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What Cops Found in Secret Compartment Could've Killed 26M

It was 118 pounds of fentanyl, worth $20M

(Newser) - Suspicious of a semi-truck driving on the shoulder of I-80, Nebraska State Patrol troopers searched the vehicle and, in so doing, made the largest fentanyl bust in the state's history. In a secret compartment in the truck, stopped near Kearney on April 26, authorities say they found 118 pounds... More »

10 Best, Worst States on Gambling Problems

From Nevada to Nebraska

(Newser) - One state stands alone when it comes to residents with gambling problems—and yes, it's Nevada. It's the only state to crack 60 out of a total score of 100 in a new ranking by WalletHub of "gambling-addicted states," though three others did surpass 50. Essentially,... More »

Sean Penn's Son Jailed in Nebraska

Hopper Penn, girlfriend accused of drug possession

(Newser) - A year after speaking out about his struggle with drugs, the son of Sean Penn and Robin Wright has been arrested on drug possession charges in Nebraska, reports the AP . A Nebraska State Patrol spokesman says 24-year-old Hopper Penn, and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Uma Von Wittkamp, were arrested Wednesday afternoon... More »

Lawyers: Boys Don't Cry Killer Is Ineligible for Execution

They argue John Lotter has IQ of a child

(Newser) - Attorneys for a Nebraska death row inmate whose case inspired the 1999 movie Boys Don't Cry say he should be ruled ineligible for execution because he has the intellect of a young child. John Lotter was sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 killings of Brandon Teena,... More »

Elderly 'Christmas Pot' Couple Arrested Again

Deputies found $18K, drug residue in vehicle

(Newser) - California couple Patrick and Barbara Jiron are clearly having a very active retirement—and they're also keeping prosecutors in Nebraska busy. The couple, who made headlines last month when they claimed 60 pounds of marijuana found in their car was for Christmas presents , were arrested again Tuesday on suspicion... More »

He Was Busted at Train's Controls. Now, Terror Charges

FBI says it found weapons, ammo, white supremacist materials at Taylor Wilson's home

(Newser) - A white supremacist accused of stopping an Amtrak train in Nebraska has been charged with terrorism. Documents unsealed Wednesday in US District Court in Lincoln show 26-year-old Taylor Wilson of St. Charles, Mo., is charged with terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad carriers and mass transportation systems, the AP... More »

Woman Sent a Christmas Card in '41. It's Been Sent Every Year Since

Nebraska woman first sent it to her cousin 76 years ago in tradition that outlived one of them

(Newser) - For three quarters of a century, the same Christmas card featuring a Scottish man in a kilt has made its way through the mail either to or from a Nebraska woman. It began in 1941, reports the Kearney Hub , when Lois Margaret Frandsen of Dannebrog sent the card to her... More »

Cops: Couple Said $336K in Pot Was for Christmas Gifts

California pair arrested in Nebraska

(Newser) - Mr. and Mrs. Claus, is that you? An elderly California couple arrested in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana told police Tuesday they were planning to give out the drugs as Christmas presents, reports KMBC . York authorities say they pulled over a Toyota Tacoma after the driver failed to signal... More »

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 »

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