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10 US Cities Plagued by Murder

St. Louis' murder rate is highest, with 59.8 murders for every 100,000 residents

(Newser) - It's not exactly an honor any US city wants to claim, but 10 of them have been dubbed the "murder capitals" of America, per 24/7 Wall St. The site, which notes a recent spike in murders (nearly 1,400 more across the nation in 2016 than in 2015),... More »

3 Women Dead, 3 Officers Shot in Detroit Standoff

Gunman killed himself during 14-hour confrontation, say police

(Newser) - A 14-hour standoff has ended in Detroit, but the toll is heavy: Police say three women and the gunman are dead, and three officers shot, reports MLive . All three officers, two from the city and one from the Detroit Public Schools, were hit in the legs and will survive. The... More »

Dad of 2 Who's Too Old for DACA Protection Is Deported

39-year-old landscaper Jorge Garcia came to the US when he was 10

(Newser) - Jorge Garcia has lived in the US since he was 10, has paid all his taxes since he first got a job, and doesn't even have so much as a traffic ticket to his name, his supporters say—but on Martin Luther King Day, the 39-year-old landscaper and father... More »

Bodies Were 'Frozen Together in Flesh-on-Flesh Chunks': FBI

So-called body broker on trial for fraud

(Newser) - FBI Agent Leslie Larsen says the body parts—legs, arms, torsos, organs, and heads—inside the Detroit warehouse were "frozen together in flesh-on-flesh chunks" that required a pneumatic chisel and crowbar to separate. She says there was no heat in the "filthy" warehouse, nor running water or functioning... More »

Flier Accused of Sexual Assault While Wife Seated Next to Him

22-year-old woman says she woke to find man's hand down her pants

(Newser) - A 34-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman sitting next to him on a flight while his wife sat on the other side of him, the Washington Post reports. The Detroit Free Press , citing the criminal complaint, reports a 22-year-old woman sleeping next to the window... More »

Grisly Discoveries at US' Largest Wastewater Facility

3 objects believed to be human organs found in past week

(Newser) - A grisly mystery is unfolding at the country's largest wastewater treatment facility. MLive reports three objects believed to be human organs have been found at the Great Lakes Water Authority Water Recovery Facility in the span of a week. The most recent object was found Wednesday, according to the... More »

10 Neediest US Cities

Detroit and Cleveland top the list

(Newser) - A new survey by WalletHub crunches economic data on more than 180 US cities to rank them in terms of neediness. More specifically, the ranking takes into account factors such as child poverty, hunger, and uninsured rates, then bestows an overall score (the lower the better). The 10 neediest cities:... More »

Conyers: 'I Am Retiring Today'

This after a new accusation from a woman who says he groped her in church

(Newser) - Despite numerous calls for him to do so, Rep. John Conyers won't resign—but he is retiring, and it looks like he's not waiting. "I'm in the process of putting my retirement plans together," he told Detroit radio host Mildred Gaddis in a call from... More »

Accused of Sex Act on a Plane, Passenger Offers Different Story

Male passenger says woman fell asleep on his lap, wasn't performing oral sex; witnesses disagree

(Newser) - A male passenger aboard a Detroit-bound Delta flight claimed a woman "had fallen asleep in his lap" after those seated nearby complained that she'd actually been performing oral sex , according to a police report. The pair, strangers who'd booked seats in separate rows on the Oct. 29... More »

They Earn $12K a Year, Are on Path to Owning Their Home

Inside Detroit's Tiny Homes Project

(Newser) - Detroit is awash with abandoned homes, which left the Rev. Faith Fowler a bit on the defensive about why she built seven brand new ones. But there's something special about hers: They're tiny, and the first part of an envisioned tiny home village where low-income Detroiters can not... More »

They Met for the First Time on a Plane. Then They Met the FBI

Woman on Delta flight accused of performing oral sex on new friend who sat next to her

(Newser) - They met as strangers, left as members of a lurid club, and now could face felony charges for their trouble. WDIV reports that two passengers on a Delta flight Sunday from Los Angeles to Detroit—a 48-year-old woman ultimately headed to Nashville on a connecting flight, and a 28-year-old man... More »

Parents Demand Answers on 'Missing' Daughter Found Years Ago

Crissita Cage-Toaster's body was found in March 2010; her parents just found out last month

(Newser) - Almost eight years after their daughter's car was found abandoned in Detroit, a Georgia couple held out hope that the missing woman would be found alive. It was hope that should've been dashed within months. The body of Crissita Cage-Toaster was pulled from the Detroit River in March... More »

No. 2 Must-See City in the World? Detroit

Lonely Planet offers up its annual top 10

(Newser) - Lonely Planet's list of the top travel destinations for 2018 includes destinations that "stray from the usual European and Asian capitals," the Los Angeles Times reports. One inclusion in particular that may surprise some? Detroit is listed as the No. 2 city to visit next year. As... More »

Not Everyone Wants to Feel the Bern at Women's Convention

Bernie Sanders set to speak on opening day of Detroit event; some say it should be women only

(Newser) - The first national convention by the organizers of the DC Women's March will be held in Detroit starting Oct. 27, but there's already a bit of turmoil over one of the scheduled speakers. The Washington Post reports that Bernie Sanders is set to make remarks on opening day... More »

Battle to Host Amazon's New HQ Gets Prickly

Tucson's 'really cool' cactus gift is rejected

(Newser) - Amazon has rejected the 21-foot saguaro cactus that southern Arizona economic leaders planned to send as a gift to CEO Jeff Bezos, in a bid to attract the company's second headquarters. "Unfortunately we can't accept gifts (even really cool ones)," an Amazon tweet read. Amazon says... More »

New Aim for Rosa Parks' Home: Return It to US

Artist Ryan Mendoza, who brought it to Berlin, says now is the right time

(Newser) - Last year, an American artist living in Germany bought Rosa Parks' dilapidated home in Detroit and reassembled it in Berlin as an art project. Now Ryan Mendoza says it's time for the home to return to the US, per the Detroit Free Press . He cites the recent racial violence... More »

Detroit Billionaire on Ad: 'We Screwed Up Badly'

Dan Gilbert and his Bedrock company admit 'tone-deaf' ad was a misstep

(Newser) - A billionaire businessman has apologized for his real estate company's controversial sign in downtown Detroit that says "See Detroit Like We Do" with an image of a majority white crowd. Quicken Loans founder and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert posted on Facebook Sunday, saying the ad was... More »

This Is the Most Stressed US City

Take a deep breath, Newark

(Newser) - Looking for a business opportunity? Consider opening a massage parlor in Newark, NJ, where residents appear to be the most stressed in the country. WalletHub looked at 30 stress indicators as they relate to work, money, family, and health to come up with the most and least stressed cities in... More »

50 Years Later, Photos Recall Riots of Detroit

The city erupted in the summer of 1967

(Newser) - Protests that started 50 years ago in a west side Detroit neighborhood would grow into a riot and later a conflagration that threatened to swallow entire city blocks. An angry crowd of African-Americans gathered near 12th and Clairmount streets in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967, after police... More »

Guitar, Pill Bottles, Blood: Pics From Cornell's Hotel Room

Police report includes photos, details of what bodyguard and emergency workers found

(Newser) - A guitar lying on a chair. A plane ticket in pieces. A bathroom floor stained with blood. These are just some of the images contained in a Detroit Police Department report regarding the May death of Chris Cornell, obtained from an FOIA request by the Detroit Free Press . The Press... More »

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