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Teen Girl Killed, Burned After Turning New Leaf

Dominique Allen was abducted and strangled in Indianapolis

(Newser) - This summer, an Indianapolis teenager was abducted, strangled, and set on fire—a horrifying crime made all the more tragic by her story of a troubled girl gone good, the Indianapolis Star reports. Dominique Allen was 15 when someone apparently kidnapped her outside a neighbor's house, killed her on... More »

Woman Has Lived in House Rent-Free for 8 Years

Loopholes have allowed Lisa Hardy to stay—but the house has just been sold

(Newser) - For eight years, Lisa Hardy has lived in a three-bedroom house in Indianapolis, paying her utilities, growing a garden, and raising her three children. The only thing that sets her apart from most other parents across America: She hasn't paid a cent in rent or mortgage payments. And the... More »

Crash Leaves Indiana Highway Coated in Butter

But no injuries reported after semitrailer carrying dairy products overturns

(Newser) - Butter is good on just about everything—except a highway. A semitrailer overturned on an Indianapolis interstate today, spilling what police say are 45,000 pounds of packages of butter and other dairy products. The crash happened about 3:30am on Interstate 465 on the city's south side and... More »

2 More Courts Find Gay Marriage Bans Unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage's post-DOMA winning streak continues

(Newser) - Same-sex marriage continued its remarkable legal winning streak today, as a federal appeals court affirmed that Utah's ban was unconstitutional, and a separate court said the same of Indiana's ban. The Utah decision is the first such ruling from a federal appeals court, according to the AP . "... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

Cops: Burglar Sold Stolen Brains on eBay

He allegedly broke into medical history museum many times

(Newser) - Lots of brains were stolen in Indianapolis, but no zombies involved: Police say a 21-year-old man broke into the city's Medical History Museum multiple times to steal the preserved brains of mental patients, which he sold on eBay. The brain burglar was arrested following a sting operation set up... More »

3 Killed in Summer Camp Bus Crash

Bus overturns on way back from teen church camp

(Newser) - Three people are dead after a bus carrying teens from a church camp crashed in Indianapolis this afternoon. Among those killed were a husband and wife, the Indianapolis Star reports. The bus was carrying 40 members of the Colonial Hill Baptist Church back from camp, reports the AP . Both kids... More »

Indy Couple Allegedly Blew Up Their Own House

Three arrested in allegedly intentional blast that killed two

(Newser) - Police have arrested three people in the deadly Indianapolis blast that killed two people and destroyed 29 homes —and the people arrested are the family that lived in the house at the center of the blast. Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend Mark Leonard, who lived in the house, and... More »

Indiana Blast Was No Accident

Explosion that killed 2, hit 86 homes was no accident, investigators say

(Newser) - The blast that killed two people and left an Indianapolis neighborhood looking like a "war zone" earlier this month was no accident, investigators believe. The chief of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety’s Homeland Security division says the probe is now a criminal homicide investigation, the Indianapolis Star... More »

'War Zone' as Blast Kills 2 in Indianapolis

Cause unknown in violent explosion that razed a dozen homes

(Newser) - A roaring explosion and fire in Indianapolis has killed two people and damaged more than a dozen homes. The Indianapolis Fire Department said in a statement this morning that two bodies were found during the night. Firefighters have been going through burned and damaged homes one by one after putting... More »

America's Richest, Poorest Cities

San Jose is No. 1 in terms of income; poorest is Detroit

(Newser) - Of the country's 25 most populated cities, San Jose has the highest median household income: near $77,000, compared to the national median of $51,000. San Jose's success is thanks in part to its high-tech culture. MarketWatch lists the five richest, with median incomes:
  • San Jose, $77,
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Tour Manager's Intuition Saved Sugarland

Hellen Rollens held band backstage

(Newser) - As she looked at the sky Saturday night, Sugarland tour manager Hellen Rollens decided to go with her intuition and hold the band backstage. One minute later, wind gusts sent the Indiana State Fair stage crashing down into the audience , killing five and injuring dozens. "As a tour manager,... More »

Did the Indiana State Fair Tragedy Have to Happen?

Officials begin probe into stage collapse that killed 5

(Newser) - State officials are investigating Saturday's Indiana State Fair stage collapse in an effort to determine if there was any way the tragedy, which killed five people, could have been avoided. "I'm not clear how anyone could have foreseen a sudden, highly localized blast of wind," said... More »

Fifth Person Dies in Indiana Stage Collapse

More from the mayhem at the Indiana State Fair last night

(Newser) - A stage collapsed during a powerful storm at the Indiana State Fair last night, sending steel scaffolding into the terrified crowd and killing at least five people awaiting a performance by the country band Sugarland. Indiana State Police 1st Sgt David Bursten said today that four people died when the... More »

4 Dead After Stage Collapses at Indiana Fair

High winds topple it just before Sugarland performs

(Newser) - At least four people were killed tonight when a stage collapsed during a storm at the Indiana State Fair, where the country group Sugarland was set to perform. The number of injured has risen to 40, with injuries ranging from mild to serious. Strong winds caused the stage rigging for... More »

Teen Faces Terror Charges for Blowup Doll Prank

He could get eight years in prison

(Newser) - An Indiana high school senior is facing up to eight years in prison for the egregious felony of… bringing a blowup doll to school. Tyell Morton planted the doll in the girl’s bathroom as a senior prank, but administrators didn’t think it was funny. All they saw on... More »

Duke Returns to Title Game

Blue Devils' 78-57 victory sends West Virginia packing

(Newser) - Duke moved within 40 minutes of its first national title in 9 years tonight, getting 23 points from Jon Scheyer to pull away from West Virginia, 78-57. Kyle Singler had 21 and Nolan Smith 19 for the Blue Devils, who squashed West Virginia's feel-good story and will now try to... More »

West Virginia Stuns Kentucky

Backup point guard Joe Mazzulla leads Mountaineers into Final FOur

(Newser) - It's almost heaven, West Virginia. Da'Sean Butler and the Mountaineers are off to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Injury replacement Joe Mazzulla scored a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and No. 2 seed West Virginia handled a cold-shooting, top-seeded Kentucky team stocked... More »

Underdog Butler Gains Final Four

West Regional No. 5 seed topples K-State, will play 5 miles from campus

(Newser) - Butler has earned a trip home for the Final Four. Gordon Hayward made a driving layup with under a minute to go, and the fifth-seeded Bulldogs used the same tenacious defense they exhibited all game in the closing seconds to knock off second-seeded Kansas State , 63-56, in the West Regional... More »

Super Bowl TV Rating Breaks All-Time Record

Audience of 106.5M tops 1983 M*A*S*H finale viewership

(Newser) - This year's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV program of all time, with 106.5 million viewers. More than two-thirds of American TVs in use were tuned in to the Saints' 31-17 upset of the Colts, a figure that soared to 82% in New Orleans and 80% in Indianapolis, reports... More »

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