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Teens Fall to Their Deaths While 'Having Sex'

Students were studying in London, met at party

(Newser) - Two teens died in a "tragic accident" in London on Tuesday—which witnesses say involved sex. The international students—an 18-year-old from Mexico known only as Miguel and 19-year-old Anastasia Tutik of Russia—hit it off at a party celebrating the end of exams, the Daily Mail reports. "... More »

The Black Death Had a Silver Lining

'Strong force of natural selection' left behind a much healthier population

(Newser) - If you can find an upside to the decimation of tens of millions of Europeans, a new study has it, per the BBC : It seems that the Black Death, which killed some 30% to 50% of Europe's population between 1347 and 1351, had the accidental effect of leaving survivors... More »

Thieves Steal $34K Pair of Sneakers

Gone are Usain Bolt's cleats he wore setting 100M world record

(Newser) - A pair of Usain Bolt's orange cleats were on display in London—until someone stole the signed shoes, which are reportedly worth $34,000. The Jamaican athlete wore the cleats when he set the world record in the 100-meter race in 2009, the Los Angeles Times reports. Now, he'... More »

Cat Cafe a Big Hit in London

Two expected to open in US this year

(Newser) - Would you like some kitten with your coffee? Feline company is exactly what one of London's newest cafes is offering—and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up. "People do want to have pets, and in tiny flats, you can't," said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who opened... More »

Saharan Dust Chokes London

Of course, industrial pollution is also to blame

(Newser) - London is exceptionally smoggy right now, and at least some of the air pollution can be blamed on dust that traveled all the way from the Sahara. "We usually see this happen several times a year when big dust storms in the Sahara coincide with southerly winds to bring... More »

Skeletons Reveal Black Death Secrets

Victims led hard lives before dying, scientists say

(Newser) - Skeletons dug up in London last year are indeed the remains of people who died from the Black Plague—and who suffered a tough life before falling ill, the BBC reports. Forensic analysis shows that teeth taken from at least four of the 12 corpses discovered during excavation for a... More »

Bird Starts Fire With Cigarette

It carried smoldering butt to roof of London building

(Newser) - Fires started by carelessly discarded cigarettes are nothing new to the London Fire Brigade—but the culprits are usually people, not birds. Investigators were initially baffled by a fire on the roof of a building in south London, but they eventually concluded that it had been started by a lit... More »

World's Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies at 110

Pianist featured in Oscar-nominated documentary

(Newser) - The world's oldest Holocaust survivor, a pianist who gained international recognition in the 1930s, has died in London at age 110. Alice Herz-Sommer, the subject of Oscar-nominated documentary The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, was born in Prague, where her music earned her fame as a... More »

Crowdfunding Pays to Get Homeless Man Home to Jamaica

London woman's plea for 'Michael' smashes goal quickly

(Newser) - A British woman's plea on Go Fund Me to help a homeless man evidently struck a chord. Jenny Baker asked people to chip in to buy a plane ticket to help a 64-year-old man she met in Dalston achieve his one wish: to return to his native Jamaica, reports... More »

100 Feet Under London, a Farm Sprouts

Carbon-neutral operation housed in WWII air-raid shelter

(Newser) - A pair of Londoners have taken up farming in the city—about 100 feet underground. Their business, supported by TV chef Michel Roux Jr., uses a former air raid shelter from World War II as a place to grow vegetables and herbs. The project, called Growing Underground , spreads across about... More »

The World's Most-Visited City Is...

Hong Kong, followed by Singapore

(Newser) - When it comes to the world's most-visited cities, Asia has a clear lead: Of the top five, four are on the continent, according to a list published by the Telegraph and based on a Euromonitor International report. The number one most-visited city? Hong Kong, which saw 23,770,200... More »

Coming Next Year: Back to the Future Musical

Expected to debut in London in 2015

(Newser) - The people who brought you Back to the Future are revving up the old Delorean to 88mph—but this time, on stage. A musical version is reportedly opening in London next year, for the film's 30th anniversary. The classic movie's original director and screenwriter Robert Zemeckis is said... More »

Guy Signs for Neighbor's Package, Anti-Terror Cops Pounce

His family's home was ripped apart by biohazard teams

(Newser) - This might make people think twice about accepting packages for others: After a diplomat's son in London accepted a parcel addressed for a neighbor who wasn't home, he was arrested and chemical and biological teams spent days tearing his house and garden apart, the Telegraph reports. The package... More »

London Romans Piled Skulls in Pits

Some may have been gladiators' remains

(Newser) - Slob Romans living in ancient London, it seems, just left decapitated heads lying around in open pits for years, a study suggests. "It is not a pretty picture," a researcher tells the Guardian . "At least one of the skulls shows evidence of being chewed at by dogs,... More »

Priceless Plant Stolen From Garden

Rare water lily taken from botanical gardens in London

(Newser) - Thieves who struck in London last week will need some serious green thumbs or their priceless loot won't be worth a cent. Someone dug up a tiny water lily from the Royal Botanic Gardens, reports CNN , and this is no ordinary lily. The Nymphaea thermarum is one of the... More »

4 Seriously Injured in London Theater Collapse

Dozens more at Apollo suffer less serious injuries

(Newser) - Scary reports out of London say part of the ceiling collapsed at the Apollo Theatre during a live performance. Details are still firming up, but the BBC has an estimate of four people seriously injured and another 80 or so with less serious injuries. The good news is that police... More »

London Captives Appeared in 1997 Documentary

Film crew was looking into death of woman at commune

(Newser) - Eerie: A documentary crew caught two of the captives recently rescued in London on film, ever so briefly, in 1997. The ITV documentary focused on the death of a woman who fell from the window of a house used by the alleged slavery commune that year, the Telegraph reports. Investigators... More »

Communist Party Booted Out Alleged UK Slaveholders

So the husband started a 'Marxist-Leninist-Maoist' splinter group

(Newser) - The London couple suspected of holding three women against their will for 30 years were ... Marxist slaveholders? The two suspects, Aravindan Balakrishnan, 73, and his 67-year-old wife Chanda, had been Marxist activists in the 1970s, the BBC reports. Records from the Communist Party of England show that Balakrishnan was kicked... More »

One London Captive Spent Entire Life Imprisoned

London cops hunt for more captives—or bodies

(Newser) - Investigators piecing together the bizarre case of three women held in servitude for decades suspect there may be more victims involved, reports the Telegraph . After the arrest of a man and woman in south London, both aged 67, police are searching possible linked addresses for other slaves—or possibly bodies.... More »

3 Women Freed After 30 Years' Captivity in London

2 arrested in investigation into 'slavery, domestic servitude'

(Newser) - Police have rescued three women from a London house where they were allegedly held captive and may have been treated as slaves for 30 years or more, NBC News reports. Authorities were first contacted about the situation last month, by a domestic abuse nonprofit. The women—a 69-year-old Malaysian woman,... More »

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