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10 US Cities So Fun You Won't Be Able to Stand It

Las Vegas is America's No. 1 recreation spot

(Newser) - Variety is the spice of life—and also one of the metrics WalletHub used to figure out what the most fun cities in America are. The site looked at 150 of the most populated cities in the US, examining nearly 60 gauges that indicate a good time will likely be... More »

In Portland, Alt-Right Rally Met by Counter-Protests

14 arrested at dueling rallies

(Newser) - An alt-right "free speech" rally went ahead in Portland, Ore. Sunday despite the mayor's objections —and was met with three separate counter-protests on three sides. Around 3,000 counter-protesters, including labor groups and black-clad antifascist activists, gathered while a few hundred people, many with pro-President Trump signs,... More »

He Died a Hero in Portland, Then Someone Stole His Ring

Police release video, pics of man they think stole Rick Best's ring, backpack

(Newser) - Rick Best was a dad, Army vet, and employee of the city of Portland, Ore., who had his life snatched away last Friday on a MAX train there after he stepped in to defend two Muslim teens. But that wasn't all that was taken from the 53-year-old, police say:... More »

Portland Suspect: 'You Call It Terrorism, I Call It Patriotism'

Victim Micah Fletcher is focused on healing

(Newser) - "I got stabbed in the neck on my way to work, randomly, by a stranger I don't know, for trying to just be a nice person," says Micah Fletcher. "I don't know what to do after that." In one of his first interviews since... More »

Portland Mayor to Alt-Right Rally Organizers: Cancel

In the wake of Friday's murder of 2 men who defended Muslim teens

(Newser) - The mayor of Portland, Ore., is pleading with organizers of two upcoming alt-right rallies to cancel them in the wake of Friday's train stabbings that left two dead and one injured, the Oregonian reports. Ted Wheeler also says the city won't be issuing any city permits for such... More »

Girl Targeted on Train Thanks Portland Heroes

Survivor posts poem from hospital bed

(Newser) - Oregon man Micah David-Cole Fletcher has written poems denouncing prejudice against Muslims and he truly walks it like he talks it: The 21-year-old university student came within millimeters of death in Portland on Friday when he tried to defend two girls from a man on a train shouting anti-Muslim abuse... More »

2 Fatally Stabbed in Portland After Anti-Muslim Slurs

Good Samaritans who stepped in to protect 2 Muslim females are killed, say police

(Newser) - Two men were stabbed to death on a train in Portland, Ore., Friday afternoon when they tried to protect two Muslim females from a man's rants, say police. A third man also was stabbed, but he is expected to survive, reports the Oregonian . Police say the events unfolded when... More »

Real-Life Pepsi Gesture Also Gets Poor Reaction

'Not a good move,' says Portland's mayor

(Newser) - A man has proved just how ridiculous it is to think that a can of soda can defuse a tense situation, as Pepsi's ridiculed ad would suggest. At a city council meeting in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, a man identifying himself as Carlos Enrique addressed Mayor Ted Wheeler, who... More »

It's Easier Than You Think to Accidentally Steal a Car

Inadvertent car thief was supposed to pick up her friend's car and chose poorly

(Newser) - Accidents happen. Like, sometimes you steal a car without even meaning to. Surveillance video taken Tuesday night in Portland, Ore., shows a woman unlocking Erin Hatzi's red Subaru in Hatzi's driveway and driving off, the Guardian reports. Hatzi tells KGW it didn't seem like a normal car... More »

College Student Finds Forgotten 1599 Bible

Geneva Bible sat in a box in college library

(Newser) - A curious college student has rediscovered a copy of what the Oregonian calls "one of the most historically significant Bibles ever published." Junior Sam Bussan had only been working as an archival assistant at Lewis & Clark College's Watzek Library in Portland for less than a month... More »

The 6 Best Affordable Big American Cities

Can't stomach NYC or LA? Look to Boston, Portland

(Newser) - Living in a big city doesn't have to blow the budget. Money has identified the best affordable city in each of six US regions. Those chosen have a population of at least 300,000, and factors like affordable housing, job growth, low crime, green space, and good schools were... More »

Someone Stole a Professional Snuggler's Snuggle Mobile

Portland, obviously

(Newser) - Some jerk—very possibly someone who didn't receive enough affection—stole the Snuggle Mobile this week in Portland, Oregon. KATU reports the bright orange Snuggle Mobile is owned by professional snuggler Shanya Luther. Professional snugglers "provide platonic touch to those seeking physical human connection," KATU helpfully explains.... More »

Vegans Furious Over Doughnut Shop's Job Ad

'No non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions'

(Newser) - An Oregon doughnut shop is hiring—just not any vegans or vegetarians. A job ad for Pip's Original Doughnuts in Portland describes the ideal candidate as someone with "a friendly, outgoing personality," but "no non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions" that "would stop you from tasting, accurately... More »

Cops: Man Tumbles Out of Moving Car to Extort Cash From Mom

Maybe he could've asked for an advance on his allowance instead?

(Newser) - In a scene resembling something out of a cheesy B-action movie, a man with his hands tied behind his back and a bag over his head fell out of a moving car on an Oregon highway over the weekend, the apparent victim of a kidnapping attempt. But investigators in Camas,... More »

After 11 Years, Misty the Cat Has Returned

Thanks to a microchip

(Newser) - Misty the cat disappeared from her Portland, Ore., home in 2005. Her owners, Dean McCrea and Meredith Warren, finally gave up searching, thinking the gray feline had fallen victim to a coyote that had already killed another cat in the neighborhood. But last week, 11 years after she went missing,... More »

10 Most Well-Read Cities in America

Seattle, Portland, Washington top the list

(Newser) - Living near Amazon's headquarters apparently prods people to pick up a book. Seattle is the most well-read city in the country for a second year in a row, according to Amazon's annual list—based on purchases of print or electronic books, magazines, and newspapers in major cities over... More »

Cops: Portland Police Chief Shot Buddy, Lied About It

Larry O'Dea placed on administrative leave

(Newser) - Portland's police chief has been placed on administrative leave amid claims that he accidentally shot his friend, then lied about it, reports the Oregonian . When questioned by reporters on Friday, Larry O'Dea, a 29-year bureau veteran and police chief since January 2015, publicly admitted to shooting a 54-year-old... More »

School Cancels Dance Over 'Unsafe' Dirty Dancing

'It's over the top, sexual,' says a district spokesperson

(Newser) - Administrators at a Portland, Oregon, high school have canceled an upcoming winter dance because of concerns about dirty dancing. A Portland Public Schools official says dancing has made some students at Cleveland High School feel unsafe. "This is way worse than dirty dancing. It's over the top, sexual... More »

Portland Thieves Take Off With Tofu Truck

Vehicle was eventually found—but not the tofu or organic juice that was inside

(Newser) - In what could be the most Portland crime ever, the hapless driver of a refrigerated truck for a Seattle natural-foods wholesaler reported his tofu-laden vehicle stolen Tuesday, the Oregonian reports. The driver made a morning stop at a Safeway, but came back out after 20 minutes or so to find... More »

In Portland, 'For Sale' Signs Specify 'No Californians'

Portlanders are frustrated with rising home values

(Newser) - Real estate signs are typically pretty straightforward things, but in Portland they're getting weirdly specific—with stickers popping up featuring a map of California in a red circle with a slash through it. It's not entirely clear who's behind the "no Californians" signs, reports the Oregonian ... More »

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