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Elusive Street Artist Sells ... Coffee Mugs?

Banksy sells kitschy items in online store

(Newser) - Banksy is selling T-shirts, mugs, and pillows. You can read that again. Yes, the world's most famous street artist—whose disdain for commercial success is no secret—has opened an online store selling various tongue-in-cheek products decorated à la Banksy, ARTnews reports. Shoppers at Gross Domestic Product can peruse... More »

He Lost His Wallet. Then He Noticed His Bank Account

A stranger got creative and made 4 separate penny deposits to contact him

(Newser) - When Tim Cameron lost his wallet on the way home from work on Monday, the London resident assumed it was gone for good, particularly as it contained little identifying information. Then he looked at his bank account. Enter an ingenious Good Samaritan by the name of Simon. As Mashable reports,... More »

Harry Dunn's Dad Says He Spoke to Son After Crash

Says his son knew he was there before he died

(Newser) - The parents of the British teen killed in an August crash involving a US woman who is reportedly married to an American diplomat have given their first stateside interview, and they tell CBS News that 19-year-old Harry Dunn was able to be with his father before he died. Tim Dunn... More »

He Tried 'to Kill as Many People as Possible.' Now, His Fate

Salih Khater gets life in prison after plowing his car into crowd outside UK Parliament, injuring 3

(Newser) - A man who deliberately drove his car into several people outside Britain's Parliament in a bid "to kill as many people as possible" was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment for attempted murder. During a hearing at London's Central Criminal Court, Judge Maura McGowan said Salih Khater must... More »

US Diplomat's Wife's Immunity 'No Longer Relevant'

Anne Sacoolas tells family of UK's Harry Dunn she's 'devastated by this tragic accident'

(Newser) - The American diplomat's wife who fled the United Kingdom under the auspices of diplomatic immunity "is devastated by this tragic accident" that killed a 19-year-old man on a motorcycle, per the BBC . "No loss compares to the death of a child and Anne extends her deepest sympathy... More »

210-Foot-Long Fatberg Literally Had Teeth

Fake ones, but still

(Newser) - Fatbergs are mostly made up of, you guessed it, fat. But the waste materials mixed in make each mass unique, and tell a lot about the people abusing a city's sewers. So say scientists from England's University of Exeter, who analyzed samples taken from a 210-foot-long fatberg discovered... More »

Cops: Woman Who Killed Teen Used Diplomatic Immunity to Flee

Woman said to be wife of US diplomat had told UK police she had no plans to leave country

(Newser) - She told UK police she wasn't planning on leaving the country after a car crash in which a teen was killed. Now, the parents of Harry Dunn are pleading with the wife of a US diplomat to return to England so they can "get some peace" after cops... More »

Runner Finds Creative Solution to a Mix-Up

Massachusetts woman runs her own half-marathon after signing up for far-away race

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman thought she was signing up to run a half-marathon near her home, not across the Atlantic Ocean, per the AP . Sheila Pereira learned too late that the Worcester City Half Marathon was actually being held in Worcester, England, and not Worcester, Massachusetts, on Sept. 15. She decided... More »

Airbnb's Newest Rental Will Let You 'Live Like a Lord or Lady'

For $150, 2 guests will get to stay at Highclere Castle, best known as the Downton Abbey estate

(Newser) - The long-awaited Downton Abbey movie is about to hit theaters , and now there's more good news for fans—two of them, anyway. Highclere Castle, the site in Hampshire, England, where the hit show was filmed, is now available on Airbnb for a one-night stay this autumn, and it promises... More »

Judge: Vegetarians Can't Be Protected

George Conisbee loses his case in British court

(Newser) - A hotel worker who claimed he was bullied for being vegetarian didn't get much sympathy in a British courtroom, the Telegraph reports. George Conisbee, 20, said he quit his job at a hotel near Lowestoft, Suffolk, after being shouted at for wearing a shirt that wasn't ironed. Conisbee... More »

Boris Johnson to Pence: Britain Wants No Part of 'Chlorinated Chicken'

British PM tells US VP that the NHS is not on the table as far as trade deal is concerned

(Newser) - Boris Johnson is apparently a big fan of his "chlorinated chicken" line : On Thursday, the British prime minister told Mike Pence Britain is "not keen on that chlorinated chicken," a reference to the US practice of washing chicken carcasses in an attempt to cut down on pathogens... More »

New Anti-Sex Toilets Will Cost Town $200K

Porthcawl's robo-toilet plan is garnering media attention

(Newser) - Like public toilets? You're in a minority, but if so, consider a trip to the Welsh town of Porthcawl—where officials are planning some pretty extreme robo-toilets in Griffin Park, Wales Online reports. The new loos will offer security features designed to hinder violence, vandalism, sleeping, and anything two... More »

8 Days After Operation, a Surprise Find in His Throat

Man swallowed own dentures during procedure

(Newser) - A British man who had a minor procedure was back in the hospital about a week later, thanks to something he swallowed during the surgery. The incident cited in the BMJ Case Reports journal says that the 72-year-old retired electrician had a benign lump in his abdomen taken out, but... More »

Power Outage Stops Trains, Road Traffic in Britain

'Do not travel,' railway tells customers

(Newser) - Large chunks of Britain, including London, were hit with a power outage Friday afternoon that disrupted train travel and snarled rush-hour traffic. Power supplier National Grid said that issues with two generators had caused a loss of power across parts of the country and that they had been resolved, the... More »

50 Years On, 'Fab Four' Hit Abbey Road

Thousands mark 50th anniversary of album cover shot

(Newser) - Fifty years to the day after the Beatles walked across Abbey Road in London, thousands followed in their footsteps, including a newly engaged Paul McCartney lookalike. The Evening Standard reports "an estimated 2,000 fans" gathered Thursday to re-create one of the most iconic album covers of all time.... More »

Iran, 5 World Powers Discuss Nuclear Deal

Germany, France, and Britain are among those who met in Vienna

(Newser) - Diplomats from Iran and five world powers recommitted Sunday to salvaging a major nuclear deal amid mounting tensions between the West and Tehran since the US withdrew from the accord and reimposed sanctions, the AP reports. Representatives of Iran, Germany, France, Britain, China, Russia, and the European Union met in... More »

PM Has Called Trump Unfit. US Ambassador Isn't Worried

Woody Johnson says relationship between Boris Johnson, US president will be 'sensational'

(Newser) - President Trump thinks the United Kingdom's new prime minister will be "great," and the US ambassador to the UK seems to share similar optimism not only for Johnson's ability to, like Trump, "get things done," but also on the two leaders' future dealings. "... More »

Dude: Boris Johnson Rolls Out an Acronym

Incoming British prime minister promises to deliver, unite, defeat, and energize

(Newser) - In what has to be the first time a British leader used the word "dude" in a speech, incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson employed it as a rallying cry Tuesday. "I say to all the doubters—'Dude, we are going to energize the country,'" Johnson... More »

It's Boris: Britain Picks Its New Prime Minister

Johnson will replace Theresa May, and Trump predicts he'll be 'great!'

(Newser) - Boris Johnson will become Britain's new prime minister on Wednesday. The governing Conservative Party revealed Tuesday that the Brexit hardliner won a ballot of about 160,000 Conservative members to replace Theresa May, who announced her resignation last month, per the AP . Johnson, a former London mayor, had been... More »

Lowry Wins British Open in Wind That Could Break Umbrellas

Tommy Fleetwood took second and Tony Finau came in third

(Newser) - The long-awaited return of the British Open to Northern Ireland ended with Shane Lowry hoisting the silver claret jug on the Emerald Isle, the AP reports. Even as the rain stopped, the tears began flowing. Lowry, the 32-year-old Irishman with stout nerves and a soft touch around the greens, endured... More »

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