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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 »

Cops: Woman Poisoned Husband's Cereal to Avoid Sex

She's been a fugitive since 2015

(Newser) - A Nevada woman is still on the run almost two years after confessing to poisoning her husband's Lucky Charms cereal because she didn't want sex. The husband, now an ex-husband, tells WLOS that he has moved to California but he is still worried that Andrea Heming will resurface.... More »

Woman Slowly Poisoned Hubby With Antifreeze

Jamie Baker pleads guilty to second-degree murder

(Newser) - A Delaware woman faces 15 years to life in prison for poisoning her 42-year-old husband James Baker, a competitive weightlifter found dead on the bedroom floor of the couple's home in September 2013, per the News Journal . Jamie Baker, 47, has admitted to killing her husband by lacing his... More »

Father Finds 6 Teens Dead in Garden Shed

No sign of violence in death of German teens

(Newser) - A worried father in Bavaria made a horrifying discovery Sunday morning: the bodies of six teenagers, including his own son and daughter, in a garden shed. Police say there were no signs of violence. The youths, all 18 or 19 years old, were initially thought to have overdosed on an... More »

Mom's E-Cig Liquid Almost Kills Girl, 6

Dad accidentally gave daughter liquid nicotine that was in ibuprofen bottle

(Newser) - When a 6-year-old girl in Oregon sprained her ankle, her father reached for their liquid child ibuprofen bottle and gave his daughter a 10ml dose. She lost consciousness almost immediately and her limbs began to jerk, so he took a tiny sip and realized it was liquid nicotine for his... More »

4 Kids Dead After Pesticide Creates Toxic Gas Under House

6 family members remain hospitalized

(Newser) - Four children are dead and six family members are in the hospital after what officials are calling an accidental poisoning at a Texas home, reports CNN . Officials were called to a mobile home in Amarillo around 5am Monday after an individual arrived and found a family of 10 sick. Officials... More »

Dozens Dead in Russia After Drinking Toxic Bath Oil

Death toll in Irkutsk region is nearly 60, with more of the injured expected to die

(Newser) - "They came to doctors too late. … Only a miracle can save them." Those were the words to the Siberian Times from the Irkutsk region's health minister regarding those sickened from ingesting a deadly bath oil, with dozens already dead from the mass poisoning—said to be... More »

Delaware Family Poisoned on Vacation to Get $87M

Esmond family severely injured by Terminix's use of banned methyl bromide while on vacation

(Newser) - A Delaware family poisoned by a toxic pesticide during their 2015 Virgin Islands vacation will receive an $87 million settlement from the parent company of Terminix, which admitted using the banned chemical at the resort where they stayed, CBS News reports. Per the New York Daily News , a ServiceMaster Global... More »

Woman Poisoned by Mom and Sister Speaks Out

She forgives them, Sarah Staudte says

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Missouri woman poisoned and nearly killed by her mother and younger sister in 2013 is speaking out following their convictions this year. "I forgive them for what they did because forgiveness is the right thing to do," Sarah Staudte tells ABC News . Staudte's father Mark... More »

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