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Mom Charged in Girl's Death Could Get Her Trust Fund

Nicole Diggs could get cash even if convicted

(Newser) - A special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund—even if she's convicted. Nicole Diggs and her husband, who isn't the girl's father, have pleaded not guilty... More »

US Marshals Just Kind of Lost 2K Radios

Encrypted gadgets' estimated value: $6M

(Newser) - The US Marshals aren't quite sure what happened to some 2,000 of their encrypted two-way radios—gear that's worth at least $6 million, according to one estimate. The agency says the "issue is in large part attributable to poor record-keeping as a result of an older... More »

Russia: Adopted Boy Died of Negligence, Not Murder

American investigators say no action planned before autopsy results

(Newser) - Russian authorities are backing away from murder accusations in the Jan. 21 death of Max Shatto, a 3-year-old adopted by Laura and Alan Shatto of Texas in November, reports the New York Times . Russia's federal commissioner for children’s rights, Pavel Astakhov, is still upset about the death, but... More »

Bangladesh Fire Was No Accident: Report

Inquiry concludes it was an act of sabotage, and that factory was negligent

(Newser) - The fire that killed more than 110 workers at a Bangladesh textile factory last month was the result of a deliberate act of sabotage, an official inquiry into the incident has concluded. Investigators have also concluded that the factory's owners were seriously negligent, and that mid-level factory officials prevented... More »

Thai Senator 'Accidentally' Shoots Secretary at Dinner

His Uzi goes off in restaurant

(Newser) - A Thai lawmaker who took his Uzi to dinner ended up killing his secretary with it. Police say Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat was dining with family members when he accidentally shot his ex-wife, who works as his personal secretary. The 9mm Uzi submachine gun "was accidentally fired off while he... More »

Couple Wins $2.9M for 'Wrongful Birth'

Would have terminated pregnancy if they knew baby had Down syndrome

(Newser) - An Oregon couple has been awarded $2.9 million in a case centered not around wrongful death, but wrongful birth. Ariel and Deborah Levy said they would have terminated their pregnancy had they known their daughter would have Down syndrome—but they were continually told the child would not. On... More »

Chili's Serves Tequila to 3 Kids

Mom figured it out when 8-year-old complained about taste

(Newser) - Three kids in Colorado saw Fourth of July fireworks in a whole different light. A bartender at a Chili's restaurant accidentally served tequila to the children—ages 8, 6, and 1—before they went to a fireworks display, reports Huffington Post . Their mother ordered them a fruit smoothie to... More »

Driver Who Killed Teen Suing Victim's Parents

He claims they are at fault for allowing son to ride bike in street

(Newser) - David Weaving, a 48-year-old with five drunk driving arrests, was convicted last year of running over and killing 14-year-old Matthew Kenney—but now he’s suing Matthew’s parents. Weaving was accused of unsafely passing a car at 83mph in a 45mph zone when he struck Matthew, who was riding... More »

Court: Girl, 4, Can Be Sued for Negligence

Girl seriously injured elderly woman while racing bike

(Newser) - A 4-year-old girl who seriously injured an elderly woman in a bicycle accident was old enough to know better and can thereby be sued for negligence, a Manhattan judge decided yesterday. The 87-year-old woman fractured her hip after being hit by the girl and a friend who were racing bikes... More »

Erin Andrews Sues Hotel Chains, Stalker

ESPN reporter seeks civil remedies from Marriott, Radisson

(Newser) - Erin Andrews is suing the insurance exec who stalked her as well as the hotels where he videotaped her nude, alleging they gave out her room number and allowed him to book rooms next to hers. The ESPN reporter and Dancing With the Stars competitor wants "to hold accountable... More »

BP Partner: It's BP's Fault

Andarko thinks oil giant guilty of negligence, should keep paying

(Newser) - Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which owns a quarter of BP PLC's blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, late yesterday blasted BP's "reckless decisions and actions" that led to the well's explosion. The information disclosed this week "indicates BP operated unsafely and failed to monitor and react to... More »

Calif. Board Calls Octomom Doc Grossly Negligent

Repeat fertility procedures show Michael Kamrava's bad judgment

(Newser) - The Beverly Hills doctor whose repeated fertility treatments turned Nadya Suleman into the mother of octuplets was accused by California’s medical board today of gross negligence. Michael Kamrava went beyond the bounds of reasonable judgment in authorizing the series of procedures, the board said today, and wants his physician’... More »

Sweat Lodge Guru Sat in Shade as Victims Roasted

'You are not going to die,' James Arthur Ray told those inside

(Newser) - James Arthur Ray sat outside a sweat lodge in a shaded chair as the guru’s adherents died inside, and even discouraged onlookers from aiding those struggling with the intense heat, say newly released police documents. It would be “sacrilegious” to disassemble the structure, he told one woman who... More »

Radio Station Fined $16M For Fatal Contest

Mom died of water intoxication in effort to win Wii for her kids

(Newser) - A Sacramento radio station has been ordered to pay $16 million to the family of a woman who died during its "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest. The woman, who was trying to win the game console for her three children, died of water intoxication after taking part... More »

Mexico Busts 7 Officials in Daycare Fire

Officials accused of negligence in blaze that killed 47 children

(Newser) - Mexico has charged seven officials with negligent homicide in a fire that killed 47 babies and toddlers in a daycare center earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reports. The officials in Sonora state were responsible for the storage of tires, cars, and paperwork in a warehouse in the same... More »

US Doc Faces Charges in 13 Aussie Deaths

Manslaughter hearings set against former surgery boss

(Newser) - An American doctor faces charges of negligence and manslaughter in 13 patient deaths in an Australian hospital, AP reports. Dr. Jayant Patel, former head of surgery in a state-run Queensland hospital, failed to disclose disciplinary measures taken against him by medical boards in both New York and Oregon. Patel faces... More »

Suit Claims In-Flight Booze Led to Domestic Violence

Courts must decide if United jet constituted a bar

(Newser) - A couple has sued United Airlines for deliberately serving the husband too much wine on a 2006 international flight, triggering a physical fight with his wife upon landing. The case rides on whether US courts find United beholden to the same liabilities as bars, and if they can preside over... More »

Blood Clots Killed Woman in Waiting Room

Camera caught fallen patient left ignored on NYC hospital floor

(Newser) - The death of a woman on the floor of a Brooklyn hospital was caused by blood clots from extended inactivity, CNN reports. Chronic deep vein thrombosis formed clots in her legs that eventually reached her lungs. The case has drawn international attention after security-camera footage showed the woman falling to... More »

Family Wants $25M Over Hospital Death

Woman left to die on floor 'killed twice' by staff at NY facility

(Newser) - The family of the woman who died on the waiting-room floor in a Brooklyn hospital plans to sue for $25 million, CNN reports. Esmin Green’s relatives are also pushing for criminal charges against the hospital staff, who they say ignored her and falsified records to say she was up... More »

Woman Dies, Ignored, on Waiting Room Floor

Brooklyn hospital staff overlooks ER patient for over an hour

(Newser) - Recently uncovered surveillance footage shows a woman collapsing in a Brooklyn psychiatric hospital, then lying on the floor for more than an hour while hospital staff ignored her. Esmin Green, 49, had been waiting for treatment for almost 24 hours when she collapsed at 5:32am and lay convulsing on... More »

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