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'Flying Bum' Crashes —Ever So Slowly

Airlander 10, world's longest aircraft, went down after tangle with telephone pole

(Newser) - The world's longest aircraft is likely going to have a similarly lengthy repair bill after a bit of a bumpy landing on Wednesday during its second test flight in the UK, the BBC reports. The $33.1 million, 302-foot-long Airlander 10—officially named the Martha Gywn, but called "... More »

Best Man's Bachelor Party Turns Out to Be 'Nastiest' Scam

With friends like these ...

(Newser) - Before Dino Carter even proposed to his girlfriend, he asked Martyn Galvin to be the best man at his wedding. Galvin repaid his pal of 18 years by setting up the bachelor party, collecting money from the groom and his friends for a big bash in Prague and a horse-racing... More »

In Dead Woman's Mail, a Letter Accepting Her First Novel for Publication

Helen Gradwell died without receiving her good news

(Newser) - A sad story out of England, where aspiring author Helen Gradwell died without ever learning that her first novel was going to be published. The 39-year-old was dead for nearly five months before a concerned neighbor asked authorities to check in on her in late April, the Telegraph reports. When... More »

US Woman Killed in London Mass Stabbing

5 others were injured; suspect arrested

(Newser) - A mass stabbing in a busy part of London late Wednesday has left an American woman dead and five other people injured. The attack occurred in Russell Square near the British Museum, and authorities have arrested a 19-year-old suspect identified only as a Norwegian national of Somali origin, reports the... More »

Hippie Parents Want Your Money to Fund Hippie Parenting

No vaccines, no bedtimes, no shoes, no school

(Newser) - The Allens have become famously unconventional parents, and they want your money to keep it that way. Adele and Matt Allen live in England with their children, 5-year-old Ulysses and 1-year-old Ostara, and practice "off-grid parenting." That means no vaccinations or modern medicine, no formal schooling, no separate... More »

After Calling for Help for 2 Hours, Woman Dies in Cell

English prisons are 'violent and dangerous places'

(Newser) - An inmate at a privately run prison in England was found dead in her cell Tuesday night of an apparent prescription drug overdose. But before she died, the Guardian reports, Natasha Chin, 41, rang an alarm bell in her cell for about two-and-a-half hours with no response from the staff... More »

Meet Britain's New Prime Minister

David Cameron is out, Theresa May is in

(Newser) - It's official: Theresa May is Britain's new prime minister, CNN reports. After David Cameron officially tendered his resignation Wednesday, May bowed down before Queen Elizabeth II and accepted the monarch's invite to form a new government, becoming the only woman other than Margaret Thatcher to hold the... More »

John Oliver Goes on NSFW Rant After Brexit Vote

'There are no f---ing do-overs,' he warns Trump-enamored America

(Newser) - Thursday's Brexit vote is over and done, and John Oliver, who last week tried to give America (and his fellow Brits) an education on why Brexit would be a "huge destabilizing decision," took to Last Week Tonight on Sunday to discuss Britain's defection—and his reaction... More »

The UK Just Flipped the Whole World the Bird

Most reaction is ... strong

(Newser) - In what Annie Lowrey describes for New York as "Britain's middle finger to the world," Brexit is going forward and the UK will be leaving the European Union. And with that vote, "England just screwed us all," writes Felix Salmon for Fusion , lamenting the "... More »

Husband: 'Fight Against the Hatred That Killed' Jo Cox

British lawmaker killed by shooter while meeting with constituents

(Newser) - British lawmaker Jo Cox was killed by an attacker Thursday while preparing to meet with constituents at a local library. She was a 41-year-old Labour MP and mother of two. Here's what you need to know: More »

England Searching for Another King Under Parking Lot

King Henry I was buried in Reading Abbey nearly 1,000 years ago

(Newser) - England's King Henry I was a man of many appetites: He usurped the throne from an older brother, fathered two dozen children out of wedlock, and is thought to have died after gorging on lampreys—a jawless, snakelike fish. After his death in 1135, his remains were brought to... More »

Violence Erupts During Soccer Match Between Russia, England

Fighting takes over Marseille, France, during Euro 2016

(Newser) - Fights broke out all day in Marseille, France, before and soon after Russia managed to earn a 1-1 draw against England on Saturday at the European Championship, the AP reports. England and Russia fans rioted before the soccer game in a third straight day of violence. Police in the Mediterranean... More »

Who Is This Man and Why Did He Drink Strychnine?

A titanium plate in the man's leg may break the case

(Newser) - A cyclist riding in a nature area near Manchester, England, on Dec. 12 saw a man who looked to be about 70 lying on a patch of grass, as if he was resting. In truth, he was dead. In a lengthy, visually stunning BBC article, Jon Manel explores the case... More »

Mom Goes Into Hospital to Give Birth, Leaves Without Legs

Placenta condition leads to double amputation

(Newser) - A UK mom of seven delivered her eighth healthy child at the hospital in December, but a medical glitch caused the woman to lose both legs as a result. Per the Torquay Herald Express , 31-year-old Ella Clarke had a potentially dangerous placenta condition during pregnancy common with women who've... More »

Couple Wins 'Squatters' Rights' to Neighbor's Yard

Elderly couple has been tending the yard for 12 years

(Newser) - They say fences make good neighbors, but that definitely wasn't true for Hilary and Edward Kirkby. The British couple, who are 72 and 70, respectively, have spent the past 12 years tending to a stretch of yard in front of their Yorkshire home, which they bought in 1999. That... More »

$300K Car Crashes 10 Minutes After It's Delivered

That's gotta sting

(Newser) - There was champagne, there was celebrating, there was … probably a lot of noise as some very expensive steel and rubber smashed into a tree. A man in Essex, England, appeared terribly excited to take delivery of his new $313,000 McLaren 650S sports car (a "supercar" that Jalopnik... More »

London Has a Serial Animal Killer on Its Hands

Dozens of cats, foxes, rabbits, birds found with their heads, tails, or paws cut off

(Newser) - Southern England is now on high alert after a series of animal killings across the region—mostly in the form of beheadings—has rendered the original moniker, the Croydon Cat Killer, far too specific. The person is killing well outside the London borough of Croydon and claiming not just felines,... More »

Shakespeare's Skull Really Is Missing

Researchers have completed their analysis

(Newser) - It looks like Shakespeare's skull really is missing from his grave. That's what an archaeologist has concluded after researchers were allowed to use ground-penetrating radar to scan the Bard's final resting place, Reuters reports. "We have Shakespeare's burial with an odd disturbance at the head... More »

Hidden Notes in Old Bible Shed Light on Reformation

It was a 'slow, complex' process, not a clean break, says researcher

(Newser) - The scribbles sat hidden for nearly 500 years. Then, while perusing one of seven surviving copies of England's first printed Bible, historian Eyal Poleg of Queen Mary University made a surprising discovery. "At empty spaces at the end of prologues and sections, or at blank margins, a very... More »

Woman Raises $16K for Helpful Homeless Man

He took her to a cafe when she was stranded in London

(Newser) - If a homeless man had asked her for spare change before March 3, Nicole Sedgebeer admits she would have turned the other way. Then came "the most eye-opening event in my life." The 21-year-old from Milton Keynes, England, says she missed the last train home from London after... More »

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