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Oregon Shooter Ranted About Lack Of Girlfriend

The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college said in writings he left behind that everyone else was “crazy” and ranted about not having a girlfriend, a law enforcement official says. The official—who is familiar with the ongoing investigation but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly—also says the mother of 26-year-old gunman Christopher…

Newser / October 6, 2015

‘Elaborate Hoax’ Alleged In NHL Star Patrick Kane’s Rape Case

There’s been another shocking revelation in what has already been a twisty week for the alleged rape case against hockey star Patrick Kane. Just two days after it was reported that the evidence bag that apparently once contained the alleged victim’s rape kit was found open and abandoned at her mother’s front door, authorities are…

Newser / September 25, 2015

Suspect In Girlfriend, Professor’s Murders Left Note: “I Am So Sorry”

The university instructor accused of killing his girlfriend and a colleague called police telling them he killed the woman at the home they shared in Mississippi, where investigators found a note of apology, police said today. Police in Gautier said they found a note reading: “I am so sorry I wish I could take it…

Newser / September 15, 2015

Donald Trump Out, Arnold Schwarzenegger In At “Celebrity Apprentice”

With Donald Trump out, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in. NBC has named Schwarzenegger the new host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” Entertainment Weekly reports, setting off a host of jokes on Twitter about what the action star/former governor’s catchphrase will be:

@berringer452: “I guess instead of being fired the contestants will now be terminated.”
@LoveAndyC: “For real??

Newser / September 14, 2015

Apple Unveils Phones, TV Update, Bigger iPad

Apple is unveiling its new toys in San Francisco today, including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus, a bigger iPad, and an update to Apple TV:

Phones: The new models have faster processors, sharper cameras (12 megapixels), stronger frames, and a feature called 3D Touch, which allows easy access to frequent tasks by…

Newser / September 9, 2015

White Guy Finally Gets Poetry Published — As Yi-Fen Chou

“If there is such a thing as employing yellowface in poetry, this has to be it.” That’s what Korean-American blogger Phil Yu, known as Angry Asian Man, has to say about Michael Derrick Hudson, a white poet whose poem was chosen for The Best American Poetry 2015 anthology—written under the pen name Yi-Fen Chou, the Washington Post

Newser / September 8, 2015

7-Eleven Will Now Deliver Weird ‘Date Night Pack’

7-Eleven has announced it will begin delivery service in five US cities in an effort to “redefine convenience,” as one executive puts it in L.A. Biz. So what does redefined convenience look like? The Chicago Tribune reports that for $20, 7-Eleven and new partner DoorDash will bring you a “Date Night Pack,” which includes chocolate chi…

Newser / September 4, 2015

The Top 8 Finds in Latest Hillary Clinton Email Release

Gefilte fish and a “louche alcoholic” in the House: In its latest Hillary Clinton email dump, the State Department released 4,368 documents adding up to more than 7,000 pages last night, and while they may not provide much ammunition for her 2016 rivals, there are plenty of insights into her time at the department. Around…

Newser / September 1, 2015

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

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