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Arrest After Trucker Drove From Coast to Coast—Non-Stop

Gary Robbins admitted using LSD, cocaine, crystal meth to fuel him

(Newser) - That a trucker drove cross-country while high on illegal drugs is worrisome enough—but police say Gary Robbins did that without any rest. The Alaska man was arrested in Deerfield, Mass., on Tuesday, and reportedly admitted to driving straight there from Seattle. His ride ended at a Circle K gas... More »

Unlikely Item Helped Kidnap Victim Escape Trunk

Quick thinking, light of insulin pump gave Brittany Diggs the chance to escape

(Newser) - The Alabama nursing student whose brave kidnapping escape was caught on a gas station's surveillance video last week revealed that her insulin pump played a role in her getaway. In an exclusive interview with the Today show on Monday, Brittany Diggs, 25, said the faint light of her insulin... More »

Cops: Nurse Killed in 'Rare' Random Attack at Home

Tiffany Ferguson was fatally stabbed after confronting robber, police say

(Newser) - The family of a slain nurse in Nashville is asking the public for help finding her killer. Tiffany Ferguson, 23, was fatally stabbed in her apartment early Tuesday during a robbery, police say. Her roommate heard her screams about 5:40am and found her injured in bed, the Tennessean reports.... More »

Numbers Guy Thinks He Can Spot Serial Killers

Thomas Hargrove has an algorithm on murderers

(Newser) - When he worked as a reporter, Thomas Hargrove was known as a numbers guy, a data cruncher. Now in retirement at 61, that's even more true. Hargrove has made a national database on murders, using data from the FBI and police departments, and he's created a system to... More »

Coming to Russian Reality TV: Terrifying Show With No Rules

'Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.'

(Newser) - Think of it as Survivor gone very wrong, or at least with the potential to go very wrong. Game2: Winter, a soon-to-be-filmed Russian reality-TV show, will drop 30 contestants into the wilds of Siberia for nine months, at the end of which one of them will nab a $1.6... More »

With a Push, Argument on NYC Subway Platform Turned Fatal

Woman dies after being pushed in front of Times Square subway train

(Newser) - A woman has died after being pushed in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square MTA station Monday, the New York Daily News reports. The incident occurred around 1:20pm, when two women got into a heated argument on the subway platform. The victim was a 49-year-old woman.... More »

Body of Missing Texas 10-Year-Old Found in Well

Police say Kayla Gomez Orozco was murdered by a family member

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Kayla Gomez Orozco has been found dead after a four-day search, the Dallas Morning News reports. A family member, 24-year-old Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, has been charged with murder. Kayla went missing Tuesday night near Tyler, Texas, triggering an Amber Alert and a regional search. The search was called off on... More »

Wisconsin Community Offers $20K to Find Killer of Saudi Student

Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, beaten to death Sunday

(Newser) - The community of Menomonie, Wisconsin, is reeling after a Saudi exchange student was beaten to death outside a local pizza restaurant , NBC News reports. Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was an exchange student studying business at University of Wisconsin-Stout. On Sunday at around 2am, he was attacked by an unknown assailant,... More »

NC Judge Tried to Bribe Deputy With Bud Light

Wayne County judge offered a sheriff's deputy two cases of Bud Light to monitor wife's text messages

(Newser) - Wayne County Judge Arnold O. Jones II is going to jail for trying to spy on his wife's text messages, the Raleigh News and Observer writes. When he suspected his wife was having an affair, instead of snooping through her phone himself, Jones thought it would be a good... More »

Man Not Guilty of Killing Tinder Date Who Fell to Death

Gable Tostee acquitted of all charges after his date fell to her death

(Newser) - Gable Tostee has been acquitted of murder charges stemming from the 2014 death of 26-year-old tourist Warriena Wright, who fell to her death from his balcony after meeting the Australian 30-year-old on Tinder. After a long night of drinking, the pair ended up on less-than-friendly terms, and Tostee locked Wright... More »

Florida UPS Driver Finds Murder Victim Lying on Lawn

Details are scant

(Newser) - A Florida UPS driver making a delivery discovered a homicide victim lying on a lawn, the AP reports. Palm Beach County sheriff's spokeswoman Therese Barbera says the driver spotted 63-year-old David Middleton lying in front of a house in a neighborhood near the Town of Jupiter. More »

Chronic Shoplifter Finally Jailed—Over $4.49 Advil

The lesson here is don't get caught shoplifting 12 times

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has been jailed for stealing a $4.49 bottle of Advil because it was the 12th time he's been convicted of shoplifting, the AP reports. A Lancaster County jury convicted 51-year-old David Springer in June of taking the Advil from a Giant store last year. He... More »

'Tase His Ass!' Angry Judge Joins in Courtroom Struggle

'One thing I don't tolerate is disruptions in my courtroom'

(Newser) - Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain got a little active at his desk job last December, a newly released video obtained by Michigan Live shows. After an uncooperative defendant kept questioning the validity of Judge McBain's authority—in the face of escalating jail time—and then started tussling with... More »

Girl, 4, Allegedly Abducted by Family Friend Found Safe

Rebecca Lewis found, West Wild Hogs in custody

(Newser) - Authorities say a 4-year-old central Florida girl has been recovered in Tennessee and that the man who took her is in custody, the AP reports. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on its Twitter page Monday afternoon that Rebecca Lewis and 31-year-old West Wild Hogs were located in Memphis. Authorities... More »

Wrong-Way Driver Kills 5 Teens in Vermont

Victims were high school juniors

(Newser) - A man driving the wrong way on an interstate highway in Vermont spawned several crashes that left five teenagers dead, an unknown number injured, and at least two vehicles in flames, including a stolen police cruiser, state police said Sunday. A Vermont school principal said the five teenagers, who were... More »

Donald Trump Refuses to Admit the Central Park 5 Are Innocent

Trump "was the fire starter, he lit the match," says one of the falsely accused group

(Newser) - Donald Trump has revived the controversy over his opinion on the 1989 "Central Park Jogger" case. New York City was rocked by the sensational crime, in which a young woman jogging alone in Central Park at night was bludgeoned, raped, tied up and left for dead. Five teenage boys—... More »

What Really Happened the Night Will Smith Died

How 2 football players came together for one fateful night on the streets of New Orleans

(Newser) - Sean Flynn at GQ has put together an extensive piece of reporting about the shooting that took the life of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith in April. Retired Saints are basically, well, saints in New Orleans, so by the morning after Smith's death on a Saturday night,... More »

Man Arrested, Charged For Asking Controversial Question at KC Library

A library official is 'outraged'

(Newser) - The executive director of the Kansas City library system says he is "outraged" that prosecutors continue to pursue charges against a man who was arrested after asking pointed questions during a library discussion about the Middle East peace process and an employee who tried to intervene. Although the arrests... More »

The 10 Least Safe Cities for Women

Be extra-vigilant in Miami, Houston

(Newser) - Out on the town in Miami or Houston? Ladies should be extra-vigilant. Both cities are among the least safe for women based on 31 factors, including crime, workplace policies, women in local politics and police forces, and health care, as well as education and wealth, which "indicate a woman'... More »

Suspected Burglar Wrapped in 'Layers' of Tape Dies

Alabama homeowner was waiting for him

(Newser) - Authorities in Washington County, Ala., are investigating the death of a burglary suspect who was tied to a tree by a homeowner. "I would say this is a very unusual case," Sheriff Richard Stringer tells FOX 10 . Tired of his mobile home being broken into, Nathanial Johnson on... More »

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