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Police: Woman, 70, Tested Homemade Ricin on Neighbors

Betty Miller told an FBI agent that she wanted to 'injure herself'

(Newser) - A Vermont retirement community resident made ricin and tested the deadly toxin on her neighbors by putting it on their food or in beverages over a period of weeks, investigators said. Betty Miller told an FBI agent that she wanted to "injure herself" and was testing the poison's... More »

Don't Want to Get in a Car Crash? This State's Your Best Bet

Montana has the safest drivers

(Newser) - In 2016, there were more than 40,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the US, per the National Safety Council . And while factors beyond drivers' control, such as weather, may play a role in these fatalities, 24/7 Wall St. notes that "driver choice" (as in choosing to text or break the... More »

Target Has Stores in 49 States. It's About to Snag No. 50

Vermont is jumping on the bandwagon

(Newser) - Imagine living in a state without a Target. It's not some hypothetical apocalyptic future; it's reality for the residents of Vermont, which has never had the iconic retailer inside its borders—but that's about to change. Since its founding in 1962, Target has built stores in all... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

Bank Fraud Probe of Jane Sanders' Land Deal Heats Up

Grand jury is now involved

(Newser) - Things appear to be heating up in the probe of a land deal made by Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane, a new Washington Post article suggests. A state official has been called to testify before a grand jury in the federal investigation into the deal, which Jane Sanders made when she... More »

Toddler in State's Custody Found Unconscious in Pool, Dies

Police are investigating

(Newser) - A Vermont toddler in the custody of the state Department for Children and Families was found unconscious in a pool and later died, police said Thursday. Police said the child was found at his foster family's East Montpelier home late Wednesday morning. First responders stabilized 2½-year-old Alexander Lowell-Henry... More »

This Is America's Safest State

Vermont is A-OK, Mississippi not so much

(Newser) - Drug problems aside , living in Vermont is your safest bet to stay safe, according to WalletHub . The site reviewed a variety of data falling under the categories of personal, financial, workplace, and road safety, as well as emergency preparedness, to give the states a safety score out of 100,... More »

Fans of Vermont Nude Beach Afraid Officials Will Ruin It

But officials say redevelopment is needed

(Newser) - For decades, the tiny, out-of-sight beach at the south end of Vermont's fjord-like Lake Willoughby has been known as much for its nudity as its views of the clear, cold lake. Now, regulars fear its charm could be the area's undoing. Concerned about the cars that park along... More »

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site... More »

In Vermont, Drivers Asked to Let Frogs Cross the Road

Frogs, salamanders active on spring nights, vulnerable to vehicular slaughter

(Newser) - It's that time of the year in which the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning motorists to drive with caution, but not because of weather: Rather, it's the seasonal migrations of frogs and salamanders, reports the AP . "Frogs and salamanders become active on rainy spring... More »

Ex-'Most Interesting Man' Picks Most Interesting Beard

Jonathan Goldsmith helps with hairy decision in Vermont contest

(Newser) - The man who once pitched Dos Equis beer as the "most interesting man in the world" turned his attention from his favorite beer to his favorite beard by judging a Saturday competition called Vermont Beardies. Jonathan Goldsmith, who lives in Manchester and sports a closely cropped white beard that... More »

America's Tiniest Capital Sees 1st Murder Since 1920s

Cops say man fled Vermont after Montpelier killing

(Newser) - Police in the country's smallest state capital are investigating something that hasn't happened there in living memory: a murder. Police in Vermont say they have issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Jayveon Caballero, who is accused of fatally shooting Markus Austin in Montpelier early Sunday after an altercation,... More »

The Weird Story of a Cup That Led Cops to Robbery Suspect

Homeowner found it in trash bin instead of recycling bin

(Newser) - A paper coffee cup that should have been in a home's recycling bin was instead in its trash basket—and that seemingly minor point ended up unraveling a bank robbery case in Woodstock, Vt. Valley News has the complicated story, which began on Jan. 4, 2016, when a man... More »

No, Russia Has Not Infiltrated US Electric Grid

Uproar after malware found on Vermont utility company computer

(Newser) - No, Russian hackers have not infiltrated the US electric grid. Reports were out Friday that malware was found on a laptop at Burlington Electric , a Vermont utility company, but some of them went so far as to say the hackers infiltrated the entire grid, leading the state's democratic governor... More »

Exotic Spice May Become Cash Crop—in Vermont

Experiments with saffron show promise

(Newser) - For someone who has a passing familiarity with the spice saffron, a few words might come to mind: expensive, exotic, Mideast. Now researchers want to add another, more unlikely one: Vermont. As the Boston Globe reports, Dr. Margaret Skinner of the University of Vermont has been working with test crops... More »

Vermont Gas Station Goes Solar

'I'm willing to go green, but I've got to save some green in the process,' owner says

(Newser) - The Pump & Pantry looked unremarkable—a gas station, grocery, and deli along the main road through the rural Vermont town of Williamstown. But now the independent business is a meeting place of fossil fuels and renewable energy. It's a gas station that's gone solar. Owner Sam Adams—... More »

Moose Tries to Move Onto Vermont Farm, Fails

'Molly' tried to befriend 2 cows, bemused owners eventually shoo her off

(Newser) - A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn't want it to get injured, stuck in their barn, or damage their fences, reports the AP . Sharyn Abbott and her husband Tim returned to their... More »

Wild Turkeys Have Returned to 49 States

They're a wildlife restoration success story

(Newser) - Wild turkeys, once common across New England, are back after disappearing from the region in the 19th century and are now regularly spotted in rural fields, suburban neighborhoods, and even the airspace above interstate highways. the AP reports. The revival is considered one of the major wildlife restoration success stories,... More »

Guy Nabs Grape Dropped From Hot Air Balloon—With His Mouth

Brent Fraser should have a new world record

(Newser) - Since at least high school, Brent Fraser has had a "natural knack" for catching things in his mouth. The odd skill has finally paid off. Fraser, 35, has apparently claimed the world record for the "greatest height catching a grape in the mouth" at 101 feet, reports the... More »

Wrong-Way Driver Kills 5 Teens in Vermont

Victims were high school juniors

(Newser) - A man driving the wrong way on an interstate highway in Vermont spawned several crashes that left five teenagers dead, an unknown number injured, and at least two vehicles in flames, including a stolen police cruiser, state police said Sunday. A Vermont school principal said the five teenagers, who were... More »

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