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Her Grandson's Diary Stunned Her. Then She Opened His Guitar Case

Wash. police are praising a grandmother for possibly stopping a potential school shooting

(Newser) - Amid the headlines about Wednesday's massacre in Parkland, Fla., comes word of a teen who may have had similar designs on his Washington school. The Seattle Times reports a woman called 911 Tuesday after stumbling across her 18-year-old grandson's journal and finding "upcoming and credible threats,"... More »

Their Info Was in ICE's Hands. Bigwig Is Accused of Stealing It

Raphael Sanchez, chief counsel for Seattle's ICE office, has been indicted

(Newser) - The lead attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle office abruptly resigned Monday, with an indictment charging him with wire fraud and identity theft handed down the same day. The identities Raphael A. Sanchez is accused of stealing, per BuzzFeed : those of seven immigrants whose cases the agency was... More »

2 Women Die While Digging for Clams Friday Night

Incidents happened along the southwestern Washington state coast

(Newser) - The two calls were placed to 911 in Pacific County, Wash., within a four-minute period on Friday night. First, at 8:57pm, a call from north of Ocean Park on the Long Beach Peninsula, where a 70-year-old woman who'd been digging for clams with her husband disappeared into the... More »

Man Mad About Very Old Fart Sets House on Fire: Cops

Joel Cruz, 29, arrested in Washington state

(Newser) - Police say a prank a decade ago led to an act of arson Tuesday in Washington state. KIMA reports Joel Cruz was at his parents house alone when police say he put a pot of vegetable oil on the stove, turned up the burner, and left. The resulting fire severely... More »

Washington State Suit: Motel 6 Sold Its Guests Out to ICE

Complaint says budget hotel chain voluntarily gave up personal guest info to immigration officials

(Newser) - Washington state is suing Motel 6 for selling out its guests, accusing the budget motel chain of voluntarily giving ICE officials daily lists with guests' driver's license numbers, DOBs, and room numbers, reports KIRO 7 . "The scale of what Motel 6 was doing is deeply disturbing to me,... More »

They Were Dying by the Millions. Now, a Creature Comeback

Starfish are popping up again on the West Coast

(Newser) - Starfish are making a comeback on the West Coast, four years after a mysterious syndrome killed millions of them. From 2013 to 2014, Sea Star Wasting Syndrome hit sea stars from British Columbia to Mexico. The starfish would develop lesions, then disintegrate, their arms turning into blobs of goo. The... More »

Amtrak Engineer Knew Train Was Going Too Fast

National Transportation Safety Board releases early findings on fatal derailment

(Newser) - The engineer apparently knew the Amtrak train that derailed Monday in Washington state, killing three people and injuring more than 70, was going too fast . He just didn't know it in time. In a preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board states the engineer, who was in the cab... More »

Wash. AG Blasts 'Shocking Deception' by Comcast

State attorney general's office expands $100M suit about service plan

(Newser) - "New evidence" has emerged to expand a $100 million 2016 lawsuit against Comcast by Washington state, with accusations of "deceptive conduct" that's "even more egregious than we first realized." That's per the state attorney general, Ars Technica reports, with an amended complaint filed in... More »

On First Run of New Amtrak Route, 3 Die in Wreck

Dozens of people are injured south of Seattle in Amtrak accident

(Newser) - An Amtrak train making its first run on a new route derailed near Tacoma Monday morning, spilling train cars onto a busy interstate. A spokesman for the Pierce County sheriff's office initially reported six fatalities, all of them train passengers, per the Seattle Times . Officials later put the number... More »

Cops: DNA From Coke Can Unravels Teen's 1989 Murder

It points to man who lived on same street as victim

(Newser) - Home from college for Thanksgiving, 18-year-old Amanda "Mandy" Stavik took her family dog for a jog near Bellingham, Wash., on Nov. 24, 1989. The dog returned home that day, but Stavik's body, showing evidence of rape and possible drowning, was later found in a river. DNA was collected,... More »

Man Who Bilked $100M From Investors Escapes Prison

Frederick Berg was discovered missing Wednesday in California

(Newser) - A Washington state man who bilked investors out of more than $100 million in a Ponzi scheme has escaped from a federal prison in central California, according to the US Marshals Service. Prison officials said Frederick Berg, 55, was discovered missing Wednesday from a minimum-security work camp next to a... More »

New Report on America's Homeless Is Bleak

Things are getting worse, not better

(Newser) - The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point-in-Time count Wednesday, a... More »

Cops: Driver Was Drunk, Naked, Having Sex When He Crashed

He also had a 3-month-old baby in the backseat

(Newser) - A man was drunk, naked, having sex, and driving with a baby in the backseat when he crashed into a tree Wednesday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. The News Tribune reports the man missed a curve while driving on Mountain Highway and left the road around 6pm. He... More »

Navy Takes Responsibility for Giant Sky Penis

'Absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value'

(Newser) - Even Maverick never pulled off a maneuver this ballsy. Residents of the tiny Washington state town of Okanogan tell the Spokesman-Review they saw a jet drawing something in the sky around noon Thursday. “After it made the circles at the bottom, I knew what it was and started laughing,... More »

Here Are the 10 Fastest-Growing US Cities

Frisco, Texas, takes the top spot

(Newser) - While some metropolitan areas are stagnating and trying to figure out their next move to stay competitive, others are in the fast lane—and the Lone Star State can claim four of the top 10 on WalletHub's list of the fastest-growing cities in America. The rankings took into account... More »

Nelly Arrested for Allegedly Raping Woman on Tour Bus

The rapper was jailed Saturday morning in Washington state

(Newser) - Nelly was arrested Saturday morning for allegedly raping a woman on his tour bus in Washington state, TMZ reports. According to Q13 , the "Hot in Herre" rapper performed at the White River Amphitheater on Friday and was also scheduled to appear at a nightclub event in nearby Seattle the... More »

'Manifesto' Found in Home of Alleged School Shooter

Caleb Sharpe has pleaded not guilty

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy accused of killing a student at his rural Washington state high school and wounding three others has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, according to court documents made public Tuesday. Caleb Sharpe, a sophomore at Freeman High School near the small... More »

Suspected School Shooter Told Friends He'd Do 'Something Stupid'

Victim Sam Strahan died protecting others, says sheriff

(Newser) - Ami Strahan lost her husband on Father's Day when a motor home he was working on fell atop him. Less than three months later, she'd also lose her son. Sam Strahan was shot in the head shortly after 10am Wednesday by a schoolmate at Freeman High School in... More »

1 Dead, 3 Injured in Shooting at Washington High School

A suspect has been detained

(Newser) - One person is dead and three more injured after a shooting at Freeman High School in Washington state's Spokane County Wednesday, KHQ reports. According to KXLY , authorities say they have the only shooter in custody. The three injured people are hospitalized in stable condition with one scheduled for surgery.... More »

After 5th Sexual Abuse Allegation, Mayor Resigns

This time it's Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's cousin accusing him

(Newser) - The mayor of Seattle is resigning after a fifth person—his cousin—publicly accused him of sexual abuse, the Seattle Times reports. Joseph Dyer, 54, says Ed Murray, 62, forced him to have sex in a bedroom they shared at the home of Dyer's mother four decades ago. Murray,... More »

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