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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 »

Colts Down Jets, Head to Super Bowl

(Newser) - Peyton Manning threw two second-half touchdown passes and rallied the Colts from an 11-point first-half deficit for a 30-17 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC championship game today in Indianapolis. The Colts (15-2) are now headed to the Super Bowl for the second time in 4 years... More »

Woman Dies Trying to Stop Family Sword Fight

Grandson charged with murder after bizarre altercation

(Newser) - A woman is dead in Indianapolis after trying to stop her grandson and brother-in-law from fighting with swords early this morning, the Star reports. Christopher Rondeau, 39, faces preliminary murder charges after 77-year-old Franziska Stegbauer was stabbed in an altercation between him and Adolf Stegbauer, 69. Authorities are unsure if... More »

More US Drivers Take Swing at Golf Carts

Popularity soars, but safety issues could sideline vehicles

(Newser) - Faced with high fuel prices, many Americans are leaving the hot rod at home and  zipping around town in golf carts. But the country club staple’s trip from the fairway to Main Street hasn't been entirely smooth, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports. Rules governing their use vary from... More »

Philly Cops Probe NFL Star in Shooting

Man was shot and child injured outside Harrison's bar

(Newser) - Police have questioned Indianapolis Colts star Marvin Harrison about a shooting outside his Philadelphia bar this week, the Indianapolis Star reports. Details are vague so far: A man was shot in the hand, doctors treated a child hurt by shattered glass, and “a vehicle that was on the highway”... More »

Robber Shoots Pregnant Teller

Mother in serious to critical condition, fetuses unharmed

(Newser) - A bank teller pregnant with twins was shot during a robbery today in Indianapolis, but her fetuses were not directly injured, the Indianapolis Star reports. Katherine Sheffield, 30, is in serious to critical condition after a gunman walked into the bank where she worked and fired two shots into her... More »

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