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NTSB: Ex-Astronaut Did a Flyby Just Before Fatal Crash

William Anders routinely did such flybys in the San Juan Islands, a friend tells government agency

(Newser) - A preliminary report in the investigation into the plane crash last month that killed William Anders, the 90-year-old former Apollo 8 astronaut who took the iconic "Earthrise" photo from space, has determined that Anders was doing a flyby past a friend's home right before his aircraft plummeted into...

Mystery Kinkajou Found at Rest Stop in Washington

Officials aren't sure how rainforest animal got there

(Newser) - Why did the kinkajou cross the road? And what's a kinkajou, anyway? One of the mammals—which look like a cross between a monkey and a tiny bear—was found far from its normal rainforest habitat this week at a highway rest stop amid the rolling sagebrush plains of...

Railway Ordered to Pay $400M for Trespassing on Reservation

BNSF Railway sent 100-car trains carrying crude oil through tribe's Washington reservation

(Newser) - BNSF Railway must pay nearly $400 million to a Native American tribe in Washington state, a federal judge ordered Monday after finding that the company intentionally trespassed when it repeatedly ran 100-car trains carrying crude oil across the tribe's reservation. US District Judge Robert Lasnik initially ruled last year...

Teen Was Trying to Return a BB Gun, Ended Up Dead

Off-duty security guard is charged with killing him after mistaking toy gun for the real thing

(Newser) - An off-duty security guard has been charged with murder after authorities say he stopped three teens outside a store near Seattle because they had what he believed was a firearm, but it was actually an airsoft pistol. King County prosecutors charged Aaron Brown Myers on Monday with second-degree murder in...

These States' Economies Are Pulling Their Weight

Washington tops WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - How well the US economy is doing is dependent on how well the states themselves are doing, and WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which ones boast the best economies. Three main categories are in play: economic activity (including startup activity, exports per...

Wrong Turn Gets Family's 2 Pet Pigs Slaughtered

Washington family is suing the butcher shop that allegedly made the error

(Newser) - A Washington state family says an address mix-up led to the slaughtering of their two pet pigs. In a lawsuit filed by Natalie and Nathan Gray against Farmer George Meats, the Grays say employees of the butcher shop entered the wrong property—their property in Port Orchard, Washington—and fatally...

Teen Survives 400-Foot Fall Where Others Have Perished

His 400-foot plummet near Washington state's High Steel Bridge left him scraped up but otherwise OK

(Newser) - A teen is lucky to be alive after plummeting 400 feet in a Washington state canyon. "We've told people to stay off these trails because they're dangerous, but people either haven't seen the warning signs or are disregarding it," Tim Ripp of the Mason County...

Bob Ferguson Exits Race, as Does Bob Ferguson. Leaving Bob Ferguson

Washington's governor's race got confusing for a moment

(Newser) - Two Bob Fergusons have dropped from the Washington governor's race, giving voters who want to vote for the remaining Bob Ferguson a less confusing option. The strange chain of events:
  • Bob Ferguson, I: The politician everyone knows in the state is the Democratic attorney general, reports King5 . He is

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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...

Feds Have Big Plans for Bears in Washington

Project hopes to see 200 bears in Northern Cascades within century via new project

(Newser) - The state of Washington will soon be getting a little grizzlier. NBC News reports that, per a "joint record of decision," the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Department "have decided to actively restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades of Washington, where the animals...

Ex-Cop Wanted in 2 Killings Found With Gunshot Wound

Suspect Elias Huizar's baby was unharmed, authorities say

(Newser) - A former Washington state police officer wanted in two killings has been found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a chase in Oregon, authorities said Tuesday. His 1-year-old baby was taken safely into custody by Oregon State Patrol troopers. The troopers began chasing former officer Elias Huizar when they saw...

Climber Meets End in Mount St. Helens Crater

It was Roscoe Shorey's 29th time on the summit, authorities say

(Newser) - On his 29th time summiting Mount St. Helens, everything went wrong. Roscoe "Rocky" Shorey, an experienced mountain climber from Washougal, Washington, fell 1,200 feet into the volcano crater, where his body was recovered Saturday. The Skamania County Sheriff's Office said an overhanging edge of snow had broken...

2 Die in River Near Washington Waterfall Loved by TikTok

Men were visiting from Japan

(Newser) - The bodies of two people recovered over the weekend after they fell into the water at a dangerous swimming area in Washington state made popular by TikTok have been identified as men from Japan, the AP reports. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office identified the men Tuesday as 21-year-old...

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...

Washington State Considers Protections for Adult Dancers

Lawmakers considering a strippers' bill of rights

(Newser) - Lawmakers in Washington state are considering legislation that would provide the most comprehensive protection for strippers in the US. Known as the "strippers' bill of rights," proposals being considered in the Legislature would require a security guard at each club, keypad codes to enter dressing rooms, training for...

Last Bones Tied to 'Green River Killer' Are Traced

They belong to Tammie Liles, who disappeared at age 16 in 1983

(Newser) - The last known human remains tied to Washington state's "Green River Killer" have been identified as belonging to a 16-year-old girl who vanished from Seattle in 1983. Tammie Liles of Everett has long been known to be among Gary Ridgway's female victims, totaling at least 49. Partial...

In Quest for Racial Equality, This State Is No. 1

Hawaii tops WalletHub's rankings, with the District of Columbia coming in last

(Newser) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is set for Monday, and in advance, WalletHub has taken a peek at which states have made the most advances in the quest for racial equality. The site looked at the racial integration and racial progress made in all 50 states and DC, using nearly...

Tickets for College Football Final Are Up in the Stratosphere

Average ticket price for a seat at the game in Houston on Monday is $2,845, per SeatGeek

(Newser) - The Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies face off Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship, but fans who want to watch the matchup in person will pay a pretty penny to attend. Citing SeatGeek numbers, Axios reports that you'll need at least $1,302 to even get...

Monsanto to Open Its Wallet Wide Again After Latest Verdict

Jury orders pharma giant to pay $857M to 7 sickened at school in Washington state

(Newser) - Six weeks after a California jury ordered Bayer's Monsanto to pay $332 million to a man who claimed his cancer was caused by Roundup weed killer, a jury in Washington state has ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $857 million to seven people who claimed they were likewise sickened...

Prosecutors: Accused Killer Promised Victims Buried Gold

Man in Washington state has now been charged in 4 murders

(Newser) - A Washington state man in jail awaiting trial in one murder case has been charged with three more, reports the AP , and prosecutors say he lured all four victims by asking them to help dig up buried gold. Richard Bradley Jr., 40, was charged in May 2021 with first-degree murder...

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