5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

A tornado-surviving dog and a heroic bus driver make the list
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2013 6:03 AM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2013 8:33 AM CST
5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week
Homeowners dig out what they can Tuesday in Washington, Ill., after a monster tornado hit town.   (AP Photo/Journal Star, Fred Zwicky)

An amazing canine survivor and newlyweds young and old highlight this week's list of uplifting news:

  • Happy Reunion: Dog Found Under Tornado Rubble: A family in Washington, Ill., had all but given up on their dog, Maggie, after a devastating tornado destroyed their home. Then, more than a day after the storm, they heard a faint bark from the rubble...
  • Bus Driver Hailed as Hero for Foiling Bomb Plot: A bus driver in Northern Ireland is winning a hero's praise for keeping cool and defying orders to drive a timed bomb to a police station. After evacuating her passengers, the woman drove alone with the bomb for about a mile to a less populated area, where police defused the device.
  • He Kissed Her in 1938; They Married in 2013: During their third-grade play in 1938, George Raynes played Prince Charming and Carol Harris was Sleeping Beauty. He wasn't supposed to really kiss her, but "I laid a big wet one on her," recalls the now 83-year-old Raynes. Seventy-five years later, the two have gotten married.
  • Why Wait? Returning Sailor Weds Fiancee at Airport: They were supposed to get married a year ago, but Dylan Ruffer's Navy deployment off the coast of Syria got extended. So when Ruffer finally arrived back home at the Reno-Tahoe airport, he and longtime sweetheart Madison Meinhardt, both 19, made up for lost time.
  • Satellite Built by Teens Blasts Into Space: A rocket blasted into space this week with a record 29 satellites, but one of them in particular is making headlines for all the right reasons: It's the first satellite designed and built by high school students, with teens at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., achieving the feat. And like any good satellite built by teens, it accepts texts.
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