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Police: Teacher Faked Attack on Himself for Some Reason

Including giving himself a head wound and putting a zip-tie around his neck

(Newser) - A Washington state high school teacher who claimed he was attacked in his classroom last May admitted Thursday he made the whole thing up, the Seattle Times reports. Bothell High School shop teacher Calvin Pygott, 63, was found by a fellow teacher in the hall outside his classroom. He claimed... More »

Community Wipes Out Racist Graffiti Before Family Sees It

Dozens turned out to paint Wash. family's home

(Newser) - If the goal of whoever scrawled racist graffiti on the home and truck of Marvin Phillips on Friday night was to make the Tenino, Wash., family feel unwelcome, it backfired spectacularly: Dozens of community members got together to scrub away the graffiti—which included "KKK" and the n-word—and... More »

One of Most Complete T. Rex Skulls Ever Arrives at Museum

'An iconic specimen'

(Newser) - It may look like a giant rock right now, but inside is what dinosaur expert Jack Horner calls "one of the most significant" Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found, the AP reports. According to the Seattle Times , a 2,500-pound, plaster-encased lump of dirt and rock arrived at the Burke... More »

Woman Dies After Riding Sick Horse

CDC says she was infected by S. zooepidemicus

(Newser) - A 71-year-old woman is dead after—in a rare occurrence—she was infected by a sick horse in Washington state, Live Science reports. The unnamed woman was visiting her daughter's horse boarding and riding center the week of Feb. 21. According to WZTV , one of the horses had an... More »

Cops: Teen Used New AR-15 to Kill 'Dream Girl'

Allen Ivanov had to read the manual just before shootings

(Newser) - The teenager accused of killing three people at a house party near Seattle bought his AR-15-style rifle so recently he had to study the instruction manual before the rampage, police say. According to court documents, 19-year-old Allen Ivanov has told police that he bought the Ruger firearm just a week... More »

Here's What a (Legal) Pot Habit Typically Costs

At least in Washington state

(Newser) - Once pot becomes legal in a state, how much do pot smokers spend each year on their habit? That's one of a few questions the "cannabis intelligence firm" Headset answers with its review of some 40,000 purchases made in Washington state between September 2014 and July 2016,... More »

3 Young People Dead in Shooting Near Seattle

Source says one of the victims had recently broken up with the suspected shooter

(Newser) - A gunman killed three and injured a fourth person early Saturday in a suburban Seattle home where young people had gathered, the AP reports. The suspect was pulled over and arrested three counties away, Officer Myron Travis of the Mukilteo Police Department said. About 15 to 20 people were in... More »

Alleged Killer of Wash. Couple Captured in Mexico

John Reed now in custody in Arizona

(Newser) - After more than three months on the run, the Washington man accused of killing his former neighbors has been arrested. John B. Reed was captured in Mexico on Friday and kicked out of that country for violating its immigration laws, the Seattle Times reports. US Marshals arrested him when he... More »

Sheriff: Restaurant Owner Told Deputies They Can't Eat There

But owner says it was big misunderstanding due to language barrier

(Newser) - The sheriff of a county about 70 miles north of Seattle says the owner of a Chinese restaurant has asked that law enforcement no longer dine there. Per the AP , Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said on Facebook that after four deputies finished lunch at Lucky Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley Thursday,... More »

Amazon's New Building Will Resemble ... the Amazon

It'll include 40 to 50 trees, plus 'treehouses'

(Newser) - Amazon is revamping its Seattle headquarters, adding several new buildings, including a 524-foot-tall tower with a dog park perched on top, per Silicon Beat . But the pièce de résistance is a skeletal-like structure made up of three conjoined spheres ( Bloomberg likens them to "melted-together Milk Duds"... More »

2 Harbor Seal Pups Die After Beachgoers Take Them Home

Separate incidents prompted NOAA to put out a press release

(Newser) - In another devastating case of humans interfering with wildlife , a harbor seal pup had to be euthanized in Washington state after a woman carried it off the beach in a reusable shopping bag. The woman saw the pup on a beach near Westport and mistakenly believed it had been abandoned,... More »

Dad of the Year Recreates Teen Daughter's Selfies

'Best troll ever'

(Newser) - Washington state dad Burr Martin proves nothing makes "sexy selfies" taken by teens look sillier than when they're recreated by a 47-year-old man. Us Weekly reports Martin is going viral after recreating a number of his 19-year-old daughter Cassie's selfies and posting them on Instagram . “Instead... More »

Odd New Tool in Study of Wildfires: Rattlesnakes

Researcher will track snakes near Washington burn site

(Newser) - Animals flee fire—but what happens when the flames are extinguished? That's exactly what Joey Chase of Central Washington University is trying to find out. Over the next year, he plans to track two male Northern Pacific rattlesnakes, each about 10 years old, found near the site of a... More »

Hero Takes Down School Shooter in Dramatic Video

Prosecutors release video of 2014 Seattle Pacific University incident

(Newser) - A student at Seattle Pacific University is shown pepper-spraying a gunman , then taking him to the ground during an on-campus attack in video released by authorities. The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office released the footage Tuesday to satisfy a public records request. In the video, a man identified by... More »

Trump, Clinton Win Washington Primaries

But Sanders won the state's delegates months ago

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each won primaries in Washington state Tuesday—but Trump's win is the only one that will count. Trump's victory helps him inch closer to clinching the GOP nomination for president. He is within 41 delegates of the number needed to become the Republican... More »

Fugitive Suspect in Wash. Couple's Murder Arrested

His brother, also suspected of murder, is still at large

(Newser) - One of two brothers who were charged with first-degree murder in the presumed killing of a missing Washington state couple was taken into custody Monday in San Diego, the AP reports. Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Shari Ireton said Tony Clyde Reed, 49, crossed into the US from Mexico... More »

Teen Gets 9 Years for Kidnapping His Great-Grandma

He and his friends wanted her car

(Newser) - An 87-year-old Washington state woman had some advice for her great-grandson as he was sentenced Thursday for abducting her in 2015 in what the Tri-City Herald calls an "apparent murder plot" to steal her car. “Behave yourself in prison and maybe some day you will have a good... More »

Hillary Clinton Gets the Win in Guam Caucuses

But Bernie Sanders still won the day in delegates

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is the projected winner of the not-super-important Guam caucuses, the Hill reports. According to Politico , unofficial results have Clinton winning with 60% of the vote to Bernie Sanders' 40%. Both Clinton and Sanders had done minimal campaigning in Guam, with Sanders promising to visit if he's elected... More »

Cops: Teen Robber Shot Himself in the Groin

That's got to be embarrassing

(Newser) - A clumsy armed teen ended a botched robbery sporting one more groin hole than he started with, according to police. The Tacoma News Tribune reports a 16-year-old boy and an accomplice allegedly set up a meeting with a marijuana dealer on Facebook last Friday. When they met the dealer in... More »

Cancer Survivor to Ride Horse 2,200 Miles to HS Reunion

'I always wanted to do something like this'

(Newser) - A cancer survivor has embarked on a roughly 2,200-mile journey on horseback for his 50th high school reunion, the AP reports. Vern Herrst, 67, began his trip Friday from the Methow Valley in northern Washington in hopes of reaching Howell, Michigan, before the reunion in August, the Livingston Daily ... More »

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