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Watch This Gymnast Score the Most Joyous Perfect 10

We're not worthy, Katelyn Ohashi

(Newser) - Looking to start your weekend off with a feeling of pure joy, awe, and maybe even a little envy? This now-viral video out of UCLA Athletics should do the trick. NBC Los Angeles reports on the routine that Bruins gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performed last weekend at the Collegiate Challenge in... More »

An Email Typo Just Made This Guy a Bunch of New Friends

Arizona's Will Novak is flying to a stranger's bachelor party after being invited by mistake

(Newser) - Folks in the Grand Canyon State sure get a lot of surprise invitations. Two years after an Arizona grandmother mistakenly invited the wrong "grandson" to Thanksgiving, a Phoenix man named Will Novak received an invite meant for a different Will Novak to a ski weekend bachelor party in Vermont—... More »

After a Big Botched Pass, 2nd-Grader Boosts NFL Star

And Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles thanked the student and her classmates in person

(Newser) - Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been getting lots of support from fans after dropping a critical pass in a playoff game, including from a second-grader who wrote him a supportive letter, the AP reports. Jeffery stopped by Abigail Johnson's classroom in West Chester on Thursday to thank... More »

His Grandpa Was Driving. Then, 7 Minutes of Panic

12-year-old Benjamin Bubis managed to call 911, pull car over after grandfather's medical emergency

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Massachusetts man is recovering from a stroke he suffered while driving on a major highway, and a doctor says he has his 12-year-old grandson to thank. Benjamin Bubis, a seventh-grader from Canton, was on his way to soccer practice on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 495 when his grandfather,... More »

He Was Delivering a Package. Then He Heard a Dog 'Going Crazy'

UPS driver in Montana rescues pooch trapped in icy pond

(Newser) - UPS doesn't use its "what can brown do for you" slogan anymore, but that didn't stop a Montana driver from answering that call with a heartwarming (but body-freezing) rescue. Ryan Arens tells the Great Falls Tribune that he was delivering packages around the holidays when he heard... More »

Buddhist Poker Player Makes Enlightened Move

He's giving $671K in winnings to charity

(Newser) - Buddha wasn't talking about high-stakes poker when he said "Develop the mind of equilibrium," but it's advice that seems to be working out pretty well for Scott Wellenbach. The 67-year-old Canadian, who converted to Buddhism as a young man, won $671,240 at a poker tournament... More »

He Almost Killed Her. Now They're Teaming Up

Tina Adams, impaired driver to speak together at Canadian schools

(Newser) - Tina Adams will never realize her dream of becoming a police officer, and she might never be able to have children. Such are the consequences of the moment a drunk driver swerved off a road and struck the Quebec jogger in June 2015. Adams, now 24, suffered a traumatic brain... More »

Wife of Furloughed Federal Employee Wins Lottery

Carrie Walls, whose husband was hit by shutdown, wins $100K and an SUV

(Newser) - It's never a bad time to win the lottery, but a Virginia woman's lucky ticket arrived at an especially good moment. Carrie Walls' scratch-off ticket won $100,000 and an SUV in a state contest, and Walls' husband just happens to be one of the federal employees who... More »

Canadians Send Pizza to Air Traffic Controllers Hit by Shutdown

They've treated at least 49 units

(Newser) - Air traffic controllers in the US are working without pay because of the government shutdown—but thanks to their counterparts north of the border, many of them aren't working without pizza. Canadian air traffic controllers, who regularly communicate with American controllers in neighboring sectors, have been organizing the delivery... More »

Dave? Dave? Kansas City Man Gets Tickets for Being Kind

Offensive lineman Jeff Allen just had to find him

(Newser) - A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow, the AP reports. Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take... More »

Milwaukee Bus Driver Rescues Lost Baby

'Humanity at its best'

(Newser) - A sharp-eyed Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver picked up an unusual passenger a few days before Christmas: a lost baby girl she spotted running across a freeway overpass. Irena Ivic stopped her bus and ran to rescue the crying, barefoot child, who was wearing only a diaper and a... More »

Kid Leaves Beloved Bear Behind, Hotel Sends It on Adventures

After finding bear in laundry, Hawaii hotel went above and beyond

(Newser) - A little boy left his beloved teddy bear behind after a family vacation in Hawaii—but he ended up "both mystified and completely enthralled" by the hotel's response. Anna Pickard got in touch with the Grand Hyatt Kauai after returning to the family's Bay Area home sans... More »

Young Players Defend Black Teammate. NHL Players Notice

Washington Capitals invite youth team to NHL game after incident last month

(Newser) - A youth hockey team in Maryland who stood up for a black teammate enduring racial taunts will get a surprise reward. The Washington Capitals are providing 60 tickets to the Metro Maple Leafs to attend a game next week. The gesture follows an incident in December in which Leafs player... More »

This Michigan Reporter Had a Very Big Week

Mike Campbell found missing woman, helped nab suspected looter

(Newser) - A Michigan reporter might want to consider a second career in law enforcement after aiding police in two cases in less than a week. WWJ 's Mike Campbell was reporting at a burned-out shopping center in Warren last Thursday when he called police about a potential looter spotted breaking... More »

Cancer Deaths in US Reach a Milestone

Rate has been declining for 25 years now

(Newser) - The US cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths, and advances in early detection and treatment also are helping, per the AP . But it's not all good... More »

His Family Made Funeral Plans. Then, 'Craziest Moment Ever'

T. Scott Marr wakes up after being taken off life support, dubbed 'Miracle Man'

(Newser) - On Dec. 12, T. Scott Marr was found unconscious and barely alive by his son. On Dec. 13, the 61-year-old Nebraska man's family was told recovery was unlikely after an apparent stroke, so they gave permission for his breathing tubes to be removed and started making calls to plan... More »

They Were Told He Was Gifted. He'll Be Proving It This May

16-year-old Braxton Moral will be first to graduate from high school and Harvard at same time

(Newser) - Like many kids, Braxton Moral dreams of one day being president. Unlike many kids, the 16-year-old forged an unusual path in his quest to get there. Per Time , Braxton will graduate on May 19 from Ulysses High School in his Kansas hometown, then don a cap and gown on May... More »

He Was Told to Go to Bed. His Disobedience Saved Them

Damir Carter stayed up to watch Netflix and saved himself and mom from house fire

(Newser) - Parents seeking a silver lining in the never-ending battle of getting their kids to get some shut-eye may want to chat with Delaware mom Angela Marie Borden. That's because her 13-year-old son wouldn't listen to her and go to sleep Tuesday night, opting instead to settle in for... More »

No Adult Moved to Save the Drowning Man. A 5th-Grader Did

11-year-old in Minnesota gets $50 gift card and much praise

(Newser) - When Lalitha Mareddy of suburban St. Paul, Minn., saw a man at the bottom of her apartment complex's pool, she urged several men standing nearby to dive in. None of them did. Like Mareddy, they couldn't swim, per CNN . "In our culture, it's not a usual... More »

His Ex Wasn't 'the One.' But She Was 'the Donor'

Minn. grandma Mary Ziegler donates organ to her former husband

(Newser) - Not all divorces have to end in acrimony. Just ask Mary Ziegler and Bill Henrichs, who when they ended their marriage two decades ago made a pledge to treat each other right for their kids' sake. "You know all those bad divorce things, we agreed not to do that,... More »

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