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How ‘excited delirium’ is being used to explain unexpected deaths in police custody

The parents of Jacob Michael, a 25-year-old man who died in police custody in Cheshire, England last year, have criticised an official report that concludes Michael died from ‘excited delirium’. But while some experts warn that ‘excited delirium’ is not a satisfactory explanation for a death, it seems the term is becoming increasingly common in … Continue reading

At least 10 killed in fiery crashes on Florida highway

At least ten people have been killed in a series of fiery crashes on Florida’s Interstate 75 south of Gainesville. The accidents occurred at around 4am on Sunday, and involved at least five cars and six tractor-trailers. The cause of the crash is not clear, but the highway had reportedly been closed for some time … Continue reading

At least three dead after Costa Concordia cruise ship runs aground off coast of Italy

At least three people are dead after the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy on Friday night. Around 4,200 people were forced to evacuate the ship when it hit difficulties near Tuscany, and as well as the three dead there are fears for three more. The accident reportedly happened during … Continue reading

French journalist Gilles Jacquier and several others killed in Homs, Syria attack

French journalist Gilles Jacquier is among almost a dozen people who were killed in an attack in Homs, Syria today. Working for France 2 TV, Jacquier was reportedly killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the vehicle in which he was travelling. About 8 or 9 Syrians were also killed. The situation is quite chaotic, so … Continue reading

US Navy SEAL Gene “Geno” Clayont Jr accidentally shoots himself in the head

A US Navy SEAL has died after allegedly accidentally shooting himself in the head. Petty Officer 3rd class Gene “Geno” Clayont Jr died a couple of days after the incident at his San Diego home. Clayont allegedly shot himself while demonstrating guns to a woman. It’s alleged that he put the gun to his head … Continue reading

Is Adam Ant dead? No, it’s another Twitter death hoax

Adam Ant, beloved British musician and afficianado of face paint, isn’t dead. That’s despite some news stories that are spreading on Twitter, based on a fake news page that has – not for the first time – caused a panic. Most of the tweets on the subject are simple messages of sadness at news of … Continue reading

Eleven killed in hot air balloon crash near Carterton, New Zealand

Eleven people have been killed in a hot air balloon crash near Carterton, New Zealand. The accident reportedly occurred at around 7:30am local time, with the balloon apparently on fire as it came in to land. All eleven people onboard are now believed to have died, including the pilot. A local man saw the balloon … Continue reading

Human remains found on the Queen’s Sandringham estate

Human remains have been discovered on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. The discovery was made by a member of the public on New Year’s Day, at Anmer, King’s Lynn. The royal family had attended a church service at the nearby St Mary Magdalene’s church earlier in the day. The nature of the discovery is not clear … Continue reading

Teenager dies on Scafell Pike

A teenage climber has died while climbing Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. The 19-year-old’s body was discovered on Saturday afternoon, after he had earlier become separated from his climbing partner in snowy conditions. The exact circumstances of the death are unclear, although there is speculation that the climber died in a fall. The climber’s name … Continue reading

Madonna Badger survives fire that kills three children, parents

Advertising executive¬†Madonna Badger has survived a huge fire at her Connecticut home, but five others perished as the blaze spread. Her three daughters – one aged 10, two aged 7 – died along with her parents, who were visiting. The cause of the fire is not clear. Neighbours reportedly heard screaming in the early hours … Continue reading