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Couple Swept Away in Hawaii River

Gladys Novinger dead, husband still missing

(Newser) - Tragedy struck on a trip to Hawaii that was meant to be an early Christmas present from former US diplomat George Novinger to his wife, Gladys. The prominent San Diego couple were swept away Saturday as they tried to cross the Wailuku River above Rainbow Falls in a state park... More »

Details Given on SD Lawmaker's Death in South Pacific

Rep. Craig Tieszen reportedly became caught in a current

(Newser) - More details have been released surrounding a South Dakota state representative's death in a kayaking accident off the South Pacific island of Rarotonga. Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, and his brother-in-law, 61-year-old Brent Moline, borrowed hotel kayaks last Wednesday and paddled out around 9am into what is described as having... More »

Round the World Yacht Race Claims Another Victim

Crew member on one of the yachts swept overboard, buried at sea

(Newser) - A 60-year-old with more than four decades of experience as a sailor was killed during the UK's Clipper Round the World yacht race Saturday. Simon Speirs, a crew member on the Great Britain yacht since the race began on Aug. 20, was helping to change its sails amid gale-force... More »

Cleaning Up After Son's Drug Overdose Likely Killed Mom: Coroner

Son also ended up dead

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Pennsylvania, where authorities say a woman may have died because she cleaned up her son's drug paraphernalia after finding him unresponsive in the bathroom—and the son, too, ultimately died of a drug overdose. Theresa Plummer probably absorbed a substance through her skin or had... More »

UN Diplomat Dies in Alleged Trust Game Gone Wrong

Australia's Julian Simpson fell from Manhattan balcony Wednesday

(Newser) - "Let's play the trust game" and "I will prove that you can trust me," Australia's second secretary to the United Nations reportedly told his friend as he leaned back over a railing, some 70 feet above a Manhattan street. The words were among the last... More »

Man Pulled Into Wood Chipper Dies 'Within Seconds'

His 'traumatized' friends couldn't save him

(Newser) - A man trying to do a favor for a family friend ended up dead in a tragic accident in Australia Sunday night that local authorities are calling one of the worst scenes they've come across. Emergency services were called to a rural property in Queensland, where they found the... More »

Tragedy for Good Samaritan Twins Who Tried to Help Driver

25-year-old Marcasia Crenshaw was struck by passing truck; sister Markwonda escaped in time

(Newser) - One sister ran one way, the second sister ran the other—and now one is dead after the women stopped to help a stranded motorist on a Florida highway. The Sun Sentinel reports 25-year-old Marcasia Crenshaw and her twin, Markwonda Crenshaw, were driving back to Boynton Beach on Sunday night... More »

Man Killed When Someone Throws Rock From Overpass

Police say 20 rocks had already been thrown before he came through

(Newser) - An awful story out of Michigan, where a 32-year-old construction worker and father was returning from a work site Wednesday night when the vehicle, which a co-worker was driving, was hit by a large rock. It crashed through the windshield and hit Kenneth Andrew White, killing him, the Detroit News... More »

He Was Fishing, Then Came a Barrage of Bullets

No charges in shooting death of Lawrence Ramdass

(Newser) - Family members are shocked after police declined to press charges in a shooting death at one of South Florida's top illegal shooting ranges. Lawrence Ramdass, 46, was fishing at Holey Land Wildlife Management Area in Palm Beach County in July when he was struck in the chest as some... More »

Family Trip to the Ice Cream Shop Ends in Tragedy

Incident happened at Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Auburn, Ala.

(Newser) - At what is normally the happiest of family destinations, a horror: Police investigating a call of a missing child at Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Auburn, Ala., before 1pm Saturday arrived to find the 3-year-old had been located but was unresponsive. Sadie Grace Andrews had been found in a... More »

He Was Charged in Daughter's Death. Then Son, 7, Spoke Up

Boy told prosecutors he caused 2-year-old's death in 2015

(Newser) - A North Texas father charged with his 2-year-old daughter's murder has seen the case dropped after his 7-year-old son made a stunning admission, prosecutors say. Investigators—who initially believed 33-year-old Anthony Sanders suffocated his daughter, possibly when she interrupted him playing computer games on Dec. 12, 2015—say Sanders'... More »

Teen Surfer Sought Irma's Waves. It Cost Him His Life

Zander Venezia drowned in dangerous conditions in Barbados

(Newser) - A young professional surfer is dead after venturing into waves generated by Hurricane Irma. Zander Venezia, 16, was surfing on the east coast of Barbados on Tuesday when he ran into trouble with a closeout set—a wave that breaks all at once so that a surfer doesn't have... More »

Bodybuilder's Last Words to GF: 'I Love You. Goodbye.'

Dallas McCarver, aka 'Big Country,' has died at 26, apparently from choking on food

(Newser) - Champion bodybuilder Dallas "Big Country" McCarver is dead after apparently choking on food, TMZ reports. A friend found the 26-year-old unconscious at his Florida home just after midnight on Tuesday, per McCarver's girlfriend, the WWE star Dana Brooke. She says she spoke to McCarver shortly before he died... More »

Boy, 14, Collapses, Dies at Football Practice

High school freshman's cause of death is not yet known

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy collapsed during a football practice held on a hot, humid Tuesday morning at a private high school in New York City and later died, police and school officials said. Dominick Bess was headed into his freshman year at Mount Saint Michaels Academy, a Catholic, all-boys prep school... More »

Parents Fall Off Cliff to Death During Family Hike

New York outing turned tragic Sunday

(Newser) - When William and Amanda Green took their two boys on a weekend outing, they headed for the Zoar Valley Gorge, a rugged area not far from their Buffalo, New York, home that includes waterfalls, forests, and cliffs that plunge as many as 40 stories. But a summer hike turned tragic... More »

Teacher's Fatal Fall From Balcony Caused by Laughing

Sharon Regoli Ciferno was vacationing in Mexico with her daughter

(Newser) - A beloved Pennsylvania teacher died Monday after falling from a balcony in Mexico while laughing too hard. Trib Live reports 50-year-old Sharon Regoli Ciferno was on a vacation in Mexico with her 15-year-old daughter when she fell from a balcony Aug. 4. David Regoli tells Penn Live his sister was... More »

'Split Second': Stuntwoman Killed on Deadpool 2 Identified

Joi 'SJ' Harris died in a crash during filming in Vancouver

(Newser) - The motorcycle stuntwoman who was killed on the Deadpool 2 set has been identified as Joi "SJ" Harris, who was working on her first film, reports Deadline Hollywood . Harris lost control of her motorcycle while filming a scene in Vancouver and crashed through a plate-glass window. She wasn't... More »

Stunt Driver Killed on Deadpool 2 Set

Sources say it was a woman riding a motorcycle

(Newser) - A stuntperson has been killed on the set of Deadpool 2, a spokesperson for distributor 20th Century Fox confirms to ABC News . Details, including the identity of the stunt driver involved in the Vancouver accident, were not immediately available, but sources tell TMZ the Monday morning accident involved a female... More »

Mom Sues Hospital for $8.6M After Suffocating Her Newborn

Monica Thompson was heavily medicated when staff left him to nurse

(Newser) - Monica Thompson tried for 12 years to get pregnant, so when she had her first child, Jacob, she called him her "miracle baby." Tragically, he didn't live past day 10. Now the mother of a toddler girl, Thompson is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center in Oregon for... More »

Teen Dies When Football Drill Involving Log Goes Wrong

16-year-old was struck in the head

(Newser) - Police say a group of New York high school football players were carrying a large log overhead for a workout when the wood fell on a 16-year-old and killed him, the AP reports. Suffolk County police say Joshua Mileto was fatally struck in the head during the pre-season drill. The... More »

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