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US Kid Accused of Totally Mucking Up Scottish Wikipedia

Reddit user found much of site's content was developed by admin who doesn't speak Scots

(Newser) - The main administrator for Scots Wikipedia —that's the Scots language version of Wikipedia—has held that role for more than seven years and may be responsible for close to half the site's content. Problem is, the administrator doesn't even speak the language. Vice reports that a... More »

Americans Facing Frosty Reception in Canada

Drivers with US plates told to 'go home'

(Newser) - Americans are facing some rare hostility from Canadians eager to keep travelers—and any possible coronavirus infections—away from the Great White North. Vehicles with American plates have reportedly been vandalized in Canada, while occupants have been told to "go home," reports the BBC . The 5,525 miles... More »

A Grim COVID Prediction, With One Hopeful Piece of Advice

Model forecasts 300K US deaths by December, but wearing masks could cut that number

(Newser) - Winter will soon be coming, and with it, some not-great news, according to a prominent model with a new prediction on COVID-19 deaths. While Johns Hopkins documents more than 160,100 deaths so far in the US from the coronavirus, the "forecast totals 295,011 deaths by December,"... More »

Island Bans Commercial Flights to and From US

Bahamas puts most Americans on the not-welcome list for the near future

(Newser) - Three weeks after reopening its borders, the Bahamas is shutting them again—at least to most US travelers. Effective Wednesday, all commercial flights to the country will be halted except for those departing Canada, the UK, and the European Union, reports CNBC . Private international flights, pleasure craft, and yachts will... More »

American Among the Dead in UK Terror Attack

Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, stabbed to death Saturday, had moved to England 15 years ago

(Newser) - An American man was among the three victims stabbed to death in a park in the English town of Reading, in an incident that's being treated as a terror attack, the US ambassador to Britain confirmed Monday. Ambassador Woody Johnson offered his "deepest condolences'' to the families... More »

Americans Haven't Been This Glum in 50 Years

Happiness survey registers 48-year low amid pandemic

(Newser) - Spoiler alert: 2020 has been rough on the American psyche. Folks in the US are more unhappy today than they've been in nearly 50 years, according to the COVID Response Tracking Study , conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Highlights, per the AP :
  • Just 14% of American adults
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American's Plot to See German Girlfriend Ends Up Being a Flop

He hoped to blend in with janitors at Frankfurt airport

(Newser) - A US man flew to Frankfurt, threw on a yellow vest, and tried to convince airport security that he was a janitor in an effort to sneak into Germany, where his girlfriend resides. The 20-year-old Pennsylvania native flew from Washington, DC, on a United Airlines flight on Sunday despite the... More »

A Coronavirus First: American Reported Dead

It appears to be the first known death of a US citizen, a 60-year-old who died in China's Wuhan

(Newser) - At least 700 people have been killed by the coronavirus in China, and the latest victim in Wuhan appears to be a first: a US citizen. Per a rep from the US Embassy in Beijing, a 60-year-old American died Thursday at Jinyintan Hospital, the first known American to succumb to... More »

Springsteen After Trump Bash: 'We're Living in a Frightening Time'

Rock legend says president 'doesn't have a grasp' on what it means to be an American

(Newser) - At a Minnesota rally earlier this month, President Trump took a potshot at one of New Jersey's most famous sons, saying that to win the 2016 election, he "didn't need Beyonce and Jay-Z" or "little Bruce Springsteen." The Washington Post reports that an interview with... More »

Pic of US Teen Accused of Killing Italian Cop Raises Eyebrows

Blindfolding suspects is illegal in Italy, offending officer apparently made a 'mistake' in doing so

(Newser) - On June 19, Italian military officer Mario Cerciello Rega was married in his hometown of Somma Vesuviana. Now, his widow will attend his funeral Monday, at the same church where they were wed, after he was allegedly killed by two American teens, per ABC News . Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth, 18,... More »

Missing American Scientist Found Dead in a Cave

Suzanne Eaton had been missing for a week in Crete

(Newser) - The search for an American scientist missing for a week on the Greek island of Crete has ended with a body. Greek newspaper Ekathimerini reports the body of Suzanne Eaton has been found in a cave about six miles from where she was last seen near Chania; Reuters describes the... More »

New Dominican Republic Victim's Brother: 'Something Is Off'

This makes what may be the 9th death of an American in the Dominican Republic

(Newser) - Another American tourist has been found dead under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic, bringing the total over the last year to seven by the Washington Post 's count—or nine, according to NBC News . Following the death on June 10 or June 11 of Staten Island's Leyla... More »

Before Couple Died in Fiji, Family Got Alarming Text

Michelle Paul said pair had been 'throwing up for 8 hours'

(Newser) - Health officials in Fiji don't yet have an answer on why a Texas couple died while vacationing on the island but say influenza has been ruled out as a potential cause. Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services said in a statement Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing... More »

US Woman Weds a Saudi, Is Now in Legal Limbo

New York Times reports on Bethany Vierra, who can't leave with her daughter after divorce

(Newser) - Bethany Vierra was born in the US—her home until she moved from Washington state to Saudi Arabia in 2011 to teach at a women's university. She fell in love, got married, had a daughter, and started a company, but now, "she is completely stuck," her cousin... More »

US Woman 'Deeply Regrets' Joining ISIS

Hoda Muthana wants to come back to US 4 years after fleeing Alabama for Turkey, then Syria

(Newser) - Hoda Muthana was recently picked up by Kurdish forces in Syria, along with her toddler son, and is now the only US citizen among about 1,500 foreign women and children in the al-Hawl refugee camp not far from where the last of the Islamic State is said to be... More »

American Who Survived 9/11 Killed in Kenya Attack

Jason Spindler was eating lunch at targeted hotel

(Newser) - He escaped one act of terrorism, but not a second. American Jason Spindler, a survivor of the 9/11 terror attacks, was among at least 14 people killed Tuesday when militants stormed a hotel and office complex in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi News cites colleagues as saying the founder and CEO of... More »

US Missionary Meets Grisly End at Hands of Vicious Tribe

Fishermen arrested after 'adventure tourist' reportedly killed by Sentinelese with arrows

(Newser) - The Sentinelese aren't exactly known to be welcoming to visitors, and they've once more lived up to that reputation. The AP and BBC report that the isolated indigenous tribe located on India's North Sentinel Island has apparently killed an American "adventure tourist," with local media... More »

US Student Stuck in Limbo in Israel

Lara Alqasem denied entry Oct. 2 for alleged support of Israel boycott

(Newser) - An American student detained in Israel for 10 days will have to wait a bit longer to learn her fate. A judge on Thursday delayed ruling on the case of 22-year-old Lara Alqasem, a Florida resident of Palestinian origin, per ABC News . Granted the proper visa in the US, Alqasem... More »

2 Stabbed in Amsterdam Were American Tourists

Victims are expected to survive as police question teenage Afghan suspect

(Newser) - Two people who were stabbed in Amsterdam's main railway station Friday have been identified as US tourists. The pair, who have not been named, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, reports CNN . "We are aware that both victims were US citizens visiting the Netherlands and have been in... More »

US Student Held in Vietnam Apologizes on State TV

Texas' Will Nguyen detained June 10 during protest

(Newser) - Until Tuesday, American graduate student Will Nguyen had last been seen June 10 in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, his bloodied face hidden by a bag as police dragged him away shoeless. His appearance Tuesday on state television, where he admitted to taking part in an anti-China protest, did... More »

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