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Huge NYC Arson May Have Been Unusual Revenge

Homeless man allegedly set fire after being booted from sleeping spot

(Newser) - Fire officials believe a homeless man ignited a seven-alarm blaze that ripped through a parking garage at a Brooklyn shopping mall Monday, leaving more than two dozen people injured. Six civilians and 22 of more than 250 responding firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, after plumes... More »

Florida Mall to Be America's Biggest—by a Long Shot

You'll definitely need a map

(Newser) - In an era of shuttered shopping malls, the biggest one in America is set to be built. Officials in Florida's Miami-Dade County last month approved zoning changes for a 6.2-million-square-foot shopping and entertainment center on a 174-acre site off the Florida Turnpike, complete with an indoor water park,... More »

Nearly Killed by Shopping Cart, Woman Gets $45M

Marion Hedges was hit by cart tossed from an overpass at Manhattan mall

(Newser) - A woman who was nearly killed when two boys tossed a shopping cart from an overpass at a Manhattan mall has just been awarded $45 million. A jury this week awarded 53-year-old Marion Hedges the money seven years after the incident at the East River Plaza Mall left her with... More »

Cops: Man Died After Climbing Inside Women's Bathroom Wall

Calgary mall death ruled accidental

(Newser) - Police in Calgary have ruled out foul play in a gruesome find behind a wall of a mall bathroom —but there are still some unanswered questions. Police say a man in his 20s died after climbing inside the wall of a women's bathroom and becoming stuck, but they'... More »

Ohio Woman Allegedly Came On to Easter Bunny

54-year-old made lewd comments, was arrested for drunkenness: cops

(Newser) - Beware of furry fanatics if you plan to dress up this Easter. Ohio police say a 54-year-old woman got a hare, er, hair too excited about meeting the Easter Bunny at a Mansfield park on Saturday. While posing for a photograph, Ladonna Hughett made several lewd comments to the costume... More »

Locals Say Moore Was Banned From Mall for Harassing Girls

Despite denial, he appears to have signed latest accuser's yearbook

(Newser) - After a woman came forward to accuse Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a 16-year-old waitress, he issued another denial, saying he didn't know her or the restaurant she worked in—but her yearbook appears to tell a different story. Beverly Young Nelson showed reporters a... More »

China Introduces 'Husband Storage' Pods in Mall

Tiny rooms with gaming consoles let users play retro games

(Newser) - For men who are willing to accompany their wives to the mall but not actually inclined to shop with them, a mall in Shanghai has devised a novel answer: "husband storage" pods replete with retro video games from the 1990s, reports the BBC . The Global Harbor mall currently offers... More »

Woman's Warning About Windshield Shirt Goes Viral

Michigan's Ashley Hardacre thinks it was planted there to lure her out of car

(Newser) - Who drives around with a shirt draped over their windshield? A 19-year-old in Michigan did, and now her tale—which includes a chilling warning—has gone viral. WDAF reports Ashley Hardacre had just finished up working an evening shift at Flint's Genesee Valley Center on Thursday and had gotten... More »

5 Killed as Plane Crashes Into Mall

4 Americans, Aussie pilot die in Melbourne crash

(Newser) - An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in Melbourne, police say. The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the... More »

Foreclosed Mall Sold for $100

Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills' previous owners owed $143M

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mall that was foreclosed on after its owners failed to repay $143 million has been auctioned off for just $100. Wells Fargo Bank was owed the money from a 2006 loan and submitted the winning—and only bid—for the 1.1 million-square-foot Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills on... More »

Brawls Shut Down Malls Across US

In multiple incidents, fights led to stampedes

(Newser) - The day the Canadians call Boxing Day was more like Brawling Day in the US, with fights and other disturbances shutting down malls across the country Monday. In several incidents, fights in food courts or other areas of crowded malls led to chaos as rumors spread of shots being fired.... More »

Germany Arrests 2 Over Mall Terror Plot

Kosovo-born brothers accused of plotting attack

(Newser) - Police say that two Kosovo-born brothers have been detained on suspicion that they were planning an attack on a shopping mall in western Germany. The men, ages 28 and 31, were detained in Duisburg in the industrial Ruhr region early Friday, the AP reports. Authorities suspect that they may have... More »

10 Dead in Shooting at German Shopping Mall

Police believe the lone shooter killed himself

(Newser) - At least 10 people are dead, including the suspected shooter, following a shooting at a mall Friday evening in Munich, Germany, the AP reports. The shooting started around 6pm local time at a McDonald's inside Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall. According to CNN , witnesses reported seeing three people with guns near... More »

2 Dead in Shootings at Maryland Mall, Grocery Store

Police have a possible suspect in custody

(Newser) - Two people are dead following shootings at a shopping mall and grocery store Friday in Maryland, and police have a possible suspect in custody. The first shooting took place around 11am outside the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, with two men and one woman hit, Fox 5 DC reports. Two... More »

Video Catches Easter Bunny in Brawl at NJ Mall

Man says he was attacked by angry parent

(Newser) - The Easter Bunny isn't always a happy-go-lucky bearer of chocolate. Around 7pm on Sunday, for example, he found himself at the center of a brawl at the Newport Centre shopping mall in Jersey City, reports the New York Daily News . Police say the incident began when a girl fell... More »

Beneath Empty Michigan Mall: 484 Rooms

What lurks beneath Northland Center is wild

(Newser) - While it's far too early to declare the shopping mall "dead" (the New York Times last year cited figures that showed only 20% of America's 1,200 malls have vacancy rates in excess of 10%), there are dead malls. The Detroit Free Press has the fascinating story... More »

Kenya Mall Attack Rehearsed, 'Meticulously Planned'

Plus: Gunshots still ringing out

(Newser) - Some of the terrorists who attacked Kenya's Westgate Mall are said to have used G3 assault rifles, cumbersome guns carried by Kenyan security officers, and "you don't bring something like a crew-served weapon through the door," an American official tells the New York Times . "Those... More »

Toll Hits 59 in Kenya Mall Attack

Al-Shabab militants still holed up in Westgate Mall

(Newser) - The attack by al-Qaeda-linked militants al-Shabab yesterday at an upscale mall in Nairobi has now killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, Kenya's interior secretary said today. Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted this morning from inside the building where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly... More »

39 Dead in Kenya Mall Attack: President

Americans among those injured

(Newser) - The death toll from an attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi today has now reached at least 39, with another 150 injured, the country's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, said in a national TV address. Kenyatta says he "personally lost family members" in the attack on the Westgate mall,... More »

200-Teen Brawl Shuts Down Louisiana Mall

Social media 'meet and greet' becomes meet and beat

(Newser) - A battle royale in Baton Rouge caused a stampede and forced the Mall of Louisiana to close early on Saturday night. Police say up to 200 teens who showed up for a "meet and greet" organized via Instagram instead ended up brawling in the food court and outside the... More »

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