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How a Lost US Airman Might Come Home, 71 Years Later

Tom McCaslin's plane crashed in France in 1944

(Newser) - Tom McCaslin's family still hopes he'll come home, 71 years after his B-26 bomber crashed in a field in France. "I think everybody in the family would feel better," says his brother, Joseph McCaslin, one of four surviving siblings who've longed for his return. Now... More »

French Prosecutors Don't Buy Train Gunman's Story

Ayoub El-Khazzani claims he was homeless, but he used first-class ticket

(Newser) - French prosecutors apparently aren't buying the story that Ayoub El-Khazzani was just a hungry man who stumbled upon a bag of weapons in a park and planned to rob people for food money. The Paris prosecutor's office confirmed today that the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack on... More »

Train Heroes Made Fateful Decision to Change Cars

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler today awarded Legion of Honor

(Newser) - Dressed in polo shirts and khakis, the three Americans who subdued an armed attacker on a Paris-bound train on Friday were today handed what CNN calls France's "highest recognition": the Legion of Honor. "Three Americans and one Englishman ... you risked your lives to defend an ideal, the... More »

France Train Gunman 'Dumbfounded' by Terrorist Claim

Ayoub el Khazzani wasn't out to kill people, lawyer says

(Newser) - The gunman accused of attempting mass-murder on a French train is apparently "dumbfounded" that people are taking him for an Islamic terrorist. His lawyer, Sophie David, describes 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub el Khazzani as a hungry man planning to rob people for food money, Reuters reports. "(I saw) somebody... More »

Couple 'Having Sex' Plunges Over Castle Wall

He apparently worked there, and she was a visiting nurse

(Newser) - A French couple fell 40 feet to their deaths from a castle wall while apparently making love, the Independent reports. Naked bodies of the two 31-year-olds were found in a moat that surrounds a castle on the main island of Chausey Archipelago, off the coast of Normandy in the English... More »

Train Hero: 'It Was Do Something or Die'

Spencer Stone recounts waking up to see gunman 'ready to fight'

(Newser) - "It was either do something or die," says US Airman Spencer Stone in his first public comments on stopping a gunman from rampaging through a French train . He describes waking from "a deep sleep" to see the gunman holding an AK-47, reports ABC News , his first thought... More »

Meet the American Heroes Who Stopped Train Attack

3 buddies from the US happened to be traveling in Europe

(Newser) - The details on how three Americans helped foil an apparent terror attack aboard a train bound for France yesterday are firming up, and they're pretty dramatic. The three are Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler, all in their early 20s and friends since middle school, reports the Washington ... More »

US Military Personnel Stop Shooter on Train

3 people are injured in apparent terrorist attack in France

(Newser) - Off-duty US military personnel subdued a gunman aboard a high-speed French train, stopping what some are calling a terrorist attack that could have been much worse, CBS News reports. Current reports are conflicting about whether two or three American servicemen—rumored but unconfirmed to be Marines—were involved in the... More »

Missing for 14 Years, a $15M Picasso Returns Home

La Coiffeuse will be given the French government after its discovery in NY

(Newser) - A stolen painting by Pablo Picasso is back in the hands of the French government 14 years after it vanished from a Paris museum. The 1911 work La Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser) was discovered in December in a FedEx package sent to New York from Belgium. Though the package said it... More »

France Should Ditch Its 35-Hour Workweek

Bloomberg writer: Experiment has outlived its usefulness

(Newser) - France has had a 35-hour workweek in effect for 15 years now, and it's time to let the controversial law fade away, writes Leonid Bershidsky at Bloomberg . In fact, this is already happening to some extent: Successive governments have weakened the law by providing loopholes and temporary exceptions, and... More »

Parents Drive 93 Miles, Realize They Forgot Girl, 3

They heard alert on radio after girl was picked up by police

(Newser) - When hitting the road on a summer holiday, you're bound to forget something. Hopefully it's not your toddler. Police are questioning a French family after they apparently forgot their 3-year-old daughter at a rest stop while heading south to the French Riviera for a vacation. Travelers found the... More »

Young Killers Took Tips From Breaking Bad: Prosecutor

They allegedly tried to dissolve woman's body in chlorine acid

(Newser) - A murder case in France is getting attention not only for its gruesome details, but because of the apparent inspiration the killers drew from Breaking Bad, a prosecutor says. After reports that 23-year-old Eva Bourseau had been missing for two weeks, authorities climbed through her Toulouse apartment skylight last Monday... More »

France Clashes With Malaysia: What New Plane Debris?

Conflicting information from France, Malaysia, Australia brings confusion

(Newser) - France and Malaysia are butting heads over the Reunion Island debris thought to be linked to MH370 as the French government kicks off a new search for items using a military plane, helicopter, boats, and people on the ground. In addition to a wing piece Malaysia says is definitely from... More »

Remains of Jews Experimented On by Nazi Doc Found in Lab

SS captain August Hirt performed grisly experiments on 86 gas chamber victims

(Newser) - A researcher who stumbled across a World War II-era letter from the director of a French medical facility made a grisly discovery based on that letter: the remains of Jewish gas-chamber victims who had been experimented on by Nazi anatomist August Hirt, the AP reports. Historian Raphael Toledano rediscovered the... More »

Saudi King's Summer Beach Plans Outrage the French

French grumble about closing beach for king

(Newser) - The French got rid of their monarchy more than 200 years ago and they do not take kindly to being ordered around on behalf of the kings of other countries. Saudi Arabia's King Salman plans to spend the summer on the French Riviera—with an entourage of 500—and... More »

Teen's HIV in Check for 12 Years Without Drugs

French girl's health is described at AIDS Society conference in Vancouver

(Newser) - An 18-year-old French teen born with the AIDS virus has had her infection under control and nearly undetectable despite stopping treatment 12 years ago—an unprecedented remission, doctors are reporting. The teen might have some form of natural resistance to HIV that hasn't yet been discovered. But her case... More »

Severed Head on Gate Belonged to Suspect's Boss

Body was found inside the factory

(Newser) - Yesterday's attack on a gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, was made all the more gruesome by the revelation that a severed head was found hanging from the factory's wire fence along with banners with Arabic inscriptions. That head belonged to the alleged attacker's boss, reports Reuters . French... More »

Decapitated Head Left on Fence in French 'Terror Attack'

1 suspect dead, 2 in custody: French officials

(Newser) - At least one person is dead and two wounded after suspected Islamist militants attacked a US-owned gas factory in France this morning, authorities say. Two men reportedly crashed a car through the entrance to Air Products' premises in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier and hit gas containers that began exploding, reports Reuters and the... More »

French Students Protest 'Impossible' English Test

Some 12K students not 'coping' well, have signed a petition

(Newser) - When teens in France recently sat down to take an English language test, they were asked a pair of questions about Ian McEwan's novel Atonement: "What are three of his concerns about the situation?" and "How is Turner coping with the situation?" That latter question was apparently... More »

France Fumes Over 'Unacceptable' US Spying

Summons US ambassador to Paris amid emergency meetings

(Newser) - Surprise: France isn't thrilled by claims that the US spied on its past three presidents , including current leader Francois Hollande, and has now summoned its US ambassador to the foreign ministry in Paris, reports the AP . Hollande, who calls the US spying an "unacceptable" security breach, held two... More »

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