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Guy Sneezes Out Toy Wedged in Nose for 44 Years

Steve Easton, 51, went to doctor when he was 7 after the item went missing

(Newser) - When Steve Easton was about seven years old, his parents noticed that the suction cup was missing from one of his toy darts, and they were worried he had inhaled or swallowed it. So they took him to the hospital, but doctors couldn't find anything. Yet for decades, he'... More »

Weird Election, Indeed: Surprises Abound in UK

Conservative Party sweeps to power

(Newser) - The Conservative Party swept to power today in Britain's Parliamentary elections, winning a wholly unexpected and resounding victory and bringing the election to a much-quicker-than-expected conclusion. Polls ahead of Election Day showed Conservatives locked in a tight race with the opposition Labour Party, raising the possibility of days or... More »

King Richard III Finally Gets His Proper Sendoff

He is buried, again, in Britain, this time with dignity

(Newser) - A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp today, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III , a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance. Royalty, religious leaders, and even actor Benedict Cumberbatch joined archaeologists, Richard's distant relatives, and curious Britons for a service... More »

Mystery Coffin Found Near Richard III Is Opened

Remains discovered appear to belong to a prominent woman

(Newser) - Richard III's final resting place just keeps giving up secrets , from possible infidelity to his bad case of roundworms , and now the unexplained presence of a woman's remains. The woman's posh coffin was found a year after the 2012 discovery of the king's remains, the Leicester ... More »

What's Driving British Teen Girls to Join ISIS?

Aqsa Mahmood went from 'Harry Potter' fan to radical 'poster girl'

(Newser) - Three missing London teenagers appear to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS, despite their parents' impassioned pleas—and one catalyst in the decision may have been a like-minded young woman from Scotland. Aqsa Mahmood, who at 20 is just a few years older than the trio, was once a... More »

Rare Anne Boleyn Portrait May Just Have Emerged

Henry VIII tried to wipe her from history

(Newser) - There's only one existing portrait of Anne Boleyn whose authenticity experts don't dispute—but a facial recognition program may have changed that. The software, developed at UC Riverside, suggests that a painting known as the Nidd Hall portrait may also show Henry VIII's beheaded second wife. Experts... More »

Britain: Revenge Porn Is a Crime

Queen Elizabeth signs bill criminalizing publishing private pics

(Newser) - Britons who want to get revenge on an ex by posting explicit images online—so-called "revenge pornography"—can now look forward to a little quality time in the clink. A new bill that makes such action a crime was today approved by Queen Elizabeth II, a formality that... More »

'New' Copy of Magna Carta Found in a Scrapbook

Find from 1300, era of Edward I, is found in southeastern England

(Newser) - An edition of one of western history's great documents has been discovered in Sandwich, southeastern England. Researchers came upon a copy of the Magna Carta when seeking a companion document in local archives, the Magna Carta Project reports. Hidden in a scrapbook from the 19th century, the newly discovered... More »

UK Study: Half the Population Will Get Cancer

But more are surviving it, and many cases are preventable

(Newser) - A new British study offers a stark picture of the future of the country's health: About half the population, researchers find, will develop cancer during their lifetimes. "Cancer is primarily a disease of old age, with more than 60% of all cases diagnosed in people aged over 65,... More »

UK Steps Forward on Babies Made From 3 People's DNA

House of Commons was in favor; bill next moves to House of Lords

(Newser) - British lawmakers in the House of Commons voted today to allow scientists to create babies from the DNA of three people—a move that could prevent some children from inheriting potentially fatal diseases from their mothers. The vote in the House of Commons was 382-128 in favor. The bill must... More »

'Miss Marple' Dies at 82

Britain's Geraldine McEwan had long acting career

(Newser) - The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles, including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV movies. Her son and daughter said in a statement that she died yesterday... More »

Man's Desert Sex Costs Him $250K

Peter Cousins racks up an impressive medical bill after heart attack

(Newser) - A British couple's decision to make love at a Nevada hot spring has resulted in a $250,000 medical bill. Peter Cousins and Dawn Reed, who were traveling around the world, decided to have sex at the spot, which was 60 miles from the nearest phone signal—and it... More »

Couple Trapped in US Escapes $200K Bill After Early Birth

Brits Kate Amos and Lee Johnston were told they couldn't leave for months

(Newser) - When a British couple vacationing in New York had a baby 11 weeks earlier than expected, they were told they couldn't go home until March because the baby wasn't ready to fly—and that meant a $200,000 medical bill. Good news for Kate Amos and Lee Johnston:... More »

Stonehenge's Oldest Known Settlement Is Revealed

But it's already in danger thanks to tunnel plans

(Newser) - Researchers are exploring a settlement near Stonehenge dating to about 4000 BC, making it the area's oldest, the Telegraph reports. The Blick Mead encampment, as it's known, is from the Mesolithic period and was likely home to hunter-gatherers who headed to the spot before Britain became an island.... More »

Fare-Skipping Banker Banned From Industry

Guy said to be making $1.5M didn't want to pay full $31 train fare

(Newser) - A multimillionaire British banker's system for dodging around $20 a day in train fares has cost him $65,500 and his career. Investigators say Jonathan Burrows, 44, would save cash by boarding a train at an unmanned rural station outside London without a ticket every morning, then use a... More »

Man Faces Life in Prison ... for Swearing

British man has 176 convictions

(Newser) - Since George Lancelot won't stop swearing at people, and authorities in Britain won't stop locking him up for doing so, he could spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge warned this week as he sent the 61-year-old to prison yet again. Lancelot has 176 public-order... More »

Medieval Palace May Be Buried Underground

Archaeologists uncover what's under the grass at Old Sarum

(Newser) - A prehistoric fortress is home to a much later structure: what may be one of the biggest medieval palaces ever discovered, one whose remnants remain buried beneath the ground, the Independent reports. The site in southern England is surrounded by huge earthworks that date to the Iron Age. Researchers used... More »

Britain's Heavy Drinkers Offered Anti-Booze Pill

Nalmefene approved as means of reducing alcohol consumption

(Newser) - Those Brits who want to cut down on their alcohol intake—and can spare about $5 a day—now have access to a pill to reduce their craving . UK officials have approved the drug nalmefene for use along with counseling to help reduce alcohol dependency, the International Business Times reports.... More »

Queen's Chef Sacked After Palace Head-Butt

One of Prince Philip's preferred cooks allegedly fought with colleague

(Newser) - Bad news for Prince Philip: one of his favorite cooks has been fired. The sacking of Adam Steele, 28, came after his arrest for allegedly head-butting a Buckingham Palace colleague during a gathering in the staff's living area, the Daily Mail reports. "No one knows what exactly was... More »

Hotel Fines Pair for Review: 'Hovel Run by Muppets'

They're charged $150, per hotel rules

(Newser) - A hotel is reportedly charging former guests some $150 after a terrible review—in accordance with the place's official rules. The Broadway Hotel in Britain makes things pretty clear, the BBC reports: "Despite the fact that repeat customers and couples love our hotel, your friends and family may... More »

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