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Cops: Woman Tried to 'Run People Over' at Ex's Funeral

Blair Whitten is accused of speeding through cemetery, driving over gravesites

(Newser) - There are likely numerous contenders for the "Worst Ex-Girlfriend Ever" title, but a Minnesota woman may have just secured herself a place in the finals. Per court documents cited by the Twin Cities Pioneer Press , North Dakota police officers were alerted over the weekend by attendees of a graveside...

Harry, William Follow Coffin, Though Not Side by Side

Prince Philip is laid to rest

(Newser) - Prince Philip was laid to rest Saturday in a funeral that honored his lifetime of service to the UK, the crown, and his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II, per the AP . The widowed British monarch, setting an example amid the coronavirus pandemic, sat alone at the ceremony,...

FEMA Hotline on Funeral Costs Is Swamped on Day One

More than 1 million people called to take advantage of government assistance for COVID-linked deaths

(Newser) - More than 564,000 Americans have died of COVID , and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been trying to help with funeral expenses. On Monday, FEMA opened up a hotline that allowed those who've lost loved ones to the coronavirus to apply for reimbursement of up to $9,000...

Queen Steers Back to Royal Duties During Mourning Period

Elizabeth gets back to work before funeral for her late husband on Saturday

(Newser) - As the British royal family prepares for the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday, the queen is getting back to work. According to the Court Circular , which details the royals' daily events and engagements, Queen Elizabeth hosted a retirement ceremony for Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel, her household's top official,...

Harry, but Not Meghan, Will Attend Funeral

Service for Prince Philip at Windsor Castle will be limited to 30 guests

(Newser) - Prince Harry will travel to the UK for his grandfather's funeral, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday. His wife, Meghan Markle, who's pregnant with their second child, won't be with him, People reports. "The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel," a...

She Laid Her Husband to Rest. 3 Days Later, a Racist Letter

'How cruel could you be?' Claudia Choi asks after anti-Asian note is sent to her grieving mother

(Newser) - When Byong Choi died of tuberculosis at age 83 last month, the Korean American's family had to put off his funeral in Orange County, Calif., until March 19 because of COVID restrictions, reports the Washington Post . Three days after they finally laid him to rest, a "disturbing and...

FEMA to Reimburse Families for COVID Funeral Expenses

'Our mission is to help people before, during, and after disasters'

(Newser) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering help to the families of the more than 540,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19. FEMA says it will reimburse families of those who have died from the virus since Jan. 20, 2020 for funeral expenses of up to $9,000 per...

Attending Teen's Funeral: Police Chief Whose Officers Killed Her

'It's all about forgiveness'

(Newser) - An Oklahoma police chief drove seven hours to attend the Wednesday funeral for a 17-year-old runaway killed by his officers. Muskogee Police Chief Johnny Teehee says he was surprised but "humbled and honored" to be asked to attend the memorial of Farrah Rauch in Blair, Nebraska, where he spoke...

Trump Funeral Guest Hit Restaurant Worker: Report

Seems it all went down at a Fig & Olive restaurant

(Newser) - Looks like someone in Robert Trump's funeral party got upset Friday night and punched a restaurant worker in the nose, Fox 5 DC reports. NBC News correspondent Geoff Bennett tweeted that he confirmed the assault at a Fig & Olive restaurant in DC: The unnamed mourner "blindsided one...

Body of Civil Rights Icon Crosses Historic Bridge

A procession accompanies the body of Rep. John Lewis across the Edmund Pettus Bridge

(Newser) - The late US Rep. John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the final time Sunday as remembrances continue for the civil rights icon, the AP reports. A crowd began gathering near the bridge that became a landmark in the fight for racial justice when Lewis and...

'We All Know That John Got in Trouble'

Georgia congressman John Lewis is remembered in Alabama

(Newser) - Civil rights icon and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis was remembered Saturday—in the rural Alabama county where his story began—as a humble man who sprang from his family’s farm with a vision that "good trouble" could change the world, the AP reports. The morning service in...

Woman Blasts Texas Governor on Virus, Then Offers an Invite

Fiana Tulip pens letter to Greg Abbott, citing his 'poor leadership' and asking him to mom's funeral

(Newser) - Isabelle Odette Papadimitriou was a 64-year-old respiratory therapist from Texas with no underlying health issues who died of COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, after just a week of suffering from a seemingly mild case, per the Houston Chronicle . Now, her funeral is set for Monday, and her daughter, Fiana...

14 People Shot Outside Chicago Funeral
Mass Shooting
Outside Chicago

Mass Shooting Outside Chicago Funeral

Funeral may have been targeted, sources say

(Newser) - Gunfire exploded outside a Chicago funeral Tuesday, leaving 14 people hospitalized. Shots were fired from a black car that sped by the funeral attendees in a neighborhood on the city's South Side around 6:30pm; some of them reportedly returned fire, the Chicago Tribune reports. The vehicle ultimately crashed,...

MLK Jr. Was Mourned Here. Rayshard Brooks Will Be, Too

Funeral for black man fatally shot by police officer in Wendy's lot takes place Tuesday in Atlanta

(Newser) - The Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his very first sermon, served as co-pastor, and was later mourned after his 1968 assassination will also host Tuesday's funeral for Rayshard Brooks , the 27-year-old black man fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer in a Wendy's parking lot...

'Now Is the Time for Racial Justice,' Biden Tells Floyd Funeral

Floyd to be buried next to his mother after private service in Houston

(Newser) - George Floyd called out for his mother in the final moments of his life, and he will be laid to rest next to her in the Houston suburb of Pearland, reports the AP . Family and friends gathered Tuesday for a private funeral in Houston at the Fountain of Praise...

NYC Mayor Issued Warning on the Virus. It Didn't Land Well

Bill de Blasio accused of 'inviting anti-Semitism' after specifically cautioning 'the Jewish community'

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was met with outrage Tuesday in urging communities to abide by social distancing guidelines in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a series of tweets, de Blasio said he'd personally dispersed a crowd of hundreds gathered to mourn a Hasidic rabbi...

CDC Eyes Funerals as Possible Hotbed for Virus

Agency tells morticians to consider livestreaming funerals

(Newser) - On the tail of the Center for Disease Control's warning against gatherings of more than 50 people—followed by the White House advisement to keep get-togethers to fewer than 10—the nation's funeral directors have received their own recommendations on how to manage funeral services amid the coronavirus...

Mourners in Military Fatigues: 'Death to America'

But not everyone is grieving Soleimani's death

(Newser) - Thousands of mourners chanting "America is the Great Satan" marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran's top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a US airstrike, the AP reports. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds force and mastermind...

Deputy Accused of Using Obits to Plan Her Burglaries

Janelle Gericke was allegedly trying to break into Wisconsin homes even while pregnant

(Newser) - A former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy has been arrested after her own colleagues became suspicious she was involved in something not on the up-and-up. The Washington Post reports that Janelle Gericke, 29, was hit with a felony burglary charge Tuesday, accused of breaking into—or trying to—seven homes in...

He Wanted the Last Laugh, Definitely Got It at His Funeral
Dead Man's Final Prank
Leaves Everyone Laughing
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Dead Man's Final Prank Leaves Everyone Laughing

Irish man recorded himself calling for help, loved ones played it as his coffin was lowered

(Newser) - An Irish man with a sense of humor left behind a final prank for his friends and family: He made a recording before his death, and after his coffin was lowered into the ground, it started playing. "Hello?" he can be heard saying. "Let me out. It's...

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