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After 15 Years, Sculptor Finds Source of Illness: Her Own Art

Gillian Genser worked with mussel shells, ended up with heavy-metal poisoning

(Newser) - Gillian Genser is a Canadian sculptor who works only with natural materials, and in Toronto Life magazine, she recounts her own personal medical mystery. About 20 years ago, she began suffering debilitating symptoms such as constant headaches, frequent vomiting, aching muscles, and cramped hands. Specialists couldn't figure it out.... More »

Intel Firm: Here's News on the 2nd Poisoning Suspect

Bellingcat says Alexander Petrov is really a doctor-spy

(Newser) - One of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a trained doctor who works for Russian military intelligence and traveled to Britain under an alias, investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday. Bellingcat says on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is... More »

German Doctors: Pussy Riot Poisoning 'Highly Plausible'

Pyotr Verzilov is expected to recover

(Newser) - German doctors treating a member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot said Tuesday that claims he was poisoned are "highly plausible," but stressed they can't say how this might have occurred or who was responsible, the AP reports. Pyotr Verzilov has been receiving intensive care since arriving... More »

Severely Ill Pussy Riot Member 'Poisoned for Political Reasons'

Pyotr Verzilov is being flown to Berlin

(Newser) - A member of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group says a severely ill fellow activist was being taken to Germany on Saturday for treatment after his suspected poisoning. Maria Alekhina tells the AP that Pyotr Verzilov was being flown to Berlin, but she did not give details. Independent news site... More »

Meal After Man's Wake Kills at Least 8

More are sickened in Peru

(Newser) - At least eight people who attended a man's wake have died after eating contaminated food at the service in Peru, reports the BBC . Dozens more remain sick, and Reuters actually has the death toll at 10. The culprit is a meat stew served at the wake in the San... More »

'Hero' Dog Saved Humans. One Allegedly Killed It

Poisoning suspected in death of rescue dog Kaos

(Newser) - "Keep up your work up there, keep looking for the missing and saving lives." It's an unusual message for a deceased dog, but an appropriate one for Kaos, a German shepherd credited with helping find survivors buried in Italy following a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly... More »

Britain May Have Spotted Russian Suspects in Poisonings

Two reports say that authorities identified at least two people in airport surveillance

(Newser) - It looks like Britain may have identified at least two suspects in the Novichok poisonings—and they're Russians. Authorities have not publicly made any announcement, but CNN and the British news agency the Press Association (here via the BBC ) are each reporting the development. Investigators pored over surveillance... More »

Couple Sickened by Novichok Handled Contaminated Item

Charlie Rowley, Dawn Sturgess described as found foaming at the mouth

(Newser) - The UK on Wednesday confirmed that the two people who lie critically ill in Salisbury District Hospital were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. The BBC reports the pair are Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44; Metropolitan Police on Thursday... More »

Maryland's Bald Eagle Die-Off Finally Explained

The 13 birds ingested a banned pesticide

(Newser) - Thirteen bald eagles found dead on farmland in Maryland's Eastern Shore in the state's largest die-off of the birds in 30 years died from ingesting a banned pesticide, wildlife officials say. The carcasses of the eagles, mostly immature, were discovered in Federalsburg in February 2016 with no outward... More »

A Family Didn't Feel Well. Then They Found More Silver Droplets

AC installer charged after mercury found in Queens home

(Newser) - Silver droplets on the floor of a Queens home provided the first sign that something was amiss. A further probe into Roman Pinkhasov's air-conditioning vents, where more of the silver material was found, led to the guy who had installed the units—and now that guy, 48-year-old Yuriy Kruk,... More »

New Findings Lend Weight to Russian Role in Poisonings

Watchdog says 'high purity' nerve agent used against Skripals

(Newser) - The international chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday confirmed Britain's finding that a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent, as Russia continued to deny suggestions that it was behind the attack. Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a Nobel Peace... More »

Poisoned Russian Daughter Issues First Statement

'My strength is growing daily,' says Yulia Skripal

(Newser) - Good news on the fate of Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her father in Britain: The 33-year-old issued a statement saying her health is improving. "I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily," she says in... More »

Niece: Skripal, Daughter Probably Won't Live

Viktoria Skripal says she has just '1% of hope,' though she's hoping for 'miracle'

(Newser) - Theresa May predicted that ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia may never fully recover after being poisoned with a nerve agent March 4 in Salisbury, England. Now a family member tells the BBC , via the Guardian , that the outlook for the pair "really isn't good" and that... More »

Seattle's Russian Consulate Reportedly a Big Intel Outpost

That's why it's now closed; world awaits Russia's response to mass expulsions

(Newser) - Russia has yet to take retaliatory action against the US and other nations that are expelling diplomats accused of being intelligence officers, but it sounds like it won't be a long wait. Moscow has condemned the "confrontational policy" and again denied any role in what prompted it—the... More »

Troubling Update on Poisoned Ex-Spy, Daughter

'They may never recover fully,' says Theresa May

(Newser) - British prime minister Theresa May says former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter may never recover from a nerve-agent attack that left them in critical condition. May says "their condition is unlikely to change in the near future, and they may never recover fully." May also told lawmakers... More »

UK's Johnson Pins Poisoning on Putin Himself

'Overwhelmingly likely'

(Newser) - How likely is it that Vladimir Putin was behind the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in England? "Overwhelmingly likely" in the eyes of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. He made his claim Friday just two days after Prime Minister Theresa May kicked 23 Russians out of the country in... More »

Police Confirm Russian Spy Was Poisoned

They say a nerve agent was used against Sergei Skripal, but don't specify which one

(Newser) - British authorities on Wednesday said they knew "more about the substance" that felled a former Russian double agent, and what they revealed later in the day isn't good. In a case that's now being treated as attempted murder, authorities say Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were... More »

The 'Secondary Victims' of Adults' Opioid Addiction: Kids

More children, teens ending up in hospital from overdoses

(Newser) - Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of US children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care. The study, published Monday in Pediatrics, included accidental poisonings along with overdoses from intentional use, per the AP . Prescription painkillers... More »

Workers Started Getting Sick. Someone Suspected the Coffee

Mayda Rivera Juarez sentenced to 3.5 years for putting Windex, dish soap in work java

(Newser) - A Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for poisoning her co-workers' coffee with Windex and dish soap, the AP reports. Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman announced the sentence Thursday for 33-year-old Mayda Rivera Juarez of Sterling. She pleaded guilty in February to... More »

Woman Accused of Trying to Poison Husband's Baby

Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez wanted to 'punish' him, toddler's mom: prosecutors

(Newser) - An Illinois toddler who was a "constant reminder of a forbidden relationship" escaped serious injury at the hands of her stepmom, and now that woman will stand trial for her alleged actions, prosecutors say. The Chicago Tribune reports that 37-year-old Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez is accused of spiking her 17-month-old stepdaughter'... More »

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