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Missing Teen Found After Father Hires Helicopter

Hunch may have saved Australian's life

(Newser) - The father of a teenager who spent 30 hours trapped in a car wreck in Australian woods says he followed his intuition by hiring a helicopter that found his seriously injured son. Samuel Lethbridge, 17, remained in a hospital in serious condition with multiple fractures two days after the crash.... More »

Passengers Cheer for Pilot's Very Special Preflight Speech

Jon Emerson proposed to his flight attendant girlfriend right before takeoff

(Newser) - Call it the tamer (and more romantic) version of the Mile High Club, before the plane even left the ground. The Independent reports on an airline pilot who decided to surprise his flight attendant girlfriend, who works with him, two days before Christmas. As Jon Emerson, 24, gave passengers weather,... More »

Passenger Saved From 'Brink of Death' by Nurse Scared to Fly

Morgan Anderson and her mom, also a nurse, handled a medical emergency midflight

(Newser) - A man on the "brink of death" on a Delta flight has two nurses to thank for saving him—one who overcame her fear of being in the air to concentrate on helping him. The Citizen Times reports that Morgan Anderson, 26, and her mom, Rose Anderson, 57, were... More »

They Were Stuck in a Burning Car. Then Came 2 Young Cops

Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, hailed as heroes after rescuing teens

(Newser) - Two young Milwaukee police officers are being hailed as heroes for rescuing two unconscious teenagers from a burning car. Officers Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, were on patrol Tuesday night when a Pontiac Grand Am crashed into a utility pole and overturned. Flames erupted from the car's... More »

Husband-Wife Heroes Have 'Chaotic' Christmas Eve

2 separate rescues: Crystal Travis helped family escape fire, Roger Travis aided non-breathing baby

(Newser) - They were driving to meet up with each other on Christmas Eve, but first, a husband and wife made two separate pit stops to help save a few lives. In a Good Samaritan play in two acts, KFOR reports that Crystal Travis kicked things off Sunday in Cleveland County, NC,... More »

Dog Gets New Family After 445 Days in Shelter

Mastiff mix was found wandering streets in 2016

(Newser) - A big Mastiff mix with droopy eyes that endured a heartbreakingly long stay at a Kansas City animal shelter has finally found a home. After 445 days at the Kansas City Pet Project shelter, where more than 10,000 pets pass through annually, Polina was finally adopted, the AP reports.... More »

He Missed a Huge Field Goal, Then Found a Lesson

Navy's Bennett Moehring inspires fans, teammates with how he handled crushing loss

(Newser) - Bennett Moehring hadn't even turned 21 when he suffered one of the most crushing disappointments of his life, live in front of nearly 70,000 people in "swirling snow," per the AP . But the New York Times details the very adult way in which the Navy junior... More »

Longtime Friends in Hawaii Are Closer Than They Thought

After a 60-year friendship, Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane learn they're brothers

(Newser) - They've been buddies for six decades now, ever since meeting in sixth grade, but it turns out that two Hawaii men are even closer than they thought. Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane are, in fact, brothers, reports KHON2 . The discovery came when Macfarlane used Ancestry.com to look up... More »

Donors Come to Rescue After Crazy Raccoon Attack

Infant Journi Black needed surgery after being bitten inside her family's Philly appartment

(Newser) - Awful story, happy ending: An infant attacked by a raccoon in her family's Philadelphia apartment won't have to sleep there ever again. A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of 4-month-old Journi Black has raised more than $15,000 in two days, more than enough for the family... More »

Parishioners Given $100 Each for Good Deeds

One of them held a pizza party for homeless people

(Newser) - An anonymous donor in Maryland put her fellow congregants to work spreading Christmas cheer—with $100 bills. The donor arranged for her pastor at Severna Park United Methodist Church to distribute a $100 bill to each of 100 different congregants on the first Sunday of December as the holiday season... More »

After Humans Fail, Drone Spots Lost Hunter in 20 Minutes

Bill McDonnell spent the night in the woods of Virginia's Shenandoah County but is fine

(Newser) - A 92-year-old hunter in Virginia had to spend a frigid night in the woods, but he's safe now thanks to quick work by a drone. Bill McDonnell went out hunting Saturday in Shenandoah County, and his family notified authorities when he hadn't emerged from the woods by that... More »

'Coin Crusader' Strikes Again at Salvation Army Kettle

For 4th straight year, someone drops price gold pesos into Florida donation drum

(Newser) - It's practically a tradition: Officials found gold coins among the donations in a Salvation Army kettle in Florida. A Sun Sentinel report says it's the fourth consecutive year that someone has dropped gold 1947 Mexican 50-peso coins into the kettle outside a store in Pompano Beach. The newspaper... More »

Single Coin in Salvation Army Kettle Was Worth $1.2K

Anonymous donor dropped it in SC kettle

(Newser) - An anonymous person dropped a single gold coin worth about $1,200 in a Salvation Army kettle in South Carolina. The 1-ounce South African Krugerrand was dropped into a Salvation Army kettle during a fundraising drive at a Walmart store in Tega Cay, the Herald reports. The coin will likely... More »

During Debate on Gay Marriage, a Proposal

Australian lawmaker pops the question on House floor

(Newser) - It's not every marriage proposal that gets recorded in an official parliamentary record, but such is the case with one in Australia. During a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday in support of gay marriage, lawmaker Tim Wilson turned to his partner in the public... More »

A Fire, a Deadbolted Door, and an Incredible Rescue

Anival Angulo pulled baby, 3-year-old out of burning Las Vegas apartment

(Newser) - Las Vegas claims one of the nation's highest rates of homelessness —and one of the city's homeless residents is now being called a hero. KSNV and the Washington Post report that Anival Angulo was walking along a quiet Las Vegas street late Friday morning when he saw... More »

Teen's Charity Effort Has Her in the Hole $200K

Danni Messina is figuring out a happy ending, however

(Newser) - It started as a college student's Thanksgiving weekend tweet, all with the best of intentions. CBS News reports that Washington State University student Danni Messina wanted to donate money to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which treats kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and she decided to... More »

Homeless Man With New $375K Windfall: I Want to Help Others

Johnny Bobbitt Jr. hopes to pay it forward after stranded driver he helped raises money for him

(Newser) - Just $20 changed her plight, and his life—and now a homeless man wants to help others with his sudden good fortune. Kate McClure started a GoFundMe for 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr. after the destitute veteran used his last 20 bucks on her when her car ran out of gas... More »

A 'Miracle' Times 2 for Woman With Stage 4 Cancer

Diane Bishop's cancer finally started responding to chemo—and she just won a $1.2M jackpot

(Newser) - Diane Bishop has stage 4 breast cancer, but she now feels like she has a new lease on life. That's because the Canadian woman not only recently started responding to chemo for the first time—she also just won a $1.2 million lottery jackpot, the CBC reports. The... More »

Dying Toddler Gets a 'Thanksgiving Miracle'

AJ Burgess underwent lifesaving kidney transplant Wednesday

(Newser) - "This is an unexpected Thanksgiving miracle." That's the message from a lawyer representing a 2-year-old Georgia boy, who was temporarily blocked from receiving a lifesaving kidney, after the toddler underwent a successful transplant Wednesday, reports CNN . AJ Burgess was born without functioning kidneys. However, his father, Anthony... More »

Couple Exchanges Vows Over Mexico-US Border

A Mexican bride and her American groom took advantage of the 'Door of Hope'

(Newser) - For just the sixth time in nearly five years, a gate known as the "Door of Hope" was opened along the border between Mexico and the United States, allowing family members from the two countries to temporarily reunite. Only this time those doors were open long enough for a... More »

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