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Secret Service Agent Suffers Fatal Stroke on the Job

42-year-old was protecting John Bolton in Scotland

(Newser) - A 19-year veteran of the Secret Service has died after suffering a stroke during President Trump's visit to the UK. The 42-year-old agent, identified as Nole E. Remagen, was on protection duty for national security adviser John Bolton during a Saturday midnight shift at the Turnberry golf resort in... More »

Scotland Busts Paragliding Trump Protester

Yes, it turns out this is a violation of a no-fly zone over Trump's golf course

(Newser) - President Trump's visit to the United Kingdom has attracted no small amount of protest or controversy, but one of the more innovative protesters has been arrested for his trouble, reports the Sun . The unnamed 55-year-old Greenpeace protester paraglided over Trump's Turnberry resort Friday evening as the US president... More »

Trump Critics See Social Misstep in Meeting With Queen

Headlines in the UK take notice

(Newser) - President Trump appeared to break from royal protocol Friday during an official visit to the UK when he seemed to step in front of Queen Elizabeth II. For a few moments, Mr. Trump walked just ahead of Her Majesty while the pair inspected the queen's honor guard, per the... More »

Photo of Female Worker Bound in Duct Tape Horrifies Scotland

DeeAnn Fitzpatrick says male co-workers at government agency created toxic environment

(Newser) - She said her co-workers made fun of her for having a miscarriage, hurled sexist and racist language at her and others, and then, the final straw: They duct-taped her to a chair and gagged her. Now, per the New York Times , DeeAnn Fitzpatrick will get her day in court. The... More »

Team Searches for DNA of Loch Ness Monster

They plan to test hundreds of samples from lake

(Newser) - The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of "Nessie" may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist... More »

Annoyed Tweet May Improve Airport Food at TV Chef's Eatery

James Martin responded quickly after Scottish TV host complained about 'the flattest of burgers'

(Newser) - It wasn't an April Fools' joke, but instead a legitimate complaint on Twitter about a shoddy burger—and it caught the attention of exactly the right person. The BBC reports Scottish TV and radio host Ewan Cameron was recently at Glasgow Airport with his wife, and while he balked... More »

Michelin Star Is Great Honor One Hotel No Longer Wants

Boath House joins French chef in asking to have stars removed

(Newser) - People haven't distanced themselves from a star this quickly since Mel Gibson. The BBC reports a week after a top French chef asked for his three Michelin stars to be removed , a luxury hotel in Scotland made the same request of the star it's held for the past... More »

Mother Exhumes Baby's Coffin and Finds It Empty

After a 42-year campaign, Lydia Reid's worst fears are realized

(Newser) - A mother in Scotland had her worst suspicions confirmed this week when the coffin of her baby son was exhumed but no body was found inside. The discovery was "devastating" but not unexpected for Lydia Reid, 68, who was granted a court order last week to exhume the burial... More »

Lovelorn Guy Gets Message About His Bottles: Stop Littering

Scottish widower was looking for love, found a lot of complaints about trashing beaches

(Newser) - When 49-year-old widower Craig Sullivan decided to dive back into the dating pool, he went with what he thought was a grand romantic gesture over swiping right on Tinder: The Scot took a week in mid-July and tossed 2,000 message-carrying bottles into waters around the United Kingdom, in the... More »

Scotland's New Brexit Worry: Whisky

Minister wants UK to extend EU standards so inferior booze doesn't invade market

(Newser) - Scotland has found one more thing to fret about as Britain drags it toward a breakup with the European Union: Its precious whisky. Scotland has called for Scotch to be defined in UK law so its vital whisky industry—worth about $5.3 billion in exports—can be protected after... More »

Baby Abandoned in Theater Finds Answers 60 Years Later

Thanks to Facebook and DNA evidence

(Newser) - Robert Weston first made headlines at just three weeks of age, when he was found abandoned in a movie theater bathroom in England in March 1956—left in expensive clothes, nestled in blankets, and with his head propped on a cushion. He's now in the news again, this time... More »

Woman Unwittingly Wears Engagement Ring for a Year

'It was literally under her nose'

(Newser) - An Australian man may have outdone pretty much everyone when it comes to perfecting the marriage proposal. Using only first names, the man named Terry tells HuffPost the story of how he gave his girlfriend Anna a necklace on their one-year dating anniversary. Using Huon pine, a wood native to... More »

Rescued Surfer: 'I'd Pretty Much Made Peace With It All'

Matthew Bryce says he 'knew' he was going to die after 32 hours at sea

(Newser) - The 23-year-old Scottish surfer rescued Monday night after 32 hours adrift at sea says he was prepared to die as he faced the prospect of a second night spent clinging to his surfboard, the BBC reports. "I was watching the sunset, and I'd pretty much made peace with... More »

Surfboard Helps 'Lucky' Scottish Surfer Survive 32 Hours at Sea

Matthew Bryce found 13 miles off Scotland's west coast

(Newser) - A Scottish man is "extremely lucky" to be alive after spending more than 32 hours at sea with only his surfboard. Matthew Bryce, 22, was spotted by a coast guard helicopter some 13 miles off the coast of Argyll, Scotland, around 7:30pm Monday after first jumping in the... More »

As Brexit Is Triggered, JK Rowling Has Wistful Tweet

Two-year clock is ticking to reach a deal on UK's exit from European Union

(Newser) - On March 29, 2019, Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union. That's the schedule, at least, now that Prime Minister Theresa May has notified the EU of the United Kingdom's decision to exit and set in motion a two-year clock to negotiate the details.... More »

Cast Emerges From Isolation, Discovers TV Show Got Cut

Only a few hours of footage aired after an entire year of filming in the wilderness

(Newser) - After surviving a full year in the harsh Scottish wilderness, the 10 remaining contestants of the reality series Eden emerged from their imposed isolation to discover that no one had been watching their journey. Outside of four one-hour episodes aired in the summer of 2016, t he BBC reports that... More »

Scotland's Leader: We'll Seek Another Independence Referendum

She wants to give Scotland another chance to leave UK after Brexit vote

(Newser) - Scotland's leader delivered a shock twist to Britain's EU exit drama on Monday, announcing that she will seek authority to hold a new independence referendum in the next two years because Britain is dragging Scotland out of the EU against its will. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that... More »

Archaeologists Trying to Find Legendary King's Body

'It's like 'Game of Thrones' and 'Outlander' all rolled into one—except this story is real'

(Newser) - Almost exactly 580 years ago, King James I of Scotland was murdered by a group of conspirators in a sewer tunnel beneath a monastery as he attempted to escape, recounts the BBC . Stabbed dozens of times, he is said to have died in a pool of his own blood. His... More »

TV Listing Frames Inauguration as Twilight Zone Episode

Tongue-in-cheek Scottish newspaper blurb has gone viral

(Newser) - Hey, remember that Twilight Zone episode where William Shatner sees a gremlin outside the window of his plane? Or the one where "huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president," a "far-fetched" yet eventually "chillingly plausible" scenario?... More »

Scottish Amazon Workers Are Sleeping in Tents

Local pol rails against company for 'intolerable working conditions,' poor wages

(Newser) - What started with photos of a handful of tents outside a Scottish Amazon warehouse has blown up. The Courier published pics over the weekend of what it said were the makeshift homes of "hard-pressed" Amazon workers now sleeping outside their place of employment to save on commuting costs, just... More »

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