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'Zombie Cat' May Go Up for Adoption

Humane Society says it won't give 'Bart' back to owner

(Newser) - Bart the "zombie cat" might be getting a new home. The Humane Society of Tampa says it won't return the cat to its owner after learning new information about Bart's "home environment" and how he came to be buried. Among other things, it appears that the... More »

Site Raises $1M So Brooklyn Kids Can Visit Harvard

'Humans of New York' helps out school

(Newser) - The creator of an uber-popular photography blog about the residents of New York City has helped raise $1 million and counting so kids in a high-crime area of Brooklyn can get a taste of the Ivy League. Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York , set up the Indiegogo page... More »

Mystery Solved: Bartender Shoveled Boston Marathon Finish Line

Chris Laudani's gesture is a big hit

(Newser) - Boston's blizzard has spawned an instant celebrity, and for a pretty good reason: Bartender Chris Laudani took it upon himself Tuesday afternoon to clear off the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Except he did so anonymously, at least at first. Philip Hillman snapped a photo of the gesture-in-progress... More »

Cops Buy Back Elderly Man's Pawned Wedding Ring

He was struggling to care for wife with dementia

(Newser) - When police in Cornwall, Ontario, responded to a domestic call, they found an elderly woman with dementia arguing with her husband of 54 years. In talking to the husband, the officers learned that he had recently pawned his wedding ring, a sign of how desperate things were getting as he... More »

Friendship Nine's 1961 Convictions Are Scrapped

'We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history'

(Newser) - In what CNN calls a "poetic twist," the nephew of the judge who convicted nine South Carolina black men who took a seat at a whites-only lunch counter in 1961 today tossed those trespassing and protesting convictions. Eight of the so-called Friendship Nine appeared in court today—the... More »

Buried Cat Returned to Owner—Alive

Owner Ellis Hutson is utterly floored

(Newser) - Florida resident Ellis Hutson grieved when a car ran over his cat. He was simply stunned when his cat, since buried, clawed its way out and refused to die, ABC News reports. "I was so shocked," says the 52-year-old landscaper. "I didn’t know really what to... More »

When Vacuums Rule: 5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Including a traffic stop with a twist

(Newser) - Some nice gestures for loved ones highlights this week's uplifting stories:
  • Best Birthday Ever for Autistic Teen : For his 14th birthday, a mom in Chesterfield, Va., arranged to have a vacuum cleaner salesman conduct a demo for her son. Unusual, but also a huge success: The teen is autistic
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Woman Returns $2.6K in Cash in Her Burger King Bag

She was accidentally given a bank deposit instead of spicy chicken

(Newser) - A New Hampshire woman got a surprise at a Burger King drive-thru: a bag full of cash instead of food. Janelle Jones says she discovered on the way home that the bag did not contain the sweet tea and junior spicy chicken sandwich that she had ordered yesterday at the... More »

Lost Hikers Lived on Bugs, Spring Water for Days

3 exchange students rescued in Turkey

(Newser) - Three students in their early 20s who set out for a daylong hike in the mountains ended up getting a crash course in survival techniques instead. Brit David Mackie and Dutch friends Frisko De Vries and Merije De Groot are safe after getting stranded for about a week while hiking... More »

Cop Stages Phony Traffic Stop to Propose

Galveston officer Gregory Parris gets his 'yes' in unusual fashion

(Newser) - A Texas woman just had what is likely to be the most memorable traffic stop of her life. When Sara Wolff got pulled over by a Galveston cop, he told her she had a broken taillight along with outstanding warrants, reports KHOU-TV . He asked her to step out of her... More »

Vacuum Demo: Best Birthday Ever for Autistic Teen

Dylan Johnson, 14, knew more about vacuums than salesman did at his birthday bash

(Newser) - For 25 years, Al Archie has been a salesman for the Kirby vacuum company, but he finally met his match in appliance expertise over the weekend: Dylan Johnson, an autistic teen whose mom had commissioned Archie to come to Chesterfield, Va., to do a vacuum demo for her son's... More »

Cops: Fan Drinks 9 Beers, Crashes, Is Rescued by Patriots Player

Vince Wilfork saw accident, stopped to help

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan in Massachusetts stopped to help a woman in an overturned vehicle, which is making more headlines than usual because of one weird twist: The Good Samaritan is New England Patriots star Vince Wilfork, and the driver is a woman who was watching him play at Gillette Stadium... More »

Life-Saving Moves: 5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Also, a very smart dog

(Newser) - A pair of life-saving moves highlight the week's list of uplifting stories:
  • Teen Helps Save Life of Cop Booking Him : As Franklin Foulks was processing a teen charged with probation violation for criminal mischief and burglary, the Fort Lauderdale officer suddenly fell from his chair and, writhing on the
... More »

Climber Makes History on Mount McKinley

Lonnie Dupre becomes first to climb it solo in January

(Newser) - Thousands of people have climbed Mount McKinley, aka Denali, in solo expeditions during the summer. Not one has made it to the top of North America's highest peak alone in the brutal weather of January—until now. Lonnie Dupre, a 53-year-old Minnesota adventurer, became the first to do so... More »

Crowdfunding Nets $21K for Pizza Guy Stiffed on $7 Tip

Car dealership made him return to give back change

(Newser) - A pizza deliveryman confronted by workers at a Massachusetts car dealership over $7 may soon reap the financial rewards of staying cool under pressure. Employees at Westport's F&R Auto Sales gave Jarrid Tansey two $20 bills and two $5 bills for an order just over $42, the Boston ... More »

Man Kidnapped 24 Years Ago Reunites With Father

He was 4 years old when abducted in China

(Newser) - Chinese state media this week covered the remarkable reunion between a father and the son who had been abducted 24 years earlier. Sun Bin was just 4 when kidnappers took him from a market in Sichuan province and sold him to a family in faraway Jiangsu province, reports CNN . His... More »

2 Complete Historic Yosemite Climb

Free-climbers scale wall of El Capitan

(Newser) - They made it: Two free-climbers today achieved the amazing feat of scaling a sheer granite wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park using only their hands and feet. Kevin Jorgeson, 30, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, made it to the top of the Dawn Wall about 3pm local time, the... More »

Newspaper Carrier Notices Light Left On, Saves Life

85-year-old resident lying on floor for days saved by an alert Douglas MacRae

(Newser) - Something didn't seem right to Douglas MacRae. The New Jersey newspaper carrier, who had only seen 85-year-old Olive Blaison once in the eight years he had delivered the New Jersey Herald to her, was concerned at the papers piling up outside her Sparta home, the lack of footprints in... More »

Teen Helps Save Life of Cop Who Was Booking Him

Jamal Rutledge was being processed when Officer Franklin Foulks collapsed

(Newser) - As Franklin Foulks was processing a teen charged with probation violation for criminal mischief and burglary, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer suddenly fell from his chair and, writhing on the floor, grabbed at his chest. The handcuffed teen, 17-year-old Jamal Rutledge, quickly stood up and banged at the door... More »

After Dream, Murder Victim's Son at Peace

Brian Larson had 'vision' that slain dad had forgiven his own killer

(Newser) - On March 20, 1990, Bruce Larson was murdered near Salt Lake City after a contracting deal gone bad, leaving behind a wife and five kids, including 9-year-old Brian. But despite missing out on all the father-son bonding experiences over the years, Brian is finally able to forgive his dad's... More »

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