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Prosecutors Call for Ferry Captain's Death

Lee Joon-seok 'supplied the cause,' they say

(Newser) - Prosecutors want the captain of a South Korean ferry that sank in April and killed 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, put to death. Prosecutors concluded their case today against Lee Joon-seok by saying he "supplied the cause" that sunk the Sewol, and therefore "has the heaviest responsibility for the... More »

Guy Kills 3-Year-Old in Game of 'Gun Tag'

26-year-old says he was intoxicated and didn't know the gun was loaded

(Newser) - Loaded guns, booze, and a toddler proved tragic in Montana last week when a 26-year-old man who said he was playing "gun tag" with a 3-year-old at a home north of Missoula shot and killed the boy. Galen Hawk had reportedly been drinking whiskey and alcoholic lemonade when he... More »

14 Fall 65 Feet to Their Death in Concert Disaster

Victims were watching girls' band 4Minute

(Newser) - Fourteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 65 feet to their deaths today when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials say. Fire officials say two more people are unresponsive and feared dead and 11 others are seriously injured. The victims were standing on... More »

2 Nuns Die in 'Movielike' Crash

Police chief: It was like 'a bomb ... went off somewhere'

(Newser) - Two Chicago-area nuns were killed in a "violent and bizarre" 11-vehicle pileup a local fire chief compared to a scene from a movie, the Chicago Tribune reports. On Sunday in Oak Lawn, Sister Sharon Ann Walsh was driving fellow nuns Jean Stickney, 86, and Kab Kyoung Kim, 48, back... More »

Cruisegoer Plunges to Death While Watching Sunrise

Kendall Wernet was in a restricted area at the time

(Newser) - Kendall Wernet was watching the Miami sunrise from a Carnival cruise ship with his friends Monday when the idyllic moment took a tragic turn. The group of five people climbed the mast of the Ecstasy as it came into port, then sat on a restricted platform talking—but 45 minutes... More »

Pa. Trooper Shot, Killed During Gun Training

David Kedra, 26, was 2-year member of state police

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania state trooper was killed yesterday when he was shot in the chest during annual gun training, the Express-Times reports. David Kedra, 26, had been with the state police since 2012. "He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the men and women of the... More »

Family: Guy Shoots Friend by Mistake, Kills Himself

Two LA-area men are dead after apparent tragedy

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-area man apparently shot and killed a friend at a party by mistake and, grief-stricken, turned the gun on himself, CBS Los Angeles reports. About 10 guys in their 20s were outside a South LA house after midnight on Sunday when one of them, Dominique Barnett, 24, showed... More »

Man Killed While Walking to Funeral Home

Bruce Johnson reportedly didn't use crosswalk

(Newser) - Police in Delaware say a man has died after he was struck by a car while attempting to cross a street to get to a funeral home. Police say 51-year-old Bruce Johnson of Goldsboro, Md., was hit by a Jeep on Friday evening while trying to get to the Bennie... More »

Man Falls Into Wood Chipper— Headfirst

He's decapitated in front of his sons

(Newser) - Another entry in the "No Worse Way to Go" file: An Arizona landscape worker was killed on Thursday after tripping and falling into a wood chipper—headfirst. Chandler officials confirm that the unidentified man was decapitated. KTVK reports that he was part of a Phoenix Trim-a-Tree landscaping crew working... More »

Man Dies Rescuing Autistic Boy From River

Boyce 'Scoop' Coleman remembered for generosity, big heart

(Newser) - Boyce "Scoop" Coleman's friends and family aren't surprised he was the first to jump into the Hudson River after a 6-year-old autistic boy fell in the water at a barbecue Sunday, the New York Post reports. Coleman, 40, is credited with helping to save the child—witnesses... More »

Actress Killed by Falling Tree While Bicycling

Chicago mourns Molly Glynn, Bernie Yvon

(Newser) - The Chicago theater community is mourning two stars who died within hours of each other over the weekend. Beloved theater actress and Chicago Fire cast member Molly Glynn died in the hospital on Saturday, the day after she was hit by a falling tree during a sudden thunderstorm, reports the... More »

Falling Gargoyle Kills Bride-to-Be

Sarah Bean was en route to lunch with her fiance in Chicago

(Newser) - A Chicago mother of two was headed to lunch with her fiance in the city's South Loop yesterday when pieces of a gargoyle fell from a church's facade and struck her in the head, killing her. "I saw that crack on her head and thought, 'She'... More »

Sand Collapse in Oregon Kills Girl, 9

Child trapped under sand for 5 minutes as rescuers raced to dig her out

(Newser) - An end-of-summer trip to an Oregon beach turned tragic for a 9-year-old girl. As CNN reports, Isabel Grace Franks was digging a hole Friday evening with her siblings at Lincoln City's beach when the sand collapsed. "We heard screaming," says one tourist. "At first we thought,... More »

Woman Dies While Napping in Car Between Jobs

Maria Fernandes apparently overwhelmed by carbon monoxide, gas fumes

(Newser) - Maria Fernandes pulled into a Wawa parking lot Monday morning to take a nap between jobs—the 32-year-old Newark, NJ, woman had four of them—but she left her car running as she slept. Eight hours later, she was found dead in the car, apparently overwhelmed by carbon monoxide and... More »

Ice Bucket Challenge Co-Founder Dead at 27

Corey Griffin jumped from building into Nantucket Harbor

(Newser) - One of the masterminds behind this summer's Ice Bucket Challenge died early Saturday in Nantucket. Police say Corey Griffin, 27, dove off the Juice Guys building into the harbor around 2am, floated to the surface briefly, then sank, the Boston Globe reports. An off-duty lifeguard tried to rescue Griffin... More »

Best Friend Kills Boy, 12, With Pellet Gun

Justin Ingle and best friend were playing when accident occurred

(Newser) - A night of fun between two best friends at a sleepover turned deadly when one allegedly accidentally shot the other in the head with a pellet gun, McAlester News-Capital reports. Justin Ingle, 12, died Saturday at a Tulsa, Okla., hospital of head trauma, reports the Raw Story . The incident happened... More »

Parents Fall Off Cliff as Kids Snap Picture

Family had lived in Portugal for several years

(Newser) - A Polish couple visiting Cabo da Roca in Portugal wanted the typical tourist photo of themselves at the end of Europe. So they handed their kids the camera, crossed safety barriers to reach the edge of the cliff—and fell 450 feet to their deaths while their children tried to... More »

Guy Shoots, Kills Himself While Taking Selfie

Oscar Aguilar, 21, made a fatal mistake

(Newser) - A selfie turned deadly for a 21-year-old man, thanks to the toxic mix of alcohol and a loaded gun. After a night drinking with two friends in Mexico City, Oscar Otero Aguilar decided to take a picture of himself with his loaded .45-caliber pistol pointed at his head. Unfortunately, he... More »

Driver in Golf Cart Accident Faces Homicide Charges

A friend riding in the back fell off onto a city street, say police

(Newser) - A Nebraska man is facing jail time after a friend fell off a golf cart he was driving and died of a head injury, reports the Omaha World-Herald . Cody Dembinski, 24, has been charged with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide and careless driving. Police say five people were riding in the... More »

Family of Teen Found Dead in Gym Mat Sues School

Suit focuses on principal, superintendent, and Board of Education

(Newser) - The parents of Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead in a rolled-up exercise mat in the gym of his Georgia high school last year, have filed a second lawsuit against the school. This one accuses the Lowndes High School principal, the county Board of Education, and the local superintendent of... More »

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