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Cop Could've Arrested Man but Drove Him 100 Miles Instead

Ohio officer drove Mark Ross to Detroit for sister's funeral

(Newser) - A compassionate police officer in Ohio turned a traffic ticket into a road trip over the weekend, with the recipient of his kind deed calling the experience "overwhelming." Mark Ross found out Sunday morning his 15-year-old sister had died in a car accident, and he needed to get... More »

'He Will Be Our Brother': 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Also: an amazing survival story

(Newser) - A young boy's lesson in empathy and an overdue reunion make the list:
  • 6-Year-Old Asks to Adopt Injured Syrian Boy : The image of a Syrian boy covered in blood after an airstrike in Aleppo touched many—including 6-year-old Alex. In a letter to President Obama, Alex asks that the
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Couple Forced to Live Apart After 62 Years Reunited

'They can now be under the same roof for their remaining years'

(Newser) - Every other day for months, Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk cried when they were separated and returned to the senior living facilities in which they'd been forced to reside apart . On Thursday, the tears were for another reason. Thanks in part to media coverage and a viral photo, the couple—... More »

Toddler Wanders Into Bear-Filled Forest, Survives for Days

'Mowgli' slept under a tree to escape frost

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy in Siberia has been given the nickname Mowgli after he survived three days in a bear-infested forest as temperatures neared 32 degrees. Tserin Dopchut had been playing with dogs near his home in the village of Khut when he wandered into the forest on Sunday, possibly while... More »

6-Year-Old's Plea to Adopt Syrian Boy Goes Viral

'We should all be more like Alex,' says Obama

(Newser) - The image of a Syrian boy covered in blood after an airstrike in Aleppo touched many—including 6-year-old Alex. In a letter to President Obama, Alex asks that the president "please go get" 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh and bring him to his family's home in New York. "We... More »

That Bomb-Filled Bag Turned Homeless NJ Man's Life Around

GoFundMe campaign raised more than $20K

(Newser) - A backpack full of pipe bombs intended to cause terror and carnage ended up turning a homeless man's life around instead. Lee Parker and his friend Ivan White alerted police after they found the backpack in a garbage can in Elizabeth, NJ, Sunday night. Authorities say the bomb was... More »

Wedding Ring Lost at Sea 37 Years Ago Returned to Owner

Scuba diver found it recently

(Newser) - A gold wedding ring lost more than 37 years ago has been returned to its owner after a scuba diver found it in the waters off Spain's eastern coastal city of Benidorm last month and began a social media search, the AP reports. Diving instructor Jessica Cuesta gave the... More »

Husband of Real Fault in Our Stars Couple Has Died

Dalton Prager was 25; wife Katie is in hospice

(Newser) - They've been likened to the fictional couple battling cancer in The Fault in Our Stars , and there will be no fairy tale ending for Dalton and Katie Prager. Instead of cancer, each had cystic fibrosis, and after striking up an online relationship seven years ago, they met in person... More »

Finally, He Can Retire: 5 Brilliant Stories of the Week

Also: a big-hearted teen creates a special app

(Newser) - An awesome crowd-funding effort for an elderly couple and a heroic school bus driver were among the most uplifting stories of the week:
  • Strangers Raise $250K for Elderly Popsicle Vendor : Earlier this month, 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez was selling Mexican popsicles in Chicago. Now he'll never have to push his
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She Used to Dread Lunch. Now Others Won't Have To

Teen creates Sit With Us app to help students find open lunch tables

(Newser) - Natalie Hampton felt "completely ostracized by all of my classmates" at her middle school and dreaded lunch period every day because she knew she'd be sitting alone. She ended up switching schools for high school and making friends, and she didn't want to be "as bad... More »

Video Shows Man Save Kitten Stuck on Highway

It's purrrrty cute

(Newser) - A surveillance video of a busy highway in Russia is melting hearts around the world: In it, a tiny kitten can be seen in the middle of the road in Kaliningrad on Monday as several vehicles drive around it, in what look to be near-misses at times. The kitten had... More »

Hero Driver Saves 20 Kids From Burning Bus

'My biggest reward is my babies are safe': Maryland bus driver Renita Smith

(Newser) - If you want any bus driver taking your kids to and from school, it's Renita Smith. That's likely the feeling of nearly two dozen sets of parents in Maryland's Prince George's County after Smith yanked their children off a school bus that burst into flames Monday,... More »

4 Paralympics Runners Best Olympic Gold Time

Visually impaired athletes impressive in 1500 meters

(Newser) - Four visually impaired runners in the 1500 meters at the Rio Paralympics Games just earned some bragging rights: All put up times better than the US runner who took gold in the same Olympics competition, reports the Independent . Their times ranged from 3:48.29 (by gold medal winner Abdellatif... More »

Strangers Raise $250K for Grieving Popsicle Vendor, 89

'There will be no need for me to work'

(Newser) - A week ago, 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez was selling Mexican popsicles in Chicago. Now he'll never have to push his paleta cart again, thanks to a kind stranger. Joel Cervantes Macias says he spotted Sanchez struggling to push his cart in the Little Village neighborhood on Thursday. It turns out... More »

Unaware She Was Pregnant, US Sailor Gives Birth at Sea

Mom and baby are doing well

(Newser) - A US Navy sailor who didn't realize she was pregnant gave birth aboard the Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier Sunday while it was in the Persian Gulf, where it's involved in the fight against ISIS, the Navy Times reports. The unnamed sailor went to the carrier's medical... More »

Entire School Turns Out to Sing to Ailing Teacher

Ben Elllis receives a moving gift in Nashville

(Newser) - A beloved teacher battling cancer got a surprise visit at his home in Nashville: All 400-plus students from Christian Presbyterian Academy showed up at Ben Ellis' house to sing him their support. (See the video here .) "It was really just a spur of the moment thing," headmaster... More »

Once on Brink, Snow Leopards Making Roaring Return

Conservation efforts pay off in remote Afghanistan

(Newser) - In a picturesque corner of Afghanistan, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and most isolated communities on Earth. The leopards range across the snowy mountains of a dozen countries in Central and South... More »

A Long-Delayed Present: 5 Brilliant Stories of the Week

Also: A single mom becomes a single dad for a day

(Newser) - An interesting wedding gift and a single mom's funny but sweet gesture make the list:
  • Couple Waits 9 Years to Open Wedding Gift : The best wedding present Kathy and Brandon Gunn received at their wedding was one they never opened—at least not for nine years. That was because
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Teen Acid Attack Survivor Becomes Fashion Week Model

Reshma Quereshi walked the runway for FTL Moda Thursday

(Newser) - Two years ago, Reshma Quereshi was permanently disfigured in an acid attack while walking to school in India. She was only 17. On Thursday, she walked in New York Fashion Week, ABC News reports. According to the Independent , Quereshi was held down by a group of men, including her sister'... More »

Couple Waits 9 Years to Open Wedding Gift

'Do Not Open Until Your 1st Disagreement,' a note instructed

(Newser) - The best wedding present Kathy and Brandon Gunn received at their Michigan wedding was one they never opened—at least not for nine years. That was because the gift from great-aunt Alison came with a special instruction: "On the plain white box was a card that read, 'Do... More »

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