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Chairman of Giant Chinese Conglomerate Dies in Fall

HNA Group chairman Wang Jian was in France on a business trip

(Newser) - The chairman of one of China's largest conglomerates died in an accidental fall in Provence, France, Tuesday, the BBC reports. HNA Group co-founder Wang Jian was in the country on a business trip; he was having his photo taken while on a sightseeing jaunt in Bonnieux when the 57-year-old... More »

She Predicted He Would Kill Her. Then She Fell to Her Death

Stephen Nichols pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - Rhonda Casto's last words to family members before embarking on a scenic hike with boyfriend Stephen Nichols: "He is either going to give me a ring or throw me off a cliff, ha ha ha." A few hours later she was dead. This week, Nichols was sentenced... More »

'Scene of Horror' Follows Tourists' Selfie Attempt

Brit, Australian died in 100-foot fall in Portugal

(Newser) - A fisherman returning to a Portuguese beach encountered a "scene of horror" early Tuesday: the "unrecognizable" bodies of a tourist couple who appear to have fallen 100 feet to their deaths while trying to take a selfie. Brit Louise Benson, 37, and her Aussie boyfriend, 33-year-old Michael Kearns,... More »

A Storm, Then a Slip on Iconic Yosemite Peak

Male hiker died in fall Monday

(Newser) - A hiker exploring California's Yosemite National Park died Monday when he slipped from cables leading to the 8,800-foot peak of its famed Half Dome. The man was climbing the last 400 feet of the summit with the help of installed metal cables when he slipped during a thunderstorm... More »

Hiker's Last Words: 'Don't Get the Hat. Let Me Get It'

Nathan Stowell is latest to die on Oahu's Mount Olomana

(Newser) - "I thought it was a sick April Fools' joke." But Lexis Sweeney's Easter Sunday nightmare had no punchline. Sweeney's brother, Nathan Stowell, fell about 400 feet to his death Sunday while hiking on Mount Olomana in east Oahu. Stowell, who moved to Hawaii from Arizona five... More »

It Was Her Very First Cruise. Now She's Missing

Juwanna Brooks 'seen going overboard' Carnival ship; 2nd woman dead on another Carnival vessel

(Newser) - A woman is dead and another is missing after each fell from decks of separate Carnival cruise ships over the weekend. An unidentified woman aboard the Carnival Elation, which departed Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday for a four-day cruise to the Bahamas, fell from a room balcony Friday before hitting a... More »

Paralyzed Man's Hardship Began When Monkey Stole Hat

American man injured while chasing monkey in Bali

(Newser) - Friends and relatives of an American man paralyzed after falling from a roof in Indonesia have this explanation: A monkey stole his favorite hat. Jeff "Swede" Swedenhjelm had taken shelter from rain under a pavilion in Bali on Dec. 18 when he encountered several monkeys, one of which plucked... More »

Daredevil Dies in Fall From 62-Story Building

Wu Yongning had reportedly posted more than 300 videos of his 'rooftopping' feats

(Newser) - He was famous on social media, then went silent. Now Wu Yongning's fans have learned why he stopped posting in November. The BBC reports that the Chinese daredevil, known for posting videos of himself at the top of tall buildings scaled without safety devices, is confirmed to have died... More »

FBI Isn't Sure Whether Border Agents Were Attacked

Authorities believe men may have fallen

(Newser) - After Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was fatally injured and his partner badly hurt in the Big Bend area of West Texas just before midnight Saturday, officials and lawmakers spoke of an attack, and a union spokesman said he believed rocks were involved. The FBI, however, now says the incident... More »

UN Diplomat Dies in Alleged Trust Game Gone Wrong

Australia's Julian Simpson fell from Manhattan balcony Wednesday

(Newser) - "Let's play the trust game" and "I will prove that you can trust me," Australia's second secretary to the United Nations reportedly told his friend as he leaned back over a railing, some 70 feet above a Manhattan street. The words were among the last... More »

One Wrong Step in Flip-Flops Proves Fatal

Montana man dies after 100-foot fall in Glacier National Park

(Newser) - A visitor to Montana's Glacier National Park is dead after one wrong step led to a 100-foot fall. Park authorities say 26-year-old Robert Durbin was taking photos by a creek on a scenic mountain road in the park when he fell into the water, reports the Missoulian . According to... More »

Teen Tumbles 25 Feet From Six Flags Ride

Incident happened Saturday night on the 'Sky Ride'

(Newser) - A teenager fell from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park Saturday night, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below in an effort to catch the victim before she hit the ground. The Warren County Sheriff's Office said late Saturday the... More »

Watch Out for That Hole: Woman on Phone Tumbles

She's hospitalized in serious condition

(Newser) - "I thought texting and driving was a bad thing. Now it's texting and walking," a New Jersey bystander tells NBC New York after he watched a woman tumble head first into a gaping hole in the sidewalk on Thursday. The 67-year-old woman was staring at her phone... More »

Terror on the Mountain: 'I Let Out a Primal Scream'

Mountaineer tells tale of excruciating plummet—and extraordinary friendship

(Newser) - Alan Arnette admits he often braves mountain peaks on days other climbers label "unpleasant." But in his first-person account for the Coloradoan , Arnette explains why Feb. 10 was an entirely different scenario altogether, one in which he and fellow climber Jim Davidson found themselves in especially blustery conditions... More »

Woman Falls From Fake Donkey, Sues for Real Cash

Kimberly Bonn wants $15K from El Jalisco in Tallahassee

(Newser) - A woman who climbed atop a life-size donkey statue at a Mexican restaurant in Florida is suing said restaurant after she says she fell and broke her back. Kimberly Bonn says she mounted the donkey for a photo during a visit to El Jalisco Southwood in Tallahassee on Aug. 31,... More »

He Fell During a Frat Party; 12 Hours Later, a Call for Help

Cops investigating death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - Timothy Piazza fell down a set of stairs at his Penn State fraternity around 11pm Thursday in the midst of a party. A call for help came 12 hours later. Paramedics found Piazza, 19, unresponsive when they arrived at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity Friday morning. He was pronounced dead... More »

Winter Is Coming, but First Let's Welcome Fall

Because we're now in it

(Newser) - An eventful day on the equinox front: We've entered autumn, as of 10:21am EDT, per National Geographic . That means that Sept. 22 will see 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night in the Northern Hemisphere, and our part of the Earth will start to lean further... More »

Man Tries to Rescue Friend at Waterfall, Both Die

Would-be rescuer fell 150 feet, friend died in hospital

(Newser) - A man who apparently slipped from the top of a waterfall in North Carolina is dead along with his would-be rescuer. Authorities say Joseph Hopkins, 23, and Davis Zinsenheim, 22, were visiting a resident of the Lake Toxaway area from Georgia on Tuesday when they decided to explore a waterfall... More »

Skier's 1K-Foot Plunge Will Make Your Heart Stop

Angel Collinson takes jaw-dropping tumble in Alaska's Neacola Mountains

(Newser) - Even world-class freeskiers can have a bad day in the powder—and a heart-stopping video that's now circulating shows how that happened to Angel Collinson last spring during a movie shoot. The video, taken in Alaska’s Neacola Mountains, was footage to be used in Teton Gravity Research's... More »

How You're Most Likely to Get an Eye Injury

Fighting comes in a close second

(Newser) - Falls and brawls are the top reasons Americans sustained eye injuries between 2002 and 2011, report Johns Hopkins researchers at the 119th annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. Out of nearly 47,000 patients up to age 80 who were diagnosed with eye trauma across the US in that time,... More »

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