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Mom Thanks Justin Bieber for Bringing Light to Girl's Last Days

Kaylee Drew's wish was granted before her death

(Newser) - Justin Bieber made a dying girl's final days a little better, her mom says in a touching note to the star posted on his Facebook page Monday. Kaylee Drew, 9, died Saturday of acute myeloid leukemia; Bieber had made the Boston girl's dream come true by visiting her... More »

Pokemon Go Player Finds $2K at Pokestop

Yeah, but has he found a Pikachu?

(Newser) - A Pokemon Go player has found $2,000 in cash at a Pokestop in New Jersey, the AP reports. Hackettstown police say the player notified a nearby business Wednesday that he had found the money at a Pokestop, where players can get free in-game items, like an egg that can... More »

6-Year-Old's Wish Granted: to Be a Garbage Man

Make-A-Wish helps little boy obsessed with garbage trucks

(Newser) - Ethan Dean lived his dream on Tuesday. The 6-year-old has a garbage truck bedspread and pillow. He has garbage truck toys. He's had a garbage truck birthday party. Now, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he got to experience what it's like to be a garbage truck driver. The... More »

Ice Bucket Challenge Funds 'ALS Breakthrough'

Gene tied to the disease has been identified

(Newser) - The $115 million raised from 2014's Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association's research and services helped fund what's now being called an "ALS breakthrough," per the Guardian : the ID of a gene linked to the disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which... More »

Archaeologists Make Surprise Find Under Mayan Temple

They find water tunnels, maybe in hope of helping ruler reach the underworld

(Newser) - When researchers grew concerned about underground anomalies detected near the Mayan ruins of Palenque in Mexico, they began a dig to figure out whether the pyramid was in danger of collapse. This week, researchers announced that what they found was no anomaly but rather a small canal system, reports the... More »

Teen's Heart Stops After Baseball Hits Him, Then a 'Miracle'

Steve Smith's life may have been saved by a quick-acting teammate

(Newser) - Two Virginia teens are suddenly more than just baseball teammates after a near-death experience during a practice July 14, NBC Washington reports. Steve Smith was running the bases when a throw from the catcher inadvertently nailed him under his left armpit, causing cardiac arrest. “His heart stopped immediately,"... More »

After 11 Years, Misty the Cat Has Returned

Thanks to a microchip

(Newser) - Misty the cat disappeared from her Portland, Ore., home in 2005. Her owners, Dean McCrea and Meredith Warren, finally gave up searching, thinking the gray feline had fallen victim to a coyote that had already killed another cat in the neighborhood. But last week, 11 years after she went missing,... More »

Mom Learns Dead Son's Heart Is Still in the Family

Adrian Murry says the news came as a 'gift'

(Newser) - "I just lost it," Adrian Murry says—not of the day she lost her son in a workplace accident, but of the day she found out his heart went to a family member. When 25-year-old Kendrick Murry died from a head injury in September 2015, his mother learned... More »

A Last-Minute Lobster Save: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Including a car rental employee's kind move

(Newser) - An unusual lobster rescue and a moving final column make the list:
  • Car Rental Worker Goes Extra Mile for Mom of Twins : Coty Vincent's car was smashed, so she lugged her twin boys to a rental car company in Tulsa. That's when 25-year-old employee John Goodlett, knowing Vincent
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Dying Journalist Writes One Last Column

'Thank you for my beautiful life'

(Newser) - After seven years fighting a brain tumor, columnist Alison Piepmeier has no treatment options left and is in hospice care at age 43. She's still been writing columns, with the help of her mother, her husband, and voice recognition software, ABC News reports. And Piepmeier says she particularly wanted... More »

Long-Lived Lobster Saved From Pot at Last Minute

Some think 'Larry' is more than a century old

(Newser) - Larry the Lobster lives another day, thanks to a group of rescuers who saved the 15-pound crustacean from ending up on Florida diners' plates, the Miami Herald reports. Even more astounding: Although figuring out a lobster's age is an inexact science, the owner of the restaurant that acquired Larry... More »

Experimental Cancer Treatment Saves New Husband

'We were told that it was time to plan our last days together, but Kate point blank refused'

(Newser) - A British couple have received what may be the best wedding gift imaginable: a cancer-free diagnosis. ABC News reports Mike Brandon was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, only a month after proposing to his wife Kate. A bone marrow transplant sent the leukemia into remission, but it came back last... More »

Car Rental Worker Goes Extra Mile for Mom of Twins

Babies' mom wants everyone to #BeAJohn like John Goodlett

(Newser) - Coty Vincent's car was smashed last week after a hit-and-run accident, so she lugged her twin boys to a rental car company, CNN reports. But the Oklahoma mom didn't find only a vehicle at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Tulsa: She also found a young man she says is "... More »

In 24 Hours, 50 Million Trees Were Planted

More than 800,000 people pitched in

(Newser) - India's goal to increase its forest cover to 235 million acres in the next 15 years has gotten a big boost. On July 11, more than 800,000 people in Uttar Pradesh state planted nearly 50 million saplings in 24 hours in a bid to set a new Guinness... More »

Medal of Honor Recipient Made 'Entire Family Trees' Possible

Charles Kettles helped to save 40 soldiers in Vietnam battle

(Newser) - A Vietnam War veteran who helped save 40 soldiers under enemy fire was presented with the Medal of Honor on Monday. Retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles of Ypsilanti, Mich., led helicopter flights that brought reinforcements to soldiers and evacuated those who were injured, the AP reports. He repeatedly returned to... More »

Zombie Flick, With a Twist: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Including a generous 'Benny' in Oregon

(Newser) - Not all the news was bleak this week. Some of our favorites of the uplifting variety:
  • $100 Bills Have Been Hidden All Over Oregon's Capital : A strange thing in Salem: $100 bills began appearing around town in May 2013, and more than $50,000 has been discovered since. The
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Homeless but Determined, Teen Pitched Tent Outside College

Georgia's Fred Barley biked 6 hours to campus on child-size bike

(Newser) - When police received a report over the weekend of a tent pitched outside of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Ga., they headed over and asked the occupant to come out with hands in sight, the Herald-Gazette reports. Fred Barley, 19, emerged, and he had an amazing story to tell—and... More »

$100 Bills Have Been Hidden All Over Oregon's Capital

You can thank 'Benny'

(Newser) - Oregon's capital is rolling in Benjamins thanks to a generous yet mysterious "Benny-factor." The Statesman Journal reports $100 bills began appearing around Salem in May 2013 and more than $50,000 has been discovered since, including $8,600 last month alone. The individual responsible—nicknamed "Benny"... More »

Best Friends With Down Syndrome Make Epic Zombie Movie

'We're naturally amazing'

(Newser) - Two best friends with Down syndrome from Rhode Island are living their dream of making an epic zombie movie and becoming celebrities, the AP reports. "Down syndrome causes us to think slower than others, but we don't let that get in the way," Sam Suchmann says. "... More »

A Most Unusual Jail Break: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Including a runner who routinely finishes last

(Newser) - A jail break you've likely never come across in the movies and a runner who inspires make the list:
  • Inmates Bust Out of Cell to Save Jailer : Eight inmates in Parker County, Texas, busted out of a holding cell to save the life of the guy who put them
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