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Vermont Republican Caught Soaking Democrat's Bag

Mary Morrissey's 'apology holds about as much water as my canvas bag,' says Jim Carroll

(Newser) - Beginning in January, Vermont state Rep. Jim Carroll began finding himself with a very wet bag. It was all so weird. He'd have no actual water in the bag of his belongings, then suddenly the fabric would be sopping. After a while, the Democrat began to suspect his colleague,...

Vermont Botanists Find a Long-Lost Friend

False mermaid-weed hadn't been seen in the state in more than a century

(Newser) - Blink and you'll miss it, in more ways than one. Not only is false mermaid-weed "absolutely tiny"—with flowers the size of a head of a pin—but it surfaces for only about a month in the spring before dying, explains Smithsonian and the Vermont Fish &...

Remains of Long-Lost Plane Spotted in Vermont Lake

It disappeared with 5 men on board in 1971

(Newser) - Fifty-three years after a private plane carrying five men disappeared on a snowy Vermont night, experts believe they have found the wreckage of the long-lost jet in Lake Champlain.
  • The corporate jet disappeared shortly after departing the Burlington airport for Providence, Rhode Island, on Jan. 27, 1971, the AP reports.

Cops Stage Surprise 'Mock Shooting' on High Schoolers' Tour

Parents 'baffled' by firing of blanks during tour of Vermont's Burlington Police Department

(Newser) - About 20 high school students were touring a police department in Burlington, Vermont, on Wednesday when a masked gunman burst into the room where an officer was speaking. The man fired his weapon while terrified students ran for cover. Only later did they learn the gun was firing blanks and...

First-of-Its-Kind Vermont Law Targets Oil Companies

They will be required to pay for some of the damage caused by climate change

(Newser) - Vermont has become the first state to enact a law requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a share of the damage caused by climate change. Last year, the state suffered catastrophic summer flooding and damage from other extreme weather. Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York are considering similar measures.
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Vermont Police Solve Sad 42-Year-Old Mystery

They find parents of dead infant, but no charges will be filed

(Newser) - More than 40 years after some Vermont children waiting for a school bus discovered a dead baby off the side of the road, state police have announced that they found the infant's parents and that no charges will be filed. The deceased infant was found in Northfield on April...

These Are the Best US States
These Are the
Best US States

These Are the Best US States

And, by extension, the bottom-feeders

(Newser) - Because there's nothing quite like saying na-na-na-na-boo-boo at your neighbor, US News & World Report is out with its annual rankings of the best states in the union. The survey took a look at 71 metrics in eight categories that included health care, education, natural environment, opportunity, economy, crime...

'Harvard Has Taylor, Vermont State Has Weird Al!'

University will offer a course on comedic singer Yankovic in the fall

(Newser) - If you've ever longed for a glimpse inside the imagination of Alfred Yankovic and you're a student at Vermont State University, your two worlds are about to collide. The higher-ed institution will be offering a course this fall dedicated to the quirky singer-songwriter known as "Weird Al,...

Ladies, These States May Be Worth Looking Into

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list of best states for women; Oklahoma comes in last

(Newser) - What better way to mark Women's History Month than to tag the places in the US where women have the best chances at career opportunities and a better standard of living? WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using more than two dozen metrics in two main categories to create...

Town Grants the Vote to 16-Year-Olds

'I'm not too young,' a Vermont teenager says

(Newser) - A Vermont town has acted on the notion that young voters offer hope for the future, giving giving them a chance to show it by letting 16- and 17-year-olds vote next week in local elections. That means some voters in Brattleboro, population 7,500, could have a hand in choosing...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, West Virginia brings up the rear

(Newser) - If your mantra is "surround yourself with people smarter than you are," some US states may be a better bet than others, per WalletHub , which looked at the data to see which states offer more in the way of education. The site examined 18 metrics in two main...

23 Lost Skiers, Snowboarders Needed Rescue in Vermont

Officials in Killington saved them after they got lost in frigid temperatures

(Newser) - Twenty-three skiers and snowboarders had to be rescued in frigid temperatures on Saturday after becoming lost in the backcountry in Killington, Vermont, police said. After a call came in around 2:30pm local time, search and rescue crews hiked, snowshoed, and used skis with skins to travel about 5 miles...

Trooper Plunges Into Icy Pond to Rescue Girl

Vermont state trooper has been commended for 'selfless, heroic conduct' in rescue of 8-year-old

(Newser) - A Vermont state trooper plunged into a frigid pond and pulled out an 8-year-old girl who had fallen through the ice while playing with siblings. The child survived and fully recovered after a brief hospital stay, the AP reports. The girl and her younger sister fell through the thin ice...

Woman Who Sought Change in Law Gets Her Last Wish

Connecticut woman Lynda Bluestein ended her life peacefully in Vermont

(Newser) - A terminally ill Connecticut woman ended her life in Vermont on Thursday in what her husband says was the "comfortable and peaceful" death she wanted. Lynda Bluestein, 76, had pushed for Vermont to change its medically assisted suicide law to allow assisted suicide for nonresidents. The law was changed...

Marshals Track Down Alleged Killer of TV Anchor's Mom

Shawn Conlon has been linked to crimes in 6 states

(Newser) - Months after NBC Connecticut news anchor Heidi Voight disclosed that her mother had been murdered, an arrest has been made. Shawn Conlon, 44, was arrested at a hotel in Groton, Connecticut, by members of the US Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, CT Insider reports. He is being held in custody...

One of Three Vermont Shooting Victims Is Paralyzed

Hisham Awartani, of Palestinian descent, is paralyzed from the chest down

(Newser) - The most seriously injured of the three young Palestinian men who were shot in Vermont last month is expected to leave the hospital soon, but Hisham Awartani is paralyzed from the chest down, reports CNN . Awartani was shot along with friends Kinnan Abdalhamid and Tahseen Ali Ahmad, who are expected...

Vermont Suspect's Ex Called Cops, Got His Gun Confiscated

Police in Syracuse, New York, removed Jason Eaton's firearm from home after complaint

(Newser) - More details emerged this week about the man accused of shooting three young Palestinian men near the University of Vermont campus over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including a report of a relationship gone bad between Jason Eaton and an ex-girlfriend. Now, NBC News adds to that, reporting that Eaton had...

Job Hunting? Here's the Best Place in America for It

Washington state ranks No. 1 in WalletHub's ranking of the best states for employment

(Newser) - It can be grueling pounding the pavement in search of a new job, what with all of the resume prep, job board scouring, and interview processes. WalletHub wanted to see which parts of America were more job-hunter friendly, so it looked at nearly three dozen metrics in all 50 states,...

Vermont Shooting Victim May Not Walk Again

Families say they believed Palestinian men would be safer in US

(Newser) - One of the three young Palestinian men shot while in his grandmother's neighborhood over Thanksgiving weekend in Vermont may not walk again, his parents say. Hisham Awartani's family lives in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and the 20-year-old Brown University student typically would have returned home for the holidays,...

Mother of Burlington Suspect: He Thinks 'World Is a Mess'

3 young men of Palestinian descent shot; alleged gunman is in custody in Vermont

(Newser) - Was it a hate crime? The shooting of three 20-year-old men of Palestinian descent near the University of Vermont has raised the question in Burlington. Police have arrested 48-year-old Jason Eaton of Burlington, who's in custody on three counts of aggravated assault. Eaton pleaded not guilty at an arraignment...

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