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Mudslide Survivor: Homes 'Exploded'

Amanda Skorjanc clung to baby as home was swept away

(Newser) - One of the few survivors to be pulled alive from the devastating mudslide in Washington state last month has described her harrowing ordeal for the first time. Amanda Skorjanc says she was at home with her 5-month-old son when she heard a terrifying sound and looked outside to see the... More »

Disasters: There Needs to Be an App for That

The world needs top-notch science apps: Daniel Miller

(Newser) - Enough with the online shopping and Angry Birds: We need apps just as handy to serve a more noble purpose. Daniel Miller warned of the Washington state mudslide ahead of time, but the information he provided wasn't readily accessible to those who would be affected, he writes in the... More »

Mudslide Death Toll Reaches New High

Stands at 27; 19 victims have been identified

(Newser) - The official death toll from Washington's mudslide has increased to 27, with the Snohomish County medical examiner's office saying 19 victims have been positively identified. That's up from 24 dead with 18 identified yesterday. The latest name to the list is 58-year-old Brandy L. Ward of Arlington.... More »

Wash. Gov: 'We're Hoping for a Miracle'

Jay Inslee says rescuers are 'doing everything humanly possible'

(Newser) - With dozens of people still missing in Washington state's devastating mudslide, Gov. Jay Inslee tells CBS today that "we're hoping for a miracle, and we're working for a miracle. We're doing everything humanly possible if that opportunity exists." Rescuers are "performing Herculean tasks... More »

Recovered From Mudslide: Infant Girl's Body

Four-month-old brings official death toll to 25

(Newser) - The death toll in the Washington mudslide hit 25 in heartbreaking fashion yesterday, when rescue workers found the body of a 4-month-old girl amidst the debris. Sanoah Violet Huestis was found near the location where her grandmother's body was recovered Sunday, USA Today reports. "It's an absolute... More »

Up to 24 Mudslide Victims Found

Disaster spared man, killed wife sitting beside him

(Newser) - Some 16 bodies have now been recovered from a huge mudslide in Washington state and rescuers believe they have spotted at least eight more bodies in the debris. The number listed as missing stood at 176 yesterday but officials believe names have been duplicated and the number has been falling... More »

Experts Warned of 'Catastrophic' Landslide in Wash.

'We’ve known it would happen at some point. We just didn’t know when.'

(Newser) - "This came out of nowhere," a county official said yesterday of the landslide that killed at least 14 and left 176 more missing in Washington. "This was a completely unforseen slide." But geologists have actually been making dire predictions about the hill that collapsed since the... More »

14 Confirmed Dead, 176 Missing in Wash. Mudslide

'Entire neighborhoods are just gone'

(Newser) - The number of people missing or unaccounted for after a mudslide that wiped out a riverside neighborhood in Washington state has soared to 176 from 108, with 14 now confirmed dead. The chief of Snohomish County's Department of Emergency Management says the list is still vague and he is... More »

Number of Missing in Wash. Mudslide: Now 108

Officials are working through a pretty hefty list

(Newser) - Authorities say there are 108 names on the list of people who've been reported missing or unaccounted for in the weekend mudslide in Washington state. Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington says that doesn't mean there are 108 injuries or fatalities. But he says it's the... More »

Toll Hits 8 in Huge Wash. Mudslide

Hope fading for dozen people still missing

(Newser) - Hopes are fading for people still believed to be trapped under mud and debris after a massive landslide in Washington state . At least eight people have now been confirmed dead from the mudslide that destroyed dozens of houses in a neighborhood along the Stillaguamish River, the Seattle Times reports. At... More »

3 Dead, 18 Missing in Massive Wash. Mudslide

Search for people trapped continued overnight

(Newser) - Three people were killed in a massive mudslide in Washington state yesterday, and rescuers were chasing voices of people thought to be trapped well into the dark, reports the Seattle Times . At least 18 people are now confirmed missing, adds CNN . The mudslide took out a highway near Oso, Wash.... More »

Homeowner Fights to Keep Treehouse

City says it's a public hazard, but Washington state resident disagrees

(Newser) - Zeb Postelwait of Washington state always wanted to build a treehouse for his sons. He got the chance last summer after moving into a Wenatchee home with a big tree in the front yard. Two months later he received his first notice from the city to tear it down. Authorities... More »

Starbucks Cup Leads to Rape Suspect's Arrest

Police traced its sticker back to store, then scanned surveillance video

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man in Washington state is behind bars on rape charges because of his reusable Starbucks cup, reports the Olympian . Police say Bryon Johnston abducted a woman from a bus stop and drove her to an abandoned motel, but she managed to escape the moving SUV in the parking... More »

Dam's 65-Foot Crack ... Seals Itself

Wanapum Dam now a "non-failure emergency"

(Newser) - Crisis at least temporarily averted: A massive crack in a dam on Washington state's Columbia River has been downgraded to a "non-failure emergency" after it apparently fixed itself. After divers discovered the 65-foot-long by 2-inch-wide crack last week, officials warned the dam could fail and lowered water levels... More »

Washington State Dam Could Fail: Officials

Public not in danger from 65-foot crack, they say

(Newser) - A dam in the Columbia River in Washington State has developed a crack 65 feet long and two inches wide, and officials are warning of a "potential failure." The public, however, doesn't face any danger, officials say, per the Seattle Times . "Catastrophic failure is very unlikely,... More »

Fatal Birth Defects a Mystery in Rural Washington

23 cases of anencephaly reported in a 3-year period

(Newser) - Anencephaly is a "uniformly fatal" birth defect that leaves babies born without part of their brain or skull—and it's been striking three counties in rural Washington state at a rate at least four times the national average. But the cluster—in Yakima, Franklin, and Benton counties—remains... More »

Washington State Suspends Death Penalty

Gov. Jay Inslee 'not convinced equal justice is being served'

(Newser) - Gov. Jay Inslee today brought the use of the death penalty to a screeching halt in Washington state, declaring a moratorium on a system he says has "too many flaws" and pushing his state to "join a growing national conversation" about capital punishment. "There is too much... More »

Mystery of Odd Mounds Solved

'Mima mounds' formed by pocket gophers, researchers believe

(Newser) - Since 1841, many have wondered what might have created "Mima mounds," the mysterious (and quite numerous) large, ancient bumps emerging from the ground in Washington state's Mima Prairie. Earthquakes? Floods? Glaciers? Aliens? Nope. Most likely, it was ... gophers. Researchers think they've finally figured it out, LiveScience... More »

Seattle's Giant Drill, 'Bertha,' Is Stuck

Huge tunnel borer hits a big and unknown snag

(Newser) - A giant drill boring beneath a section of Washington's State Route 99 has ground to a halt after hitting a mysterious clog some 60 feet underground. The five-story tunnel drill, Bertha, slowed to a crawl Saturday about 1,000 feet, or one-eighth of the way, into its dig beneath... More »

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,... More »

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