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Navalny on New Charges: 'No Idea What Article 214 Is'

Opposition leader serving 30 years says new allegations are part of Kremlin obsession with him

(Newser) - Imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed new charges by Russian prosecutors. The 47-year-old is already serving more than 30 years in prison after being found guilty of crimes including extremism—charges that his supporters characterize as politically motivated. In comments passed to his associates, Navalny said he'd...

2 More Arrested in Felling of Sycamore Gap Tree

Pair of 30-something men are released on bail, but not charged yet

(Newser) - Two more men have been arrested in the investigation into who cut down the world-famous Sycamore Gap tree, police in England said Wednesday. The men, whom the AP reports are both in their 30s, were released on bail Tuesday without being charged in the felling of the iconic sycamore that...

Sycamore Gap Tree to Head to Secret Spot

It needs to be moved off Hadrian's wall

(Newser) - Since an act of vandalism took it down in late September, England's storied Sycamore Gap tree has lain where it fell. That will change on Thursday, when a crane will lift the 50-foot tree off of Hadrian's Wall so it can be put into storage—at a National...

A Nation Grieves Over Felling of Iconic Tree
16-Year-Old Arrested
After Felling of Iconic Tree

16-Year-Old Arrested After Felling of Iconic Tree

Sycamore Gap tree in Northumberland, England, is cut down, and a teen is in custody

(Newser) - Authorities in northern England have arrested a 16-year-old boy who is accused of cutting down a world-famous tree, reports the BBC . The unidentified teen is being held on suspicion of criminal damage over the felling of the tree near Hadrian's Wall, a landmark from the Roman Empire, per the...

Beverly Hills Targets Young Vandals Prepping for Halloween

City bans those under 21 from possessing shaving cream, Silly String on Oct. 31

(Newser) - Beverly Hills has placed a ban on young people possessing everyday products abused by vandals in an effort to create a "safe, family-friendly environment" on Halloween. The city council voted 5-0 Tuesday to ban people under the age of 21 from possessing Silly String, shaving cream or gel, and...

Police: German Tourists Vandalized 1565 Landmark

Italian officials call for more severe punishment than foreigners usually receive

(Newser) - Another Italian historic site has been defaced, this time the Vasari Corridor in Florence, bringing calls to punish such attacks more severely. Police identified the vandals as two German men, ages 20 and 21, who are part of a group of 11 students, CNN reports. Soccer-related graffiti was left on...

Teenager Carves Name at Ancient Temple

Police in Japan question and release 17-year-old, who still could face charges

(Newser) - A teenage boy was caught scratching a name into an 8th-century temple in Japan, police say, weeks after a young tourist was filmed leaving his mark on the Colosseum in Rome. The 17-year-old Canadian carved "Julian" on a wooden pillar with his fingernail at the Toshodaiji Kondo temple complex...

Tourist Says Sorry for Marring Colosseum
Colosseum Vandal
Has an Odd Excuse

Colosseum Vandal Has an Odd Excuse

Ivan Dimitrov, 31, of Bristol, England, claims he didn't realize how old the Rome landmark was

(Newser) - A tourist from the UK who was tracked down after etching the names of himself and his girlfriend into Rome's famous Colosseum has been fully identified and is now offering his apologies. "I admit with deepest embarrassment that it was only after what regrettably happened that I learned...

Cops: Vandals Wreck 'Jurassic World' Exhibition

One person was caught on video ripping skin off animatronic dinosaur

(Newser) - There were a lot of disappointed kids in Atlanta Monday after vandals wrecked "Jurassic World: The Exhibition," a newly opened exhibit featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Police say there was an estimated $250,000 in damage after four intruders broke into the exhibition in the Pullman Yards event space...

Woman Keys 400 Cars at 2 Dealerships

Mounties say suspect caused at least $370K damage

(Newser) - The Mounties are looking for a woman who appears to have a serious grudge against two car dealerships in the Vancouver area. The Port Coquitlam RCMP says the woman is a suspect in three mass "keying" incidents between January and April this year, the CBC reports. The RCMP says...

French Protesters Burn City Hall
The French Are Really Mad

The French Are Really Mad

City Hall set ablaze in Bordeaux, cops clash with protesters in Paris over changes to pension system

(Newser) - Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron bypassed Parliament and raised the age of retirement from 62 to 64, an unpopular move that left citizens "seething." Anger over the proposal has been bubbling up into strikes and protests since January, but the mostly peaceful demonstrations have also made way...

He Was Arrested, Then Found a Swastika in His Car

City of Torrance to pay California man $750K after he claims 2 cops spray-painted his vehicle

(Newser) - A California man just got a rather large payout to settle a lawsuit over offensive graffiti he says two former police officers spray-painted inside his car. The Los Angeles Times reports that Kiley Swaine was granted $750,000 from the city of Torrance, where he was arrested for mail theft...

Man Arrives at His Home to Find 'Mansion Rager' Underway

Teens allegedly broke into Austin, Texas, home to throw party

(Newser) - It's good to have neighbors who will call you if you're not home and something is amiss on your property. But the calls one Austin, Texas, homeowner got from his neighbors on Feb. 11 were nuts: "[They said] there were kids on our water tower on our...

Vandals Damage 3 Power Substations in Tacoma

About 14K people were initially without power in Washington state

(Newser) - It appears to be the latest such incident in a disturbing trend: Vandals broke into three power substations around Tacoma, Washington, on Christmas morning and damaged the equipment, reports ABC News . The vandalism initially knocked out power to 14,000 people in the western part of the state, though most...

After North Carolina Shootings, Power Could Be Out for Days

No motive has yet been determined

(Newser) - The Moore County sheriff confirmed Sunday that it was gunfire that damaged two North Carolina power substations Saturday, causing damage that could take days to repair. That means tens of thousands of residents could be without power for days, the AP reports. County schools are closed Monday, and a state...

Van Gogh Painting Gets a Soup Bath by Climate Activists

'Sunflowers' wasn't harmed after 'Just Stop Oil' protesters vandalized it in London's National Gallery

(Newser) - Let's start off with the good news: The 1888 version of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers is just fine, even after it just got tomato soup dumped all over it. The bad news, at least for the pair of climate activists that carried out the vandalism, is that they'...

Vulgar Message Scrawled on Washington Monument

A man has been arrested over obscene graffiti; cleanup could take weeks

(Newser) - A man is in custody after the base of the Washington Monument was vandalized with bright red paint late Tuesday, according to US Park Police. Photos obtained by WTTG show a thick vertical line of paint next to scrawled words forming what ABC News describes as "an obscene message....

Graffiti Artists Hit Yet Another National Park

This time, dozens of sites were vandalized with spray paint at California's Yosemite

(Newser) - If you visited Yosemite National Park in mid-May, you may be of assistance to the National Park Service in nabbing some vandals. In a Sunday Facebook post , park officials showed images of rocks along the Yosemite Falls Trail covered in blue and white spray paint, some of them with the...

Bewitched Statue Vandalized With Red Paint

Salem resident was arrested

(Newser) - In the wiggle of a nose, a man partially covered the Bewitched statue in Salem with red paint, police said. Witnesses called police at about 5pm Monday to report someone spray painting the bronze statue, Capt. John Burke said Tuesday. The statue depicts actor Elizabeth Montgomery—as lead character Samantha...

Even Students Didn't Like This Senior Prank: 'Not Cool'

Texas high school shuts down for 2 days after harmless antics 'devolved rapidly'

(Newser) - End-of-year tomfoolery at a Texas high school was supposed to involve nothing more than harmless sticky notes. But the high jinks got out of hand, leading to the school's closure for two days due to vandalism. According to the Frisco Independent School District, a "small group of students"...

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