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Couple's Christmas Gift: $20K They Unknowingly Threw Out

Dump staffers found the money hidden in a box the couple had dropped off

(Newser) - An employee who found the equivalent of $20,000 in cash at a UK waste facility could've made a claim to the money if its owners weren’t found within six weeks. Instead, the staffer ensured an unwitting couple were significantly richer in time for Christmas. The New York ...

'Mountains of Garbage' Collapse, With Deadly Results

As many as 17 are dead in Mozambique

(Newser) - Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday, killing as many as 17 people who were buried by debris. Authorities believe more bodies could be buried at the Hulene garbage dump on the outskirts of Maputo, and a search is...

Mountain of Garbage Collapses, Kills at Least 35

Dozens of squatters missing in garbage dump outside Ethiopia's capital

(Newser) - A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 35 people and leaving several dozen missing, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill home. Addis Ababa city spokeswoman Dagmawit Moges said most of the dead...

Bear Rides 65 Miles on California Trash Truck

Then it got loose at the local dump

(Newser) - A black bear crawled inside a trash compactor and took the ride of its life on a garbage truck, traveling about 65 miles to a dump in central California, where it briefly ran free. Fresno officers went to a disposal site Tuesday after getting a report of a large bear...

New Wrinkle in Etan Patz Case: No Sanitation Records

Curb-to-landfill records stretch back to 1989

(Newser) - Etan Patz's killer may have been found, but the same may never be said for the 6-year-old's remains. If Pedro Hernandez did indeed kill Etan and put his body in a Dumpster, figuring out which landfill the body wound up in would be a painstaking task even if...

Rome Dump Threatens Hadrian's Villa

Prince, environmentalists battle garbage plan

(Newser) - Old Hadrian can't seem to escape the city. The 2nd-century Roman emperor built a new villa and plush outbuildings in Tivoli to escape the noises and smells of Rome. But the city is about to open a new dump next door. There goes the neighborhood. Riding to the rescue...

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