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Did You Get a Weird Text This Week? This May Be Why

Telecom glitch caused people to get 'ghost' texts from people who didn't send them

(Newser) - If you recently received a strange text that doesn't make any sense from someone you know, you're not alone—and a Maine radio station appears to have helped solve the mystery. Per Popular Mechanics , lots of head-scratching has been happening over the past couple of days, with people... More »

Saudi Women Will Get Huge News by Text

Divorce can no longer be secret in the Kingdom

(Newser) - Big news for Saudi Arabian women: Starting Sunday, courts there will send them a text message if they get divorced, the BBC reports. The move is apparently designed to end so-called "secret divorces" in which Saudi men end marriages without wives knowing. The measure is "a step aimed... More »

Rose McGowan to Asia Argento: Sorry for My 'Serious' Mistake

Argento has (kind of) accepted McGowan's apology over text messages

(Newser) - Ever since Asia Argento found herself in hot water , she and fellow #MeToo activist Rose McGowan have been embroiled in a bitter back-and-forth. Now, per the Guardian , McGowan is apologizing to Argento, noting that an Aug. 27 statement she put out had a quite "serious" error. "I said... More »

Americans Are About to Get a Text From Trump

It's part of a FEMA test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System

(Newser) - On Thursday at 2:18pm Eastern, chances are that you'll get a text from President Trump. But rather than urging you to make America great again, his missive will read: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." Its the... More »

Racist Text Sparks Outrage on Georgia Campus

White student blames spellcheck

(Newser) - A white Georgia college student is blaming spellcheck for a racist slur she accidentally sent via text message to her new roommate. "Her insta looks pretty normal not too n-----ish," the student, identified by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as Courtney Schaefer, texted after the two exchanged pleasantries, in a... More »

Woman Texts Wrong Number, Gets Awesome Response

Exchange goes viral, leads to donations to family's GoFundMe campaign

(Newser) - A wrong-number text had doubly heartwarming results last week. It all started when a woman named Syd texted a picture of herself in a dress, apparently seeking advice—but not to the person she meant to send it to. Instead of just ignoring it or telling her she had the... More »

Missing FBI Messages Recovered With 'Forensic Tools'

Effort to recover Page-Strzok texts is ongoing, DOJ says

(Newser) - The missing texts that President Trump called "one of the biggest stories in a long time" have now been recovered, the Justice Department's inspector general says. Michael Horowitz told lawmakers Thursday that his office, "using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices," has recovered... More »

India's 'Good Morning' Texts Have Become a Real Problem

The files are filling up everyone's phones

(Newser) - Two little words are causing a big headache for smartphone users in India: "good morning." That's because so many folks in the country of over 1.3 billion people are sending happy little photos that bear the message to so many of the people they care about.... More »

New Texts Out From FBI Agent Kicked Off of Mueller's Team

But FBI is missing about 5 months' worth

(Newser) - The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional texts involving an FBI agent who was removed from Robert Mueller's team over derogatory comments about President Trump. But the DOJ also said its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI,... More »

Gunman Sent 'Threatening Texts' to His Mother-in-Law

Massacre may have been triggered by 'domestic situation'

(Newser) - Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church appears to have been set off by some kind of family fight. "We can tell you that there was a domestic situation going on within this family," said a Texas Department of Public Safety official, adding that 26-year-old Devin Kelley... More »

Court: Unsent Text Message Is a Valid Will

It was found in man's drafts folder

(Newser) - A last will and textament? An Australian court has decided that a will found in the drafts folder of a dead man's phone is valid, even though it was never witnessed or even sent, the BBC reports. The man, a 55-year-old who killed himself a year ago, made it... More »

She Knew He Was Dead—and Called Him 28 Times

Getting inside the mind of Michelle Carter

(Newser) - What Michelle Carter texted to Conrad Roy III is well known : The Massachusetts teens' communications, obtained by police after Roy's suicide, filled 317 pages. Many of them, particularly the ones in which Carter seemingly encouraged Roy to take his life, were read in court during Carter's involuntary manslaughter... More »

Court Sees Chilling Plane Texts on Alleged Child Abuse

'I'm just so thankful the kids are safe,' says woman who reported fellow passenger

(Newser) - The chilling text messages that alerted an airline passenger to suspected child abuse were revealed in court documents Monday. Investigators say Michael Kellar, 56, discussed drugging and raping two children, ages 5 and 7, that 50-year-old Gail Burnworth would be looking after, the Los Angeles Times reports. In messages that... More »

She Prodded Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself. He Did.

Michelle Carter's involuntary manslaughter trial began Tuesday

(Newser) - Conrad Roy III's method of death has long been established: The 18-year-old killed himself via carbon monoxide poisoning in 2014. What will be determined in a Taunton, Mass., courtroom is whether his death was the result of his girlfriend's prodding. The AP reports Michelle Carter's involuntary manslaughter... More »

Columbia Wrestlers Benched Over Racist Texts

They include use of n-word, homophobic slurs

(Newser) - Columbia University is investigating racist and homophobic group text messages reportedly sent by members of its men's wrestling team just days after similar incidents at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania . According to student-run news site Bwog , which received screenshots of GroupMe messages sent over the past three... More »

Brock Turner May Have Shared Pics of Victim's Breast

Witness saw him aiming his phone at her

(Newser) - A Stanford swimmer found guilty of sexual assault may have snapped photos of his unconscious victim's breasts while assaulting her—and sent the pics to friends in a group chat, Cosmopolitan reports. According to police, a witness who saw Brock Turner, 20, standing over the woman's body during... More »

New Woes for San Fran PD: Offensive Texts To, From Ex-Cop

CNN has docs showing racist, homophobic texts to and from James Lai

(Newser) - An ex-San Francisco cop described by his attorney as "well loved on his beat" is at the center of a text-messaging scandal over offensive texts sent to and from his personal phone, per documents obtained by CNN . The texts, exchanged in 2014 and 2015 between Jason Lai and friends... More »

Kids Text 911 From Inside Allegedly Drunk Dad's Car

Brother and sister feared for their lives

(Newser) - Two Nebraska children may have saved their own lives and the lives of others when they texted 911 from inside their allegedly drunk father's car, WKBN reports. Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie and 12-year-old Ethan were driving through Nebraska with their 44-year-old dad, Jason Behrens, on the way to a vacation in... More »

Strangers Get Errant Text, Drive Hour to Hospital

'What a blessing these 2 guys were to our family'

(Newser) - A woman spreading the word about her new grandson accidentally texted a complete stranger on Saturday. He responded in the best possible way. Deorick Williams of Tallahassee, Fla., tells Fox 13 that his brother, Dennis Williams, started getting texts about the impending birth of a baby at a hospital in... More »

Why You Think Your Phone Is Buzzing When It's Not

Maybe you've got a little attachment anxiety

(Newser) - You'd have sworn your phone was buzzing, but when you check there's no text, no call, no email, nothing. What gives with the phantom vibration? Maybe you wanted, or even needed, the phone to buzz. Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that people with attachment anxiety—... More »

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