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'Extremely Exciting' Photos Emerge of Rare Great Apes

Cross River gorillas photographed with babies in Nigeria

(Newser) - You're not likely to see a Cross River gorilla in person, but you can see a whole troop in a series of rare photos. Cross River gorillas are the most endangered subspecies of ape, with only 300 known to live in the wild, reports the BBC . The gorillas—which... More »

Dalai Lama Marks 85th Birthday in a Big Way

Spiritual leader's first album, 'Inner World,' drops to help us 'transcend our differences'

(Newser) - If you've been anxiously waiting for the Dalai Lama's first album to drop, your wait is over (and the album can help you with some of that residual anxiety). Inner World debuts Monday, on the occasion of the Buddhist spiritual leader's 85th birthday, leaving him on track... More »

She Helped Dog Find a Home. Dog Just Returned the Favor

Adopted dog alerts everyone to a house fire

(Newser) - A dog in Tennessee became a hero on the Fourth of July by alerting her owner to a house fire next door, per the AP . Roux, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, woke her owner Jeff LeCates with “frantic and unusual barks" on Saturday night, a Franklin Fire Department press release... More »

An Unusual Bear Rescue, Wisconsin-Style

Cub's head was stuck in an empty cheese tub

(Newser) - A Wisconsin family helped save a young bear that was struggling to breathe while swimming in a lake with its head caught in a plastic food container, per the AP . Tricia and Brian Hurt and their son, Brady, were fishing on Marsh Miller Lake in western Wisconsin's Chippewa County... More »

Trapped by Virus, Man Sails 5K Miles to Get to Elderly Parents

Juan Manuel Ballestero journeyed from Portugal on sailboat after flights into Argentina were canceled

(Newser) - When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Juan Manuel Ballestero was on the island of Porto Santo in Portugal, and the native Argentinian could've remained there indefinitely. But "I didn't want to stay like a coward on an island where there were no cases," Ballestero tells the New ... More »

The Princess Bride 'Remade' by A-Listers

Beloved 1987 flick gets recast for Quibi

(Newser) - Quibi has a big treat for Princess Bride fans stuck at home amid the coronavirus pandemic: The beloved 1987 flick has been remade ... sort of. Couples Common and Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas, and Chris Pine and Annabelle Wallis have been secretly... More »

Barista $78K Richer After Refusing to Serve Woman

Lenen Gutierrez told her she's supposed to wear a mask

(Newser) - A San Diego barista is over $78,000 richer after standing up to a woman who wanted service without wearing a mask, ABC7 reports. "It's so shocking to see something get so big that only happened within a few minutes," says the barista, Lenen Gutierrez, in a... More »

Husband and Wife Save a Life, 15 Years Apart

Both donated organs to Florida's Jeffrey Granger

(Newser) - It's an organ donor story with an unusual twist: A husband and wife ended up being donors to the same man 15 years apart, reports CBS News . The story begins in 2004, when 35-year-old Bryan Herrington died after a fall from a roof on his construction job, per CNN... More »

Gesture at Restaurant Moves White Deputy

2 African-American women pay for his meal

(Newser) - A white deputy in Tennessee is posting publicly about a kind gesture. Sumner County deputy Jody McDowell was eating breakfast at a Cracker Barrel in Nashville when the waitress came over with a note from two African-American women in the restaurant informing him they had paid for his meal, reports... More »

Boy Nabs Record Deal With Song Inspired by George Floyd

'This is what God's called me to do,' says Keedron Bryant, 12

(Newser) - Staring into a camera, Keedron Bryant opened his mouth and his heart. Out poured "I Just Wanna Live," a powerful song about life as a young black man in America that has been shared by figures including Janet Jackson and Barack Obama. It's about to be even... More »

Malala Gets Her Degree, Looks Forward to Netflix

Young Nobel prize winner graduates from Oxford

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for daring to want an education, has completed her degree at Oxford University. The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, now 22, posted images on Twitter of her celebration early Friday upon completing a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics, per the... More »

Kid Who Cleaned Up After Protests Gets Another Reward

Buffalo mayor offers Antonio Gwynn Jr. a job in the city buildings department after his noble gesture

(Newser) - A Buffalo teenager who spent 10 hours cleaning up glass and garbage following protests in his city got a job offer Saturday from the mayor. It was the latest honor for Antonio Gwynn Jr. since word of his actions began circulating a week ago. The 18-year-old high school senior already... More »

Dalai Lama to Drop First Album

'Inner World' pairs his teachings with music

(Newser) - Stressed out while working at a bank in New Zealand, Junelle Kunin began searching for music paired with teachings from the Dalai Lama to calm herself down and allow herself to focus. But she couldn't find it online, per the AP . That's when the musician and practicing Buddhist... More »

She Might Be the Most Famous Bear in the World

Yellowstone's Grizzly 399 has 4 cubs at the astonishing age of 24

(Newser) - "Miraculously, she still lives!" So wrote nature photographer Thomas Mangelsen to none other than Jane Goodall last month when he spotted what is possibly the most famous wild bear in the world, reports the Guardian . This particular bear is a grizzly with the unromantic name of "399,... More »

She Made History in Space, and Now in the Ocean

Kathy Sullivan becomes first woman to reach Challenger Deep

(Newser) - On Oct. 11, 1984, astronaut Kathy Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. On Sunday, she became the first woman to reach the deepest known point in the ocean—and the first person ever to have both walked in space and been 35,810 feet below the... More »

K-Pop Band's Fans Respond in Big Way to $1M BLM Donation

BTS fans match boy band's Black Lives Matter donation

(Newser) - K-Pop superstars BTS announced a $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter on Saturday—and it didn't take long for the boy band's devoted fans to match it. The "ARMY" fan collective, which spread the word under the #MatchAMillion hashtag, said its campaign had raised $1 million... More »

Teen Cleans Up After Protest, Gets Rewarded Big Time

Buffalo high school senior gets car, scholarship to college

(Newser) - Antonio Gwynn Jr. heard that Bailey Avenue in his town of Buffalo, New York, had glass and trash strewn all over after a Sunday night protest last week. Knowing people would need to be able to access the street to get to work the next morning, the 18-year-old high school... More »

Generous Customer Keeps Cafe Afloat

Good Samaritan doled out $40K in Naples, Florida

(Newser) - The first gesture was kind: A customer gave cafe owner Bill Salley $2,000 for himself and his four employees in March when they had to shut down in March because of the coronavirus. The second gesture may have actually saved Salley's business in Naples, Florida, reports WINK . The... More »

Kanye West Will Cover College for Floyd's Daughter

He sets up fund for Gianna, 6, also donates to families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor

(Newser) - Kanye West is reaching for his wallet in the aftermath of the George Floyd death. A rep said Thursday that he has started a 529 college savings fund to cover the future tuition of Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, reports TMZ . West also has donated $2 million to charities associated... More »

SpaceX Captures the Flag

Beats Boeing to flag left at International Space Station

(Newser) - The first astronauts launched by SpaceX declared victory Monday in NASA’s cosmic capture-the-flag game, the AP reports. They quickly claimed the prize left behind at the International Space Station nearly a decade ago by the last crew to launch from the US. “Congratulations, SpaceX, you got the flag,... More »

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