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Couple Scammed Elderly Man Out of $3M to Live Big in Vegas

Hiep Cong Van, Thy Minh Phan sentenced to prison

(Newser) - A couple who scammed more than $3 million off an elderly Oregon resident are heading to prison after blowing their ill-gotten funds in Las Vegas, the Oregonian reports. The victim, identified only as RW, was a customer of 41-year-old Hiep Cong Van's landscaping business in Colorado but moved to... 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 »

Porsche Stolen in 1991. It Just Turned Up in an Oregon Forest

Wreck discovered by man walking dog

(Newser) - Maybe Sasquatch has a thing for German engineering? The Sinclair Broadcast Group reports a 1979 Porsche 924 was found at the bottom of a wooded cliff on Tuesday in Oregon—nearly 27 years after it was reported stolen from the parking lot of a Medford movie theater. The wrecked car—... More »

Inmate's Girlfriend Jailed Following Literal Kiss of Death

She passed meth to inmate boyfriend, who died as a result

(Newser) - An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge, reports the AP . Melissa Ann Blair passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into the mouth of Anthony Powell during a long... More »

She Died in Her Crib. Her Parents Blame Their Apartment

Oregon couple suing for $8M

(Newser) - Two-year-old Taqwa Dakhlalla was "all [her mother] ever wanted," a little girl who made the lives of her parents "ceaselessly better," according to Facebook posts. Then tragedy struck. On Dec. 11, 2016, Janna Walton and Abdullah Dakhlalla put their daughter to sleep in a room in... More »

Parents of Stillborn Child: 'We Didn’t Want Her Life to Be in Vain'

Family starts nonprofit to pay hospital bills of fellow parents of stillborn babies

(Newser) - When a nurse informed Rebekka Hauskins her baby, Hayden Ruth, was stillborn at 32 weeks it was "complete devastation," People reports. “I just remember at one point saying to my husband, ‘I just want to die.’ It’s just so painful,” the Oregon mother... More »

District Requires Teachers to Report Sex Between Students

Even if one of the students is their own child

(Newser) - Teachers and staff of an Oregon public school district are disturbed at a district rule requiring them to report any student sexual activity—whether they know about it for a fact or just suspect it, and even if it involves their own children—to law enforcement or state officials. According... More »

Woman Sues for $1.8M Over Hysterectomy, Mastectomy

She claims doctors misread her test results and the surgeries were unnecessary

(Newser) - An Oregon woman is seeking $1.8 million after she says multiple medical professionals misread test results, resulting in her getting a double mastectomy and hysterectomy last year, the Oregonian reports. "I wish this on nobody, nobody," 36-year-old Elisha Cooke-Moore tells KTVL , which has a copy of her... More »

'Completely Innocent' Kids Die in Oregon's Worst Crash Since 2012

Man with DUI record accused of killing woman, 4 kids

(Newser) - A man arrested for drunk driving and hit-and-run in July killed a woman and four children in a horrific head-on crash on Sunday, Oregon State Police say. Lizette Medrano-Perez, 25, and an 8-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl, and a 2-year-old girl were killed when a Land Rover... 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 »

Man Who Famously Fought Off the Nazis Has Died

Easy Company's Donald Malarkey was 96

(Newser) - Donald Malarkey, a World War II paratrooper who was awarded the Bronze Star after parachuting behind enemy lines at Normandy to destroy German artillery on D-Day, has died. He was 96. Malarkey was one of several members of "Easy Company" portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He... More »

Oregon Town Has Seen the Enemy, and They Are Turkeys

Pilot Rock is being overrun and seeks advice from the state

(Newser) - A small Oregon municipality is asking the state for advice on how to handle a flock of wild turkeys that are ruining gardens and leaving droppings just about everywhere, per the AP . Officials in Pilot Rock, a city of 1,500 people about 230 miles east of Portland, say dozens... More »

Teen Is Main Suspect in Raging Oregon Wildfire

Witness says she saw him throw a firecracker into canyon

(Newser) - A wildfire that started over the weekend in Oregon torched at least 10,000 acres, stranded more than 150 hikers, and forced the evacuation of multiple towns—and officials think a teen fooling around with firecrackers may be to blame. The Columbian reports that a 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Wash.... More »

Disappointed Pay-Per-View Customer Sues Showtime

'Grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls'

(Newser) - Saturday's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is projected to have brought in $700 million in pay-per-view orders as one of the biggest PPV events in history, Deadline reports. It's also netted Showtime a class-action lawsuit. Oregon resident Zack Bartel filed the lawsuit following the fight.... More »

Indiana Couple Sets Cracker Barrel Record

Ray and Wilma Yoder have visited every location in the US

(Newser) - Ray and Wilma Yoder's visit Monday to a new Cracker Barrel restaurant in Tualatin, Ore., was a special one. For one thing, they were greeted with applause and flowers. That's because the Cracker Barrel visit marked not only Ray's 81st birthday, but the couple's completion of... More »

Mom Sues Hospital for $8.6M After Suffocating Her Newborn

Monica Thompson was heavily medicated when staff left him to nurse

(Newser) - Monica Thompson tried for 12 years to get pregnant, so when she had her first child, Jacob, she called him her "miracle baby." Tragically, he didn't live past day 10. Now the mother of a toddler girl, Thompson is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center in Oregon for... More »

Drivers Get Slimed by Eels in Oregon

Truck carrying eels overturns

(Newser) - Drivers in Oregon got a slimy surprise Thursday afternoon when a truck full of eels overturned on Highway 101, KPTV reports. The eels were on their way to Korea "for consumption" when the seafood livestock truck carrying them rolled over. The Oregonian states it was a "decidedly disgusting... More »

FBI Agent Charged With Cover-Up in Rancher Shooting

Robert Finicum killed during takeover of Oregon wildlife refuge

(Newser) - An FBI agent pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he lied about shooting at a key figure in last year's armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge just before the man was killed by Oregon police, the AP reports. W. Joseph Astarita was indicted on five felony... More »

Oregon Decides Roadkill Can Be Harvested to Eat

Other states have similar laws on the books

(Newser) - Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask where the elk burger or a venison steak they're being served came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat,... More »

Photographer Makes Exciting Find in Undeveloped Film

Kati Dimoff discovers unseen shots of Mount St. Helens erupting

(Newser) - Kati Dimoff, a photographer in Portland, Oregon, buys old cameras and develops the rolls of film she finds inside as a bit of a hobby, KATU reports. But one exciting recent find set off a local mystery: shots of Mount St. Helens' 1980 volcanic eruption. On Instagram , Dimoff says she... More »

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