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NRA's Top Lawyer Was Convicted of Murder

But a high court overturned Robert Dowlut's sentence

(Newser) - The NRA's top lawyer argues in favor of gun ownership for self-defense—but it turns out he was convicted of shooting a woman in cold blood 50 years ago, Mother Jones reports. In 1964, a jury found Robert Dowlut guilty of killing his girlfriend's mother in South Bend,... More »

Women Run Over by Train, Survive, Flee the Scene

Cops have identified 2 alleged trespassers

(Newser) - A camera mounted on a 14,000-ton freight train in southern Indiana captured what was likely a heart-stopping moment for the engineer: the sight of two women lying down on the tracks right before the train ran them over. Even though the engineer thought he had struck and killed the... More »

2 More Courts Find Gay Marriage Bans Unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage's post-DOMA winning streak continues

(Newser) - Same-sex marriage continued its remarkable legal winning streak today, as a federal appeals court affirmed that Utah's ban was unconstitutional, and a separate court said the same of Indiana's ban. The Utah decision is the first such ruling from a federal appeals court, according to the AP . "... More »

DNA Used to Catch Man Voting Over and Over

Robert Monroe cast 5 ballots in Wisconsin recall vote: police

(Newser) - How convinced may Robert Monroe have been that his vote in the 2012 presidential election mattered? So much so that the Wisconsin man allegedly cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 then rented a car and drove some 250 miles to Lebanon, Ind., five days later, using... More »

Indiana: We Can't Afford to Reduce Prison Rape

State decides it's better off losing federal grants

(Newser) - Indiana's governor says the state will not be implementing federal guidelines for reducing prison rape because the cost is too high and it has other spending priorities. State officials say complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act passed in 2003 and signed into law by George W. Bush would... More »

Pig Virus Mysteriously Returns to Indiana Farm

More herd loss and soaring pork prices expected

(Newser) - Bad news for America’s hog belt: Reuters has reported confirmation of a second outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus , or PEDv, at an unnamed Indiana farm, dashing previous hopes that afflicted pigs develop immunity and are safe from being re-infected for at least a few years. This confirmed outbreak... More »

Judge in '0INK' Case: Plate Rules Make No Sense

Indiana court orders state to clarify guidelines

(Newser) - Quick, which of these license plates was approved and which rejected in Indiana: HATER or HATERS? You probably couldn't tell, and that, along with a host of other similar seemingly random discrepancies, led a judge to yesterday declare the state's system for approving personalized plates unconstitutional, the Indy ... More »

US Gets First Case of Deadly MERS Virus

Traveler from Saudi Arabia is infected in Indiana hospital

(Newser) - The CDC today is reporting an unwanted milestone—the first known case of a deadly virus known as MERS has shown up in the US, reports NBC News . The patient is an unidentified health care worker who traveled to the US from Saudi Arabia and is now being treated at... More »

Girl Born Safely After Crash That Hurt Mom, Killed Dad

Rebecca and Jesse Sperry hit from behind by driver cops thought was high

(Newser) - On April 6, 22-year-old Rebecca Sperry was due to have labor induced and give birth to her first child with husband Jesse, 23. The Indiana couple set out that morning to go to church and run errands, but that afternoon an SUV—driven by an off-duty cop thought by police... More »

Mystery Holes Appear at Indiana Dunes

Officials shut down Mount Baldy as they try to solve geological oddity

(Newser) - Officials have shut down a popular public sand dune in Indiana where mysterious holes are appearing—one of which swallowed up a boy for three hours last summer, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. Two more holes have opened up since then and other depressions have been sighted, prompting the... More »

Mystery Surrounds 'Indiana's Own Indiana Jones'

More rumors than facts about 91-year-old Don Miller

(Newser) - He has a chunk of concrete from Adolf Hitler's bunker. He helped build the atomic bomb. These are just two of the rumors swirling about the 91-year-old Indiana man who this week saw his home and private artifact collection invaded by the FBI . But little is known for sure... More »

FBI Reveals 91-Year-Old's Incredible Artifact Stash

Don Miller says thousands of objects are rightfully his

(Newser) - The FBI spent yesterday at a somewhat unlikely place: the Indiana home of 91-year-old Don Miller, a man the bureau describes as an "amateur archaeologist." Its art crime team is currently going through his private collection of thousands of Native American cultural artifacts as well as pieces from... More »

Man Tracks Down Abandoned Baby He Saved—in 1955

Dave Hickman was 14 when he found girl left to die in field

(Newser) - Every time you read about an abandoned newborn and think, "what kind of depraved human being would do that?", you're having exactly the same thought 14-year-old Dave Hickman did on Sept. 22, 1955, when he found a days-old baby girl left to die in the Indiana field where... More »

Sheriff Catches Quadruple Killer

Michael David Elliot captured after breaking out of prison

(Newser) - A convicted killer who escaped from a Michigan prison yesterday and carjacked a woman has been arrested after a car chase in rural LaPorte Country, Indiana, WNDU reports. Michael David Elliot, 40, allegedly stole a woman's red jeep and abandoned it in the small town of Shipshewana, Indiana, this... More »

Woman Sent to Jail for 2 Days Stuck There for 154

It's a 'big screw-up' in Indiana

(Newser) - What's worse than going to jail? Being stuck there for 77 times your original sentence. That's what happened to a 34-year-old woman from Jeffersonville, Ind., who was ordered to serve two days in the Clark County jail after submitting a diluted drug test—in August. Destiny Hoffman was... More »

3 Dead in Indiana Supermarket Shooting

Gunman shot 2 victims before he was killed by police

(Newser) - Three people are dead after a deadly shooting last night in Elkhart, Indiana: A gunman entered Martin's Super Market just after 10pm and began firing "from one area of the store to the next," killing two women before he was shot dead by police. The gunman—a... More »

Groom Killed After Stopping to Help Motorist

Indiana man was run over just hours after wedding

(Newser) - An Indiana woman became a widow while still wearing her wedding dress when her husband was run over and killed after stopping to help a motorist in trouble. Nikki Knight says she and new husband William Riley Knight were on their way to a hotel just a few hours after... More »

Indiana Hero Teen Shot Dead by Friend

Cops say he thought gun was empty

(Newser) - An Indiana teenager honored for saving two young lives with an act of heroism has had her life taken away by what appears to have been an act of incredible stupidity. Court papers say Aubrey Peters, 16, was shot dead Sunday night by a friend who was showing off his... More »

$43 Land Sale May Force Blind Senior From Home

Dolores Pittman didn't know about transaction

(Newser) - Dolores Pittman moved into her home when she was 12 years old; after 55 years, she could soon be forced out. That's because the land beneath her northwest Indiana home was sold for $43 at a tax sale a few years ago—a sale Pittman didn't know about,... More »

Indiana's Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional: Judge

But Republicans think state Supreme Court will overturn ruling

(Newser) - The latest in the contentious battle over Indiana's right-to-work law: A judge has ruled the law unconstitutional, and the state attorney general's office says it will appeal directly to the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indianapolis Star reports. Last year, Indiana became the 23rd US state to ban mandatory... More »

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