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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 »

Teachers Arrested on Suspicion of Drawing Very Poor Dinosaur

While allegedly ruining a newly poured sidewalk

(Newser) - Two Vermont teachers have found themselves in a very embarrassing situation, publicly exposed as unable to draw a dinosaur. Oh, also they were arrested on suspicion of vandalism. Windsor police say 29-year-old Abigail Howard and 35-year-old Jennifer Rist were told to stay away from wet concrete that had been poured... More »

Vermont Just Suffered the Most Vermont-y Fatality

This traffic accident was more than a little meta

(Newser) - Authorities in Vermont say a New Hampshire truck driver hauling milk struck and killed a cow over the weekend, reports the AP . Vermont State Police say 67-year-old James Aldrich, a driver for Mountain Milk, wasn't injured when he hit the animal on state Route 5 shortly before 5am Sunday.... More »

10 Best States to Have a Baby

Vermont, Maine top the list

(Newser) - Pregnant? Consider giving birth in Vermont. The state is the best in the country to have a baby, based on birthing costs and other baby-related expenses, the infant-mortality rate, and the number of pediatricians, mom groups, and child care centers per capita, reports WalletHub . Mississippi was named worst in the... More »

America's 10 Least Violent States

New England is the place to be

(Newser) - Looking for a safer neighborhood? Consider a move to Maine. The state is the least violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking that took into account the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, estimated small-arms ownership, and the rates of violent crime, murder, and... More »

Driver Follows GPS, Car Ends Up Vertical

She drove up guide wires while making a U-turn

(Newser) - Police in Vermont say a car ended up almost vertical when the driver swerved quickly in response to her GPS ordering her to "turn around." The car was suspended almost vertically on guide wires attached to a utility pole (see a photo here ) in Mendon on Wednesday... More »

Mormon Millionaire Planning Massive Utopia in Vermont

David Hall's vision is the same as one Joseph Smith had in 1833

(Newser) - “Lots of things he did were stupid, but in my view, he was a sage or a seer and didn’t even understand what came to him.” So says wealthy Mormon David Hall about Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church. Bloomberg has a fascinating deep dive... More »

Vermont Begins First Major Test of GMO Labels Today

But it doesn't look like it's going to be a totally smooth transition

(Newser) - Starting Friday, most foods made in Vermont with genetically modified organisms must be labeled to indicate that—the first state to legally require it. Food Safety News provides a quick Q&A on what the law is, which food items are covered by it (pretty much most packaged foods in... More »

Farmer Charged With Manslaughter After Bull Causes Car Accident

Some Vermont locals are worried

(Newser) - A Vermont man whose loose bull wandered onto a road and was hit by a car, killing the driver, is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge, prosecutor said, and farmers are worried about the harm a conviction could do to the state's agriculture economy. Farmers and friends packed a legal... More »

This Is Spring in New England

It's snowing a month before summer

(Newser) - Leaves are coming out on trees, daffodils are starting to bloom, and snow is falling in parts of Northern New England a month before the start of summer, the AP reports. The National Weather Service says 3.4 inches of snow were recorded in the northern Maine town of Caribou... More »

College Bans Energy Drinks

Sorry, late-night crammers

(Newser) - Claiming they can lead to dangerous sex and alcohol abuse, Middlebury College in Vermont has banned the sale of energy drinks on campus, NBC News reports. In addition to encouraging "problematic behavior," drinks such as Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy are bad for students' health, according to... More »

Boy's Story of Growing 'Medicine' Leads to Pot Bust

The 8-year-old said the medicine can 'cure anything at all'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy telling stories about helping a "farmer" grow "special medicine that can cure anything at all" inadvertently brought down a large marijuana grow-op last week in Vermont, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports. Police say the second-grader described what sounded like marijuana plants and said the farmer... More »

Authorities: Guy Smuggled $1.6M in Drugs Into US on Sled

Innovative

(Newser) - Authorities say a Canadian man was arrested while pulling a sled carrying more than 180 pounds of prescription pills across the border into the United States. The US attorney's office says 21-year-old Cedrik Bourgault-Morin was apprehended early Wednesday after he crossed the border from Quebec along a railroad line... More »

The 10 Least Violent States

Vermont is the easy winner

(Newser) - We've learned that Alaska is the state with the highest rate of violent crime, but which state has the lowest? Look about 4,000 miles to the east: Vermont. The latter has 99.3 incidents per 100,000 residents, well below the national average of 366, reports 24/7 Wall... More »

Cops: Trump Issued 20K Tickets for 1.4K-Seat Venue

Officials worried about safety in Bernie Sanders' hometown

(Newser) - Police in Burlington, Vt., say Donald Trump's presidential campaign has given out 20,000 tickets for his event at a venue that has 1,400 seats. Security will be tight for Trump's scheduled visit Thursday to the lakeside city, hometown of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Seating at... More »

Grinch Takes Food, Walkers From Retirement Home

But the community made sure Christmas still came

(Newser) - Residents of an adult living community in Vermont awoke Christmas morning to find that a Grinch-y thief or thieves had stolen food, gifts, and walkers overnight. Vermont State Police say the National Church Residences Village Manor in Pittsford was hit sometime Thursday by a thief or thieves who pinched Christmas... More »

State Budgets Pushed to Brink by $710-a-Day Drug

It's the latest pharmaceutical pricing controversy

(Newser) - A newly approved drug is being hailed as a major advance in treatment of cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that clogs the lungs with mucus and makes patients struggle to breathe. But it comes with a punishing price tag—about $710 per patient per day. Orkambi—taken as two... More »

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