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Woman Who Says Spitzer Choked Her Arrested: Cops

Svetlana Zakharova allegedly said she'd 'ruin his life' if ex-NY governor didn't pay up

(Newser) - A young Russian woman who put former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer back in the tabloid headlines last winter when she told doctors he had choked her at a Manhattan hotel has been arrested for trying to extort money from him, police say. Svetlana Zakharova, 26, was arrested Monday night... More »

Man Gets 25 Years in Prom Date's Death

He admitted to choking her during rough sex

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Houston man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday after he woke up to find his prom date dead back in 2014, KHOU reports. Eddie Herrera admitted to choking 17-year-old Jackie Gomez during rough—but consensual—sex in a hotel room after the prom. According to the... More »

Girl, 11, Dies After Choking on Marshmallow at Birthday Party

She was unconscious for nearly a week

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Massachusetts girl died early Friday after choking on a marshmallow at a friend's birthday party, NBC 10 News reports. According to WCVB , Iris Estabrooks dropped off her daughter Azriel at the party in Somerset last Saturday. An hour later, she got a call that Azriel was unconscious.... More »

Rare Disorder Keeps Woman From Swallowing

Samantha Anderson initially told it was stress

(Newser) - Samantha Anderson figured she had a work-packed weekend ahead when something happened at breakfast: The then-39-year-old couldn't swallow a single bite. "I went to swallow and I couldn’t," says the Australian jewelry maker. "It didn’t happen. I choked." The mother of three dismissed... More »

Jian Ghomeshi Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

Ontario judge says 3 complainants were 'less than ... forthcoming'

(Newser) - Ex-CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi on Thursday wrapped up the first of two sexual-assault trials he faces, and the verdict came back not guilty, the Globe and Mail reports. An Ontario judge issued the ruling, clearing Ghomeshi of four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking... More »

Colo. 13-Year-Old Latest Victim of 'Choking Game'

Memphis Burgess' parents hope to raise awareness about dangerous activity

(Newser) - Whether it's called "suffocation roulette," "cloud nine," or simply the "choking game," it's a dangerous activity that's been around for millennia, the Washington Post notes—and it's just resulted in another teen death. Memphis Burgess, a 13-year-old from Colorado Springs,... More »

Officer Saves Choking Woman Who Ran Red Light

He performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged sausage and biscuit

(Newser) - It's not every day people are thankful for being pulled over for running a red light, but for one woman choking on a sausage biscuit, the stop likely saved her life. Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Jason Gates, meanwhile, says he was just doing his job. After he pulled the... More »

911 Dispatcher Handles Call About Her Choking Son

Panic gives way to calmness, and all ends well

(Newser) - A 911 dispatcher in California had to handle a call that struck particularly close to home—the caller was her fiance pleading for help because their toddler son was choking. "I heard him say an address and I perked up, and then I heard him say it again and... More »

Tenn. Cop Choked Student Until His Knees Buckled

Photos capture incident at University of Tennessee party

(Newser) - A Knox County, Tenn., sheriff's deputy has been swiftly fired after photos appeared online showing him choking a college student to the point that the 21-year-old's knees buckled. Student Jarod Dotson has been charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest—but the freelance photographer who caught the Saturday... More »

ESPN Broadcaster Saves Partner With Heimlich

Chris Fowler: I was choking on a chicken sandwich

(Newser) - At times the losing team is accused of choking. This time ESPN announcer Chris Fowler admits he choked, literally, during yesterday's Pinstripe Bowl, the AP reports. Fowler tweeted that he was choking on a chicken sandwich at halftime when fellow broadcaster Jesse Palmer gave him the Heimlich maneuver. "... More »

Doctor Saves Choking Woman With Pocket Knife

Lesson: If you're going to choke on dinner, do it in a room full of top doctors

(Newser) - It's a regular occurrence in TV and movies, but a less common scene in real life: A doctor in Bakersfield, Calif., saved a choking woman's life at a restaurant by using a pocket knife and pen to perform an emergency tracheotomy, the Bakersfield Californian reports. If there is... More »

Woman Chokes on Hot Dog, Dies at Wrigley Field

'A new word has to be invented to describe the pain we're feeling': mom

(Newser) - One minute, Maureen Oleskiewicz was watching her beloved Cubs warm up before their Sunday home game against the Reds—and the next she had collapsed between the rows, unable to breathe. "She just went down," her brother Martin, 23, tells the Chicago Tribune . The 28-year-old hadn't made... More »

Teen Deaths Prompt Police Alert Over 'Choking Game'

Asphyxiation game known as 'good kids' high'

(Newser) - The deaths of two teenage girls have prompted Chicago police to issue a warning about the "choking game"—asphyxiating oneself to gain a feeling of euphoria. Within just 2 weeks, the parents of Rebekah Toia, 15, and Angelena Ohanessian, 14, came home to find their children hanged. "... More »

Twelve-Year-Old Kills Himself in 'Choking Game'

California kid strangles himself with rope for thrills

(Newser) - Police say a 12-year-old Southern California boy is dead after he apparently asphyxiated himself for thrills in the so-called "choking game." The boy died last week after tying a rope to his neck inside his home, the Santa Monica Police Department said yesterday. Officers found him in cardiac... More »

The Hot Dog Needs a Redesign

Ballpark faves are the leading cause of kids' choking

(Newser) - Despite the warning labels, the leading culprit in children choking isn’t the toy with small parts; it’s the hot dog. "If you were to take the best engineers in the world and try to design the perfect plug for a child's airway, it would be a hot... More »

Teen Choking Game Goes Viral

YouTube videos offer how-to for teens looking for a high

(Newser) - Videos showing teens strangling each other for fun have gone viral, offering young people step-by-step instructions on how to get high by squeezing the carotid artery to restrict the flow of oxygen to the brain. Medical experts say the practice, known as 'the pass out game" can lead to brain... More »

Chiefs' Gonzalez Saves Choking Man's Life

After Heimlich connection, SD fan will root for KC tight end

(Newser) - Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez gained his most devoted fan in the middle of a quiet dinner in an Orange County, Calif., restaurant. When Ken Hunter began to choke at the next table, Gonzalez sprang into action, performing the Heimlich maneuver and saving the man's life, AP reports. "... More »

US Stores Riddled With Unsafe Toys

Lead, choking hazards could be home for the holidays

(Newser) - Despite massive recalls, hazardous toys still crowd US shelves, warn consumer watchdog organizations. Dozens of toys pose choking hazards, contain toxic chemicals, or use dangerously strong magnets, according to an annual toy survey by the US Public Interest Research Group released yesterday. Nine of 100 toys tested by the Center... More »

Airport Death Accidental, Autopsy Says

NY woman who died in custody had drugs, alcohol in her system

(Newser) - The New York woman who died in police custody at the Phoenix airport last month accidentally hanged herself, a coroner's report says. The autopsy, released today, says Carol Anne Gotbaum had consumed prescription drugs and alcohol and was acutely intoxicated, the Arizona Republic reports. Police arrested and handcuffed Gotbaum, 45,... More »

Sonics Tap Carlesimo

Seattle turns to veteran coach to develop young talent, beef up defense

(Newser) - The Supersonics turned to the San Antonio bench for their new head coach, hiring P.J. Carlesimo yesterday, 8 years after he last held a top job. Carlesimo, best known for a 1997 altercation with Latrell Sprewell while both were with Golden State, will once again be trusted with fresh... More »

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