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'Extensive' Porn Browsing Led to Malware on Gov't Network

USGS employee visited 9K adult sites: inspector general's report

(Newser) - Russian malware found infecting a US government network got the in from a US Geological Survey employee who violated agency rules about watching porn on a government-issued computer. That's according to a Oct. 17 report by the Department of the Interior's inspector general, which found the unnamed employee... More »

His Brother Was Executed in 2000. He Shared That Fate

Rodney Berget just the 4th man to be executed in South Dakota since 1979

(Newser) - Rodney Berget, 56, was put to death by lethal injection Monday night for the 2011 murder of a South Dakota prison guard, marking the state's fourth execution since it reinstated the death penalty in 1979. The last execution took place in 2012. The execution had been slated for 1:... More »

Surgeon Who Removed Healthy Kidney Denies Negligence

He was supposed to remove woman's adrenal gland

(Newser) - A South Dakota surgeon admitted to mistakenly removing an Iowa woman's healthy kidney but denied that he breached the standard of care, according to the surgeon's response to a lawsuit filed by the patient. Dr. Scott Baker and the Surgical Institute of South Dakota acknowledged in an answer... More »

Sheriff Fires Deputy Who Defeated Him in Primary

South Dakota officer will lose health insurance

(Newser) - Defeating the sheriff in an election is apparently a fireable offense in the Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office. Mark Maggs, the South Dakota county's 31-year-old deputy sheriff, says he was fired on Tuesday after defeating his boss in the Republican primary for sheriff, the Argus Leader reports. Maggs... More »

These Are the Least Green US States

WalletHub ranking based on environmental quality, more

(Newser) - WalletHub says it's time to "call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment"—and its own report points the finger at West Virginia. Less than a week from Earth Day, the state falls dead last on WalletHub's list of the greenest US... More »

This State Has the Best Quality of Life

And California has the worst

(Newser) - When it comes to quality of life, studies have shown that a feeling of social connectedness is one of the most important factors. "The number one indicator of success in life and having a fulfilling, satisfying life is the quality of your relationships," says one sociology professor. "... More »

This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement

(Newser) - Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The... More »

Details Given on SD Lawmaker's Death in South Pacific

Rep. Craig Tieszen reportedly became caught in a current

(Newser) - More details have been released surrounding a South Dakota state representative's death in a kayaking accident off the South Pacific island of Rarotonga. Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, and his brother-in-law, 61-year-old Brent Moline, borrowed hotel kayaks last Wednesday and paddled out around 9am into what is described as having... More »

Pacific Island Trip Turns Deadly for South Dakota Lawmaker

State Rep. Craig Tieszen, brother-in-law drowned in kayaking accident

(Newser) - A South Dakota state representative and his brother-in-law drowned in an apparent kayaking accident in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, where they were attending a wedding for the lawmaker's daughter, officials said Thursday. State Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, a Republican from Rapid City, and his brother-in-law, Brent... More »

Don't Want to Get in a Car Crash? This State's Your Best Bet

Montana has the safest drivers

(Newser) - In 2016, there were more than 40,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the US, per the National Safety Council . And while factors beyond drivers' control, such as weather, may play a role in these fatalities, 24/7 Wall St. notes that "driver choice" (as in choosing to text or break the... More »

Man Jailed for Bringing Guns to Anti-Islam Event

'Be scared,' he said in Facebook video

(Newser) - A South Dakota man who carried guns into an anti-Islam speaking event and livestreamed a Facebook video from outside afterward has been sentenced. Ehab Jaber, of Sioux Falls, pleaded guilty in July to a federal firearms charge. On Monday, US District Judge Lawrence Piersol sentenced the 46-year-old to seven months... More »

SD Lawmaker Under Fire Over 'All Lives Splatter' Meme

Rep. Lynne DiSanto says she thought it was encouraging traffic safety

(Newser) - A Republican South Dakota legislator under fire for a Facebook post has apologized for a "lack of judgment." State Rep. Lynne DiSanto of Box Elder shared a meme Sept. 7 depicting stick-figure protesters being hit by an SUV. It was posted less than a month after a driver... More »

Year After Slippery Escape, Warren Jeffs' Brother Is Caught

FBI says he'll face trial for fraud, money laundering

(Newser) - Lyle Jeffs literally slipped from the FBI's grasp last summer, so the agency will likely hold on a little tighter now that he's back in custody after a year on the run. Jeffs, the 57-year-old brother of polygamist Warren Jeffs and a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of... More »

Need a Job? Here's Where You Need to Be

Washington is best state for jobs: WalletHub

(Newser) - Job prospects looking a bit gloomy? They might look a lot better after a move to Washington state. According to WalletHub , it's the best state in the country for jobs, based on 24 factors like employment growth, median annual income, and average commute time. The best and worst states... More »

Dakota Access Pipeline Hits a Milestone: Its First Leak

SD officials say it was quickly contained and isn't a big deal, but Sioux aren't buying it

(Newser) - Eighty-four gallons of oil may not be a huge amount, but that amount leaking out of the Dakota Access pipeline in April isn't reassuring those who've long protested it. Per NBC News , the leak was caused by mechanical failure of a surge pump at a pump station in... More »

SD Man Busted for Not Having Snake on a Leash

'He was literally asking me to put a rope around my snake. I was like, 'Dude, no.''

(Newser) - "It was April Fool’s Day, so I thought he was playing a joke," says Jerry Kimball. Alas, no joke: Kimball was fined $190 for allowing his pet snake to slither freely in a South Dakota park, what an animal control officer called "animals running at large.... More »

ABC, Reporter Head to Trial Over 'Pink Slime'

Diane Sawyer off the hook in Beef Products' defamation claim

(Newser) - Diane Sawyer escapes repercussions, but accusations against ABC News and reporter Jim Avila stand after a South Dakota state judge cleared the way to trial for a Beef Products lawsuit against the network for calling its meat product "pink slime." The Wall Street Journal and Reuters report that... 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 »

10 Coldest Cities in US

Fairbanks, Alaska comes out on top

(Newser) - If you're already tired of winter, you should probably steer clear of North Dakota. The state is home to three of the four coldest cities in the country, according to 24/7 Wall St . The site ranked US cities based on the minimum average temperature as well as record low... More »

Less Than 30 Minutes Before Departure, the Pilot Was Arrested

Cops say pilot showed up drunk for Delta flight

(Newser) - The pilot of a Delta flight from a South Dakota airport was arrested less than 30 minutes before departure time Wednesday morning when a TSA agent told police he smelled like booze. Russel Duszak, 38, was found to have a blood alcohol content of more than 0.04 and was... More »

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