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Left to Die by Side of Road, Dog Has Happy Homecoming

Cedar went missing in Florida 2 years ago, was found abandoned in Colorado

(Newser) - Cedar is home again, much bigger and on the mend. The German shepherd disappeared two years ago from the backyard of her home in Southwest Ranches, Fla., when she was just 4 months old, reports WSVN . The Peterson family heard nothing about Cedar until this month, when a deputy across... More »

Before the Game, Citizenship

Carlos Santana of Cleveland Indians take the oath

(Newser) - Not even a cold, rainy day could hinder Carlos Santana's joyful smile. The Indians first baseman was sworn in as a US citizen on Friday, taking the oath with 83 others while his two young daughters fought for his attention, per the AP . Afterward, Santana beamed with pride. "... More »

No Room on Jet for His Antique Violin. Then, a Great Idea

Giora Schmidt performs onboard after flight attendant rallies passengers to make room

(Newser) - Stories about airplanes and musicians with antique instruments often don't end well. Witness exhibit A from 2016. But Classic FM has a story that provides an antidote. It seems American-Israeli violinist Giora Schmidt just barely made his Delta flight to Cincinnati, and by the time he boarded, there was... More »

Marine Veteran Finishes Marathon in Inspiring Fashion

Former Marine Micah Herndon completes Boston Marathon for fallen buddies

(Newser) - Micah Herndon finished the Boston Marathon Monday in a time of 3:38, so, no, he didn't come close to the top runners. But he did finish, and he did so on his hands and knees after collapsing in sight of the finish line, reports Yahoo Sports . Herndon's... More »

Oil Rig Workers Spot, Save a Tired Dog at Sea

'Boonrod' was 135 miles off the coast of Thailand

(Newser) - Oil workers about 135 miles off the coast of Thailand saw something in the water that shouldn't have been there: a tired dog, swimming. The pooch made it to the rig, where workers eventually hoisted him to safety, reports the Bangkok Post . It's not clear how the dog... More »

After Parents Disowned Her, Queer Eye Fans Raise $90K

Jess Guilbeaux is going back to school, thanks to help from strangers who saw her on 'Queer Eye'

(Newser) - When a GoFundMe was set up for Jess Guilbeaux, the goal of $100,000 for the 23-year-old— whose story of being disowned by her adoptive parents after they discovered she was gay appeared on Netflix's third season of Queer Eye—seemed far off. Now that crowdfunding initiative has reached... More »

Nurses Bail Out Anxious Dad, Literally

Darius Hinkle had been arrested rushing his baby girl to the hospital

(Newser) - Some nurses in Illinois went way above and beyond on behalf of a worried father. KTVI reports that Darius Hinkle was rushing his 1-year-old daughter to a hospital in Centreville because she was choking on a penny. By the time he reached the hospital, he had multiple police cars following... More »

Woman Buys Out Shoe Store, for a Cause

Addy Tritt's kind act benefits Nebraska flood victims

(Newser) - A Kansas woman donated 204 pairs of shoes to Nebraska flood victims after buying everything that was left at a closing Payless store , per the AP . The Hays Post reports the shoes, with a retail price of more than $6,000, were part of a flood relief shipment taken to... More »

She Thought Her Dog Died in a Fire. 2 Days Later: 'We Got Him!'

Rebel hid under a desk in Kayla Blake's apartment; he suffered just a burn on his nose

(Newser) - Kayla Blake thought she'd lost Rebel forever. Per WHSV , the fifth-year psych major at James Madison University got a call Thursday morning informing her that her apartment building in Harrisonburg, Va., was on fire. She says she became "hysterical," as Rebel, the dog she'd adopted three... More »

Airplane 'Creep' Stymied by Female Passengers

Canadian reporter, other women intervened after they say they witnessed man harassing teen girl

(Newser) - A Canadian reporter noticed a disturbing incident involving a teen girl on a recent plane ride—and her intervention, along with that of other female passengers, helped the young lady out of an uncomfortable situation. Per the CBC , Joanna Chiu, the Star's Vancouver bureau chief, was on a flight... More »

It's a First: Someone Living With HIV Donates Organ

Atlanta's Nina Martinez is a kidney donor to HIV-positive recipient

(Newser) - She donated a kidney to a stranger, but that's not the reason Nina Martinez's decision is making international headlines. The 36-year-old Atlanta resident is HIV-positive, and the surgery at Johns Hopkins is the first time anywhere that someone living with the virus has donated an organ, reports FOX... More »

He Gives Most of His Income to His Students. He Just Won $1M

Kenya's Peter Tabichi just won 'world's best teacher' from Varkey Foundation

(Newser) - Peter Tabichi is a science and math teacher in one of the poorest schools in Kenya, and he gives away the majority of his paycheck to help his community and students at the Keriko secondary school in Pwami. The 36-year-old Franciscan friar just got those funds back, and then some:... More »

She Handed Over the Cash. Then Robbery Suspect Saw Her Balance

Man accused of robbing woman at ATM in China apparently had change of heart

(Newser) - It's not clear if this story should be filed under "weird crimes" or "uplifting news." The surveillance cameras tell the tale of the person now being dubbed "the world's kindest crook," with the footage coming out of Heyuan in China's Guangdong province.... More »

Alert Webcam Viewer Saves a Life

Viewer in Germany spotted man floating by in river, called police

(Newser) - A German man was watching a webcam attached to a ferry pier in Hamburg, along the Elbe River, early Thursday when he spotted something that didn't belong: an elderly man floating by. His quick call to police saved the 72-year-old, who local media report had fallen into the water... More »

Student Wins Free Year of Qdoba, Donates It

Kansas State freshman doesn't eat Mexican food

(Newser) - What to do when you win a year's worth of free Qdoba, but you don't eat Mexican food? In the case of one Kansas State University freshman, you use it to feed people in need. Cameron Koger tweeted after winning the "Qdoba Queso 3-point contest" at a... More »

She Was Disowned for Being Gay. Then the Queer Eye Guys Stepped In

Netflix episode featuring Jess Guilbeaux has proved to be an 'ugly cry' one

(Newser) - Netflix recently started streaming the third season of Queer Eye, and one episode in particular is causing people to "ugly cry." NBC News reports on "Black Girl Magic," the fifth episode, which puts 23-year-old Jess Guilbeaux in the spotlight. Guilbeaux, a waitress in Lawrence, Kan., was... More »

Their Mom Was Murdered. Then the Phone Rang: 'This Is Tyler'

Perry pays rent, funeral costs for family of Tynesha Evans, allegedly slain by on-again, off-again BF

(Newser) - One of Tynesha Evans' daughters is calling Tyler Perry an "angel on Earth" after the star stepped up following Evans' murder in Georgia over the weekend. Per an Alpharetta Department of Public Safety post on Facebook , Evans, 45, was gunned down Saturday in a Wells Fargo parking lot; her... More »

2 Separate Massacres, 2 Acts of Kindness Out of Pittsburgh

Jewish group fundraises for NZ mosque victims after Muslims did the same for Tree of Life victims

(Newser) - When the Tree of Life synagogue shooting took place last October, killing 11, Muslims in the Pittsburgh area rallied to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the victims and their families. Now, in the wake of the massacre at two Muslim mosques in New Zealand that has taken the... More »

He's a Homeless Refugee —and Best at What He Does

Tanitoluwa Adewumi just owned the New York State chess championship

(Newser) - After the college admissions scandal , this is refreshing: A homeless 8-year-old immigrant just smoked his category at the New York State chess championship, the Hill reports. Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who lives with his family in a Manhattan shelter, went undefeated last weekend among kindergartners to third graders. "I want to... More »

Adopted Daughter's Sacrifice Moves Dad to Tears

Billy Houze's kidneys didn't work and the wait list was too long

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman is on the verge of saving her adoptive father's life—something she believes she was destined to do, ABC News reports. "She told me, 'Daddy, you thought you were saving my life pulling me from foster care but in actuality, you were saving... More »

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