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3 Dogs Die in 'Act of Terror' at Race

Poisoned meatballs were placed near start of French canicross race

(Newser) - Canicross, a sport in which people run or cycle while attached to their dogs, has been hit by what one federation calls an "act of terror." Three dogs died Sunday morning after eating poisoned meatballs that had been placed near the starting point of the second round of...

Crisis Over Suspected Poisoning of Iran Girls Grows

More than 50 schools around the nation are investigating incidents

(Newser) - A crisis over suspected poisonings targeting Iranian schoolgirls escalated Sunday as authorities acknowledged over 50 schools were struck in a wave of possible cases. The poisonings have spread further fear among parents as Tehran has faced months of unrest It remains unclear who or what is responsible since the alleged...

Probe Underway on Poisoning of Hundreds of Iranian Girls

Some believe monthslong chemical incidents are 'biological terrorism' to keep girls out of schools

(Newser) - Since November, dozens of girls in Iran have fallen ill after attending school, suffering from dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headaches, heart palpitations, and respiratory issues, among other maladies. Some parents say their children were sick for weeks afterward. Now, Iranian officials have launched a probe, with reports of hundreds of girls...

CEO Reportedly Was Served Coffee Laced With Cyanide

Andre de Ruyter of South Africa energy giant Eskom survives

(Newser) - A strange and disturbing story out of South Africa: Multiple reports say the head of the energy giant Eskom survived an attempt to kill him via cyanide in his coffee. "I have reported the matter to SAPS [the South African Police Service] ... and the case can be assumed to...

They Found the Bald Eagles Facedown in the Snow

3 have died, 10 more hurt after possible poisoning from eating euthanized animals in Minn. landfill

(Newser) - At least 13 bald eagles were likely poisoned by scavenging the carcasses of euthanized animals that were improperly dumped at a Minnesota landfill, and three of the majestic birds have died, per the AP . The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that state and federal wildlife officials are investigating after the eagles...

Cops: Dermatologist Poisoned Her Husband

California's Yue Yu arrested as her husband recovers

(Newser) - The husband of a dermatologist in Southern California was feeling lousy for a month and started getting suspicious, say police. The end result: His 45-year-old wife has been arrested and accused of poisoning him, reports the Los Angeles Times . The unidentified husband "sustained significant internal injuries but is expected...

Alaska Kids Were Given Floor Sealant Instead of Milk

District blames mix-up at storage site

(Newser) - Police in Juneau, Alaska, are investigating an apparent mix-up that caused 12 kids and two adults to be served floor sealant instead of milk. The school district says the sealant was served with breakfast meals at a summer day care program at the Sit Eeti Shaanax Glacier Valley Elementary School,...

Hospital Worker Arrested After Baby's 'Sudden' Death

Person in custody said to be nurse at Birmingham Children's Hospital, suspected of poisoning

(Newser) - Just hours after an infant died in the ICU at a prominent UK medical center, an arrest has been made. The BBC reports that a 27-year-old health worker was suspended from her job and brought into custody "on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life." ITV...

Company, VP Indicted After Texas Double Tragedy

Employee, wife died in poisonous gas leak in 2019

(Newser) - Update: A Texas oilfield company and its vice president have been indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple charges connected to the 2019 deaths of an employee and his wife. Jacob Dean died from inhaling hydrogen sulfide gas after being sent to check on a pump house in Odessa....

Champagne Spiked With Ecstasy Proves Fatal

One man dies, 8 others hospitalized in Germany

(Newser) - One man died and eight other people were hospitalized in serious condition after unknowingly drinking Champagne spiked with ecstasy at a bar in Bavaria, German prosecutors said Monday. The man who died was 52, and the others were between 33 and 52, police told the German news agency dpa, per...

He Got Poisoned, Twice, and Police Fear a Third Strike
Somebody Gave Him the
'Poisoner's Poison'—Twice

Somebody Gave Him the 'Poisoner's Poison'—Twice

Oregon's Joe Gilliam, a prominent political player, is in a vegetative state

(Newser) - Joe Gilliam has been a force in Oregon state politics for more than two decades as head of the influential Northwest Grocery Association. Or at least he had been until recently. For the better part of the last year, the 59-year-old has been in a vegetative state at an undisclosed...

Court Pins Ex-Spy's Fatal Poisoning on Russia

Former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was killed in London in 2006

(Newser) - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blamed Russia for the killing of Alexander Litvinenko , who died in London in 2006 after drinking tea laced with a radioactive material. A former agent for the KGB and the successor agency FSB, Litvinenko defected from Russia in 2000 and fled to...

Limbs of College Students, Staff Turn Blue After Apparent Poisoning

Police are trying to figure out how 7 were sickened at Germany's Darmstadt Technical University

(Newser) - Students and staff at a German college had a quite unpleasant dining experience this week, and now local police suspect poisoning. Cops in the state of Hesse say seven students and employees took ill Monday on the Lichtwiese campus of Darmstadt Technical University, reports the Guardian . Police suspect that milk...

Navalny Detained as He Arrives Back in Russia

Kremlin critic had been recovering in Germany from poisoning

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny, a leading Kremlin political opponent, was taken into custody Sunday just after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from a poisoning . Navalny had just told journalists in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport: "This is the best day in the past five months. Everyone is asking...

Wife Allegedly Caught Poisoning Husband's Coffee

The NYC woman used roach killer, officials say

(Newser) - A 70-year-old New York City woman is facing charges after officials say she was recorded on video attempting to slip her husband roach poison. Per a Queens District Attorney's office release , Suncha Tinerva is seen on surveillance footage "squeezing a white powdery substance from a bottle with a...

Navalny Going Back to Dangerous Territory

Opposition leader could face jail with Sunday arrival in Russia

(Newser) - Now almost fully recovered from Novichok poisoning, Alexei Navalny is ready to head home. The Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist said Wednesday that he had purchased a plane ticket that would see him return to his home country from Germany, where he's been recovering since August, on Sunday....

Putin Says Agents 'Would've Finished the Job' With Navalny

Russian president blames US for reports implicating FSB

(Newser) - A hit squad employed by Russia's Federal Security Service shadowed Alexei Navalny on numerous trips before poisoning the opposition activist with Russian-made nerve agent Novichok in August, according to a joint investigation by CNN and Bellingcat . This week's reports, based on the agents' mobile phone data and other...

Russia May Have Tried Second Poisoning

Doctor suspected of administering a second dose while Alexei Navalny was in Omsk

(Newser) - When an airline pilot made an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Omsk, an ambulance crew quickly gave Alexei Navalny a poison antidote. The opponent of the Russian government had become ill on the flight. "That atropine saved his life," a British army official said. But the...

Navalny Describes What Novichok Poisoning Feels Like

'The brain understands that this is the end'

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny felt no pain. Still, he knew he was close to death when he collapsed on a plane in August— the result of poisoning with a previously unknown type of Novichok, the Russian-developed nerve agent. "I've compared it to being touched by a Dementor in a Harry ...

Navalny Aide: This Was 'an Attempt to Kill,' Not to Scare

Doctors say the still-unconscious Russian opposition leader is slowly starting to improve

(Newser) - As more pieces of the puzzle behind Alexei Navalny's sickness come together , some good news out of Germany, where he's hospitalized. The doctors treating the 44-year-old Russian opposition leader say he's still on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma in the ICU after likely being...

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