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'Massive' Avalanche Kills 5 Skiers in Austrian Alps

Two others were injured

(Newser) - Police in Austria say five people were killed Saturday when a "massive" avalanche in the Austrian Alps struck skiers from the Czech Republic taking part in a freeriding camp, the AP reports. Two other skiers were injured and 10 were rescued unharmed, Tirol police spokesperson Helmut Schuetz said. He... More »

Reports Conflict on US Nanny's Cause of Death

The 25-year-old has been identified as Lauren Mann

(Newser) - Officials have released a name in the case of the American nanny found dead in her Vienna, Austria, apartment on Tuesday night, but beyond that, much remains unclear. ABC News reports Lauren Mann, 25, died by suffocation, though it notes that Vienna police rep Thomas Keiblinger earlier referenced a preliminary... More »

American Nanny Found Dead in Vienna

Case is being treated as homicide

(Newser) - Austrian authorities are investigating the death of an American woman found Tuesday in her apartment in Vienna. The 25-year-old from Colorado, whose name has not been released, was working as a nanny while studying in the country, reports NBC News . The Local adds she had been there for about three... More »

Woman's Head Found Inside Concrete Block in Lake

The block was attached to her drowned husband's hand

(Newser) - A man strangled and dismembered his wife, entombed her head in concrete, and then used the concrete block as a weight to drown himself in an Austrian lake, authorities said Tuesday. Police official Gottfried Mitterlehner said the couple were a 72-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife from Germany but did... More »

Sock-Clad Girl, 3, Sneaks Off on Xmas Eve Adventure

Precocious American kid wandered away from family in Austria

(Newser) - Perhaps she was out looking for Santa. A 3-year-old American girl wandered away from her family's hotel in Salzburg, Austria, around midnight Christmas Eve and investigated the city streets on her own, wearing only a nightshirt and socks. A receptionist at another hotel brought her inside. Police guessed she... More »

World Cup Skier Nearly Taken Out —by Drone

Austrian Marcel Hirscher: 'This can never happen again'

(Newser) - A four-time defending ski champ competing in the World Cup finals in Italy nearly saw his attempt derailed when a camera drone crashed on the slope perilously close to where he was skiing, the BBC reports. Austria's Marcel Hirscher was doing his second run in a slalom race in... More »

Why It's Unwise to Grow 734 Pot Plants Near Drug Dogs

It turns out they smell these things

(Newser) - Vienna police say they have discovered a plantation with more than 700 marijuana plants at a warehouse close to a police dog center. Police say one of their dogs caught a whiff of the plants in the Austrian capital's Floridsdorf district on Friday morning. Officers then saw a man... More »

Grandmother Thumbs Nose at Heirs, Shreds $1.1M

It won't work though

(Newser) - Authorities believe an elderly Austrian woman must have really hated her heirs after they found more than $1 million in cash cut up on her bed, the AFP reports. The 85-year-old woman died in a retirement home surrounded by thousands of destroyed euros—in 100 and 500 notes, according to... More »

Amazing Images: Migrants Walking to Austrian Border

They got tired of waiting for trains in Hungary

(Newser) - Europe's migrant crisis is leading to yet more compelling images today, this time of about 1,000 migrants making a more than 100-mile hike from Budapest, Hungary, to the Austrian border, reports the BBC . What's striking is that the group is walking along the major thoroughfare to Vienna.... More »

Cops: How Truck-Tragedy Migrants Met Their End

Police reveal results of early forensic testing

(Newser) - The migrants found dead in an abandoned truck in Austria appear to have died by suffocation under horribly tight conditions. Relying on early forensic tests, police say the 71 victims —including three children and a baby girl—ran out of air while packed five people per 10 square feet,... More »

Number of Decomposing Bodies in Truck Rises to 71

3 people held in Hungary are reportedly from Bulgaria

(Newser) - The refrigerated truck left on an Austrian roadside didn't just contain the decomposing remains of 20 to 50 migrants as first thought. Police now say at least 71 people—59 men, eight women, and four children, believed to be Syrian refugees—died inside the vehicle, which police believe left... More »

Bodies of Migrants Found Rotting in Truck in Austria

There could be as many as 50 victims, police say

(Newser) - Police today discovered the partially decomposed bodies of at least 20 migrants piled up in a truck parked on the shoulder of an Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border. The chief of Burgenland police, Hans Peter Doskozil, says the truck has Hungarian license plates. The state of the bodies... More »

Iran Nuke Inspectors Ready to Go High-Tech

IAEA task force has been slowed down by antiquated equipment—until now

(Newser) - Iran has labeled international inspections at its main atomic sites over the past 18 months as "the most intrusive and robust" of that any country has faced, per the New York Times . But inspection leaders say they've actually been hampered this whole time by outdated technology—and that... More »

The 10 Happiest Countries

Once again, Panama leads the pack

(Newser) - US citizens who want a happier life may want to leave the country. The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index has issued its second annual list of country rankings, looking at 145 countries and how their residents fare in various "well-being elements." Those elements: a sense of purpose, social relationships,... More »

3 Dead as Driver Deliberately Plows Into Crowd in Austria

Authorities say he was upset over personal problems

(Newser) - A man apparently distraught over personal issues drove his SUV into a crowd today in Graz, Austria's second largest city, killing three people and injuring 34 others, officials said. The governor of the Styria province, Hermann Schuetzenhoefer, gave the casualty figures and described the suspected driver as a 26-year-old... More »

An Austrian Brothel Is Offering Up Free Sex

Owner Hermann Mueller's scheme is extremely popular, he says

(Newser) - An Austrian brothel is offering a summer special that competitors will find hard to match—free sex. Its owner says it's his way of protesting a tax squeeze. "Effective immediately: Free Entrance! Free Drinks! Free Sex!" the Pascha bordello writes on its website. The Oesterreich daily quotes... More »

Middle Age Now Lasts Until ... 74

Old age should be measured by how long one has left to live, not age: researchers

(Newser) - "Seventy is the new 50," says Alan Walker, a social policy professor at the University of Sheffield, in response to new research that suggests that the upper limit for what falls under the "middle age" umbrella may extend all the way to 74—nine years longer than... More »

'Exotic Animal' Found Amid Centuries-Old Trash

A full camel skeleton is unearthed in Austria

(Newser) - The study on the Austrian find calls it a "sunken ship of the desert" and an "exotic animal." What exactly was found in a cellar containing centuries-old trash during excavations for a planned shopping center in Tulln: the full skeleton of a 17th-century camel. That a complete... More »

Awful Faceplant Puts Olympic Ski Champ in Hospital

Switzerland's Simon Ammann slams into snow after 450-foot jump

(Newser) - Swiss skier Simon Ammann suffered facial injuries yesterday after a crash-landing at the Four Hills Tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria, the New York Daily News reports. The 33-year-old Olympic champion, eighth after the first round, came down from a 450-foot jump and slammed into the snow; emergency personnel immediately rushed out... More »

Secret Underground Nazi WMD Factory Found: Report

Third Reich may have been building nuclear bomb in Austrian bunker

(Newser) - Suspiciously high radiation levels around the Austrian town of St. Georgen an der Gusen had long fueled theories that there was a buried bunker nearby where Nazis had tested nuclear weapons during WWII. Those suspicions came one step closer to being confirmed last week after the opening of a 75-acre... More »

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