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Jose Fernandez Was About to Become a Dad

Miami is in mourning for star pitcher

(Newser) - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is gone far too soon, and his death is made even more tragic by the fact that the 24-year-old was looking forward to becoming a father. In an Instagram post the week before his death in a boating accident Sunday, Fernandez shared a picture of... More »

Cops: Ex-Racer's Dad, Stepmom Died in Murder-Suicide

Robby Gordon's father allegedly strangled wife

(Newser) - The father of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon strangled his wife, then shot himself in their Southern California home, police said Thursday. The deaths of Robert Gordon, 68, and Sharon Gordon, 57, were an apparent murder-suicide, Orange Police Lt. Fred Lopez said a day after the bodies were found . No... More »

Orlando Shooter's Father Praised Afghan Taliban

Ex-wife says Mateen kept her 'hostage'

(Newser) - The father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen has some fairly extreme political views, though there doesn't appear to be any direct connection to the mass shooting. Seddique Mateen hosts the Durand Jirga Show on California-based Afghan channel Payam-e-Afghan, reports the Washington Post , which notes that in his political... More »

Dad Cut Off Hands of His Baby's Alleged Rapist: Cops

Indian man on the run after reportedly severing teen's hands, leaving him in ditch

(Newser) - A young Indian father out for vigilante justice lured the teen accused of raping his baby daughter away from a Punjab state courthouse Tuesday, tied him to a tree, and cut both of the suspect's hands off, cops say, per AFP . The 25-year-old father, IDed as Parminder Singh, is... More »

In Florida for Dad's Memorial, Man Drowns Saving Daughter

William Moritz died saving 6-year-old caught in rip current

(Newser) - As a GoFundMe page set up in his honor notes, William Moritz died doing "what any great father would do": saving his young daughter. The 28-year-old Michigan man was in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., for his own father's memorial service, per Action News Jax , but a morning swim on... More »

Dad's Emotional View on Down Syndrome Goes Viral

Robb Scott says it's 'brilliant' and 'funny' and 'cuddly'

(Newser) - We all know that parents want to talk about the incredible things their kids are doing, but one father is adding an emotional dimension to the pride of parenthood. In a raw video taken from his car that has gone viral on Facebook , Robb Scott says that while at a... More »

Bride's Missing Dad Is Found Dead

He walked away amid celebration in California

(Newser) - A sad ending to the story about a father who went missing on his daughter's wedding day: The body of 55-year-old Prasad Moparti has been found in a river a few miles from the wedding site in Walnut Grove, Calif., reports the Los Angeles Times . Foul play isn't... More »

Dad of Slain ABC Journo Lost Son 2 Years Ago: 'I'm a Mess'

Jack Swaney says death of daughter Anne, killed in Belize, 'hasn't sunk in'

(Newser) - Anne Swaney, the 39-year-old ABC 7 executive producer who was found murdered in Belize on Friday, died "from a random act of violence," her obituary reads. And, "like all victims, she deserved better." Her father, Jack Swaney, said as much in his interview with WLS-TV , the... More »

New Book: Koch Brothers' Dad Dealt With Third Reich

And wealthy family helped fund today's conservative movement, per Jane Mayer

(Newser) - There's been plenty written about the Koch brothers , but a new book offers a fresh take on the controversial family. Prominent among the pages of Jane Mayer's Dark Money is the claim the Koch clan was among a group of rich families that brought to fruition, through their... More »

Cops: Dad Purposely Drove Into Lake, Drowned Family

He and his wife were estranged

(Newser) - Police say the horrific deaths of a couple and their three young children who drowned when their SUV went into a lake was no accident. Instead, they're calling it a murder-suicide, reports KPHO . The husband, 27-year-old Glenn Baxter, deliberately drove the vehicle into Tempe Town Lake in Arizona after... More »

Man Finds Letter Wife Hid, Discovers Long-Lost Son

81-year-old says he doesn't know why his deceased wife kept letter a secret

(Newser) - An elderly man who's wanted kids his whole life just learned that he's had one—for 61 years. Tony Trapani and his wife tried for years to have their own children, and when he was cleaning out her filing cabinets after her recent death, he discovered a bombshell... More »

Father of ISIS Hostage Dies

Paul Cantlie had made appeal for release of son John

(Newser) - Paul Cantlie made an impassioned plea from his hospital bed for his son's life earlier this month, but he died not knowing whether it worked. The 80-year-old is dead from complications of pneumonia, reports the BBC . His son, John Cantlie, is a British journalist who has been held captive... More »

Court: Facebook Wrong Way to Tell Ex He'll Be a Dad

Man in Oklahoma didn't find out until his baby had been adopted

(Newser) - Oklahoma's Supreme Court has ruled that when it comes to informing a man that he is about to become a father, a Facebook post doesn't cut it, legally speaking. In this case, a woman had a three-month fling with a man named Billy McCall in 2011, then realized... More »

Boy's Tribute to Soldier Dad Lights Up the Skies

6-year-old asks people to turn on porch lights 'so Daddy can see ... I love him'

(Newser) - Thousands of people around the country and the world responded to a 6-year-old boy's plea to turn on a few extra porch lights so his fallen dad could see them shining. The father, Staff Sgt. Thomas Baysore, was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 26, 2013, and he had often... More »

Dad Visited Incorrect Grave for Years

Father grieved over stillborn son in wrong spot because of mixup

(Newser) - For seven years, a man in Westminster, Colo., regularly visited the grave of his stillborn son. Or so he thought. NBC 9 Colorado reports that Vance Abeyta learned this year that his son, Quincy, was actually buried in a different spot in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. It seems the Catholic Archdiocese... More »

Cops: Man Kills 6 Grandkids, Daughter

Florida police say 51-year-old Don Spirit then killed himself

(Newser) - Florida police are investigating a horrific murder-suicide in which a 51-year-old man shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren yesterday, reports CNN . The kids ranged in age from an infant to 11 years. The shootings took place in the rural town of Bell, about 35 miles west of Gainesville.... More »

Dad's 'Feminist Father' Shirt Goes Viral

Daughter: 'He completely agrees with the shirt's message'

(Newser) - A change of pace from the dad-waiting-up-with-a-shotgun stereotype: A photo of a New Jersey dad wearing a feminist T-shirt has gone viral, with many expressing support for its message. Kristine Speare, 20, gave her dad the shirt—which details "rules for dating my daughter," including "she makes... More »

Court Forbids Deadbeat Dad From Having More Kids

Appeals court upholds Ohio judge's ruling on Asim Taylor

(Newser) - Asim Taylor owes about $100,000 in child support, and an appeals court in Ohio has upheld an unusual sentence meant to make sure that bill doesn't grow: Justices reaffirmed that the Elyria man can't have any more kids until he pays up, reports the local Chronicle-Telegram . That... More »

Dad Arrested After Protesting Daughter's School Novel

He thinks young-adult book is too racy

(Newser) - A New Hampshire father who thought his daughter's high school assigned a book too racy for young teens ended up under arrest at a school board meeting, reports CBS Boston . William Baer complained during the meeting that a particular passage in Jodi Picoult's young-adult novel Nineteen Minutes "... More »

Dad Fatally Shoots Teen in Daughter's Room

Texas girl apparently let him in

(Newser) - A 17-year-old Houston boy is dead after a middle-of-the-night confrontation with the father of a girl he knew—in her bedroom, reports the Houston Chronicle .The father told police that one of his other children alerted him that someone was in his daughter's bedroom, and he went to investigate... More »

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