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Mudslide Survivor: Homes 'Exploded'

Amanda Skorjanc clung to baby as home was swept away

(Newser) - One of the few survivors to be pulled alive from the devastating mudslide in Washington state last month has described her harrowing ordeal for the first time. Amanda Skorjanc says she was at home with her 5-month-old son when she heard a terrifying sound and looked outside to see the... More »

Mudslide Death Toll Reaches New High

Stands at 27; 19 victims have been identified

(Newser) - The official death toll from Washington's mudslide has increased to 27, with the Snohomish County medical examiner's office saying 19 victims have been positively identified. That's up from 24 dead with 18 identified yesterday. The latest name to the list is 58-year-old Brandy L. Ward of Arlington.... More »

Up to 24 Mudslide Victims Found

Disaster spared man, killed wife sitting beside him

(Newser) - Some 16 bodies have now been recovered from a huge mudslide in Washington state and rescuers believe they have spotted at least eight more bodies in the debris. The number listed as missing stood at 176 yesterday but officials believe names have been duplicated and the number has been falling... More »

14 Confirmed Dead, 176 Missing in Wash. Mudslide

'Entire neighborhoods are just gone'

(Newser) - The number of people missing or unaccounted for after a mudslide that wiped out a riverside neighborhood in Washington state has soared to 176 from 108, with 14 now confirmed dead. The chief of Snohomish County's Department of Emergency Management says the list is still vague and he is... More »

Number of Missing in Wash. Mudslide: Now 108

Officials are working through a pretty hefty list

(Newser) - Authorities say there are 108 names on the list of people who've been reported missing or unaccounted for in the weekend mudslide in Washington state. Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington says that doesn't mean there are 108 injuries or fatalities. But he says it's the... More »

Guy Dies in Jail Cell After Guards Ignore His Allergies

Michael Saffioti, 22, jailed on minor marijuana charge

(Newser) - Michael Saffioti was in Washington's Snohomish County Jail on a minor marijuana possession charge—the 22-year-old had actually turned himself in. But he paid an enormous price: He had severe dairy allergies, and died after apparently being served oatmeal containing dairy. The guards allegedly accused Saffioti of "faking"... More »

Ecoterrorists Topple Seattle-Area Radio Towers

Earth Liberation Front cites 'harmful radio waves' among reasons for action

(Newser) - A radical group bent on stopping urban sprawl looks to be behind the toppling today of two radio towers northeast of Seattle, the Everett Herald reports. The Earth Liberation Front left a banner behind near the sprawling wreckage of KRKO-AM’s towers—one 349 feet tall—in Snohomish, reading “... More »

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