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10 Unfriendliest Cities in the US

Who knew Delaware was so mean?

(Newser) - Planning an end-of-summer vacation? Better stay away from these US cities, apparently the kinds of places where locals will give you bad directions, then steal your wallet. Condé Nast Traveler asked travelers to rate the "friendliness" of US cities for its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and received 128,000... More »

Worker Plummets 40 Feet Into Smokestack

Tragedy strikes at Yale University

(Newser) - A man doing repair work at Yale University has died after plummeting 40 feet into a smokestack, the Hartford Courant reports. The man in his 50s, whose name hasn't been released, fell into the chimney from a ladder yesterday at the Yale Central Power Plant in New Haven, Conn.... More »

3 Limbs, No Torso Found Near Train Tracks

Connecticut cops say remains are not from an accident

(Newser) - A police search around railroad tracks in New Haven, Conn., has yielded two legs, one arm, no head, no torso, and a lot of questions. A homeless man led police to the area where the severed legs were found in thick vegetation yesterday, and the arm was later found on... More »

Gunman Near Connecticut Campus Had Assault Rifle

Cops found clippings about mass shootings

(Newser) - More school-gun jitters for Connecticut: Police have charged a 22-year-old man with a slew of weapons charges after he prompted a lockdown of the University of New Haven campus yesterday, reports the Hartford Courant . Police say William Dong, 22, was armed with two handguns and had an assault rifle in... More »

Dead Yale Prof Linked to Escort Services

Sam See had a presence on at least 4 escort sites

(Newser) - A Yale professor who was arrested last weekend and died in his jail cell apparently led a secret life on at least four male escort websites, the New Haven Register reports. Samuel See, 34—who was considered a gifted English prof at Yale—had his phone number listed on all... More »

Yale Professor Found Dead in Jail Cell

He was arrested after domestic dispute

(Newser) - Cops in New Haven, Connecticut, are probing the mysterious death of a Yale professor after his arrest in a domestic dispute. Samuel See, 34, was found dead around 6am Sunday after spending the night in a jail cell, and police say they do not believe he committed suicide, reports NBC... More »

Supreme Court Kills Birther Lawsuit

It also ignores pleas of Guantanamo detainees

(Newser) - The Supreme Court put the kibosh on a lawsuit questioning whether Barack Obama was born in the United States today, shooting down the appeal without comment. The suit was brought by Alan Keyes and Wiley Drake, third-party presidential contenders who argued Obama wasn't eligible to compete, the AP reports.... More »

Conn. Cops Called to Home Dispute Find 4-Foot Gator

Seized exotic pet will be sent to Florida

(Newser) - Police called to a domestic dispute in New Haven ended up taking a woman into custody—along with the family alligator. The 4-foot pet found in the apartment was dealt with by officers from the state department of environmental protection, who plan to send it to a wildlife sanctuary in... More »

East Coast Rape Suspect to Cops: What Took So Long?

Investigation may have found 12-time serial rapist

(Newser) - When cops arrested Aaron Thomas and charged him with being the infamous East Coast Rapist, the 39-year-old unemployed truck driver apparently had one question: "What took you so long to get me?" A prosecutor says Thomas has admitted his “involvement in numerous, alleged rapes,” while in custody.... More »

Yale Students Slam Violent Police Raid on Their Party

SWAT team sent to investigate underage drinking

(Newser) - Yale students are complaining about a "terror attack" police raid on a private party where five students were arrested. Police and a SWAT team brandishing semi-automatic weapons burst into a party at a nightclub and swore at, shoved, and punched students—and Tasered one Yalie multiple times, sending him... More »

Sotomayor: White House Picked My Clothes

Justice describes grueling nomination process at Yale

(Newser) - Every aspect of Sonia Sotomayor's nomination procedure to become the newest Supreme Court justice was so controlled that she was even told what to wear at the acceptance ceremony, she said in a talk at Yale yesterday. Sotomayor, who appeared on campus for her 30th Yale Law School reunion, wanted... More »

Another Murder Defies Race Stereotypes

Annie Le case latest to stir ugly racial fears, which proved false

(Newser) - When news of Annie Le's murder first emerged, scaremongering commentators seized on the dangers of studying on an "urban" campus, blogs author and sportswriter Jeff Pearlman—by which they didn't mean "an endless stream of Starbucks storefronts." Lo and behold, her alleged murderer is a "... More »

Co-Workers: Clark's a 'Control Freak'

Lab tech placed in solitary after being charged with murdering Annie Le

(Newser) - Raymond Clark's co-workers at the Yale animal lab where he worked say the murder suspect was a domineering "control freak" who considered the animal cages his territory, a law enforcement source tells AP. Clark was placed in solitary confinement yesterday after being charged with murdering grad student Annie Le,... More »

Clark Charged With Murder

Yale lab tech accused of killing Annie Le arraigned, enters no plea

(Newser) - Raymond Clark III has been charged with the murder of Yale grad student Annie Le, the Hartford Courant reports. Clark, a lab technician at Yale, was arrested this morning at a motel and arraigned in Superior Court in New Haven. Clark, 24, did not submit a plea. His bail remains... More »

High-Profile Murders Haunt Yale

Race and class issues feature heavily in killings from past

(Newser) - Graduate student Annie Le's murder is just the latest in a series of high-profile killings to rock Yale University in recent history, reports Gawker, which dubs the university "Murdertown of the Ivies." The Yale killings too often feature a troubling mix of race, class, and bungling by authorities,... More »

Student Named as Suspect in Yale Homicide

Has defensive wounds, failed polygraph test; may not be fellow Yalie

(Newser) - Police have a suspect in the slaying of a Yale graduate student: another student—not necessarily enrolled at Yale—who bears defensive wounds and failed a polygraph test, MSNBC reports. An autopsy performed today confirmed that the body found yesterday is Annie Le's. Police have turned their focus to finding... More »

Yale Student's Body Found: Cops

Annie Le's remains recovered on her would-be wedding day

(Newser) - A body believed to be that of a Yale graduate student missing since Tuesday has been found, the New Haven Independent reports. Annie Le, 24, had last been seen in the building that housed her lab; "we are assuming" the remains found within a wall in the basement... More »

FBI Sifts Trash for Clues to Missing Yalie

Investigators hope for hints in lab garbage

(Newser) - The FBI began investigating today a Hartford trash facility for any clues to the disappearance of Yale student Annie Le, the Hartford Courant reports. A spokesman says the FBI is looking for evidence in garbage from a New Haven laboratory where Le was last seen. Investigators have also started reviewing... More »

Bloody Clothes Linked to Missing Yale Student

Officials deny reports that Annie Le's body was found

(Newser) - Investigators have found bloody clothes tucked in a ceiling at Yale near where missing student Annie Le was last seen, the New Haven Register reports. Declaring the building a crime scene, officials held a news conference today and denied reports that the 24-year-old doctoral student's body had also been found.... More »

Yale Professor Quizzed Over Missing Student

One of Annie Le's professors abruptly canceled class around the time she vanished

(Newser) - A Yale professor has been interviewed by police over the disappearance of graduate student Annie Marie Le, New York Daily News reports. Le was due to attend the professor's class on Tuesday but it was abruptly canceled and Le was found to be missing hours later. The cancellation so close... More »

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