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Gay Marriage On Track For Win In Historic Ireland Vote

The world is about to have its first country to accept gay marriage through a popular vote. Though final results aren’t expected for hours, both sides say the “yes” side has won an easy victory in yesterday’s referendum, reports the Irish Times. One of the main opponents conceded as much in a tweet: “Congratulations to…

Newser / May 23, 2015

Cate Blanchett Says Recent “Bisexual” Comments Taken Out Of Context

It may have seemed like Cate Blanchett came out as bisexual last week, but at a press conference this weekend for her new film, she said her comments about her relationships with women were taken out of context, theGuardian reports. “From memory, the conversation ran: ‘Have you had relationships with women?’ And I said: ‘Yes,…

Newser / May 19, 2015

Did Louis CK’s “Saturday Night Live” Monologue Go Too Far?

Louis CK gave a predictably polite, sensitive monologue Saturday on the closing night of “SNL”‘s 40th season—making light of racism, child molestation, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. “Child molesters are very tenacious people,” CNN quotes him as saying. “From their point of view, it must be amazing to risk so much!” He went on to describe himself…

Newser / May 18, 2015

Daughters Of Working Moms Make More Money

Debate in the mommy wars usually focuses on what kids lose out on if their mother works. But a major new study out of the Harvard Business School flips the question to ask what they gain. It turns out, quite a bit, according to the study. Some key takeaways:

Daughters of women who work…

Newser / May 17, 2015

The Thrill Is Gone: BB King Dead At 89

BB King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname “King of the Blues,” died late last night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney tells the AP that King died peacefully in his sleep. Although he had…

Newser / May 15, 2015

Lindsay Lohan Is Doing Community Service At A Brooklyn Pre-School

What’s worse: finding a note sent home with your kid indicating that his nursery school has been infested with lice, or a note informing you that Lindsay Lohan will soon be performing community service there? Parents in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood are dealing with the latter after being officially informed yesterday that Lohan’s court-ordered stint start…

Newser / May 13, 2015

Tamir Rice’s Mom Wants “Justice,” Lives In Shelter

Five months is long enough, they say, and they’re not willing to wait. The family of Tamir Rice—the 12-year-old boy gunned down by Cleveland police last year while carrying a toy gun—said today they won’t hold off their civil lawsuit, the Washington Post reports. “The incident has shattered the life of the Rice family,” says the…

Newser / May 5, 2015

Now You Can Make Chipotle’s Guacamole At Home

Chipotle’s latest move touting its healthy ingredients: Yesterday morning, it revealed its guacamole recipe online, Consumerist reports. There are no secret ingredients: It’s just two ripe Hass avocados (they “should feel squishy yet firm” and “be a nice dark green color on the inside”) with a little lime juice and kosher salt, plus some chopped…

Newser / May 4, 2015

Bar Owner Says 2-Way Bathroom Mirror Is Staying

The two-way mirror in the women’s bathroom of a bar in suburban Chicago is only there for harmless Halloween pranks and it’s not going anywhere, vows the owner of Cigars & Stripes. Ronnie Lottz’s bar started getting attention when comedian Tamale Rocks posted a video on YouTube of the mirror, which would give anyone concealed…

Newser / April 28, 2015

Bruce Jenner’s Kids Forgive Him For His Absence

One of Bruce Jenner’s ex-wives expressed her support after Jenner confirmed Friday that he’s transgenderand identifies as a woman. Also standing firm behind the former Olympic athlete: his four oldest children (the ones not regularly seen on Keeping Up With the Kardashians), despite the “very complex relationship” he had with them and his absence i…

Newser / April 27, 2015

Judge: Lab Chimps Have The Right To Fight For Freedom

The writ of habeas corpus lets prisoners appear in court to make their captors justify why they’re being held. Until now in the US, those who’ve used this legal tactic have been human. But a New York judge yesterday ruled that the writ may be used by two lab chimpanzees at Stony Brook University, Science

Newser / April 21, 2015

Aaron Hernandez Guilty Of 1st-Degree Murder

After seven days of deliberation, a jury has found former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. The Boston Herald reports that means Hernandez will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Jurors could have acquitted Hernandez or found him guilty…

Newser / April 15, 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Guilty On All Counts, Will Face Death

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty on all 30 counts he faced for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, including 17 that make him eligible for the death penalty, the AP reports. A US District Court jury in Boston returned the verdict after about 11 hours of deliberation, per NBC News. Read more

Newser / April 8, 2015

Alabama Cop Faces Federal Charges In Brutality Case

A former Alabama police officer has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man who was injured during a violent confrontation in February. Former Madison police officer Eric Parker is charged with using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel hospitalized. He was slammed face-first to the ground in the confrontation, which was captured…

Newser / March 29, 2015

Dave Grohl Helps Out A Dying Fan

A big Foo Fighters fan with terminal cancer will get to scratch off one item from his wish list: meeting Dave Grohl and the band. The band was flying home from Australia when a flight attendant told Grohl about the wish of her friend, Australian Ken Powell, 56, who has late-stage melanoma, reports Yahoo News. Grohl—who…

Newser / March 28, 2015

“Jinx” Director Andrew Jarecki On How They Discovered Robert Durst’s Damning Comment

This weekend saw Robert Durst’s arrest and the conclusion of HBO series “The Jinx,” in which he appears to confess to multiple murders. Just how was it that filmmakers managed to catch the disturbing evidence? Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki today told morning shows about the process: With lots of audio to sort through, the crew hired…

Newser / March 16, 2015

Here’s How Much We Spend To Get Married

In what some are calling one sign of an improving economy, if at the expense of newlyweds, a new survey by The Knot finds that the average cost of a US wedding jumped to $31,213 last year, marking a five-year high when adjusted for inflation. In its eighth report, the wedding site reveals in a…

Newser / March 14, 2015

Waitress Gets 130 Percent Tip, Heartwrenching Note

A waitress in Tennessee was brought to tears this week when a customer left her a generous tip and a moving message. Claire Hudson, 25, was serving tables at Mac’s Grub Shak in Spring Hill on Sunday when a “very sweet couple” sat down and ordered beers, a burger, and hot dogs, reports. It…

Newser / March 13, 2015

Here’s The Scoop On Apple Watch

Today’s highly anticipated Apple event started with news of a partnership with HBO and updates on the iPhone and Mac computers (“Can you even see it? I can’t even feel it!” Tim Cook exclaimed while holding Apple’s latest Macbook laptop, which weighs just two pounds). Then, the big news: the debut of the Apple Watch, which…

Newser / March 9, 2015

Lacey Spears Guilty Of Killing 5-Year-Old Son With Salt

A woman who blogged for years about her son’s constant health woes was convicted today of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube. A jury in the New York suburb of White Plains found Lacey Spears, 27, guilty of second-degree murder in the death last year of 5-year-old…

Newser / March 2, 2015

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