Pokemon Go

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Prosecutors: Father, Son Nearly Drowned Pokemon Go Rival

Robert and Angelo Matteuzzi convicted of felony assault following 'ridiculous' brawl

(Newser) - Two men from Missouri have been found guilty of assault after a brawl over Pokemon Go that landed the pair and their victim in a lake, along with some teeth. The popular smartphone game sees rival players do virtual battle with Pokemon characters for control of real-life locations known as...

Robbery in Progress, Cops Opted to Play Pokemon Go

Fired LAPD officers, caught playing on dashcam instead of responding to a call, lose appeal

(Newser) - A California judge has refused to reinstate two former Los Angeles police officers who chose to play Pokemon Go rather than respond to a robbery in progress. The officers, Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell, had ignored a commanding officer's request for backup during a robbery at the Crenshaw Mall...

Pokemon Go Player Killed After Witnessing Robbery
Woman Killed
While Playing
Pokemon Go

Woman Killed While Playing Pokemon Go

Cayla Campos, 21, fatally shot near New Mexico park after witnessing a robbery

(Newser) - Every night, 21-year-old Cayla Campos and her boyfriend would head to a park in Albuquerque, NM, to play Pokemon Go. It was their routine. After all, Bianchetti Park was close to the couple's apartment in what a resident describes as "a nice, quiet family neighborhood," per KRQE...

Cop Finds Driver Playing Pokemon Go on 8 Phones

He 'agreed to put phones in back seat'

(Newser) - Pokemon Go isn't as popular as it was in 2016, but one man in Washington state is still trying way too hard to catch them all. Trooper Rick Johnson, a Washington State Patrol information officer, tweeted Thursday that an officer encountered a vehicle he thought was disabled parked on...

There's Now a Catholic Clone of Pokemon Go

In this version, users catch saints

(Newser) - There's a new mobile game like Pokemon Go, only it encourages users to follow Jesus Christ rather than Pikachu. Made by Catholic evangelical group Fundación Ramón Pané, Follow JC Go! works just like the Pokemon-catching game downloaded 800 million times, but swaps Pokemon for saints and other...

Russian Election Meddling Extended to Pokemon Go

According to a CNN investigation

(Newser) - Even Pokemon Go wasn't safe from Russian election-tampering efforts, CNN reports following an investigation into the pre-election activities of the Internet Research Agency. The investigation found the Kremlin-linked troll farm operated a Facebook page for a group called "Don't Shoot Us" that purported to be part of...

Shockingly Little Pokemon Go at Pokemon Go Fest
You Had One Job,
Pokemon Go Fest

You Had One Job, Pokemon Go Fest

Festival turns disastrous, offers thousands of refunds

(Newser) - The first-ever Pokemon Go Fest—held Saturday at Grant Park in Chicago—was forced to refund its approximately 15,000 to 20,000 attendees after it proved near-impossible for them to actually play Pokemon Go at the event, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to TechCrunch , every cell network was down...

Charge: Watchman Murdered Grandpa Playing Pokemon Go

Security guard says it was self-defense; prosecutors disagree

(Newser) - A 22-year-old security guard has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Virginia grandfather whose family says he was playing Pokemon Go in an effort to connect with his grandchildren. WTKR reports Johnathan Cromwell was working as a security guard for a Chesapeake neighborhood last January...

Blogger Played Pokemon Go in Church, Is Convicted for It

Russia's Ruslan Sokolovsky convicted of inciting religious hatred

(Newser) - A Russian blogger was convicted Thursday of inciting religious hatred for playing Pokemon Go in a church and given a 3.5-year suspended sentence. Ruslan Sokolovsky's offense is the same one that sent two women from Pussy Riot to prison in 2012. Sokolovsky posted a video on his blog...

Napping Parents, Guard Your Thumbprints

A 6-year-old in Arkansas shows why

(Newser) - The most famous, and unlikeliest, hacker in the news this week is little Ashlynd Howell of Little Rock, Ark. The exploits of the enterprising 6-year-old first came to light in a Wall Street Journal story about the difficulties of keeping presents a secret in the digital age. It seems that...

Pokemon Go Could Revolutionize Disaster Relief

By turning it into a game

(Newser) - Pokemon Go could save us all. Smithsonian Magazine reports the popular mobile game, and others like it, could be a force for good—and not just distracted injuries and surprise discoveries —during emergencies. Picture this: A major hurricane strikes the East Coast, and Pokemon Go switches into "Red...

Pokemon Go Could Help You Live Longer
Pokemon Go
Could Help You
Live Longer

Pokemon Go Could Help You Live Longer

All those additional steps could boost longevity, scientists say

(Newser) - More people than ever are squeezing in some light cardio on the streets of America thanks to Pokemon Go, and that game play may also have a side benefit that could increase users' life spans—to the tune of 2.83 million combined years for the estimated 25 million US...

Norway PM Busted Playing Pokemon Go in Parliament

"We ladies can do two things at the same time you know," says another Pokemon-obsessed pol

(Newser) - Another Norwegian politician has been nabbed playing Pokemon Go when she should be policy-making. This time it was Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who was snapped tapping away at her phone Tuesday during a debate in Parliament, the Guardian reports. It's not necessarily that the debate was a snooze. Solberg,...

Pokemon Go Sex-Offender Ban Raises Eyebrows

Civil liberties advocates have issues with NY parolee mandate

(Newser) - Sex offenders in New York state will find a new restriction they'll have to agree to before they're granted parole: no playing Internet games like Pokemon Go, the New York Times reports. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed the policy through earlier this month after two Democratic state senators conducted...

College Student Shot Dead Playing Pokemon Go

Family friend says someone was watching him

(Newser) - A 20-year-old college baseball player was shot dead while playing Pokemon Go in San Francisco on Saturday in a crime a police officer says "makes no sense." Authorities say Calvin Riley of San Mateo was shot at the bustling Aquatic Park in the Fisherman's Wharf area, frequented...

Olympian Racks Up $5K Bill Playing Pokemon in Brazil

Some athletes complained about game's absence

(Newser) - Olympians can now go for their Pokemon Go medals. The hit augmented-reality game, in which players roam around the real-life world to collect virtual monsters and medals, became available in Brazil late Wednesday. There had been much disappointment among those at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games that they couldn'...

Parents Abandon Toddler to Catch Pokemon: Cops

The boy was found filthy and screaming, say San Tan Valley police

(Newser) - When not falling off cliffs or making illegal border crossings , people are allegedly abandoning their kids in search of Pokemon. Arizona police say Brent Daley, 27, and Brianne Daley, 25, left their 2-year-old son home alone for at least 90 minutes on Thursday night while playing Pokemon Go, reports Tucson...

Pokemon Go Player Finds $2K at Pokestop

Yeah, but has he found a Pikachu?

(Newser) - A Pokemon Go player has found $2,000 in cash at a Pokestop in New Jersey, the AP reports. Hackettstown police say the player notified a nearby business Wednesday that he had found the money at a Pokestop, where players can get free in-game items, like an egg that can...

Who's Not Making Much Off of Pokemon Go: Nintendo

Investors dump stock when they realize Nintendo doesn't make game, company suffers $6.7B loss

(Newser) - With the smashing success of Pokemon Go , one would think Nintendo must be happier than a Jigglypuff . But in a statement Friday, the company says that even though its share price initially spiked, it's not going to reap great financial rewards from the game and that the impact on...

Pokemon Go Results in Illegal Border Crossing

The teens from Canada were reunited with mom

(Newser) - In their quest to "catch'em all," two Canadian teens were caught themselves—by the US Border Patrol, the CBC reports. “Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon Go games that they lost track of where they were," per a Border Patrol press release . The...

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