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Man Who Bilked $100M From Investors Escapes Prison

Frederick Berg was discovered missing Wednesday in California

(Newser) - A Washington state man who bilked investors out of more than $100 million in a Ponzi scheme has escaped from a federal prison in central California, according to the US Marshals Service. Prison officials said Frederick Berg, 55, was discovered missing Wednesday from a minimum-security work camp next to a... More »

New Report on America's Homeless Is Bleak

Things are getting worse, not better

(Newser) - The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point-in-Time count Wednesday, a... More »

Cops: Driver Was Drunk, Naked, Having Sex When He Crashed

He also had a 3-month-old baby in the backseat

(Newser) - A man was drunk, naked, having sex, and driving with a baby in the backseat when he crashed into a tree Wednesday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. The News Tribune reports the man missed a curve while driving on Mountain Highway and left the road around 6pm. He... More »

Navy Takes Responsibility for Giant Sky Penis

'Absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value'

(Newser) - Even Maverick never pulled off a maneuver this ballsy. Residents of the tiny Washington state town of Okanogan tell the Spokesman-Review they saw a jet drawing something in the sky around noon Thursday. “After it made the circles at the bottom, I knew what it was and started laughing,... More »

Here Are the 10 Fastest-Growing US Cities

Frisco, Texas, takes the top spot

(Newser) - While some metropolitan areas are stagnating and trying to figure out their next move to stay competitive, others are in the fast lane—and the Lone Star State can claim four of the top 10 on WalletHub's list of the fastest-growing cities in America. The rankings took into account... More »

Nelly Arrested for Allegedly Raping Woman on Tour Bus

The rapper was jailed Saturday morning in Washington state

(Newser) - Nelly was arrested Saturday morning for allegedly raping a woman on his tour bus in Washington state, TMZ reports. According to Q13 , the "Hot in Herre" rapper performed at the White River Amphitheater on Friday and was also scheduled to appear at a nightclub event in nearby Seattle the... More »

'Manifesto' Found in Home of Alleged School Shooter

Caleb Sharpe has pleaded not guilty

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy accused of killing a student at his rural Washington state high school and wounding three others has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, according to court documents made public Tuesday. Caleb Sharpe, a sophomore at Freeman High School near the small... More »

Suspected School Shooter Told Friends He'd Do 'Something Stupid'

Victim Sam Strahan died protecting others, says sheriff

(Newser) - Ami Strahan lost her husband on Father's Day when a motor home he was working on fell atop him. Less than three months later, she'd also lose her son. Sam Strahan was shot in the head shortly after 10am Wednesday by a schoolmate at Freeman High School in... More »

1 Dead, 3 Injured in Shooting at Washington High School

A suspect has been detained

(Newser) - One person is dead and three more injured after a shooting at Freeman High School in Washington state's Spokane County Wednesday, KHQ reports. According to KXLY , authorities say they have the only shooter in custody. The three injured people are hospitalized in stable condition with one scheduled for surgery.... More »

After 5th Sexual Abuse Allegation, Mayor Resigns

This time it's Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's cousin accusing him

(Newser) - The mayor of Seattle is resigning after a fifth person—his cousin—publicly accused him of sexual abuse, the Seattle Times reports. Joseph Dyer, 54, says Ed Murray, 62, forced him to have sex in a bedroom they shared at the home of Dyer's mother four decades ago. Murray,... More »

Kitten Pulled From Fire Will Melt Your Heart

Velcro was given oxygen to aid recovery

(Newser) - "There was heavy smoke in there, so the fact that they survived is pretty remarkable," says a fire official after a kitten and snake were rescued from a cooking fire at an apartment in Washington state on Monday. Firefighters initially pulled two dogs from the fire, one of... More »

Bikini Baristas Sue City Over 'Anal Cleft' Ordinance

Everett, Wash., has essentially outlawed the bikini barista

(Newser) - A group of bikini baristas say they have a right to bare their midriffs, and they're fighting the city of Everett, Wash., in order to keep it that way. At issue are two ordinances passed last month and effective as of last Tuesday that bar "quick-service" facility employees... More »

Teens' Game of 'Ding Dong Ditch' Escalates to Stabbing

14-year-old boys arrested on suspicion of assault

(Newser) - "I think the concept of 'ding dong ditch' has been around pretty much since the invention of the door and since teenagers have been in existence," KOMO quotes a spokesperson for the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office as saying. "Obviously they don't normally end with... More »

Impact of Massive Fish Escape Might Not Be Known for Years

Nets holding 305,000 Atlantic salmon collapsed

(Newser) - More than a week after a major net failure at a salmon farm near Seattle, it's still unclear how many fish escaped and what the damage to the surrounding ecosystem could be. The Cook Aquaculture fish farm was damaged on Aug. 19, and the extensive grid of nets holding... More »

Dad Devastated by School Lunch Shaming Takes Action

Jeffrey Lew wants to pay off lunch debt for every student in Washington state

(Newser) - Jeffrey Lew never wants a child to be shamed on the school cafeteria line again. That's why the Seattle dad of three has been hard at work fundraising, with one goal in mind: to pay down the school lunch debt of every student in the state of Washington. Today.... More »

Elderly Brothers Arrested After Relative Makes Disturbing Find

Cops uncover staggering amount of child porn

(Newser) - Neighbors say they thought three elderly brothers who shared a home in Seattle were weird but harmless. What police have found in the home, however, suggests that the Emery brothers were extremely disturbed and potentially dangerous individuals. Police say former Seattle Children's Hospital janitor Charles Emery, 82; Thomas Emery,... More »

Solar Eclipse May Have Helped 5K Salmon Escape

Fish busted out of broken net in Washington state

(Newser) - In what one conservationist is calling an "environmental nightmare," an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 Atlantic salmon busted out of their holding pen over the weekend after a net broke, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is now pleading with locals to help catch as... More »

In One State, It's Illegal to Plan for a Nuclear Attack

Washington state passed the law to celebrate end of Cold War

(Newser) - "Our area will be in the forefront of any nuclear exchange, whether it involves North Korea, China, or Russia," a Seattle-area anti-nuclear activist tells the Los Angeles Times . About 20 miles west of Seattle is Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, home to the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in... More »

A City Preps to Get Its Chris Cornell Statue

Homage to 'Seattle's son' will be placed in his hometown, Cornell's wife says

(Newser) - Chris Cornell's widow has commissioned a statue of the late singer to be raised in his hometown of Seattle as a way of keeping his legacy alive. Vicky Cornell tells the Seattle Times that sculptor Wayne Toth "has already given me a design and the children and I... More »

Why It's Wise to Avoid Following a Coroner's Van

Gurney with body slips out into intersection in Olympia, Wash.

(Newser) - Police say a gurney holding a dead body fell from the back of a coroner's van into traffic in Olympia, Wash., per the AP . The Olympian reports the van was heading back to the county coroner's office Monday after responding to a home death. Olympia Police Department Lt.... More »

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