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Farmers Use DNA Tracking to Thwart Sheep Thieves

Sheep rustling has become a serious crime in the UK

(Newser) - Police in England are hoping cutting-edge technology can help deter crime in the country's most pastoral regions. The Westmorland Gazette reports that police in Cumbria in England's Lake District have kicked off a 12-month pilot program with local farmers and forensic marking company SelectaDNA to help prevent sheep... More »

CPR Student Saves Teacher Having a Heart Attack

David Knowles would have likely died without speedy help

(Newser) - David Knowles was leading a class on CPR when he suddenly felt weak and dizzy. As the retired UK nurse lay on the floor, he realized he had little time to tell his students what to do before he passed out, the BBC reports. The group "had asked for... More »

Charlie Gard's Dad on Hearing Latest on Dying Baby: 'Evil!'

Brain scans on little Charlie said to be 'sad reading'

(Newser) - The British parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard have been told by a hospital lawyer that the results of their son's latest brain scans make for "sad reading." Great Ormond Street Hospital lawyer Katie Gollop broke the bad news to Charlie's parents at a pre-court... More »

Harry Potter Actor Aids Victim of Muggle Muggers

Daniel Radcliffe consoled victim hurt in Friday robbery

(Newser) - Actor Daniel Radcliffe has come to the aid of a man who was mugged by moped-riding attackers in London, reports the AP . Former police officer David Videcette told the Evening Standard that two moped riders attacked a man just off the upmarket King's Road in west London, slashing him... More »

Couple Shows Why Not to Try Dirty Dancing Lift at Home

UK couple didn't have the time of their life during practice run for their wedding

(Newser) - A word of warning if you're planning an elaborate wedding dance in the hope that it'll make a splash online. As an engaged couple in the UK recently learned, it might go viral for reasons other than the ones you anticipated—and even result in a trip to... More »

NYC Hospital Says It Has 'Agreed to Admit' Charlie Gard

But 'legal hurdles' have to be cleared first

(Newser) - A New York City hospital says it has "agreed to admit and evaluate" Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby whose case has attracted the attention of Pope Francis and President Trump . New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center says it can admit 11-month-old Charlie, provided... More »

Meanwhile in Britain: Tiegate

Relaxing of parliamentary dress code irks some

(Newser) - There's a new heated battle raging in Britain: In parliament at least, there's a line in the sand between those who don neckties and those who don't. Britain's parliament relaxed its dress code last week so that male parliamentarians are no longer required to wear neckties... More »

'Extremely Dangerous' Man Freed Due to Clerical Error

Court staff may have misheard the man's sentence

(Newser) - A man British police call "extremely dangerous" was accidentally released early from prison, possibly due to court staff mishearing his sentence, the Telegraph reports. Last September in London, 25-year-old Ralston Dodd stabbed a man three times in the back following an argument, nearly killing him. He was arrested three... More »

Trump Wades Into Issue of Terminally Ill UK Baby

Says US 'would be delighted' to help Charlie Gard

(Newser) - President Trump is offering help to a terminally ill British baby. Trump tweeted Monday that "if we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so." The White House did not immediately answer questions about... More »

Pope Speaks on Dying Baby, Changes Vatican Position

Francis says parents should be allowed to do everything possible

(Newser) - Pope Francis has been following the heartbreaking case of Charlie Gard "with affection and sadness," and he believes the parents of the terminally ill British baby should be allowed to do everything possible to treat him, the Vatican said in a statement Sunday. "He prays that their... More »

Man Seems Unfazed to Be Hit by Double- Decker Bus

Simon Smith somehow escapes serious injury, strolls into pub

(Newser) - The British media is marveling at the resiliency of 53-year-old Simon Smith, and no wonder: CCTV video shows him being smashed by an out-of-control bus in the street, only to get up calmly and walk into a pub. Despite being thrown about 20 feet, Smith somehow suffered only bruises and... More »

6 Charged in 1989 Tragedy That Changed Soccer Forever

96 soccer fans died in the April 15, 1989, Hillsborough stadium disaster

(Newser) - In what the BBC says PM Theresa May is calling a day of "mixed emotions," British prosecutors charged six people Wednesday in the April 15, 1989, Hillsborough stadium disaster in which 96 soccer fans died, many of them crushed to death—the first criminal charges in the tragedy... More »

Police Find Cause of Grenfell Blaze

It started in a fridge-freezer, say police

(Newser) - In an emotional phone call, Fadumo Ahmed told her mom she was stuck on the upper floors of Grenfell Tower as the deadly blaze raged. "I can't get out. Goodbye," the 32-year-old said, per the Telegraph . In the days that followed, Ahmed's friends put her photo... More »

After Shorts Ban, British Schoolboys Don Skirts

They're enjoying 'nice breeze' in heat wave

(Newser) - Despite the hottest June temperatures in more than 40 years, the head teacher at Isca Academy in Devon, England, told boys shorts were not an acceptable part of the school uniform—but she didn't ban skirts. To keep cool and protest the ban, dozens of boys at the secondary... More »

Pair Who Killed Woman for Deflating Ball Learn Their Fate

Natalie Bollen, William Jelly sentenced to 7 years

(Newser) - Her lawyer described it as "an impetuous moment of madness," one that Natalie Bollen will now atone for with seven years of her life. Bollen, 28, and her father William Jelly, 48, were sentenced Wednesday to seven years in jail for a fatal assault on Bollen's neighbor,... More »

One Topic Conspicuously Missing From Queen's Speech

Donald Trump's state visit

(Newser) - While Prince Philip was in the hospital Wednesday, his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, delivered the Queen's Speech at the opening of parliament in the UK. The speech, which outlines the government's agenda and is actually written by ministers, centered on Brexit, reports Reuters . But what's drawing the... More »

Neighbors: London Attacker Was 'Bloody Psycho'

He was chucked out of a pub for 'cursing Muslims'

(Newser) - The man accused of driving a van into worshippers near a London mosque early Monday has been named as 47-year-old Darren Osborne—a man described as "aggressive," "strange," "cuckoo," and "a bloody psycho" by neighbors in Cardiff, Wales. Witnesses say Osborne shouted "... More »

New London Attack: Suspect Wanted to 'Kill All Muslims'

Mayor denounces 'horrific terrorist attack'

(Newser) - The man accused of driving a van into a group of people outside a London mosque early Monday shouted that he wanted to "kill all Muslims" as he was restrained by members of the public after the attack, witnesses say. The 48-year-old man also yelled "I'd do... More »

Spies Suspect Russian Assassins. Cops Say 'Nothing to See Here'

Inside the 'ring of death on British soil'

(Newser) - BuzzFeed calls it "one of the most disturbing geopolitical trends of our time": Russian security services or mafia groups assassinating the country's enemies in the UK and British police refusing to do anything about it. According to a two-year investigation by the news site, US intelligence has... More »

Conservatives Dealt Huge Blow in British Election

Theresa May's election gamble backfires

(Newser) - She gambled on an early election—and she lost, big time. Theresa May and the Conservative Party have been dealt a huge blow in Britain's election, with the party losing its majority in Parliament after early predictions that it would gain as many as 80 seats. Full results have... More »

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