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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 »

In Puzzling Case, a Teacher Goes Missing

Krista Perdue seems to have left everything behind when she disappeared Monday

(Newser) - Authorities are "puzzled" over Monday's disappearance of an Indiana schoolteacher, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reports. Samuel Perdue says his wife, 42-year-old Krista Perdue, got sick on Sunday so they slept in separate bedrooms. He says he went to check on her Monday morning after he "kind... More »

Synthetic Pot Blamed for Toddler's Death

Charges are possible in tragic Indiana case

(Newser) - Synthetic marijuana was at least partly responsible for the tragic death of a toddler in Indiana last month, according to a coroner's report. The report states that the death of 20-month-old Kaylei Carter involved "streptococcal sepsis with contributing synthetic cannibinoids," which were found in her system, reports... More »

LA Pride Suspect Fled a Child Molestation Probe

He allegedly had sex with 12-year-old

(Newser) - It still isn't clear what James Howell was doing en route to an LA Pride event with weapons and explosives in his car—police say he had no connection to the Orlando shooting—but we now know more about him: The 20-year-old Indiana man was charged with child molestation... More »

'This Is Who I Married': Photo of Lost Finger Goes Viral

Libby Sanders says she can't imagine "a sweeter, kinder man"

(Newser) - Libby Sanders' husband is willing to let her paint one of his pinky nails for life—because she lost hers, US Weekly reports. The Indiana mother of five had her left pinky finger amputated in March after a freak accident with a screen door that seemed mild at first, per... More »

Fiorina Introduces Cruz Family, Falls Off Stage

Ouch

(Newser) - Carly Fiorina's introduction of Ted Cruz and his family Sunday in La Porte, Indiana, didn't go exactly as planned, Mashable reports. "Welcome your next First Family—Heidi Cruz, your next First Lady, Caroline and Catherine, and the next President of the United States, Ted Cruz!" says... More »

Poll: Cruz's Plan to Stop Trump Backfires Big Time

Indiana voters aren't pleased with divide-and-conquer scheme

(Newser) - The tables have turned for Sen. Ted Cruz in Indiana ahead of Tuesday's primary vote, though not in the direction he was hoping. On Saturday night, the Indianapolis Star reported that the Texas senator had a healthy 16-point lead over Trump in voter support (44.8% to 29%, per... More »

Indiana Now Make-or-Break for Trump Foes

State could be Cruz's last stand

(Newser) - Despite what Donald Trump says , the GOP race isn't over, but his foes are running out of time. After Trump's five big wins on Tuesday night, all eyes—except possibly those of John Kasich —are on Indiana, which votes next Tuesday. With 54 delegates at stake, awarded... More »

Guy Staged His Own Death to Stop Marine Ex's Alleged Murder Plot

Brad Sutherland says she wanted him dead

(Newser) - Talk about a murder plot: In February, cops told Brad Sutherland that his Marine ex-girlfriend wanted him dead, but her boyfriend—himself a Marine Corps sniper with an infamous past—had warned authorities of the plan. The ex-girlfriend, Laura Buckingham, allegedly tried hiring a hit man who was really a... More »

2-Year-Old Fatally Finds a Gun in Mom's Purse

Boy died from a single gunshot wound: police

(Newser) - A 2-year-old boy is dead after climbing onto a kitchen counter, pulling a handgun from his mom's purse, and shooting himself while she "had momentarily stepped away." Police say they arrived at the Indianapolis home around 9pm Wednesday and found the boy with a single gunshot wound.... More »

Face Transplant Recipient: 'I Can Feel Everything'

Mitchell Hunter speaks out for the first time

(Newser) - Mitchell Hunter was the second recipient of a full face transplant in the US, and five years after the procedure, he's talking publicly about his success story. "I feel just as healthy as I did when I was 21, and I feel great," the Indiana 35-year-old tells... More »

Why Indiana Is the Real GOP Primary to Watch

Kasich says he already has support of most Hoosier delegates

(Newser) - With polls predicting a big win for Donald Trump in New York's GOP primary on Tuesday, the New York Times looks ahead to a state that could make or break his quest to win a majority of delegates: Indiana, which votes on May 3. With Trump expected to win... More »

Proselytizing Indiana State Trooper Gets Fired

Brian Hamilton has been sued twice for his on-the-job preaching

(Newser) - If you got pulled over by Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton, there's a chance you would have gotten a ticket … and a sermon. And, state police officials say, it was Hamilton's penchant for proselytizing that cost him his job, the Indianapolis Star reports. He was fired Thursday... More »

Daughter of Found Mom: 'I Will Never Call Her Again'

Tammy Miller doesn't expect a happy ending

(Newser) - A woman whose mother went missing for 40 years says she doesn't predict any joyous reunion—and feels fresh pain knowing her mom is alive, People reports. "I'm angry," says Tammy Miller, 45, whose mother, Lula Ann Gillespie-Miller, 69, was discovered Thursday in a small Texas... More »

2 Bakeries Have Been Feuding Over Square Donuts for a Decade

And now it's gone to court

(Newser) - There's a doughnut war going down in the Middle West. The AP reports two Indiana bakeries share a love for four-sided doughnuts, but one believes the state has room for only one square doughnut-maker. Terre Haute-based Square Donuts has been making its doughnuts since the 1960s, according to the... More »

New Indiana Law: No Abortions for Fetal Defects

Gov. Mike Pence says bill he signed 'affirms the value of all human life'

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome. It's due to take effect in July, but Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says it will ask a court to block... More »

Missing Toddler's Body Found; Family Friend Held

Kyle Parker's charges include unlawful disposal of a body

(Newser) - Police have found the body of a 1-year-old girl 36 hours after she was reported missing from her father's Indiana home. Police made the discovery in Gosport, near the White River, just after 6pm Thursday and have charged Kyle Parker, 22, with obstruction of justice, unlawful disposal of a... More »

HS Basketball Team Hospitalized After Bus Overturns

Several coaches and players were injured

(Newser) - A northwest Indiana high school basketball coach has been airlifted to a hospital after a bus carrying 26 players and staff overturned on an interstate on Saturday, the AP reports. School officials said the Griffith High School boys basketball team was traveling to a state semifinal game in Lafayette when... More »

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