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The School Led the Students Up Mount Hood, to Their Deaths

Inside the 1986 tragedy on the mountain

(Newser) - The second-deadliest alpine accident in North American history claimed nine lives. Of those who died on Mount Hood in May 1986, seven were students, all of whom attended Portland's Oregon Episcopal School. At the time, the school ran a program called Basecamp that was Outward Bound-like and required all... More »

Cops: Driver in Girl Scouts Crash Was 'Huffing'

Colton Treu told police he was inhaling chemical vapors before crash that killed 4

(Newser) - Police think they know why the driver of a pickup veered off the road Saturday morning and struck a group of Girl Scouts with fatal consequences : Authorities in Wisconsin's Chippewa County say Colton Treu, 21, admitted that he was huffing—or inhaling chemical vapors—shortly before the crash that... More »

Couple Who Died in Yosemite Posed Eerie Question

Travel bloggers acknowledged dangers of 'daredevilry' photoshoots

(Newser) - "Is our life just worth one photo?" travel blogger Meenakshi "Minaxi" Moorthy mused after a visit to the Grand Canyon in March. One half of the team behind Holidays and Happily Ever Afters , Moorthy described herself as "a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge... More »

6 Formed a Human Chain to Find a Teen. All Drowned

Firefighters were caught in an abandoned mining pool in Malaysia

(Newser) - One tragedy in Malaysia has been compounded by an even greater one: Six rescuers drowned Wednesday night while trying to find a teen who'd fallen into an abandoned mining pool, reports the BBC . The firefighters had tied themselves together with a rope and formed a human chain as they... More »

Mayor: '99%' Chance Landslide Victims Are Dead

But mayor vows to keep digging

(Newser) - A Philippine mayor said Monday that it's unlikely any of the dozens of people feared buried in a huge landslide set off by Typhoon Mangkhut will be found alive, though rescuers are still digging through the massive mound of mud and debris covering a chapel where they'd taken... More »

Typhoon Wreaks Havoc in Philippines, At Least 12 Dead

Mangkhut is headed toward Hong Kong next

(Newser) - Typhoon Mangkhut lashed the northern Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rain that set off landslides and destroyed homes on Saturday, leaving at least 12 people dead, as Hong Kong and other parts of southern China braced for the powerful storm, per the AP . The most ferocious typhoon to hit... More »

Daughter Doesn't Buy Egypt's Account of Tourist Deaths

The latest word from officials is E. coli caused the deaths of an otherwise healthy couple

(Newser) - Egyptian authorities say E.coli is to blame in the deaths of two British tourists who stayed at a five-star hotel on the Red Sea last month, but the couple's daughter says that idea is "absolute rubbish." John and Susan Cooper of Lancashire died Aug. 21 after... More »

Mom Only Survivor in Family Kayaking Trip Gone Wrong

Cari Mews loses husband, 3 children in Lake Superior tragedy

(Newser) - It was a small flash of light, likely from her cellphone, that helped rescuers locate Cari Mews in Lake Superior Thursday night, suffering from hypothermia six hours after her kayak had capsized. But while the 29-year-old Wisconsin mom was lucky to be found in time, the other members of her... More »

'Fit and Healthy' Spouses Die Within Hours While Vacationing

Family of John and Susan Cooper don't get how they died so suddenly after stay at Egyptian hotel

(Newser) - A UK couple's family wants answers after the pair suddenly died within hours of each other while vacationing in Egypt. Daughter Kelly Ormerod, who was on holiday with John Cooper, 69, and Susan Cooper, said to be in her early 60s, at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in Hurghada,... More »

After Child Deaths in Yemen, Democrats Write 3 Letters

House and Senate Democrats want info on US involvement in Yemen airstrikes

(Newser) - Three letters over the last three days. That's how many messages House and Senate Democrats have penned this week demanding the US be forthcoming with information on its involvement in Yemen after an airstrike there last week killed at least 40 kids . Critics say there could be thousands of... More »

9 Die in Nursing Home Inferno

At least 16 injured in New Taipei City blaze

(Newser) - A fire at a nursing home in Taiwan early Monday left nine people dead and 16 injured. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze, which broke out before 5am and was extinguished roughly one hour later, the AP reports. No details were immediately available about those who'd... More »

2 Deaths Slam WWE World, Including Son of 'the King'

Brian Lawler reportedly hanged himself; Josip Peruzovic, aka 'Nikolai Volkoff,' dies at 70

(Newser) - The professional wrestling world lost two of its own over the weekend, including the son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler. Per Yahoo Sports and the Commercial Appeal , Brian Christopher Lawler, 46, was found hanging in his jail cell in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday evening and died the next day. "Corrections... More »

4 Years After Young Girl Dies, Mom Dies of Same Infection

And no one knows how either of them contracted the E. coli bacteria

(Newser) - Karen Odens suffered from grief and PTSD after her 4-year-old daughter, Sophia, died in 2014 from an E. coli infection, but she also had health issues of her own directly related to the same E. coli strain—and on July 14, she also passed away at age 39. "The... More »

As Flaming Pine Cones Rained Down, Their Only Option: Swim

Wildfire death toll in Greece now stands at 80

(Newser) - The death toll in Greece stands at 80 in the wake of devastating and fast-moving wildfires that struck near Athens Monday during what Reuters describes as a late afternoon siesta time. Much of the focus has been on Mati, a seaside town frequented by area tourists. Many fled into the... More »

They Sought Adventure, Died While Pursuing It

Travel vloggers die in fall from BC waterfall

(Newser) - Three Canadians who shared their love of travel with 1.1 million subscribers on Instagram and another 500,000 subscribers on YouTube died this week after tumbling over a waterfall. The content creators for High on Life were swimming in a rock pool above Shannon Falls near Squamish, BC, around... More »

Suicide Bomber Hits Gathering of Top Clerics

At least 7 killed in Kabul attack

(Newser) - A suicide bombing targeted a gathering of Afghanistan's top clerics on Monday in Kabul, killing at least seven people and wounding nine, police say. Shortly before the attack, the clerics had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings and urged peace talks to end the Afghan war. Ghafor Aziz, police... More »

A Brutal Storm, a Toppled Tree, Then: 'My Daughter, My Daughter'

11-year-old among at least 4 dead after extreme tri-state weather

(Newser) - A powerful storm across the tri-state area claimed the lives of at least four people Tuesday, including an 11-year-old girl crushed by a tree as her mom unloaded a vehicle outside their home in Newburgh, NY. The top half of the black SUV was flattened. "The mother was on... More »

Cops: Deadly Blast at Medical Office Building Intentional

One killed, 3 hurt in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

(Newser) - A woman was killed and three other people were hurt Tuesday in what investigators believe was an intentional explosion at a California building housing medical offices. A federal official tells the AP that a preliminary investigation of the building in Aliso Viejo, around 50 miles south of Los Angeles, suggests... More »

More Than 50 Dead as US Opens Embassy

Violence continues in Israel

(Newser) - The US formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, and the historic move triggered a new wave of violence. At least 52 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops as they demonstrated near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, reports the AP . The Washington Post reports that... More »

Journos Arrived at the Site of a Blast. Then Came the 2nd One

AFP says chief photographer is among victims

(Newser) - A coordinated double suicide bombing hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing 25 people, including an AFP photographer and a cameraman for a local TV station, Afghan police say. At least 45 people were wounded in the twin attacks, according to a Kabul police spokesman, who added that four policemen... More »

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