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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 »

Your Chewing Gum Is Making Your Dog Sick

Common sugar substitute xylitol can even be fatal to pups

(Newser) - If Snopes and scientific studies aren't enough, perhaps reports at the Wall Street Journal , CBS News , and Nature World News can sway you: A sugar substitute found in chewing gum and other everyday food and household items can make dogs sick and even kill them. Veterinary experts say xylitol—... More »

Meet 'the Man Who Killed Halloween'

In 1974, Ronald O'Bryan poisoned his 8-year-old son with cyanide-laced candy

(Newser) - He became known among fellow inmates as the "Candyman," but in Houston, Ronald O'Bryan is recalled as "the man who killed Halloween." The Houston Chronicle revisits the story of the father of two, who on the rainy Halloween of 1974 left his horrifying mark on... More »

Cops: Suicide Note Near Kids Who Drank Pesticide

Chinese investigators say 4 children had been abandoned by their parents

(Newser) - Four children who fatally drank pesticide last week in China were apparently abandoned by their parents, and investigators now report they found a suicide note near the body of the oldest child, per the Guardian . The youngsters, whose ages ranged from 5 to 13 or 14, were said to have... More »

Cops: College Kid Spit in, Poisoned Roomies' Food

University of SC student Hayley King appears to put Windex in containers

(Newser) - A University of South Carolina student allegedly tried to poison her roommates—an act that they appear to have caught on tape. Video available via WIS TV shows a woman apparently tampering with food in a refrigerator. According to police, that's Hayley King, a 22-year-old who had had "... More »

Cause of Eagles' Illness: Eating Euthanized Animals?

Advocates say birds have been poisoned by remains near shelter

(Newser) - Over the past two years, wildlife rehabilitators in Florida have found 10 struggling bald eagles—some of whom have died—at a landfill near an animal shelter. And they tell the Ocala Post they can explain the phenomenon: The eagles, a rep for the Animis Foundation suggests, have been eating... More »

Poisoned Spy on Deathbed: Putin Ordered My Murder

Litvinenko named Russian leader before death, public inquiry in Britain is told

(Newser) - Well, somebody put poison in Alexander Litvinenko's tea, and before he died, the former KGB agent told police in London that he had a pretty good idea who was behind it, reports the Guardian . And, yes, he named exactly who you think he named:
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China Poisoning Animal Behind Pokemon Character

The little pika has faced mass-poisoning for 50 years

(Newser) - Two American scientists are none too pleased with China's plan for a critter called the pika: to mass-poison the furry little guy. The animal (which inspired the popular Pokemon character Pikachu) digs huge burrow-networks across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in northwest China, the Independent reports. Officials have apparently spent more... More »

Mom Convicted of Poisoning 4-Year-Old Foster Son Freed

Texas' Hannah Overton, convicted for 2006 death of Andrew Burd, out on $50K bond

(Newser) - For the first time in seven years, Hannah Overton will be able to hug her five kids instead of waving to them through plexiglass. The Corpus Christi mother, who has been in prison since 2007, was released on $50,000 bond yesterday, more than two months after a Texas appellate... More »

Did Brushing Up Against Plant Kill Gardener?

Family believes poisoning responsible for Nathan Greenaway's mysterious death

(Newser) - Nathan Greenaway collapsed at the English estate where he worked and was rushed to a hospital in September, where, for five days, doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with the 33-year-old. He died on Sept. 7 of multiple organ failure, and at a pre-inquest hearing this week, a... More »

Family Thinks Parents Killed 3 Kids, Selves

Relatives say Benjamin and Kristi Strack of Utah had mental health, drug issues

(Newser) - Police suspect foul play and poisoning in the deaths of a Utah family of five, but they haven't laid out an official explanation of what they think transpired. Relatives, however, tell People that it's clear parents Benjamin and Kristi Strack poisoned their three children and then committed suicide.... More »

Doctor Who Poisoned Lover's Coffee Gets 10 Years

Texas cancer specialist expected to lose license

(Newser) - In a Texas courtroom yesterday, Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo's lawyer urged jurors to look at her whole life as a world-renowned breast cancer doctor, and not just the "one small slice" of it in which she poisoned her lover's coffee . But that argument didn't sway the jury,... More »

Prosecutors: Mom Tried Blaming Son She Allegedly Poisoned

Lacey Spears suggested Garnett, 5, may have put something in his feeding tube

(Newser) - Lacey Spears, the "doting mom" accused of poisoning in the January death of her son Garnett, suggested the poisoning may actually have been the 5-year-old's fault, prosecutors say. According to documents prosecutors filed in court Friday, Spears told police hours after Garnett's death that the boy "... More »

'Doting' Mom Charged With Killing Son, 5

Lacey Spears may have poisoned him for sympathy: investigators

(Newser) - After a months-long investigation, an Alabama mom has been charged with murder: Prosecutors in Westchester County, NY, say Lacey Spears poisoned her 5-year-old son through a feeding tube, likely in an effort to gain sympathy on social media. She "was intentionally feeding her son salt in toxic levels,"... More »

Did Doting Mom Fatally Poison 5-Year-Old Son?

Lacey Spears investigated in son Garnett's mysterious death

(Newser) - Little Garnett Spears seemed to be constantly in and out of hospitals and doctor's offices, struggling with various health maladies for all of his short life, while his doting single mom Lacey documented it all on Facebook and Twitter and asked for prayers. Garnett didn't survive the last... More »

Poet Pablo Neruda Wasn't Poisoned: Tests

But family says Chilean case isn't closed

(Newser) - The four-decade mystery of whether Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda was poisoned was seemingly cleared up today, when forensic test results showed no chemical agents in his bones. But his family and driver were not satisfied and said they'll request more tests. Neruda died under suspicious circumstances in... More »

Arafat's Body Loaded With Radioactive Poison: Study

Scientists 83% sure he was poisoned with polonium

(Newser) - Yasser Arafat 's recently exhumed body contains at least 18 times more radioactive polonium than the average person's, the Swiss scientists examining his corpse have concluded. In a 108-page report, obtained by al-Jazeera and shared with the Guardian , scientists say they're 83% certain that Arafat was... More »

Bulger Witness' Death Ruled a Murder

ME's office finds he died of cyanide poisoning, but police say it's not related to trial

(Newser) - The Massachusetts medical examiner's office has determined that cyanide poisoning killed Stephen Rakes , an alleged extortion victim of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger who had hoped to testify at Bulger's trial, prosecutors announced today. The medical examiner's office concluded that Rakes, 59, died of acute cyanide... More »

Whitey Bulger Court Foe Was Poisoned

Business partner allegedly laced his McDonald's coffee

(Newser) - Remember that victim of Whitey Bulger who dropped dead suspiciously last month as the mob boss' trial was underway? Turns out, Stephen Rakes was murdered, say authorities in Boston. But, surprise, they don't think Bulger had anything to do with it. Instead, the local DA says a business partner... More »

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