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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 »

Chick-fil-A Worker Puts Everyone Else's Work Ethic to Shame

Teen Jakeem Tyler worked in spite of car-crash injuries to raise money for homeless

(Newser) - When Cameron Nelson stopped off at an Indiana Chick-fil-A to grab a bite last week, he was surprised by the person he found behind the counter: a teenager working hard with one arm in a sling and a neck brace on. That teen was Jakeem Tyler, and his dedication to... More »

Trump's Latest Target: Carrier Union President

Leader accused president-elect of lying about saving jobs

(Newser) - In the four weeks he has been president-elect, Donald Trump's tweets have targeted the New York Times, the cast of Hamilton, China, flag-burners, Boeing, and Saturday Night Live, among others—and now it's the turn of Chuck Jones, president of the union that represents Carrier employees in Indianapolis.... More »

Trump Delivers on a Major Campaign Jobs Promise

Saves almost 1K jobs at an Indianapolis air-conditioning plant

(Newser) - With almost two months to go until Inauguration Day, Donald Trump has managed to fulfill a major campaign promise. In what appears to be a huge victory for the president-elect, Carrier Corp announced Tuesday that Trump had saved almost 1,000 jobs at an Indianapolis air-conditioning plant, NBC News reports.... More »

Mom Poisoned Son With Feces During Cancer Treatment: Cops

She's charged with felonies including aggravated battery

(Newser) - A 15-year-old cancer patient may have missed his best shot at remission, say doctors, and it's allegedly because of his mother. Doctors say the Wolcott, Indiana, teen underwent his first chemotherapy treatment for leukemia in September but returned to Riley Hospital for Children days later suffering from fever, vomiting,... More »

Trump: I'm Spending Thanksgiving Fighting for Jobs

He says he's 'working hard' to keep factory in US

(Newser) - Donald Trump has softened on a few campaign promises lately but he says he spent Thanksgiving trying to fulfill one: Persuading Carrier Corp. to keep an air-con factory in Indiana instead of moving it to Mexico. He tweeted Thursday that he was "working hard" on saving the factory and... More »

To Be More Inclusive, City Renames 'Good Friday'

Bloomington, Indiana, changes Columbus Day, too

(Newser) - Bloomington, Indiana, city employees will indeed get paid time off for Good Friday and Columbus Day in 2017, but the holidays won't go by those names anymore. Mayor John Hamilton on Friday announced via memo that as a way to "demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity," the days... More »

Pence Goes to Court to Protect Emails

Some legal experts are calling attempt to shield email a 'dangerous precedent'

(Newser) - In November 2014, when President Obama announced his plan to remedy American's "broken immigration system"—including deferring deportation for illegal immigrants who had been in the US for a certain amount of time or who had children born in this country—not everyone was happy about it.... More »

One Cubs Fan Spent Game 7 in Dark Cemetery

Wayne Williams was keeping a promise to his father

(Newser) - Hours before the Chicago Cubs took the field for the final game of a historic World Series, 68-year-old Wayne Williams Jr. made the 650-mile drive from his home in North Carolina to Indiana to keep a promise to his father, the News & Observer reports. "We had a pact,... More »

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