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Nurse's Dog Free of Ebola

But Bentley will remain under watch for a while longer

(Newser) - It looks like Bentley's going to make it. That would be the dog owned by Dallas nurse Nina Pham , who is herself being treated for Ebola. Health officials put the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel into quarantine and announced today that tests have shown him to be clear of the... More »

Couple Married 73 Years Die Hours Apart

Joe Auer, 100, followed Helen quickly

(Newser) - Joe Auer lived 100 years, surviving the Depression, a stint in World War II, and no fewer than 10 kids. But when his wife of 73 years died last week, that was it. Joe Auer lasted only 28 hours after Helen, 94, reports WPTV . "I think sleeping only one... More »

NBC Journalist Free of Ebola

Ashoka Mukpo of Rhode Island will be released from hospital soon

(Newser) - A little more good news on Ebola, at least in the US: NBC journalist Ashoka Mukpo is free of the disease and will be released from a hospital in Omaha, reports AP . The Rhode Island native contracted the disease in Liberia while working as a freelance camera operator for the... More »

Dog Eats Nasty Toad, Gets 'Mouth-to-Snout' CPR

Florida dog had fallen unconscious in a canal

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a Florida dog owner gave his pooch mouth-to-mouth resuscitation—or "mouth to snout," he calls it—in an effort to save the dog's life, the Miami Herald reports. Andrew Burtschin, 29, returned from a boating trip to his Key Largo home on Oct. 1... More »

How a 'Miracle' Baby Saved Mom's Life

Led to the discovery that Jenny Purvis had ovarian cancer

(Newser) - Jenny Purvis calls her daughter "Miracle Mae," and with good reason: In giving her daughter life, the Georgia woman had her own life saved. Mary Ella "Mae" Purvis was due in September, but a 27-week doctor visit in June revealed that the 29-year-old mom-to-be had elevated blood... More »

How a Paralyzed Groom Walked Down the Aisle

Matt Ficarra relied on a bionic exoskeleton

(Newser) - There weren't many dry eyes when Matt Ficarra walked down the aisle with his new wife, Jordan Basile—and not just because the occasion was his wedding. The Syracuse, NY, man has been paralyzed from his chest down since he broke his neck in a boating accident in 2011.... More »

Selfless Act Saves Others

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - A Himalayan porter's bravery and a Florida teen's moving dog adoption highlight this week's list:
  • Man Sacrifices Life to Save 20 in Himalayan Blizzard : An amazing tale of sacrifice out of the Nepal blizzard that claimed lives in the Himalayas: A group of Israeli trekkers who were
... More »

Man Blind for Decades Sees Again With Bionic Eye

Larry Hester is country's 7th recipient of device

(Newser) - It's been 33 years since Larry Hester started going blind. But thanks to a new bionic eye, the 66-year-old is experiencing vision once again, Duke Medicine reports. Granted, "it's not vision as we traditionally know it," a Duke University scientist tells Duke Medicine. But "turning... More »

Man Sacrificed Life to Save 20 in Himalayan Blizzard

Hikers say porter Pasang Tamang gave them 'second lease [on] life'

(Newser) - An amazing tale of sacrifice out of the Nepal blizzard that claimed at least 29 lives in the Himalayas: A group of Israeli trekkers who were rescued on the Annapurna Circuit tell the Himalayan Times that porter Pasang Tamang saved their lives, and the lives of many others, by directing... More »

Teen Who Lost Leg Rescues Dog Who Did, Too

Young amputee in Florida relates to rescue dachshund

(Newser) - NBC 6 South Florida has a story about a teenager who lost a leg in an ATV accident last year and is now adjusting to life with a prosthetic. The added twist, though, is that Sam Sartain's mom happened to be looking at a website for dachshund rescues... More »

Keeping Childhood Promise, Brothers Split Jackpot

Eric Hale honors vow, splits $1M with brother Quinn

(Newser) - "When I was a kid, I promised my brother that if I ever won the lottery, I would split it with him," Eric Hale tells KPTV . But instead of pleading amnesia when he found out he'd won a Powerball jackpot of $1 million last month, the Oregon... More »

Man Who Took Dying Mom to Mexico Can Return to US

Dario Guerrero Meneses, 21, gets humanitarian visa

(Newser) - A Harvard student who broke immigration rules to take his dying mother to Mexico will be allowed back into the US on a humanitarian visa. The decision comes just hours after the AP published a story about the plight of Dario Guerrero Meneses. In an immigration system where even the... More »

Parrot Missing 4 Years Returns Speaking Spanish

Bird keeps talking about someone called Larry

(Newser) - A British man in Torrance, Calif., isn't quite sure where his parrot Nigel was for the last four years—but he's pretty sure a Spanish-speaking man called Larry was involved. Owner Darren Chick was reunited with the African gray last week after it was found in a backyard... More »

Resilient Dogs Defy the Odds

5 most uplifting stories of the week

(Newser) - Stories about super-dogs and a poignant bucket list highlight the week's most uplifting stories:
  • Dog Hit by Car, Then Survives Euthanasia : One rescue worker has dubbed him "Lazarus," while another calls him "Houdini." But a mixed-breed dog who now bounds happily around the yard in
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How Firestone Shut Ebola Down

In model response, tiremaker stopped the virus at its first patient in Liberia

(Newser) - You know all the gnashing of teeth about how terrible the global response to the Ebola outbreak has been? Maybe someone should check with Firestone. As NPR reports, the tiremaker runs a rubber plantation and basically the entire town of Harbel, outside Monrovia, Liberia. And when an employee's wife... More »

Man Repays Newspaper 54 Years After Theft

Bernard Schermerhorn sends check, apology

(Newser) - Some 54 years after stealing several newspaper racks, a US Navy veteran has sent a letter of apology and a check for $200 to the Ledger of Lakeland, Florida. Bernard Schermerhorn says he's followed the rules for most of his 73 years, but caved to peer pressure as a... More »

Students Wow Pizza Guy With 10,000% Tip

James Gilpin says $1,268 tip couldn't have come at a better time

(Newser) - Indiana Wesleyan University students attend mandatory chapel service each week, and when chapel speaker Keith Newman ordered pizza Wednesday morning as 3,000 students gathered inside, "I thought we were all going to get pizza," a student says. Instead, a Domino's Pizza deliveryman got a big shock—... More »

Baby Completes Bucket List Before His Brief Life Begins

Shane Haley was born this morning, then died in his mother's arms

(Newser) - When Jenna and Dan Haley found out the baby they were expecting, Shane, would live only a few hours after birth, the Pennsylvania couple decided give him as full a life as they could. They created a "bucket list" for him, ABC News reports, and checked off items while... More »

Labradoodle Falls From 200-Foot Cliff, Lives

'It's a miracle,' says owner

(Newser) - A Labradoodle named Gracie fell 200 feet off a cliff in Oregon—and survived. Dog owner Michelle Simmons says Gracie and another dog were playing on a trail in the Columbia River Gorge when Gracie went over the side of the cliff. "We kept hearing her rolling and rolling... More »

Cop Skips Ticket, Instead Gives Mom a Booster Seat

She was pulled over, explained she'd fallen on hard times

(Newser) - Ben Hall could have given Alexis DeLorenzo a ticket. The Michigan public safety officer pulled her over last Friday because her 5-year-old daughter wasn't riding in a booster seat. Instead, Hall had DeLorenzo meet him at a Walmart nearby—where he bought the booster seat and gave it to... More »

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