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Firemen Weep at Scene of Fire That Killed 5 Kids, 4 Adults

Fire officials say it was worst blaze city has had in almost a century

(Newser) - What local fire officials are calling the worst fire in Memphis, Tenn., in almost 100 years swept through a one-story home Monday, killing nine people, including five kids, USA Today reports. Per the Commercial Appeal , the city's fire director, Gina Sweat, confirmed the deaths at a press conference and... More »

Paralysis Cases Rose in 7 Sites With Zika Outbreaks

But researchers still won't say Zika leads directly to Guillain-Barre syndrome

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Puerto Rico announced its first death from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition causing temporary paralysis that, in this case, was linked to the Zika virus. Now incidences of Guillain-Barre are said to have risen in seven countries in tandem with outbreaks of Zika, per a study in the... More »

9 Dead in Nursing Home as Typhoon Slams Japan

2 others dead elsewhere as Typhoon Lionrock hits

(Newser) - At least 11 people were found dead in Japan on Wednesday, most of them elderly residents at a nursing home, as heavy overnight rain from Typhoon Lionrock left towns flooded across the country's north. Police discovered nine bodies at the facility in the town of Iwaizumi, an official tells... More »

Deadly Kite Strings Slit Throats of 3

Delhi has now banned sale of glass-covered strings

(Newser) - A man and two children are dead in India after a kite flying tradition on Independence Day went horribly wrong. Two children, aged 3 and 4, had their throats slit by kite strings covered with powdered glass or metal—a coating used to cut down competitors' kites—while riding with... More »

Inmates Are Dying of Heroin Withdrawal in Jail

Deaths that advocates say are preventable

(Newser) - In the days following her 18-year-old daughter's first arrest on heroin charges, Stephanie Moyer took solace in thinking she would be safe in jail until she got into a treatment program. But Victoria "Tori" Herr sounded disoriented on a call home three days later. She feared she was... More »

Dozens Dead in Pakistan, India From Flash Floods

In one northern Pakistan village, an entire mosque was swept away

(Newser) - Bad weather is keeping rescuers in Pakistan from helping survivors and recovering bodies after torrential monsoon rains caused flash floods that swept away homes, an army post, and a mosque Saturday into Sunday, killing dozens, CNN and the BBC report. And many others are feared missing, with an official in... More »

20 Children Ditched by Smugglers Perish in Sahara

They were part of a group of 34 migrants

(Newser) - A group of nearly three dozen migrants, most of them kids, paid smugglers to whisk them out of Niger and Nigeria and to a new life to the north—but instead paid the ultimate price. The five men, nine women, and 20 minors were found dead Sunday in the Sahara,... More »

Walrus 'Hug' Kills 2 at Wildlife Park

Tourist fell from open walkway: reports

(Newser) - A tourist and trainer have died after a walrus "hug" at a wildlife park in China. A male tourist from northern China was reportedly taking videos of a walrus from a narrow walkway at Xixiajou Wildlife Park in Shandong Province when he accidentally fell in the walrus pool. A... More »

Suicide Rate Jumps for Americans Ages 10 Through 74

Rates up significantly for middle-aged adults, particularly women

(Newser) - As Canada grapples with a suicide crisis , it seems America may have one on its hands, too. Researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics on Friday released a report that puts the US suicide rate at 13 per 100,000 people—a 30-year high, per the New ... More »

3 Teen Girls Take Fatal Plunge in Stolen Car

Joyride turns into tragedy

(Newser) - Three teen girls allegedly stole a car in Florida Wednesday night—a joyride that ended tragically when the car plunged into a Pinellas County pond, killing all three, WFLA reports. The owner of the Honda had given the girls a ride and stopped at a Walmart, which is when cops... More »

Booze, Speed Tied to Crash That Killed Survivor of Boston Bombing

Just hours after a rider in the ill-fated Ferrari promised no speeding in Dubai

(Newser) - "Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed ;)" was Cody Nixon's final Instagram post , showing the Canadian boxer standing next to said yellow Ferrari just hours before the crash early Sunday that killed him and three others , including Boston Marathon... More »

'Dark Day' for Pedestrians: Fastest Jump in Death Rate Ever

Fatalities expected to spike 10% from 2014 to 2015: GHSA report

(Newser) - Traffic fatalities increased 8.1% in 2015 from the previous year, per a National Safety Council study cited by Autoblog , but one group has been especially affected: pedestrians, who are projected to show a 10% increase in fatalities compared to 2014, per a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.... More »

27 People Died Taking Selfies Last Year

India and Russia are particularly plagued by this issue

(Newser) - The Washington Post takes a deep dive into the field of selfie research, and it's come up with a disturbing number: The paper says 27 people died while taking selfies in 2015, and in some countries, it's become a major headache. Nearly half of those deaths occurred in... More »

4 Teens Dead in Car Crash

None were wearing seat belts, while 5 survivors were

(Newser) - Four teenagers from a central Indiana town died Wednesday evening when their vehicle crossed a median on a state road near Indianapolis and struck a minivan, Indiana State Police said. Five others, including a fifth passenger in the teens' vehicle and a family of four, were taken to a hospital... More »

After Viewing Xmas Lights, a Family's Double Tragedy

Texas brother and sister killed after their car is rear-ended

(Newser) - A Texas family's ride to view a Christmas lights display ended in tragedy Monday night when their car was rear-ended, killing the two oldest kids, WFAA reports. The Haltom City mom and dad and their three children had just completed a drive-through of the Christmas lights extravaganza at Texas... More »

Obama: ISIS Ground Fight Means 100 Dead Troops a Month

And a monthly bill of $10B, he reportedly said at private news columnist meeting

(Newser) - President Obama's reason for not sending ground troops to the Middle East to fight ISIS: The White House figures it would mean 100 US troop deaths per month, 500 wounded, and a monthly tab of $10 billion, all to fight a group that doesn't pose an "existential... More »

Baby Whale Killers May Have Come From the Sky

It might be from 'gull harassment,' scientists say

(Newser) - Scientists have been scratching their heads over hundreds of baby whales that perished off the coast of Argentina between 2013 and 2014, but a new study points the finger at a possible cause, or at least a contributing factor: pesky seagulls, Live Science reports. The study published in PLoS One ... More »

7 Kids Among 18 Dead as Migrant Boats Sink

One boat heading to Greek island didn't turn back right away after hitting rocks

(Newser) - A wooden boat carrying migrants from the Turkish town of Ayvacik to the Greek island of Lesbos hit rocks at the start of its perilous journey, but it kept going. That turned out to be a fatal mistake, as the boat sank Wednesday, killing 14, including seven children holed up... More »

Parents' Nightmare: Brothers Killed 3 Months Apart

One died in a car crash in July; the other was just killed by a hit-and-run driver

(Newser) - The Tsatsos family has been grieving since July, when 19-year-old son Darryl was killed in a three-car crash in a suburb of Detroit. Now their nightmare has doubled: Darryl's 18-year-old brother, Ryan, was killed by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend near the college where he was a freshman,... More »

2 Fishy Deaths in Police Custody Raise Questions

Witnesses: Jonathan Sanders told cop 'I can't breathe' during 20-minute choke-hold

(Newser) - A 39-year-old black man died last Wednesday after a Mississippi cop held him in a choke-hold for "more than 20 minutes, close to 30 minutes," a lawyer says. Three witnesses related to the victim say Jonathan Sanders was riding a horse-drawn buggy in Stonewall when he made a... More »

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