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High Priestess of Tokyo Shrine Killed With Samurai Sword

Police say her brother also killed accomplice before taking own life

(Newser) - The former high priest of a famous Tokyo shrine killed his older sister, an accomplice, and finally himself with a samurai sword Thursday in what police believe was a feud over succession. Police say 58-year-old Nagako Tomioka, the high priestess of the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, was killed by her brother,... More »

Cops: Teen Driver Livestreamed Crash That Killed Little Sister

Obdulia Sanchez is charged in accident

(Newser) - An 18-year-old in California faces charges of vehicular manslaughter in a crash that killed her younger sister—and a key piece of evidence against her may be an Instagram video she was livestreaming before, during, and after the crash, reports KFSN . Police also accused Obdulia Sanchez of drunk driving. The... More »

Dylann Roof's Sister Cancels Her Wedding

She was supposed to get married this weekend

(Newser) - Dylann Roof's sister was supposed to be married tomorrow, but his alleged murder of nine people inside a Charleston church has forced her to postpone, reports People . Amber Roof, 27, was scheduled to wed Army Reserve recruiter Michael Tyo at a venue in Lexington, South Carolina, but the ceremony... More »

4 Sisters, 4 Babies, 4 Days

Paging the Guinness Book of World Records...

(Newser) - On Friday, Saby Pazos gave birth to a son named Abel. A few hours later, her physician delivered baby Ashley to Saby's sister, Leslie. The next day, the physician was back at the Chicagoland hospital, as sister No. 3, Lilian, welcomed Emily into the world. It gets even more unusual... More »

Janet on Michael: 'He Loved to Laugh'

He had a big heart and bigger sense of humor

(Newser) - Janet Jackson opens up about her late brother in next month’s Harper’s Bazaar. Though she speaks to her own troubles—“people can have rhinoceros skin, but there's a point when something's going to hurt you”—and the family—“people said to me that Michael's daughter... More »

Freed Journo Ling Shops Book With Sister

Book to explore issues of sisterhood, journalism

(Newser) - That was quick: One of the journalists imprisoned in North Korea and freed earlier this month is shopping a book proposal, the Wall Street Journal reports. Laura Ling’s book will be written in collaboration with her sister, Lisa, and proposes to deal not only with Laura's detention but... More »

Sorry, Brother, Sisters Are Good for You

Researchers say female siblings encourage communication while brothers clam up

(Newser) - It's not quite "girls rule, boys drool," but it's close. A new study says growing up with a sister turns people into happier and better-balanced adults. University of Ulster researchers studied hundreds of families and found that female siblings encouraged healthy communication and family cohesion, while brothers tended... More »

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