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FBI ID's Chemicals That Sickened Cops in Motel

Police outside Atlanta said three officers will recover

(Newser) - The FBI has identified the chemicals that made three Atlanta-area cops sick in a motel room where a body was found Saturday. Per WSB-TV , the police officers were sickened by a combination of household cleaning agents, though they were not specified. The DeKalb County police said Sunday that the officers... More »

Washington State Suit: Motel 6 Sold Its Guests Out to ICE

Complaint says budget hotel chain voluntarily gave up personal guest info to immigration officials

(Newser) - Washington state is suing Motel 6 for selling out its guests, accusing the budget motel chain of voluntarily giving ICE officials daily lists with guests' driver's license numbers, DOBs, and room numbers, reports KIRO 7 . "The scale of what Motel 6 was doing is deeply disturbing to me,... More »

Cuba Wants to Help Its People Have Sex

State-run 'love motels' to return to Havana amid lack of privacy driven by housing crisis

(Newser) - Cuba wants to help its citizens have sex … in private. As the BBC reports, it's not unusual to see couples getting intimate in Havana's public areas, like parks and beaches, because they don't have the privacy to do so at home. The nation's housing crunch... More »

Teen Forced to Have Sex With 1K Men Sues Philly Motel

Says hotel, employees turned a blind eye to sex trafficking

(Newser) - From the outside, Philadelphia's Roosevelt Inn may look any other motel. It's actually the city's "epicenter of human trafficking," according to prosecutors. In a lawsuit filed Friday, a 17-year-old girl details how she was "sold into sexual slavery" at the 107-room motel in 2013,... More »

Cops: Man Held Veteran, 81, Captive in Motel for Years

Suspect accused of stealing ex-Marine's benefit checks

(Newser) - A man held an 81-year-old Marine Corps veteran hostage in his squalid motel room for at least four years in order to steal his benefits checks, authorities say. Perry Coniglio was arrested Tuesday in his room adjoining the victim's at a motel in Highlands, NY. The motel sits next... More »

Motel Owner Secretly Watched Guests Have Sex for 29 Years

Gay Talese tells story of the 'greatest voyeur in the world'

(Newser) - For 29 years, motel owner Gerald Foos watched hundreds, perhaps thousands, of guests having sex, going to the bathroom, and more at the Manor House Motel in Colorado. Now the story of the "greatest voyeur in the world" is out in the open, thanks to an article published in... More »

Cop Kills Son, Mistaking Him for Intruder

Off-duty officer Michael Leach was staying in motel

(Newser) - An off-duty New York police officer shot dead his own son, believing he was an intruder, he told investigators. Michael Leach, 59, was staying in an upstate motel over the weekend when he opened fire on his 37-year-old son, Matthew, of Rochester. Leach used his department-issued .45-caliber Glock in the... More »

'Hidden Homeless' Turn to Motels

Recession forces middle-income families into uncomfortable new quarters

(Newser) - As the economy leaves people without the income they need to afford a mortgage or monthly rent, more and more families find themselves checking into motels for indefinite stays. While they may be a step above homeless shelters, motels bring with them a unique set of problems as long-term stopgaps,... More »

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