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Boko Haram Kidnaps More Than 300 Students

This time, boys were abducted from a school in Nigeria

(Newser) - Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadi rebels have claimed responsibility for the abduction of hundreds of students in one of the largest attacks in years on a boys school in northern Katsina state, per the AP . More than 330 students are missing from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara after...

Heart-Stopping Rescue After Boy Plunges Into 44-Foot Well

4-year-old was on walk with parents in Garceno, Texas, when he fell in the hole

(Newser) - It took a few seconds for a 4-year-old boy to fall into a well in Texas on Tuesday, and at least six hours to get him back out again. The boy had slipped into the 44-foot water well while walking with his parents at a ranch property in Garceno around...

Update on Boy Thrown From Tate Modern Has Mixed News

7-year-old is starting to walk with a cane, talk more, but his memory is suffering

(Newser) - Some good news on the young boy who was hurled off a viewing platform last year at London's Tate Modern museum. The French tourist—who was 6 when he fell five floors after being thrown off a 10th-floor balcony by 17-year-old Jonty Bravery in August 2019—ended up in...

Boy Was Forced to Threaten Trump. Now, 'It's All Behind Me'

Matthew, now 13, was just 10 when stepfather made him appear in ISIS propaganda video

(Newser) - In April 2015, an 8-year-old American boy named Matthew was dragged into Syria by his mother, Samantha Sally, and stepfather, Moussa Elhassani, with Elhassani determined to become a sniper for the Islamic State. Five years later, Matthew is 13 and back in the US, and he's now telling the...

Shark Grabs 10-Year-Old Off Boat During Fishing Trip

Boy in stable condition after incident in waters off Tasmania

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after a shark yanked him from a boat off the Australian coast. Authorities say the boy was on a 20-foot vessel fishing with his dad and two other people Friday about 3 miles from the shores of Tasmania when the shark emerged...

Dad Fights Off Shark Attacking Teen Son

16-year-old Nick Arthur, bitten off Outer Banks, NC, is going to be OK

(Newser) - A family getaway to the Outer Banks of North Carolina took a scary turn this week when a teen boy was attacked by a shark. Nick Arthur, 16, and his family, from Oak Ridge, were visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore Thursday, and Nick decided to take a dip in the...

Sia's Big Reveal: She's a Mom of 2

Australian singer says she adopted teen boys last year

(Newser) - Sia is a woman of constant surprises , and she's got a new one for us. Per Us Weekly , the 44-year-old Australian singer (full name Sia Furler) appeared Tuesday on SiriusXM's The Morning Mash Up program , and when she was asked if she'd adopted a son, the famously...

Mayor on Mexico School Shooting: 'So, So Sad'

6th-grader dies after shooting teacher to death, injuring 6 others in private school in Mexico

(Newser) - A shooting at a private school in Mexico has left two dead (including the shooter) and six injured, officials say—and the shooter is said to have been an 11-year-old 6th grader who came to school with two guns. CNN reports the attack took place at the Cervantes de Torreon...

Doctor's Clever Plan to Free Boy's Stuck Tongue: a Wine Hack

Anesthesiologist recalled long-ago method to free 7-year-old's tongue from grape juice bottle

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy too eager to suck down all of his grape juice is lucky Dr. Christoph Eich drinks wine—or at least knows how to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew. NBC News reports on this odd injury out of Germany, a case documented this week in the...

Boy Charged With Arson, Murder Has Charges Explained to Him

At 9-year-old's court appearance, judge explained many words, concepts

(Newser) - The Illinois 9-year-old charged with five counts of murder in an April mobile home fire appeared in court Monday, where the judge repeatedly had to explain concepts and words the child didn't understand. The boy is accused of setting the Goodfield fire that ultimately killed his two young half-siblings,...

Murder Charge Against 9-Year-Old Triggers Debate

Mom says boy accused of setting fatal fire 'not a monster'; critics say murder charge is too severe

(Newser) - The mother of a 9-year-old accused of setting an Illinois mobile home fire in April that killed five family members is speaking out—and she wants people to know her son is "not a monster," per the AP . The 28-year-old mom, IDed by the Chicago Tribune as Katie...

Disturbing Development in Case of Boy Found on Porch

Burned-out vehicle with human remains was rental car driven by little Noelvin's parents

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy was found on a stranger's porch in Buffalo on Monday morning, more than 1,000 miles from his home in Florida, and the three adults he'd been traveling with, including his parents, are "potentially ... still alive," say Buffalo police—but it doesn't...

A Teen Was Dozing on His Camping Trip. Enter the Bear

Sleeping 13-year-old bitten on face during attack by small bear

(Newser) - A camping trip near Moab turned into a frightening experience for a young teen Friday when a bear went after him while he was sleeping and bit his face. CNN reports the attack took place at the Dewey Bridge Campground, located on the banks of the Colorado River, around dawn....

Streep on 'Toxic Masculinity': 'We Hurt Our Boys' With That Term

Actress made comments during 'Big Little Lies' panel this week

(Newser) - Meryl Streep was one of the first big names to sign on for the Time's Up campaign , and she has spoken up about "inexcusable" behavior she has experienced personally in Hollywood. But there's one term you won't find her throwing around in talks about gender interactions:...

America Has a Real 'Boy Crisis' on Its Hands

So says author Warren Farrell

(Newser) - As women increasingly call for equality and an end to sexual harassment and violence , and highlight problems with rape culture and toxic masculinity , you might think that the US is in the midst of a "girl crisis." But according to author Warren Farrell, it's actually a "...

Psychologists Warn About 'Traditional Masculinity'

APA report says old-school traits could be wreaking havoc on male mental, physical health

(Newser) - There's an ideology out there affecting boys and men, and the American Psychological Association says it's "harmful." The Los Angeles Times reports on the APA's first official warning on the toxicity of "traditional masculinity," which "has been shown to limit males' psychological...

In Thailand, a Tearful Reunion Through Glass

'Everybody started to cry,' says father of rescued boy

(Newser) - "It's like a rebirth." That's how a father is viewing his 11-year-old son's rescue as part of a soccer team pulled by divers from a flooded cave in Thailand. "Everybody started to cry," he adds of the moment Wednesday when family members were...

Thai Cave Rescuers Pull Out 4 More Boys

Divers have ended operations for the day; 4 boys and their coach remain

(Newser) - Four more boys were rescued from a cave system in Thailand on Monday, leaving four more boys and their soccer coach still stranded deep in the system as rescue operations suspended for the day, reports Reuters . Ambulances were seen leaving the scene. The development comes a day after four other...

Elon Musk's Idea to Save Thai Boys: Make a 'Bouncy Castle'

SpaceX CEO says he's sending engineers over to see if his Boring Company can assist

(Newser) - Initial elation at finding 12 boys and their soccer coach in a Thai cave has since turned to concern at not being able to immediately extract them, and sadness after a diver bringing supplies died during his exit . Now, per the BBC , renewed hope joins those emotions after Tesla and...

12 Missing Boys Found Alive in Thai Cave After 9 Days

Search teams also find their coach; now, the actual rescue will need to begin

(Newser) - A remarkable twist to a story that was shaping up to be a tragedy: All 12 boys missing in a cave in Thailand for nine days, along with their coach, have been found, reports the BBC . Rescuers had been zeroing in on a spot in the Tham Luang Nang Non...

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