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Proposed Bill May Give Coffee Lovers the Jitters

Gasp: Oregon is weighing a coffee tax

(Newser) - Nearly 250 years after the Boston Tea Party , we could have a Salem Coffee Party on our hands. The Oregon Legislature is weighing a tax of 5 cents per pound on wholesale coffee, including coffee beans and ground coffee. KOIN reports that no revenue projection was given in House Bill... More »

Father, Son Missing After Being Hit by 'Sneaker Wave'

They were walking along the Oregon coast Sunday

(Newser) - Charity Woodrum was just an arm's length away when her husband and 3-year-old son were hit by a wave and carried out to sea Sunday on the Oregon Coast, the AP reports. They haven't been found. Officials tell the Statesman Journal the beach where the family was walking... More »

Hard-Core Workouts Send 3 Oregon Players to Hospital

One Ducks football lineman has come down with rare, potentially life-threatening condition

(Newser) - Three University of Oregon players on the Ducks football team are recuperating at a local hospital after a series of intense workouts last week that left one of the players with a rare, serious condition, the Oregonian reports. Offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick... More »

An Oregon Snow Day, an Office Cleaning, a $1M Find

Joemel Panisa found winning Mega Millions ticket just days before it expired

(Newser) - The weather outside was frightful, but for one Oregon man, the results proved utterly delightful. The Oregonian reports that Joemel Panisa of Logsden is its latest $1 million Mega Millions winner, and the only reason he's now flush with cash is because he was holed up during one of... More »

41 Elk Fall Through Ice, Die in Oregon

Wildlife officials couldn't save the herd

(Newser) - Oregon is home to 41 fewer elk—and poachers aren't to blame. On Tuesday, an elk herd fell through ice while trying to cross the Brownlee Reservoir on Powder River, says the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which was told about the incident by a witness. Only four... 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 »

Bros to Basketball Fans: 'Consent Is a Slam-Dunk!'

Brocial Justice's feminist flyers draw attention outside Blazers games

(Newser) - "Our society is often more legit for dudes, let's use that privilege to give others the alley-oop!" So reads a flyer being handed out at Portland Trail Blazers games by a group of dudes going by the name Brocial Justice. The Oregonian reports the group started passing... 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 »

US Waters Finally Showing Signs of Fukushima Radiation

But scientists say there's no danger to humans or the environment

(Newser) - Moving at a pace "roughly twice the speed of a garden snail," the plume of nuclear radiation created by the Fukushima disaster has finally crossed the Pacific Ocean and arrived off the West Cost of the US, the Statesman Journal reports. Following a massive earthquake and tsunami in... More »

Man Gets 6 Months in Oregon's First Revenge Porn Sentencing

Says he and his ex were trying to make porn, and that the material was copyrighted

(Newser) - One year after Oregon made revenge porn illegal, the state has handed down its first sentence in a revenge porn case. In June, Benjamin Barber, who is 31, posted pornographic footage of himself with a former partner without his partner's consent to multiple adult sites. Now a jury has... More »

Woman Calls Cops on Guy Whistling 'Closing Time'

Oregon police don't know if it was the song or the whistling in general that offended

(Newser) - Every week, Capt. Mark Herb of Oregon's Forest Grove Police Department pulls together what Time calls the department's "always entertaining" police log , and the last item in the most recent installation didn't disappoint. For the week of Nov. 20 through Nov. 26 listed in the Oregonian ... More »

Family Says They've Found Remains of Missing Hiker

Annie Schmidt, 21, disappeared last month in Oregon

(Newser) - The remains of a 21-year-old hiker missing since last month have been found at the bottom of a cliff in Oregon, her family says. KATU reports that clothing and personal items were found with human remains off a trail in the Columbia River Gorge near where Annie Schmidt's car... 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 »

4 Wins for Diversity on Election Night

US has its first Latina senator

(Newser) - Though Hillary Clinton failed to become the first female US president, diversity prevailed on Election Night in other ways. The history-making results in four states:
  • Nevada: Former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, 52, won a competitive race to take retiring Sen. Harry Reid's seat, becoming the first Latina
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Elk Gets Posthumous Revenge on the Hunter Who Killed It

Oregon hunter almost killed himself when he flipped his ATV

(Newser) - An Oregon hunter found himself in a dangerous situation after accidentally impaling himself on his own kill, the Oregonian reports. Gary Heeter, 69, was dragging an elk carcass behind his ATV up a steep hill Saturday when the vehicle flipped, impaling Heeter in the back on the elk's antler.... More »

Bundy Acquittals Greeted With Applause, Disgust

Some herald the 'great news,' while others call it 'devastating'

(Newser) - Seven defendants in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff trial were acquitted Thursday , including brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, in what the New York Times calls a "surprise" development and a huge "blow" to federal prosecutors. "I knew that what my husband was doing was right, but I... More »

Ore. Occupiers Found Not Guilty in 41-Day Standoff

Ammon and Ryan Bundy and 5 others acquitted of federal charges

(Newser) - The leaders of an armed group who seized a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were acquitted Thursday in their 41-day standoff, the AP reports. A jury found brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty of possessing a firearm in a federal facility and conspiring to impede federal workers from... More »

It's Easier Than You Think to Accidentally Steal a Car

Inadvertent car thief was supposed to pick up her friend's car and chose poorly

(Newser) - Accidents happen. Like, sometimes you steal a car without even meaning to. Surveillance video taken Tuesday night in Portland, Ore., shows a woman unlocking Erin Hatzi's red Subaru in Hatzi's driveway and driving off, the Guardian reports. Hatzi tells KGW it didn't seem like a normal car... More »

Man Attacked by Shark Explains How He Survived

Joseph Tanner punched shark in gills off Oregon coast

(Newser) - Joseph Tanner was resting his arms on his surf board when something grabbed his right leg and yanked him under the waves, he recalled Wednesday, nearly three weeks after the shark attack north of Oregon's Cannon Beach. The shark had his leg in its jaw, and as Tanner struggled... More »

Dozens Join Search for Missing 21-Year-Old Hiker

'I have to face the reality that she may not still be alive,' Anna Schmidt's mom says

(Newser) - A worried family is searching for their 21-year-old daughter who disappeared while hiking in Oregon and hasn't been heard from since last Sunday, Fox 13 reports. “I have to face the reality that she may not still be alive," Michelle Schmidt says of her daughter Anna Schmidt.... More »

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