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AC Cord Blamed for Fire That Killed 9

Sole survivor is fighting for his life

(Newser) - A faulty power cord to an air-conditioning unit was the cause of a horrific blaze that left Memphis firefighters in tears Monday, officials say. Six children and three adults died in the blaze, which the Memphis fire department says was the city's worst since a gas explosion killed 11... More »

Firemen Weep at Scene of Fire That Killed 5 Kids, 4 Adults

Fire officials say it was worst blaze city has had in almost a century

(Newser) - What local fire officials are calling the worst fire in Memphis, Tenn., in almost 100 years swept through a one-story home Monday, killing nine people, including five kids, USA Today reports. Per the Commercial Appeal , the city's fire director, Gina Sweat, confirmed the deaths at a press conference and... More »

14 Injured When Thrown From Ride at Tennessee Fair

Victims were riding the spinning Moonraker at the Delta Fair

(Newser) - Police in Memphis say 14 people were injured when they were thrown from an amusement ride at Tennessee's Delta Fair, the AP reports. Shelby County Sheriff's office spokesperson Earle Farrell says 14 people were transported on Saturday afternoon to local hospitals from the fair. Farrell says they were... More »

Family Doesn't Understand Why Mom Killed 4 Kids

7-year-old managed to escape

(Newser) - The horrific murder of four young children in suburban Memphis on Friday is a complete mystery to those who knew Shanynthia Gardner. The 29-year-old is accused of killing 4-year-old Tallen Gardner, 3-year-old Sya Gardner, 2-year-old Sahvi Gardner, and 6-month-old Yahzi Gardner with a butcher knife, the AP reports. A fifth... More »

Family Sues TSA After Teen Cancer Patient Assaulted

'One of them slammed her down … there was blood everywhere'

(Newser) - A Tennessee family is suing after they say TSA agents and airport police assaulted their disabled teenage daughter, WREG reports. Hannah Cohen and her mom Shirley were traveling home to Chattanooga after Hannah's final treatment for a brain tumor in June 2015. According to the Guardian , Hannah had made... More »

Mom in Custody After 4 Kids Stabbed to Death

All were under the age of 6

(Newser) - "It's really beyond words, quite frankly," says a commissioner in Tennessee's Shelby County. He was referring to the stabbing deaths of four siblings, all under the age of 6, in suburban Memphis on Friday, reports NBC News . Their mother, 29-year-old Shanynthia Gardner, is in custody facing... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities to Call Home

Life isn't so sunny in Miami

(Newser) - Think life is sunny in Miami? Not so, according to 24/7 Wall St . The city tops a ranking of the worst US cities to call home based on various economic and social factors—including the affordability of housing, employment growth, crime rates, educational achievement, and nearby attractions and restaurants. The... More »

Hungry Teen Asks for Doughnuts, Gets $270K

Chauncy Jones and his mom were living with 'nothing'

(Newser) - Matt White was grocery shopping in Memphis, Tenn., when 16-year-old Chauncy Jones asked if he could carry White's groceries to the 30-year-old's car in exchange for a pack of doughnuts. Little did Chauncy know that he was about to change his life. He told White that he had... More »

Elon Musk's Brother to Sell Organic Fast Food

The Kitchenette will open in Memphis in August

(Newser) - Healthy food might finally be as affordable as a Big Mac. Elon Musk's brother plans to open a healthy fast-food restaurant in August with each menu item costing $5 or less, reports Food & Wine . The Kitchenette—the brainchild of 43-year-old Kimbal Musk and co-founder Hugo Matheson—is set... More »

Suspect Shoots 3, Hits and Kills Memphis Cop

3 people shot, suspect in custody

(Newser) - A Memphis police officer who was struck by the fleeing vehicle of a man suspected in a shooting near the city's fabled Beale Street that left three other people injured died Saturday night, reports the AP . Officer Verdell Smith, 46, was pronounced dead from his injuries at 10:45pm... More »

A Woman Spoke Ill of a Dead Teen. Her Principal Wouldn't Have It

Alisha Coleman-Kiner stands up for 'my baby,' Myneishia Johnson. And how

(Newser) - Now this is a principal. On Sunday 18-year-old Myneishia Johnson was gunned down on the streets of downtown Memphis when a 19-year-old allegedly fired a rifle into a crowd. Two days later, a woman emailed Booker T. Washington Principal Alisha Coleman-Kiner questioning her decision to allow the dead teen's... More »

Cousin: Photo of Bound, Gagged Babies Just 'a Joke'

Memphis police were investigating

(Newser) - A disturbing photograph posted on Facebook has prompted a police investigation in Memphis, Tenn. The picture shows two young children, one of them with tears in her eyes, bound and gagged with duct tape. The caption reads: "Kids for sale, 45% off because they bad." The Facebook user... More »

Man Filmed Himself Peeing on Rice Krispies at Plant

The act occured in 2014

(Newser) - The Kellogg Company says producing quality food is "of the utmost importance"—a sentiment apparently ignored by the guy who urinated on a conveyor belt at one of its plants. A video of the act filmed by the man himself and recently posted to a viral video site... More »

Postal Worker Gets Acid Thrown in Her Face

Assault in Memphis suburb prompts $25K reward

(Newser) - A postal worker was on the job in suburban Memphis Friday afternoon when a man apparently tossed acid on her, the Commercial Appeal reports. She was sitting in her truck at the time, WATN notes, and another Commercial Appeal article says the acid struck her face. Unnamed in media reports,... More »

Alleged Memphis Cop Killer Turns Himself In

Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, ends massive police manhunt

(Newser) - The suspected killer of a Memphis cop has turned himself in and ended an intensive two-day manhunt, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Officials were close to increasing the $10,000 reward money for information leading to his arrest when Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, turned himself in at the federal building in... More »

Manhunt Underway for Memphis Cop Killer

Sean Bolton fatally shot last night during traffic stop

(Newser) - A manhunt continued today following the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who was killed last night during a traffic stop, Tennessee police said. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said during a news conference that police were alerted about 9:18pm yesterday that an officer had been shot multiple... More »

Clown Canned for Shouting Insults at Black Family

At fair, he called mom 'nappy head,' 'unbeweaveable'

(Newser) - If you're a clown in a dunk tank at a carnival, part of your job is to gently egg on attendees so that they'll hand over a couple of bucks and try to sink you. But a Tennessee family says one performer crossed the line at the Delta... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Florida in particular does not fare well

(Newser) - Head's up, Florida pedestrians. It just may save your life. A new study about the most dangerous cities for those who get around by foot finds that the top four are in Florida. The top 10 offenders, via Smart Growth America :
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Miami, Fla.
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Sick of Allergies? Avoid These 10 Cities

Louisville is worst offender, says allergy group

(Newser) - Allergy experts have unveiled the worst cities in the US for those with spring allergies, and Louisville, Ky., is the place you most want to avoid if you're an allergy sufferer. It moves up from No. 5 last year to the top spot this year. "The river provides... More »

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