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50 States, 2 Months, 1 Well-Used Lawn Mower

Rodney Smith Jr. wraps US tour helping those in need

(Newser) - Rodney Smith Jr. has visited all 50 US states twice, but you'll have to forgive him if he doesn't recall any as particularly distinctive. There was little time for sightseeing as Smith spent much of his time mowing lawns voluntarily. The 29-year-old founder of Raising Men Lawn Care... More »

Something 'Amazing' Happened After a Teacher Talked About Her Students During Flight

Passengers started handing her cash for low-income students

(Newser) - A Chicago first-grade teacher was flying to Florida to visit her parents last week when she and her seatmate struck up a conversation about her job. Kimberly Bermudez told the man all about how much she loves her job and how heartbreaking it can be to see students at the... More »

Tearful Surprise Greets Man Who Walked for Hours to Work

Walter Carr's dedication brings him reward of his CEO's car

(Newser) - Car trouble didn't stop Walter Carr from getting to his first day of work with a moving company Sunday, even if he did have to walk nearly 20 miles in the dark. No longer: Carr was rewarded with his boss' car after making a lasting impression on his first... More »

Teen Survives Nearly 10-Hour Ordeal Off Georgia Coast

Blake Spataro got swept away by riptide

(Newser) - A teen on vacation in Georgia was swept away by a riptide and managed to survive for a remarkable 10 hours in the ocean. Blake Spataro credits his faith and his dogged will to stay alive before he was finally able to make it to shore. "I wanted to... More »

He Was Having a Heart Attack. He Really Wanted to Finish His Sod

First responders stepped in for Gene Work and finished his chore while he had surgery

(Newser) - It was a hot, humid day in Pasco County, Fla., on Saturday, and Gene Work was trying to beat the clock to lay down sod in his yard so he wouldn't face a fine from his homeowners association. But the 40-year-old, who was working with his brother-in-law Mark Rouco,... More »

Man With Autism, Lost in Woods, Uses Scout Training to Survive

He was found after 50 hours outside in a heat wave

(Newser) - A man with autism relied on his Boy Scout skills to find drinkable water and stay safe while he was lost in New York's Adirondack woods for 50 hours during a heat wave, according to forest rangers and family members. Bruce Williams floated on his back in a lake... More »

Man Asks Mourners to Bring Shoes, Not Flowers

He wanted them to be donated to needy families

(Newser) - Shoes, not flowers. The final wish of a Michigan man was fulfilled Monday when dozens of children's shoes were donated at his funeral in Saginaw. Dennis Wright of Perry died of cancer at age 61. He had asked mourners to skip flowers and instead give something that could make... More »

Deaf Puppy Falls Down Deep Hole, a City Responds

Toffee is safe and sound after 31-hour ordeal in Huntsville, Ala.

(Newser) - Puppy love overtook an Alabama city last week, and Toffee is now safe because of it. Per CBS News , Toffee is a 7-week-old deaf puppy that was being fostered in Huntsville when she ran into a bit of trouble: She fell down a 50-foot hole in a yard and stayed... More »

Cops Called on 12-Year-Old for Mistakenly Cutting Someone's Lawn

His customer calls whole situation spurred by her neighbor 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Mr. Reggie’s Lawn Cutting Service is booming—and it's all because of a viral video made after the cops were called on the company's namesake. That would be 12-year-old Reginald Fields, who WEWS explains runs a summer landscaping business in Maple Heights, Ohio, that cuts people's... More »

Everyone Brought Backpacks to This Teacher's Funeral

Tammy Waddell's last request was that funeral attendees bring school supplies for the needy

(Newser) - A Georgia teacher who spent her career helping students continued to do so even in death. Tammy Waddell's final request as she suffered a long illness culminating in her June 9 death was for attendees at her funeral to bring backpacks stuffed with school supplies to help needy children.... More »

He Couldn't Communicate With Flight Attendants. Enter 'Angel'

'Angel' teen Clara Daly helped blind, deaf man on Alaska Airlines

(Newser) - "We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed." Those are the words of Alaska Airlines passenger Lynette Scribner on Facebook after she witnessed a touching interaction between a young teen and a blind and deaf man on a recent flight. All three... More »

Very Special 'Student' Makes Appearance in School Yearbook

Oscer the service dog shows up right next to a photo of 8th-grader Hudson Golebiewski

(Newser) - A service dog has his own photo in an upstate New York middle school's yearbook. Oscer accompanies 14-year-old Hudson Golebiewski, an eighth-grader who has autism, to the Vestal Middle School. Like the other students, the 3-year-old golden retriever was photographed against a gray background and was placed in the... More »

The 'Carpool Karaoke' Song That Made James Corden Cry

Hearing the origins of 'Let It Be' from Paul McCartney proved emotional for the late-night host

(Newser) - A day in the life of James Corden often involves cajoling celebrities into his car as he cruises in Los Angeles, where they enjoy conversation and belt out songs together as part of the 'Carpool Karaoke' segment on Corden's Late Late Show. This week, however, the British comedian... More »

Jane the Virgin Star Has Unusual Use for Her Emmy Cash

Gina Rodriguez sets up scholarship for student's 4 years at Princeton

(Newser) - Right now, Gina Rodriguez could be spending the money doled out to her by CBS Television Studios to promote her Emmy run. But the Jane the Virgin star decided to use the cash for something else instead: setting up a college scholarship for an undocumented Latinx immigrant. Today and the... More »

Japan's Fans 'Make Statement' at World Cup—With Trash Bags

Japanese fans came armed to clean up the stadium after their team's match

(Newser) - They showed up at the World Cup match sporting trash bags. That's what the BBC is reporting about fans of "Samurai Blue," the Japanese national soccer team that beat Colombia's players 2-1 Tuesday in Russia. After the soccer teams' jobs were done in Saransk's Mordovia... More »

Beloved Yorkie Stays With Girl for Entire 12-Hour Ordeal

3-year-old Remy Elliott and Fat Heath were lost in a corn field nearly half a day

(Newser) - A little girl is home in the arms of her mother after reportedly getting lost in a Missouri cornfield for nearly 12 hours, during which her beloved pooch never left her side. Per KFVS , 3-year-old Remy Elliott had a friend in the family's Yorkshire Terrier, named Fat Heath, when... More »

He Laughed at Her Plans to Donate $1M. Then She Did It

Genevieve Via Cava's gift will provide scholarships to special education students

(Newser) - Genevieve Via Cava was so frugal that a friend tells CNN she went without the hearing aids she needed. The New Jersey special education teacher died in 2011, but her penny-pinching is now grabbing national headlines thanks to her largesse. Bergen County's Dumont School District in April received a... More »

A Search for Ancestors Reveals She Had Been Swapped at Birth

Women discover they were switched at birth

(Newser) - A fun foray into finding out more about her ancestry through a popular genealogy website led to a shocking revelation for 72-year-old Denice Juneski: She wasn't related to any of her own relatives—at least not the ones she'd grown up knowing. KARE reports that as Minnesota's... More »

Awesome Moment From HS Baseball Game Goes Viral

Pitcher picks comforting friend over celebrating with team

(Newser) - We dare you to watch without tearing up: In an awwww-inspiring video making headlines since it happened last week, a high school pitcher strikes out the final batter to advance to the state championships—and then immediately runs over to hug the batter, who is his friend, rather than celebrating... More »

Traffic Stop Leads to Awesome Reunion

Trooper is reunited with now-retired police officer who helped deliver him as a baby

(Newser) - A routine traffic stop reunited a New Jersey state trooper with the now-retired police officer who helped his mother deliver him as an infant, the AP reports. Trooper Michael Patterson was on patrol Friday when he pulled over Matthew Bailly for a tinted window violation in Kingwood Township. The two... More »

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