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Utah Man Killed in London Terror Attack

Kurt Cochran, 54, was killed; wife Melissa seriously injured

(Newser) - Not much was initially revealed about the two civilians killed in Wednesday's terror attack in London, which also ended in the death of a British cop and the attacker being gunned down by police, but now there are a few details on at least one of the deceased: a... More »

Britain Identifies 52-Year-Old London Attacker

Theresa May says Khalid Masood was known but 'peripheral' figure to police, intel

(Newser) - Details are still trickling out about Wednesday's terror attack in London , and the BBC and the New York Times report that the attacker was identified Thursday by Metropolitan Police as 52-year Khalid Masood, who had been convicted for a series of non-terrorism-related crimes over a span of at least... More »

4 Dead, Including Attacker, in London Terrorist Attack

Attacker mowed down pedestrians, stabbed a police officer

(Newser) - A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, first using what NBC News describes as a 4x4 vehicle to mow down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament.... More »

This Man Lived 700 Years Ago

His name is Context 958, and studying him sheds light on UK's poor in medieval times

(Newser) - Gizmodo calls his face "haunting," but to UK researchers, seeing the mug of the man known as Context 958 is nothing short of astounding. His visage was revealed at the two-week-long Cambridge Science Festival this month, as were details about who he was: in short, a 13th-century... More »

March 29 Just Became an Important Date in UK History

Brexit to be officially triggered next week, kicking off 2-year EU withdrawal process

(Newser) - Britain's government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on the two years in which to complete the most important negotiation in a generation, the AP reports. Britain's ambassador to the 28-nation EU, Tim Barrow, informed European Council President Donald... More »

11-Year-Old About to Be Britain's Youngest Mother

Father also believed to be a minor

(Newser) - A girl in Britain is set to become the nation's youngest mother when she gives birth in the coming weeks—at the age of 11. The Guardian reports that few details about the girl are available for legal reasons. The father is believed to be a minor as well,... More »

'London Bridge Is Down': Inside the Death of a Queen

Secret plans for Queen's death start with her doctor, end in 10-day funeral

(Newser) - One day in the future, the code phrase "London Bridge is down" will be delivered to the prime minister in Britain, and word will have started to leak that the queen is dead. The Guardian has a deep dive into the exhaustive plans and preparations—some of them secret—... More »

Man Takes Day Off Running for 1st Time in More Than 52 Years

Ron Hill ran at least a mile for 19,032 straight days

(Newser) - Last Saturday, Ron Hill took a break for the first time in 19,032 days, the Telegraph reports. According to the BBC , the 78-year-old had run at least a mile every day since Dec. 20, 1964—a streak of 52 years and 39 days. Hill kept the streak alive while... More »

Britain's May Has Tricky Task as She Meets Trump

She must forge strong ties with a man disliked in her own country

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Theresa May visits the White House Friday for President Trump's first meeting with an international leader. Previews on what to expect:
  • Their personalities could not be more different, she the "stiff headmistress," he the "great salesman," reports the New York Times . But
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Heads Up, Florida: Report Alleges Misfire of British Missile

Theresa May under fire for reported cover-up

(Newser) - The US apparently has to worry not only about enemies abroad, but old allies as well. The Times of London reports that a British nuclear submarine test-fired a missile off the Florida coast last June that malfunctioned and "may have veered" toward the American mainland. Two good things prevented... More »

Controversial Stonehenge Tunnel Moves Forward

Lovers of Stonehenge are split on the idea

(Newser) - It could finally be tunnel time at Stonehenge. NBC News reports that the 1.3 million annual visitors to the famous landmark have been dealing with increasing traffic on a nearby highway for years. Officials first proposed a tunnel to cut down on noisy and unsightly traffic yards away on... More »

Fashion Shoot Goes On for Hours Despite Dead Man

Models, photographers found dead man in warehouse but kept on working

(Newser) - A group of young Brits who broke into a Manchester warehouse over the summer to do a fashion shoot are now being decried not for the break-in, but for the dead body they worked around, the London Times and Manchester Evening News report. A Manchester coroner's court heard the... More »

Explaining UK's 'Trousergate': Drama Over $1265 Pants

Theresa May criticized by some, supported by others

(Newser) - Theresa May's choice of pants has turned into quite a big deal in the UK. The British prime minister was photographed for a November interview with the Sunday Times while wearing $1,265 brown leather pants from UK designer Amanda Wakeley, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Conservative Party... More »

Dying Teen Wins Right to Have Body Frozen

'I don't want to be buried underground,' she told judge before death

(Newser) - "I'm only 14 years old and I don't want to die, but I know I am going to," a girl dying of cancer wrote to a judge in Britain, asking to be allowed to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope of being "cured... More »

Women Swear More Than Men —and That's F---ing Great

It's a sign of equality, say researchers

(Newser) - Men will now have the perfect response the next time someone tells them to watch their language around ladies. A new study finds women—British women, at least—are more likely to utter the F-bomb than men. Surprised? Researchers aren't. As part of a larger study of the English... More »

'Turing Law' Will Pardon 65K Convicted for Being Gay

Most of the victims of Britain's anti-gay laws are dead now

(Newser) - Approximately 65,000 gay and bisexual men—only 15,000 of whom are still living—convicted under Britain's "gross indecency" and "buggery" laws will be pardoned, USA Today reports. According to the Independent , the pardons, which were announced Thursday, come as an amendment to the Policing and... More »

Old Fire Station Discovered Behind Factory Door

Hoses, uniforms, a pump, and more are all still intact

(Newser) - A surprisingly intact fire station has been found hiding behind a basement door underneath a factory in Britain, Fox News reports. According to the BBC , staff with the Alan Nuttall Partnership, which has been operating out of the factory in Dudley for 30 years, found a set of old keys... More »

Boxer Dies After Losing for 1st Time in Career

'Iron' Mike Towell was stretchered out of the ring on Thursday

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Scottish boxer died Friday night after losing a bout for the first time in his career, the Guardian reports. According to CNN , "Iron" Mike Towell squared off against Dale Evans Thursday in Scotland in a British welterweight title final eliminator. Evans knocked Towell down for a second... More »

Accused British Hacker Can Be Extradited to US

Lauri Love says he'll die in the US prison system

(Newser) - A 31-year-old British man can be extradited to the US for allegedly hacking into the FBI, NASA, Federal Reserve, and Department of Defense, a judge in Britain ruled Friday. Wired reports Lauri Love allegedly hacked the agencies and did millions of dollars worth of damage as a form of protest... More »

Bad Punctuation May Have Hindered Murder Case

Newly discovered error reopens line of inquiry in 1993 British killing

(Newser) - A newly discovered punctuation error regarding a piece of evidence may help British police zero in on accomplices in a notorious murder now 23 years old. The case is that of Stephen Lawrence, a black teenager beaten to death in 1993 as he stood at a bus stop. Two white... More »

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