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Guy Finds $20 on Street, Ends Up With $1M

Uses money he found to buy winning lottery scratcher

(Newser) - A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years, but when he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International... More »

Keeping a Promise: 5 Great Things This Week

Also, a classy move by Hugh Jackman

(Newser) - Not all the news was doom and gloom this week. Here are five of our favorites:
  • Mother and Her Child Born From the Same Womb : More than three decades after she was born from her mother's womb, a Swedish woman gave birth to a child of her own—a
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Photo Changes Life of Syrian Refugee

Donations pour in for Abdul Halim and his family after image goes viral

(Newser) - A Syrian refugee now has money to send his children to school and help others who have fled his war-torn homeland—thanks to Twitter, a photo of him and his daughter selling pens, and the generosity of thousands of people around the world. CNN reports Norwegian activist Gissur Simonarson posted... More »

Jackman Surprises Young Fan With 'Wolverine Pose'

Radio show video will warm your heart

(Newser) - In case you weren't already a little bit in love with Hugh Jackman, this should do the trick: The X-Men star recently surprised a 9-year-old boy with Cystic Fibrosis who was visiting KIIS 1065's Kyle & Jackie O Show . Domenic, whose visit was arranged by the Make A... More »

Police Escort Slain Officer's Girl on First Day of School

Officers in Ohio keep a promise

(Newser) - Officers brought a smile to the face of a 5-year-old girl when they escorted her to her first day of kindergarten in Ohio—nine months after her father was shot to death while off-duty. Akron officer Justin Winebrenner, 32, was killed in November while helping remove an unruly customer from... More »

Why a Hiker Didn't Die in the Wilderness: His Son

Charlie, 13, used survival skills to care for his dad before finding help

(Newser) - David Finlayson recalls packing frozen breast milk while taking his infant son into the great outdoors. In the years since, he and now 13-year-old Charlie have explored the jungles of Panama and the heights of Rainier. And the teen has apparently picked up some pretty serious skills along the way.... More »

Fast-Food Fantasy Come to Life? the 'McWhopper'

This could be happening if Burger King gets its wish to team up with McDonald's

(Newser) - Imagine Ronald McDonald and the Burger King monarch working the grill together for one glorious day. That's BK's proposal to its No. 1 rival, put forth on its McWhopper.com , which suggests the two fast-food foes team up on Sept. 21 to create a sandwich by that very... More »

Mother and Her Child Were Born From the Same Womb

Woman's mom donated her uterus

(Newser) - More than three decades after she was born out of her mother's womb, a Swedish woman gave birth to a child of her own—a child who was also born out of that same womb. The new mom, whose baby is now nine months old, lost her uterus to... More »

Dog Helps Save Family From House Fire

Everyone, including 4 dogs, got out safely

(Newser) - A Spanish Springs, Nevada, family has been forced out of their home after a house fire, but authorities say no one was hurt thanks in part to a family pet. Officials for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District say one of the family's dogs alerted them to the fire... More »

The Perfect Tribute: 5 Great Things This Week

Including a husband's moving slate to his late wife and an awesome pool party

(Newser) - Not all the stories in the news are doom and gloom. Here are five of our favorites from the week:
  • Husband's Tribute to Late Wife Is Amazing : Sunflowers were her favorite, so when Babbette Jaquish died last year, husband Don knew the perfect tribute: The Wisconsin farmer planted 400
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Pregnant Meteorologist Has 'a Message for the Haters'

Mom-to-be fires back after being called a "sausage in casing"

(Newser) - Complain to meteorologists that it never rains when they say it will, and they'll brush it off. But tell a meteorologist her pregnant stomach looks like "sausage in casing," and you may just start a movement. Support is pouring in from all over the country after CBS... More »

Girl With Down Syndrome Now a Gap Model

Kayla Kosmalski, 9, will make her debut today

(Newser) - Among the kids modeling for Gap today at a fashion show in Miami will be 9-year-old Kayla Kosmalski, and Kayla is making headlines because she's got Down syndrome. She's actually one of four kids in the show with a disability of some kind, part of a campaign called... More »

Cops Serving Warrant End Up Rescuing Puppy

It was stuck in drainage pipe, just a week or two old

(Newser) - Police serving a drug-related search warrant at a Phoenix home found themselves part of a 10-hour rescue effort to free a puppy trapped in a sewage pipe. Authorities say officers went to the home yesterday morning and found a very young puppy alive but stuck in an open pipe that... More »

Judge Grants Lawyer's Awesome Request for Delay

It was a matter of life and death, in a sense

(Newser) - Lawyers request hearing postponements all the time, but those requests are rarely as short and sweet as the one delivered Thursday by Pittsburgh lawyer Marc Daffner, as cited at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review :
  • “Defense counsel's wife went into labor at approximately 11:15am today, and defense counsel will be
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See Bears Have a Pool Party

One family surprises another in Rockaway Township, NJ

(Newser) - Need an antidote for some of the depressing bear stories in the news of late? This video out of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, should do the trick. A mama bear and five cubs went for a dip in a backyard pool and stayed for about an hour, reports CBS News... More »

This Striking Photo Emerges From West's Wildfires

Idaho man says dogs were protecting body of fawn

(Newser) - An Idaho man has captured an indelible image in the midst of that state's wildfires: It shows a sheepdog and her two pups appearing to guard a dead fawn. "They were definitely trying to protect it," Louis Armstrong of Kamiah tells KBOI2 . "I thought it was... More »

Fast-Acting Motel Manager Saved Dozens

Tonya Hinds happened to be a former volunteer firefighter

(Newser) - A fast-acting manager who evacuated a Washington motel minutes before a massive explosion is being credited with saving dozens of lives, including some who were staying in rooms that were reduced to rubble. The blast Tuesday night critically injured a gas company worker and knocked back firefighters, but the guests... More »

Husband's Tribute to Late Wife: 400 Acres of Sunflowers

Iowa's Don Jaquish will sell the seeds to benefit cancer research

(Newser) - Sunflowers were her favorite, so when Babbette Jaquish died last year, husband Don knew the perfect tribute: The Wisconsin farmer planted 400 acres of them in Eau Claire along Highway 85, reports ABC News . He owned some of the land, and neighbors rented him the rest at a good price.... More »

Cops Stop Speeder, Deliver Baby

Girl was 'determined to beat medics to the scene'

(Newser) - Seattle police officers who pulled a vehicle over for speeding and running a red light ended up delivering a bundle of joy instead of a handful of tickets. Officer Anthony Reynolds pulled the vehicle over at around 3:45am Sunday and called for an ambulance when the driver shouted that... More »

Why John Oliver Has Started His Own Church

He's skewering profit-seeking televangelists

(Newser) - There's a new church in town, courtesy of John Oliver. On his HBO show, Oliver created the awesomely named Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption, reports the Wall Street Journal . As the name suggests, Oliver is using it to skewer mega-churches that exploit their followers for money in exchange for... More »

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