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Inside the Story of Colorado's First 'Legal Pot' Death

The teen had no other drug in his system when he jumped to his death

(Newser) - There's a saying in the health care world: dose matters. It certainly did in the case of 19-year-old Levy Thamba, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was studying at Wyoming's Northwest College. While in Denver with friends on spring break in March of 2014,... More »

Music Streaming Pioneer Found Dead in Bed

Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg 'looked like he was sleeping,' mom says

(Newser) - The co-founder of an online music streaming service has mysteriously died just months after the company was forced to shut down, the Gainesville Sun reports. Josh Greenberg, who helped start Grooveshark in 2006 and inspired fellow startup pioneers, was found dead by his girlfriend last night in Gainesville, Fla. His... More »

Singer's Teen Son Dies in Cliff Fall

Arthur Cave found at the bottom of a 60-foot cliff in UK

(Newser) - The 15-year-old son of Australian singer Nick Cave, of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, has died after falling from a 60-foot cliff in the UK. Passersby came across Arthur Cave with life-threatening injuries yesterday on a path at the foot of the Ovingdean Gap in Brighton, about three miles... More »

Another Man Dies After Shooting Firework Off Body

At least 4 killed by fireworks during Fourth of July celebrations

(Newser) - Another man is dead after reportedly shooting a firework off his own body, this time in Texas. Postal worker Justin Bartek, 30, was setting off fireworks with friends along the Colorado River in Columbus early yesterday when he put a Medieval Knight, a large, tube-shaped firework, on his chest and... More »

Hiker Dead in 'Avalanche' Ice Cave Collapse

5 injured on Washington's Big Four Mountain, including minors

(Newser) - One person is dead and five are injured after ice caves on Washington state's Big Four Mountain collapsed yesterday for the second day in a row. A hiker's body has yet to be recovered from the caves—formed in snow mounds that end up sliding down to the... More »

Pals Tried to Stop Man From Lighting Firework on Head

But Devon Staples' brother says it was just a 'freak accident'

(Newser) - A 22-year-old who once entertained kids at Disney World died in what his brother calls a "freak accident" on July 4. Devon Staples of Calais, Maine, had been drinking and celebrating the Fourth in a friend's backyard when he set a firework off of his own head, a... More »

Couple Married 75 Years Dies in Each Other's Arms

Jeanette and Alexander Toczko had been smitten since childhood

(Newser) - Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since. They told their children they wished to die in each other's arms. And last month at their home in San Diego,... More »

New Test Figures Out Exact Time of Death

It can determine a person's time of death up to 10 days later

(Newser) - Current forensic tests use a person's core body temperature to determine their time of death, but it only works within roughly three days of death. Now researchers at the University of Salzburg in Austria say they've devised a new method that can figure out the exact time of... More »

US Has First Measles Death in 12 Years

Washington woman succumbed to pneumonia caused by measles: health officials

(Newser) - A woman in Washington state who fell ill earlier this year and died is now said to have died from pneumonia caused by measles—making it what health officials say is the first measles death in the country since 2003, the Seattle Times reports. The cause of death of the... More »

Remains of Boy Last Seen in 2004 Found in Mom's Trunk

Virginia's Tonya Slaton, 44, charged with concealing dead body

(Newser) - The case of a vanished teenager appears to have gotten more confusing with the discovery of his body, rather than less so. Quincy Jamar Davis was last seen in 2004 when he was just 14, living with his mother in Virginia Beach. On June 6, however, a Virginia State Police... More »

Teen Crushed by Falling Stone Slab

Police say countertop company was closed at the time

(Newser) - Authorities say a teenager was killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him outside a southern New Jersey business that makes countertops. Ocean County prosecutors say the 17-year-old was found at about 6:40am yesterday at Stone N' Counters South LLC in Berkeley Township. The business... More »

Stowaway Plunges Out of Plane Over London

2nd stowaway survives on 6K-mile journey from South Africa

(Newser) - Two stowaways clung to a British Airways passenger jet on its 6,000-mile journey from South Africa to London, but police say only one survived the trip, NBC News reports. The plane was 11 hours into its flight and preparing to land at Heathrow Airport yesterday when one of the... More »

Goldman Sachs to Interns: Take It Easy, Go Home at 12am

And don't come back before 7am, Goldman Sachs says in new work-hours policy

(Newser) - When Moritz Erhardt, a 21-year-old Bank of America intern in London, died two years ago after reportedly putting in 72 hours straight at work, the banking industry turned the spotlight on its notoriously rough hours. Bank of America, for instance, suggested its junior workers take at least four weekend days... More »

Woman Who Posted Pics From Fire Escape Falls to Her Death

Kasey Jones often posted photos on social media while drinking on fire escape, roof

(Newser) - A Manhattan woman who often posted photos on social media that showed her hanging out and drinking on her fire escape or roof fell to her death from her fire escape early this morning, the New York Daily News reports. Kasey Jones, 26, who witnesses say had been drinking with... More »

Teen's Death Exposes Dangers of 'Car Surfing'

Shana Chavez, 16, fell while riding on an SUV's back bumper

(Newser) - A family is warning about the dangers of "car surfing" after a 16-year-old died in Iowa. Shana Chavez had just gotten off work at a Theisen's farm supply store last Friday when she and another girl hopped on the back bumper of an SUV while a 17-year-old male... More »

Queen of Versailles Stars' Daughter Dead at 18

Victoria Siegel found unresponsive at Fla. home of parents David and Jackie Siegel

(Newser) - Authorities say the 18-year-old daughter of the stars of the documentary Queen of Versailles has died after being found unresponsive at their home near Orlando. Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson says Victoria Siegel was found by deputies at the family's home in Windermere on Saturday afternoon. She... More »

Will You Live Until 2020? Ask the 'Death Calculator'

Questionnaire reveals risk factor for short-term life expectancy

(Newser) - The question of when we'll die is a fascinating one, but no one really knows the answer. Thanks to researchers, however, men and women aged 40 to 70 can now learn their risk of dying in the next five years via a simple questionnaire, dubbed the Ubble test . Scientists... More »

Saddam Henchman Tariq Aziz Dead at 79: Report

Aziz suffered a heart attack yesterday, Iraqi officials say

(Newser) - Tariq Aziz, who during his years as Iraq's foreign minister and deputy prime minister was one of Saddam Hussein's close advisers, has died at the age of 79, the BBC reports. Iraqi officials say Aziz suffered a heart attack yesterday at the Iraqi prison where he had been... More »

Sheryl Sandberg's Husband 'Cracked Head Open' at Gym

Dave Goldberg died after falling off treadmill at resort, sources say

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and champion of women's rights who died unexpectedly Friday passed away from head trauma after falling off a treadmill, the New York Times reports. Dave Goldberg, 47, was exercising at a gym in a private resort in Mexico, according to a source close to the... More »

Cops: We Should've Gotten Freddie Gray Help Faster

6 cops on leave in Baltimore amid investigation

(Newser) - Baltimore police have suspended six officers with pay as part of a probe into the death of Freddie Gray, who a lawyer claims had his spinal cord severed in police custody. At a press conference yesterday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was "frustrated" by a lack of information,... More »

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