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Hundreds Attend Funeral for 8.4K-Year-Old Man

20-year Kennewick Man dispute is over as 'Ancient One' is laid to rest

(Newser) - The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground. More than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes and bands gathered at an undisclosed location over the weekend to lay the remains of the man they call "the Ancient One" to rest, according to an... More »

Florist Who Turned Down Gay Wedding Defeated Again

Supreme Court rules selling flowers isn't free speech

(Newser) - The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state's antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs, the AP reports. A lower court had fined Barronelle Stutzman for denying service to... More »

Course Teaches Men to Avoid Sex-Trade Trap

Innovative program in Washington state aims to break stereotypes, the patriarchy

(Newser) - Ask a guy why he commissions a prostitute and he may come up with a variety of answers, or even a shrug and an "I'm not sure." But in King County, Wash., men who’ve been busted trying to pay for sex—many with girls they believed... More »

New Twist in Cold Case That Was 'Solved,' Then Unsolved

Investigation that resulted in now-vacated conviction is itself being investigated

(Newser) - In 1957, Illinois 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted and murdered. In 2011, a suspect was arrested and convicted the following year. Then, in 2016, he was set free after a prosecutor and a judge determined he could not have committed the crime. Now, the investigation into that man, Jack Daniel... More »

'No One Is Above the Law— Not Even the President'

Federal judge halts enforcement of Trump's immigration order

(Newser) - A federal judge in Seattle on Friday evening halted enforcement of major parts of President Trump's executive order on immigration—effective for the entire country—in the "broadest" ruling against the order yet, Reuters reports. According to the Stranger , US District Judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining... More »

Maker of OxyContin Sued by Drug-Addled City

Complaint filed by Everett, Wash., says Purdue Pharma valued profits over people

(Newser) - What does a city do when its citizens are wracked with opioid addiction? Sue the maker of one of the most well-known brands is the route Everett is taking, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Washington city of 100,000 north of Seattle filed a complaint Thursday against Purdue Pharma,... 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 »

'Harry Potter' Busted Robbing Muggle Banks: Cops

Lookalike suspect in 6 bank robberies arrested

(Newser) - Washington state police say they've nabbed a suspected bank robber who resembles a certain boy wizard, and who they say has a not-so-magical history of busting into banks. Police and the FBI say Caleb Andrew Dierlam, 20, is the "Harry Potter Bandit" responsible for at least six bank... More »

BMW Remotely Foils Would-Be Car Thief

BMW and the cops worked in tandem to help bust Seattle suspect

(Newser) - Police blotters can be the source of tiny treasures, and one out of Seattle last week offers up a gem involving a sleepy suspect and a high-tech car. Per the Seattle Police Department's crime log, a BMW was reported stolen in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, and... More »

Cop's Fatal Shooting Sparks 12-Hour Standoff

Suspect shot while using child as shield: cops

(Newser) - It started with the fatal shooting of a police officer and ended almost 12 hours later with the death of a suspect in Washington state. Authorities say a 45-year-old officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call in Tacoma around 4pm Wednesday. He was taken to... More »

Little-Known US Nuclear Site Is 'Chernobyl Waiting to Happen'

Workers at Hanford facility say they're being sickened while the government remains indifferent

(Newser) - An investigative piece by NBC News includes some damning quotes from nuclear experts about the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state, including "the most toxic place in America" and "an underground Chernobyl waiting to happen." For the story, NBC sat down with 11 current and former workers... More »

Amazon Worker Sends Email, Leaps From Company Building

Seattle police say it was suicide attempt

(Newser) - An Amazon employee emailed hundreds of fellow Amazonians—including CEO Jeff Bezos—before leaping from a building at company headquarters in Seattle Monday morning. The man survived the jump, which police believe was a suicide attempt. A source tells Bloomberg that the man, one of 20,000 workers in multiple... More »

Missing Family Survived on Halloween Candy, Rain Water

The McAlisters' car got stuck while driving in rural Washington state

(Newser) - A missing family was found Thursday after two days trapped in their car, surviving on Halloween candy and rain water, KING reports. According to the AP , authorities had been searching rural Washington state for Jason and Melissa McAlister and their two young children, ages 8 months and 2 years. The... More »

Mysterious Illness Paralyzing Kids Across US Again

Acute flaccid myelitis makes a comeback after no new cases were reported in 2015

(Newser) - It was a quiet 2015 after dozens of people, mostly children, fell gravely ill in 2014 from a mysterious condition called acute flaccid myelitis, which first presents as a cold but quickly escalates to polio-like symptoms, including paralysis. It is quiet no longer as the Centers for Disease Control confirms... More »

Beneath Mount St. Helens, a Heart of (Cold) Stone

The volcano is an outlier in more ways than one

(Newser) - Mount St. Helens already stands out as one of the most active volcanoes in the Cascade Arc and the deadliest in the US, since its 1980 eruption claimed nearly 60 lives. It's also an outlier in a literal sense, sitting 30 miles west of the volcanoes that neatly line... More »

Officials Believe Dog Died in House Fire Protecting Toddler

The Washington boy's body was found with his dog and teddy bear at his side

(Newser) - A Washington toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him, and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, the AP reports. The dog, a terrier mixed breed, also died in the fire that broke out at about 11:... More »

$50M Settlement Proposed in Suit Over Massive Wash. Landslide

Judge must still approve it

(Newser) - Attorneys representing the survivors and family members of people who died in a massive 2014 landslide north of Seattle have announced a proposed $50 million settlement with the state of Washington on the eve of a trial, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed following the devastating March 22, 2014,... More »

High School Football Team Is So Big, Others Won't Play

Rivals are forfeiting against Archbishop Murphy in Washington state

(Newser) - After crushing the opposition by a combined total of 170-0 in its first three games of the season, Archbishop Murphy High School in Washington state won the next three games when their opponents forfeited out of fear of literally being crushed. The Everett high school is a private Catholic institution,... More »

Dad Killed in Apparent Road-Rage Incident on Way to See Baby

Dennis Sloboda had been followed by a driver with a gun

(Newser) - A father was on the way to visit his newborn Monday night when he was fatally shot in a suspected road-rage incident outside Seattle, the Seattle Times reports. It's unclear what exactly happened between 33-year-old Dennis Sloboda and the other driver, but Sloboda showed up at his brother Anton'... More »

Mystery Man Who Returned 9/11 Flag Steps Forward

Brian Browne says he had iconic flag in his home for 8 years without knowing it was the one

(Newser) - A man named Brian showed up at a Washington state firehouse two years ago, dropped off a reputed piece of history, and left, creating a mystery that Everett detectives and others have been trying to solve—until now. The item he dropped off is believed to be the American flag... More »

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