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Mom Gives Birth, Then Dies in Freak Elevator Accident

Rocio Cortes Nuñez had just delivered her 3rd child via C-section

(Newser) - A Spanish woman who went to the hospital to birth her third child ended up dead in a horrific accident. The Local reports Rocio Cortes Nuñez delivered a child by C-section on Sunday at Seville's Valme Hospital and was being wheeled from surgery to a recovery room when... More »

Man Found Dead in Elevator Pressed Help Button Twice

'Something is not right,' fire official says

(Newser) - Investigators aren't sure exactly when 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik died—but they know he died alone, trapped in an elevator, after calling for help and getting no response. The Denver man, who had dementia, was found dead in an elevator at an apartment complex on Aug. 2 after residents reported... More »

Number of US Occupations Automated Since 1950: 1

Pour one out for our lost elevator operators

(Newser) - While there's a lot of worry about robots replacing American workers, a paper by Harvard economist James Bessen found automation has made humans obsolete in just one job over the past 67 years. Of 270 occupations listed in the 1950 US Census, only elevator operator no longer exists due... More »

Elevator Door-Close Buttons Are Lies

Expert reveals they don't actually do anything

(Newser) - This. Changes. Everything. A feature in the New York Times notes that door-close buttons in elevators don't actually do anything—and haven't for decades. Functioning door-close buttons went out with the introduction in 1990 of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires doors to stay open for people... More »

Baby Dead, Mom Hurt in Fall Down NYC Elevator Shaft

They plunged down shaft after doors opened

(Newser) - A 6-week-old baby died in a horrific accident Thursday in a New York City building where there had been dozens of complaints about faulty elevators. Police say baby Areej Ali's mother was waiting for the elevator in the Brooklyn building Thursday morning when the doors opened, only for her... More »

Amtrak Hilariously Flubs Response Over Stuck Elevator

Still there? it asks, seven months later

(Newser) - Amtrak is taking its lumps after a Twitter misfire. In response to a woman's tweet about being stuck in an Amtrak elevator at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Amtrak tweeted on Wednesday, "We are sorry to hear that. Are you still in the elevator?" Well, no. Amanda Carpenter's plea... More »

Shia LaBeouf Is Stuck in an Elevator— on Purpose

And he's livestreaming the whole thing

(Newser) - Trapped in an elevator for 24 hours with Shia LaBeouf. Sound like the stuff of nightmares? Not for the Oxford students currently lining up to ride the lift with the actor-turned-performance-artist. The Verge reports LaBeouf is spending a full day inside a university elevator, inviting people to ride with him,... More »

Worker Saves Puppy From Certain Death

Missouri maintenance supervisor was in the right place at the right time

(Newser) - There's a very lucky puppy still happily wagging its tail in Springfield, Mo., thanks to a quick-on-his-feet maintenance worker. Per the New York Daily News , security video shows what happened during Brian Ussery's shift Wednesday morning at an apartment building: A man with his dog on a leash... More »

Cops Give New Meaning to Elevator Music

Now do the stanky leg

(Newser) - Retiring El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Scherb has a reputation for "being highly professional," according to a post on the department's Facebook page. So just ignore the video of him in a bright orange button-down bustin' a move to Silento’s "Watch Me (Whip/Nae... More »

17 Trapped Miners Rescued in New York

They were stuck overnight in an elevator

(Newser) - All 17 miners trapped overnight in an elevator more than 70 stories below ground have been rescued in upstate New York. Miners at the Cargill salt mine in Lansing were starting their shift around 10pm Wednesday when an elevator became jammed 775 feet down an access shaft, officials say. Cargill... More »

Man Killed in Elevator Hailed as a Hero

'He said, ‘Happy New Year’ and pushed her out'

(Newser) - A 25-year-old man in Manhattan was crushed to death in an elevator accident Thursday night, but he managed to save a woman's life before dying, reports the New York Daily News . Investigators say the man was riding the elevator in an apartment building on the Lower East Side when... More »

Desperate Burglar Stuck in Elevator Calls 911: Cops

But not before he got to joyride on a middle-school buffing machine, police say

(Newser) - Thousands of students are entering middle school this week, but one teen apparently entered a Delaware middle school a little too soon, and illegally, the AP reports. Cops say Michael Claude, 19, broke into Laurel Middle School yesterday and told them he took a Labor Day joyride through the halls... More »

Man Robs Woman on Elevator, Gets Stuck in Elevator

You've got to watch those closing doors, criminals

(Newser) - The thing about elevator doors is that they open and close, a point to keep in mind if you're planning to rob someone in an elevator. Deputies in Florida's Broward County say surveillance video shows a man armed with a knife entering an elevator and taking the purse... More »

CDC Guard Who Snapped Obama Pic Says Firing 'Unjust'

CDC contractor Kenneth Tate canned after getting too close to president's limo

(Newser) - CDC security guard Kenneth Tate was excited when President Obama set foot in his elevator during his September visit, even shaking the president's hand in a moment that made him "proud," the New York Times reports. But when Tate escorted Obama back to his limo, he snapped... More »

Hitachi Planning 45mph Elevators

Lifts will be world's fastest, company says

(Newser) - Elevators planned for a Chinese skyscraper will be the fastest in the world, traveling at 44.7mph. How fast is that, in building terms? Well, the two Hitachi elevators will cover 95 floors in 43 seconds, Businessweek reports. They'll be housed in the 1,738-foot Guangzhou CTF Finance Center,... More »

Bobsledder Gets Trapped Again—in Elevator

Johnny Quinn, locked doors at odds

(Newser) - Johnny Quinn seems to be having quite the spate of bad luck. First, the American bobsledder got stuck in a locked Sochi bathroom Saturday, and had to break his way out. Today, the hopefully-not-claustrophobic Olympic hopeful got stuck in an elevator. And, yes, he knows what you're thinking: No... More »

47-Story Skyscraper Forgets Elevator

Boondoggle in Spain set to open this year

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a symbol of economic might. Instead, a new skyscraper in Benidorm, Spain, is more likely to be the "laughingstock of the modern world," suggests International Design Times . That's because the 47-story structure, due to open in December, lacks a working elevator. Or... More »

Mitt Likes Elevators for Cars, Not So Much for People

Once vetoed bills to improve elevators for people with disabilities

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is cool with elevators for cars (at least, when they're his cars ), but his record as governor of Massachusetts shows in two instances, he wasn't so hot on elevators for humans with disabilities. Romney vetoed two pieces of legislation that would have improved elevators in... More »

Elevator Suspect's Face Horribly Burned

Jerome Isaac jailed without bail yesterday

(Newser) - Should Jerome Isaac want to plead not guilty in the murder of Delores Gillespie, who was burned alive in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building on Saturday, a wrench: On top of the fact that the crime was caught on video, his face is also horribly burned. The New ... More »

NYPD Arrests Man in Elevator Fire Killing

Doris Gillespie, 64, killed in horrific attack

(Newser) - New York City police arrested a man today in a sickening homicide that involved accelerant and a molotov cocktail, the New York Post reports. Cops charged Jerome Isaac, 47, with first-degree murder in the death of a 64-year-old woman burned alive in her building's elevator yesterday. Two surveillance cameras... More »

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