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Twitter Bans Breitbart Editor Over Leslie Jones Abuse

Site is cracking down on 'targeted abuse'

(Newser) - Twitter has promised to crack down on "targeted abuse and harassment," and it appears to be serious about it: A conservative writer accused of leading a hate campaign against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones was banned from the site Tuesday, BuzzFeed reports. Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart.com's tech editor,... More »

Man's Revenge Site So Extreme Ex Wants to 'Disappear'

Patrick Fox said he hopes to harass Desiree Capuano into committing suicide

(Newser) - A man who created a revenge website to "destroy" his ex-wife is now in custody and facing charges of criminal harassment. His ex says her only hope is that he'll be held long enough to give her time to change her identity and "disappear" before he is... More »

Human Albinos in Malawi Hunted Like 'Animals'

Increase in murders by 'hunters' seeking 'magical' body parts has made situation dire

(Newser) - There are more cases of albinism in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else on Earth, per the Washington Post , and in Malawi, a violent sidebar to this phenomenon has emerged over the past year and a half. People there with the hereditary condition —marked by a reduction or faulty distribution... More »

Ex Speaks Out on Dating George Zimmerman and Topless Photos

'He’s a very charismatic person when you first meet him'

(Newser) - “It’s horrible. It’s very violating." Twitter suspended the account belonging to George Zimmerman on Thursday after he tweeted topless photos of his ex-girlfriend Heather, along with her phone number, her email address, and accusations that she slept with a "dirty Muslim" and stole guns and... More »

After 3 Attacks, Woman Turns to Facebook to Find Perp

Lyndsey Aho creates sketch and posts it online

(Newser) - Lyndsey Aho started carrying a knife and pepper spray after she says she was attacked three times by the same man near her apartment complex in Marlborough, Mass. The first time, she stumbled while walking "and he grabbed me to steady me. But he grabbed me by the shoulder... More »

Gamers Who Harass Women Actually Suck

Poor-performing males who stand to lose status take it out on ladies: study

(Newser) - Like low-status Neanderthals, contemporary men who aren't exactly winners—literally, when it comes to playing video games—are more likely to harass women online, new research cited in the Washington Post finds. Scientists who conducted the study published in Plos One played 163 games of Halo as either male-voiced... More »

In 'Unprecedented' Move, Reddit Bans 5 Subreddits

The most popular of the 5 forums targeted the obese

(Newser) - Reddit, the so-called front page of the Internet, is starting to ban some of its own forums after years of being known as the content aggregator where anything goes (well, except for child porn and nude celebrity pics). But Reddit is reporting this week that it has removed five of... More »

Guard Made Inmates Play Patty-Cake, Hug: DA

Joseph Mullen charged with harassment

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania prison guard could find himself behind bars after prosecutors say he made rather bizarre requests of inmates. Prosecutors say Joseph Mullen, 28, told inmates at Bucks County Correctional Facility on numerous occasions he would let them out of their cells early if they exposed themselves. Another time, prosecutors... More »

Student Dies After Rushing to Teen Girls' Rescue

Tugce Albayrak dies on 23rd birthday in Germany after attack by harasser

(Newser) - German President Joachim Gauck is considering awarding the national Order of Merit honor to a German-Turkish student who died on her 23rd birthday. The act that resulted in Tugce Albayrak's death: defending two teen girls from male harassers at an Offenbach McDonald's, then being attacked in the restaurant'... More »

Great-Grandmothers Come to Blows as Twins Born

Shirley Irvin has been charged with assault and harassment, police say

(Newser) - Family gatherings aren't always harmonious, even those involving great-grandmothers in hospital maternity wards. In an Aug. 31 incident in Brighton Township, Pa., now coming to light, the grandmother (Shirley Irvin) of a father-to-be apparently overheard the great-grandmother (Carole Alberts) of the mother-to-be say something about hoping the twin babies... More »

Jilted Boyfriend Called, Texted His Ex 21K Times

Frenchman gets 4 months, $1.3K fine

(Newser) - A Frenchman has paid the price for texting and calling his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times over a 10-month stretch, France24 reports. The 33-year-old was sentenced to four months in jail and told to pay a roughly $1,300 fine. He admitted in court that he was trying to reach her... More »

65% of Women Have Been Harassed on Street

And it often turns physical, says nonprofit group

(Newser) - A new survey offers some alarming stats about what women endure on the streets of America: It finds that 65% of them have experienced harassment of some sort, Mother Jones reports. Some 41% of women were physically harassed, a category that includes being flashed, fondled, or followed. The report from... More »

1 Charged With Hate Crime in Attack on NYC Gay Couple

Alfonso Lanier charged with hate crime

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 23-year-old man following a group attack last month on a gay couple in Manhattan. Alfonso Lanier has been charged with hate crime assault and aggravated harassment, CBS New York reports, and police are still looking for fellow attackers. After Peter Notman and Michael Felenchak left a... More »

Women Tormented Ex With Pig's Head: Cops

Sisters, mother face harassment charges

(Newser) - Three Swedish women—two sisters and their mother—managed to scare the daylights out of 11 people with a disturbing roadside display: They put "parts of slaughtered animals" on dolls, a police spokesman says. "We had a slaughtered pig's head that was sitting on a doll in... More »

Man to Rep: Hope Somebody 'Giffords Your Asses'

Rhonda Fields was pushing gun control

(Newser) - A Colorado Springs man has been arrested on suspicion of sending harassing emails to a state lawmaker, including one that said, "Hopefully somebody Gifords [sic] both of your asses with a gun." State Rep. Rhonda Fields, who represents Aurora and whose son was shot and killed in 2005... More »

Couple in China Harassed After Forced Abortion

Banner calls family 'traitors'; husband in hiding

(Newser) - The Chinese couple forced into a late-term abortion that prompted international anger over China's one-child policy have been facing relentless harassment for being "traitors"—abuse that has driven the husband into hiding, a family member tells the BBC . The 23-year-old wife, Feng Jianmei, is still in the... More »

Arizona Bill Outlaws Being Annoying Online

Critics say anti-trolling bill violates the First Amendment

(Newser) - Arizona is hunting trolls. The state's House and Senate have passed a bill that would make it illegal to post messages online "with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy, or offend," HLN reports. The bill is descended from old phone laws targeting prank callers and... More »

RFK's Son Charged After Clash With Maternity Nurses

He was trying to take a walk with his newborn

(Newser) - It's one of the stranger Kennedy scrapes with the law: Douglas Kennedy, the 44-year-old son of RFK, got into a dispute with nurses outside his newborn's maternity ward and faces misdemeanor charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, reports NBC New York . Kennedy took his... More »

Nephew Sues Uncle Over Awkward Facebook Photos

He cried harassment but lost in court

(Newser) - Just about everyone has been tagged in at least one awkward Facebook photo, but not everyone has brought a lawsuit against an uncle for uploading such a photo. Minnesota's Aaron Olson did just that. His uncle posted childhood photos of Olson, including one in front of a Christmas tree,... More »

Conn. Cop Crew Terrorized Latinos: FBI

4 officers hit with conspiracy, false arrest, excessive force charges

(Newser) - A crew of Connecticut cops terrorized a Latino community in East Haven by detaining them with little or no reason, then slapping and kicking them in handcuffs, federal prosecutors say. A priest who complained was harassed, and store security videos that captured the cops were destroyed, reports the New York ... More »

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