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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 »

Fugitive Brothers Charged in Couple's Murder

One had previously threatened the missing pair

(Newser) - Court documents show that Washington state police have reached the "inescapable conclusion" that missing Arlington couple Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude were murdered . Their vehicles, found partly obscured by branches down an embankment in a remote area near Oso on Sunday, showed "obvious blood pooling and smearing, and... More »

Cops: Brothers on the Run After Couple Murdered

Their first priority is finding bodies of missing Wash. pair

(Newser) - Police in Washington state say the public "should absolutely be worried" about two armed and dangerous brothers who are on the run after the suspected murders of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude. John Reed, 53, and Tony Reed, 49, have been named as suspects in the disappearance of the... More »

Woman Says a Potato Chip Saved Her Life

It led her to early throat cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - Kristine Moore has eaten Ruffles potato chips "every day of my life for the past 20 years," she tells the Everett Herald . That may not seem like the healthiest lunch habit, but it's one that she now says saved her life. On Feb. 28, the Marysville, Wash.... More »

Truck Plows Into Crowd of Kids at Bus Stop

One was seriously hurt, multiple others injured

(Newser) - A 19-year-old man driving on a suspended license slammed a pickup truck into children at a school bus stop Thursday in a small town outside Seattle, severely injuring one of them, authorities said. The driver, who has a history of seizures, apparently lost control of his vehicle because of a... More »

Dismembered Mom's Date Claims He Blacked Out

Cops found a pruning saw in her bathroom

(Newser) - More details are emerging in the disturbing murder of Ingrid Lyne —and they're not coming from her alleged killer. Prosecutors believe that suspect John Charlton murdered and dismembered the nurse in her Renton, Wash., home after they had been on a date last Friday and then drove her... More »

Dangerous Psych Hospital Escapee Recaptured

Anthony Garver found in woods near parents' home

(Newser) - A man who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital where he was being held after being found too mentally ill to face charges that he tortured a woman to death is back in custody. Anthony Garver, 28, was apprehended without incident Friday night by law enforcement in Spokane after... More »

Psych Hospital Escapee Visited His Parents

More details emerge about 'dangerous' Anthony Garver

(Newser) - Authorities may be closing in on an alleged murderer who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital: Officials say Anthony Garver's mom called 911 around 3:30pm Thursday after her son visited his parents' home near Spokane, reports NBC News . Garver fled before SWAT officers, K-9 units, and helicopters... More »

'Dangerous' Escapee From Psych Facility at Large

A second man who escaped has been caught

(Newser) - Two dangerous patients escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Washington state on Wednesday, though one of them was captured Thursday amid an intense manhunt. Anthony Garver and Mark Alexander Adams broke out of Western State Hospital around 6pm Wednesday, possibly through a loose window in their room. Police picked up... More »

Right-to-Die Group: We Have Cheaper Way to Die

End of Life Washington offers own drug concoction

(Newser) - Right-to-die advocates in Washington state have created a cheaper alternative mixture of medications to help terminally ill patients legally end their lives after a drug company abruptly hiked the price of a drug commonly used for the purpose, the AP reports. Doctors with the End of Life Washington advocacy group... More »

Man Disrupts Egg Hunt, Leads Cops to Pot Operation

Police seized 45 pounds of marijuana they believe was being distributed nationally

(Newser) - A man ran into the middle of an Easter egg hunt Saturday afternoon screaming that his roommates were trying to kill him, inadvertently leading sheriff's deputies in Salmon Creek, Wash., to sniff out what they say is a major, unlicensed pot operation they believe crosses state lines to deliver... More »

Sanders Sweeps Saturday Caucuses

Notches wins in Alaska, Washington, Hawaii

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders has won Saturday's caucuses in Alaska, Washington state, and Hawaii as he fights to gain ground on Hillary Clinton, reports the AP . Washington was Saturday's big prize with 101 delegates at stake, and Politico called a victory there "essential" to Sanders' campaign hopes. The delegates... More »

Coffee Stand Employees Stop to Pray With Grieving Customer

Now their good deed is going viral

(Newser) - A grieving woman who had just lost her husband found solace in an unexpected place: the young employees of a local drive-thru coffee stand. The Oregonian reports employees at Dutch Bros. Coffee in Vancouver, Washington, noticed one of their customers seemed upset while waiting in her car Saturday. It turns... More »

Cops: College Student Takes LSD, Then Beats His Girlfriend to Death

'He states (that) after a while things started to get weird'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old college student in Seattle allegedly killed his girlfriend after getting high on LSD over the weekend, the Seattle Times reports. According to the Tri-City Herald , police say the suspect, identified as Casey Henderson, and 22-year-old Katy Straalsund took LSD Saturday and walked around the University of Washington, where... More »

Behind Seattle Evacuation, Hazmat Search: Deodorant

Church, daycare cleared out because of Axe body spray

(Newser) - A church and daycare center in Seattle's University District were cleared out by the city's fire department, nearby streets were roped off, and hazmat teams descended on the area Friday after "cough-inducing fumes" were noted wafting out of the church's bathroom and someone called 911, MyNorthwest.... More »

7-Eleven Customer Kills Hatchet-Wielding Attacker

Suspect in Seattle incident shot dead

(Newser) - Authorities say a man with a hatchet who entered a Seattle-area 7-Eleven early Sunday attacked a store clerk and a customer without saying a single word—until the customer pulled out a pistol and shot the suspect dead, CNN reports. The masked hatchet-holder, believed to be in his 40s, came... More »

Man Fatally Shoots Himself While Taking Selfies

43-year-old from Washington state had been posing with girlfriend

(Newser) - A day spent posing for selfies with his girlfriend and a gun turned out to be fatal for a man in Washington state. The Skagit Valley Herald reports the unnamed man accidentally shot himself in the face Sunday while taking a photo. The girlfriend of the 43-year-old from Concrete says... More »

Baby's Heart Fails Just Before Transplant, but He Survives

Donor organ came in the nick of time

(Newser) - Lincoln Seay was born July 14 with his heart on the wrong side of his body and immediately went into surgery. By November, doctors told his parents that Lincoln was suffering from end stage heart failure and would have to wait about 90 days to get the new heart he... More »

Bullet That Killed Salma Hayek's Dog Was 'Fluke'

There won't be charges against neighbor who killed 9-year-old Mozart

(Newser) - Salma Hayek had hoped cops would track down the person who shot and killed her dog in mid-February at her ranch in Washington state, and they did—but it looks like there won't be any charges. A neighbor of Hayek's has confessed to shooting 9-year-old Mozart with a... More »

Woman Finds Rare Pearl in Clam Dish

Quahog purple pearl likely worth about $600

(Newser) - When Lindsay Hasz bit into her medley of seafood and shellfish at Montalcino Ristorante Italiano in Issaquah, Wash., she thought she might have broken a tooth. The culprit: a small, purple pebble-like object embedded in one of her clams. "It was quite jarring," Hasz tells KOMO News . At... More »

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