Valentine's Day

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Lonely Inmate Busts Out for Valentine Rendezvous

It ends badly; in Georgia, meanwhile, a sheriff called the whole day off

(Newser) - Two Valentine's Day extremes, with a law-enforcement theme:
  • The dedicated: An Arizona inmate scaled a 12-foot fence, crawled through razor wire, and climbed yet another wire-topped fence to escape from jail and visit his girl yesterday, reports the Arizona Republic . Joseph Dekenipp, 40, made it to the Gallopin' Goose
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Uh-Oh: You Might Not Get Your V-Day Flowers

Snow ruins florists' big day

(Newser) - A whole lot of East Coast florists are heartbroken today, facing the prospect of a Valentine's Day essentially ruined by yesterday's storm . One Maryland florist tells the Washington Post that the snow has grounded its delivery trucks, and that despite sending 300 orders out early on Wednesday in... More »

Pope Shares Secret of Lasting Love

'Never end a single day without being at peace with each other'

(Newser) - What's more romantic than getting together with ... the pope. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Pope Francis addressed a crowd of engaged couples in St. Peter's Square and gave advice on how to have a happy marriage—though, of course, he's celibate. "It's important... More »

One Year After Shooting, Pistorius Speaks

Calls Reeva Steenkamp's death a 'devastating accident'

(Newser) - The last time Oscar Pistorius tweeted was Feb. 12, 2013, two days before he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in what he maintains was a tragic accident in which he mistook her for an intruder. Today brought a new tweet : "A few words from my heart on oscarpistorius.... More »

Angry Gal Bites Off Boyfriend's Tongue

DA says he was attempting a 'make-up kiss'

(Newser) - Who knew make-up kissing could be so dangerous? An Illinois man who tried to appease his angry girlfriend with a kiss got half his tongue bitten off in return, Gawker reports. Prosecutors say Elaine Cook, 51, had an argument with her 47-year-old boyfriend after they came home from a Valentine'... More »

Ikea Offers Free Crib— 9 Months From Today

If you can hang onto the coupon for that long

(Newser) - It's Valentine's Day, and Ikea thinks you should be having sex, preferably of the baby-making variety. In a promotion spotted by AdWeek , Ikea Australia is offering what's normally a $99 crib for free to any baby born precisely nine months from today. Of course, the lucky parents... More »

9 Crazy Things Sweethearts Candy Used to Say

Including gems like 'You Are Gay' and 'Hep Cat'

(Newser) - Sweethearts are a venerable, traditional Valentine's Day candy that every American alive has at some point pretended to enjoy eating. But while the powdery little hearts themselves haven't changed much over the years, the pithy statements adorning them sure have. To keep up with the times, NECCO continually... More »

'Blade Runner' Pistorius Charged in Girlfriend's Murder

Said to have mistaken her for robber, but police not so sure

(Newser) - Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, was found dead in his home, Sky News reports. The South African sprinter, a 26-year-old double amputee known as the "Blade Runner," may have taken his girlfriend for a burglar when she arrived... More »

America Mired in 'Severe Epidemic' of Chlamydia, HPV

Top 8 STIs running rampant, CDC finds

(Newser) - Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, the CDC got you a romantic little pair of studies that declare America to be in the midst of "an ongoing, severe STI epidemic." With 20 million new infections in 2008 (the most recent year studied in the reports) and 110 million... More »

Why You Should Stay Home for Valentine's Dinner

Joanne Chen: Dining out is bound to be a hectic, frazzled affair

(Newser) - A romantic dinner at a nice restaurant may sound like the perfect Valentine's Day plan, but Joanne Chen at Time offers a few reasons why couples might want to eat at home instead. For one thing, it's a good bet that the restaurant will be jam-packed with couples... More »

Valentine's Day Sewage Tour Back by Popular Demand

It's certainly more original than dinner and a movie

(Newser) - Looking for a grand romantic gesture this Valentine's Day? Consider New York City's sewage tour. The Department of Environmental Protection is again offering Valentine's Day tours of the Newtown Creek sewage treatment plant in Brooklyn—three tours this year, in fact, due to "overwhelming demand" after... More »

Lawyer Offers Free Valentine's Day Divorce

How ... romantic?

(Newser) - A Michigan lawyer is giving out an unconventional Valentine's Day gift: a freebie divorce. Walter H. Bentley III is running a contest on his website, and will help the lucky man or lady who tells "the most compelling and convincing story" of why he or she needs to... More »

Take These 5 Phrases Off Your Online Dating Profile

eHarmony director lists useless buzzwords

(Newser) - Single this Valentine's Day? Then perhaps you'll be interested in this advice from an eHarmony senior director. Grant Langston tells Time the five most overused, meaningless phrases you should take off your online dating profile right now:
  • Down to earth: What does that even mean? No one knows.
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Valentine's Day Role-Playing Goes Very Wrong

Nikolas Harbar and Stephanie Pelzner end up in jail

(Newser) - An Oregon couple spent their Valentine's Day in jail after some ill-advised role-playing went very, very wrong. Portland police sent out at least nine patrol cars yesterday after a witness reported seeing a naked, bound woman in the back of a Subaru. Cops spread out searching the area, and... More »

Teen Couple Leap to Deaths After Her Forced Marriage

Bangladeshi pair ended their lives on Valentine's Day

(Newser) - A love affair between two teens in Bangladesh ended in tragedy after the 16-year-old girl's family married her off to a man twice her age. The girl and her 17-year-old boyfriend tied their hands together with a scarf and jumped to their deaths from a mobile phone tower, the... More »

Give Your Valentine a ... 'Hamm-O-Gram'

$5 gets you Jon Hamm's face and a unique love note

(Newser) - Roses. Chocolate. Scented Candles. Jon Hamm's face. These are the perfect Valentine's Day gifts. The first three you'll have to take care of yourself, but for only $5, you can send your sweetheart a Hamm-O-Gram , a valentine card featuring the handsome mug of Mad Men's Don... More »

Uzbekistan Bans Valentine's Day

Nation cancels concerts, other official events

(Newser) - Lonely hearts rejoice: There's at least one place in the world where you'll feel at home. The central Asian state of Uzbekistan will not observe Valentine's Day this year. Russia's RIA-Novosti news agency reports the unofficial ban on the romantic holiday follows years of irritation with... More »

Malaysia Nabs 80 Lovers in Raids ... on Hotel Rooms

Unmarried couples busted in anti-valentine hotel sweeps

(Newser) - Malaysia's morality police—making good on a vow to crack down on Valentine's Day canoodling —detained 40 unmarried Muslim couples in hotel rooms across the country yesterday. Authorities—who have deemed Valentine's Day un-Islamic—say the couples busted in the raids on cheap hotels during "Operation Valentine" will... More »

The Dark Past of Valentine's Day

Roman festival involved voluntary beatings for fertility

(Newser) - Valentine's Day may seem awash in saccharine, wine, and roses, but its origins are darker than its modern-day Hallmark reality—they lie partially in the pagan Roman celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival wherein bachelors sacrificed a goat and dog, ripped the skin off, and whipped women with them. Women... More »

Man Stabs Wife With Wedding Cake Knife

Just in time for Valentine's Day, too!

(Newser) - Here’s a nice Valentine’s Day story for you: A couple is spending Feb. 14 recovering after the husband allegedly stabbed his wife, then himself, with their wedding cake knife, the Hartford Courant reports. Louis DeJesus, 22, and wife Crystal were arguing Saturday night when DeJesus stabbed his wife... More »

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