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Woman Busted in Plot to Kill Stephen Hawking

She had maps and documents detailing her astronomy-festival scheme

(Newser) - An American woman was arrested Wednesday in Spain for sending dozens of death threats to Stephen Hawking then trailing him to an astronomy festival in the Canary Islands, Gizmodo reports. According to El Pais , the unnamed 37-year-old woman lives in Norway and has no previous criminal record. Authorities were tipped... More »

An Albino Snake Is Plaguing the Canary Islands

There are as many as thousands per square mile ... underground

(Newser) - Pet snakes have led to big problems in the Canary Islands, quite literally: Biologists say an albino variety of California kingsnake, bred in captivity in San Diego, is now obliterating native animal populations after some of the snakes came to the islands as pets and escaped. The snakes are 30%... More »

Island's Sole Power Sources: Wind, Water

Spain's El Hierro will be completely self-sufficient

(Newser) - El Hierro, the tiniest and most southerly of Spain's Canary Islands, is surrounded by no small amount of volcanic activity , but it's turning to the power of wind- and water-driven energy for 100% of its 10,000 inhabitants' needs. In a move that would make it the world'... More »

5 Dead in Canary Islands as Cruise Ship Drill Goes Awry

Lifeboat fell from British-flagged vessel, injured 3

(Newser) - Spanish officials say five people have been killed and three injured when a lifeboat fell into the sea off a cruise ship that was tied up at the port of Santa Cruz in the Canary Islands. A government statement said rescue personnel were called dockside at 7:05am EST today... More »

Underwater Lava May Create New Canary Island

The mass keeps growing and growing ...

(Newser) - An underwater volcano near the Canary Islands has been gushing lava for three weeks and might just form a brand-new island. The erupting magma has reached 330 feet above the sea floor, and it needs to reach up another 490 feet to break the surface of the Atlantic, reports Der ... More »

Tenerife Beheading: Was Killer Copying Predator?

Friend says Deyan Deyanov loved sci-fi film, decapitation scenes

(Newser) - Deyan Deyanov, the man accused of beheading British grandmother Jennifer Mills-Westley on Tenerife last Friday, was obsessed with the movie Predator and may have been trying to copy its decapitation attacks, a friend says. Deyanov, 28, even had a tattoo on his arm featuring characters from the film’s fictional... More »

Before Beheading, Attacker Asked for Large Knife

Store owner threw him out, but didn't report threat

(Newser) - Another tragic twist in the Tenerife beheading story : Before the attack, Deyan Valentinov Deyanov asked a store owner for a large knife because, he said, "I'm going to kill someone." But the shopkeeper didn't report the threat to police. Deyanov was caught on the store's... More »

Beheading Victim Begged for Help

Jennifer Mills-Westley alerted security guard to threats

(Newser) - Before the horrifying attack that took her life Friday, Jennifer Mills-Westley took refuge in a social security office and told a security guard there that a vagrant had threatened her. But after waiting for her tormentor to move on, Mills-Westley left and entered the discount store next door. There, 28-year-old... More »

Man Beheads Woman in Supermarket

Canary Islands attack appears to be random

(Newser) - A truly horrifying story out of the Canary Islands: A man emerged from a supermarket there yesterday morning holding a human head. The suspect, a homeless Bulgarian man with a police record identified as Deyan Valentinov, apparently beheaded a British woman in a random attack on the Spanish resort island... More »

Airbus A320 Makes Forced Landing on Canary Islands

(Newser) - An Airbus A320 experienced engine trouble shortly after takeoff today from the Canary Islands and was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing. The Spanish Iberworld airliner was headed from Gran Canaria to Oslo, Norway, said Spanish national airport authority AENA. No one was hurt and the plane... More »

Flap Error May Have Caused Spanair Crash

Electrical failure kept pilots from getting warning, investigators believe

(Newser) - Pilots of the Spanair jet that crashed last month didn't extend the aircraft's flaps before takeoff—and an electrical malfunction likely kept them from getting a warning about it, the Wall Street Journal reports. The flaps, on the backs of wings, are needed for an extra lift when an aircraft... More »

3rd Spanair Flight Suffers Technical Problems

Issues force second diversion in 2 days for airline

(Newser) - Technical issues forced Spanair to divert one of its jets today, the second consecutive day that’s happened for the Spanish airline rocked by last week’s deadly crash in Madrid, the AP reports. An MD-80 jet—the same series as Wednesday’s ill-fated aircraft—returned to Granada after communications... More »

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