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Bride's Wedding Party: Not 4, Not 8, but ... 34

Casme Carter says she'd do it again

(Newser) - If you thought your cousin's nine-lady-strong wedding party was a bit much, wait until you hear this: Casme Carter had 34 bridesmaids when she got married on the beach June 2 in Destin, Florida. Carter, who had her six sisters by her side as well as many of the... More »

He Was Dead 20 Minutes, Then: 'We're Bringing Him Back'

Michael Pruitt had no vital signs after being electrocuted

(Newser) - Michael Pruitt was at a construction site in metro Detroit with his stepdad when the metal ladder he was carrying touched a live wire. The 20-year-old was electrocuted and the homeowner called 911 and started CPR, but by the time Pruitt arrived at the hospital, the situation was dire. "... More »

Police Body Cam Shows Rescue of Toddler, Grandma

Officer saved them from Missouri house fire

(Newser) - The dramatic rescue of a trapped 3-year-old girl and her grandmother from a house fire in Missouri was captured on police body cam video . The Hazelwood Police Department says a policeman identified only as Officer Rodriguez arrived on the scene before the fire department Friday, observed that the home's... More »

Couple Weds, Has Baby Almost Immediately

New York couple originally planned to get married weeks before baby was born

(Newser) - The plan was for Michael Gallardo and Marie Margaritondo to get married in an intimate ceremony weeks before their first baby was due. Instead, Margaritondo's water broke last month, three weeks early and just days before the planned wedding, sending the New Jersey couple to the hospital to welcome... More »

Couple Wins Shopping Spree, Comes Home With Nothing

Instead, they donate it all to local food bank in Canada

(Newser) - "I immediately envisioned grabbing all sorts of things for my own cupboard," Chantal Leroux tells CBC News of the moment she learned she'd won a US $375 shopping spree at an Alberta grocery store. "A couple seconds later, I thought what a great opportunity to be... More »

This May Be Best Award Show Moment of the Year

A boy's NHL hero surprises him in emotional reunion

(Newser) - The NHL doled out its annual awards this week, and one in particular goes beyond hockey. It features 11-year-old Anderson Whitehead and Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price, reports the CBC . The boy's mother died of cancer last year before fulfilling her promise to arrange a meeting between Anderson and... More »

Here's Where $1K of Holzhauer's Money Went

Well, $1,109.14, a fact that Jeopardy! trivia fans might understand the significance of

(Newser) - Jeopardy! pro James Holzhauer is $2,462,216 richer, minus what he owes Uncle Sam. And minus a little more than $1,000. The Naperville, Illinois, native was asked to participate in this year's Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, a fundraising event started by Ann Zediker, whose father died... More »

How This Mom Saved Her Daughter Is Incredible

Catrina Cramer Alexander knew something was wrong

(Newser) - A North Carolina mom is calling it a "miracle" after technology helped her find her missing daughter—who was trapped in a 25-foot ditch with serious injuries, the Charlotte Observer reports. Catrina Cramer Alexander says she got worried on June 7 when her 17-year-old daughter, Macy Smith, missed curfew... More »

For First-Time US Author, a Life-Changing Surprise

Emily Ruskovich wins prestigious literary prize worth more than $100K

(Newser) - Lots of debut novelists would be happy if they won only good reviews. In this case, a young American writer just picked up the world's most lucrative prize for a single novel, reports the Guardian . Emily Ruskovich, 33, has won the International Dublin award, which comes with a payday... More »

'Extremely Emotional' Tribute for Nurse Who Gave Her All

More than 100 co-workers lined hospital hall to honor late Mary Desin before organ transplant

(Newser) - If you happened to be at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Hamot hospital on Friday, you may have stumbled across what a nurse's son described as an "extremely emotional" scene in one of the hallways. That nurse, per ABC News , was Mary Desin, an employee of... More »

Boy Who Was Rescued on Unicorn Float Feared Death

Declan O'Connor gives interview after scary incident last week

(Newser) - Declan O'Connor was playing on an inflatable unicorn pool toy at the beach in North Carolina last week when a fun situation turned scary: wind swept the float out to sea, as the 8-year-old's panicked family frantically tried to reach the boy, who was not wearing a life... More »

How 'Old Town Road' Sparked a Boy's 'Miracle'

Minnesota mom Sheletta Brundidge couldn't believe it

(Newser) - "I was crying so hard that tears were dropping on his head. I was like, 'This is the beginning. This is the light!'" So says a Minnesota mom after the hit song "Old Town Road" appeared to transform the life of her autistic son Daniel,... More »

Hours Into His Hike, a Text: 'Hey Mom, I Need Your Help'

Joshua McClatchy, missing for 6 days, found dehydrated but alive in Arkansas wilderness

(Newser) - For the second time in a month, a happy ending to a missing hiker story. First 35-year-old Amanda Eller was found relatively unscathed in Maui after vanishing for 16 days. Now those searching for Joshua McClatchy are celebrating in Arkansas after the 37-year-old was found dehydrated but alive Friday night... More »

If It Wasn't for the Scouts, They Wouldn't Have Survived

Troop rescues 2 fisherman on remote lake

(Newser) - Two brothers whose canoes capsized on a remote lake in Maine say a crew of fast-thinking Boy Scouts from New Hampshire helped save their lives. Michael Fiori, 67, of Brunswick, Maine, said he was shivering after more than an hour in the 50-degree Fahrenheit water when the Scouts, who were... More »

Man's Fortune Cookie Proves Extraordinarily Lucky

Charles Jackson Jr. cleans up a $344.6M Powerball prize by playing numbers in a cookie

(Newser) - A North Carolina man has won the biggest single-ticket jackpot in the state's history, a $344.6 million Powerball prize, using numbers found in a fortune cookie. "I never expected to win. I just got lucky," says Raleigh retiree Charles W. Jackson Jr., who's played the... More »

US Woman Becomes Youngest Person Ever to Visit All 196 Countries

Lexie Alford is in the process of confirming Guinness World Record

(Newser) - Lexie Alford entered North Korea on Friday and achieved a "lifelong dream": visiting all 196 countries. And at just 21, she is slated to break the current Guinness World Record for youngest person to accomplish it; the current record-holder was 24 when he achieved the same feat. "... More »

10-Year-Old Saves Little Sister From Drowning

Video shows girl leaping in pool to drag out 3-year-old

(Newser) - Terrifying surveillance video shows a 3-year-old Georgia girl jump into her apartment complex pool wearing an inner tube around her waist—only for the inflatable device to flip her upside down, trapping her head under the water. Eventually Kali Dallis' body came free of the tube, but after flailing in... More »

Video Shows Trooper Saving Toddler as Dump Truck Barrels By

Mother says she lost sight of the girl for 'just seconds'

(Newser) - Police dashcam video captured a harrowing scene Friday—but this one had a happy ending. "Sgt. Richards from the Alpena Post was on patrol Friday when this happened," the Michigan State Police tweeted along with video of the incident. "A 2-year-old girl was nearly struck by a... More »

Barbershop Owner Pays Off Debts for 14 Students

They can now graduate from NC high school

(Newser) - A North Carolina barbershop owner has raised enough money to erase the debts of more than a dozen high school seniors who risked not graduating if they didn't pay them off, the AP reports. Season Bennett learned 14 seniors at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte wouldn't get... More »

Alex Trebek Has 'Mind-Boggling' News

'Jeopardy!' host is 'near remission'

(Newser) - Alex Trebek has "kind of mind-boggling" news: Doctors say he's "near remission," the Jeopardy! host shares with People . Even though stage 4 pancreatic cancer, with which he was diagnosed, has just a 9% five-year survival rate, per ABC News , Trebek has been responding extremely well to... More »

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