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Wife's Murder-for-Money Plot Backfires After Major Oversight

Uloma Curry-Walker wasn't the beneficiary on husband's life insurance policy

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who'd been married for just four months before her husband died was found guilty of his murder Friday, and she could get life in prison without parole for her crime, the AP reports. Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, was convicted of aggravated murder, conspiracy, and other charges surrounding... More »

'Secret Fraternity' May Have Scuttled Titanic Inquiry

Freemasons played big role in investigation, says 'Telegraph'

(Newser) - Britain's official Titanic inquiry has already been called a "whitewash"—but was it a conspiracy of Freemasons? A recently revealed list of two million Freemasons shows that members of their fraternity played a big role in the controversial investigation, the Telegraph reports. On the list are John... More »

Prison Workers Are in KKK, Plotted to Kill Inmate: Fla. AG

Alleged murder plot conjured after black inmate fought with one of the workers

(Newser) - Two current employees and one former worker with Florida's Department of Corrections aren't just accused of being Ku Klux Klan members—the state's attorney general says they're now also facing charges of plotting to kill a former inmate, the AP reports. Thomas Jordan Driver, 25, and... More »

6 Blamed in Elaborate Plot to Steal Dead Neighbor's Home

Thief pretended he'd been taking care of woman

(Newser) - Six different people were involved in a complicated plot to take ownership of a dead woman's home and car, police say. It started with one Romanoff Quarles, 43, of Philadelphia; he had his eye on the property of his neighbor Dorothy Kennedy, who had died with no heirs in... More »

McDonnells' Sad Defense: We Hated Each Other

Virginia's former first couple fight corruption charges by saying they barely spoke

(Newser) - Bob and Maureen McDonnell's corruption trial got under way this week, and it's yielding no dearth of grist for the mill. While it appeared financial problems drove Virginia's former first couple to accept $165,000 in loans and gifts from a donor, the McDonnells' lawyer put up... More »

Dems Should Boycott Latest Benghazi Circus

'Shameless' political circus continues: Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - A new round of Benghazi bluster is upon us, with Republicans forming a new committee to investigate events surrounding the attack. This time, the Democrats should take a stand: "They absolutely must boycott this absurd, insane, sickening, repulsive, shameful, and at the same time shame-less circus," writes Michael... More »

John McAfee's Bizarre Life on the Run

Software pioneer might as well be in a spy novel: Jon Swartz

(Newser) - John McAfee is leading a relatively public life—he's often on Fox, and he's running a Montreal-based startup—even as he lives in hiding. The software developer believes there's a $650,000 contract on his head, though that's down from $2 million, he tells Jon Swartz... More »

Conspiracy Theories: Why Sane People Like Them

Having low self-worth doesn't help, apparently

(Newser) - Feeling powerless in the world at large? You're more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, experts say, even if those theories diminish the power you actually have. "If you know the truth and others don’t, that’s one way you can reassert feelings of having agency,"... More »

Egyptian Cleric Pleads Not Guilty in NY Court

Abu Hamza al-Masri accused of backing US terror training camp

(Newser) - Abu Hamza al-Masri has pleaded not guilty of conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The Egyptian cleric entered the plea in New York City today after being extradited from Britain , the AP reports. Two others who arrived from the UK, Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary,... More »

As Sentence Looms, Defiant Jerry Sandusky Faces Victims

And blames conviction on a vast conspiracy

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky is moments away from his sentencing hearing, which begins at 9am , and at which he will have to face as many as six of his victims, who plan on addressing the judge. One young man who was abused at age 12 or 13 will "tell the judge... More »

Breitbart's 'Story of the Decade' Actually Pretty Lame

'Exclusive' isn't exactly an exclusive: 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - The story that is likely Andrew Breitbart's final piece of investigative work is out , and in the video, Breitbart himself calls his "exclusive" the "story of the decade." But it was neither an exclusive nor the story of the decade, the Atlantic Wire notes after doing... More »

Feds: 'Psychic' Family Scammed $40M

Claimed they spoke to God, made a fortune

(Newser) - If only they were real psychics, maybe they would have seen this coming. A Florida family has been indicted for running a psychic advice business that scammed clients out of $40 million over two decades, reports the Miami Herald . In "Operation Crystal Ball," federal prosecutors charged 10 people... More »

New Orleans Cops Convicted in Bridge Shootings

Post-Katrina incident left two civilians dead

(Newser) - All five New Orleans police officers accused of involvement in post-Katrina shootings on a city bridge have been found guilty. Although the jury did not find that their actions constituted murder, it ruled that the cops violated the victims' civil rights, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune . They all face long... More »

Alleged Russian Spies Hid in Plain Sight: FBI

Secret agents lived as couples, had kids: feds

(Newser) - The charges against 11 people who were allegedly spying for the Russian government sound like something out of a James Bond novel—one that involves suburban couples living under deep cover as the Russian government funds their "education, bank accounts, car, house, etc.," reports the New York Times ... More »

WikiLeaks Founder Shares His Secret Past

Paranoid Julian Assange says he grew up on the run from cult

(Newser) - Julian Assange is a paranoid man. The WikiLeaks founder believes he is constantly under surveillance, and that his site has enemies in governments around the world. Several members of his team are known by initials only, and the site's complex server system is “vastly more secure than any banking... More »

Pentagon Shooter Dead; Vented Online About 9/11

Man, 36, also blasted marijuana laws

(Newser) - Resentment of the US government and suspicions over the 9/11 attacks have surfaced in writings and videos by John Patrick Bedell, the California man identified as the Pentagon shooter . Authorities confirmed this morning that he was killed in the attack, in which he allegedly wounded two Pentagon officers. In one... More »

Paterson: I'm Blind, But 'Not a Dope'

But they won't succeed, he tells Imus; 'I'm black, I'm blind, and still alive'

(Newser) - Beleaguered New York Gov. David Paterson lashed out today at a mysteriously “well-orchestrated” conspiracy to run him out of office, but maintained that he wasn’t going anywhere. “I’m black, I’m blind, and still alive,” he told Don Imus on his radio program. A New ... More »

Parents Reunite With Haitian 'Orphans' Taken by US Group

Haitian prosecutor says Baptists could face conspiracy charges

(Newser) - As 10 Americans wait in a Haitian jail for a court hearing, which a prosecutor says could include criminal conspiracy charges, the children they are accused of trying to spirit out of the country illegally are being reunited with parents. “Many are saying that we have parents,” the... More »

New Media Unite, Ignite Anti-Obama Message

Beltway insiders work together with tea party populists

(Newser) - The bloggers, radio hosts, tea-partiers and Beltway veterans of the new conservative movement are not only getting their message out through Twitter and Facebook—they're also getting their act together. Thanks to new media, conservatives are increasingly energized and coordinated, with Washington "insiders" and populist "outsiders" working together.... More »

Chinese: Google Flap Is a US Conspiracy

But government tries to tamp down drama

(Newser) - Google is a puppet of US foreign policy, Chinese state-owned media are reporting, calling the company's threat to pull out of China unless censorship is dropped a conspiracy by the US government to interfere in Chinese politics. One paper quotes a political scientist saying, "the Google incident is not... More »

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