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Comfort Dog Helped Family Heal After Vegas. Then, a Shooting

'He was such a blessing'

(Newser) - A Washington state family that survived the mass shooting last year at a Las Vegas concert says a neighbor shot and killed the dog they got to deal with stress and anxiety from the attack. The neighbor was cited by police for recklessly firing a gun. Lona and Joseph Johnson... More »

Big Change Coming to Kroger, and It's Starting in Seattle

Supermarket chain to get rid of all plastic bags by 2025

(Newser) - The nation's largest grocery chain will be free of plastic bags at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025. Kroger Co., which orders about 6 billion bags each year, will begin phasing out their use immediately at one of its chains based in Seattle, a city that'... More »

Guy's 'Ridiculous' Idea: Blow Smoke Back to Canada

All Spokane needs are 2.75M box fans...

(Newser) - Stuck inside as wildfire smoke floated over Spokane, Wash., Caleb Moon turned on his fan, then imagined the city's 550,000 residents doing the same. And "Blow Spokane's Smoke Away to Canada" was born . "Every resident must place at least five box fans on their roof.... More »

Couple Wins $1M in Case of Locker Voyeurism

David Alan Frick, 55, reportedly admitted to secretly recording women

(Newser) - The cost of secretly recording women in a Washington state locker room: $1 million in damages. So a judge ruled this week after a couple sued the city of Bellingham and the city employee who admitted to making the videos in 2015 at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, the Bellingham ... More »

Teen Says Friend Asked to Be Pushed Off 60-Foot Bridge

Taylor Smith charged with one count of reckless endangerment Friday

(Newser) - A single push could land Taylor Smith in jail for up to a year. That and a $5,000 fine are the maximum penalty the 18-year-old faces if convicted of the single count of reckless endangerment she was charged with Friday. Smith pushed friend Jordan Holgerson off a 60-foot bridge... More »

Teen Wants Friend Who Pushed Her Off Bridge to 'Sit in Jail'

Jordan Holgerson has changed her mind about punishment for Taylor Smith

(Newser) - The Washington 16-year-old whose friend pushed her off a 60-foot bridge says that friend should "sit in jail and think about ... what she did." So says Jordan Holgerson, now home from the hospital but still recovering from six broken ribs, two punctured lungs, and other internal injuries, in... More »

Hiker Lost in Wilderness Survived by Eating Bees

He was found after 6 days on Mount St. Helens

(Newser) - Matthew Matheny went for what was supposed to be a brief hike on Mount St. Helens on Thursday last week—and was airlifted to a Vancouver, Wash., hospital Wednesday when search and rescue teams finally found him. The 40-year-old Warren, Ohio, resident, who was in the state visiting friends, had... More »

Teen Accused of Pushing Friend Off Bridge Speaks Out

With charges possible, Taylor Smith 'feels really bad'

(Newser) - She apologized privately. Now, after allegedly pushing her friend off a 60-foot bridge in Washington state, 18-year-old Taylor Smith is doing so publicly. The teen tells NBC News she "feels really bad about what happened" at Moulton Falls Regional Park on Aug. 7, when authorities say Smith pushed 16-year-old... More »

Military Jets Scramble After Airline Worker Steals Plane

Horizon Air plane out of Sea-Tac eventually crashed on island outside Tacoma

(Newser) - Air traffic controllers expecting a quiet Friday evening got anything but as an incident developed out of Seattle. Airport officials and local authorities report that around 8pm local time, a 29-year-old ground service agent with Horizon Air stole a 76-seat turboprop from Sea-Tac International Airport, took to the skies, and... More »

Afraid to Leap From Bridge, Wash. Teen Was Forced

16-year-old has 5 broken ribs, apologetic friend

(Newser) - Jordan Holgerson had cold feet. Standing on the edge of a pedestrian bridge 60 feet above Washington's Lewis River, the 16-year-old prepared to jump as someone counted down from three, but hesitated. "No, I won't go," she says in a YouTube video . And then she's... More »

One Big Race to Watch: Trump's Pick in Kansas

Kris Kobach is trying to unseat a sitting GOP governor, with the president's backing

(Newser) - Voters in five states go to the polls on Tuesday, and analysts will again be looking for clues on what the results might mean for the November midterms. Some highlights:
  • Kansas: The GOP primary for the governor's seat might be the highest-profile contest of the night because of President
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Dead Cats Being Found With Their Spines Removed

Thurston County, Washington, is up to 7 such deaths

(Newser) - Something macabre is afoot in Washington's Thurston County. Seven cats have been found killed and mutilated there in recent months, and brutally so. Q13 cites Animal Services Officer Erika Johnson as describing the "extremely horrific" methodology: The animals were sliced from their stern to their genitals, and their... More »

A 'Gut-Wrenching' Mother's Grief in the Puget Sound

Orca won't let go of her calf, who died shortly after being born Tuesday off the Washington coast

(Newser) - What's being described as a "gut-wrenching" scene is playing out in Puget Sound, and it's been going on for at least three days. The Seattle Times reports on J35, an orca who gave birth on Tuesday only to witness her calf die 30 minutes later—and she'... More »

After Toddler Falls Into Septic Tank, a Frantic Rescue

Mom and big sister of Thorin Hess team up to rescue and revive him

(Newser) - A toddler in Washington state who fell into a septic tank is alive because of his big sister. The AP reports the incident took place in the Tacoma suburb of Edgewood on Wednesday morning, when the boy, identified by KIRO-7 as 2-year-old Thorin Hess, plunged into the tank after stepping... More »

'Soul' of the Pacific NW Is Dying of Starvation

Killer whales are succumbing to a variety of factors, including pollution and lack of Chinook salmon

(Newser) - "I believe we have orcas in our soul in this state." Those were the words of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year after forming the Southern Resident Orca Task Force , an initiative meant to keep endangered killer whales alive in the region. Contributing to their extinction there,... More »

Cops: Guy Picked Wrong Business to Break Into

He couldn't escape NW Escape Experience, allegedly

(Newser) - The problem with breaking into an escape-room business is, well, the escape. Police in Vancouver, Washington, say Rye Wardlaw busted into NW Escape Experience overnight Sunday and ended up calling 911 because he couldn't get out, reports USA Today . Authorities say the 40-year-old finally managed to escape through a... More »

She Was Surveying the Land. Then the Wolves Came

Woman scoots up tree in Washington state, is rescued by helicopter

(Newser) - Dispatchers in Okanogan, Wash., received an unusual call right around lunchtime Thursday: A woman phoned to say she was perched 30 feet up in a tree near a local campground, with wolves hovering at the bottom and waiting for her to come down, the AP reports. The research student said... More »

Rachel Dolezal Makes Short Trip to Jail

She's booked on welfare fraud charges in Washington

(Newser) - The former NAACP branch president best known as Rachel Dolezal was booked Monday into a jail in Washington state, where she faces welfare fraud charges . Dolezal, who was born white but identifies as "transracial," was photographed and fingerprinted at Spokane County Jail around 3:30pm, then released on... More »

Bystander Who Stopped Carjacker Is a Pastor

47-year-old also aided victim after the attack

(Newser) - Danner Barton's quick thinking meant he escaped an armed carjacking attempt Sunday with only a bullet wound to his hand. "I ducked my head and I gunned it" as the culprit opened fire in Tumwater, Wash., leaving a bullet lodged in his steering wheel, the 16-year-old tells KING5... More »

High School Football Team's Co-Captains Die Within 48 Hours

'It's like a double blow'

(Newser) - For members of the football team at Lynnwood High School, graduation this year isn't a time of celebration but a time of shock, bewilderment, and grief. Both of the Washington state school team's co-captains died within 48 hours of each other over the weekend. Sayon Savorn, a 17-year-old... More »

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