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James Foley Remembered With Scholarship

Mentoring program will help tell 'untold' stories

(Newser) - Future journalism of students at Wisconsin's Marquette University will get some help from a scholarship fund in honor of James Foley. The American journalist executed by the Islamic State graduated from the school in 1996, CBS News reports, and his family has helped establish a scholarship to "provide... More »

Firefighter Gives CPR—to Koala

Sir Chompsalot looks like he'll make it

(Newser) - It was a rough night for Sir Chompsalot: The koala was hit by a car, fled up a tree, then fell 30 feet into a blanket. Fortunately, a team of firefighters on the scene in Australia knew what to do. They "actually performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the koala,"... More »

Starbucks 'Pay It Forward' Chain Lasts for 378 Cars

Florida drive-thru keeps it going for 11 hours

(Newser) - Customers at a Starbucks drive-thru in St. Petersburg, Fla., kept a "pay it forward" chain going for 11 hours and 378 cars yesterday, reports the Tampa Bay Times . It began about 7am, when a woman paid for the order of the car behind her, and that driver did the... More »

Mailman Saves Choking Baby

Chris Brown in right place at right time

(Newser) - A letter carrier in South Carolina went far beyond the call of duty when he saved the life of an 11-month-old last week. When young Eli stuffed a plastic wrapper in his mouth, he began to choke, his mother, Stephanie Cooper, tells WYFF . "I turned around and started beating... More »

Bride Moves Wedding So Dad Can Walk Her Down Aisle

She changes venue to Bernard Reeves' care center

(Newser) - Most weddings have at least a few wet eyes in attendance. But when 30 guests watched Miriam Reeves escorted down the aisle by her beaming father Saturday, few could hold back their tears. Just a month earlier, Miriam, 31, decided to move her traditional church wedding in Michigan to the... More »

Man, 101, Has Worked at One Company for 73 Years

Hy Goldman says the work is what keeps him young

(Newser) - Do what you love—not just to enjoy yourself, but possibly even to live longer. So says Herman "Hy" Goldman, who yesterday celebrated his 101st birthday not in a nursing home but surrounded by coworkers at Capitol Lighting in East Hanover, NJ, where he has been working for 73... More »

Girl Power Saves the Day

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - Stories about a 13-year-old girl stealing the show at the Little League World Series and a 3-year-old girl strong enough to survive 11 days in the wildness highlight the week's uplifting news files:
  • Girl and Her Fastball Star in Little League World Series : Thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, "
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It's the 'Mo Show': Girl Dominates in Little League Tourney

Mo'Ne Davis becomes first winning female pitcher

(Newser) - She did it again. Mo'Ne Davis pitched a shutout to get her team into the Little League World Series, and yesterday she pitched another to help her team advance, reports USA Today . In doing so, the Philadelphia 13-year-old becomes the first girl to record a win in the tournament.... More »

Officer Saves Choking Woman Who Ran Red Light

He performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged sausage and biscuit

(Newser) - It's not every day people are thankful for being pulled over for running a red light, but for one woman choking on a sausage biscuit, the stop likely saved her life. Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Jason Gates, meanwhile, says he was just doing his job. After he pulled the... More »

Rescuers Say Puppy Led Them to Girl Lost for Days

3-year-old was missing in Siberian wilderness for 11 days

(Newser) - It is, as Gawker notes, "better than a Disney movie." A 3-year-old girl survived 11 days in a remote Siberian forest and got rescued thanks to her puppy, reports the Siberian Times . Karina Chikitova's trouble began July 29 when she got lost, apparently after setting out to... More »

First Woman Wins 'Math's Nobel Prize'

Stanford's Maryam Mirzakhani awarded Fields Medal

(Newser) - An Iranian-born Stanford University professor has become the first woman to win the Fields Medal—the most prestigious prize in mathematics, and one that the San Jose Mercury News describes as "math's Nobel Prize." Maryam Mirzakhani, 37, is one of four mathematicians under 40 being awarded the... More »

China Welcomes World's 1st Living Panda Triplets

'Miracle' trio born 2 weeks ago is still in the danger zone

(Newser) - In what it's describing as a "new wonder of the world," a Chinese zoo has announced the birth (and, so far, survival) of triplet panda cubs, a rare occurrence among procreation-shy pandas. Chimelong Safari Park kept the July 29 birth under wraps until now because of the... More »

Cop to See Baby He Saved 20 Years Ago Get Married

Yonkers police captain will attend nursing grad's Aug. 17 wedding

(Newser) - For Yonkers Police Capt. Joseph Barca, Dec. 28, 1993, is a date that will forever stand out in his mind—it was the day he helped resuscitate a "lifeless" baby who had mucus obstructing her tiny airway, reports the Journal News . Now Aug. 17, 2014, is another date that... More »

Girl's 70mph Arm Leads Team to Little League World Series

13-year-old pitches shutout

(Newser) - Thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, "you throw like a girl" is now a compliment. The 13-year-old pitched a shutout against a Delaware team yesterday, leading her Philadelphia squad—the Taney Dragons—to the Little League World Series, reports the AP . Mo’Ne struck out six with help from her... More »

3 on Sailboat Await Rescue Near Hawaii

Sailboat set adrift by Hurricane Julio

(Newser) - Three people stranded aboard a sailboat set adrift 400 miles northeast of Oahu by Hurricane Julio are awaiting rescue. A container ship reached the sailboat early this morning, but crews were waiting for conditions to improve to evacuate the trio, reports the AP . "The seas were really bad and... More »

Generous Gesture Surprises Campus

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - A college president's generous move and an incredible family reunion highlight the list of the week's most uplifting stories:
  • University Prez Takes $90K Pay Cut to Help Lowest Paid : Kentucky State University's new president has given the lowest-paid workers on campus a pay raise—out of his
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New Tactic Cuts Shark Attacks, Saves Sharks

In Brazil, dangerous ones are relocated to deep waters

(Newser) - Researchers in Brazil say they've found a way to curb shark attacks without culling sharks—which, if true, is good news for conservationists who oppose lethal means of controlling sharks in South Africa and Australia, LiveScience reports. The Brazilian program was tried off and on for nearly 10 years... More »

Family Finds Girl Lost in Tsunami 10 Years Ago

A chance discovery by the girl's uncle leads to reunion

(Newser) - More than 10 years after a tsunami swept her away from her parents, Raudhatul Jannah is back in their arms again. Raudhatul was only 4 when her home in Indonesia was destroyed by a 2004 tsunami that killed some 230,000. After the tsunami struck, her father put her and... More »

Crowd Shoves Train Off Trapped Man

A little teamwork saves the day at Australian train station

(Newser) - A guy who fell into the gap between a train and the platform during this morning's rush hour in Perth, Australia, was rescued by none other than his fellow commuters, reports ABC News Australia . Video footage shows the passengers working in tandem to shove the train off him, then... More »

University Prez Takes $90K Pay Cut to Help Lowest Paid

KSU chief brings campus minimum wage up to $10.25

(Newser) - Kentucky State University's new president has given the lowest-paid workers on campus a pay raise out of his own salary. Before his contract as interim president was approved last month, Raymond Burse asked how many employees earned less than $10.25 per hour and volunteered to take a pay... More »

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