition is unfolding in Hyannis, Massachusetts: An anonymous man has been visiting fast-food shops and handing over $100 to each employee, reports the Boston Globe . He's an older guy with the same approach: He asks the manager how many people work there,... More »

Dog Can Finally Run Thanks to 3D-Printed Legs

Derby catches a break with the right foster mom

(Newser) - Derby the dog is winning new converts to the concept of 3D printing. Derby is a husky mix who was born last year with deformed front paws, reports BuzzFeed . Lucky for him, an employee of a company called 3D Systems in Massachusetts took him in as a foster dog and... More »

As Brothers Bicker on C-SPAN, Mom Calls In

Joy Woodhouse tells her sons to stop fighting

(Newser) - Brad Woodhouse is liberal and brother Dallas Woodhouse is conservative, and as the pundits went back and forth on C-SPAN this morning, they were stopped short by a surprise call, reports Mediaite . “You’re right, I’m from down south,” said Joy from North Carolina. “And I’... More »

#illridewithyou Triumphs Amid Hostage Situation

Australians come out against anti-Muslim sentiment

(Newser) - In the midst of ominous developments this morning in Sydney, Australia, one encouraging storyline has emerged: Australians are coming out en masse on social media to proclaim that intolerance will not be tolerated. The #illridewithyou hashtag has rapidly gone viral, with residents streaming online to express an eager willingness to... More »

Santa Gets Some Help: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Including an unusual shuttle by state troopers

(Newser) - It's almost crunch time for holiday shopping, so no surprise that some examples of generosity make this week's list of uplifting stories:
  • Woman Pays $20K in Others' Layaway Costs : Shoppers who couldn't pay for items on the spot at a Massachusetts Toys 'R' Us no longer
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Woman Pays $20K in Others' Layaway Costs at Toys 'R' Us

Guy paid $1.2K in fellow customers' bills last week

(Newser) - A little heartwarming holiday news: Shoppers who couldn't pay for items on the spot at a Massachusetts Toys 'R' Us no longer have to worry about the costs. That's thanks to an anonymous older woman who paid off every single account at the store—all 150 of... More »

Plane Gets New Passenger Between Airports

Southwest craft makes emergency landing after baby is born on SFO-PHX flight

(Newser) - A baby born yesterday probably has more frequent-flier miles than any other newborn alive. A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Phoenix from San Francisco made an emergency landing in LA not long after takeoff yesterday when a woman on board the plane went into labor and produced an addition to... More »

Walmart Worker Gives Own Cash to Help Customer

Jenny Karpen pulled $40 out of her wallet to help pay for man's groceries

(Newser) - She may have been new, but she knew just what to do. Jenny Karpen, who had only recently started working at a Walmart in Rotterdam, NY, was helping check out an elderly customer when she realized he didn't have enough cash on hand to pay for his whole order,... More »

Boater Lost at Sea on Thanksgiving Found Alive

Ron Ingraham, 67, found 'weak, hungry, dehydrated' off Honolulu

(Newser) - When the US Coast Guard told Zakary Ingraham that the search for his dad was being called off on Dec. 1, his gut told him it was the wrong move. "I said, 'Man, I don't think you should call [off] the search because I don't think... More »

Troopers Drive Woman Across Utah to See Sick Son

Helen Smith, 87, got pulled over first

(Newser) - When 87-year-old Helen Smith of Nevada learned that her son was near death in a Utah hospital, she hopped in her car and began the 350-mile trip. The problem is that she buzzed by a Utah trooper en route, and he pulled her over to issue a warning, reports KUTV... More »

La. Dad Rushes Into Fire to Save Young Son

Johnathon Robertson Jr. survived, but his heroic father didn't

(Newser) - As Johnathon Robertson's home in Grand Prairie, La., went up in flames Friday night, the 42-year-old Navy veteran shunned his survival instincts and heeded his paternal ones, rushing through the fire to save his young son, Johnathon Jr., KATC reports. "He made the choice that his child's... More »

Christmas Wish Fulfilled: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Including a stray dog who went out in style

(Newser) - A girl's Christmas card fairytale and one amazing marriage proposal are among the week's uplifting stories:
  • Dying Girl Flooded With Christmas Cards : If doctors are correct that 6-year-old Addie Fausett of Utah won't live to see another Christmas, her family has arranged to make her last one
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Dying Girl Flooded With Christmas Cards

Addie Fausett of Utah isn't expected to see another holiday

(Newser) - If doctors are correct that 6-year-old Addie Fausett of Utah won't live to see another Christmas, her family has arranged to make her last one memorable. When Addie, who stopped growing at age 3, said she wanted to have friends like her older sisters, her grandmother took to Facebook... More »

Boy Survives After Body Temp Plunges to 55 Degrees

Doctors are calling it a miracle

(Newser) - "It’s the only case of its kind in the world," says a doctor at a Polish children's hospital. "The child has come back to the world of the living." Krakow doctor Janusz Skalski is talking about little Adas (also reported as Adam), a 2-year-old... More »

Man Proposes With World's Hugest GPS Drawing

Yasushi Takahashi spent 6 months traveling 4,450 miles to create marriage proposal

(Newser) - Yasushi Takahashi quit his job six years ago and traveled all over Japan for six months, covering more than 4,450 miles—and he ended up getting a Guinness World Record and a wife out of it, the Boston Globe reports. Takahashi used his GPS tracker to draw "Marry... More »

Neglected, Dying Dog Gets Epic Send-Off

Abandoned Boston terrier lives final days to the fullest thanks to Alabama family

(Newser) - Boston terriers thrive on human companionship, and they deteriorate in the absence thereof, notes the Boston Terrier Club of America . This is apparently what happened to Butch, who wandered an Alabama neighborhood for two and a half years after being abandoned, AL.com reports. He ate garbage, was occasionally fed... More »

Final Resting Place for Man's Ashes: 100 Countries

CJ Twomey's mom has made it her mission to ensure her late son sees the world

(Newser) - Over the past year, CJ Twomey has been scuba diving in the waters off the Dominican Republic, flown over Turkey in a hot-air balloon, and ascended Peru's Machu Picchu. He's visited more than 100 countries, thanks to the kindness of hundreds of strangers who are helping CJ—who... More »

Guy Scores $14M in Vegas, Will Give It Away

Man will give to charity, help build a new home for his church

(Newser) - It took him just $20 and five minutes to conquer the Megabucks slot machine and take home a $14.3 million jackpot—and he's not even a regular gambler. A Las Vegas man, who's choosing to remain anonymous, hit it big on Sunday after he and his best... More »

A Memorable Hug: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Including a dog who wasn't about to let his new friend go away

(Newser) - A memorable image from the latest Ferguson rallies and a time-is-running-out rescue of two boys buried in snow are among the week's uplifting stories:
  • Hug Between Officer, Kid at Ferguson Rally Is a Hit : One image from the many Ferguson rallies this week continues to gain traction. The photo
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