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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 »

Ill-Advised Craigslist Deal: Pound of Pot for Snowmobile

Unfortunately for Oregon guy, Craigslist seller of snowmobile was state trooper

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon, but what's not is trading a bunch of it for a recreational vehicle—and it's extra likely to come to light if a cop is the one selling said vehicle. But Jason Owen allegedly tried to do just that... More »

Shark Attacks Oregon Trauma Nurse

He directed his own first aid

(Newser) - A Portland-area man is recovering from a rare Oregon shark attack that left him with what a witness calls "fairly gruesome" injuries. The victim, 29-year-old Joseph Tanner, is a trauma nurse who was able to help his own rescuers, witness Jeff Rose tells KGW . "He directed his own... More »

College Student Finds Forgotten 1599 Bible

Geneva Bible sat in a box in college library

(Newser) - A curious college student has rediscovered a copy of what the Oregonian calls "one of the most historically significant Bibles ever published." Junior Sam Bussan had only been working as an archival assistant at Lewis & Clark College's Watzek Library in Portland for less than a month... More »

Oregon Girl Invents 'Smart Bandage,' Wows Google

13-year-old's invention wins her $15K scholarship

(Newser) - An Oregon teenager has invented a bandage that can tell doctors when it needs to be changed, impressing Google judges and securing a $15,000 scholarship. Anushka Naiknaware, 13, placed in the top eight in an international science contest run by Google, the AP reports. She won the Lego Education... More »

People Are 'Losing Their Minds' for Goat Yoga

Somehow this isn't a 'Portlandia' sketch

(Newser) - A farm in Albany, Oregon, is offering yoga classes with goats. Portland is probably mad it didn't think of it first. The Oregonian reports it all started when a yoga instructor asked if she could host a class on Lainey Morse's No Regrets Farm. Morse's six goats... More »

Group Wrecks Rock Formation, Calls It Justice

Authorities initially thought sandstone pedestal had been destroyed by erosion

(Newser) - Cops and park officials in Oregon would like to speak to a group of young people captured on video destroying a unique rock formation in the state's stunning Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. Authorities initially thought the 7-foot sandstone pedestal known as the "Duckbill" had been destroyed by... More »

Accusations of 'Offensive' Touching Rock Oregon Football Team

High schoolers allegedly hazed 11 freshmen

(Newser) - An off-season training camp was meant to strengthen Oregon's Philomath High School football team. Instead, an incident of "aggravated hazing" has turned the team upside down. Juvenile delinquency petitions will be filed against six players, aged 15 to 17, after a July incident involving 11 freshmen at the... More »

2 Lawn-Mowing Seniors Face $37M Bill Over Wildfire

Oregon holds people financially accountable

(Newser) - Two men suspected of starting a wildfire last year that scorched 40 square miles of Oregon forestland could soon get a bill for at least $37 million, reports AP . Jeff Bonebrake with the Oregon Department of Forestry says they're still finalizing firefighting costs for the 2015 Stouts Creek fire... More »

Someone Stole a Professional Snuggler's Snuggle Mobile

Portland, obviously

(Newser) - Some jerk—very possibly someone who didn't receive enough affection—stole the Snuggle Mobile this week in Portland, Oregon. KATU reports the bright orange Snuggle Mobile is owned by professional snuggler Shanya Luther. Professional snugglers "provide platonic touch to those seeking physical human connection," KATU helpfully explains.... More »

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