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They Were Trying to Take a Selfie, but 4 Ended Up Dead

Teen slips underwater, dragging relatives with him

(Newser) - A horrifying story out of India, where family members trying to take a selfie at a dam ended up slipping into the water, resulting in four deaths. The dead include a 20-year-old newlywed bride and three of her relatives (different outlets report different ages). Her new husband, 25, survived and... More »

Selfie Holds Up UN Speech

Salvadoran president talks technology after a demonstration

(Newser) - For the 38-year-old president of El Salvador, his first speech to the UN was a big deal. Nayib Bukele's wife, Gabriela, was there to hear it, as was their infant daughter, Layla. So Bukele pulled out his smartphone, asked the world's diplomats to hold on for a second,... More »

She Reportedly Died Taking a Pic. That's Not What Happened

35-year-old mom was reaching for tree branch when she went over waterfall in California

(Newser) - A death in California last Friday is still a tragedy, just not quite the one initially thought. Although it was reported that a 35-year-old mom—identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as Dina Espinosa, though a GoFundMe set up in her name calls her Stephanie—had fallen... More »

She Was Snapping Pics of the Falls. Then She Slipped

Officials warn others about selfies, other photos after woman dies in California

(Newser) - Another death linked to a picture-taking session, this time in California. Fire officials say the body of a "young woman" was found Friday in a bay at Emerald Bay State Park, which is in South Lake Tahoe, per Fox News . "Crews from the Tahoe Truckee Regional Rescue Team... More »

A Man Wouldn't Be Punished Over a Topless Selfie, Fired Teacher Says

District says photo means she's not a good role model anymore

(Newser) - When a Long Island middle school teacher was fired after a student obtained a topless photo of her, she saw it as a gender discrimination issue, the New York Times reports. Numerous male teachers in her district have posted shirtless photos of themselves on social media, she says, without being... More »

Indicted Russian Firm Rails Against Mueller's 'Nude Selfie'

Concord Management and Consulting says special counsel 'collected' a naked pic in his Russia probe

(Newser) - Not surprising: There are lots of nude selfies floating around. Perhaps surprising: Robert Mueller has one of them. That's the claim being made by a Russian firm indicted by Mueller over the summer on charges it helped a Russian troll farm interfere in the US 2016 elections, per the... More »

Selfie Clears Man of Crime He Didn't Commit

Texas man originally faced 99 years behind bars

(Newser) - For once, a story about a selfie that helped someone rather than hurting them. A Texas man was confused when police arrested him in September of last year, telling him he was accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend's home, attacking her, and slashing an "X" into her chest... More »

Another Selfie Mishap, This One Caught on Video

Artworks by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya now need fixing in Russia

(Newser) - An artwork by Salvador Dali is in need of repair after a selfie attempt gone wrong in Russia. Some women visiting Yekaterinburg's International Arts Center Main Avenue were reportedly attempting a selfie near a temporary wall showcasing two artworks—an etching by Spanish painter Francisco Goya and Dali's... More »

Camera Sitting on Tripod Led to Discovery of Couple's Bodies

Vishnu Viswanath's brother says they were taking a selfie when they fell at Yosemite

(Newser) - The couple who fell to their deaths in Yosemite National Park last week did so while taking a selfie, Vishnu Viswanath's brother said Tuesday. Viswanath, 29, and his wife, 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy, set up their tripod near a ledge at a scenic overlook in the California park, Jishnu Viswanath... More »

Study Tallies Body Count of Selfies Turned Deadly

The estimate is over 250 worldwide

(Newser) - A study investigating the increasing problem of fatalities that stem from victims taking selfies in dangerous locales has placed a body count on the preventable tragedy, per the Washington Post . In the study titled "Selfies: A boon or bane?" researchers published findings in the Journal of Family Medicine and ... More »

Selfie-Taking Woman Plunges to Her Death in Lake Superior

Tu Thanh Nguyen was hiking alone when she apparently stopped to take a cliff pic

(Newser) - What should have been a day of hiking with awe-inspiring views turned tragic in Michigan Wednesday when a woman fell to her death into Lake Superior. WLUC reports 32-year-old Tu Thanh Nguyen, from Sunnyvale, Calif., was traversing the trails along the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by herself when... More »

Teen Falls Off Yosemite Cliff Attempting a Selfie

Israel's Tomer Frankfurter died after plummeting about 820 feet

(Newser) - A teen visiting from Israel fell to his death at Yosemite National Park Tuesday after it seems he tried to take a selfie near a famous waterfall, the Times of Israel reports. Tomer Frankfurter, 18, who BuzzFeed notes was on a two-month vacation before joining the Israeli military, is believed... More »

Selfie Lovers Start 'Alarming' Surgical Trend

Article in JAMA medical journal calls it 'Snapchat Dysmorphia'

(Newser) - Think you look better in your latest selfie than in real life? Then beware of "Snapchat dysmorphia," a newly dubbed term for people seeking plastic surgery to mimic their appearance in filtered selfies, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Sometimes I have patients who say, 'I want... More »

The Sunflower Photos Went Viral, Then Hell Broke Loose

People taking pictures went berserk for selfies, creating a scene of 'utter chaos'

(Newser) - The invite promised a "spectacular sight"; the reality was a spectacular disaster. For eight days at the end of July, all was fine as tourists flocked to the Bogle Seeds sunflower seed farm in Hamilton, Ontario. They were there at the invitation of the farm's owners, who'd... More »

Forest Ranger Foolishly Decides to Pose With Python

India ranger Sanjoy Dutta nearly got strangled

(Newser) - India has racked up the most "deaths by selfie," researchers say, and one forest ranger almost joined that statistic. Gulf News and the Tribune report on a recent close call in the West Bengal city of Jalpaiguri, where ranger Sanjoy Dutta showed off to a crowd the 18-foot... More »

'Scene of Horror' Follows Tourists' Selfie Attempt

Brit, Australian died in 100-foot fall in Portugal

(Newser) - A fisherman returning to a Portuguese beach encountered a "scene of horror" early Tuesday: the "unrecognizable" bodies of a tourist couple who appear to have fallen 100 feet to their deaths while trying to take a selfie. Brit Louise Benson, 37, and her Aussie boyfriend, 33-year-old Michael Kearns,... More »

Guy Takes Selfie With Woman Who Had Been Hit by Train in Background

Italy shocked, disgusted by photo

(Newser) - As a Canadian woman lay on the tracks at a train station in Piacenza, Italy, badly injured after having been hit by a train, a man stood on the platform and took a selfie with the woman, who was being treated by paramedics, in the background. A news photographer, in... More »

Did These Furry Photographers Snap a Selfie?

Dog daycare center pic is getting lots of love

(Newser) - An Ohio dog daycare photo has gone viral for capturing what looks like a group of four-legged friends taking a selfie, the AP reports. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Go Fetch Dog Daycare and Boarding in Loveland originally posted the photo of the group March 30. A black Labrador mix named... More »

Court Deals Serious Blow to Monkey Rights

PETA sued to secure a macaque's rights to its selfies

(Newser) - A US appeals court on Monday favored humans over animals in a novel copyright lawsuit filed over a series of entertaining selfies taken by a monkey with a toothy grin. US copyright law does not allow lawsuits that seek to give animals the rights to photographs or other original work,... More »

Cannes Bans 'Grotesque' Red-Carpet Practice

Selfie-takers won't be allowed in to see films

(Newser) - Want to take a selfie on the red carpet during the Cannes Film Festival? Well, you can't. That's the message from top festival official Thierry Fremaux, who says red-carpet selfies will be banned at this year's star-studded event, the AP reports. Violators, he said on Europe 1... More »

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