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World's Tallest Water Slide to Close for Good After Death

Schlitterbahn water park's 168-foot Verruckt slide to be taken down

(Newser) - The 10-year-old son of a Kansas lawmaker died on the world's tallest water slide this summer, and that ride is now closed for good. Caleb Schwab, the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, suffered a "fatal neck injury" Aug. 7 on the 168-foot Verruckt slide at the Schlitterbahn... More »

Man Dissolved by Hot Spring Was Checking Temperature

Final report on Yellowstone death released

(Newser) - A man who left the boardwalk in a highly dangerous area of Yellowstone National Park was looking for a place to swim but ended up being dissolved in a hot spring, according to the final official report on the June 7 accident. The report states that Oregon man Colin Nathaniel... More »

Kids Under 5 in Nigeria Have 'Just Vanished'

Starvation, disease are killing thousands of children in Boko Haram-infested region: survey

(Newser) - Thousands of children have died of starvation and disease in Boko Haram-ravaged northeastern Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday, quoting a new survey that's forcing Nigerian officials to stop denying the crisis. The Paris-based group hopes official recognition of the calamity in which "thousands are dying" will help... More »

CNN Anchor's Hardest Election 2016 Moment

Brianna Keilar's mom died suddenly while Keilar was on campaign trail

(Newser) - It's been a tough, emotional election cycle for many Americans, but for Brianna Keilar, the turmoil leading up to Nov. 8 has proven especially difficult. The CNN correspondent recalls how her life on the campaign trail was altered forever in May, when she received a call from her dad... More »

Holocaust Hero Declared Dead After 71 Years

Swedish diplomat saved thousands of Jews

(Newser) - Some 71 years after he disappeared in circumstances that remain murky to this day, the World War II hero known as the "Swedish Schindler" has finally been declared dead. Raoul Wallenberg, a diplomat who was sent to Budapest, Hungary, in July of 1944, saved at least 20,000 Jews... More »

1 Dead, 6 Hurt in Alabama Pipeline Blast

Blast happened near site of September leak

(Newser) - An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in rural Alabama killed one worker and injured six others Monday not far from where the line burst and leaked thousands of gallons of gasoline in September, authorities say. The blast, which sent flames and thick black smoke soaring over the forest, happened near... More »

Patton Oswalt: Grief Over My Wife's Death 'Is an Ambush'

Comedian offers heartbreaking glimpse into life after wife's sudden death: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Patton Oswalt says the April day his wife, Michelle McNamara, died was the second worst day of his life. The worst? "When I told my daughter the next day." Now, six months after McNamara's death, the comedian offers a devastatingly honest glimpse to the New York Times ... More »

Woman Dies After Drinking 'Cure' That's Basically Clorox

It's promoted by a fringe church whose founder says he's from another galaxy

(Newser) - An institution calling itself the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing is anything but, according to a man who says an elixir promoted by the church as a "miracle cure" is the same concoction that killed her, ABC News reports. Doug Nash says he and his wife, Sylvia... More »

Climate Scientist Dies in Antarctica Accident

Snowmobile plunged 100 feet into crevasse

(Newser) - America's close-knit team of Antarctic researchers is mourning a colleague who died in one of the continent's most dangerous areas. Climate scientist Gordon Hamilton, a 50-year-old Scotsman, died Saturday when his snowmobile plunged into a crevasse in an area known as the "Shear Zone," 25 miles... More »

Woman Dies After Miscarriage, 'Conscientious Objector' Doctor Blamed

Family says Italian woman requested abortion because her life was in danger

(Newser) - The story of an Italian woman who died after giving premature birth to twins isn't turning out to be a straightforward "complications during childbirth" story, with her family now claiming her doctor refused to perform a life-saving abortion, reports the BBC . On Sept. 29, Valentina Milluzzo was rushed... More »

UFO Researcher's Odd Death Raises Eyebrows

After Britain's Max Spiers is found dead, conspiracy theories follow

(Newser) - Days before his death this summer, 39-year-old Max Spiers texted his mother these words: "If anything happens to me, investigate." The Brit just happened to be a well-known figure in the world of UFO researchers, and now conspiracy theories are running wild. Authorities in Poland, where Spiers died,... More »

Last King of Rwanda Dies in US Exile

King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa lived his older years in 'impoverished obscurity'

(Newser) - Kigeli V Ndahindurwa—the last king of Rwanda, who only sat on the throne for two years (more than a year of that time in exile)—died Sunday morning at the age of 80, the BBC and Foreign Policy report. "He was a devout and dedicated believer and the... More »

Baby Dead, Mom Hurt in Fall Down NYC Elevator Shaft

They plunged down shaft after doors opened

(Newser) - A 6-week-old baby died in a horrific accident Thursday in a New York City building where there had been dozens of complaints about faulty elevators. Police say baby Areej Ali's mother was waiting for the elevator in the Brooklyn building Thursday morning when the doors opened, only for her... More »

Thailand's People Asked to Avoid 'Joyful' Events

All TV broadcasts switched to black and white in wake of king's death

(Newser) - Thailand has declared a full year of mourning for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch before his death on Thursday at the age of 88. The AP reports that a public holiday was declared Friday, the country's first day without a king in 70 years,... More »

Canada's New Scourge: World's Deadliest Mushroom

May have just claimed a 3-year-old victim in Victoria

(Newser) - Twenty years ago, residents of British Columbia in northwestern Canada didn't have to worry about the deadliest mushroom in the world. But Amanita phalloides, the "death cap" mushroom, likely hitched a ride on trees being imported into the area to beautify city streets and is now flourishing, resulting... More »

Early Morning Car Surfing Turns Deadly for NM Woman

It's at least the 7th such death this year

(Newser) - A young woman from New Mexico taking part in a dangerous activity in the early morning hours Sunday paid for it with her life, the Farmington Daily Times reports. Wilberta Becenti, 23—though the AP notes her online obituary has her age as 21—was standing on top of a... More »

A Horrific Crime Against a Baby, a 'Monster' Suspect

Benjamin Taylor has been charged after West Virginia 9-month-old died from sexual assault injuries

(Newser) - Authorities in West Virginia say a 9-month-old sexual assault victim has died. Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said the girl died of her injuries at a hospital Wednesday, the AP reports. Benjamin Taylor of Cottageville was charged Monday with first-degree sexual assault; an additional charge is pending. Taylor is the... More »

Stingray Kills Aquarium Worker

Philip Chan, 62, was helping transfer Singapore sea creatures to new homes

(Newser) - In what police are calling the first death of its kind in Singapore, a longtime professional diver was killed by a stingray Tuesday at a shuttered aquarium, the BBC and Reuters report. Philip Chan, 62, who'd worked at Underwater World since it opened its doors in 1991, was the... More »

Woman Dies After Gardening Scratch Leads to Sepsis

Blood test finally revealed problem, but it came too late

(Newser) - Lucinda Smith, a 43-year-old attorney and mother of two in the United Kingdom, was gardening in March of last year when she suffered a minor scrape on her hand. After feeling pain in her shoulder she visited her general practitioner, who diagnosed a pinched nerve and sent her home with... More »

91-Year-Old Who Took Her Cancer on a Year's Adventure Dies

Norma Jean Bauerschmidt's last adventure was watching orcas in the Pacific

(Newser) - In June 2015, just two days before her husband of 67 years died, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt was diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer. With the end in sight, the Michigan woman was told her two options were to have surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, or to enter a nursing home where... More »

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