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Selfie Clears Man of Crime He Didn't Commit

Texas man originally faced 99 years behind bars

(Newser) - For once, a story about a selfie that helped someone rather than hurting them. A Texas man was confused when police arrested him in September of last year, telling him he was accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend's home, attacking her, and slashing an "X" into her chest... More »

Another Selfie Mishap, This One Caught on Video

Artworks by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya now need fixing in Russia

(Newser) - An artwork by Salvador Dali is in need of repair after a selfie attempt gone wrong in Russia. Some women visiting Yekaterinburg's International Arts Center Main Avenue were reportedly attempting a selfie near a temporary wall showcasing two artworks—an etching by Spanish painter Francisco Goya and Dali's... More »

Camera Sitting on Tripod Led to Discovery of Couple's Bodies

Vishnu Viswanath's brother says they were taking a selfie when they fell at Yosemite

(Newser) - The couple who fell to their deaths in Yosemite National Park last week did so while taking a selfie, Vishnu Viswanath's brother said Tuesday. Viswanath, 29, and his wife, 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy, set up their tripod near a ledge at a scenic overlook in the California park, Jishnu Viswanath... More »

Study Tallies Body Count of Selfies Turned Deadly

The estimate is over 250 worldwide

(Newser) - A study investigating the increasing problem of fatalities that stem from victims taking selfies in dangerous locales has placed a body count on the preventable tragedy, per the Washington Post . In the study titled "Selfies: A boon or bane?" researchers published findings in the Journal of Family Medicine and ... More »

Selfie-Taking Woman Plunges to Her Death in Lake Superior

Tu Thanh Nguyen was hiking alone when she apparently stopped to take a cliff pic

(Newser) - What should have been a day of hiking with awe-inspiring views turned tragic in Michigan Wednesday when a woman fell to her death into Lake Superior. WLUC reports 32-year-old Tu Thanh Nguyen, from Sunnyvale, Calif., was traversing the trails along the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by herself when... More »

Teen Falls Off Yosemite Cliff Attempting a Selfie

Israel's Tomer Frankfurter died after plummeting about 820 feet

(Newser) - A teen visiting from Israel fell to his death at Yosemite National Park Tuesday after it seems he tried to take a selfie near a famous waterfall, the Times of Israel reports. Tomer Frankfurter, 18, who BuzzFeed notes was on a two-month vacation before joining the Israeli military, is believed... More »

Selfie Lovers Start 'Alarming' Surgical Trend

Article in JAMA medical journal calls it 'Snapchat Dysmorphia'

(Newser) - Think you look better in your latest selfie than in real life? Then beware of "Snapchat dysmorphia," a newly dubbed term for people seeking plastic surgery to mimic their appearance in filtered selfies, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Sometimes I have patients who say, 'I want... More »

The Sunflower Photos Went Viral, Then Hell Broke Loose

People taking pictures went berserk for selfies, creating a scene of 'utter chaos'

(Newser) - The invite promised a "spectacular sight"; the reality was a spectacular disaster. For eight days at the end of July, all was fine as tourists flocked to the Bogle Seeds sunflower seed farm in Hamilton, Ontario. They were there at the invitation of the farm's owners, who'd... More »

Forest Ranger Foolishly Decides to Pose With Python

India ranger Sanjoy Dutta nearly got strangled

(Newser) - India has racked up the most "deaths by selfie," researchers say, and one forest ranger almost joined that statistic. Gulf News and the Tribune report on a recent close call in the West Bengal city of Jalpaiguri, where ranger Sanjoy Dutta showed off to a crowd the 18-foot... More »

'Scene of Horror' Follows Tourists' Selfie Attempt

Brit, Australian died in 100-foot fall in Portugal

(Newser) - A fisherman returning to a Portuguese beach encountered a "scene of horror" early Tuesday: the "unrecognizable" bodies of a tourist couple who appear to have fallen 100 feet to their deaths while trying to take a selfie. Brit Louise Benson, 37, and her Aussie boyfriend, 33-year-old Michael Kearns,... More »

Guy Takes Selfie With Woman Who Had Been Hit by Train in Background

Italy shocked, disgusted by photo

(Newser) - As a Canadian woman lay on the tracks at a train station in Piacenza, Italy, badly injured after having been hit by a train, a man stood on the platform and took a selfie with the woman, who was being treated by paramedics, in the background. A news photographer, in... More »

Did These Furry Photographers Snap a Selfie?

Dog daycare center pic is getting lots of love

(Newser) - An Ohio dog daycare photo has gone viral for capturing what looks like a group of four-legged friends taking a selfie, the AP reports. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Go Fetch Dog Daycare and Boarding in Loveland originally posted the photo of the group March 30. A black Labrador mix named... More »

Court Deals Serious Blow to Monkey Rights

PETA sued to secure a macaque's rights to its selfies

(Newser) - A US appeals court on Monday favored humans over animals in a novel copyright lawsuit filed over a series of entertaining selfies taken by a monkey with a toothy grin. US copyright law does not allow lawsuits that seek to give animals the rights to photographs or other original work,... More »

Cannes Bans 'Grotesque' Red-Carpet Practice

Selfie-takers won't be allowed in to see films

(Newser) - Want to take a selfie on the red carpet during the Cannes Film Festival? Well, you can't. That's the message from top festival official Thierry Fremaux, who says red-carpet selfies will be banned at this year's star-studded event, the AP reports. Violators, he said on Europe 1... More »

Selfie IDed Killer Thanks to Fashion Accessory

Cheyanne Antoine, 21, used belt to strangle best friend

(Newser) - Not far from the body of an 18-year-old woman found strangled to death in Canada in 2015 was a black belt that police believed was the murder weapon. It has since led them to Brittney Gargol's killer: her best friend. Initially charged with second-degree murder, Cheyanne Antoine, 21, pleaded... More »

Lawsuit Over Monkey Selfies Settled Out of Court

Revenue will be shared with wildlife charities

(Newser) - A lawsuit over who owns the copyright to selfies taken by a monkey was settled before a federal appeals court could answer the novel legal question. Under a deal attorneys announced Monday, the photographer whose camera was used to take the photos agreed to donate 25% of any future revenue... More »

Nokia's New Phone Replaces the Selfie With the Bothie

Is the world ready?

(Newser) - If we're being honest, the selfie is passé. Today's discerning Instagrammers require a new way to document their every waking moment. Enter the Nokia 8 and its "bothie." Nokia's attempt to compete with Samsung and Apple in the high-end smartphone market hits stores in Europe... More »

Baby Dolphin Dies After People Can't Stop Touching It

It was dead by the time a rescue group arrived

(Newser) - A baby dolphin that beached itself on the shores of Mojacar in southeastern Spain was quickly surrounded by a mob of curious beachgoers, many out for a good selfie, reports Newsweek . The calf was likely sick or had become separated from its mother, and someone called the local emergency number.... More »

Guy Gets 6 Years for Strip Club Selfie Accident

Florida felon's gun went off in bathroom

(Newser) - A Florida man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for accidentally shooting a gun while taking a selfie in a strip club restroom. The US Attorney's Office in Tampa announced 34-year-old Rorn Sorn's sentencing Monday, the AP reports. The Asian Pride Gang member... More »

Kim Kardashian in Hot Water Over Selfie Enhancer

She's being sued over LuMee smartphone case's similarity to another product

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian's company is being sued for $100 million over—what else?—a selfie product. Hooshmand Harooni says Kimsaprincess Inc. is using the technology he patented in 2013 and licensed to a company called Snap Light . The tech is basically a lighted smartphone case that helps users take better... More »

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