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Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun; At Least 1 Student Injured

Dennis Alexander was reportedly teaching a lesson on 'public safety' at a Calif. high school

(Newser) - As a controversial idea to arm teachers is pushed , and students gear up for gun control demonstrations across the nation, a California story lends unsettling context. Per KSBW , a teacher at Seaside High School in Monterey County (also 2013's reserve officer of the year for the Sand City PD... More »

They Never Heard It Coming. Then the Snowmobile Crashed

Man held liable after he's thrown off snowmobile, which slammed into friend, causing 'horrific' injuries

(Newser) - A fun day snowmobiling in British Columbia left one man with "horrific" injuries and another liable for them after he was thrown off his snowmobile and the vehicle kept going, slamming into one of his companions. InfoTel News reports that Devon Webb, Angelo Passerin, and about eight others were... More »

Rodeo Chairman Critically Injured in Stagecoach Crash

Witnesses say horse team bolted

(Newser) - The chairman of an Arizona rodeo was among two people critically injured when an event went badly wrong, authorities say. The Superstition Fire and Medical District says the incident occurred at the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo in Apache Junction on Saturday, the Arizona Republic reports. Witnesses say the stagecoach hit... More »

UN Diplomat Dies in Alleged Trust Game Gone Wrong

Australia's Julian Simpson fell from Manhattan balcony Wednesday

(Newser) - "Let's play the trust game" and "I will prove that you can trust me," Australia's second secretary to the United Nations reportedly told his friend as he leaned back over a railing, some 70 feet above a Manhattan street. The words were among the last... More »

Tragedy for Good Samaritan Twins Who Tried to Help Driver

25-year-old Marcasia Crenshaw was struck by passing truck; sister Markwonda escaped in time

(Newser) - One sister ran one way, the second sister ran the other—and now one is dead after the women stopped to help a stranded motorist on a Florida highway. The Sun Sentinel reports 25-year-old Marcasia Crenshaw and her twin, Markwonda Crenshaw, were driving back to Boynton Beach on Sunday night... More »

Family Trip to the Ice Cream Shop Ends in Tragedy

Incident happened at Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Auburn, Ala.

(Newser) - At what is normally the happiest of family destinations, a horror: Police investigating a call of a missing child at Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Auburn, Ala., before 1pm Saturday arrived to find the 3-year-old had been located but was unresponsive. Sadie Grace Andrews had been found in a... More »

Parents Chase After Son, All 3 Perish in Volcano Crater

Tragedy at Solfatara

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy is the sole surviving member of a family that was wiped out in a horrific accident near Naples, Italy, on Tuesday. Reports conflict, but in general they agree that the Italian family's 11-year-old son crossed a protective barrier and entered an area of the Solfatara volcanic... More »

Bieber Accidentally Runs Down Photographer

He stayed at scene until cops arrived

(Newser) - Justin Bieber accidentally drove into a photographer Wednesday night in an incident captured by many of the man's fellow paparazzi. The singer ran over the man, one of many photographers surrounding his vehicle, as he was leaving a City Church event at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, TMZ... More »

Death at Ohio State Fair as 'Thrill Ride' Malfunctions

Victims were hurled from Fire Ball

(Newser) - A man was killed and at least seven other people were injured in a horrific ride malfunction on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair. Officials say the 18-year-old man was killed after being thrown in the air from the Fire Ball ride Wednesday evening and landing around 50... More »

Jet Blast Kills Tourist on Beach

NZ woman failed to heed warning signs

(Newser) - A tourist from New Zealand was killed by a jet blast Wednesday at a Caribbean beach famous for being under low-flying aircraft. According to 721News , the 57-year-old woman was holding on to the fence separating St. Maarten's Maho Beach from Princess Juliana International Airport when the blast from a... More »

Skydiver Makes Unexpected Landing in New Jersey

Rescue crews had to help skydiver out of tree

(Newser) - Rescue crews in New Jersey freed a skydiver who got stuck in a tree and was dangling 70 feet above the ground, the AP reports. Emergency crews in Gloucester County got a call around 5pm Tuesday saying the skydiver had crashed into the trees in Monroe Township. Per More »

Police: 'Human Error' Behind Girl's Six Flags Fall

Police agree there was no malfunction

(Newser) - After a 14-year-old fell some 25 feet from a gondola ride and onto the crowd below at Six Flags Great Escape in New York on Saturday, park officials said they hadn't uncovered any malfunction that would have precipitated her fall. Now police are saying much the same. Though the... More »

IKEA Serving Bowl Sets Man's Grapes on Fire

'There was one intense point where [the sun] hit the twigs'

(Newser) - A man found himself in the middle of an unexpected science experiment in Sweden after he set his bowl of grapes in the sun. Richard Walter says he was outside near his Blanda Blank stainless steel serving bowl from IKEA when he noticed his grapes were on fire. "'... More »

50 Injured After Deck Gives Way at Montana Lodge

Police say it's an issue for the insurer

(Newser) - Dozens of people who attended the memorial of a firefighter at a Montana resort gathered after the service on the lodge's deck with its sweeping lake and mountain views, only to have the structure gave way, injuring at least 50. Saturday's collapse at the Glacier Presbyterian Camp left... More »

Medical Costs Spike for Bike Injuries

Men account for most of it

(Newser) - Taking a bike ride can offer various health benefits, but along with those pros come the cons: notably, the risk of being seriously hurt in an accident. UC San Francisco researchers say such incidences have risen steadily for adults since the late 1990s, with more visits to the ER and... More »

Cop Responding to Car Crash ODs on Mystery Drug at Scene

It's the 2nd such incident in recent weeks

(Newser) - It's only been a couple of weeks since a police officer in Ohio overdosed on fentanyl when he instinctively wiped a bit of the powder away with his bare hand while arresting two men suspected of a drug deal. Now, an officer in Pennsylvania was saved by two doses... More »

Bicycle Accident Kills Motorcycle Racing Champ

A car struck the "Kentucky Kid" while he was training on a bicycle in Italy

(Newser) - The motorcycle racing world is mourning the loss of former world champion Nicky Hayden, who died Monday after sustaining severe injuries during a training collision. Hayden, 35, was struck by a vehicle while bicycling along the Rimini coastline in Italy Wednesday, reports the BBC . Over five days, he was treated... More »

Roger Ailes Had Serious Accident Days Before Death

The Fox News founder was diagnosed with hemophilia as a child

(Newser) - While no official cause of death was given for Roger Ailes, who died Thursday at the age of 77, the AP reports the Fox News founder had a serious accident at home in Florida just eight days ago. Palm Beach police say Ailes fell in the bathroom and hit his... More »

Wall Collapse Kills Dozens of Wedding Guests

Police in India arrest building owner

(Newser) - India Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is "pained beyond words" by a disaster that killed dozens of people at a wedding in Rajasthan state Wednesday. Authorities say at least 25 people were killed and nearly 30 others injured after a dust storm hit as hundreds of people were... More »

Explosion Launches 1.5-Ton Boiler 500 Feet, Killing 3

The van-sized boiler caused casualties in 2 different St. Louis buildings

(Newser) - A bizarre and deadly accident happened in St. Louis on Monday when a 1.5-ton boiler exploded, killing one person—with the force of the blast then propelling the boiler out of the building and through the roof of another, with equally deadly consequences. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the... More »

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