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Man Gets Life in Prison for 'Sadistic' Plot to Kill TV Host

Gavin Plumb had 'unhealthy sexual obsession' with Holly Willoughby, UK judge said

(Newser) - Holly Willoughby has a cop in Minnesota to thank for saving her life, from thousands of miles across the pond. The 43-year-old British model and TV personality was the target of a rape and murder plot at the hands of Gavin Plumb, who last week was found guilty of the...

Trooper Charged After Crash Kills Teenager

Minnesota's Shane Roper also injured 5 people

(Newser) - A Minnesota state trooper is facing charges for a crash that killed a teenager and injured five people, per the AP . Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem said trooper Shane Roper, 32, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminal vehicular homicide, and other counts. The crash happened May 18 in Rochester....

5 Charged in Plan to Bribe Juror, Persuade Others to Acquit

Prosecutors say defendants followed woman they wanted to argue racism to jury members

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors charged five people on Wednesday in a scheme to throw a fraud trial in Minnesota, after officials said they found a plan to pay off one juror and persuade others to vote for acquittal. Three of those charged were defendants in the federal fraud trial that ended this...

Minnesota Dam Is in 'Imminent Failure Condition'

Flooding has eaten away west bank of Rapidan Dam

(Newser) - An aging dam in Minnesota is in "imminent failure condition" after flooding on the Blue Earth River, officials say. The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office said Monday that there had been a breach on the west side of the Rapidan Dam near Mankato, but the main part of...

These Are the Best, Worst States for Summer Road Trips

Texas ranks No. 1, per WalletHub

(Newser) - Summertime, and the drivin' is easy—or at least it is in Texas, the No. 1 city on WalletHub's list of the best states for a summer road trip. The site looked at all 50 nifty to see which ones have the potential to draw out your inner Kerouac,...

Woman Faces Prison After Bong Water Tests Positive

Jessica Beske battles law that remains after state legalized drug paraphernalia

(Newser) - Minnesota decriminalized drug paraphernalia last year, per CBS News . But when deputies pulled Jessica Beske over on May 8, court documents say, they found a bong, a glass jar holding a "crystal substance," and pipes. Although no drugs were found, the bong water tested positive for methamphetamine, and...

In Surprise Reversal, Charges Dropped Against Trooper

Ryan Londregan fatally shot a Black motorist during a traffic stop in Minnesota

(Newser) - A surprise about-face by the top prosecutor in Minneapolis means that a white state trooper is in the clear after the fatal shooting of a Black motorist in a high-profile case from last year. Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty announced Sunday that she was dropping murder charges against Minnesota State...

Flying Cars Are Now Legal in This State

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs legislation making flying cars legal on state roads

(Newser) - If you've long dreamed of living life like the Jetsons, complete with flying cars, Minnesota might be the perfect destination. KFGO reports that Gov. Tim Walz has signed off on a transportation bill supported on both sides of the aisle that includes language on the use of "roadable...

NBA Star Gives Minnesota a New 3-Word Slogan

'Bring ya ass,' advises Anthony Edwards in a viral clip

(Newser) - It's not that "Find Your True North" isn't a fine tourism slogan . It's just that the NBA's Anthony Edwards has Minnesotans thinking about a three-word alternative: "Bring ya ass." The Minnesota Timberwolves star inadvertently created a viral sensation when talking with NBA TV...

Boaters Missing After Canoes Go Over Falls

2 others were rescued after incident at Minnesota's Curtain Falls

(Newser) - Two people are missing after a boating accident in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area in St. Louis County, near the state's border with Ontario, Canada. Two canoes went over Curtain Falls, between Crooked Lake and Iron Lake, Saturday night, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. By just after midnight Sunday,...

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...

State Senator's Odd Burglary Arrest Has to Do With Dad's Ashes: Docs

Nicole Mitchell was arrested in Minnesota early Monday

(Newser) - A Minnesota state senator and former broadcast meteorologist told police that she broke into her stepmother's home because her stepmother refused to give her items of sentimental value from her late father, including his ashes, according to burglary charges filed Tuesday. The arresting officer wrote in the complaint that...

Parents Charged After Daughter's Fatal Asthma Attack

Rachel and Anthony Modrow are accused of stalling on seeking treatment for 9-year-old Amy

(Newser) - The parents of a Minnesota girl who died after an asthma attack earlier this year have been charged with second-degree manslaughter, accused of not taking her to the hospital as she suffered the attack. KARE 11 and the Star Tribune report that Anthony and Rachel Modrow, both 34, were booked...

This Is the Most Stressed-Out State in America

Louisiana tops WalletHub's list, while Minnesotans emerge as the least stressed

(Newser) - If you've been living a relaxed, relatively stress-free life for the past few years, a) you're lying, and b) if you're not lying, can you tell us your secret? The folks in Louisiana certainly would like to know, as the Pelican State ranks as the most-stressed state...

Jesse Ventura Edibles Hit the Market

Minnesota is wrestling with how to handle retail sales

(Newser) - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has announced he is entering the cannabis market as a seller, as the state figures out retail sales of the drug on the heels of legalizing marijuana for adults last year. Ventura is launching his own brand of cannabis edibles in partnership with Retro Bakery,...

Amid Mike Lindell's Money Problems, MyPillow Evicted

Though Lindell says the move has nothing to do with financial issues

(Newser) - Election denier Mike Lindell is facing a number of financial problems—he's been ordered to pay the winner of a contest he staged $5 million; his lawyers say he also owes them millions; and the company he founded, MyPillow, has been struggling —but he says a recent eviction...

A Sex Tape, Threats, and Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

Second man busted for theft of iconic 'Wizard of Oz' prop, with some eyebrow-raising details

(Newser) - A second man has been charged in connection with the 2005 theft of a pair of ruby slippers that Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz, according to an indictment made public Sunday.
  • The theft: The slippers, adorned with sequins and glass beads, were stolen from the Judy Garland

In Push for Abortion Rights, Harris to Notch a Big First

Vice president will visit Minnesota abortion clinic as part of her reproductive rights tour

(Newser) - A Planned Parenthood clinic in Minnesota that offers abortions will host an unusual guest on Thursday. As part of her "Fight for Reproductive Freedoms" tour across the US to bring awareness to abortion rights, Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the Twin Cities-area clinic, where she'll tour the...

Discovery of 'Dream' Amount of Helium Caused 'a Lot of Screaming'
In Minnesota,
a 'Dream' Helium
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In Minnesota, a 'Dream' Helium Discovery

Babbitt, Minnesota, could be home to highest concentration of the gas in North America

(Newser) - A reservoir of lucrative helium, potentially boasting the highest concentration of the gas in North America, has been confirmed in Minnesota. "There was a lot of screaming, a lot of hugging and high-fives," Pulsar Helium CEO Thomas Abraham-James tells CBS News . Helium was first discovered by accident in...

Biden's 'Uncommitted' Problem Is Growing
Biden's 'Uncommitted'
Problem Is Growing
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Biden's 'Uncommitted' Problem Is Growing

Minnesota in particular registered a sizable protest vote over his support of Israel on Super Tuesday

(Newser) - If President Biden thought Michigan's sizable "uncommitted" protest vote in the state's primary last month was a fluke, he learned otherwise on Super Tuesday. In Minnesota, for example, about 19% of voters checked the "uncommitted" option, largely in protest of Biden's support of Israel in...

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