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Sewage Pipe Baby’s Mom: It Was An Accident

The mother of a baby boy saved from a sewage pipe in China says she “deeply regrets” what happened—but she was the one who raised the alarm. The 22-year-old woman, who is unmarried and had concealed her pregnancy, says the newborn slipped through a hole in the squat toilet after she unexpectedly gave birth, CNN reports. She then told…

Newser / May 29, 2013

At Least 10 Dead In Tornado Strike

A two-mile-wide tornado touched down in a suburb of Oklahoma City today, leveling the suburb of Moore and leaving at least 10 dead reports CNN. “It is absolutely devastating, this is horrific,” Oklahoma Lt. Governor said, as per ABC News. “We’re going to have fatalities. … We’re going to have significant injuries. … We just don’t know…

Newser / May 20, 2013

Feds Fine Yale $165K, Citing Unreported Sex Crimes

Yale owes the federal government $165,000 after multiple violations of the Clery Act, which calls on colleges to report crimes and release safety warnings. Among the “serious and numerous” violations, per a letter from a Department of Education official, are four unreported forcible sex offenses; the category includes rape, sexual assault, and fondling, the Huffington Post reports.

Newser / May 17, 2013

Gay Marriage Is Legal In Minnesota

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill today that legalizes gay marriage, making the state the 12th to do so. Cheering spectators filled the south lawn of the state Capitol for the outdoor ceremony, with rainbow and American flags fluttering in a sweltering breeze. Dayton’s signature came one day after the state Senate approved the…

Newser / May 15, 2013

TV Psychologist Joyce Brothers Dead At 85

Popular psychologist, columnist, and television and film personality Joyce Brothers has died. She was 85. Longtime publicist Sanford Brokaw says Brothers died today in New York City. She was a pioneer of the television advice show. Read more on Newser…

Newser / May 14, 2013

Ariel Castro Bizarrely Involved In Search For Missing Women

If you thought the twisted details of the Cleveland case ended with yesterday’s news of reported sightings of naked women in Ariel Castro’s backyard, well, steel yourself: New reports reveal Castro bizarrely and brazenly inserted himself into the search for one of the missing girls. The latest:

The AP reports that Castro physically aided in the search for…

Newser / May 8, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Widow, Katherine Russell, Still Under Scrutiny

Investigators say DNA found on a fragment of one of the Boston bombs is not a match with samples taken from the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, reports NBC News. But that doesn’t mean 24-year-old Katherine Russell is in the clear. In fact, authorities are “sharpening” their investigation of her, reports the Washington Post. Among the reasons: They…

Newser / May 5, 2013

Lindsay Lohan Back In Rehab

It’s official: Lindsay Lohan is back in rehab. Her lawyer says she’s checked in, but, because apparently nothing can be simple in Lohan’s life, it’s not clear the judge will actually accept the placement. Prosecutors need to sign off on the facility and didn’t have time to investigate it and do so, so the judge…

Newser / May 2, 2013

3 Students Arrested In Boston Bombing

Federal authorities arrested three college students today in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reports. The BPD’s official Twitter account identified them as “suspects,” and added that there was no public threat. All will reportedly be charged with making false statements to investigators; two of them, identified by CBS Boston as Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, will also…

Newser / May 1, 2013

AP Twitter Feed Hacked, Dow Plunges

Hackers got their hands on AP’s Twitter feed today and briefly sent blood pressures racing with an afternoon tweet that President Obama had been injured in a pair of White House explosions, reports the Huffington Post. The real AP tweeted minutes later that it was a hoax and suspended the account. Incredibly, the Dow had been up 130…

Newser / April 23, 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Awake, Answering Questions In Writing

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has regained consciousness and has been giving investigators written answers to questions, law enforcement sources tell ABC, though it’s unclear if he’s actually saying anything useful yet. Sources tell Fox News that he will not be formally charged today. The Boston bombing suspect is listed as in serious but stable condition at the Beth Israel Deacone…

Newser / April 22, 2013

“Furious” Gabrielle Giffords Says Senate Shamed Itself

It was “political fear” and “cold calculations” that drove a Senate minority to block a gun background-check measure yesterday. But “that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets,” writes Gabrielle Giffords in a blistering New York Times op-ed. Some of…

Newser / April 18, 2013

Senate Rejects Tougher Background Checks

As predicted, the Senate today rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks on gun purchasers. The proposal would have required checks for all transactions at gun shows and online. The 54-46 vote was a blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December’s massacre of children and staff in Newtown. The roll…

Newser / April 17, 2013

Suspicious Letter To President Obama Intercepted

A letter containing a “suspicious substance” was sent to President Obama and intercepted at the White House’s off-site mail center, according to the Secret Service. It arrived yesterday, the same day as a letter addressed to a Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for ricin, CNN reports. A second letter sent to the US Senate ha…

Newser / April 17, 2013

And Now We Have Breast Milk Jewelry

Strands from baby’s first haircut. The first tooth. Tiny footprints sunk into clay. Some parents even tuck away the dried stump of the umbilical cord or the stick pregnancy test as a touching memento marking the milestones of their kids. The latest? Breast milk jewelry, on sale at the handmade marketplace Etsy. Few issues polarize…

Newser / April 11, 2013

Annette Funicello Dead At 70

Annette Funicello, who shot to fame at age 12 as a Disney Mouseketeer, has died from complications of multiple sclerosis at age 70, her family confirms to Extra. Funicello parlayed her Disney fame into a successful singing and acting career perhaps most noted for her “Beach Party” movies with Frankie Avalon in the 1960s. “You…

Newser / April 8, 2013

Facebook Unveils ‘Home’ For Phones

The “Facebook phone” is here and, as expected, it is not a phone built by Facebook. Instead, the company unveiled “Facebook Home,” a download that converts an Android phone into a Facebook-centric device, reports CNET. It will be available on a limited basis April 12 at the Google Play store. That’s the same day HTC is rolling…

Newser / April 4, 2013

Michelle Obama: “Barack Is a Sex Symbol”

Michelle Obama was on “Entertainment Tonight” last night—so, needless to say, the interview covered such hard-hitting topics as her husband’s “swag” and her bangs, Mediaite reports. Asked what it’s like to be married to a “sex symbol,” Obama replied of her husband, “He’s got a little swag, you know. That’s OK. I mean, I’m proud of him.

Newser / April 3, 2013

Judge Won’t Grant ‘Pregnant Man’ Thomas Beatie A Divorce

Welcome to the world’s most confusing divorce case. A judge in Arizona today declined to grant a divorce to Thomas Beatie, who attained minor celebrity status as the “pregnant man” a few years back and gave birth to three children. Beatie, who was born a woman but identifies as a man, married wife Nancy in Hawaii…

Newser / March 30, 2013

Kirsten Dunst Thought That Kissing Brad Pitt Was “Disgusting”

If you’ve spent much of your life jealous of Kirsten Dunst for getting to kiss Brad Pitt in Interview With the Vampire, this may make you feel better: She didn’t actually enjoy it. In a recent interview about her new movie,Upside Down, she revealed to Bullett magazine that she, as an 11-year-old, found the whole thing pretty gross. “He had…

Newser / March 29, 2013

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