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Teen Cleared Of Most Serious Charge In Prep School Rape Case

The man accused of raping a 15-year-old girlwhile they were students at a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school was found guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault but acquitted of more serious felony charges today, the Boston Globe reports. The victim claims Owen Labrie, 18 at the time, forced sexual intercourse on her—ignoring her pleas to sto…

Newser / August 28, 2015

Ohio Aims To Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

Ohio women, take note: Soon you may be unable to get an abortion if you’re doing it to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome. The state’s legislature—most of which is pro-life—appears poised to approve such a bill this fall and send it to Gov. John Kasich. He has signed abortion restrictions before, reports the…

Newser / August 24, 2015

Sheriff: Caitlyn Jenner Should Be Charged With Manslaughter

Is jail in Caitlyn Jenner’s future? The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has wrapped up its investigation of a fatal car accident and thinks Jenner should be charged with vehicular manslaughter. The department will make the recommendation to the local DA, who will have the final say. Investigators concluded that Jenner was driving “unsafe for…

Newser / August 20, 2015

Rosie O’Donnell’s Teen Daughter Chelsea Is Missing

Rosie O’Donnell’s teen daughter has been reported missing in Nyack, New York, according to a post on the celeb’s website. It says police are looking for Chelsea, 17, who left home last Tuesday with her therapy dog and hasn’t been seen since. The post doesn’t make clear why the girl needs a therapy dog, but…

Newser / August 18, 2015

University Of Central Florida Suspends Frat Over Rape Rant

An incident report from the University of Central Florida says the school has suspended a fraternity after a recording surfaced of at least one member chanting offensive statements about rape, per the Orlando Sentinel. “There’s a brother yelling obscenities, like ‘Let’s rape some [expletives], rape some sluts’ and then yelling, ‘Rape’ over and over again,&#8221…

Newser / August 17, 2015

Parents Sue After Doctors Decide Their Child Is A Girl

Pam and Mark Crawford of Greenville, SC, adopted MC when he was just 20 months old and then considered female. Born with “true hermaphroditism” or both male and female anatomy—including a penis, vagina, testicle, and ovarian tissue—doctors had performed surgery to remove MC’s male anatomy two months before the Crawfords took him home. The surgery…

Newser / August 13, 2015

40 Interns Sue Olsen Twins, Claim Long Hours, No Pay

Performing menial tasks around the clock for no pay is the main complaint in a class-action lawsuit brought by 40 current and past interns at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s company, USA Today reports—a working environment in which interns were forced to, as Gothamist frames it, “suffer numerous ‘The Devil Wears Prada’-caliber indignities.” Among those indignitie…

Newser / August 12, 2015

Miley Cyrus: “I’m Not Sure How Titties Are Worse Than Guns”

Miley Cyrus sure knows how to grab our attention. With her MTV Video Music Awards hosting gig coming up on Aug. 30, she sat down with Marie Claire and let the words rip:
On the “Bad Blood” video by Taylor Swift: “I don’t get the violence revenge thing. That’s supposed to be a good example?

Newser / August 10, 2015

Cops Say Ritualistic Murder May Be Tied To Blue Moon

An elderly woman and her two sons have been found dead at their home in Pensacola, Fla., the apparent victims of what police are calling a ritualistic murder that coincided with last week’s blue moon (ie the second full moon in July). Voncile Smith, 77, Richard Thomas Smith, 49, and John William Smith, 47, were…

Newser / August 5, 2015

US Huntress Poses With Her Kills

A huntress from Idaho has added her two cents to recent stories about Americans accused of hunting illegally in Africa—and attracted her share of outrage in return, the Telegraph reports. On July 25, Sabrina Corgatelli responded to the story of Cecil the lion’s death by posting photos on Facebook of her alongside her kills with…

Newser / August 3, 2015

Donald Trump To Breastfeeding Lawyer: “You’re Disgusting”

The New York Times has pored over hundreds of pages of Donald Trump testimony from his many lawsuits over the last decade and found a lot of what it describes as “hyperbolic overstatements” and “outright misstatements,” as well as some instances of truly obnoxious behavior—like the time he told a lawyer who wanted to take…

Newser / July 29, 2015

Feds: Man Tipped Strippers 2200 Times With Company Cash

There’s using the company credit card for unethical reasons, and then there’s this alleged story out of Gilbert, Arizona. The feds accuse John David Berrett of dropping $476,000 of employer World Wide Technology’s cash on what the Arizona Republic describes as an “online-stripper habit.” A 16-page indictment details the IT architect’s alleged activity over the…

Newser / July 28, 2015

Hacker: I Took Down New York Because I Hate NYC

New York’s cover story on 35 women accusing Bill Cosby of sex assault was hotly tweeted last night—but this morning no one can access it after a denial-of-service attack on the magazine. Just before 1am, a Twitter account under the handle Vikingdom2016 posted, “nymag.com #OFFLINE,” and sure enough, the entire New York website was down.

Newser / July 27, 2015

Guy Broke In Ex’s House, Hid Under Bed For Days

You know that creepy feeling like something or someone might be lurking under your bed at night? Warning: This story will not mitigate that. Cops accuse Jason Hubbard, a New Jersey man who apparently didn’t have a place to live, of breaking into the Spotswood home of his ex-girlfriend’s parents, heading into an upstairs bedroom,…

Newser / July 26, 2015

Twitter Threw Itself An Unfortunate Frat Party

Ahh, hindsight. While in the midst of a gender-discrimination lawsuit, some Twitter employees decided it was a good idea to throw a frat party. The now-controversial event took place on Tuesday, with Fusion hearing from a source that it was thrown for the company’s revenue team in San Francisco. A female Twitter employee allegedly posted…

Newser / July 23, 2015

Ashley Madison Waives $19 Fee That Irked Hackers

The horses may have gone, but Ashley Madison is making sure the stable door is locked: The hacked affair-arranging site says it’s now offering users the ability to delete their profiles for free. Formerly, users who wanted to undergo a “Full Delete” had to pay $19 to do so. That charge reportedly annoyed the hacker…

Newser / July 21, 2015

95 Percent Of Women Don’t Regret Their Abortions

To further attempts to impose longer waiting periods and more stringent restrictions, abortion opponents have long used the argument that women suffer negative mental health after undergoing the procedure. That theory may have just been quashed by a new study that indicates 95 percent of women who’ve had an abortion felt their decision was the…

Newser / July 14, 2015

Background Check Lapse Let Dylann Roof Buy His Gun

Dylann Roof should not have been able to buy the gun he’s accused of using to kill nine people inside a South Carolina church. Because Roof had admitted possessing drugs following an arrest in February, his purchase of the .45-caliber handgun should have been denied, says the FBI. But it turns out the information wasn’t…

Newser / July 10, 2015

Cops Say Parents Banished Teen For Eating Pop-Tart

A 14-year-old girl who ate an unauthorized Pop-Tart found herself banished to the woods for a week with only a tent, a roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, and a watch, police say. James Driggers, 33, and Crystal Driggers, 36, of Dalzell, SC, were arrested Friday and have been charged with unlawful neglect for their…

Newser / July 7, 2015

Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Secretly Got Hitched

V couple turned real couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis got married over the weekend, according to a report in People picked up by several other media outlets. The stars reportedly wed during Fourth of July festivities, though neither has confirmed the news. Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, played adorable couple Kelso and Jackie o…

Newser / July 6, 2015

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