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Spanish Princess Won't Be a Spanish Prisoner

Princess Cristina was found not guilty in tax case, but her husband is going to prison

(Newser) - In a tax fraud case that captivated Spain, Princess Cristina was found not guilty Friday of being an accessory to fraud, but her husband was convicted and sentenced to more than six years in prison. A panel of judges ruled that Cristina, the 51-year-old sister of King Felipe VI, has... More »

Woman Becomes Spain's Second Oldest to Give Birth

64-year-old delivers twins in Burgos

(Newser) - A 64-year-old has become the second oldest woman ever to give birth in Spain. The woman, identified only by her initials MIA, received fertility treatment in the US before giving birth to twins—a 5.3-pound boy and 4.8-pound girl—via Caesarean section in the Spanish city of Burgos,... More »

40K Separatists at Catalonia Pol's Trial: 'You Are Not Alone'

Ex-regional leader Artur Mas in hot seat in Spain for arranging 2014 independence vote

(Newser) - In 2014, the ex-leader of Catalonia helped set up a vote on independence from Spain—and on Monday, 40,000 protesters stood up for him outside a Barcelona court. The New York Times reports on the start of the trial for Artur Mas, who was charged with civil disobedience for... More »

Nun Says Sex Is Such a Gift That Even Mary Probably Had It

Sister Lucia Caram's remarks aren't going over well

(Newser) - Mary was in love with Joseph and they probably had sex—full stop. That's the general gist of what a popular Dominican nun known for her huge Twitter following and recipes she whips up in her Catalan convent said on Spanish TV Sunday, and it's causing a whole... More »

Want to Contact the White House? It's Not Easy

Callers told to use Facebook Messenger, but that's not possible

(Newser) - If you'd like to send a message to the White House, you might want to get your smoke signals handy: As of Monday, those calling a White House phone line for public comments were told that the line had been closed. Callers were instead directed to leave a comment... More »

After 14 Years of Playing 66513, They Won World's Biggest Lottery

It's that day each year when you wish you were a Spaniard

(Newser) - There was much celebration in Madrid Thursday after all the tickets with the top prize-winning number in Spain's $2.4 billion Christmas lottery were sold in one city neighborhood. The number 66513 appeared on 1,650 tickets in the lottery known as El Gordo ("The Fat One"),... More »

Cops: 'Macabre' Tattoo Key to Solving Woman's Murder

Police found unknown date of death on boyfriend's arm

(Newser) - Spanish police had not yet identified the date a 20-year-old woman had been murdered in her apartment in Freyung, Germany—until they noticed her boyfriend had tattooed a date of death on his arm, along with the woman's name, reports the BBC . Thanks to that apparent clue, authorities now... More »

Mom Births 3rd Kid at 62, Feels Awesome

Lina Alvarez shakes off criticism that she's too old

(Newser) - Lina Alvarez had her second child through IVF treatment at the age of 52, but "I always wanted to be a mother again." Last Monday, her wish came true when the 62-year-old doctor gave birth to a baby girl weighing 5.2 pounds via Caeserean section at a... More »

One-Eyed Matador Gored Again

Luckily for Juan Jose Padilla, it was at or near the same eye as last time

(Newser) - Five years almost to the day after he was gored in the eye by a bull, Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla was gored in virtually the same spot again—but he won't need to buy a second eye patch. At a bullfight in Zaragoza Saturday, the 43-year-old was gored... More »

Parents Freak When They Get Son's $110K Google Bill

Spanish boy signed up for wrong advertising program

(Newser) - If you're going to try to monetize yourself online, make sure you carefully read the fine print. Or ask your mom or dad, as a 12-year-old boy in Spain should've done; instead, he mistakenly racked up a $110,000 or so Google bill. NBC News reports on the... More »

Jamie Oliver Put Sausage in Paella, Spain Freaked Out

Everyone knows not to put chorizo in traditional dish, right?

(Newser) - Jamie Oliver has managed to "offend a whole nation," Stuff.co.nz reports—and he did it with pork sausage. The celebrity chef posted on Twitter what the Telegraph calls an "unorthodox" recipe for paella —a hodgepodge of rice, meats, veggies, and spices—incurring the wrath... More »

Barcelona Officials Want to Rip Down Columbus Statue

Barcelona council members say it glorifies colonialism, explorer's 'conquest of America'

(Newser) - Just a couple of years after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor, a statue of Christopher Columbus was erected to grace Barcelona's skyline—and while the former represents freedom and friendship, local council members say the latter should be torn down for symbolizing the worst... More »

Dog Waiting for Owner Outside Hospital Is Very Good Dog

Maya is holding a solitary vigil in Spain

(Newser) - The Telegraph has the story of a very good dog in Spain who is waiting patiently outside a hospital while her owner recovers from emergency appendix surgery inside. As of Friday, Maya the 2-year-old Akita Inu had been sitting outside the hospital's doors for six days. Her owner's... More »

Video: Man Late for His Flight Chases Plane Across Tarmac

It was stupid, dangerous, and apparently successful

(Newser) - Look, no one wants to miss their flight, but sometimes you just have to deal with it. The Guardian reports a man was late to his flight from Madrid to the Canary Islands on Friday, but instead of giving up, he ducked out a fire escape, jumped from a gangway,... More »

As the Bulls Run, Another Kind of Violence in Pamplona: Rape

At least 15 reports of sexual violence so far at this year's San Fermin fest

(Newser) - Bulls goring humans in Pamplona isn't the only form of violence making headlines at this year's San Fermin festival. At least 15 cases of sexual assault, including four rapes and one attempted rape, and 15 arrests have been reported since the festival started July 6, drawing attention... More »

Bullfighter Gored to Death on Live TV

Victor Barrio is first to die in ring in more than 3 decades

(Newser) - A Spanish bullfighter was gored to death Saturday on live television in a horror not seen in the ring in more than three decades, reports the AP . Victor Barrio, 29, was pronounced dead late Saturday by a surgeon at the Teruel bullring. Barrio was first gored in the thigh by... More »

Another Blow for Messi—This Time in Court

He's guilty of tax fraud but likely won't serve jail time

(Newser) - Another blow for Lionel Messi: The star soccer player was sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud in a Barcelona court Wednesday, but don't expect that to keep him from the soccer field. Messi is unlikely to serve time behind bars since jail sentences under two... More »

City Fires Men Who Didn't Go to Work for Up to 15 Years

They were still collecting their paychecks

(Newser) - Two government workers in Spain were fired this week when it was discovered they may not have done any actual work in 15 years despite continuing to collect their paychecks, the Independent reports. The town of Jerez de la Frontera's HR department discovered the men hadn't been to... More »

Woman Busted in Plot to Kill Stephen Hawking

She had maps and documents detailing her astronomy-festival scheme

(Newser) - An American woman was arrested Wednesday in Spain for sending dozens of death threats to Stephen Hawking then trailing him to an astronomy festival in the Canary Islands, Gizmodo reports. According to El Pais , the unnamed 37-year-old woman lives in Norway and has no previous criminal record. Authorities were tipped... More »

This Is What Happens When a Shepherd Falls Asleep

Baaaaad sheep

(Newser) - A YouTube video proves why you should never fall asleep on the job—particularly if you have 1,300 sheep in your care. A resident in the Spanish city of Huesca called police around 4:30am Tuesday to report a herd of sheep making its way through the city streets,... More »

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