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'Grandparent Scam' Victim Sues Her Bank

Florida widow lost more than $700K, says bank was negligent

(Newser) - The "grandparent scam" has been around for a while, but the Tampa Bay Times reports on one with a particularly large payday and an unusual legal twist. An attorney for 82-year-old Anna Nunn of Florida says his widowed client was bilked of more than $700,000—and she's...

Obama Mourns His 'Mama Sarah'
Obama Mourns
His 'Mama Sarah'
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Obama Mourns His 'Mama Sarah'

Former president's stepgrandmother dies in Kenya

(Newser) - Sarah Obama, the matriarch of former President Obama's Kenyan family, has died, per the AP . She was at least 99 years old. Mama Sarah, as the stepgrandmother of the former president was fondly called, promoted education for girls and orphans in her rural Kogelo village. She died at the...

'Trump-Loving Grandma' Outs Portland Protester

Karla Fox, 69, tells the 'New York Post' that it was her grandson

(Newser) - The identity of a bomb-throwing Portland protester remained obscure until someone claimed to know him: none other than his "Trump-loving grandma," the New York Post reports. Karla Fox tells the newspaper she identified her grandson, 18-year-old Gabriel "Rico" Agard-Berryhill, by the olive-colored vest she bought him with...

Woman's Grandmother Is Found Frozen at Home

Cynthia Black is accused of keeping her Grandma's body frozen for 12 years

(Newser) - Sorry, Grandma's dead and frozen in the basement—but she can still collect Social Security checks. That's pretty much the scheme a Pennsylvania woman is accused of perpetrating in order to rake in tens of thousands of dollars from the feds, Local 21 News reports. "It's...

Michael Che Pays Rent for 160 People
Michael Che
Pays Rent for
160 People

Michael Che Pays Rent for 160 People

Gift honors his grandmother, who died from COVID-19

(Newser) - Michael Che made sure everyone knew he was "Martha's grandbaby" during a weekend appearance on Saturday Night Live, in which he spoke about the grandmother who'd died of complications from COVID-19. Now he's honoring her in a big way. The SNL co-head writer took to Instagram...

Grandma's 70th Birthday Surprise: Cops Tase Her

Barbara Pinkney gets tased in Florida after cops came looking for her grandson

(Newser) - A Florida woman got an unpleasant surprise on her 70th birthday after cops came calling in search of her grandson. Per a probable cause affidavit cited by NBC News , Manatee County deputies showed up Thursday morning at the home of Barbara Pinkney in Bradenton looking for Tevin Turner, who was...

In the World of Orcas, Grandmothers Are Key
In the World of Orcas,
Grandmothers Are Key
new study

In the World of Orcas, Grandmothers Are Key

They help calves survive, especially when food is scarce, says new study

(Newser) - Researchers studying killer whales have made a discovery unusual in the animal kingdom: Grandmothers rock. That is, older female orcas make a big difference when it comes to the survival of their grandchild calves, according to the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . Orcas are one...

They Were Driving to a Camping Trip. Then the Train Came

Florida woman, 2 young grandsons killed on tracks that had no gates or signals

(Newser) - A Florida woman and her two grandsons were killed by a passing Amtrak train on Saturday afternoon as she drove the Cub Scouts to an overnight camping trip near West Palm Beach, per the AP . The train carrying some 200 passengers collided with the family’s Subaru Outback at the...

She Posed for a Pic on an Iceberg. Then It Began to Float Away

77-year-old Judith Streng was rescued by a boat captain in Iceland

(Newser) - "My grandmother almost got lost at sea in Iceland today lmaoooo" isn't a tweet you typically see on Twitter, but one young lady felt compelled to share the photos of her grandma drifting away into the ocean while perched on a throne-shaped iceberg. The Washington Post reports on...

Cops: Cookies With Human Remains Possibly Doled Out at School

The treats may have contained the ashes of a California student's grandparent

(Newser) - It's Halloween season, meaning candy corn, Mallomars, pumpkin spice everything, and ... cookies with human remains? That's the snack that at least one California student reportedly brought to Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis, per the San Francisco Chronicle , containing the not-appetizing ingredient of a grandparent's...

Great-Grandma Takes One Shot, Fells Huge Gator

'Don't mess with Nana'

(Newser) - "One shot in the head and he just went under." With that, great-grandmother Judy Cochran had the makings for a pair of alligator boots, or perhaps a closet full of them. "Don't mess with Nana," says Cochran, mayor of Livingston, Texas, where she snagged a...

Woman on Oxygen Tank Dies After Utility Cuts Electricity

Great-grandmother Linda Daniels was in hospice care in New Jersey for congestive heart failure

(Newser) - At 10am on Thursday, Linda Daniels' oxygen tank stopped; by 4:30pm, she had drawn her last breath. The reason for the New Jersey great-grandmother's death, per her family: PSE&G turned off her electricity due to an unpaid bill. Per NJ.com , relatives of Daniels, who was in...

Cops: Tennessee Grandma Put Kids in Kennels in Trunk

Leimome Cheeks reportedly drove her grandchildren around like that for 40 minutes

(Newser) - The children are OK, according to police, but the same can't be said for Leimome Cheeks. The Tennessee grandmother was arrested this weekend after allegedly driving around the Memphis area on Saturday with two grandkids in dog kennels in the back of her Ford Explorer. Police were alerted by...

Her Grandson's Diary Stunned Her. Then She Opened His Guitar Case

Wash. police are praising a grandmother for possibly stopping a potential school shooting

(Newser) - Amid the headlines about Wednesday's massacre in Parkland, Fla., comes word of a teen who may have had similar designs on his Washington school. The Seattle Times reports a woman called 911 Tuesday after stumbling across her 18-year-old grandson's journal and finding "upcoming and credible threats,"...

He Asked His Grandma to Prom. School Said No

'Nanny' had never been to her own prom, so Bryce Maine thought it'd be a nice gesture

(Newser) - Alabama's Eufaula High School is very clear in its prom rules, per WTVM : You can't take your grandma, unless your grandma happens to be under the age of 20. Which has left senior Bryce Maine in a bit of a spot since he'd asked his grandmother, Catherine...

Grandma, Cat Survive 5 Days Stuck in Mountains

Ruby Stein didn't even have to eat cat food

(Newser) - A messy car has its perks, as 85-year-old Ruby Stein discovered last week. While heading home to Akron, Colo., after a visit with her granddaughter on March 21, Stein took a wrong turn and ended up stuck 20 miles down an isolated mountain road with only her cat Nikki for...

Grandma Knows Best, Even When Spotting Autism
Grandma Knows Best,
Even When Spotting Autism
study says

Grandma Knows Best, Even When Spotting Autism

Grandmothers tend to notice signs of autism before parents, study finds

(Newser) - Parents, it turns out, aren't necessarily the first to spot signs of autism in their children. Close friends and grandparents—and especially grandmothers—are consistently helpful in getting earlier diagnoses, researchers report in the journal Autism . After surveying nearly 500 parents of children with autism, and then following that...

4-Year-Old Braves Siberian Wolves, Snow to Help Grandma

Saglana Salchak hiked for miles after her elderly grandmother fell ill

(Newser) - Most preschoolers face foes on the playground, but Saglana Salchak recently spent hours fighting off subzero temperatures, hunger, and the threat of wolves as she hiked for miles through Siberia to seek help for her ailing grandmother. The Guardian reports that the then-4-year-old, who lived with her elderly grandparents in...

86-Year-Old Bride Has a Love Story for the Ages

Millie Taylor-Morrison's first husband died nearly a quarter century ago

(Newser) - An 86-year-old grandmother has become something of a Facebook sensation after she posted pictures from her wedding day over the weekend. It's not just that Millie Taylor-Morrison found love again well after her first husband of 41 years died in 1992, but that she is such a "radiant...

Grandma Living in Trees for 25 Years Told to Destroy Home

Miami-Dade County officials says Shawnee Chasser's treehouse is unsafe

(Newser) - For almost a quarter-century, Shawnee Chasser has returned home in the evenings to a house in the trees, the latest one a wooden two-story structure built high above the ground on the Florida property where her late son used to live. But Miami-Dade County officials are now ordering the 65-year-old...

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