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Police Shoot Unarmed Men Suspected of Stealing Beer

Olympia, Washington, sees protests in the aftermath

(Newser) - The latest outpouring of community anger over a police shooting is taking place in Olympia, Washington, where two unarmed black stepbrothers were shot by a white officer after the shoplifting of beer. Both are hospitalized but expected to live. Hundreds marched peacefully from a park to city hall yesterday evening,... More »

Scientists Find First Evidence of Dinosaurs in Wash. State

80M-year-old femur belonged to a theropod

(Newser) - It appears that around 80 million years ago, a theropod dinosaur roughly the size of a transit bus died near the sea and was jostled by waves, and at some point part of its femur became wedged into a rocky outcrop alongside clam fossils in Washington state's San Juan... More »

Teacher Saves Life of School Shooter

Cops say Brady Olson tackled armed teen as officer prepared to shoot

(Newser) - A troubled 16-year-old boy who may have been planning "suicide by cop" is alive today thanks to a teacher who says he "reacted in a way that any other teacher would react" to the sound of gunfire. Police say that after the teen fired two shots inside North... More »

Man Realizes He's Babysitting a Kidnap Victim

His sister is arrested in bizarre case in Washington state

(Newser) - Another strange kidnapping story is in the news, but the good part is that the 2-year-old at the center of it is safe and sound. Beyond that, things get weird—a man babysitting the boy called 911 to report his whereabouts after seeing an Amber Alert. The key developments:
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Concrete From Overpass Kills Young Couple, Baby

Parents were youth ministers in Washington state

(Newser) - A Washington state couple who died when a large concrete slab fell from a highway overpass onto their pickup truck were youth ministers in their 20s and parents to a 8-month-old baby. Josh and Vanessa Ellis and their baby, Hudson, died when a concrete barrier fell onto the cab of... More »

Guy Selling His House Over Comcast 'Incompetence'

Washington state man couldn't get an Internet hookup

(Newser) - A Washington state man is throwing in the towel after months of frustration trying to get broadband. In fact, he's planning to sell his new house—likely at a loss—and blames Comcast and CenturyLink for misleading him about getting his home online, Consumerist reports. The man, identified by... More »

Cops Bust HOV Cheater— With 'Most Interesting Man'

Washington traffic stop yields one stiff passenger

(Newser) - If you're going to circumvent HOV-lane rules, go interesting or go home. That was apparently the goal of one driver in Fife, Wash., who was pulled over by a trooper Monday afternoon after the officer noticed the guy's passenger seemed a little stiff, KOMO reports. "The trooper... More »

Small Town Stunned to Learn Kidnap Suspect Is Local Teen

Two teen rescuers are honored at their high school

(Newser) - The two teenagers who foiled a toddler's kidnapping in a small town were surprised to learn that they know the 15-year-old suspect who has been arrested. They didn't realize it at the time because the teen was wearing a disguise that one witness said included a fake mustache,... More »

Teen Arrested in Thwarted Washington Kidnapping

One of the siblings who saved toddler identified boy, 15

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the short-lived kidnapping of a 22-month-old toddler, an incident that was caught on surveillance video in the small Washington farming town of Sprague. The teenager, who lives in the town, was identified through the use of surveillance video, interviews, and evidence collection, Lincoln... More »

FBI: Bunker of 'America's Most Wanted' Perp Found

Bradley Steven Robinett, 46, apparently set up shop near a lake in Washington state

(Newser) - Using clues that "read almost like a childhood treasure hunt," local police and federal agents have uncovered what they believe was a fugitive's underground bunker near Washington's Lake Sammamish, KOMO reports. Authorities say they think the moldy, garbage-strewn hideout was at some point built and used... More »

Get Paid $97K to Help Bus Drivers Find Bathrooms

Seattle-area transit company looking for 'comfort station coordinator'

(Newser) - It's a job that might make you flush: Find easily accessible restrooms for Seattle-area bus drivers and get paid nearly $100,000 a year. Bus service provider King County Metro Transit is looking to hire a "comfort station coordinator," which comes with an annual salary as high... More »

Seattle Transit Charges People Based on Income

ORCA Lift program cut fares by more than half

(Newser) - A Somali immigrant outside Seattle took her child to the doctor this week and left with something unexpected: a card that lets her take public transit for more than 50% off. "What’s the trick in it?" asked the 27-year-old mother of two, Basro Jama. "No trick,"... More »

Police Killing in Wash. State Raises Specter of Ferguson

Death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes was 3rd police killing in less than a year

(Newser) - Police in Pasco, Wash., are facing international scrutiny in the shooting of a Latino man who had been throwing rocks at officers. Video of the incident shows Antonio Zambrano-Montes fleeing from officers before being shot dead, and the event has prompted protests and reminders of Ferguson, the New York Times... More »

Cops: Mom Sold Daughter's Virginity for Rent Money

Detectives say Washington woman needed $400

(Newser) - She wanted rent money. He wanted sex. The deal: He could sleep with her 14-year-old daughter for $400, according to law enforcement officials. The Washington State Patrol says it arrested 38-year-old Bryan Murphy on Friday in Oklahoma for allegedly working out such a deal with his girlfriend, Raw Story reports.... More »

Parts of Wash., Ore. Covered in Mysterious Ash

Could be from a volcano thousands of miles away

(Newser) - Washington and Oregon residents have reported a mysterious ash covering parts of the region, describing it as "white stuff" and "milky rain," CNN reports. A statement from Walla Walla County Emergency Management yesterday said the ash is "more than likely from the Volcano Shiveluch," which... More »

Guy Hit With Shocking Toll Bill

Washington state driver planned to pay later

(Newser) - A Washington state man received a wee shock when he saw his outstanding toll-bridge bill: more than $18,000. His dad, Tom Rose, says the young man was working his first job and crossing the 520 bridge daily without a Good to Go pass—figuring he'd pay later, KING-TV... More »

Wash. State Could Be First to Bump Smoking Age to 21

Bill would make tobacco age same as pot age

(Newser) - You have to be 21 to legally buy marijuana in Washington, and the state is thinking about bringing in the same age limit for tobacco. The state's attorney general—saying "We must do more to protect our youth from tobacco's grip"—introduced a proposal this week... More »

Washington's Problem: Too Much Legal Pot

Growers are having a hard time offloading their marijuana

(Newser) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry after a big harvest of... More »

Cops: Men Caught With Stolen Lamb Chops

Footprints in the snow did them in

(Newser) - It's not on par with California's stolen walnuts or Canada's stolen syrup , but Washington state now has a food caper of its own: stolen lamb chops. As KREM2 reports, a sheriff's deputy stopped two men walking down a street in Spokane Valley with heavy-looking garbage bags... More »

Kayaker Nabs Suspected Mail Thief

Wash. suspect tried to make getaway across pond

(Newser) - A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff's deputies in Washington state nab a suspected Christmas mail thief. Police received multiple calls on Wednesday morning that a man and a woman were going through mailboxes around the town of Sammamish. While deputies were on their way, residents spotted... More »

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