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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…

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…

Newser / July 23, 2013

Reporter Helen Thomas Dead At 92

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas is dead at age 92, reports CNN. The word “trailblazing” is already in heavy use, as here in Politico’s early obituary, given that Thomas achieved so many firsts for female journalists—including becoming the first woman to serve as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.  Read more on Newser…

Newser / July 20, 2013

Music Journo Allegedly Had Liam Gallagher’s Love Child

It’s tough to find a story any messier than this: In what it is calling an “exclusive,” The New York Daily News yesterday reported by way of a source that ex-Oasis frontman (and married man) Liam Gallagher fathered a 7-month-old love child with music reporter Liza Ghorbani. According to the article’s time stamp, The New York Post ran a…

Newser / July 18, 2013

Pregnant Woman Struck By Lightning, Gives Birth

A pregnant New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Kendra Villanueva and the baby’s father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July Fourth when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home. Villanueva was just weeks from…

Newser / July 13, 2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry Won’t Seek Reelection In 2014

As Rick Perry was waxing poetic over his political future yesterday, he refused to rule out a 2016 run for the White House, calling it “certainly … an option out there.” Today, Texas’ longest-serving governor said he “will not seek re-election” in 2014, reports the AP, during a gathering of friends and supporters he called to discuss “exciting…

Newser / July 8, 2013

Report: At Least 2 Dead In San Francisco Plane Crash

Two people have died, and 61 were injured in a plane crash at San Francisco airport today. The San Francisco Fire Department told CBS of the fatalities, and says the number of injured is expected to rise. Early reports say the tail of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 borke off as Flight 214 made a hard landing.

Newser / July 6, 2013

Royal Baby’s Cash Value: $376M

You can’t put a price on the birth of a child—unless you’re the British economy, and the child is an heir to the throne. The royal baby, due in July, will bring some $376 million into Britain’s retail coffers, according to a Center for Retail Research report. That’s thanks to all the baby-related stuff hitting…

Newser / July 6, 2013

Does Tom Cruise Want Katie Holmes Back?

It’s been a year since Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, and apparently Cruise is feeling sentimental. A source tells UK magazine Look the actor sent Holmes an “emotional letter” looking to, at the very least, be friends again, Australia’s News Network reports. “It’s like he’s finally recognized that Katie will always be the love of his life,” the…

Newser / July 4, 2013

Paula Deen Loses 5-Book Deal

Just when you thought there were no more blows left to be dealt to Paula Deen comes this pretty painful one: NBC News reports that company No. 11 is severing ties. Random House imprint Ballantine Books won’t go ahead with a planned printing of her new cookbook. Adding to the ouch: The cookbook in question is Paula Deen’s New

Newser / June 29, 2013

Target And Novo Nordisk Drop Paula Deen

As Paula Deen was dropped by seemingly every company she’s ever been associated with, Novo Nordisk continued to say it would stand by her—but even that relationship appears to have frayed. The diabetes drug maker that partnered with Deen as she announced she had the disease today announced it is suspending the relationship “for now.” A rep tells Eater there is the “option” to resume the partnershi…

Newser / June 27, 2013

Supreme Court Takes Ax To Voting Rights Act

he Supreme Court dealt what looks like a mortal wound to the Voting Rights Act today, striking down the law’s key enforcement metric. The court did not, as some had expected, strike down Section 5, which gives the federal government oversight over states and localities with a history of voter discrimination. Instead, in a 5-4…

Newser / June 25, 2013

North West Is Not A Direction, Says Kimye

Still chortling over Kim Kardashian and Kanye West naming their baby North West? Well, the couple would like you to stop. They’ve been explaining to friends that the name has nothing to do with the direction “northwest,” sources tell TMZ. Their explanation: “What’s north of North? Nothing.” In other words, as TMZ helpfully decodes, the…

Newser / June 24, 2013

James Gandolfini’s Last Meal

James Gandolfini’s autopsy was conducted today in Italy, and though no official word has been given, a hospital source tells Reuters it confirmed the actor’s cause of death was a heart attack. An Italian official gives the same confirmation to CNN. Doctors will make the official announcement later today, after the US Embassy and Gandolfini&#8217…

Newser / June 22, 2013

Need to Get Creative? Dim the Lights

If you’re working on a project that demands a burst of inspiration, try turning down the lights. So say German researchers who conclude that “darkness increases freedom from constraints, which in turn promotes creativity,” reports Pacific Standard, picking up on a study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. The researchers put test subjects in room…

Newser / June 22, 2013

Melissa Etheridge Says Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Was Not ‘Brave’

When Angelina Jolie revealed her choice to have a preventative double mastectomy, celebrities fell all over themselves in their rush to call her courageous—but not Melissa Etheridge. In an interview with the Washington Blade last week that apparently just got noticed by the celebrity media, Etheridge—a breast cancer survivor herself—says, “I wouldn’t call it the brave choice.

Newser / June 18, 2013

After 9-Mile Run, Woman Gives Birth To Baby She Didn’t Know She Was Having

Trish Staine felt pretty crappy after running nine miles as part of her half-marathon training on Sunday. Thinking she was dealing with a pulled muscle or pinched nerve, she tried painkillers, baths, and laying down; nothing worked, and her husband finally called an ambulance the next day. Turns out Staine was in labor—odd, since she’d…

Newser / June 7, 2013

Actress Jiah Khan’s Suicide Stuns Bollywood

Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, 25, was found dead at her Mumbai home last night. Her mother discovered her hanging body, according to police, who say they haven’t found a suicide note, the BBC reports. A hospital post-mortem is set to investigate the cause of Khan’s death, police say. Bollywood colleagues were stunned by the New York-born, London-raised…

Newser / June 4, 2013

11 Child Stars Who Sought Emancipation

urns out Jaden Smith doesn’t really want to be emancipated from his parents—but these 10 child stars, rounded up by the Huffington Post, did:

Drew Barrymore petitioned for emancipation in 1991, when she was 15, in order to skirt child labor laws that were restricting the hours she could work.
Alicia Silverstone did the same thing, at the same age,…

Newser / June 2, 2013

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

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