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Bride in Viral Dress Debate: 'My Husband Is Trying to Kill Me'

Keir Johnston pleads guilty to assault on wife Grace Johnston, whom he wed in 2015

(Newser) - A guest at their wedding wore what became the dress that broke the internet . Now their marriage might be broken as well. Keir Johnston, one half of a Scottish couple who appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015 after a viral debate about color perceptions stemming from a photo...

Lacking a Single Vote, Scotland's Leader Quits Before He's Ousted

First Minister Humza Yousaf faced no-confidence vote after he torpedoed coalition with Green Party

(Newser) - Scotland's first minister, Humza Yousaf, resigned on Monday rather than face a no-confidence vote just days after he torpedoed a coalition with the Green Party by ditching a target for fighting climate change. Yousaf, whose Scottish National Party has been weakened by a campaign finance scandal and divisions over...

Tourist's Attempt to Take Photo With Bear Goes Very Badly

Scotland's Moira Gallacher is lucky to be alive after ursine encounter while vacationing in Romania

(Newser) - Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? In this case perhaps, "I see a tourist bothering me." That's after a vacation in Romania's Carpathian Mountains went horribly awry for one woman after she tried to take a picture of one of the resident omnivores. Per...

JK Rowling to Scotland: Go On, Arrest Me
Police Say They
Won't Arrest
JK Rowling

Police Say They Won't Arrest JK Rowling

Comments on trans women 'are not assessed to be criminal and no further action will be taken'

(Newser) - Police in Scotland said Tuesday that they have received complaints about a tweet from JK Rowling but her "comments are not assessed to be criminal and no further action will be taken." In the post, the author described several transgender women as men and dared police to arrest...

Allegedly Drunk Pilot Arrested 35 Minutes Before NYC Flight
Scotland Jails US Pilot
Who Tried to Fly Drunk

Scotland Jails US Pilot Who Tried to Fly Drunk

Ex-Delta pilot Lawrence Russell, a recovering alcoholic, will spend 10 months behind bars

(Newser) - A former Delta Air Lines pilot from Georgia will spend 10 months in jail in Scotland for trying to fly a plane across the Atlantic with a blood-alcohol level more than two times the aviation limit. Lawrence Russell Jr., 63, of Fulton County was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty. He'...

$45 Willy Wonka Experience 'Delivered a Nightmare'

Families disappointed by 'scattering of plastic props,' while others were turned away

(Newser) - Families who purchased tickets to the Willy Wonka "immersive experience" inspired by the film Wonka were told to expect a "chocolate fantasy like never before"—a "journey filled with wondrous creations and enchanting surprises at every turn." But the promised giant mushrooms, chocolate fountains, and...

Scotland Plans to Raise Minimum Cost of Alcohol

Price expected to go up 30% to combat steep rise in alcohol-related deaths

(Newser) - Six years after Scotland brought in the first minimum alcohol price measure in the UK to curb heavy drinking, the government is planning to hike the price per unit from 50 pence to 65 pence, around 82 cents. Researchers say the measure has been effective over the years but inflation...

Boy, 11, on Track to Break a Running Record by Age 62

It all started with a New Year's resolution to run every day of 2023

(Newser) - Seb Jellema has been working toward an ambitious goal since January: The 11-year-old Scottish boy wants to beat the world record by Ron Hill, who ran at least a mile every day for 52 years and 39 days, ending at age 78. When Seb heard about the record, he realized...

Grand Ole Opry (Not That One) to Uphold Confederate Flag Ban

Scotland's most popular country music club, in Glasgow, was using Confederate flag in ceremony

(Newser) - The Grand Ole Opry has been embroiled in a controversy over the Confederate flag—but it's not the Tennessee venue, and the controversy appears to be over, at least for now. The BBC reports that members of Scotland's most famous country music club, of the same name as...

The Scottish Wildcat Is Now ... Basically Just a Cat

Over the last 7 decades, it has mated with domestic cats to the point of pushing it to extinction

(Newser) - For millennia, the Scottish wildcat prowled Great Britain, stalking prey and ignoring humans and its domesticated cousins alike. But as a study in Current Biology reports, that all changed in the 1950s and '60s, when disease killed off much of the rabbit population the wildcats depended on for food...

'Incredibly Rare' Tomb Holds Hugging Skeletons

Archaeologists unearthed the 5K-year-old tomb in a field in Scotland

(Newser) - On the surface, "it's just a gently rolling field of grass" in Scotland. But below the ground, archaeologists have discovered an "incredibly rare" 5,000-year-old tomb holding the remains of 14 people, two of whom appear to be hugging and one who appears to be reaching out...

Podcast Sparks Probe Into Mystery Serial Killer 'Bible John'

Police allegedly concealed identity of man thought to have killed 3 women in Glasgow

(Newser) - Scottish police are reexamining three unsolved murders attributed to the country's most notorious alleged serial killer following an award-winning BBC podcast that suggested a police coverup. Journalist Audrey Gillan's Bible John: Creation of the Serial Killer , released in late 2022, told how Helen Puttock, Jemima MacDonald, and Patricia...

Gold Coins May Have Been Hidden Before 1692 Massacre
Coins May Have Been
Hidden Before 1692 Massacre
new study

Coins May Have Been Hidden Before 1692 Massacre

Archaeologists find small pot filled with them in Scotland

(Newser) - It appears that Alasdair "Maclain" MacDonald saw trouble coming and stashed away some coins under a fireplace. More than 330 years later, Scottish archaeologists suggest they've found them, reports Live Science . A member of a University of Glasgow team found a small pot filled with the coins inside...

Serial Rape Suspect Who Faked Death to Face the Music

Scottish ministers sign order allowing Nicholas Alahverdian (Rossi) to be extradited to US

(Newser) - A convicted sex offender who faked his death to avoid a rape charge in Utah will soon be heading stateside. Scotland's Justice Secretary Angela Constance signed an extradition order last week, eliminating one of the final hurdles preventing Nicholas Alahverdian's return to the US. Alahverdian, who uses numerous...

Buyer of World's Largest Bottle of Whisky Revealed

311-liter bottle of Macallan joins Viet Nguyen Dinh Tuan's $190M collection

(Newser) - The owner of the most expensive whisky cask sold at auction has been revealed as a Vietnamese man with a spirits collection valued at $190 million. Viet Nguyen Dinh Tuan, who paid nearly $1.2 million for the cask of 32-year-old Macallan single malt whisky, bottled in a 311-liter vessel...

'Horrendous News' in Search for Scottish Hikers

3 found dead after setting out to hike notorious ridge

(Newser) - The bodies of three missing hikers were recovered from a mountain in the Scottish Highlands after they didn't return from a notoriously difficult scramble on one of the narrowest ridge crests in Britain, police said Monday. The trio set out Saturday in Glen Coe to hike the Aonach Eagach,...

Greta Thunberg Bows Out of Event Over 'Greenwashing'

Climate activist cites sponsorship from investment firm with ties to fossil fuels

(Newser) - Greta Thunberg has pulled out of an international book festival, where she was slated to discuss her recent book on climate change, due to what she claims is "greenwashing" by the festival's main sponsor. The climate activist said she would not attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival, to...

Case of American Accused of Faking Death Takes New Turn

Scottish judge rules Nicholas Rossi can be extradited to Utah to face charges

(Newser) - An American fugitive accused of faking his own death to avoid a rape charge in Utah can be extradited to the US, a judge in Scotland ruled Wednesday, calling the man "as dishonest and deceitful as he is evasive and manipulative." The wanted man known in Scotland as...

The Orkney Islands Are Tired of Getting 'Crumbs'

Council on Tuesday voted to study 'alternative models of governance'

(Newser) - Officials on the Orkney Islands, a corner of Scotland with Viking roots, voted Tuesday to explore ways of seeking more autonomy —or even independence—from neglectful UK governments. Journalists from across Britain and around the world tuned in remotely as Orkney Islands Council voted to study "alternative models...

In Scotland, an Elaborate Day for King Charles

He'll be presented with the Scottish crown jewels

(Newser) - Two months after the lavish coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey in London, Scotland is set to host its own event to mark the new monarch's accession to the throne. While Charles and Queen Camilla won't be crowned a second time Wednesday in Edinburgh, the festivities...

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