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Questions, Rumors After Fire That Killed 4 Young Sisters

Investigators believe November fire was intentionally set

(Newser) - What is known: In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, a fire killed four young sisters in their Flora, Ind., home. What isn't known: the cause of the fire—or whether it was intentionally set. After the fire that killed Keyana Davis, 11; Keyara Phillips, 9; Kerriele McDonald,... More »

Bride-to-Be Invites Homeless to Her Canceled Wedding

She turned a $30K disappointment into an act of charity

(Newser) - A young bride-to-be in Indiana turned what was supposed to be her fantasy wedding over the weekend into an act of charity. Sarah Cummins, a 25-year-old pharmacy student at Purdue University, was set to marry Logan Araujo at the Ritz Charles event venue in Carmel on Saturday, but after the... More »

'Ridiculous Fluke' Takes Life of 13-Year-Old

Noah Inman was killed by falling bullet

(Newser) - One moment, 13-year-old Indiana boy Noah Inman was playing basketball with friends on a summer evening. The next, he was on the ground, fatally injured by a bullet that had fallen from the sky. Noah died in a Chicago hospital on Friday, six days after he was hit by the... More »

Trump Surgeon General Pick Fought Indiana HIV Outbreak

Jerome Adams oversaw needle exchange program

(Newser) - President Trump nominated Indiana's health commissioner to serve as the next US surgeon general on Thursday, selecting an anesthesiologist who promoted needle exchange programs while serving under Vice President Mike Pence. The White House said Trump nominated Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the nation's chief doctor. Adams... More »

Kobe Bryant Tweet Gets High-Schoolers Out of Final

'Great lesson in the power of social media'

(Newser) - Truly, tweets and US government are hopelessly intertwined these days. WRTV reports a high school senior in Indianapolis got his entire US Government class out of their final—thanks to a retweet from Kobe Bryant. William Pate was told by his teacher, Mr. Belser, the final would be canceled if... More »

High School Senior Will Return in Fall as Teacher

Raven Osborne will receive a college degree 2 weeks before high school diploma

(Newser) - A full two weeks before graduating from high school, 18-year-old Raven Osborne will be getting another diploma… from college. According to CBS News , Osborne will graduate Friday from Purdue University Northwest, then graduate high school in Gary, Ind., on May 22. On-campus college courses are a graduation requirement at Osborne’... More »

Indiana Fighting Store Owner Over Cold Beer

Convenience stores in state can only sell warm beer

(Newser) - GOP leaders in the Indiana Statehouse have reached agreement on a measure targeting a convenience store owner who used a legal loophole to circumvent the state's stringent law governing who can sell cold beer. A copy of the proposed legislation obtained by the AP sets a bar so high... More »

Police Investigating Sex Abuse Video Posted Online

The 'heinous' video was shared on Facebook Live and elsewhere

(Newser) - Northern Indiana police say a number of people have viewed and shared on social media a video showing "heinous" sexual abuse of a high school student, the AP reports. The La Porte County Sheriff's Office says La Porte High School administrators and police learned about the video Thursday.... More »

Mushrooms, Pot, Making Out Don't Mix for Brothers

It all happened in front of an Indianapolis dumpster, say police

(Newser) - Sorry, Philly—Indianapolis gets to be the City of Brotherly Love this week. That's thanks to Timothy Batz, 21, and his 24-year-old sibling, Noah Batz, both accused of involvement in a chaotic story featuring drugs, nudity, assault, and an intense makeout session in front of a dumpster, WISH and... More »

Tips Pour in After Recording Released in Teen Girls' Murder

Police say recording of man saying 'down the hill' brought in 1,900 tips

(Newser) - Indiana police say they've received 1,900 more tips after releasing a recording of a voice saying "down the hill" on Wednesday, the Indy Star reports. Police believe the voice belongs to the man who killed two girls Feb. 13 while they were hiking on the Delphi Historic... More »

On Murdered Teen's Cellphone, a Voice Says, 'Down the Hill'

'There is no doubt in our minds that (Liberty German) is a hero,' say police

(Newser) - In her final moments, 14-year-old Liberty German did everything she could do to stay alive—and has given police chilling clues as to who murdered her and her best friend , 13-year-old Abigail Williams. "Down the hill," an ominous voice rasps on an audio recording from Liberty's cellphone... More »

Stereotype-Defying Mayor, 35, Could Be Next DNC Chief

Buzz is building around Pete Buttigieg

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg may not be a household name, but the youthful Indiana mayor just might end up becoming the next chief of the Democratic National Committee, which chooses its new leader Saturday. The South Bend mayor, who turned 35 last month, is being seen as somebody who could break through... More »

Mystery Man Now 'Main Suspect' in Girls' Murders

Indiana cops cite 'totality of evidence' in killing of Liberty German, Abigail Williams

(Newser) - A man photographed walking along a northern Indiana trail system around the time two teenage girls later found slain were dropped off by a relative is now considered "the main suspect," State Police said Sunday. The unidentified man previously had been considered a person authorities wanted to speak... More »

Cops Search Home After Murder of Hiking Girls

But no arrests made following Thursday's search

(Newser) - Liberty German loved to go hiking, and safety was a regular topic of discussion in her home. "It was something that I stressed, but I guess not enough," says Liberty's grandfather, who raised the teen along with his wife. Like many in the small Indiana community of... More »

Cops Seek This Man in Murder of 2 Hiking Girls

He was spotted in area where Indiana teens were killed on Monday

(Newser) - Indiana State Police are trying to track down a man photographed at the Delphi Historic Trails on Monday around the time two teenage girls were killed there. Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were dropped off at the popular hiking spot by a family member around 1pm Monday. Their... More »

Girls, 13, Who Went Missing While Hiking Found Dead

Bodies are confirmed to be those of Liberty German and Abigail Williams

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old Indiana girls had Monday off from school and were dropped off at a popular hiking spot in Delphi, but didn't show up when it was time for them to be picked up—and on Tuesday, their bodies were found. On Wednesday, police officially identified the bodies as... More »

After Son's Murder, Mom Helped Killer Hide the Body

Breanna Arnold kept body in dresser before it was burned: police

(Newser) - The mother of a 3-year-old boy whose burned body was found in a wooded area in Indiana has been sentenced to 20 years in prison—though not in relation to his death. Breanna Arnold, 22, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison with 2.5 years suspended on Tuesday... More »

Fired IT Guy Demands $200K to Unlock Data

Online college couldn't access account

(Newser) - An IT worker fired for refusing to relocate demanded $200,000 to unlock a Google account with the emails and coursework of 2,000 students, an online college claims. The American College of Education alleges in a lawsuit that Triano Williams changed the password on the account and demanded the... More »

Indiana Town Will No Longer Jail You for Playing Pinball

A 61-year ban on the game was just lifted in Kokomo

(Newser) - "My wife and I have always dreamed our son will live in a place where pinball is legal," Steve Whikehart tells Fox 59 . "After 40 years that dream will become a reality." The city council member sponsored legislation, signed into law Tuesday, that reversed a 61-year-old... More »

An Entire Town's Police Force Just Resigned

While accusing town council of 'unethical and immoral things'

(Newser) - A small Indiana town is entirely without a police force after a series of resignations Monday. (Editor's note: Criminals, please don't read any farther.) The AP reports Bunker Hill's town marshal and four unpaid reserve deputies submitted their letters of resignation during Monday's town council... More »

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