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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 But inspection leaders say they've actually been hampered this whole time by outdated technology—and that...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 »

WWII Grenade Embeds in Wood, Makes Exciting Fire

But Austrian woman's sturdy stove saves the day

(Newser) - Austrian police investigating a grenade blast were less puzzled by the explosion and more by where it took place—inside a wood stove that appeared to contain nothing but firewood. The woman who owned the wood burner also had no clue at first. After all, she only put firewood inside.... More »

Austria's Struggle: No One Wants Hitler's House

The large building has stood empty since 2011

(Newser) - A home's history can really make or break its marketability. Such is the case with what would otherwise be prime real estate in Austria's Braunau am Inn, a town near the German border. This house marks the spot where Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889; it... More »

Austria Turning Hitler's Home Into Holocaust Museum

Austrian building will be called a 'house of responsibility'

(Newser) - Plans are in the works to open a Holocaust museum in what may seem a surprising location: Hitler's boyhood home in Austria. Local officials in Braunau am Inn, near the German border, have decided to turn it into the House of Responsibility, a center designed to educate the public... More »

100 Years Later, Bosnia Marks Shooting that Started WWI

Debate continues over legacy of assassin Gavrilo Princip

(Newser) - It's been one hundred years since Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot in Sarajevo, launching World War One. Today, the city and region are remembering the moment with a range of events and emotions, the BBC reports. In Sarajevo's Bosnian national library, the Vienna Philharmonic is performing... More »

Nazi-Art Hoarder, Germany Cut a Deal

Team will spend a year reviewing nearly half Cornelius Gurlitt's stash

(Newser) - Germany and Cornelius Gurlitt, who made headlines last year when his trove of Nazi-era art was uncovered, have hammered out a deal that could send some of the works back to their rightful owners, the New York Times reports. Under the official agreement announced yesterday, government-selected investigators will, over the... More »

Nazi-Art Hoarder's 2nd Trove Even More 'Significant'

Cornelius Gurlitt's Austrian home includes 60 works from Manet, Monet, Pissarro

(Newser) - If you thought the $1.3 billion in art discovered in 2012 in Cornelius Gurlitt's Munich apartment was impressive, this week's find may top it. Among the 60 or so artworks found in the Austrian home of Gurlitt—son of Nazi-approved art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt—are pieces from... More »

Art Stash Found in Nazi-Art Hoarder's 2nd Home

A rep for Cornelius Gurlitt says they do not appear to have been looted

(Newser) - In November came the news that German tax inspectors investigating an elderly loner in 2012 uncovered a cache of 1,406 works, at least some since confirmed to have been looted by the Nazis, stashed amid expired cans of food in the man's squalid Munich apartment. That man, Cornelius... More »

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