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Mom: Amber Alert Led Me to Kill My Kids

Amber Pasztor gives jailhouse interview

(Newser) - An Indiana mother accused of killing her two children in late September says it was the Amber Alert that led her to murder them. Amber Pasztor, whose father was the children's legal guardian, tells WANE she pushed in the door at her father's house in Fort Wayne on... More »

Guy's Trump-Clinton Parade Float Didn't Go Over Well

Oddly, some didn't find execution-themed float with blackface Obama Easter Island head funny

(Newser) - The Farmer's Fair is the biggest event in Aurora, Ind., each year, but this time around it also produced the biggest commotion. Per WCPO , a float in the festival's parade featured a person dressed as Hillary Clinton in an electric chair, with another portraying Donald Trump at the... More »

Cop Could've Arrested Man but Drove Him 100 Miles Instead

Ohio officer drove Mark Ross to Detroit for sister's funeral

(Newser) - A compassionate police officer in Ohio turned a traffic ticket into a road trip over the weekend, with the recipient of his kind deed calling the experience "overwhelming." Mark Ross found out Sunday morning his 15-year-old sister had died in a car accident, and he needed to get... More »

3 Days After Crash Kills Girlfriend, Man Crawls From Wreck

Kevin Bell, 39, finally escaped his SUV and sought help

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man seriously injured in a crash that killed his girlfriend was trapped in the SUV with her body for three days before he was able to crawl from the wreckage and seek help, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . Kevin Bell, 39, lost control of his Ford Explorer on a... More »

School District May Stop Honoring Its Valedictorians

Indiana officials worry honoring No. 1 student is fostering 'unhealthy competition'

(Newser) - While colleges debate the use of trigger warnings and safe spaces, administrators in Indiana's Greater Clark School District are worrying about one word in particular they say may cause students angst, SheKnows reports, via MSN . That word is "valedictorian," a title the district is mulling dumping in... More »

Ind. Residents: We Were Poisoned for Years

Complex soil tainted by lead, arsenic

(Newser) - Residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, Ind., remember having "mud fights" as kids, per the Guardian . Today, the once-happy memory haunts them. The EPA recently revealed that the top six inches of soil surrounding the complex—built atop a former smelting operation—contains 30 times... More »

World's Hottest Pepper Wreaks Havoc on Middle School

Carolina Reapers sicken more than two dozen students in Indiana

(Newser) - The inventor of the Carolina Reaper—the world's hottest pepper—describes it as "kind of like eating molten lava." "That's the best way to put it," he tells PRI . So you can only imagine what happened when a batch of Reapers made their way... More »

After 60 Years, Entomologist Returns Library's Bug Book

He must really love moths

(Newser) - A Purdue University entomology professor has returned a copy of The Moths of the Limberlost that he checked out 60 years ago at age 8, the AP reports. According to Indiana's WTWO-TV , Larry Murdock checked out the book from the Linton Public Library in in 1956. He says he... More »

Heroin Being Cut With Drug That Can Kill an Elephant

2 counties in Indiana and Ohio had up to 60 ODs in a 2-day period this week

(Newser) - One hundred times more potent than the drug that played a role in killing Prince and 10,000 times stronger than morphine, carfentanil is the strongest opioid commercially available—an animal tranquilizer so lethal it can kill if absorbed through the skin and permanently take out a 7-ton elephant, per... More »

Here's Why Amish Kids Don't Get Asthma as Often

They can probably thank the cows

(Newser) - You're probably less likely to see an Amish kid carrying around an inhaler, because they don't seem to get asthma as often as other kids—and researchers think it's due to the cows, Live Science reports. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine ... More »

Store Bars Muslim Woman Over Religious Veil

Sarah Safi just wanted to buy some charcoal

(Newser) - An Indiana woman who just wanted to buy charcoal for a family barbecue was kicked out of a Family Dollar in Indiana for wearing a traditional Islamic niqab, NBC Chicago reports. Soon after Sarah Safi entered the store Monday in Gary, an employee identifying herself as the manager told her... More »

Cops: Man Busted in Decades-Long Secret Life That Fooled His Wife

Richard Hoagland arrested thanks to search on

(Newser) - When Richard Hoagland fled Indiana in 1993, leaving behind four children from two families, he was considered missing and in 2003 declared dead. In reality, police say he was alive and well, living in Florida as Terry Jude Symansky, an unmarried Florida fisherman with no kids who drowned in 1991—... More »

14 Dogs Die When Air Conditioning in Truck Fails

No charges are planned in the tragedy

(Newser) - No criminal charges will be filed after 14 dogs died inside a hot truck when the air conditioning failed, prosecutors in northern Indiana said Tuesday. The dogs died Friday near a hotel in Roseland, just north of South Bend, where the dogs' handler was staying, the AP reports. The handler,... More »

9-Year-Old Finds Sunburned Newborn Left in Backyard

Infant was left in the sun for hours: police

(Newser) - At first, Elysia Laub thought she was looking at a piglet that had escaped her pig pen. Only when she summoned her mom did she realize that the bundle, wrapped in a black towel in the backyard of her family's home in Lowell, Ind., was actually a newborn baby... More »

Indiana Comeback Could Determine Senate Control

Democrat Evan Bayh expected to run

(Newser) - Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh is expected to make another run for Senate in Indiana, Democratic officials said Monday, a development that would dramatically improve the party's chances to win back the vacant seat, and Senate control along with it. Democrats have been courting Bayh for over a year... More »

Men Trying to Save Child Drown in Lake Michigan

Woman taken to hospital, child was unharmed

(Newser) - Two men drowned while trying to rescue a child struggling in powerful currents in Lake Michigan on Saturday. David Halford, 37, and Kyle Reibly, 26, were among a group of four that entered the water at Wells Street Beach in Gary, Ind., after the child around 2:30pm. "We... More »

Single Mega Millions Ticket Wins $540M

Winner is in Indiana, officials say

(Newser) - One jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, a lottery official said. Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty tells the AP the winning ticket was sold in Indiana. The consortium of lottery organizations that runs Mega Millions says a ticket matching all five white balls and the... More »

Study Finds Cause of 'Mystery Holes' in Sand Dune

Mount Baldy's woes caused by 'ghost forest' and 'cement'

(Newser) - The mystery holes that plague an Indiana sand dune —and triggered its public closure when one in July 2013 swallowed a 6-year-old boy who nearly died —are apparently caused by a "ghost forest" of underground trees and "cement." Per a recent study, buried trees at... More »

Man Charged With Raping 2 Women Gets Probation

John Enochs will only serve 1 day in jail

(Newser) - A former Indiana University student charged with raping two women will get off with a year of probation and one day in jail, WXIN reports. John Enochs took a plea deal and was sentenced Thursday, pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery. According to the New York Daily News , it's unclear... More »

Teacher Found Alive After Puzzling Disappearance

Cops still aren't sure what happened to Indiana woman

(Newser) - "This is the best result you could ever hope for—for people to be OK," Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard said late Tuesday after missing teacher Krista Perdue was found alive. The 42-year-old, who was last seen Sunday night and was reported missing Monday, was found lying near... More »

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