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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 »

Passerby Saves 83-Year-Old From Burning Home

Her wheelchair got stuck as she tried to escape

(Newser) - A passing construction worker saved the life of a disabled woman on Wednesday after noticing smoke billowing from her home in Milton, Vermont. Marie O'Connor, 83, was home alone and cooking when a grease fire erupted around 10:30am. She tried to escape, but her battery-operated wheelchair got stuck... More »

Leader Behind Aid-in-Dying Law Uses It to End Life

Richard Walters had been diagnosed with lung cancer

(Newser) - Richard Walters, a leader in the effort to get Vermont to pass aid-in-dying legislation, used the rules established under the law to end his own life on Friday. He was 90 years old and had been battling cancer. Walters, the leader of Patient Choices Vermont, died at a retirement community... More »

How a Tortured City Fought Back Against Heroin

Rutland is working to shed its reputation as 'heroin city'

(Newser) - Rutland, Vt., is fed up with heroin. Tom VanEps and his neighbors used to just watch, disgusted, as dealers worked Baxter Street, their buyers sometimes littering the ground with used syringes. Now, they confront the dealers and the junkies. "We'll make them throw their crap right down that... More »

Randy Quaid, Wife Freed From Jail

Judge couldn't find probable cause to continue holding them

(Newser) - Released from Vermont custody, actor Randy Quaid and his wife said Thursday they will now turn their attention to resolving five-year-old criminal charges in California that they squatted in a home they once owned and vandalized the property. A Vermont judge dismissed fugitive-from-justice charges against the couple and released them,... More »

Gross Twist in Randy and Evi Quaid Case

A fellow jailed woman slipped something unwanted into Evi's cell

(Newser) - Vermont corrections officials say a woman jailed on an attempted murder charge put feces into the cell of Evi Quaid, wife of actor Randy Quaid, on Sunday. A department official says that the two women had no physical contact and that Quaid was in her cell. He says the other... More »

Amtrak Train Hits Rock Slide, Derails in Vermont

The Vermonter was reportedly traveling southbound

(Newser) - Amtrak has confirmed that its "Vermonter" train derailed while heading southbound in Vermont on Monday. NBC News reports the accident happened about 10 miles south of Montpelier, in Northfield; the Burlington Free Press reports the train hit a rockslide. A rep for the Montpelier Fire Department tells NBC that... More »

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