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Teen Raised $10K to Install Baby Box. It Paid Off Last Week

A newborn girl was left inside the Safe Haven box in Indiana

(Newser) - Less than a year after an Indiana teen raised $10,000 to install a Safe Haven Baby Box in his town, a newborn was left inside the box. It took Hunter Wart, 19, more than a year to raise the funds; he mowed lawns and collected scrap metal, which he... More »

Tearful Sumo Champ Wins Over Japan

Tokushoryu is first bottom-ranked wrestler to win top title in 20 years

(Newser) - Sumo fans aren't used to seeing displays of emotion. But Tokushoryu's tears upon winning Japan's first main sumo tournament of the year on Sunday are just part of the reason fans have embraced the up-and-coming wrestler. With the rank of No. 17 maegashira, the 414-pound Tokushoryu was... More »

Onlookers Lift SUV to Free Woman Trapped Underneath

Woman appears to be fine, though probably in some amount of pain

(Newser) - An amazing moment was caught on video in New York City Sunday, when onlookers ran to lift an SUV off of a pedestrian. The woman had apparently been run over, the New York Post reports. Nearly a dozen passers-by tilted the vehicle to the right in order to pull her... More »

3 Abandoned Kittens Saved by a Cup of Coffee

Quick-thinking Alberta man frees them from ice, then finds them a new home

(Newser) - Never has a cup of lukewarm coffee done so much good. A man in Alberta, Canada, used his coffee to free three kittens stuck to the ice, reports the BBC . (See video here .) The best part: He posted about his unusual rescue on Facebook , and now all three kittens... More »

Can't Pay for Surgery? This Doctor Has a Creative Solution

Demetrio Aguila lets eligible patients put in volunteer hours for operations

(Newser) - "Who are my heroes? Who are the people I look at and say, 'That's who I want to be'?" For Demetrio Aguila, a Nebraska surgeon specializing in nerve pain, the answer to his own question is his father, also a physician—and one who loved helping... More »

2 Guys Just Made an 'Earth Sandwich'

They precisely placed slices of bread on the ground in New Zealand and Spain

(Newser) - Two strangers who live a world apart just made an unusual sandwich together. In New Zealand, 19-year-old Etienne Naude placed a slice of bread on the ground at a precisely calculated spot. In Spain, 34-year-old Angel Sierra did the same, reports the BBC . The result is an "earth sandwich"... More »

Bank Worker's Christmas Eve Kindness Gets Her Canned

Emily James fired from US Bank after giving broke customer $20

(Newser) - One of US Bank's core tenets is "We put people first," but when one of its own senior bankers tried to do just that, she was fired. Emily James tells the Oregonian that on Dec. 23, she was working at the bank's call center in Gresham,... More »

Guy Buys Couch, Finds $43K

But Howard Kirby didn't feel right about it

(Newser) - That ottoman seems kinda hard. Let's look inside. That's what a Michigan man thought before his daughter opened up a cushion in a used couch he'd just bought—and found over $43,000, MLive reports. Howard Kirby had paid only $70 for the couch at the Habitat... More »

Fast-Thinking Couple Helps Save Abducted Girl

Husband and wife's pursuit of suspicious car helps cops find an abducted 11-year-old girl

(Newser) - A couple said Friday that their fight-or-flight instinct kicked in when they spotted a car wanted in the abduction of a girl after she got off a school bus in Springfield, Massachusetts, per the AP . Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America, spouses Benny Correa and Amanda Disley described recognizing... More »

Searchers Thought They'd Find a Body. Instead, a 'Miracle'

Paula James, who has dementia, found alive and talking in snow-covered car after 6-day search

(Newser) - The sheriff of Butte County, Calif., was sure rescuers would find a body upon locating the snow-covered vehicle of a woman who'd been missing in the mountains for six days. "When I heard that she was alive, I was just absolutely amazed," Kory Honea says, per CNN... More »

Teen Intern on 3rd Day: What's This Black Dot?

Wolf Cukier, 17, spotted a new planet for NASA

(Newser) - There's nothing like a good intern—and Wolf Cukier proves it. The New York teen joined a NASA program last summer and spotted an unknown planet orbiting two stars about 1,300 light-years away. "It was awesome," he tells the New York Times . "I never expected... More »

Mom Went from 1 Kid to 5 Kids in 10 Months

Alexzandria Wolliston has 2 sets of twins in 2019

(Newser) - Doctors told a Florida woman she had a better chance of winning the lottery than of giving birth to two sets of twins in the same year. But Alexzandria Wolliston said she won the jackpot with the births of Mark and Malakhi in March and Kaylen and Kaleb in December,... More »

His Family Lost Their Home. Then, Her 'Special Numbers' Delivered

A hopeful story out of Australia's devastating bushfires

(Newser) - Enormous tragedy followed by enormous good fortune: A Queensland man who lost his family home in New South Wales in Australia's devastating bushfires will be able to rebuild it with funds from the lottery he just won. The man, who doesn't want to be identified, won a million... More »

New York's Governor Plays Highway Rescuer

Cuomo helps free a man from vehicle after accident

(Newser) - Rescuing motorists is apparently all in a day's work for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo had just finished a speech in Midtown on Monday when he came across an overturned van on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The vehicle, which appeared wedged against a median, was "going to tip... More »

Donnie Wahlberg Rings in 2020 With $2,020 Tip

Former New Kid on the Block takes part in the '2020 tip challenge'

(Newser) - Donnie Wahlberg welcomed 2020 with a matching tip, his wife Jenny McCarthy revealed on Twitter Wednesday. "@DonnieWahlberg starting 2020 off like the amazing man he is. #ihop #2020tipchallenge," McCarthy tweeted alongside a photo of the couple's $78 bill from an Illinois IHOP, to which Wahlberg added a... More »

This Chick-fil-A Worker Has Gone Viral. You'll See Why

Jeremiah Murrill brightens everyone's day with a smile, a fist bump, and a positive attitude

(Newser) - Jeremiah Murrill doesn't do anything outrageous when he takes customers' meal orders on the Chick-fil-A drive-thru line—but with what KPRC describes as his "infectiously upbeat customer service and bright attitude," the 20-year-old North Carolinian has attracted nationwide attention. Per CNN , Murrill is beloved by regulars who... More »

Couple's Christmas Gift: $20K They Unknowingly Threw Out

Dump staffers found the money hidden in a box the couple had dropped off

(Newser) - An employee who found the equivalent of $20,000 in cash at a UK waste facility could've made a claim to the money if its owners weren’t found within six weeks. Instead, the staffer ensured an unwitting couple were significantly richer in time for Christmas. The New York ... More »

Woman Lost in Woods Saved Thanks to iPhone Flashlight

Woman got lost on a trail, was spotted via night vision helicopter

(Newser) - That iPhone flashlight really comes in handy sometimes ... like when you're missing in the Florida wilderness and hoping to be rescued. That's what happened to a 60-year-old female hiker who got lost on a trail at Thonotosassa's Flatwoods Wilderness Park Sunday; she called 911 from the "... More »

Couple Weds Where Their Young Love Went Awry

Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy return to Dunkin' Donuts to say 'I do'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts couple reunited for extra-sweet wedding vows at the same Dunkin' Donuts where their young love splintered nearly 30 years ago, the AP reports. Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy were married Friday afternoon, joined by family, friends, and customers buying coffee and pastries at the Dunkin' Donuts on Grafton... More »

Family Feud-Style Proposal Goes Viral

Joshua Powell made it special for girlfriend Kiana Myrick

(Newser) - "We surveyed 100 women. Name a day a woman always dreams of." So begins one of the more touching and memorable marriage proposals caught on video—one clearly inspired by Family Feud, WNCN reports. During a family Christmas party, Joshua Powell of North Carolina takes a deep breath... More »

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