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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

Ariel Castro Kills Himself In Prison Cell

Ariel Castro has been found dead in his prison cell just 35 days into his life-plus-1,000-years sentence for keeping three women captive in his home for a decade. The 53-year-old hanged himself, say officials at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. Prison officials found his body about 9:20pm. They tried emergency life-saving measures, but…
By: Newser / September 4, 2013

To Combat Big Cats, Aussies Deploy Bad Dogs

This just in: Australia's been taken over by enormous cats. Well, sort of: The country's Northern Territory is apparently overrun with feral cats that weigh up to 45 lbs; to smaller creatures, they're basically killing machines, Vice reports, alongside a pretty stunning image. It's posing a threat to the area's biodiversity. "Even a small cat…
By: Newser / September 1, 2013

Guys, You’re Just As Depressed As Women

Depression might be known more as a women's disease, but new research shows men suffer just as much—only differently. When rage, risk-taking, and substance abuse are taken into account, men are just as likely to be diagnosed with depression as women, the study says. In fact, if nontraditional symptoms are properly identified, men may actually…
By: Newser / August 31, 2013

Legendary Thief Caught By Retired Archnemesis

It's a criminal tale that reads like "Catch Me If You Can." At its center: a thief of antique silver alleged to have burgled 500 homes over 30 years (including that of Ivanka Trump) and the retired detective who spent his career trailing him. Blane Nordahl was arrested yesterday in a small town in north…
By: Newser / August 28, 2013

Madonna Highest-Earning Celeb, Despite “Flop” Album

Somehow, despite selling fewer than a million copies of her latest album, Madonna made it to the top of the Forbes 2013 top-earning celebs list. She has her tour to thank: It grossed $305 million. Merchandise sales, her clothing line and fragrance, and investments also helped get her to the No. 1 spot; Forbes estimate…
By: Newser / August 28, 2013

Snorkeler Who Lost Arm To Shark Dies in Maui

A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died today, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui. Jana Lutteropp, 20, who had been on life support, died at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Lutteropp was snorkeling about 100 yards off Palauea Beach in Makena when the shark bit off her…
By: Newser / August 25, 2013

Positive HIV Test Grinds Porn Industry To A Halt

A leading porn industry group called for a moratorium on filming, after discovering that one performer has tested positive for HIV. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry group, wouldn't reveal the infected performer's identity, but said it was working with Adult Production Health & Safety Services to treat other performers who might have been exposed,…
By: Newser / August 23, 2013

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