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Fatal Disease on Rise in Humans, Deer in Wisconsin

Chronic wasting disease seen more amid worries deer may pass it to humans

(Newser) - Variants of a fatal brain disease are on the rise in both deer and humans across the country and especially in Wisconsin, leaving some worrying that the deer version, called chronic wasting disease, may be spreading to people. And while a cross-species jump to humans has yet to be observed,... More »

After Man Falls Into Hot Spring, 'No Remains Left to Recover'

Colin Nathaniel Scott wandered more than 200 yards off the boardwalk

(Newser) - The search has been called off for the body of a 23-year-old Oregon man who wandered some 225 yards off the boardwalk in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and was spotted falling into the Norris Geyser Basin on Tuesday. The AP reports Colin Nathaniel Scott's sister saw him slip... More »

Woman Killed During Midget Racing Lesson

New Jersey company says its cars can top 90mph

(Newser) - A young woman died Saturday while learning how to drive three-quarter midget race cars on a speedway in Middletown, NJ, the Asbury Park Press reports. Police say Amanda Gambacorto, 21, was driving behind another car when she lost control and hit the track wall head-on at about 12:30pm. The... More »

Unarmed Man Dies in Police Chokehold

Staten Island dad allegedly sold untaxed cigarettes

(Newser) - An unarmed Staten Island man died yesterday after police put him in a choke-hold and he shouted "I can't breathe!" at least nine times, New York reports. Eric Garner, 43, a father of six and a grandfather, can be seen in an eyewitness video standing on a... More »

Girl Found Dead on Morning After Prom

Jacqueline Gomez had partied all night with her date, witnesses say

(Newser) - A teenage girl celebrated her prom night by partying in a hotel room with her date, and ended up dead the next morning—possibly from a mix of alcohol and prescription painkillers, KHOU reports. Jacqueline Gomez, 17, was excited about her MacArthur High School prom in Houston, showing her dress... More »

Girl Killed at School—for Rejecting Prom Invite?

Connecticut teenager stabbed in school hallway: police

(Newser) - A Connecticut teenager was fatally stabbed at school this morning, apparently by a boy who wanted to take her to tonight's junior prom, the Hartford Courant reports. Police say Maren Sanchez, 16, was attacked in the hall at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., and died about a... More »

Pregnant Coach, Driver Killed in Lacrosse Team Bus Crash

Vehicle smashes into tree off the Pennsylvania Turnpike

(Newser) - A tour bus carrying a college's women's lacrosse team to a game went off the Pennsylvania Turnpike today and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach and the driver and sending others to hospitals, authorities said. Lacrosse players from Seton Hill University and three coaches were among... More »

Guard Killed, 19 Injured in Mississippi Prison Riot

Officials battle to bring privately run facility under control

(Newser) - A 23-year-old guard has been killed and 16 workers injured in a riot by hundreds of inmates at a private Mississippi prison. Three inmates were also hospitalized, though one has since been returned to prison. The riot broke out at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez at around 2:... More »

Sharks Kill Kite-Surfer in Florida

Victim was in cardiac arrest when lifeguard brought him to shore

(Newser) - A kite-surfer died yesterday after being bitten by sharks in the waters off a southern Florida beach. A lifeguard swam out to find Stephen Schafer, 38, bleeding profusely from multiple wounds with a group of sharks in the area. The guard got him to shore, but he died at a... More »

Pamplona Bull Kills Man; First Fatality in 14 Years

(Newser) - A man was gored to death during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, today—the first fatality at the celebrated festival since 1995. The victim, believed to be British, was rushed to the hospital with injuries to his neck and lung, but doctors failed to resuscitate him. The... More »

Cops Can't ID Boy Buried in NM Park

(Newser) - An autopsy was performed today on a boy found buried in a public playground in Albuquerque, NM, but he remains unidentified, KOB.com reports. About 50 investigators are canvassing the area around Alvarado Park to identify the 3- to 5-year-old or a suspect. A mother taking her own kids to... More »

Why Swine Flu Is Deadlier in Mexico

It may not be at all; it's probably a measurement problem

(Newser) - Why is swine flu deadlier on one side of the US-Mexico border than the other? Writing in Slate, David Dobbs examines some explanations as to why the virus has killed about 100 of 1,600 infected in Mexico, and zero of 300 in the United States. The best bet is... More »

2 Dead in Texas Wildfires; Flames Recede

But blazes seem to be dying down: firefighters

(Newser) - Two people have died after wildfires in Texas engulfed their property, CNN reports. Matt and Cathy Quinn are so far the only fatalities reported from fires that burned parts of Texas and Oklahoma yesterday. Matt Quinn was a former reporter for WFAA-TV, a local news station. The wildfires are petering... More »

Carrier, Plane Had Clean Safety Record

Colgan Air has a clean flight record

(Newser) - The operator of the commuter flight that crashed near Buffalo and killed 50 people hadn’t had any major accidents on passenger flights in its 18-year history, the Houston Chronicle reports. Nor does the model of plane that crashed, the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprops, have a record of trouble.... More »

Culkin Sister Hit by Car, Dies

(Newser) - Macaulay Culkin’s older sister, Dakota, died yesterday at UCLA Hospital after being hit by a car the night before, E! reports. She was struck by a vehicle when she stepped into a Los Angeles street; the driver attempted to help her, and police determined he was not under the... More »

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