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Guy Jumps Fence, Strips, Crashes Truck Into Plane

Drugs, not extremism blamed for bizarre Omaha incident

(Newser) - Cops in Omaha believe a suspect they arrested at Eppley Airfield Thursday night was on some very strong drugs, and it's not hard to see why: After parking his truck outside the airport's perimeter and screaming that people were trying to kill him, the man scaled a barbed-wire... More »

Tripping Nebraska Dad Insults Family Cat

He accidentally ate his kids' pot brownies

(Newser) - A middle-aged Nebraska dad who found himself accidentally tripping on pot brownies this week was apparently finally feeling free enough to tell his cat how he really feels. The Omaha World-Herald reports the unnamed 53-year-old man's adult children left their marijuana brownies in the back of his car. He... More »

'Bad' Breastfeeding Moms Asked to Leave Bad Moms

Theater says kids 6 and under not allowed into R-rated movies

(Newser) - Bad Moms is doing…just OK on Rotten Tomatoes , but moms going to see the Mila Kunis flick went a little meta in Fort Myers, Fla. More than 50 moms who organized through Facebook to see the movie gained their own "bad mom" rep at a Regal Cinemas when... More »

Buffett Issues Challenge to Trump

'Have you no decency, sir?'

(Newser) - Warren Buffett has challenged Donald Trump over the candidate's refusal to release his tax returns , saying he will meet him "anytime, anyplace" and bring his own income tax return along. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO—whose fortune dwarfs that of Trump—told a Hillary Clinton rally in Omaha, Neb.... More »

Ted Cruz Says He Might Get Back in the Race

It's all up to Nebraska now

(Newser) - The good voters of Nebraska may pull a Melisandre and resurrect the lifeless corpse of Ted Cruz's presidential campaign on Tuesday. Cruz, who dropped out of the race after losing the Indiana primary last week, tells Glenn Beck he might jump back into the race if he somehow wins... More »

Bernie Could Nab 'Yuge' Win in W. Virginia

Polls point to 'yes'—but FiveThirtyEight says it still won't significantly help his delegate count

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders has doggedly remained in the race for the Democratic nomination, and Tuesday's primary in West Virginia seems likely to offer him some validation. Writing at FiveThirtyEight, Harry Enten argues that the Vermont senator is "likely to win" against Hillary Clinton in the Mountain State, citing two... More »

Carnival Horror: 11-Year-Old Scalped by Ride

Elizabeth Gilreath's hair was caught in King's Crown attraction at Neb. festival

(Newser) - "I can't believe the place is still open," Billie Bankus told KMTV Sunday as she stood holding a sign outside a Cinco de Mayo festival in Omaha, Neb., warning people of the dangers she said lurked inside the gates. Bankus was protesting on behalf of Elizabeth Gilreath,... More »

Kids Text 911 From Inside Allegedly Drunk Dad's Car

Brother and sister feared for their lives

(Newser) - Two Nebraska children may have saved their own lives and the lives of others when they texted 911 from inside their allegedly drunk father's car, WKBN reports. Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie and 12-year-old Ethan were driving through Nebraska with their 44-year-old dad, Jason Behrens, on the way to a vacation in... More »

High Court Gives Good News to Pot Legalization Activists

Supreme Court won't consider lawsuit against Colorado from 2 other states

(Newser) - Marijuana is a political debate, not a legal one—for now. The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it won't consider a lawsuit filed by two other states challenging Colorado's pot law. But lawyers say that Nebraska and Oklahoma officials could pursue other legal challenges down the road,... More »

Cop's Daring Move Stops Runaway Semi

Driver apparently passed out due to diabetic episode

(Newser) - A Nebraska sheriff's deputy jumped into the cab of a runaway semitrailer after the driver apparently passed out at the wheel, stopping the vehicle from possibly crashing off a busy viaduct bridge. Deputies responding to a 911 call about a reckless semi on US Highway 81 caught up with... More »

Meet the Guy Who Illegally Sold Execution Drugs to 4 States

Buzzfeed digs into Harris Pharma of Salt Lake City, India

(Newser) - Four US states bought execution drugs illegally supplied from a man in India, according to a report from Buzzfeed . Journalists Chris McDaniel and Tasneem Nashrulla say Chris Harris of Harris Pharma, a self-described drug manufacturer and distributor in Salt Lake City, India, has earned tens of thousands of dollars from... More »

Cops: This 12-Year-Old Is a Killer

Omaha boy became fugitive after gang shooting

(Newser) - Jarrell Milton, a fugitive wanted on murder charges after a gang and drug-related shooting in Omaha, Neb., was arrested last night, marking the latest development in a case that might not have been widely reported if not for the fact that Jarrell Milton is 12 years old. Officials say the... More »

Nebraska Veto Override Abolishes Death Penalty

Lawmakers get just enough votes to overturn governor's decision

(Newser) - Nebraska no longer has the death penalty. State lawmakers today overrode the governor's veto of legislation to abolish it by a vote of 30-19, getting the precise number of votes necessary to do so, reports the Omaha World-Herald . The move to defy Gov. Pete Ricketts makes Nebraska "the... More »

Nebraska Gov. Uses Pen to Keep Death Penalty Alive

Pete Ricketts vetoes repeal bill

(Newser) - Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed a bill to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska, saying it would send a message to criminals that the state is "soft on crime." State lawmakers voted 32-15 last week against capital punishment, the Omaha World-Herald reports. It will take 30 votes to... More »

2 Inmates Dead as Guards End Neb. Prison Riot

Inmates briefly seized control at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

(Newser) - A full-scale riot erupted at Nebraska's Tecumseh State Correctional Institution as corrections officers tried to break up inmates gathering in the yard yesterday afternoon. By the time the smoke cleared, two inmates were dead inside a housing unit, two more were shot (one with a rubber bullet, one with... More »

Plains Tornadoes Trash Homes, Free Tigers

Severe storm system floods Oklahoma City

(Newser) - In what forecasters warn could be just the first day of several days of severe weather, storms lashed parts of the Great Plains region yesterday, bringing tornadoes and flooding. "This is a particularly dangerous situation," according to the National Weather Service, which says tornadoes have been spotted in... More »

Woman Files Federal Suit Against All Gays

She asks federal judge in Nebraska to decide whether homosexuality is a sin

(Newser) - The gay-marriage question before the Supreme Court isn't the only court case involving homosexuals making headlines. This one's a little less weighty, though: In Nebraska, a woman has filed a federal lawsuit against all gay people because she believes them to be sinners. In her seven-page petition written... More »

Baby's Delivery First of Its Kind in US Since 1999

Karla Perez was kept on life support for 8 weeks to birth baby

(Newser) - When Karla Perez developed a terrible headache 22 weeks into her pregnancy on Feb. 8, she thought a nap might cure it. But the 22-year-old later collapsed and was taken to Nebraska's Methodist Women's Hospital where doctors discovered she had suffered a brain hemorrhage that left her clinically... More »

Lawmaker's Office Glitter-Bombed

Accompanying note to Jeff Fortenberry read: 'Mind your own uterus'

(Newser) - If Rep. Jeff Fortenberry had been in his Lincoln, Neb., office instead of on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, he would have been in serious danger of getting covered in glitter and confetti. Instead, it was his aides who took the brunt of the "glitter bomb" apparently sent by an... More »

Colo. Pot Law Makes Us Violate Constitution: Sheriffs' Suit

Officials say legalization forces them into 'crisis of conscience'

(Newser) - While Colorado citizens are taking advantage of their state's marijuana legalization , sheriffs there and in neighboring states are suffering a "crisis of conscience" in upholding that law, according to a suit filed against Colorado today in Denver. Per USA Today , the lead plaintiff, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith,... More »

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