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He Took Care of Swans for a Living. Then One Turned

Wife of Anthony Hensley, who drowned during 2012 swan attack, is suing

(Newser) - It was his job to take care of the swans, and it was a swan that ended up ending his life. Now the wife of a Des Plaines, Ill., man who died in 2012 after a swan attack in a condo complex's retention pond is suing the companies that... More »

Strongman's Death May Worsen Saudi-Iran Conflict

Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed, and Yemen's civil war is expected to get worse

(Newser) - Yemeni rebels killed their erstwhile ally Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country's former president and strongman, as their forces battled for control of the capital, Sanaa, officials said. The collapse of their alliance throws Yemen's nearly three-year-old civil war into unpredictable new chaos, per the AP . The war is... More »

'Unpreventable Tragedy': Elephant Attacks, Kills Handler

Others say performing elephants' plight makes Thailand incident unsurprising

(Newser) - In July, World Animal Protection issued a report on the "thousands of elephants exploited for tourism" in Asia, with Thailand listed as a "main concern." One of those elephants, a well-known performer in films and ads, may have rebelled against his own conditions Monday, crushing to death... More »

'Pioneer in Her Field' Dies Delivering Twins

NYC MTA elevator and escalator mechanic Julia Roman suffered an amniotic fluid embolism

(Newser) - Julia Roman came to the US from the Dominican Republic when she was 16, joined a program that helps women get jobs in male-dominated industries, and ended up making history: She was the first female elevator and escalator mechanic for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But the story of... More »

Driver Taking Court-Ordered Breathalyzer Test Kills Teen

The 31-year-old was not impaired at the time of the crash

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Arlington, Texas, woman died Friday after being involved in a crash a week prior with a driver who police say may have been distracted by a court-ordered Breathalyzer test. The unnamed driver, 31, told police that he took his eyes off the road for three or four seconds... More »

Lil Peep, 'Emo' Rapper With Cult Following, Dead at 21

Sources say up and coming star may have overdosed

(Newser) - Rapper Lil Peep has died at age 21, the AP reports. A representative for the performer confirmed reports of his death Thursday. Lil Peep, whose real name was Gustav Ahr and whose stage name came from a childhood nickname his mother gave him, didn't take the stage during his... More »

Tragedy for Good Samaritan Twins Who Tried to Help Driver

25-year-old Marcasia Crenshaw was struck by passing truck; sister Markwonda escaped in time

(Newser) - One sister ran one way, the second sister ran the other—and now one is dead after the women stopped to help a stranded motorist on a Florida highway. The Sun Sentinel reports 25-year-old Marcasia Crenshaw and her twin, Markwonda Crenshaw, were driving back to Boynton Beach on Sunday night... More »

A Heatwave Can Kill You in 27 Ways

Your organs can be screwed in more ways than one

(Newser) - "Dying during a heatwave is like a terror movie with 27 bad endings to choose from," says Camilo Mora in a press release— and the Hawaiian researcher has detailed exactly what those 27 ways are. The 21st century has already experienced a rash of deadly heatwaves, from the... More »

We Masked Death's Smell With Candles. Then Lincoln Died

Brian Walsh argues we switched to embalming because of the late president

(Newser) - Abraham Lincoln is famous for many things, and in a piece for the Conversation , Elon University assistant professor Brian Walsh argues the 16th president's list of accomplishments should be longer by one. He writes that America's embrace of embalming our dead should be credited in part to Lincoln.... More »

Criminal Probe in Russian Teen Model's Death

Authorities want to know how and why 14-year-old Vlada Dzyuba died

(Newser) - A teen model from Russia died during an assignment in China last week—and now there's a criminal probe by authorities in her home country as to why she died, and how a girl so young found herself in such a position in the first place. The inquiry into... More »

It Started With an Ad for Sex. It Ended With a Best Seller.

Jane Juska, who wrote about late-in-life sex, has died at age 84

(Newser) - Jane Juska, whose chronicle of searching for sex as a woman in her 60s became a best-selling memoir and later a stage show, has died in California, per the AP . She was 84. Juska died Oct. 24 at a Chico care facility after a long illness, her son, Andy Juska,... More »

Cops: Boy, 12, Killed Driver in Overpass Suicide Attempt

Victim worked with troubled children

(Newser) - In a grimly ironic death in Virginia Saturday, a 22-year-old woman who worked with children with severe behavioral problems was killed when a 12-year-old boy jumped from a highway overpass and landed on her vehicle. Police believe the boy was trying to kill himself when he jumped from the Cedar... More »

He Fixed Flood-Soaked Homes Post-Harvey. Then, an Infection

Texas carpenter Josue Zurita died of necrotizing fasciitis 6 days after going to the hospital

(Newser) - A 31-year-old Texas man has died from flesh-eating bacteria, the third reported victim to be infected with the rare bug linked to Hurricane Harvey. Josue Zurita, a carpenter helping repair flooded homes, died on Oct. 16, six days after he went to the hospital with a serious infection to his... More »

Groom Dies on Honeymoon: 'He Just Dropped in the Water'

Gill Campion left devastated in the Maldives after Andrew Roddy died while snorkeling

(Newser) - A mystery-turned-tragedy in the Maldives, with a newly married Irish man dead and his bride plunged into a "nightmare." People reports that Andrew Roddy, 30, had been snorkeling in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday while on his honeymoon with Gill Campion, two weeks after their wedding. The two... More »

When Wedding Prep Ended, Bridesmaid Was Dead

Heather McNamara killed by falling tree in Kentucky

(Newser) - A few weeks before she was to walk down the aisle as bridesmaid at her friend's wedding, Heather McNamara's father passed away. It was only the first tragedy to befall the circle of friends before the nuptials could take place, reports WLWT . As the wedding party took a... More »

Critics: 'Ticking Land Mines' for Kids Due to Poor Ikea Recall

An 8th toddler died in May after a dresser fell on him; his parents say they didn't know about recall

(Newser) - A massive recall , followed by a $50 million wrongful-death settlement payment last year, seemed to mark the beginning of the end for an Ikea disaster that left several toddlers dead after they were crushed by dressers that fell on them. But NPR reports yet another toddler—said to be the... More »

Girl, 9, Dies After 325-Pound Cousin Sat on Her: Cops

64-year-old arrested for homicide, child cruelty; child's parents also arrested

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her adult cousin, a 325-pound woman accused of sitting on the child to punish her for misbehaving, the AP reports. Per the Pensacola News Journal , Dericka Lindsay was pronounced dead Saturday after an incident at the home of her parents, Grace Smith, 69,... More »

Teen Forced to Flee Wildfire on Foot Doesn't Make It

Kai Shepherd became separated from parents, sister

(Newser) - The death toll now stands at 40 in the wildfires that have been raging in California for more than a week. One of the many tragic stories to emerge from the catastrophe is that of 14-year-old Kai Shepherd, who became separated from his family and burned to death as they... More »

After Visiting 'Miracle' Babies in Hospital, Tragedy for Mom

Katie Evans killed in car crash

(Newser) - Katie and Jacob Evans' premature twin girls weren't expected to survive when they were born at around 2 pounds each less than eight weeks ago. Now they're thriving—but after visiting them in the hospital Friday, their mother is gone. Katie Evans, a 37-year-old mom of six, was... More »

Cops: Student Shot, Killed Campus Officer After Welfare Check

Texas Tech shooting sparked lockdown, manhunt

(Newser) - A Texas Tech freshman is in custody after the fatal shooting of a campus police officer sparked a manhunt and a lockdown of the Lubbock campus that lasted more than an hour. Police say Hollis Daniels, a 19-year-old man who lived on campus, was arrested near Lubbock Municipal Coliseum at... More »

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