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Pilot's Flight Path Spells Out Friendly Message

Flight tracking service confirms this is a real flight

(Newser) - A pilot used his flight path to spell out a friendly message Monday in Germany, the Guardian reports. The privately owned Robin DR400/180 Régent aircraft, which took off near Agathenburg, flew a 37-minute path that spelled out "Hello" on radar, as captured by Flightradar24 . The global flight tracking... More »

Missing Dog Found 3 Years Later, 1.2K Miles Away

It's not clear how Bella got from Florida to New Jersey

(Newser) - On Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, the Gerstein family's dog, Bella, went missing after Bill Gerstein let her out outside his law office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Almost exactly three years later, she showed back up—1,200 miles away, in New Jersey. "She would go out back and... More »

Santa Larry Breaks Mall of America's Santa Color Barrier

The mall has a black Santa for the first time ever

(Newser) - No matter what Megyn Kelly says , Santa Claus isn't just white. And we know that because for the first time in 24 years, the Santa Experience at the Mall of America in Minnesota will have a black Santa, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. "Anybody can be Santa; it’s... More »

'I Didn't Get It': Oncology Nurse's Note to Patients After Own Diagnosis

Now that she has cancer herself, Lindsay Norris is offering apologies

(Newser) - Lindsay Norris has a lot to say to the cancer patients she's helped in her role as an oncology nurse, but in a recent blog post she penned after finding out she has cancer herself, the prevailing theme is: "I didn't get it." Per People , Norris... More »

Newlyweds Have First Dance on Ohio Highway

Jeff and Rebecca Payne weren't about to let a little traffic jam put a damper on wedding

(Newser) - A slow jam in a traffic jam is how a newlywed couple in Ohio dealt with a wedding day setback on Saturday, WLWT reports. Jeff and Rebecca Payne were headed from their ceremony to their reception in Dayton when they got stuck in traffic on US Route 35 after a... More »

Internet Helps Dad Find Special Sippy Cup for Autistic Son

Even the cup manufacturer gets involved

(Newser) - Faced with the pending demise of his autistic son's beloved sippy cup, Marc Carter turned to the internet in hopes of finding a replica of the out-of-production vessel—the only one 14-year-old Ben will drink from, reports Mashable . And come through the internet did: Before long, dozens of cups... More »

New Zealand 'Wins Christmas' With Nationwide Secret Santa

A warning: It involves 'light stalking'

(Newser) - Some 2,000 Kiwis will receive holiday gifts this year—from complete strangers. A New Zealand man came up with the idea for a nationwide Secret Santa exchange in 2010, in which Twitter users were assigned another user for whom they were to buy. New Zealand Post has taken the... More »

2 EU Nations Pull Off Land Swap —Peacefully

Belgium, Netherlands solve a 'jurisdictional nightmare'

(Newser) - The Netherlands and Belgium, with their royals in attendance, on Monday signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere fact it makes sense to do so. While the globe is littered with pieces of territory jealously held or fought over for historical reasons, the... More »

Man Who Walked 11.5K Miles to Help Homeless Comes Home

Leroy Bailey says he raised enough money over 29 months to start building shelter in Va. Beach

(Newser) - For more than two years, Leroy Bailey has been hoofing it around the US to raise money for hope—and on Saturday, he finally made it home. The 54-year-old contractor has been on the road for the past 29 months—he took leave of his Virginia Beach home in June... More »

Thrown From Car, Infant Found Safe in Storm Drain

She rolled down a hill, suffered only minor injury

(Newser) - Some are calling it a Thanksgiving miracle, per People . Police say an 18-wheeler clipped a car on Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Ark., around 7pm Friday, causing the vehicle to flip and an 8-month-old girl to be ejected. Her car seat was found outside the vehicle, but the infant wasn't... More »

A Surprising Letter to the 'Other Woman': 5 Brilliant Stories

Plus: JK Rowling makes some magic, and more

(Newser) - An open letter to the "other woman" and a repo man taking a car—neither of which has the ending you'd expect—make this week's list of brilliant stories:
  • Mom's Surprising Note to the 'Other Woman' Goes Viral : Audrey Loving's ex has a new
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Repo Man Pays Off Elderly Couple's Car, Doesn't Stop There

'It was a miracle come true'

(Newser) - "I may be getting soft in my old age," Jim Ford tells the Belleville News-Democrat . The Illinois repo man showed up at the house of Stanford Kipping, 82, and his wife Patty, 70, at 1am to repossess their 1998 Buick for the bank but couldn't bring himself... More »

Elderly Wood Seller Loses Wife, Gains Thousands of Supporters

Kenneth Smith sells wood on side of road to pay off wife's medical bills

(Newser) - "It makes me think that we live in a good country," Kenneth Smith tells WLOX . The 80-year-old Mississippi man has been selling wood on the side of the road since last year, first with his wife, Helen, by his side, then—after Helen's death from lung cancer... More »

The Repo Man Came. Then He Made Their Day

Illinois' Jim Ford raised money to save elderly couple's car

(Newser) - An elderly Illinois couple has something to be thankful for after a repo man who took their car had a change of heart and helped them get it paid off. Illini Asset Recovery co-owner Jim Ford tells KTRK-TV that after repossessing the Buick from Stan and Pat Kippling, he pulled... More »

JK Rowling Makes Some Magic for Young Girl in Aleppo

The author sent 'Harry Potter' books to the girl in war-torn Syria

(Newser) - JK Rowling just introduced another child surrounded by daily horrors to the wizarding world. But instead of Harry Potter living under the Dursleys' stairs, it's 7-year-old Bana Alabed living with her family in war-torn Aleppo.The Telegraph reports Bana's parents are trying to distract her from the fighting... More »

Mom's Surprising Note to the 'Other Woman' Goes Viral

She thanked ex's girlfriend for caring for her daughter

(Newser) - Audrey Loving has a simple message for parents of blended families: "Just be a grown-up and put the kid first," she tells Today —and she's leading by example. In a Nov. 2 Facebook post , the 24-year-old mom from Virginia describes how thankful she is for the... More »

Woman Births Her Own Grandson: 5 Brilliant Stories

Plus, a heroic dog and a fun Thanksgiving story

(Newser) - A woman who gave birth to her own grandson and a couple who found each other again 65 years later make this week's list of uplifting stories:
  • Their Parents Made Them Split 65 Years Ago. Now, a Wedding : Think it's not possible to feel like a teenager again
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Woman Gives Birth to Her Own Grandson

Acts as surrogate mom for her own daughter's baby

(Newser) - Megan Barker gave birth to a 7-pound, 7-ounce baby boy Oct. 22—but he's not her son, he's her grandson. The Chico, Calif., woman had promised her daughter, Maddie Coleman, that she would one day carry Maddie's child if Maddie wanted her to, because Maddie found out... More »

Family Dog Comes to Rescue of Boy Trapped in Tumbling Dryer

Riley, 5, suffered burns and bruises

(Newser) - A 5-year-old Irish boy has his dog to thank for saving his life after he became trapped in a tumble dryer Sunday, Irish News reports. The machine started automatically after Riley Gedge-Duffy, who has Down's syndrome, climbed in and closed the door, ITV News reports. The family dog, Teddy,... More »

Grandma With Wrong Number Makes Thanksgiving Miracle

Hope she's making extra food this year

(Newser) - Want to have a great Thanksgiving? Find a grandma—any grandma will do, apparently. Mashable reports that 17-year-old Phoenix resident Jamal Hinton got a text from an unknown number inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. Jamal's friend Ronald shared the ensuing conversation on Twitter . The texter identified herself as "... More »

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