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He Was a Congressman Almost as Long as His State Was a State

Don Young of Alaska, longest-serving member of House of Representatives, dies at 88

(Newser) - Alaska gets one member in the US House of Representatives, and for most of the time that it's been a state, that member has been Don Young. On Friday, the Last Frontier bid farewell to Young, 88, the dean of the House as its longest-serving member, who died while...

'Irreparable Grief' for Death of Revered Ukrainian Actress

Oksana Shvets, 67, died in attack on residential building in Kyiv

(Newser) - A theater company in Ukraine is expressing "irreparable grief" at the loss of one of the country's most respected actresses, who died in a rocket attack in or near the capital. The Young Theater announced the death of troupe member Oksana Shvets, believed to be 67, reports Variety...

Final Post of American Killed in Ukraine: No Way Out

Jim Hill wouldn't leave his Ukrainian partner, who is battling MS

(Newser) - Jim Hill spent half of his time in the US and the other half in Ukraine, caring for his partner of more than a decade, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. It was his love for Ira that took him two hours north of Kyiv to Chernihiv, where he had found...

Bicyclist Dies After Drawbridge Rises as She Crossed
After Woman's
Death, Bridge
Operator Is

After Woman's Death, Bridge Operator Is Charged

Pedestrian was killed when Florida span was raised

(Newser) - Update: A Florida bridgetender who raised a drawbridge before a 79-year-old woman walking her bicycle reached the other side has been has charged with manslaughter in her death, police said. West Palm Beach police arrested Artissua Lafay Paulk, 43, at her home on Thursday, per the AP and Palm Beach ...

No Charges for Man Who Shot Black Co-Worker 9 Times

DA says he can't show 'this was not self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt'

(Newser) - Peter Spencer's family members called his death "a modern-day lynching," but ABC News reports the co-worker accused of shooting him during a Pennsylvania camping trip last December won't face charges. District Attorney Shawn White on Tuesday said based on the evidence, prosecutors would be unable to...

Ukraine Claims 2 Big Wins on the Ground

Says 4th Russian commander has been killed, shows destruction of Russian tank in dramatic vid

(Newser) - In yet another on-the-ground win for Ukraine, a fourth Russian commander has reportedly been killed as forces tried to take over the city of Mariupol. Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, published a photo on the Telegram app on Wednesday purporting to show the body of Maj....

After Paralysis During Game, He's Credited With Naming ADA

Kent Waldrep, strong advocate for people with disabilities, dies at 67

(Newser) - Back in 1974, Kent Waldrep got tackled while running the ball for Texas Christian University and ended up paralyzed from the chest down for life, per . He died last month at age 67, and his obituaries are focused not so much on what happened during that game against...

He Arrived in Cabo for Spring Break. Hours Later, He Was Dead

Arizona State University's Aiden Nevarez, 18, fell 20 feet over a hotel short wall

(Newser) - The Arizona State University community is mourning one of its own, a college freshman who died while celebrating spring break in Mexico, just hours after arriving at his hotel. Two friends of 18-year-old Aiden Nevarez who were with him on the trip told 12 News that they and Nevarez had...

Man Who Received First Pig Heart Transplant Has Died

David Bennett, 57, made it 2 months with the heart

(Newser) - The first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has died, two months after the groundbreaking experiment , the Maryland hospital that performed the surgery announced Wednesday. David Bennett, 57, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Doctors didn't give an exact cause of death, saying...

Before Her Plunge, a Text: &#39;Something Just Happened&#39;
'Something Just Happened'
Was Final Text. Then She Fell

'Something Just Happened' Was Final Text. Then She Fell

Death of Penn State sophomore Justine Gross ruled accidental

(Newser) - Update: Police have ruled out foul play in the death of a Penn State sophomore who fell to her death down an 11-story garbage chute in her off-campus apartment building. Justine Gross' death has been ruled accidental and the case has been closed, the Centre Daily Times reports. Autopsy results...

Cops: Woman Trying to Parallel Park Plows Into Outdoor Diners

One person is dead, 6 injured outside an Italian eatery in Miami Beach, Fla.

(Newser) - A night out in balmy Miami Beach ended in tragedy for a group of diners when a car drove up onto the sidewalk and plowed into their seating area in the outside portion of a local Italian eatery. Police say one person is dead and six are injured after the...

Elderly Sweethearts Sought in Manhunt Die 48 Hours Apart

Ralph 'Terry' Gibbs said he abducted his sweetheart from nursing home out of love

(Newser) - An elderly couple's love story, which included an escape from a nursing home and a mad dash across Australia, has come to a sad end—and not just with a conviction for unlawfully detaining a mentally ill person. Ralph "Terry" Gibbs, 80, pleaded guilty to deprivation of liberty...

Dying Man's Brain Suggests Life Could Flash Before Our Eyes

87-year-old patient was hooked up to EEG machine at time of death

(Newser) - The last moments of a dying 87-year-old have raised something that researchers write in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience is "intriguing to speculate" about: that it's possible our life really could flash before our eyes as we die. They came to that conclusion somewhat accidentally. The patient...

Humanitarian Doctor &#39;Didn&#39;t Take No for an Answer&#39;
Humanitarian Doctor 'Didn't
Take No for an Answer'

Humanitarian Doctor 'Didn't Take No for an Answer'

Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer, who helped impoverished people worldwide, dies at 62

(Newser) - Dr. Paul Farmer, a US physician, humanitarian, and author renowned for providing health care to millions of impoverished people worldwide, and who co-founded the global nonprofit Partners in Health, has died. He was 62. The Boston-based organization confirmed Farmer's death on Monday, calling it "devastating" and noting he...

Music Visionary Who Put Ed Sheeran on the Map Dead at 31

Mom of UK's Jamal Edwards said he died after a sudden illness

(Newser) - Jamal Edwards, a British music entrepreneur who championed UK rap and grime and helped launch the careers of artists including Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, and Stormzy, has died. He was 31. His mother, broadcaster Brenda Edwards, said Monday that her son died the day before after a sudden illness but...

Suit: Jail Staff Ignored Pleas of Woman in Labor, to Tragic End

Tiana Hill says her infant died 4 days after birth due to sheriff's, prison medical staff's negligence

(Newser) - A Georgia mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Clayton County after she gave birth while in jail there and her baby died. The New York Times reports that the federal complaint by Tiana Hill accuses Sheriff Victor Hill (no relation) and the medical staff at the Clayton County...

Champagne Spiked With Ecstasy Proves Fatal

One man dies, 8 others hospitalized in Germany

(Newser) - One man died and eight other people were hospitalized in serious condition after unknowingly drinking Champagne spiked with ecstasy at a bar in Bavaria, German prosecutors said Monday. The man who died was 52, and the others were between 33 and 52, police told the German news agency dpa, per...

One Dead After Reservoir Ice Gives Way Under Skaters

William Smallfield, 72, died at Calif.'s Stampede Reservoir on Saturday

(Newser) - Eight people headed out for an afternoon of ice skating over the weekend on a frozen reservoir in Northern California. Six of them ended up falling through the ice, and one elderly man is now dead, reports NBC News . Per a series of releases from the Sierra County Sheriff's...

Zen Master Preached Compassion, a 'Return to the Breath'

Revered Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has died at the age of 95

(Newser) - Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Zen Buddhist monk who helped spread the practice of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died. He was 95. The death was confirmed by a monk at Tu Hieu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam, who said that Nhat Hanh, known...

Suspect Arrested in Killing of Woman at LA Furniture Store

Shawn Laval Smith allegedly stabbed 24-year-old woman to death at random

(Newser) - Update: Police say a man suspected of fatally stabbing a young woman in a Los Angeles furniture store last week is now in custody. The LAPD says 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith was arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Times . The arrest follows a manhunt and the offer...

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