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McDonald's Is Making Ordering Less 'Stressful'

Chain is testing mobile order-and-pay app before national rollout

(Newser) - McDonald's has started testing mobile order-and-pay after acknowledging the ordering process in its restaurants can be "stressful." The company says it will gather feedback from the test before launching the option nationally toward the end of the year, the AP reports. It says mobile order-and-pay is now... More »

4-Year-Old Boy Dies While Under Anesthesia at Dentist

'I've never heard of a child losing their life at a dentist'

(Newser) - A mother in Washington state is searching for answers after her 4-year-old son died Friday following a routine dental procedure, KATU reports. Mykel Peterson didn't like the dentist. Thmeka Curry tells KGW her son was on the autism spectrum and had a hard time keeping his mouth open. That'... More »

Woman Finds Boy Who Left $5, Sad Note

She wants to give grieving boy his money back

(Newser) - A Washington state woman has tracked down the boy who left $5 and a heartbreaking note at her door after taking one of her butterfly wind chimes—and she wants to give him his money back. "I am sorry that we stole your windchimes our mom died and liked... More »

Woman Looking for Boy Who Left Sad Note, $5 at Her Door

The note apologized for stolen wind chime, gave heartbreaking explanation

(Newser) - A Washington state woman found her butterfly wind chime missing Friday—and a heartbreaking note at her door. "I am sorry that we stole your windchimes our mom died and liked butterflies so my sister took it and put it by our window I am sorry this is only... More »

Sikh Man Shot After Being Told 'Go Back to Your Own Country'

Victim approached by masked man while working on car in driveway

(Newser) - A Sikh man says he was told, "Go back to your own country" before being shot in the arm in his driveway outside Seattle, the Seattle Times reports. The 39-year-old victim was working on his car in his driveway Friday night when he was approached by a man he... More »

Guy Crashes Drone, Gets 30 Days in Jail

It might be the first sentence of its kind

(Newser) - In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a 38-year-old man has been sentenced to time behind bars because he lost control of his drone. Paul Skinner, who owns an aerial photography business in Washington state, was found guilty of reckless endangerment in January and handed... More »

Hundreds Attend Funeral for 8.4K-Year-Old Man

20-year Kennewick Man dispute is over as 'Ancient One' is laid to rest

(Newser) - The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground. More than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes and bands gathered at an undisclosed location over the weekend to lay the remains of the man they call "the Ancient One" to rest, according to an... More »

Florist Who Turned Down Gay Wedding Defeated Again

Supreme Court rules selling flowers isn't free speech

(Newser) - The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state's antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs, the AP reports. A lower court had fined Barronelle Stutzman for denying service to... More »

Course Teaches Men to Avoid Sex-Trade Trap

Innovative program in Washington state aims to break stereotypes, the patriarchy

(Newser) - Ask a guy why he commissions a prostitute and he may come up with a variety of answers, or even a shrug and an "I'm not sure." But in King County, Wash., men who’ve been busted trying to pay for sex—many with girls they believed... More »

New Twist in Cold Case That Was 'Solved,' Then Unsolved

Investigation that resulted in now-vacated conviction is itself being investigated

(Newser) - In 1957, Illinois 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted and murdered. In 2011, a suspect was arrested and convicted the following year. Then, in 2016, he was set free after a prosecutor and a judge determined he could not have committed the crime. Now, the investigation into that man, Jack Daniel... More »

'No One Is Above the Law— Not Even the President'

Federal judge halts enforcement of Trump's immigration order

(Newser) - A federal judge in Seattle on Friday evening halted enforcement of major parts of President Trump's executive order on immigration—effective for the entire country—in the "broadest" ruling against the order yet, Reuters reports. According to the Stranger , US District Judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining... More »

Maker of OxyContin Sued by Drug-Addled City

Complaint filed by Everett, Wash., says Purdue Pharma valued profits over people

(Newser) - What does a city do when its citizens are wracked with opioid addiction? Sue the maker of one of the most well-known brands is the route Everett is taking, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Washington city of 100,000 north of Seattle filed a complaint Thursday against Purdue Pharma,... More »

10 Fastest-Growing US States

Utah's on top for percentage increase

(Newser) - Compared to the 433,000 residents Texas added in 2016, 60,500 new Utahans might seem like nothing. But the figure was enough to push Utah to the top of the heap of the fastest-growing US states, based on percentage increases in population, per Census data . The top 10: More »

'Harry Potter' Busted Robbing Muggle Banks: Cops

Lookalike suspect in 6 bank robberies arrested

(Newser) - Washington state police say they've nabbed a suspected bank robber who resembles a certain boy wizard, and who they say has a not-so-magical history of busting into banks. Police and the FBI say Caleb Andrew Dierlam, 20, is the "Harry Potter Bandit" responsible for at least six bank... More »

BMW Remotely Foils Would-Be Car Thief

BMW and the cops worked in tandem to help bust Seattle suspect

(Newser) - Police blotters can be the source of tiny treasures, and one out of Seattle last week offers up a gem involving a sleepy suspect and a high-tech car. Per the Seattle Police Department's crime log, a BMW was reported stolen in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, and... More »

Cop's Fatal Shooting Sparks 12-Hour Standoff

Suspect shot while using child as shield: cops

(Newser) - It started with the fatal shooting of a police officer and ended almost 12 hours later with the death of a suspect in Washington state. Authorities say a 45-year-old officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call in Tacoma around 4pm Wednesday. He was taken to... More »

Little-Known US Nuclear Site Is 'Chernobyl Waiting to Happen'

Workers at Hanford facility say they're being sickened while the government remains indifferent

(Newser) - An investigative piece by NBC News includes some damning quotes from nuclear experts about the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state, including "the most toxic place in America" and "an underground Chernobyl waiting to happen." For the story, NBC sat down with 11 current and former workers... More »

Amazon Worker Sends Email, Leaps From Company Building

Seattle police say it was suicide attempt

(Newser) - An Amazon employee emailed hundreds of fellow Amazonians—including CEO Jeff Bezos—before leaping from a building at company headquarters in Seattle Monday morning. The man survived the jump, which police believe was a suicide attempt. A source tells Bloomberg that the man, one of 20,000 workers in multiple... More »

Missing Family Survived on Halloween Candy, Rain Water

The McAlisters' car got stuck while driving in rural Washington state

(Newser) - A missing family was found Thursday after two days trapped in their car, surviving on Halloween candy and rain water, KING reports. According to the AP , authorities had been searching rural Washington state for Jason and Melissa McAlister and their two young children, ages 8 months and 2 years. The... More »

Mysterious Illness Paralyzing Kids Across US Again

Acute flaccid myelitis makes a comeback after no new cases were reported in 2015

(Newser) - It was a quiet 2015 after dozens of people, mostly children, fell gravely ill in 2014 from a mysterious condition called acute flaccid myelitis, which first presents as a cold but quickly escalates to polio-like symptoms, including paralysis. It is quiet no longer as the Centers for Disease Control confirms... More »

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