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3 Family Members Die in Resort Swimming Pool

They were visiting a resort in Spain

(Newser) - Three family members died Tuesday while vacationing at a Spanish holiday resort—all in the same swimming pool, the New York Times reports. The resort, Costa del Sol, says a 9-year-old British girl, her British father, and a 16-year-old American family member were found unresponsive in the pool. Authorities say... More »

Spain Just Gave Its People $2.43B

Via 'El Gordo' annual lottery

(Newser) - The lucky holders of ticket number 26590 struck it rich in Spain on Sunday when they won the top prize in the nation’s bumper Christmas lottery. The top-prize winning number, known as El Gordo (the Fat One), worth $436,000 fell out of the enormous metallic shuffling bins in... More »

Her Heart Stopped for 6 Hours. She's Fine

Audrey Schoeman survived remarkably long cardiac arrest thanks to cold weather

(Newser) - Her heart may have stopped beating for as long as six hours. But Audrey Schoeman is perfectly fine, thank you very much. "It's like a miracle except that it's all because of the doctors," says the 34-year-old Brit from Barcelona, who suffered the longest cardiac arrest... More »

Royal Family's Doom Could Be Seen in Their Faces

The Habsburgs' big jaws are linked to inbreeding

(Newser) - Ever notice the "Habsburg jaw"? The distinct protrusion may have been caused by inbreeding—or so says a new study that revisits the topic of how the ruling family went extinct, LiveScience reports. "The Habsburg dynasty was one of the most influential in Europe, but became renowned... More »

No Rape Convictions for 5 Men: Victim Was Unconscious

Lesser sentences lead to outrage in Spain

(Newser) - There was outrage in Spain on Thursday as five men were sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison for sexual abuse in a case involving a 14-year-old girl. As the BBC reports, the court acquitted the men of the more serious charge of sexual aggression, which would've... More »

Rage From Franco's Family as His Remains Are Moved

Government says dictator's legacy should not be celebrated

(Newser) - Spain began a move both symbolic and literal on Thursday against the largest figure in its modern history. The government started exhuming the remains of former dictator Francisco Franco from a state mausoleum built in part by the labor of his political prisoners, reports the BBC . Franco will be reinterred... More »

Police Dumped in Water Arrest Their Rescuers

Drug trafficking suspects stopped fleeing after boats collided

(Newser) - A boat chase in the Mediterranean ended with an odd twist after a police boat collided with the boat of the suspected drug traffickers they were chasing, sending three cops into the water. The four suspects, however, pulled the unhurt officers to safety—and then were arrested for their trouble.... More »

'Spanish Stonehenge' Reappears in 50-Year First

Dolmen of Guadalperal was last seen in full in 1963

(Newser) - For a limited time, you can feast your eyes on "Spanish Stonehenge"—which has been unseen in full in more than 50 years. The ancient monument officially known as the Dolmen of Guadalperal—a circle of 150 stones up to 6 feet tall on Spain's Peraleda de... More »

Spain's Most Contentious Remains Will Be Moved

Supreme Court clears way for exhumation of Francisco Franco

(Newser) - A mausoleum that holds the remains of 34,000 Spaniards who lost their lives in the 1936-1939 civil war will soon be without its most famous remains: The country's Supreme Court on Tuesday paved the way for the exhumation of the late dictator Francisco Franco from the Valley of... More »

Toll Rises in Spain's Flooding

Thousands have been rescued by helicopters and boats

(Newser) - Record rainfall claimed two more lives in southeastern Spain as it caused widespread flooding, raising the overall death toll to six from the storms, authorities said Saturday. Emergency rescue workers saved thousands of people during the storm that slammed into the Mediterranean coastal regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalusia,... More »

Singer Dies in Onstage Fireworks Explosion

Joana Sainz Garcia was only 30 years old

(Newser) - A Spanish singer lost her life Sunday when an exploding firework struck her onstage and left the audience in stunned silence, the BBC reports. Joana Sainz Garcia was performing near Madrid with a 15-member group of musicians, singers, and dancers when the cartridge knocked her unconscious at about 2am local... More »

Kids Get 'Werewolf Syndrome' After Drug Plant Mix-Up

Stomach medicine was contaminated with hair growth drug

(Newser) - Parents in Spain have been relieved to discover that the "werewolf syndrome" affecting their children is reversible—and has nothing do to with the full moon. Authorities say that a mix-up at a drug company led to parents giving their children minoxidil, a drug used to treat hair loss,... More »

On These Beaches, Cops Hand Out 'Robbery Kits'

Barcelona beaches have a crime problem—and a solution

(Newser) - Going to the beaches of Barcelona? The bad news is that bathers are finding their clothes have been stolen while they're swimming. The good news: Police are handing out so-called "robbery kits" containing a metro ticket, flip-flops, and a pair of shorts to people who find themselves exposed,... More »

After Man Dumps Fridge in Ravine, Cops Get Last Laugh

The culprit had to drag it back up

(Newser) - Let the punishment fit the crime? That's what police in Spain did when they forced a man to drag a refrigerator up a deep ravine. Police say the 24-year-old is the person seen in viral footage tipping a fridge down the ravine in Almería. "We're going... More »

Dirt-Filled Boxes Enable $370K Amazon Scam: Report

James Gilbert Kwarteng is accused of sending the online retailer returns in dirt-filled boxes

(Newser) - Talk about audacious: A man in Spain is accused of scamming Amazon out of $370,000 by returning items in dirt-filled boxes, Fox Business reports. According to Spanish newspapers, 22-year-old James Gilbert Kwarteng weighed the refilled boxes to match the product weight and received his refunds. The boxes apparently went... More »

Is That Your Real Hair, or Are You Smuggling Drugs Under a Bad Toupee?

$33K worth of cocaine was quickly spotted on nervous guy arriving in Spain

(Newser) - A nervous-looking man flew from Colombia to Spain with what authorities there describe as an "oversized" toupee beneath his hat. Beneath that hairpiece was roughly a pound of cocaine bundled up and stuck to his head, according to police in Barcelona, who shared before and after images of the... More »

Judge to Julio Iglesias: Of Course, That's Your Kid

Star won't provide DNA sample, but judge says it's not necessary

(Newser) - Julio Iglesias has long refused to provide a DNA sample to settle a Spanish man's claim that he is the 75-year-old Latin singer's biological son. A Spanish judge has now decided that the sample isn't needed. Judge Jose Miguel Bort Ruiz in Valencia cited a "very... More »

He Escaped the Bulls Unscathed. Then He Went Back for a Selfie

'The impact was unlike anything I've ever felt'

(Newser) - After taking part in the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona and narrowly making it to safety, most people would probably call it a day. Jaime Alvarez decided to go back for a selfie. The 46-year-old California man, one of two Americans gored at the Spanish festival on Sunday,... More »

Running of the Bulls Goes Badly for 2 Americans

A 46-year-old from San Francisco was gored in the neck

(Newser) - Five people were hospitalized after the opening bull run of this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona, including two Americans and a Spaniard who were gored by bulls, officials in the northern Spanish city said Sunday. A 46-year old man from San Francisco was gored in the neck in... More »

Animals Burn After Manure Pile Self-Combusts

Wildfire reportedly sparked by chicken manure continues to rage in Spain

(Newser) - A pile of chicken manure is believed to have spontaneously combusted Wednesday in Spain, sparking a wildfire that has killed hundreds of sheep and other animals and forced some 50 people from their homes. Authorities believe the manure on a farm in the Catalonia village of Torre de l'Espanyol... More »

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