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Mo. GOP Denounces 'Vile' Remarks of Primary Winner

Steve West, known for bigotry and conspiracy theories, won nomination for state House seat

(Newser) - He calls himself Jack Justice, has a YouTube channel in which he puts on a wig and fake beard and spouts conspiracy theories, and said last year on a radio show: "Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it." Steve West... More »

Men Flee Nursing Home to Attend Heavy Metal Festival

Police managed to locate the metalheads

(Newser) - Some 75,000 people were expected to attend the world's largest heavy-metal festival last weekend, and just two of those attendees are getting international press. That's because the German men allegedly fled their nursing home Friday in order to go to Wacken Open Air, which featured the likes... More »

Man Who Smuggled Gold in Rectum Wins Economic Argument

Leston Lawrence thought he shouldn't have to pay back $190K

(Newser) - A Canadian man who smuggled six figures' worth of gold out of the country's mint in his rectum and ended up in prison as a result scored a final court win—one centered around market forces and gold prices. As previously reported, Leston Lawrence was found guilty in... More »

Weep No More, Mets Fans: You Can Get Free Therapy

Amid a miserable season, UMA Health is offering some couch time for Flushing faithful

(Newser) - The New York Mets are having a seasons that the AP describes as "ravaged by injury and boneheaded play," and now fans struggling with their team's lousy season have somewhere to cry besides sports talk radio. An online mental health marketplace is giving free, confidential therapy sessions... More »

Yellowstone Tourist Filmed While Taunting Bison

The beast charged, the person backed down

(Newser) - Video taken inside Yellowstone National Park shows a person taunting a wild bison that was attempting to mind its own business along a busy roadway. Per KRTV , the incident unfolded in the Hayden Valley area of Wyoming, where a passerby recorded as a person who appeared to be a tourist... More »

Man's Mouth Duct-Taped Shut Twice as He's Sentenced

Ohio judge says Franklyn Williams wouldn't stop talking

(Newser) - A report on a judge imposing a gag order has likely never been so literal. Cleveland.com reports Franklyn Williams' mouth was covered with red duct tape as he was sentenced to 24 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted on armed robbery charges. The 32-year-old reportedly repeatedly kept speaking... More »

They Fled the Aquarium With a Stroller. There Was No Baby

Man charged with theft of horn shark in San Antonio; 2 others expected to be charged

(Newser) - A juvenile horn shark is back in its tank at the San Antonio Aquarium after three people whisked it away in a baby stroller. "When we first got the call, we thought it was kind of a hoax being that it was Shark Week last week," Leon Valley... More »

He Had Dry Ice in His Car for Work. It Likely Killed His Mom

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department describes it as 'horrific accident'

(Newser) - A Washington man's new car may have contributed to his mother's death in the oddest of ways. The News Tribune reports the 51-year-old Tacoma-area man woke at 4am Friday to get ready for work and discovered his wife hadn't returned from taking his 77-year-old mother home the... More »

Bad News, My Little Bronies

Next year's convention will be the last, as fandom has apparently waned

(Newser) - The organizers of a convention dedicated to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic say next year will be their last, citing declining fandom activity among "bronies." "It's been a wild ride, but all rides end eventually," chairs Sheva Goldberg and Eliana Summers write in a... More »

Splash-Happy Van Driver Busted Tormenting Pedestrians

Ottawa company takes action after viral video

(Newser) - If you just can't resist the urge to drive through a puddle to soak the poor souls on the sidewalk, it might not be wise to do so in a company van. An employee of an Ottawa contractor has learned this the hard way, getting fired after a dash-cam... More »

Bizarre Scene on Busy Chicago Road: This Plane

Pilot makes emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive in early stages of rush hour

(Newser) - Rush hour traffic was in its early stages on Chicago's busy Lake Shore Drive Friday when a bizarre scene unfolded that most definitely did not help the congestion. A small plane with two people aboard made an emergency landing right on the road, reports the AP . Fire officials... More »

Gang Puts Big Bounty on Head of a Dog

Drug-sniffing Sombra has been relocated in Colombia because Urabeños clan is after her

(Newser) - A drug-sniffing Colombian police dog with nearly 250 arrests under her collar recently tracked down more than 10 tons of coke from a major drug gang. The gang's reaction: a bounty on the pooch's head that may be up to $70,000. The Telegraph reports that Sombra (Spanish... More »

Cops: Teen Burglar Woke Couple for WiFi Password

17-year-old arrested in Palo Alto

(Newser) - Palo Alto police say they've caught a young burglar with a bizarre but modern tactic: He allegedly broke into a home late Saturday night, then woke up the couple residing there to ask for their WiFi password, reports KRON . He didn't get it, however. Police say the husband,... More »

Reaction to Revolting Sarcophagus Liquid? Let Us Drink It

Or so reads a petition with 17K signatures

(Newser) - Where there's a will, there's a way? A 2,000-year-old black sarcophagus was opened last week and revealed the revolting : three skeletons, a vile red liquid, and a terrible smell. Now there's a Change.org petition going from people who are fighting for the right to drink... More »

Swiss Cops Bust Family in World's Worst Getaway

Austrians hijacked taxi, crashed into boat, hit hedge, plunged off ledge

(Newser) - Note to would-be taxi thieves with poor driving skills: Do not try this at home, or abroad. Swiss police say an Austrian family allegedly hijacked a taxi, crashed into a parked boat, drove through a hedge, and then plunged off a 4-foot-high ledge before trying to escaping on foot. St.... More »

Mistaken Identity Makes Her a Millionaire. Briefly

Boston woman calls up bank after mix-up involving her account

(Newser) - For a few brief but glorious minutes, a Boston woman was a millionaire. Ellen Fleming says she received a voicemail from a TD Ameritrade financial consultant Wednesday afternoon that a deposit had been made into her account. The 26-year-old opened the company's app on her cellphone and was surprised... More »

2 Fires Blamed on Spontaneously Combusting Tortilla Chips

Only in Texas

(Newser) - Normally, tortilla chips need a healthy topping of spicy salsa to be described as fiery. Not, as it turns out, in Austin, Texas. In a Wednesday Facebook post, fire officials described arriving at July 12 factory fire caused by the "spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips. Yes, you read that... More »

Yes, This Is a Giant Statue of Jeff Goldblum

It's up in London, at least temporarily

(Newser) - It is ... spectacular? The opposite of spectacular? Too weird to be true? The "it" in question is a 25-foot bare-chested statue of Jeff Goldblum now gracing a field in front of London's Tower Bridge. As USA Today explains, the statue is a publicity stunt by the UK's... More »

Wheelchair-Bound Woman Hurt After Finding Bear in Kitchen

Black bear reportedly entered through screen door

(Newser) - A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman received a start and a nasty whack Tuesday when she found a black bear trapped in her kitchen in Groton. Apryl Rogers, who is bound to a wheelchair, suffered cuts to her head and neck when she accidentally cornered the bear, but she was able... More »

Man Gets Fouled During Pickup Game, Calls 911

Cooler heads ultimately prevailed

(Newser) - It was a pickup game that went seriously awry. Fox 5 reports that during a casual Monday night game of basketball at an LA Fitness in Sterling, Virginia, a player was blocked by someone on the opposite team and fell to the floor. Then things fell apart. "Today for... More »

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