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Peaches Geldof Was Heroin Addict: Husband

Drugs found in system too pure for relapsed addict, inquest hears

(Newser) - A coroner has ruled that Peaches Geldof did, indeed, die of a heroin overdose , and her husband, Thomas Cohen, admitted at the inquest looking into her April death that she was using again shortly before her death, the Guardian reports. The 25-year-old mother of two had been taking methadone for... More »

Family Sees 4 Consecutive Generations of Twins

They've applied to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - There may be something in the water in Clevedon, England. Melanie Gwynne is a twin. Her father and his mother, Gwynne's grandmother, are also twins. And last fall, Gwynne became mom to the family's fourth generation of twins—two girls, whose birth was featured on the British TV... More »

Here's What Eventually Kills Centenarians

New study looks at causes of death for the 100-and-over crowd

(Newser) - Centenarians really are different than most of us. A study in the UK has revealed that the oldest of the old typically die not of the chronic illnesses that often fell the “younger” elderly, but of infections or frailty, LiveScience reports. Out of almost 36,000 centenarians who died... More »

Church Pulls 'Hell' Sign After Police Probe

Attleborough Baptist Church's sign was seen as 'hateful'

(Newser) - A Baptist church has agreed to take down a sign about hell after police investigated the message as a "hate incident," reports the Daily Mail . It all started when a passerby in Norfolk, England, complained about the sign, which suggested non-Christians would burn in hell, showing flames below... More »

Britain Has First Gay Weddings

New law takes effect

(Newser) - Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. Londoners Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway were among the first to tie the knot when Britain's new marriage law came into effect today. The... More »

Historic Find in Europe: Human Footprints 800K Years Old

Tracks in Britain are the oldest found outside Africa

(Newser) - Walking along a beach in Norfolk, England, last May, scientists spotted indents at low tide that had been washed clear of sand by a recent storm. They thought the marks might be animal prints, but on closer inspection discovered something much cooler: nearly million-year-old human footprints—the oldest ones ever... More »

Message in Bottle Gets a Reply, 23 Years Later

Zoe Averianov dropped bottle in North Sea in 1990 at age 10

(Newser) - A UK woman got a pretty unexpected Christmas card this holiday season—a response to a 23-year-old message in a bottle she'd dropped in the North Sea as a child. While on a ferry from England to Belgium in 1990, Zoe Lemon—now Zoe Averianov—wrote a note explaining,... More »

Trapped in UK Sea Cave, Swimmer Dies

Rescuers fail to reach her through tiny 'blowhole'

(Newser) - A woman was swimming off the south coast of England when she got trapped in a sea cave; amid "horrendous" weather conditions, the 30-year-old died before rescuers could reach her, the BBC reports. She and her brother, 31, had apparently been "coasteering"—climbing on rocks, then jumping... More »

130 Cars in Foggy UK Pileup

Authorities think fog may be partially to blame

(Newser) - More than 100 vehicles were smashed in a series of crashes on the A249 Sheppey crossing in Kent, England, this morning. Authorities were called to the scene around 7am to find 130 wrecked cars strung along the entire bridge that connects the Isle of Sheppey to the Kent mainland. Newsy... More »

Cops in 5-Hour Standoff With ... Quiche Thieves

'Apparently they were hungry,' cafe owner says

(Newser) - A couple of hungry thieves faced off against police for five hours after reportedly breaking into a cafe for a bite of quiche, the Guardian reports. The two men, aged 20 and 21, attempted the nighttime burglary in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England's northernmost town. But patrol officers noticed the break-in, and... More »

Ancient 'Halls of the Dead' Unearthed

1K years older than Stonehenge

(Newser) - Archaeologists have unearthed two ancient buildings in England thought to be 6,000 years old—that's 1,000 years older than Stonehenge. The remains of the 320-foot-long wooden long houses were found under burial mounds in Herefordshire. They are believed to have been deliberately, symbolically burned down—probably when... More »

Queen Officially Makes Gay Marriage Legal for Brits

After bill cleared final hurdle in Parliament

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II today put her John Hancock on what the Telegraph describes as "one of the most radical pieces of social legislation of her reign": a bill making gay marriage legal throughout England and Wales. The signing was a formality, after the bill cleared its final hurdle in... More »

Harwich: Mayflower Left From Here, Not Plymouth

Harwich argues it's the Mayflower's true home

(Newser) - You've heard of Plymouth, England, but what about Harwich? The small town is looking to finally get some recognition as the actual launch site of the Mayflower. As the argument goes, Plymouth, which has long touted itself as the Pilgrim ship's final port of call before crossing the... More »

Game of Thrones Actor Gets Ear Bitten Off

Clive Mantle told men in hotel to keep quiet

(Newser) - So much for being civil: A British actor had his ear partly bitten off yesterday after asking people in a hotel to quiet down, the BBC reports. Clive Mantle, 55—who acted in the first season of Game of Thrones—was pinned down to the ground in a Travelodge and... More »

'Superhero' Quits After Thugs Beat Him Up

Roger Hayhurst was known as Knight Warrior

(Newser) - A real-life superhero says he's hanging up his mask after getting beat up on the streets of Manchester, England, the Telegraph reports. Roger Hayhurst, 20, who called himself Knight Warrior, had promised "to get crime off the streets" while donning a $300 costume of black-and-blue lycra. He even... More »

The Queen Leaves Hospital

Stomach bug no big deal

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has left a central London hospital after a one-day stay caused by a severe stomach bug . She walked out of King Edward VII Hospital unassisted this afternoon wearing a red dress, and was driven away in a motorcade. The hospital stay had initially been planned for two... More »

Cities Battle for Richard III's Remains

Leicester, York stake rival claims

(Newser) - Centuries after the Wars of the Roses, Richard III is still dividing Britain. Two cities are feuding over who gets to rebury the newly-discovered remains said to be his . Leicester, home to the parking lot where the bones were found, says it's the rightful owner; York, meanwhile, argues that... More »

UK Cops Tase Guy With Knives Outside Buckingham

They brought stun guns to his would-be knife fight

(Newser) - How to get yourself Tased in a hurry: Show up outside Buckingham Palace waving a couple of knives during the Changing of the Guard. Such was the fate today of a man believed to be in his 50s, after police challenged him and he responded "aggressively," reports the... More »

A Man and His Dog Uncover Whale Vomit Worth $68K

Ambergris actually isn't a smelly rock...

(Newser) - One British man is poised to become $68,000 richer thanks to his dog's interest in stinky garbage—which, in this case, turned out to be a soccer ball-sized lump of whale vomit, reports the AP . Ken Wilman was walking his dog Madge along a beach in northern England... More »

The Latest Student Craze: 'Milking'

British students like pouring milk on their heads

(Newser) - What an udder delight: Students in England have taken to pouring entire bottles of milk on themselves in apparent protest against "being milked by the government," the Guardian reports. And they've filmed themselves doing it all over—in hotels, shopping malls, roundabouts, and gas stations. It's... More »

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