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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

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Issues Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy

Chris Christie may not have done much bill-signing on Friday, but the same can't be said for today. The AP reports that the governor is set to sign a bill that will prevent licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teens straight. New Jersey will join California as the second state to outlaw "gay conversion therapy." Christie has already…

By: Newser / August 19, 2013

A New Study Says “Hookup Culture” Is A Myth

You know the whole hookup culture of casual sex that's so prevalent on college campuses? Turns out, it's not so prevalent. Or at least, no more prevalent than in an earlier generation, a new study suggests. The key stat: About one-third of college students have had more than one sexual partner in the last year—the…

By: Newser / August 13, 2013

Sanjay Gupta: “I Was Wrong About Weed”

For years, Sanjay Gupta has been among the voices calling medical marijuana illegitimate, even writing a 2009 Time article entitled "Why I Would Vote No on Pot." "Well, I am here to apologize," the celebrity doctor writes today at CNN. Gupta has spent a lot of time researching pot for his new documentary "Weed," and…

By: Newser / August 11, 2013

President Obama Once Again Rags On Kanye

It's the day of bros bashing bros: President Obama has had a somewhat tortured relationship with Kanye West, at least as reported in the media. He memorably called the rapper a "jackass" in 2009, then later explained that he "liked" the "smart" and "talented" Kanye ... though adding "he is a jackass." Now Kanye's name…

By: Newser / August 10, 2013

Chris Brown: I’m Quitting Music, Maybe

Chris Brown has a new album coming out later this month, and he says that might be it for him in the music biz, reports the Huffington Post. "Don't worry mainstream America," he tweeted. "After this X album, it'll probably my last album." (Note the deft use of the "probably" qualifier while getting in a…

By: Newser / August 6, 2013

Ariel Castro Sentenced To Life Without Parole

Ariel Castro has been sentenced to life without parole for kidnapping and other charges related to the three women he held captive in his home for 10 years, the AP reports. Castro spoke at his sentencing hearing today, insisting that "these people are trying to paint me as a monster and I'm not a monster.

By: Newser / August 1, 2013

Pope Francis: Who Am I To Judge Gays?

Pope Francis continues to make news by making waves: for assuring the world that atheists can be good people, for blessing leather-clad Harley riders, and, now, for softening the church's position on gay priests. With the ink barely dry on yet another big news moment (he racked up the No. 2 most-attended papal address on record yesterday), Pope Franci…

By: Newser / July 29, 2013

Justin Bieber Has A Spitting Problem

And the offensive behavior continues: As adoring fans surrounded his Toronto hotel yesterday, Justin Bieber decided to grace them with his presence, heading out onto his balcony to snap the view on Instagram. Read more on Newser...

By: Newser / July 28, 2013

Ariel Castro To Spend Rest Of His Life In Prison

Ariel Castro will spend the rest of his life in prison. The Cleveland man, accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade, has accepted a plea deal, reports the AP. He will plead guilty and be handed a sentence of life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison. The judge asked…

By: Newser / July 26, 2013

New Jersey Town Lawyers Up To Keep Snooki Out

Poor Snooki just can't catch a break. The "Jersey Shore" star is not wanted in Florence, Hoboken, and now you can add one more locale to the list. Dozens of residents of New Jersey's Berkeley Township took to the council meeting last night to protest Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's plan to shoot reality spin-off "Snooki and JWoww," starring herself…

By: Newser / July 23, 2013

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