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Man's 'Unusual Decision' in Storm Necessitates a Rescue

NC hiker who decided to go camping during severe winter weather is saved by team in snowshoes

(Newser) - As states in the South braced for severe winter weather over the weekend, one North Carolina man made what the News & Observer is charitably calling an "unusual decision": He packed up his camping gear and headed into Pisgah National Forest. Perhaps not surprisingly, the adventurous hiker ended up...

'That's a Good Question, Though, Mom'

Donna Kelce watched sons in 2 different NFL games, then asked question at press conference

(Newser) - NFL fans had a full Sunday as the playoffs began, but one fan in particular gets bragging rights. Donna Kelce actually attended two separate games—to watch her sons play. As CNN reports, Kelce first traveled to Florida to watch son Jason of the Philadelphia Eagles play the Tampa Bay...

On What Would've Been Betty White's 100th, a Challenge

Call to action encourages fans to donate to animal rights causes in her name

(Newser) - Monday would have been Betty White's 100th birthday, but her death last month of a stroke dashed plans for a big celebration of her reaching centenarian status. That doesn't mean there won't be a celebration at all, though—in fact, fans all over the country are taking...

Friends Pick Up Bob Saget's Car, Give Touching Tribute

John Mayer, Jeff Ross speak at length about their love for Saget

(Newser) - Two of Bob Saget's many, many friends went to pick up the car he left at Los Angeles International Airport when he left on tour, and, in an Instagram video on the drive to Saget's home, they mourned the beloved comedian who died at 65 Sunday. The overarching...

He's Helped 'Save Many Lives.' He's Also a Rat
Retired 'HeroRAT'
Dies at Age 8

Retired 'HeroRAT' Dies at Age 8

Magawa sniffed out land mines in Cambodia until punching his last time card last year

(Newser) - Update: "A hero is laid to rest." So read the announcement Tuesday on the death of Magawa, the rat that became a legend in Cambodia for his award-winning work in sniffing out land mines. Belgian charity Apopo notes in its release that Magawa, 8, had seemed in generally...

Eagle-Eyed Neighbor Saves 3 Kids From Icy Horror

Dusti Talavera, 23, happened to see children fall through ice on pond in Denver

(Newser) - A classic winter scene of kids playing on an icy pond turned frightening in Denver over the weekend, but thanks to an observant neighbor, a major tragedy was averted. KDVR reports that four children, reportedly related, were playing on said pond near an apartment complex when the ice gave way...

Winner Gives Up Olympic Spot to Teammate Who Slipped

Brittany Bowe gives up her spot to Erin Jackson in speedskating event

(Newser) - Erin Jackson is the top-ranked speed skater in the world in the 500-meter event, so it was a shock when she stumbled during Olympic trials on Sunday and came in third place. She didn't fall all the way, so she was not allowed a re-skate, Yahoo Sports reports. Only...

Dramatic Mountain Rescue Saves a Frigid Dog

Russ was in the Sierra Nevada for 4 months before a backcountry skier spotted him

(Newser) - It's tough to beat a story about a missing dog being reunited with its owner. The details of this particular reunion, however, are extraordinary. The tale of Russ began in August when the pit bull-terrier mix got separated from his owner, a traveling nurse, in the South Lake Tahoe...

They Tried to Corral a Loose Dog. He Led Them to This
They Tried to
Corral a Loose Dog.
He Led Them to This
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They Tried to Corral a Loose Dog. He Led Them to This

Tinsley credited with helping bring police to a crash site

(Newser) - Bring on the Lassie comparisons: A Vermont man credits his dog for coming to his rescue, and officials are praising the dog as well. Tinsley, a 1-year-old Shiloh Shepherd, was seen running loose on I-89's Veterans Memorial Bridge at the Vermont-New Hampshire line on Monday, say New Hampshire State...

He Sold His Team, Then Left 'Unforgettable Goodbye Gift'
He Sold His Team, Then Left
'Unforgettable Goodbye Gift'
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He Sold His Team, Then Left 'Unforgettable Goodbye Gift'

23 workers with Triple-A Iowa Cubs were given $2K for each year of service

(Newser) - Nearly two dozen employees of a minor league baseball team received an unexpected holiday bonus this year. The recent sale of the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate for the Chicago Cubs, meant that Michael Gartner's final day as owner of the team was last Tuesday. That's the day...

1945 Letter Finally Delivered: 'It's Like He Came Back to Me'

John Gonsalves' widow received letter intended for late husband's mother

(Newser) - A letter sent from a US soldier stationed in Germany to his mother in Massachusetts has been delivered 76 years after it was sent, per the AP . Army Sgt. John Gonsalves, 22 at the time, wrote to his mother in Woburn in December 1945 after the official end of WWII,...

Clever SOS Helps Save Missing Campers

The 19-year-olds failed to return home as expected on Dec. 29

(Newser) - Two young men went missing during a camping trip in Oregon. That the story didn't end badly is thanks in part to the SOS they fashioned in the snow. Per a Coast Guard press release , the 19-year-olds headed for the Swastika Mountain area about 32 miles east southeast of...

He Missed Jeopardy! Clue About Her, Gets a Do-Over

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul forgives state resident Ben Walthall

(Newser) - A New York resident who was stumped by a Jeopardy! question about his state's governor got a do-over Friday, joining Gov. Kathy Hochul's virtual COVID-19 briefing to tell her he knows who she is now. “Here in New York we actually believe in second chances,” Hochul...

He Went to Get Chocolate Milk for His Kids, Won Big

Virginia's Dennis Willoughby scoops up $1M lottery jackpot after 7-Eleven run

(Newser) - A Virginia dad who made a chocolate milk run for his kids came home with a lot more than cow juice. According to Virginia Lottery official s, Dennis Willoughby headed over to his local 7-Eleven in Richmond last month to pick up the beverage for his young ones, but while...

Woman Survives Unscathed After Car Falls 80 Feet

She went off the cliff and toward the Kalama River

(Newser) - A driver somehow managed to emerge with nothing but cold feet after sliding off a cliff in the snow and falling at least 80 feet in Washington state. KPTV reports the incident occurred near Kalama around 7:30am Tuesday, when a woman's pickup truck slid off the road, into...

Doctor Removes Tumor From Patient Not Born Yet

Surgery at Cleveland Clinic is thought to be only the second of its kind worldwide

(Newser) - A surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio successfully removed a rare tumor from the heart of his patient, but even rarer were the circumstances—the patient had yet to be born. As News5Cleveland reports, it's only the second time worldwide such an operation has been successfully performed. The...

After Uproar, Wheel of Fortune Contestant Gets an Audi
After Painful Wheel of Fortune
Loss, a Turn of Events
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After Painful Wheel of Fortune Loss, a Turn of Events

Audi steps up after fans sour on the episode's outcome

(Newser) - It's not often that Wheel of Fortune episodes turn contentious, but that's exactly what happened on Tuesday night. A contestant named Charlene made it to the final round, where the category was given as "What are you doing"? After supplying the four letters of her choice,...

Teen McDonald's Worker Jumps Through Drive-Thru Window to Save Customer
McDonald's Drive-Thru
Worker, 15, Saves Customer
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McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker, 15, Saves Customer

Sydney Raley of Minnesota is being hailed as a hero

(Newser) - It was a normal day at work for Sydney Raley, 15, at a McDonald's near Minneapolis, Minnesota—until it wasn't. After the teen handed a female drive-thru customer part of her order Saturday, she turned back to the car to tell her the rest of her order was...

NFL Star Picks Up Layaway Tab for Military Families

'This made a lot of people smile,' one recipient says

(Newser) - A star NFL running back surprised 363 military families by paying off their layaway balance. Christian McCaffrey covered the debts at all Army & Air Force Exchange and Navy Exchange Service Command locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and southern Virginia, CNN reports. The total amount was $51,000, paid...

UPS Driver's Gesture Pays Off Unexpectedly

Dallen Harrell stopped to wish a family with a newborn well

(Newser) - Doorbell cams sometimes catch delivery drivers at their worst. In this case, it's the opposite. WRBL explains: A 24-year-old UPS driver named Dallen Harrell dropped off a package at a home in Roswell, Georgia, and paused to speak into the doorbell cam because he'd recalled seeing a celebratory...

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