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Body Found in Search for US Trader Missing in London

But body hasn't been formally identified, say police

(Newser) - London police say a body has been found in the search for missing US financial trader Josh Sanchez-Maldonado. The man's family has been informed, though no formal identification has taken place yet, the Evening Standard reports. Sanchez-Maldonado was last seen leaving his hotel in west London's Feltham area... More »

American Financial Trader Mysteriously Missing in London

He claimed he was there for a job interview

(Newser) - A young Bay Area financial trader traveling abroad on his own for the first time has disappeared in London, where he told family he had a potential job interview, NBC News reports. According to the Guardian , Josh Sanchez-Maldonado, 24, was last seen leaving his hotel in west London on the... More »

JK Rowling Announces Plot for Harry Potter Sequel Play

Play will follow Potter and his son, 19 years later

(Newser) - JK Rowling announced back in June that Harry Potter was coming to the London stage, but until now, there was much speculation the stage play's plot would be a prequel to the books. Rowling debunked that today: "So now you know it really isn't a prequel,"... More »

Big Ben May Soon Be Mute

Landmark bell could be silenced for years for urgent repairs

(Newser) - Big Ben's bongs may fall silent for months or even years as urgent repairs are carried out. Two of Britain's largest newspapers reported Sunday that Parliament's massive clock and the tower that supports it need as much as $61.7 million in repairs—work that will silence... More »

London Outlaws a Hot New Toy

Hoverboards can't be ridden in public

(Newser) - It's very exciting that hoverboards finally exist , but if you live in the UK, you may not want to buy one just yet. The Metropolitan Police tweeted out a picture of a hoverboard Sunday along with the warning, "Own one of these or thinking about getting one? They'... More »

London Cops End $18M Wait for Assange

Police say they've spent almost $18M waiting for WikiLeaks founder to emerge

(Newser) - London cops have been staking out the Ecuadorian Embassy 24 hours a day for three years, waiting for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to venture out. That wait ended Monday as Metropolitan Police finally pulled the plug, noting in a statement that it was "no longer proportionate to commit officers... More »

Here Are the 5K+ Items the Jets Are Bringing to London

For a 65-hour trip

(Newser) - The New York Jets are playing the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley Stadium Sunday—and though the Jets will only be overseas for 65 hours, the team is bringing a lot of stuff. The New York Times takes an amusing look:
  • 220 people in the delegation
  • 350 rolls of
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Angry, Torch-Lit Mob Attacks Hipster Cafe

Customers hide as protesters attack Cereal Killer Cafe

(Newser) - An angry mob vented its rage against East London hipsters over the weekend by attacking a cafe and scrawling "scum" on the window. But the establishment wasn't just any cafe—it was a cereal cafe. As in, cereal in a bowl. "It’s senseless violence, isn’t... More »

Man Busted for Charging iPhone on London Train

In the UK, they call the crime 'abstracting electricity'

(Newser) - A 45-year-old UK artist was arrested Friday on a London train for the dastardly crime of "abstracting electricity"—and according to arrestee Robin Lee, the crime is just as "ridiculous" as it sounds, the Evening Standard reports. Even though the outlets on the London Overground are clearly... More »

Britain Remembers Its Worst Terror Attack of 21st Century

Woman tells how she escaped death on London train

(Newser) - "It was a split-second decision that probably saved my life," says Shanie Ryan. Ryan was a 20-year-old student riding the first car of a train in London on July 7, 2005, when her roommate got off at King's Cross station. She hopped out the door, gave him... More »

What Drivers Tweeted to Suicidal Woman on Bridge

Police in London suburb respond to angry messages

(Newser) - Drivers in a London suburb weren't exactly sympathetic yesterday to a suicidal woman who blocked traffic for two hours as emergency crews tried talking her down, the Independent reports. Amid the M3-motorway delay in Sunbury, Surrey, angry tweets came rolling out:
  • "Tell her to get on with it,
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Stowaway Plunges Out of Plane Over London

2nd stowaway survives on 6K-mile journey from South Africa

(Newser) - Two stowaways clung to a British Airways passenger jet on its 6,000-mile journey from South Africa to London, but police say only one survived the trip, NBC News reports. The plane was 11 hours into its flight and preparing to land at Heathrow Airport yesterday when one of the... More »

First Lady Inspires Schoolgirls in London

Obama tells excited students to stick with their education because 'we need you'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's visit to a girls' school today in an East London neighborhood turned into a love fest when she was greeted with singing, poetry, and interpretative dance on her mission to promote education for girls. In return, the first lady spoke about the role education played in her... More »

Evidence in Ancient Mystery: Skeleton, Severed Head

Discovered skulls could shed light on British warrior queen

(Newser) - First, they discovered 3,000 skeletons dating back to the Great Plague . Now archaeologists excavating parts of an ongoing commuter railway project in London have uncovered skulls lined neatly on a Roman road—and one lying between the legs of a headless skeleton, the Telegraph reports. Other skulls discovered in... More »

Elderly Suspects Arrested for Daring London Heist

Oldest of 9 Hatton Garden suspects is 76

(Newser) - When a huge amount of cash and gems was stolen from a secure vault in London over Easter weekend, the daring theft was described as an "old-school heist"—and just how old school is now apparent. A 76-year-old man and his 50-year-old son were among nine people arrested... More »

11-Ton 'Fatberg' Breaks London Sewer

This is just plain gross

(Newser) - Things that weigh less than the "fatberg" removed from a London sewer: 18 horses, 3 Hummer H2s, or 77,000 iPhone 6s. A "fatberg" is what is created when congealed fat and unflushable items (think sanitary napkins, diapers, wipes, the Independent notes) combine in the sewer to create,... More »

Inmate Escapes by Emailing Own Release Order to Jail

A crime of 'extraordinary criminal inventiveness, deviousness': prosecutor

(Newser) - A smuggled cellphone and an online scheme that even a British judge called "ingenious" allowed a 28-year-old inmate waiting for his fraud trial to escape prison, NBC News reports. Last March, Neil Moore was housed in England's Wandsworth Prison—the same facility that once housed Julian Assange and... More »

Russian Wants London-to-NY Highway— Via Moscow

Putin pal says 13K-mile superhighway would cost 'trillions' but be totally worth it

(Newser) - London to New York? Skip flying the Atlantic and hop a 13,000-mile superhighway connecting the two via Moscow. That’s the plan a pal of Vladimir Putin's is proposing to create the first modern roadway from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Fox News reports. And while Russian Railways... More »

Sweden Gives In, Will Interview Assange in London

Swedish prosecutors need to speak to WikiLeaks founder before deadline

(Newser) - After a long battle to haul Julian Assange back to Sweden, prosecutors from that country have now acquiesced and say they'll go to him in London to interview him on sex crime allegations, the AP reports. Assange, who's been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in England since... More »

Skeletons Under Railroad Could Tell Us About Plague

London excavation to unearth thousands of bones with possible bubonic clues

(Newser) - They came from every parish of London, and from all walks of life, and ended up in a burial ground called Bedlam. Now scientists hope these centuries-old skeletons can reveal new information about how long-ago Londoners lived—and about the bubonic plague that often killed them. Archaeologists announced yesterday that... More »

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