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Man Possibly Coerced Into Murder Confession Freed

Christopher Tapp spent 20 years behind bars

(Newser) - An Idaho man who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession is now free after spending half of his life behind bars, the AP reports. An eastern Idaho judge released Christopher Tapp on Wednesday after vacating his rape conviction and resentencing him to time served for the 1996... More »

Federal Cyanide Trap Injures Boy, Kills Dog

The trap was intended to kill coyotes

(Newser) - Federal authorities have confirmed that a cyanide trap intended to kill coyotes in Idaho instead killed a dog in an incident that local law enforcement officials say also injured a 14-year-old boy, the AP reports. The U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged Friday that workers with its Animal and Plant... More »

After Car Falls on Dad, 8-Year-Old Son Rescues Him

JT Parker can't explain how he had the strength to jack it up

(Newser) - "Jack it up quick" are the last words Stephen Parker recalls yelling before passing out, the weight of his Toyota Prius slowly crushing him. The only one around to hear him was his 8-year-old son, JT. The elder Parker and his 17-year-old son, Mason, had been working on the... More »

10 States With Highest Volunteer Rate

Utah is way ahead of the pack

(Newser) - A quarter of Americans volunteer each year. But if you think that's an impressive figure, you clearly aren't from Utah. Largely thanks to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a remarkable 43.2% of Utah residents 16 and older volunteered annually between 2013 and 2015, per... More »

Football Player Gets Probation in Brutal Locker Room Assault

John Howard gets 3 years of probation and 300 hours of community service

(Newser) - An Idaho judge has sentenced a high school football player to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service after prosecutors said he took part in a brutal locker room assault on a black football player in a small Idaho town, the AP reports. According to the Times-News... More »

2 Missing NM College Students Found Driving Slowly in Idaho

Cop pulled over McKinnah Sinclair, Charlie Daniels for going 30mph below speed limit

(Newser) - A multi-state hunt for two missing New Mexico State University students ended in Idaho Thursday morning. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 18-year-old McKinnah Sinclair and 19-year-old Charlie Daniels, missing since they attended a hip-hop concert in Texas last Friday, were found driving in Nampa and said to be in... More »

Judge Bans Teen From Sex Before Marriage

19-year-old Idaho man committed statutory rape

(Newser) - An Idaho judge has ordered a 19-year-old man not to have sex with anyone before he marries as part of his sentencing for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. Judge Randy Stoker sentenced Cody Duane Scott Herrera of Twin Falls to five to 15 years in prison, but he... More »

10 Fastest-Growing US States

Utah's on top for percentage increase

(Newser) - Compared to the 433,000 residents Texas added in 2016, 60,500 new Utahans might seem like nothing. But the figure was enough to push Utah to the top of the heap of the fastest-growing US states, based on percentage increases in population, per Census data . The top 10: More »

Bacteria May Be Weapon Against Cheatgrass Invading the West

Cheatgrass now 'dominates' the Great Basin

(Newser) - Cheatgrass is about as bad as it sounds. The invasive plant sends out roots in the spring that deprive nearby plants of water, then dries out in the summer as it transforms into extremely effective tinder for wildfires to then kill competing nearby native plants, not to mention the habitat... More »

The 7 Worst US States for Women

Mississippi tops the list

(Newser) - Help a girl out, Mississippi. The state is the worst in the country for women, according to 24/7 Wall St. , based on economy, leadership, and health. Researchers specifically looked at things like women's earnings compared to men, the percent of women in management positions and government, and female life... More »

10 Best-Run US Cities

You'll find most of them in Middle America

(Newser) - Running a city is no small feat, and with nearly 63% of the US population living in urban centers, per the US Census Bureau . WalletHub decided to see which ones are managed the best. The site looked at 150 of the biggest cities in the country, combining the results of... More »

Family Saves 4-Year-Old Girl From Mountain Lion

Attack occurred while they were camping in Idaho

(Newser) - Kelsi Butt is 4 years old, and the attack happened so fast, she thought it was a bicycle coming toward her. Instead, it was a mountain lion at her family's campsite in eastern Idaho, reports the Rexburg Standard Journal . The big cat actually grabbed Kelsi and tried to drag... More »

Trans Woman Accused of Voyeurism in Target Store

Transgender community is 'completely disgusted'

(Newser) - A person who identifies as a transgender woman was booked into jail as a man after being accused of voyeurism in a Target store in Idaho. The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old Shauna Patricia Smith has been charged with felony video voyeurism for allegedly reaching over the wall... More »

Dad Takes Out Full-Page Ad to Find His Son a Wife

'I can’t even describe to you how embarrassing and ridiculous this is'

(Newser) - A 48-year-old Salt Lake City man was surprised to discover that he had apparently taken out a full-page, $900 ad in an Idaho newspaper in order to find a wife, the Spokesman-Review reports. The ad, titled "Looking for a Wife," ran last Saturday in the Coeur d'Alene ... More »

After Crash, Woman Held Boy's Head Straight. It Saved Him

Family says Killian will make a full recovery from internal decapitation

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy might not have survived a horrific car accident if two Good Samaritans had not happened upon the scene, reports Boise station KBOI . The accident occurred when Brandy Gonzalez was driving from Nevada to Idaho with son Killian on May 22, and their car smashed into another after... More »

Study Names Worst State for Drunk Driving

It's North Dakota, though Montana isn't great, either

(Newser) - Be careful on the roads in North Dakota. The state is the most dangerous in the country when it comes to drunk driving, according to an analysis by CarInsuranceComparison.com . It considered five factors: a state's drunk-driving-related deaths and arrests in 2015, its penalties and laws, and its cost... More »

Family Welcomes 1st Baby Girl Since 1914

'I didn't know what an Underdahl girl looked like'

(Newser) - The great chain of hand-me-downs has been broken after an Idaho family welcomed its first baby girl in more than a century, BuzzFeed reports. Since Bernice Underdahl was born in 1914, seven male Underdahl babies had been born across four generations, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press . That changed... More »

This Sick 20-Year-Old Wants Her Parents Prosecuted

'They deserve it'

(Newser) - "I would like to see my parents prosecuted," 20-year-old Mariah Walton tells the Guardian . "They deserve it." Walton has pulmonary hypertension, a condition that has left her permanently disabled, requiring a breathing device and possibly, soon, a heart and lung transplant. The problem could have been... More »

Here's Where 2016's Delegate Counts Stand

Trump, Clinton both creep closer to securing their party's nomination

(Newser) - Tuesday was another big day in the Election 2016 slog, with both the remaining Republican and Democratic candidates amassing more of the coveted delegates they need to secure a nomination for their respective parties. On the GOP side, Donald Trump won 59% of the delegates that were up for grabs... More »

Pastor Shooting Suspect Had No Problem Flying

The TSA says it was warned too late about Kyle Odom

(Newser) - A man wanted by Idaho authorities in an attack that left a church pastor seriously wounded was able to board a commercial airliner in Boise, Idaho, and travel to Washington, DC, this week despite an attempted-murder warrant for his arrest, the AP reports. After the shooting, Kyle Odom drove more... More »

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