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Monkey Snatches Infant From Breastfeeding Mom, Kills Him

Awful news out of India

(Newser) - Locals say Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, has seen an uptick in monkey attacks, and a recent mauling is a most tragic one. The BBC reports a 12-day-old infant has died after a monkey yanked him from his mother's arms while she was breastfeeding him in her home... More »

On NYC Subway, a 'Tragic End to the Everyday Jostle'

Man who fled from Nazis in Austria dies after being pushed to ground by rushing fellow commuter

(Newser) - The New York Times calls Dr. Kurt Salzinger's death "a tragic end to the everyday jostle of straphangers," which the New York Post paints as "a daily underground hazard." His stepdaughter calls it "a complete disregard for the elderly," per the Times. Salzinger... More »

Hunter Says He Was Shot by 'Good Dog'

He left shotgun with dogs in backseat of pickup

(Newser) - When Sonny "Tex" Gilligan was shot in the back, he initially thought he was being fired on from outside his vehicle. Then he remembered the shotgun he had left in the backseat of his pickup with Charlie, his 120-pound Rottweiler mix, and two other dogs. The 74-year-old, who was... More »

Groom-to-Be Dies on Bachelor Party Cruise

Christopher McGrory's fiancee describes a 'broken heart'

(Newser) - With less than two months to go until his wedding, Florida's Christopher McGrory boarded Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Classica ship planning to celebrate his last days as a bachelor. But the party was short-lived, per the Palm Beach Post . In what his fiancee calls "a tragic... More »

Bowling Alley Owner Killed in Freak Work Accident

Ector Rodriguez described as beloved Florence, Colo., business owner

(Newser) - Florence, Colorado's police chief describes the local bowling alley as "almost like a barbershop"—a place outside of which owner Ector Rodriguez was widely known for sitting on a bench and chatting with locals who passed by. The community is now mourning the 65-year-old, who lost his... More »

4 Days After Wedding, She Was Paralyzed on Honeymoon

New bride was slammed into the ground by a big wave

(Newser) - A Texas woman's destination wedding and dream honeymoon turned into a nightmare when a wave threw Nikki Lewis to the ground while she was boogie boarding with her new husband, just four days after they wed on the beach in Maui. The Sept. 12 accident broke the 34-year-old's... More »

Allman Brothers' Dicky Betts Has Emergency Brain Surgery

Manager says it was a success and thanks fans

(Newser) - Dicky Betts had been on the mend from a "minor stroke" he suffered in August, and just one week ago the Allman Brothers Band guitarist was said to be "raring to go" in preparations for upcoming November shows, per a message his manager posted on Facebook . But a... More »

Party Takes Tragic Turn as Teen Tries to Get Phone

Imogen Roche fell 5 stories off a Manhattan fire escape

(Newser) - A party in Manhattan turned tragic Sunday night when a 15-year-old girl fell five stories to her death from a fire escape. Authorities say Imogen Roche was trying to get into a locked room through a window of a Tribeca apartment to retrieve her cellphone around 11pm when she slipped... More »

Art Exhibit Made to Look Like 'Endless Chasm' Claims Victim

Luckily, visitor who got too close to Anish Kapoor's 8-foot-deep hole at Portugal museum will be OK

(Newser) - The "dizzying experience" of peering down into an "endless chasm in space" made a visitor to Portugal's Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art especially woozy, reports Artnet , and now the 60-year-old man is recuperating from his injuries. Last week, the Italian in Porto was checking out Chicago "... More »

2 Brothers Went to Rev Up a Sauna. They Were Found Dead

Police in Finland believe the men were electrocuted after a nearby lightning strike

(Newser) - Finnish police say they suspect two men died from a lightning strike's electric charge while they were heating up a sauna near a summer cottage in eastern Finland. The brothers, born in 1950 and 1953, had arrived at the cottage in Juuka, a community of 3,200 in the... More »

He Was Driving to Work in NYC. Then a Tire Came Flying

NYPD maintenance worker Robert Martinez, 64, killed in freak accident on Brooklyn expressway

(Newser) - An early morning commute to his maintenance job at NYPD headquarters ended in tragedy for a Staten Island man Wednesday. Police tell ABC News that 64-year-old Robert Martinez was driving his 2003 Chevy Tracker east around 6:30am along the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn when the unexpected and unthinkable happened:... More »

She Tried for a Pic of a Famous Steam Train. She Lost Her Life

Woman dies in Denver after getting too close to tracks where Locomotive 844 was rolling in

(Newser) - A woman who was taking photographs over the weekend of a steam locomotive was struck and killed after getting too close to the tracks in north suburban Denver. The Union Pacific locomotive—the AP says it was a 15-car train; the Denver Channel says it had 21 cars—was returning... More »

Infant Falls Through Floor in Disheveled Home, Drowns

Ca'Mya Davis was just 11 months old

(Newser) - At just 11 months old, Ca'Mya Davis couldn't walk unassisted yet, but she was pulling herself up and walking along walls. On July 6, the Detroit infant was roaming what the Washington Post describes as a house in disrepair when she fell through a hole located in a... More »

Jersey Shore Tourist Impaled by Beach Umbrella

One of the frame ribs reportedly pierced her ankle

(Newser) - "It was just an accident," said Margaret Reynolds in a statement, but a gruesome one at that. The 67-year-old London woman was at the beach Monday in Seaside Heights, NJ, when wind ripped an umbrella from the sand; an aluminum part of it impaled her right ankle, with... More »

Amid Firework Booms, 'an Ungodly Sound'

Falling tree limb kills 2, injures 5 in Illinois

(Newser) - Two men out celebrating the Fourth of July in Rock Island, Ill., didn't get to see it dawn. Daniel Mendoza, 61, and Lawrence Anderson, 72, died of "multiple traumatic crushing injuries" late Tuesday after a massive tree limb fell on the pair during a fireworks show at the... More »

Parasailing Terror as Line Snaps, Woman Drifts for 45 Minutes

Katie Malone is lucky to be alive after frightening incident in Puerto Vallarta

(Newser) - It was supposed to be an adventurous outing to celebrate her last birthday in her 20s. Instead, Katie Malone ended up with her body shattered after a freak parasailing accident in Mexico—but she and her family are thankful she's alive. Malone's brother Brendan Malone tells People his... More »

Indiana Teen Killed in Freak Basketball Hoop Accident

Nolan Gerwels was reportedly playing ball with his younger sister

(Newser) - "This is horrific and overwhelming," says the mother of a 14-year-old Indiana boy who died Friday in what's being described as a freak basketball accident. WSBT reports Nolan Gerwels was playing basketball on an indoor court at his Granger home with his little sister when the hoop'... More »

Tragedy Strikes Boy Scout Summer Camp

Teen killed after tree falls on tent

(Newser) - The last week of a Boy Scout summer camp in Georgia ended in tragedy when a tree fell on a Texas teen's tent, killing him. The Houston Chronicle reports the incident took place at the Bert Adams Boy Scout Camp in Covington, and that a weather alert had been... More »

They Looked Up, Then the Ceiling Came Down

Incident captured on video in China

(Newser) - Surveillance video captured a scary scene in northwest China Saturday, when an unspecified ceiling decoration collapsed onto a people-packed escalator. The incident occurred at the Huashan Mountain tourist center in Huayin City, and Fox News reports at least nine people were injured, though none seriously, per news.com.au . The... More »

Kayaker Dies a Hero After Whirlpool Opens Up

Arkansas man helped 2 caught near whirlpool

(Newser) - Arkansas officials have a message for boaters on the popular Spring River: Stay away from the Dead Man's Curve area near Saddler Falls. Officials say a kayaker died in the area Saturday when a sinkhole opened up in the riverbed, creating a large whirlpool that overturned boats, the Washington ... More »

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