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Teens Threw Mansion Party, Stole $250K Leopard

Sixteen suspects described as "kids of means" have been arrested after a wild party in a wealthy Los Angeles suburb where a $7 million mansion was trashed and partygoers made off with a bizarre assortment of loot—including a mounted snow leopard valued at $250,000. Read more on Newser…
By: Newser / December 14, 2013

New Trend: “Duck Dynasty”-Inspired Baby Names

Think you're soooooo clever naming your baby after a Duck Dynasty star? Think again: Korie and Silas are some of the trendy up-and-comers onBabyCenter's annual baby names survey. See this years top baby names on Newser……
By: Newser / December 4, 2013

“Definition Of Evil”: Lab Tech Guilty Of Infecting Patients

A hospital lab technician in New Hampshire was sentenced today to 39 years in prison for using syringes that later infected at least 46 people with hepatitis C, ABC News reports. David Kwiatkowski, 34, admitted that he stole syringes intended for patients, injecting their anesthetic fentanyl into his arm and filling the syringes with saline.
By: Newser / December 3, 2013

Train In Deadly Metro-North Derailment Wouldn’t Slow Down, Said Operator

At least four people are dead and 63 hurt after a Metro-North passenger train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx this morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says, according to the AP. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in a "slow speed area," and one…
By: Newser / December 1, 2013

There’s A $100 Slingshot In Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holiday Gift Guide

Gwyneth Paltrow has released her GOOP holiday gift guide, and let us start by reminding you that this is the woman who brought you the $90 white T-shirt and who considers $970 glitter boots to be an "essential" wardrobe item. The gift guide is predictably amusing, and E! runs down some of its more ridiculous items. …
By: Newser / November 15, 2013

Cops Taser Stepdad Trying To Save Son From Fire

The outraged family of a stepfather Tasered as he tried to save his stepson from a house fire is considering suing the town of Louisiana, Missouri. Officers used the stun gun on Ryan Miller after he kicked in a front door and tried to enter the burning residence to rescue 3-year-old Riley, Quincy News reports.
By: Newser / November 10, 2013

Commander Gave Up Navy Secrets For Lady Gaga Tix

It has the makings of a Hollywood movie: secrets, bribes, and a Malaysian businessman dubbed "Fat Leonard." A Navy scandal involving prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets continues to unfold, with the AP reporting it's not just a corruption case, but involves "serious national security breaches." Read more o…
By: Newser / November 5, 2013

Women’s Depression Linked To … Pasta

A Harvard study that followed 43,000 women over 12 years has found that some of your favorite foods may not just be hurting your physical health, but your mental health, too. How bad is it? Read more on Newser...
By: Newser / November 3, 2013

Germany Creates 3rd Gender

Germany is the first European country to have the option of choosing neither, leaving the gender spot on their newborn's birth certificate blank if the baby's sex can't be determined. Read more on Newser...
By: Newser / November 2, 2013

2 Dead In Nevada Middle School Shooting

Details remain sparse, but Nevada police say two people are dead after a shooting at Sparks Middle School shortly after 7am local time this morning. The shooter is among the dead, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, and Sparks' city manager says the shooter was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two more people have bee…
By: Newser / October 21, 2013

Finally: Senate Deal Announced

Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have reached a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling, they announced in Senate floor speeches today. "This is far less than many of us had hoped for frankly," McConnell said. "But it's far better than what some had sought." The deal does not include…
By: Newser / October 16, 2013

Armed Man Busted At Buckingham Palace

A man carrying a knife tried to muscle his way into Buckingham Palace today but was stopped by police and arrested. He tried to get in through the everyday entrance to the right of the ceremonial central gates, the Daily Beast reports. The 44-year-old is now being held at a London police station, the Guardian notes. Read…
By: Newser / October 14, 2013

Miley Cyrus Wins $10K Toilet In “Wrecking Ball” Bet

Tucked into a New Yorker profile of producer Dr. Luke is this fun tidbit picked up by Complex Music. Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, knows hits. (He's worked with Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, and more.) But he apparently doesn't know them that well, or at the very least, he vastly overestimated America's musical tastes—because…
By: Newser / October 10, 2013

NYC Driver Chased, Beaten By Biker Mob

What started as a minor fender-bender between an SUV and a motorcycle on a New York City highway turned into chaos after the driver was reportedly surrounded and beaten by a mob of angry motorcyclists. And it was all caught on video by a biker’s helmet cam. Read more on Newser...
By: Newser / October 1, 2013

Toll Hits 59 In Kenya Mall Attack

The attack by al-Qaeda-linked militants al-Shabab yesterday at an upscale mall in Nairobi has now killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, Kenya's interior secretary said today. Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted this morning from inside the building where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and…
By: Newser / September 22, 2013

Amanda Knox: I Can’t Go Back

Amanda Knox won't be returning to Italy for her retrial, she confirmed in an interview today. "It's not a possibility," she told Matt Lauer on the "Today Show". "I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can't relive that." When Lauer asked if she were worried that would look like an admission of…
By: Newser / September 20, 2013

France Wants To Ban “Hypersexual” Kid Beauty Pageants

In what the non-tiara-wearing crowd would call a pretty awesome move, France's Senate has voted to ban child beauty pageants. Under the measure, which must still be approved by the lower house of parliament, organizing such competitions is prohibited, and anyone who enters a child under the age of 16 in a beauty contest would…
By: Newser / September 18, 2013

Report: 4 Dead, 8 Shot At DC Navy Yard

Four people have been killed and at least eight are injured in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, a US Navy public affairs director is confirming. The Navy itself is reporting fatalities, though it won't say how many. The shooter is described as "contained," and is believed to have barricaded himself somewhere on the Yard.
By: Newser / September 16, 2013

Woman Reads Library Book, Realizes Author Is Her Sister

What many of us end up with after checking a book out of the library: a fine for returning it late. What one woman ended up with: a long-lost half sister. That woman isn't named by NPR, who spoke to author Cheryl Strayed. Wild is a memoir of her 1995 1,100-mile West Coast hike with the now-extra appropriate…
By: Newser / September 9, 2013

Soon to Be Made In China: Your Chicken Nuggets

The US Department of Agriculture quietly announced on Friday that it had approved four Chinese poultry plants to ship processed chicken into the US. It's no wonder it tried to sneak that news onto the eve of a long weekend, notes Bloomberg: China has a dodgy reputation for food safety, with repeated outbreaks of avia…
By: Newser / September 7, 2013

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