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Lawyer in Rape Case: Women Are Weaker Sex, Good Liars

Steve Farese is taking some heat for his comments

(Newser) - Shock and outrage after—in the closing arguments of rich Tennesee man's rape trial—a defense attorney claimed women are especially adept liars. "Women can be especially good at it because they're the weaker sex," the Commercial Appeal quotes Steve Farese as saying Thursday. He apparently... More »

Teen Believed Abducted by Teacher Found Safe

Teacher Tad Cummins arrested in Northern California: Tenn. Bureau of Investigation

(Newser) - First they found the car—then they found the fugitive teacher and his student. A spokeswoman for the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office tells the Tennessean that the Nissan Rogue being driven by Tad Cummins , the ex-high school teacher from Tennessee who's been on the lam for more than... More »

Family of Alleged Kidnapper Tad Cummins Speaks Out

'Daddy ... come home'

(Newser) - The daughters of Tad Cummins—the former Tennessee teacher suspected of kidnapping a 15-year-old student last month—say they've forgiven their father "no matter what he did." "Daddy, no matter what you've done we just want you to come home," Erica Osborne, 29, says... More »

DA: Teacher Who Kidnapped Student Is Low on Medication

Pharmacies asked to watch for Tad Cummins

(Newser) - It has been a month since Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins disappeared with 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas—long enough for the 50-year-old to need a refill of the medication he takes to control his blood pressure. Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper has asked pharmacists to watch out for customers who... More »

Teen Saves Sister's Life in Horrific Tennessee Fire

Parents, 3 siblings died in blaze

(Newser) - A young teenager saved her little sister's life in an overnight house fire that killed their parents and three siblings, a Tennessee sheriff said Friday. The fire was reported before midnight Thursday in Buchanan, along the Kentucky state line about 100 miles northwest of Nashville. At a news conference,... More »

Chance Rest Stop Meeting Led to Family's Brutal Murder

'Knoxville News Sentinel' revisits the Lillelid murders 20 years later

(Newser) - They "said they were going to go start the Armageddon." What followed wasn't the end times, but the brutal end of one family in a crime that remains one of the worst in East Tennessee memory. In a lengthy piece, the Knoxville News Sentinel revisits the Lillelid... More »

State May Dig Up Body of US President—for 3rd Time

James K. Polk's final resting place has proven to be anything but

(Newser) - If James K. Polk doesn't already hold the record for most burials of a former US president, there's little doubt he soon will. The Tennessee Senate voted 20-6 Monday to allow the remains of the 11th president to be exhumed and reburied—for the third time, the AP... More »

Teacher Suspected in Teen's Kidnapping Spotted at Walmart

Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were caught on surveillance video

(Newser) - A 50-year-old teacher was caught on security cameras at a Walmart in Oklahoma two days after he allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Tennessee, the Oklahoman reports. Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas are seen in the video—taken March 15 but not confirmed or released until Friday—using cash to... More »

Tenn. Deputy Celebrating His Birthday Is Shot Dead by Police

Daniel Hendrix became 'enraged' during birthday celebrations

(Newser) - An off-duty Tennessee sheriff's deputy celebrating his birthday with two other officers was shot dead by officers from a different force after the night took a disturbing turn, police say. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Daniel Hendrix, a corrections officer for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, became... More »

DA: Teacher With Missing Teen May Be Posing as Missionary

Tad Cummins may have fled to Mexico with girl, district attorney says

(Newser) - Tad Cummins, the Tennessee teacher believed to be on the run with 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas, may have fled to Mexico with the girl, investigators say. Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper tells ABC News that the 50-year-old Cummins, who allegedly kidnapped Elizabeth more than two weeks ago, is a... More »

'Romantic' Emails Between Missing Teacher, Girl Found

Family says teen once hid from teacher Tad Cummins

(Newser) - Elizabeth Thomas, the 15-year-old girl believed to have been abducted by teacher Tad Cummins two weeks ago, once hid from Cummins when he turned up at her workplace, her family says. One of the Thomas family's lawyers tells News 2 that, according to Elizabeth's father, she hid in... More »

State Bills Teen Killed in Car Crash for Damaged Guardrail

'I mean the audacity'

(Newser) - Seventeen-year-old Hannah Eimers died in a fatal car crash last November in Tennessee. In February, the state sent her father a bill for the guardrail that killed her. "I mean the audacity," Stephen Eimers tells WATE . In an interview with WBIR , Eimers calls the bill for nearly $3,... More »

Missing Teen Reportedly Told Relative to Call Cops

Brother suggests she was taken against her will

(Newser) - Tad Cummins researched "teen marriage" and how his Nissan Rogue might be tracked by authorities in the days before he allegedly kidnapped 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says, per the Tennessean . While his Internet search history "might potentially speak to his intentions," it also... More »

New Photos of Missing Tenn. Teacher, Student Released

Girl who saw kiss 'blames herself' for kidnapping

(Newser) - With no confirmed sightings of a 15-year-old girl more than a week after she was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher , the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation wants people nationwide to be on the lookout for Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins in rural areas or campgrounds. Investigators released video of the 50-year-old... More »

Trump Slams 'Unprecedented Judicial Overreach'

He praises Andrew Jackson at Nashville rally

(Newser) - President Trump held a campaign-style rally in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday night, and a federal judge's blocking of his new travel ban hours earlier was one of his chief topics. The president slammed the Hawaii judge's decision as "unprecedented judicial overreach" and accused the court of acting for... More »

Arrest Made in 'Very Rare' Murder of Nashville Nurse

Suspect was picked up on drug charge days ago

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in what police called the "very rare, random" murder of a nurse in Nashville last week. Police announced Wednesday night that Christopher Drew McLawhorn, 24, had been charged with criminal homicide and especially aggravated burglary in the death of Tiffany Ferguson, WHNT reports. Police... More »

Dozens Fired After Participating in 'A Day Without Immigrants'

'I hope you enjoyed your day off and you can enjoy many more'

(Newser) - Thousands of immigrants stayed home from work Thursday, shuttering restaurants and slowing other industries , for the national "A Day Without Immigrants" protest. Now it appears many were asked not to come back. In Oklahoma, a dozen workers at I Don't Care Bar and Grill were fired after missing... More »

Police Officer Dies Trying to Rescue Suicidal Woman

Police say Officer Eric Mumaw 'died doing what he loves'

(Newser) - A Tennessee police officer twice awarded for his heroism died Thursday in Nashville after jumping into a frigid river to save a woman trying to kill herself, the Tennessean reports. Eric Mumaw, 44, and two other officers arrived at a boat ramp on the Cumberland River around 4:30am for... More »

Woman Who Tried to Give Herself Abortion Leaves Prison

Anna Yocca pleaded guilty to trying to end her pregnancy in 2015, but was let out for time served

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman who tried to end her pregnancy with a coat hanger in 2015 was let out of jail Monday after entering a guilty plea to a lesser charge than the original attempted first-degree murder charge, the Daily News Journal reports. Anna Yocca, 32, had previously seen the charge... 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 »

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