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Michigan Woman Guilty of Murder Witnessed by Parrot

Glenna Duram will be sentenced next month

(Newser) - A jury has convicted a western Michigan woman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man's pet parrot. The Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before finding 49-year-old Glenna Duram guilty Wednesday of killing 46-year-old Martin Duram, reports... More »

Falling Mystery Meat Confounds Florida Family

Family woken up by crash of 15 pounds of frozen sausage

(Newser) - The weather in Florida can be wild, but we're not sure it's ever rained frozen meat before. WPLG reports a Deerfield Beach family was woken up by a loud noise Saturday morning. Travis Adair says it sounded "like thunder." The actual cause was less meteorological: The... More »

Judge's 'Unexplainable Impulse' Cost Him His Job

He took 2 business card holders from a judges' dinner, got caught on camera

(Newser) - A Northern California judge is losing his job after swiping two art deco-style business card holders from a judges' dinner in San Francisco, the AP reports. The Commission on Judicial Performances announced Monday its censure of Judge Michael S. Williams of Napa County. Williams also agreed to resign effective in... More »

Woman's Eye Discomfort Has Shocking Cause

Try 27 contact lenses, all stuck in one eye

(Newser) - A new report from a group of UK medical professionals offers a good reminder to make sure you've taken out your old contact lenses before putting in new ones: A woman who thought she just had cataracts actually had 27 lenses in one of her eyes, NPR reports. Doctors... More »

Olympian's Girlfriend Smooch Nearly Ruined His Career

Gil Roberts failed drug test, but arbitrator rules it was because of his kissing

(Newser) - Gold-medal sprinter Gil Roberts nearly kissed away his career. But an arbitrator cleared the champ of charges he ingested a banned substance, conceding the drug got into his system exactly as Roberts says it did—through smooching with his girlfriend, reports Sports Illustrated . Roberts, 28, who won the 4x400-meter relay... More »

What's Happening in This Photo Is Kind of Amazing

It shows the rare sight of a leopard cub suckling on a lion

(Newser) - Newly released photographs from a Tanzanian wildlife area show an incredibly rare sight: a leopard cub suckling on a lion believed to have given birth to a litter last month. The 5-year-old lion lies unperturbed as the small leopard, estimated to be a few weeks old, nurses in the photographs... More »

How a Guy Stuck Behind an ATM Got Out

Via a note the machine delivered

(Newser) - Instead of money, an ATM in Corpus Christi, Texas, delivered a note reading, "Please Help. I'm stuck in here, and I don't have my phone" on Wednesday. And while some figured the message was meant as a joke, police did eventually free a man stuck behind the... More »

Man's Pacemaker Data May Sink Him in Court

Judge rules it can be present in Ohio arson case

(Newser) - A judge in Ohio has decided that data from the pacemaker of a man accused of setting his Ohio house on fire in 2016 can be presented as evidence at his trial, reports the AP . The Hamilton-Middletown Journal News reports that the judge ruled Tuesday in Ross Compton's case... More »

Bullet Fired in 1958 Just Claimed a Homicide Victim

Victim dies of complications related to the wound in Florida

(Newser) - A Florida man died of a gunshot wound nearly 60 years after the bullet was fired, a medical examiner says. John Henry Barrett , 77, died in May of an infection and complications related to the gunshot wound, leading the Palm Beach County medical examiner to rule it a homicide, per... More »

Nightclub's 1985 Time Capsule Causes Evacuation in NYC

Letters to the future were stored, buried in WWII practice bomb

(Newser) - Back in 1985, the staff of famous New York City nightclub Danceteria (which was featured in Madonna's Desperately Seeking Susan, per CBS New York ) buried a time capsule that looked like a WWII bomb. "I kind of mentioned it as a joke back then," the former... More »

A 'Second-Long Sleep,' Then Thousands of Loose Chickens

It happened on an Austrian highway

(Newser) - Some 7,000 chickens on their way to be slaughtered had an unexpected shot at freedom Tuesday when the truck transporting them crashed into a bridge in Austria, spilling its load on the highway. Traffic on the A1 autobahn into Vienna was snarled for hours as authorities cleared the scene... More »

Woman Rushed to Hospital After Live-Streaming Herself Eating 'Aloe Vera'

It wasn't really aloe vera

(Newser) - A Chinese woman was live-streaming herself eating what she thought was aloe vera (said to have health benefits when eaten raw) when she abruptly realized something was very wrong. It turns out the 26-year-old, named in the media only as Zhang, was actually eating Agave Americana or "American aloe,... More »

My Dentist Was Arrested for Murder. Then Things Got Weird

Inside the trial of Dr. Gilberto Nunez

(Newser) - When James Lasdun needed immediate care for a broken tooth in April 2016, he found himself in the office of his dentist, a man he had assumed he'd have to give up seeing—due to the doctor's arrest for murder six months earlier. After the tooth was tended... More »

Florida City Under Siege by 'Butt Graffiti'

'It's not very creative'

(Newser) - "It is clearly an image of a butt," a coffee shop employee tells Fox 13 regarding a piece of graffiti that recently appeared in their bathroom. But police have a different view. "What it looks like to us is vandalism," Assistant Police Chief Jim Previterra says.... More »

Think Ducks Are Cute? This Might Change Your Mind

Mallards spotted eating birds in Romania

(Newser) - You probably thought ducks were cute waddlers who liked to eat your stale bread. Poof, your bubble has been burst. The BBC reports wild mallard ducks have been spotted eating other birds, swallowing one nearly whole, an "extraordinary" behavior that has never been observed before. Zoologist Silviu Petrovan of... More »

Man Seems Unfazed to Be Hit by Double- Decker Bus

Simon Smith somehow escapes serious injury, strolls into pub

(Newser) - The British media is marveling at the resiliency of 53-year-old Simon Smith, and no wonder: CCTV video shows him being smashed by an out-of-control bus in the street, only to get up calmly and walk into a pub. Despite being thrown about 20 feet, Smith somehow suffered only bruises and... More »

Blogger Dies in Accident Involving Whipped Cream Device

She was hit by exploding cream dispenser

(Newser) - A popular fitness and lifestyle blogger is dead after a whipped cream dispenser exploded. French blogger Rebecca Burger, 32, was on Sunday struck in the chest by a piece of the device, which injects gas into a metal container to create a high-pressure environment, reports the BBC . As HuffPost puts... More »

Drinker Steals Bar's Prized Pickled Toe

'What a low-life,' saloon's 'toe captain' says

(Newser) - The key ingredient in one of the world's weirdest cocktails is missing and a saloon in Canada's Yukon Territory wants it back. The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City says the Mounties are investigating the theft of a pickled human toe served in its "Sourtoe Cocktail," the... More »

2 Teens in Paris Accidentally Spend 3 Days With 6M Dead

Boys are fine after getting lost in the catacombs

(Newser) - Two teenage boys were safe and sound Wednesday after spending three cold, dark, and no doubt harrowing days lost in the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. According to the BBC , the two boys, ages 16 and 17, were rescued early Wednesday following a four-hour effort by search teams with... More »

17 People Pooped On at Disneyland

The crappiest place on earth?

(Newser) - The happiest place on earth didn't exactly live up to its name for 17 guests Friday night. The 11 adults and six juveniles were hit with fecal matter at Disneyland, and initial reports came in that someone might have thrown it at them, causing a hazmat team to respond,... More »

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