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She Expressed Support for LGBT People—and Was Fired

Former BYU instructor Ruthie Robertson doesn't regret a thing

(Newser) - When Ruthie Robertson declared on Facebook that "homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins," the 22-year-old political science instructor at Brigham Young University-Idaho expected the feedback would be harsh. "But it never crossed my mind that I would lose my job," she tells the Idaho State Journal ... More »

Cops in the West Issue Warning on Oddly Moving Roads

Swarms of Mormon crickets are plaguing a bunch of states

(Newser) - Farmers in the US West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads. Per the AP , experts say this year could be a banner one for Mormon crickets—... More »

Why This Elderly Dog Is Nicknamed 'The Legend'

Mo survived 9 months, including a harsh winter, in the Idaho mountains

(Newser) - A lost Boise dog is back home after nine months and a brutal winter alone in the Idaho mountains. Mo, an elderly Chesapeake Bay retriever, wandered away from her owners during a hunting trip in September, the AP reports. Darwin and Cindy Cameron stayed near the tiny hamlet of Horseshoe... More »

You Probably Haven't Heard of the Best-Run City in US

Louisville is No. 10, but No. 1 is Nampa, Idaho

(Newser) - Seems like everyone likes to complain about the way their city operates, but WalletHub decided to make things a little more tangible. It looked at 150 of the biggest cities in the US, then crunched data on the size of the local budget and the quality of services offered. By... More »

Suspect on Run After 3 Bodies Found on Property

Gerald 'Mike' Bullinger is 'person of interest' in the deaths of women in Idaho

(Newser) - An Idaho man who's been on the lam for three weeks after authorities found the dead bodies of three women on his property may have been spotted five hours south near Salt Lake City. Authorities say they have a felony arrest warrant out for Gerald "Mike" Bullinger, a... More »

Idaho Is Moving 98-Foot Sequoia 2 Blocks Away

No big deal

(Newser) - A large sequoia tree linked to a famous naturalist was standing in the way of progress. So more than a century after it was planted as a sapling in a doctor's yard in Boise, Idaho, the 10-story tree is on the move, shifting across the street to make way... More »

Idaho Teen Becomes Millionaire to Win Bet With Parents

Eric Finman won't be going to college

(Newser) - Lesson: Never underestimate the lengths a teenager will go to in order to prove their parents wrong. The Telegraph reports Idaho teen Erik Finman, after dropping out of high school, made a bet with his parents that if he made $1 million by the time he turned 18, he wouldn'... More »

School's Speed Bump Trips Woman, Who Sues

She says she injured her knees and wrists

(Newser) - Speed bumps are generally meant to check the velocity of your vehicle, but one at a school district in Idaho is the subject of a lawsuit after a woman tripped over it and fell. Jan Duff claims the area was poorly lit and that the speed bump at the exit... More »

Teen Who Disappeared After Prom Dies in Car Crash

Deputies were called about a possibly suicidal person

(Newser) - The Idaho teenager who disappeared following his prom —and was later charged with running away from home —died in a car crash Wednesday, bringing a sad end to a week of headlines. KBOI reports the driver of a Chevy Tahoe was speeding when he lost control of the... More »

Teen Who Disappeared After Prom Faces Criminal Charge

Police say Kristian Perez ran away from home—and that's against the law

(Newser) - The 17-year-old Idaho high-schooler who disappeared after his prom has been found—and is now facing a criminal charge for running away from home, KTVB reports. Kristian Perez was reported missing by his mother on Saturday when he didn't return home following his prom in Orofino. According to the... More »

After the Prom: Busted Phone, One Shoe, Missing Teen

No one has seen Kristian Perez since he signed out of Idaho prom at 9:32pm Friday

(Newser) - A 17-year-old high school student in Idaho signed out of his senior prom at exactly 9:32pm Friday, but he never returned home—a lone shoe, his tux jacket, and a busted cellphone were found near the car he came in, KREM reports. Kristian Perez's family says no one'... More »

Woman Blames Car Crash on Sasquatch

She says she saw Bigfoot chasing deer along Idaho highway

(Newser) - A 50-year-old Idaho woman swears a car accident Wednesday night wasn't her fault; she was distracted by Bigfoot. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the woman was driving along US Highway 95 north of Potlatch around 11:30pm when she says she saw a Sasquatch chasing deer along the side... More »

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 »

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