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Inside the Battle to Keep a Leaky Castle Standing

Duart Castle isn't exactly weather-proof

(Newser) - Tom Hanks' next role: Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean? The Scottish lord has for the last 26 years been dealing with the king of all money pits. Repairs on the 14th-century Duart Castle he inherited have thus far cost just shy of $2 million, reports the New York Times , which... More »

Police Forces in 2 Countries Embrace the Hijab

Mounties, Scottish police want more Muslim women to join up

(Newser) - While cops in France crack down on burkinis , police forces in two other countries have decided to embrace the hijab. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have decided to allow female officers to wear a hijab while on duty in a bid to encourage diversity among the Mounties, the Independent reports.... More »

In Ancient Scottish Chapel, Evidence of a Witch Prison

Aberdeen church has an iron ring set in stone

(Newser) - The remains of some 2,000 people lie beneath Scotland's East Kirk of St. Nicholas church, but an iron ring set in the stone pillar of the chapel could link directly back to a spookier past: the documented trial and execution of 23 women and one man accused of... More »

Flight Crew Narcs on Allegedly Drunk Pilots

The Canadian pilots face up to 2 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Two allegedly drunk Canadian pilots were arrested Monday at Glasgow Airport just before taking to the skies with hundreds of passengers in tow, Glasgow Live reports. According to CBC , the flight crew noticed there was something off about the pilots and went to authorities. "We saw five policemen get... More »

107-Year-Old Organ Is Donated

Woman becomes Scotland's oldest organ donor

(Newser) - You know what they say: You're never too old to donate an organ. Well, they should say that, anyway. The Evening Times reports a woman recently became Scotland's oldest organ donor after dying at the age of 107. Her corneas were removed and are now helping a young... More »

Roller Coaster Car Full of Kids Goes Flying

Crowd at M&D’s theme park tries to help

(Newser) - People watched in horror Sunday as a roller coaster car flew off the rails and plummeted 30 feet to the ground at a Scottish theme park, injuring two adults and up to nine children. Eyewitnesses say the car from the Tsunami roller coaster landed upside-down on another ride at M&... More »

In Wake of Brexit, Scotland Threatens Revolt

Nicola Sturgeon says parliament could block exit from EU, new independence vote likely

(Newser) - The Brexit continues to reverberate : As a wave of British MPs stepped down Sunday over the vote to leave the European Union, Scotland's First Minister says Britain could be leaving by itself—and Nicola Sturgeon is putting her money where her mouth is, saying "of course" she's... More »

Humans Have Polluted Deepest Part of the Oceans: Study

Crustaceans in Mariana, Kermadec trenches rife with chemicals

(Newser) - Survival of the fittest in the depths of the sea likely includes plenty of its own inherent challenges, but now it's got a man-made one to add to the list. A research team out of Scotland's University of Aberdeen has discovered high concentrations of human-created organic pollutants in... More »

Church of Scotland OKs Gay Marriage for Its Ministers

But they still won't be able to perform gay marriages

(Newser) - The Church of Scotland has voted to let its ministers enter same-sex marriages—though it says it "maintains its traditional view of marriage between a man and woman," the AP reports. The church's general assembly voted Saturday to allow congregations to "opt out" from traditional teaching... More »

Man Teaches Pug Nazi Salute, Is Charged With Hate Crime

Markus Meechan, 28, trained girlfriend's dog to raise a paw to slurs

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Scottish man insists it was all a joke "to annoy my girlfriend," but his video of himself training her pug to make a Nazi-like salute has landed him in the slammer on hate crime charges, reports the Guardian . Markus Meechan posted the video, which he calls... More »

2-Year-Old 'Miracle' Twins Drown in Koi Pond

The boys were conceived using IVF

(Newser) - Two-year-old twins Shaun and Rhys Scott were "full of love, happiness, fun, and cheek," their parents say. The boys died Saturday morning when they fell into a koi fish pond that was on the property where they lived in Dalgety Bay, Fife, in Scotland, the Telegraph reports. Parents... More »

She Tried to Run Across a Sea—and Almost Made It

Lindsey Russell traveled 17 miles in an inflatable ball

(Newser) - A British TV host tried to run 20 miles across the Irish Sea. She nearly made it, too. Inside a 10-foot-wide inflatable ball attached to paddles, 25-year-old Lindsey Russell set off from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland at 6:30am on Thursday in an attempt to raise money for Sport Relief... More »

'Rambo' the Elephant Gores Tourist to Death on Thai Trek

Hot weather may have played role in agitating elephant that killed Scottish man

(Newser) - A Scottish tourist was gored to death by an elephant that he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the resort island of Samui, Thai authorities tell the AP . A police lieutenant says the animal threw Gareth Crowe and Eilidh Hughes to the ground during a trek on Monday. The... More »

Floods Leave Castle 'Teetering on the Brink'

Scottish baron forced to flee ancestral home

(Newser) - After more than 450 years overlooking Scotland's River Dee, Abergeldie Castle is on the verge of being washed away by it. Floodwaters have eaten away the riverbank in recent days and the 16th-century castle is now teetering on the edge, Discovery reports. John Gordon, the Baron of Abergeldie, was... More »

UK Ruling: Trump a '3-Time Loser'

Court dismisses motion to block wind farm near his golf course

(Newser) - Donald Trump may be riding high here in the US, but he's just lost a battle across the pond. The UK's highest court dismissed his motion to block construction of a wind farm in view of his Scottish golf resort in a unanimous decision on Wednesday. Former Scottish... More »

Drunk Russian Ran 7K-Ton Ship Aground in Scotland

At full speed, because why do things in half-measures?

(Newser) - Did you hear the one about the drunk Russian sailor who walked into a bar and ... no, wait, this particular Russian sailor downed half a liter of rum, got behind the controls of a 7,000-ton ship, and proceeded at full speed to plow it directly into a tough-to-spot little... More »

Ancient Tree Has 'Surprise' Sex Change

The Fortingall Yew suddenly sprouts berries

(Newser) - One of Europe's oldest surviving organisms is having a "sex change"—and growing pretty red berries to boot. A yew tree in Scotland that's thousands of years old has grown three seed-bearing berries, marking it as "female" for the first time on record, the Guardian... More »

Your Cat May Really Want You Dead

Study compares domesticated cats to African lions

(Newser) - Cats are fluffy little creatures that like playing with string and lying on their backs for a tummy rub. They're also neurotic predators that might suddenly kill you if only they were bigger, according to one interpretation of a study on cats. The study , by University of Edinburgh researchers... More »

27 Years After Lockerbie Bombing, 2 New Suspects IDed

Scotland, US want to interview Libyans they say worked with al-Megrahi

(Newser) - Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the sole suspect convicted for the 1988 bombing that brought down Pan Am Flight 103, killing 270 people, died in 2012 —but now Scotland and the US say they've set their sights on two other Libyans they want to question in the attack, the BBC... More »

Airline Plans to Offer $69 Flights to Europe

Norwegian Air wants to tap into lower fees at smaller US airports

(Newser) - It's hard to find a one-way ticket domestically for $69, but if the CEO of Norwegian Air has his way, a ticket for that much may soon be available between Europe and the US, NBC News reports. Bjorn Kjos' master plan is to connect flights from smaller coastal US... More »

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