It wasn't all bad

Nancy Abell tried to get Katharina Groene to turn back, but with just 150 miles to go on her solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, Groene wanted to see her adventure through.

Abell met Groene a few weeks ago in Washington state, after Groene had walked 2,500 miles northward from the Mexican border. She was nearing her end point at the Canadian border, but it was late in the season, and Abell was concerned because Groene didn't have snowshoes. "I told her, 'If you were my daughter, I wouldn't let you do this,'" Abell told CBS News.

She couldn't stop thinking about the German hiker, worrying about what was happening to her on the trail. When forecasters said to expect two feet of snow in the mountains, Abell quickly called the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and explained that Groene might be in trouble. "I was really stressed out," she said. "I felt really compelled that I really needed to get help for her."

Even though Groene wasn't reported missing and did not send any distress signals, officers agreed to search the mountains, and soon found her — with frostbite. Rescuers said it's likely she would have died within a day, and Abell saved her life. Groene, who is staying with Abell for a few days before she goes home to Germany, told CBS News that one of the reasons why she went on the hike by herself is because she had lost her "faith in humanity." Thanks to Abell, she added, it's back in "a really big way." Catherine Garcia


Paul Wood and his doctors were all caught off guard when, the day before he was scheduled to have brain surgery, it was abruptly canceled due to a medical mystery.

Several months ago, the Lodi, California, resident was having excruciating headaches and difficulty walking. His doctor sent him to a neurosurgeon, who thought Wood was perhaps suffering from a brain bleed, but a radiologist spotted signs of a tumor. Surgery was scheduled, but when he went to see the doctor for a pre-op appointment, the suspected tumor was gone.

It was "a miracle," Wood told CBS Sacramento. Specialists do not know why the tumor disappeared without treatment, with Woods' physician, Dr. Richard Yee, saying doctors "do tests and we have medical technology and we try to come up with some conclusion ... sometimes things happen that we can't explain." Wood turned to his church for support, and said he appreciated all of the prayers he received from "all over California." He also told CBS Sacramento doctors want to take a closer look at his case, and have asked him to volunteer for a research study. Catherine Garcia

November 9, 2018

After spending five months deployed in Africa, Joshua Splinter found out he was going to get to return to the United States early, and thought the perfect homecoming should involve surprising his wife.

Alice Splinter is a pediatrician, and Joshua, a family physician for the Texas Army National Guard, had a friend set up an appointment, using a fake name. When Alice entered the exam room, she expected to see a new face, but instead saw a familiar one. "It took a second for me to take it in," she told Inside Edition. "I honestly almost passed out."

While Joshua was deployed, Alice moved their family to a new town so she could start her residency. "She was really just holding everything together while I was just out, you know, having fun," he said. After he came home but before he saw his wife, Joshua made sure to pretend he was still in another time zone, afraid he might tip her off. He didn't though, and ended up pulling "a great surprise," Alice said. "I'm happy to have him home." Catherine Garcia

November 8, 2018

Had Gus Hutt been a minute later or gone to his usual fishing spot, he would not have been in the right place at the right time to rescue a toddler who wandered away from his parents' tent and ended up in the ocean.

Hutt is a regular at Murphy's Holiday Camp on Matata Beach in New Zealand. Early in the morning on Oct. 26, he was about 50 feet from shore when he saw what he thought was a doll in the water. He reached out and grabbed its arm, "but then he let out a little squeak and I thought, 'Oh God, this is a baby and it's alive,'" Hutt told The Whakatane Beacon.

He pulled 18-month-old Malachi Reeve from the water, and raced back to shore. Tracking footsteps Malachi left in the sand, Hutt found his parents asleep in their tent. The camp's co-owner, Rebecca Salter, told The Associated Press it was "miraculous and fateful" that the sea was calm and Hutt chose to fish in a different spot that day. Malachi recovered quickly, Hutt told The Whakatane Beacon, and was "just a lovely, cheeky little fella." Catherine Garcia

November 8, 2018

On Election Day, 9-year-old Natalie Nicholson's artwork was on display all over Culpeper County, Virginia.

Nicholson designed the winning "I Voted" sticker for the county — an American flag background, with the outline of Virginia in the middle and the words "I Voted." The stickers are used to remind and encourage people to vote, and Nicholson told WJLA she thought it was "really cool to see everybody wearing my art."

All fourth graders in the county were invited to design a sticker, and Nicholson said it took her about a day and a half to finish. Nicholson may be too young to cast her own ballot, but she understands the significance. "I think it's very important for people to vote so they have a say in government," she told CBS News. Catherine Garcia

November 7, 2018

Here's proof that when countries work together, good things happen.

In 1985, scientists discovered a huge hole in the ozone layer above the South Pole. The ozone layer absorbs most of the sun's ultraviolet radiation, which can cause skin cancer and damage crops. Man-made chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) eat at the ozone layer, and in the late 1980s, 180 countries signed the Montreal Protocol, agreeing to phase out CFCs in order to prevent additional holes from forming.

A new United Nations report says that the ozone layer is healing itself, and by the 2030s, the Northern Hemisphere could be fully repaired, with Antarctica following in the 2060s. The problem is not entirely solved — some parts of the ozone layer are not yet repaired, and scientists are concerned some unregulated chemicals that contain chlorine could slow down the healing process — but this is still "really good news," Paul Newman, the report's co-chairman and chief Earth scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, told BBC News. "If ozone-depleting substances had continued to increase, we would have seen huge effects. We stopped that." Catherine Garcia

November 5, 2018

Ross Edgley has some stories to tell about the last 157 days.

On Sunday, the 33-year-old became the first swimmer to circumnavigate Great Britain, The Guardian reports. Edgley set out on June 1, and over the course of the 1,791-mile swim, he had amazing experiences — in the Bristol Channel, a female minke whale swam next to him for several miles — and some scary ones: He was stung by jellyfish 37 times, for example, and the exposure to saltwater led to the disintegration of part of his tongue. His swim was "hands down, the hardest thing to do on so many levels," he said. "Physical, mental. I felt a fatigue that I've never felt before. The neurotransmitters, chemical signals in the brain, were just like, 'What are you doing?'"

Edgley swam for 12 hours every day, and at night, he slept on a catamaran. He was joined by a three-person team, and to keep up his stamina, he ate 10,000 to 15,000 calories every day. After being in the water for 157 days, it felt strange to finally stand on solid ground, he told The Guardian. "I got out of the water and thought, 'This is gonna be amazing, I'll run in like Baywatch,'" Edgley said, but once he "made it to dry land, I was just relieved I didn't fully fall over." Catherine Garcia

November 2, 2018

A bookstore in Southampton, England, came up with a novel way to move inventory from its old location to a new space down the street: Form a human chain, and pass the books down until they get to their new home.

October Books was established in 1977, and it has lots of devoted customers. The store knew it would be expensive to hire movers, and so it asked people who frequented the shop if they'd join in and help pass the books from the old stockroom to the new store's main floor. Employee Amy Brown told NPR the store expected about 100 people to stop by last Sunday, and they were shocked when more than 200 showed up.

It was "a sight to behold," she said. The line stretched for 500 feet, and the whole neighborhood got involved, with local restaurants passing out cups of tea and pedestrians joining in when they learned what was going on. In about an hour, more than 2,000 books made the journey down the line to the new space. "It was really sort of surprising and positive, and just a really moving experience to see people chipping in because they wanted to help," Brown said. "And they wanted to be part of something bigger." Catherine Garcia

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