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Body Found of Woman Who Vanished After Tinder Date

Now that date, and her 51-year-old male roommate, are being held as 'persons of interest'

(Newser) - Sydney Loofe sent friends a selfie on Snapchat on Nov. 15 with the caption, "Ready for my date." It was the last time friends would hear from Loofe, who went on a date with a woman she'd met on Tinder but didn't turn up for work... More »

Nebraska OKs Keystone Pipeline, With a Catch

Nebraska gives its approval, though it changes the route

(Newser) - President Trump and backers of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline can claim a victory: Nebraska on Monday agreed to let the pipeline be laid in the state, clearing the last remaining major regulatory hurdle, reports Politico . A state panel, however, changed the route proposed by pipeline owner TransCanada, moving... More »

Man Gets 4 Years for Sending Strippers to Neighbors

They arrived on porch 75 times over 3 years

(Newser) - A Nebraska man has been sentenced to four years in prison for sending prostitutes to strip on his neighbor's front porch dozens of times over a three-year period. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 45-year-old Douglas Goldsberry of Elkhorn was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court after pleading no... More »

Female State Patrol Recruits Subjected to Vaginal Exams: Suit

Vaginal, anal exams in Nebraska were medically unnecessary, complaint says

(Newser) - A disturbing federal lawsuit alleges that for years, female recruits were required to undergo pelvic exams performed by a male doctor in order to be hired to the Nebraska State Patrol. The suit, filed by State Trooper Brienne Splittgerber, led Gov. Pete Ricketts to order an investigation into the matter,... More »

Singer, 25, Dies at Fairground Following Weekend Concert

UTV crash that killed the rising country star under investigation

(Newser) - Fans of country phenom Abby Nicole are mourning her untimely death after a UTV accident took the life of the rising singer-songwriter. People reports that the 25-year-old Nebraska native, born Abby Uecker, performed over two nights at the Thayer County Fair near the Nebraska-Kansas border with her band over the... More »

5 Best, Worst States to Launch a Business

North Dakota is tops; New Jersey ranks lowest

(Newser) - "Location, location, location" has become a mantra in real estate, but it's also applicable if you're thinking of starting up your own business. WalletHub takes a close look at the business environment, business costs, and access to resources in all 50 states, diving deep into 20 various... More »

After Mysterious Journey, 1914 Letter Found in Mail

It may have been dropped in the mail recently

(Newser) - When a mail carrier found a discolored envelope among his stash of letters earlier this month, a few things stood out, the AP notes. For one, the envelope had been slit open at the top, apparently by a letter opener, quite some time ago. For another, it had been mailed... More »

State Dem Party Official on Scalise: 'I'm Glad He Got Shot'

Phil Montag removed by Nebraska State Democratic Party chair

(Newser) - The co-chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party's technology committee was removed Thursday following an expletive-filled rant about Steve Scalise, the GOP representative shot during a congressional baseball practice, the Omaha World-Herald reports. “I did not call for the congressman’s death,” Phil Montag says. But in a... More »

They Didn't Kill Her. So Why Were They Convinced They Did?

Found innocent years ago, the Beatrice Six remain unsure

(Newser) - Years after being exonerated for the rape and murder of a 68-year-old woman in Nebraska, Debra Shelden catches herself starting to describe the crime scene. “I don’t remember what I did at the crime ... because I wasn’t there, apparently.” The Beatrice Six are a unique case... More »

Soccer Stars Rally Around Girl, 8, Booted From Tourney

Family says short hair was the issue; organizers say it was a clerical error

(Newser) - Some of the biggest names in US soccer are rallying around a little girl who was disqualified from her local soccer club's tournament this weekend. Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm have both publicly supported 8-year-old Mili Hernandez after her story went viral, the AP reports. Hernandez plays for the... More »

Nebraska Tragedy: Boy Dies After Car Window Closes on Him

3-year-old killed in accident

(Newser) - Authorities say a 3-year-old Nebraska boy has died after a power car window closed on his neck, reports the AP . Colfax County Attorney Denise Kracl said Monday that 3-year-old Everton Isay Romero Romero was pronounced dead Friday at an Omaha hospital. Everton never regained consciousness after the rear window closed... More »

Push to Stop Town of 12 From Selling 3.5M Beers

Whiteclay abuts a South Dakota Indian reservation plagued by alcoholism

(Newser) - A faith ministry in Nebraska has started a fundraising campaign to buy out four stores that sell millions of cans of beer each year in a tiny village next to a South Dakota Indian reservation plagued by alcoholism. The Lakota Hope street ministry in Whiteclay, Neb., is looking to raise... More »

What Is Wrong With This State's Flag?

For starters, it flew upside down and nobody noticed

(Newser) - Time to change Nebraska's flag? That's what some are saying after the banner flew upside down over the state Capitol for 10 long days, the Omaha World-Herald reports. "Nobody noticed it," says state Sen. Burke Harr. "It took someone drawing it to my attention."... More »

Couple's Gender Reveal Lands Them in Trouble With the Law

Their baby boy-announcing boom was a bit bigger than expected

(Newser) - Creative gender reveals are suddenly all the rage with parents-to-be—but it's not often they result in the possibility of jail time. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 26-year-old Jon Sterkel, in order to tell the world that he was going to have a son, used a rifle to shoot... More »

Newborn Helps Dad Propose to Mom

'Mommy, will you marry my Daddy?'

(Newser) - The internet's reaction to an inventive and adorable marriage proposal in Nebraska can best be summed up by this tweet : "DEAR CHRIST I AM SOBBING." Susan Medina and Darick Mead welcomed their first child last week, a son named Ryder, Mashable reports. And Ryder, despite being just... More »

Nebraska Votes to Bring Back Death Penalty

Lawmakers repealed penalty last year

(Newser) - The death penalty is back from the dead in Nebraska: Voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot measure to restore the penalty, which was abolished by state lawmakers last year , reports the AP . Around 61% of voters chose to "repeal the repeal" in the state, which had 10 people on death... More »

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 »

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