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Checked Suitcase Held an Unusual Stowaway

Yes, that's a cat in a bag

(Newser) - The TSA let "the cat out of the bag on a hiss-toric find" on Tuesday, when it tweeted a trio of images showing an unusual find at JFK International Airport in New York City: a cat in a bag. NBC News reports the orange tabby ended up in a...

Belgium Has a Drug Problem. It's Not What You Think
Belgium Has
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Belgium Has an Unusual Drug Problem

Authorities are seizing so much cocaine their incinerators can't handle the load

(Newser) - Authorities at Belgium's port of Antwerp have gotten so good at intercepting smuggled cocaine that it's led to an unexpected problem: Their incinerators can't burn it all fast enough. And as AFP explains, that has led to a related problem: There's so much seized cocaine lying...

Tokyo's Idea Amid Energy Crisis: Put On a Turtleneck

Yuriko Koike, the city's governor, credits French president as an inspiration on how to stay warm

(Newser) - Winter is coming, and amid Japan's energy crisis, Tokyo officials are offering a suggestion to save energy and stay warm in the coming months. "Warming the neck has a thermal effect," Yuriko Koike, the capital city's governor, told reporters Friday, per the Guardian . "I'm...

Astronomer's Meteor Video Was Way Too Sexy for Twitter

Mary McIntyre's account was locked for 3-plus months after automated tools flagged the clip

(Newser) - Astronomers think celestial bodies are sexy, so much so that they often post about them on social media. For one UK space scientist, however, her video of a Perseid fireball over the summer was deemed too sexy for Twitter, resulting in her getting locked out of her account for three-plus...

Court Hears Case of Woman Stabbed 20 Times in 'Suicide'

Ellen Greenberg's parents may soon take their case to trial

(Newser) - After more than a decade fighting the Philadelphia medical examiner's office on their daughter's cause of death, lawyers for Ellen Greenberg's parents made their case in front of a Pennsylvania appeals court Tuesday. "We are cautiously optimistic that the panel will find the estate of Ellen...

TSA Calls 'Personal Fowl' on Unusual Security Find

Firearm discovered shoved inside a raw chicken at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport

(Newser) - Security officers at a South Florida airport have reported finding a handgun hidden inside a raw chicken packed in a traveler's luggage. The Transportation Security Administration posted photos of the gun and poultry Monday on its official Instagram account , per the AP . The weapon was recovered at the Fort...

Nurse Accused of Unauthorized Amputation

Colleagues say she cut off elderly man's foot, planned to preserve it

(Newser) - A hospice nurse in Wisconsin is facing multiple charges after allegedly cutting off an elderly man's foot without permission from doctors or the patient. Mary K. Brown, 38, allegedly amputated the right foot of a dying man at Spring Valley Health and Rehab Center on May 27, WQOW reports....

NPS' Latest Warning Is a 'Toad-Ally Terrifying' One

Agency issues directive to visitors to not lick toxic Sonoran desert toads in the parks

(Newser) - It's the warning from the National Park Service we didn't know we needed: Stop licking the toads. It's one type of toad in particular—the Sonoran desert toad (also known as the Colorado river toad), which NPR describes as a creature that's about 7 inches long...

She Won $100K Lottery, Hit Even Bigger on Way Home

Delaware woman won another $300K prize same day she claimed first prize

(Newser) - It's not Powerball money , but it's a pretty remarkable lottery story nonetheless. A 70-year-old Delaware woman won a $100,000 prize from a scratch-off ticket, then won another $300,000 on the way home from claiming that prize, reports CNN . The unidentified woman struck first with an "...

Runaway Orbs Cause Chaos in London
Runaway Orbs Cause
Chaos in London
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Runaway Orbs Cause Chaos in London

Giant balls that broke away from art installation in high winds made for a surreal scene

(Newser) - When Morrissey sang about "panic on the streets of London," we imagine he likely wasn't envisioning giant orbs bouncing down the thoroughfares, wreaking havoc on traffic. But that's exactly what happened earlier this week, when a pair of enormous balls broke free of an art installation...

It Took Heidi Klum 2 Years to Look Like This

'Vogue' gets the scoop on her Halloween costume

(Newser) - Heidi Klum's annual Halloween party—and the elaborate costumes she wears to them—have become near legendary. This year was no exception, but it was a different kind of jaw-dropping look: The model dressed as a worm. As Vogue explains, the costume was a long time coming. COVID prevented...

Woman Found Dead in Belly of a Python
First They Found Her Sandals,
Then a Bloated Snake
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First They Found Her Sandals, Then a Bloated Snake

Woman in Indonesia set out for work at a rubber plantation, didn't return home

(Newser) - It's an occurrence so chilling and rare that it's being reported around the globe: An Indonesian woman apparently lost her life to a python, with local reports confirming her body was found in the snake's stomach. The Guardian reports a woman identified as Jahrah, 54, left for...

Meet the 'Polarizing Stepchild of Charcuterie'

Butter boards are the latest TikTok food craze, though some wonder how safe they are

(Newser) - Legit gross or crazy delicious? Butter boards, the polarizing stepchild of charcuterie, have taken TikTok to new food-craze heights as some horrified safety and nutrition experts look on. And now, heading into the holidays, the boards are landing on tables as quick, inexpensive alternatives to the meat- and fancy cheese-laden...

Details Emerge on Car Found Buried in $15M Home's Yard

The car was reported stolen in late 1992

(Newser) - Update: Police have released a few new details in the odd case of a car found buried on the grounds of an Atherton, Calif., mansion. The car is a Mercedes-Benz convertible that was buried without its top on. The car had been reported stolen to Palo Alto police in September...

Lettuce That 'Beat' Truss Gets Its Star Turn in London

It got beamed onto Houses of Parliament Thursday night

(Newser) - Update: The story of how a head of lettuce has shown up soon-to-be ex-UK Prime Minister Liz Truss romaines top news. The Independent reports that hours after Truss announced her resignation on Thursday, an image of the now-infamous piece of produce was beamed onto London's Houses of Parliament at...

Woman Charged With Unleashing Bees on Cops

She broke out hives as they tried to serve eviction notice

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman is facing multiple assault and battery charges for allegedly releasing a swarm of bees on a group of sheriff's deputies, some of them allergic to bee stings, as they tried to serve an eviction notice, authorities said. Court records show Rorie S. Woods, 55, pleaded not...

Meet 'Pan Solo,' a Bread Replica of Star Wars Hero

Mother-daughter bakery in Calif. crafted the 6-foot-tall sculpture using wood and dough

(Newser) - Han Solo may be a hunk, but "Pan Solo" is a hunk of bread. That's what a bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area has dubbed its 6-foot-tall bread sculpture of the Star Wars character as he appeared after being frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back....

Herschel Walker on Badge He Flashed During Debate: It's 'Legit'

Senate candidate responds to debate controversy

(Newser) - Update: Herschel Walker on Sunday defended the moment he flashed a police badge during Friday's debate with Raphael Warnock. The Georgia Republican tells NBC News , "This is from my hometown. This is from Johnson County from the sheriff from Johnson County, which is a legit badge." A...

Fake Astronaut Wooed Woman to Pay for Return Ticket to Earth
Woman Duped Out of $30K
in Out-of-This-World Scam
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Woman Duped Out of $30K in Out-of-This-World Scam

Online lover convinced 65-year-old in Japan he was astronaut who needed cash to return to Earth

(Newser) - Nigerian prince scams are so 1990s—welcome to the 21st century and the Russian cosmonaut scam. Kyodo News reports that police are looking into the claims of a 65-year-old woman in Japan's Shiga prefecture who said she fell in love with a man online who tricked her into...

Judge: In 35 Years, I've Never Seen This in Court

Juror in Gov. Whitmer kidnap trial dismissed for apparently flirting with one of the defendants

(Newser) - A judge has dismissed a young woman from the jury hearing the trial of three men in connection with a 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after attorneys accused her of flirting with one of the defendants, per the AP . Judge Thomas Wilson announced Friday that the woman...

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