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Girl, 8, Found Alive 4 Years After Vanishing

Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez had last been seen with her biological mother in 2018

(Newser) - Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez vanished during a supervised visit with her mother, who did not have custody of her, at a Washington state shopping mall in 2018, when she was 4. A year later, her mother was arrested in Mexico, but the little girl was not found—until now. The...

This Is the Best US State for Women

Vermont is No. 1, while Oklahoma comes in last in WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - It's Women's History Month , and what better way to celebrate the occasion than to offer some leads on tracking down the best places for women to live. WalletHub has done much of the legwork, looking at more than two dozen metrics for all 50 states and DC in...

One Ticket Hits $754M Prize
Powerball Has a $754M Winner

Powerball Has a $754M Winner

Ticket was sold in Seattle suburb

(Newser) - A single winning ticket for a $754.6 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a department store in a Seattle suburb, Washington state lottery officials said Tuesday. The winning numbers drawn Monday night were 5,11, 22, 23, 69, and the Powerball 7. The winning ticket was bought Sunday at...

Cops: Man Wanted for 'Random' Murders Killed Himself

Police say Jarid Haddock killed 3 people in Yakima, Washington convenience store

(Newser) - A 21-year-old man wanted in the random killing of three people at a convenience store in Yakima, Washington, early Tuesday shot and killed himself as officers approached him behind some warehouses several hours later, authorities said. Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said at a news conference that authorities had received...

Cops: Man Tried to Pull Bikini Barista From Drive-Thru

Unnamed suspect to be charged with attempted kidnapping, say police in Auburn, Washington

(Newser) - A bikini barista was working alone at a drive-thru coffee shop in Washington state around 5am Monday when a pickup truck driver tried to abduct her through the drive-thru window, police say. Surveillance video shows a driver at Beankini Espresso in Auburn grabbing the barista's arm with his left...

In 'Hilarious' Move, Passenger Calls 911 on the Cops
In 'Hilarious' Move,
Passenger Calls
911 on the Cops

In 'Hilarious' Move, Passenger Calls 911 on the Cops

Person in suspected DUI case misinterpreted law on police pursuits in Washington state, cops say

(Newser) - A passenger being driven by a suspected drunk driver who allegedly reached speeds over 100mph called 911 on Sunday—but not to report the driver. Instead, in what Washington State Patrol Trooper Ryan Senger calls a "hilarious" move, the passenger called police on the police, claiming the pursuit of...

Real Goal in Attack on Substations Was Theft: Officials

Court filing says men knocked out power, then broke into a business

(Newser) - The attack on electrical substations in Pierce County, Wash., that left thousands of customers without power on Christmas Day was cover for a burglary attempt, sheriff's officials said. Two men were arrested over the weekend, and court documents say investigators think they knocked out the power as part of...

Appeals Court Backs Teacher Chided Over His MAGA Hat

9th Circuit Court of Appeals finds Eric Dodge's hat was a form of protected political speech

(Newser) - A middle school teacher was protected by the First Amendment when he wore his "Make America Great Again" hat at a school building, a three-judge panel has found. Eric Dodge, a science teacher at Wy'east Middle School in Vancouver, Wash., filed a legal complaint after his hat sparked...

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...

These Are the Best, Worst States for Jobs

Washington tops WalletHub's list; West Virginia comes in last

(Newser) - After a tumultuous couple of years marred by the pandemic, the job market is looking up, with many employers eagerly seeking new workers for their payrolls. Conditions for the job hunt are better in some states than in others, and WalletHub is here to break it all down. The site...

Grizzlies Were Wiped Out Here. Feds Want Them Back

Effort to reintroduce bears to Washington's North Cascades begins again

(Newser) - A controversial campaign to increase the number of grizzly bears in Washington state, specifically in prime habitat areas where a viable population has long been absent, has been renewed. Environmental groups applauded Thursday's announcement that the National Park Service and the US Forest Service had initiated a first step...

Another Surprise House Win Keeps Democrats' Hopes Alive

Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, an auto shop owner, defeats far-right foe in Washington state

(Newser) - Democrats won a second key House race in Washington state Saturday—an open seat in a conservative region that long evaded the party. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, an auto shop owner who describes herself as an independent-minded Democrat, pulled off a victory against Joe Kent, a far-right “America First” ex-Green...

Bikini Baristas Win a Big Court Battle

Federal court in Washington state says law banning their attire is discriminatory

(Newser) - A Washington city's dress code ordinance saying bikini baristas must cover their bodies at work has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court. The decision in a partial summary judgment this week comes after a lengthy legal battle between bikini baristas and the city of Everett over the rights...

HS Coach Fired for Prayers on Field Is Returning

Joe Kennedy to be reinstated by March

(Newser) - The Washington state high school football coach fired for leading team prayers on the field will be given his old job back, per court documents filed this week. The Supreme Court sided with Joe Kennedy in June , finding in a 6-3 ruling that his First Amendment rights were violated. His...

Cops: Stabbed and Buried Alive, She Made Incredible Escape

Chae An of Washington state charged with attempted murder of estranged wife Young An

(Newser) - Washington couple Young and Chae An "are going through a messy divorce," as Fox News puts it. That looks to be an immense understatement, as the outlet reports Chae is accused of hog-tying his estranged wife before dragging her from her Lacey home and burying her alive in...

The Bear Attacked, So She 'Popped It Right in the Nose'

Woman survives ambush by black bear in Washington state while walking dog

(Newser) - A woman in Washington state is lucky to be alive after a routine morning task ended up with her fighting an unexpected visitor. Per the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, the resident in the mountainous town of Leavenworth brought her dog outside for a walk around 7am Saturday, when...

Missing Teen Is Found, but Case Takes a Twist

16-year-old is located in Washington state, then charged with murder

(Newser) - It seemed like a good-news story at the time: On Sept. 1, police in Washington state found a 16-year-old boy in the woods who had been reporting missing the previous day, having failed to show up for football practice, reports the News Tribune . He was shirtless and in bare feet,...

As Her Captor Slowed Car, She Made a Desperate Move: Cops

Vancouver woman saved with help from residents in Camas

(Newser) - A man is facing kidnapping and robbery charges after a woman jumped out of the moving vehicle he was driving and sought help from homeowners near Vancouver, Washington, officials say. The woman knocked on the door of a Camas home around 4:30am Saturday, telling homeowner Jamie Woods that she...

Floatplane Crash Victims Include Winemaker, Family

Civil rights activist was also among the 10 dead in Washington state crash

(Newser) - A civil rights activist from Spokane, Washington, a business owner, and the founder of a winery and his family were on the floatplane that crashed in the waters of Puget Sound , killing 10. The US Coast Guard released the names of the victims early Tuesday. The body of one of...

10 Presumed Dead in Washington State Floatplane Crash

One body found, search for 9 others, including child, called off

(Newser) - Update: The US Coast Guard suspended the search Monday afternoon for nine people, including a child, who were missing after a floatplane crashed in the waters of Puget Sound northwest of Seattle, the AP reports. The body of a 10th person, an unidentified female, was recovered by a Good Samaritan...

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