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When Wedding Prep Ended, Bridesmaid Was Dead

Heather McNamara killed by falling tree in Kentucky

(Newser) - A few weeks before she was to walk down the aisle as bridesmaid at her friend's wedding, Heather McNamara's father passed away. It was only the first tragedy to befall the circle of friends before the nuptials could take place, reports WLWT . As the wedding party took a... More »

Boy Partied at Uncle's Wedding. Then He Slept for 11 Days

Doctors baffled at what caused 7-year-old Wyatt Shaw to sleep for so long

(Newser) - Wyatt Shaw was living it up at his uncle's wedding. The 7-year-old ring bearer from Kentucky even snagged the bride for a final dance. The next day, when he complained of a headache and an upset stomach, his family figured "he had just had too much cake,"... More »

Restaurant Robbed by Gun-Wielding Coke Bottle

Police looking for suspect in holdup of a Kentucky Rally's

(Newser) - The fizz, er fuzz, are on the trail of a man who robbed a Kentucky restaurant at gunpoint while dressed as a bottle of Coca-Cola, the Smoking Gun reports. Police says the suspect entered a Rally's in Henderson shortly before 7am Monday and confronted a manager, who was the... More »

Hall of Fame Coach 'Effectively Fired' From Louisville

Looks like Rick Pitino is out after recruiting scandal

(Newser) - After 28 NCAA tournament wins and three trips to the Final Four, Rick Pitino has been "effectively fired" as the coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, his lawyer tells the AP . Pitino, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was technically put on administrative... More »

He Pushed Woman Off Cliff, Then Killed Her Son, 5: Cops

Victim's sister says money dispute led to kidnapping

(Newser) - Jessica Durham saw two faces, including that of her 5-year-old son. Then she was pushed off an 80-foot cliff. She would remarkably survive, but her son wasn't so lucky. Police and family say the 41-year-old Kentucky woman was beaten, then kidnapped along with her son on Friday in response... More »

Relaxing Evening in Hammock Turns Tragic for Ky. Teen

Michelle Chalk, 15, killed by falling tree

(Newser) - A Kentucky teen who was set to start her freshman year in high school this fall instead met a tragic fate this week while hanging out with a friend. Michelle Chalk, 15, was lounging in a hammock positioned between two trees in a friend's Fort Thomas backyard Tuesday when... More »

Doctor Has 2nd Baby Right After Delivering a Patient's

Amanda Hess decided to respond to an emergency in the room next to hers

(Newser) - It's not every day that a woman preparing to give birth to her own child stops to deliver another woman's baby. But Dr. Amanda Hess, an obstetrician in Kentucky, found herself doing just that when she was about to have her second child and heard an emergency unfolding... More »

Need a Job? Here's Where You Need to Be

Washington is best state for jobs: WalletHub

(Newser) - Job prospects looking a bit gloomy? They might look a lot better after a move to Washington state. According to WalletHub , it's the best state in the country for jobs, based on 24 factors like employment growth, median annual income, and average commute time. The best and worst states... More »

Kentucky Judge Won't Hear Gay Adoption Cases

Mitchell Nance recuses himself over 'conscientious objection'

(Newser) - Kentucky has another high-profile official taking a stand against homosexuality. Two years after county clerk Kim Davis made headlines by refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples, a judge has declared that he won't preside over adoption cases involving gay parents. Judge Mitchell Nance announced last week that... More »

Campus Attacker Said Republicans 'Safe': Witness

Man with machete injures two women, reportedly asked political affiliation

(Newser) - Witnesses say a man armed with a machete attacked students at a university in Kentucky after asking their political affiliation. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the suspect—identified by police as 19-year-old Mitchell Adkins—entered a coffee shop on the Transylvania University campus Friday morning with a bag full of knives... More »

Riot Lawsuit Against Trump Gets Green Light

Judge says it's 'plausible' he incited violence

(Newser) - The Russia investigations aren't the only fallout from his successful campaign that President Trump is still dealing with. A federal judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit from three protesters who accuse Trump of inciting a riot during a campaign rally in Kentucky last year can go ahead with their... More »

Woman Wrongly Locked Up for Murder Sues State Trooper

One-legged Susan King said to have thrown man's body from bridge

(Newser) - A Kentucky woman with one leg who was wrongly locked up for murder is now free to sue the state trooper who testified she somehow dragged a dead body from her home and tossed it off a bridge, the Courier-Journal reports. The 1998 murder of Kyle Breeden went unsolved for... More »

Astute Viewer Busts Poachers on Hunting Show

Observant man noticed hunters didn't have correct licenses while hunting elk

(Newser) - An eagle-eyed viewer in Wyoming watching a hunting show on cable TV noticed something amiss—an observation that's led to two hunters from Bedford, Ky., being sentenced for poaching and forced to pay hefty fines, the AP reports. Per a release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the... More »

Mom Had Quadruplets Early to Start Chemo, Gets Big Help

Thousands of strangers have rallied to donate $1M and counting

(Newser) - In late December, a Kentucky woman who was 30 weeks pregnant with quadruplets delivered them early via C-section because of a grim diagnosis: her cancer was back. Having married military police officer Charles Gaytan in early 2016, Kayla Gaytan learned just a week later that she had Hodgkins lymphoma, and... More »

Horse Manure Figures in Fight Over Religious Freedom

Two Amish men in rural Kentucky say a law requiring horse diapers is unfair

(Newser) - An unusual clash about religious freedom is playing out in the small city of Auburn, Kentucky: It's all about horse diapers, reports the Wall Street Journal . Two local Amish men have filed a lawsuit against the city, its mayor, and its police chief, accusing them of violating their ability... More »

White Rainbows Frequent Only 2 Places in the World

Zambia and Kentucky boast monthly displays

(Newser) - Waterfalls are among the most reliable places to catch a rainbow, but only two on the planet offer up a regular display of its close cousin, the moonbow: Cumberland Falls in Kentucky and Victoria Falls on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border. Also called a white rainbow, a moonbow appears when moonlight (which... More »

Why JCPenney Shopper Has Been Banned for Life From Mall

2 Hispanic women in Kentucky were objects of her rant

(Newser) - Last-minute holiday shopping is usually stressful, but for two Hispanic women in Kentucky, a trip to the local mall proved even more so—and now everyone's watching the video of what happened. Per NBC News , a shopper at JCPenney in Louisville's Jefferson Mall laid into the women Tuesday... More »

Ky. Football-Game Killings Sparked by Motorcycle Bump?

A man in his 20s pulled out a gun, followed by others: source

(Newser) - The shooting that upended a 60-year-old tradition in Louisville on Thanksgiving may have been sparked by a spat over a motorcycle. Police reportedly believe that during Thursday's Juice Bowl football games, a man in his 60s knocked into the motorcycle of a man in his 20s, who pulled out... More »

Atheist Suing Over Denial of 'IM GOD' License Plate

He wants to show it's impossible to disprove that statement

(Newser) - Bennie L. Hart wants to drive around with a license plate declaring "IM GOD" not because he truly believes he's God—he's actually an atheist—but because he wants to show "that it's impossible to disprove anyone's claim to being 'God,'"... More »

Dems Lose Last Legislative Chamber in the South

GOP wins Kentucky House for first time since 1921

(Newser) - More bad news for the Democrats: In a result that the Washington Post says leaves the party "basically extinct in the South," Republicans are now in control of Kentucky's House of Representatives for the first time since 1921. The state house was the last legislative chamber in... More »

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