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'Environment Crime' May Have Just Been Traced to One Nation

Recent uptick in CFC-11 emissions could mess up ozone layer recovery; they may originate in China

(Newser) - Across the world, someone has been illegally producing an ozone-destroying gas banned more than 30 years ago. Now, investigators and the New York Times may have pinpointed the culprit behind the CFC-11 chlorofluorocarbon: factories making foam insulation in remote parts of China. Putting CFC-11 in the insulation, which is used... More »

He Was on a Quest to Perfect Ulysses, Then Vanished

Inside the search for James Joyce scholar John Kidd

(Newser) - Scholars have dedicated their lives to poring over the "enigmas and puzzles" of James Joyce's Ulysses. In the New York Times Magazine , Jack Hitt describes years preoccupied with the search for one of those scholars—arguably the preeminent one, and a brash, brilliant, and eccentric one at that—... More »

Melania Won't Join President at G7, Singapore Summit

But she's about to make her first appearance in 25 days

(Newser) - After kidney surgery and a weekslong absence from the public eye, Melania Trump is set to resurface—but she won't be joining her husband on his upcoming overseas trips. Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tells CNN that the first lady, in her first official appearance in 25 days, will attend an... More »

Young Swimmers Find Small Piece of History in Lake

Girls in Michigan discover a World War I-era practice bomb

(Newser) - Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan, reports the AP . The Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake Tuesday when Paige felt... More »

'We Have No Idea What This Was Until We Get a DNA Report'

Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

(Newser) - A central Montana rancher shot a wolf-like animal after it was spotted in a pasture with livestock, but a closer look has prompted state wildlife officials to take DNA samples to determine what type of animal it was, reports the AP . Fish, Wildlife, and Parks regional spokesman Bruce Auchly said... More »

The Answer to an Unsolved Mystery Sat 120 Miles Away

Mary Ann Perez vanished in 1976. Police believe they know what happened to her

(Newser) - Police say the two mysteries were one—but 120 miles separated them. Now, investigators believe they know what happened to Mary Ann Perez, a 33-year-old mother of three who disappeared after meeting friends at a New Orleans-area country-western bar on March 26, 1976. As WKRG explains, just eight months after... More »

They Were Veteran Crabbers. Then, Gone Like 'Dust in the Wind'

'Outside' dives into the mysterious disappearance of the fishing boat Destination

(Newser) - In between Alaska and Russia, in the middle of the Bering Sea, lie the Pribilof Islands, which the fishing vessel Destination was navigating around in the early morning of Feb. 11, 2017. At some point, however, the boat vanished, along with its crabbing crew of six—a mystery Stephanie May... More »

Pickle Mystery Grips Missouri Town

Someone has been leaving pickle jars on interstate ramp

(Newser) - Over the past five years, witnesses have seen full jars, partially filled jars, and even a jar topped with a bow for Christmas. Now, the search for the culprit who's been leaving pickle jars on an I-270 ramp in Des Peres, Mo., is heating up, per Fox 2 . "... More »

Left in a Bush, She Uncovered Her Parents 80 Years Later

Inside Anthea Ring's hunt for her origins

(Newser) - It's a seemingly unsolvable mystery that has been solved, partially, some eight decades later: What were the origins of a 9-month-old girl abandoned, with her hands tied in front of her, in a blackberry bush in Worthing, England? That Anthea Ring survived is thanks to Margaret Dodd, a British... More »

Teen Left His Friends at a Bar. Then, a 'Significant Drop'

'Mystery' surrounds the death of American Mark Dombroski in Bermuda

(Newser) - First he was declared missing , then found dead . But the story behind what happened to US college student Mark Dombroski in Bermuda is far from over, as "mystery" still abounds, the Royal Gazette reports. Police there say the 19-year-old's body was found in a dry moat at the... More »

Rat-Chewed Skeleton in Wall Suggests Fatal Misstep

Remains identified as those of Houston homeowner Mary Cerruti

(Newser) - A years-old mystery in Texas has been solved—at least in part. Three years after Houston resident Mary Cerruti seemingly disappeared, authorities have confirmed it was her skeleton discovered in the wall of her former home by new tenants last March, alongside a pair of glasses that resembled those Cerruti... More »

More Bodies Wash Up in Japan

Boat containing remains of 7 men found, with possible 8th body

(Newser) - There were clues as to the men's origins: a cigarette package bearing Korean words, a badge bearing the likenesses of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The signs point to North Korea, and to some tragedy at sea. Japanese police say the wooden boat found capsized and washed... More »

After Decades of Quiet Visits to Boy's Grave, Mystery Mourner Identified

He's been leaving flowers, but someone else has been leaving poems

(Newser) - Twelve-year-old Karl Smith drowned on a Scouting trip in 1947. For decades now, people have been leaving flowers and poems on his grave near Cheltenham, England, and his sister, Ann Kear, has longed to know who the mystery visitors are. One of them has now been revealed as part of... More »

Girl in Kidnapping Case That Was Never Solved Dead at 87

June Robles Birt's disappearance transfixed the nation in 1934

(Newser) - It was a crime that gripped the nation: what happened to June Robles? "Little June" had been snatched on a Tucson street after leaving school on an April day in 1934. The 6-year-old granddaughter of a rich cattle baron would be found alive in a wooden and metal cage... More »

Green Code That Opens The Matrix Is Surprisingly Mundane

Simon Whiteley shares its origins

(Newser) - If you're the type who would take the blue pill and would prefer to "just wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe," stop reading. If you want to discover the truth about a mystery of The Matrix, pop the hypothetical red pill... More »

Letter Drops Tantalizing Clue About a Missing Painting

The locations of 15 of Miguel Cabrera's 16 casta paintings are known

(Newser) - As far as art mysteries go, it's a good one, thanks in no small part to a very tantalizing clue. Miguel Cabrera, described by the Los Angeles Times as the "greatest" Mexican painter of the mid-18th century, famously painted a single casta: a set of what is usually... More »

US Tourists Who Visited Cuba Think They Got Hit, Too

South Carolina's Chris Allen suffered ailments similar to 'sonic' victims back in 2014

(Newser) - Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a US government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to... More »

Final Report: Mystery of MH370 'Almost Inconceivable'

ATSB investigators say they 'deeply regret' the Malaysia Airlines plane was never found

(Newser) - The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was officially nixed in January, and now Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators have submitted their final report , per the BBC . In it, they say it's "almost inconceivable" that, three and a half years after the Boeing 777 plunged into the water... More »

Eyes Turn to US Over UN Chief's 1961 Death

US, UK archives could hold crucial evidence in Dag Hammarskjold case: UN report

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories claiming the 1961 plane crash that killed UN chief Dag Hammarskjold was orchestrated by the US government and its allies have been circulating for years—and may have just gained some weight. A fresh investigation into the Swedish diplomat's death has uncovered a "significant amount of... More »

Tillerson: Diplomat Injuries in Cuba May Lead to Big US Move

Secretary of state says US Embassy there may be shuttered due to mystery 'incidents'

(Newser) - No one knows what's injuring US diplomats in Havana, not even (ostensibly) Raul Castro . And so Rex Tillerson said on Sunday's Face the Nation that the US government is considering closing the US Embassy there in response to this "serious issue," per the AP . "We... More »

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