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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 »

Parents Welcome Identical Triplet Girls in Rare Birth

'It melts my heart knowing that they survived'

(Newser) - Each identical triplet is so tiny she can fit in her father's hand—and soon these rare medical wonders in Oregon will have painted toenails so the new parents can tell them apart. The AP reports Logan Brown-Fletcher and Amber Hills, 19-year-old high school sweethearts and first-time parents from... More »

Best, Worst States for Student Debt

Utah is best; DC is worst

(Newser) - Congratulations to anyone heading off to college in Utah this fall. A WalletHub ranking finds the state is the friendliest in the country when it comes to student debt, based on average debt, loans overdue or in default, unemployment, the availability of student jobs and grants, and other factors. Other... More »

Vegans Furious Over Doughnut Shop's Job Ad

'No non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions'

(Newser) - An Oregon doughnut shop is hiring—just not any vegans or vegetarians. A job ad for Pip's Original Doughnuts in Portland describes the ideal candidate as someone with "a friendly, outgoing personality," but "no non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions" that "would stop you from tasting, accurately... More »

FBI: Woman Robbed Bank to Return to Prison

She said she was homeless, had been beaten up

(Newser) - A woman who was recently released from prison in Oregon robbed a bank in Wyoming only to throw the cash up in the air outside the building and sit down to wait for police, authorities say. Investigators say 59-year-old Linda Patricia Thompson told them she wanted to go back to... More »

Coming to the Oregon State Fair: Marijuana Competition

No samples, though

(Newser) - A new crop will be featured at the Oregon State Fair this year: marijuana, the AP reports. The Oregonian reports that the fair awards prizes for the curviest vegetable or the most misshapen fruit. This year, marijuana plants will also be on display—and will be judged by a panel... More »

Teen Faces Year in Jail Over 0.035 Ounces of Pot

In Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal

(Newser) - Oregon is one of four states (and DC) where recreational marijuana is legal, but because of dueling state and federal laws, a 19-year-old Native American could face a $1,000 fine and a year in prison over a gram of pot—or 0.035 ounces, enough for roughly three... More »

Cops: Man Tumbles Out of Moving Car to Extort Cash From Mom

Maybe he could've asked for an advance on his allowance instead?

(Newser) - In a scene resembling something out of a cheesy B-action movie, a man with his hands tied behind his back and a bag over his head fell out of a moving car on an Oregon highway over the weekend, the apparent victim of a kidnapping attempt. But investigators in Camas,... More »

$100 Bills Have Been Hidden All Over Oregon's Capital

You can thank 'Benny'

(Newser) - Oregon's capital is rolling in Benjamins thanks to a generous yet mysterious "Benny-factor." The Statesman Journal reports $100 bills began appearing around Salem in May 2013 and more than $50,000 has been discovered since, including $8,600 last month alone. The individual responsible—nicknamed "Benny"... More »

Mom Finds Guy in Her Kid's Bedroom, Shoots Him

Woman killed 59-year-old intruder in Portland

(Newser) - A man is dead in Portland after a 33-year-old woman returned home early Sunday to find him in her kid's bedroom, police say. Authorities say the woman arrived with her 5- and 10-year-old children in tow only to realize the 59-year-old man had somehow gotten inside during their absence,... More »

Mountain Rescuer Dies in BASE Jump

Michael Leming's parachute didn't open

(Newser) - Michael Leming lived his life on the edge. A legend in Portland's mountain-climbing community, Leming was BASE jumping in Norway on Sunday when his parachute failed to open, reports KGW . The circumstances surrounding his death aren't clear, but a text posted to Facebook —apparently sent from a... More »

Teen Trips, and Javelin Impales His Eye Socket

His coach calls it a 'freak accident'

(Newser) - An 18-year-old track-and-field star impaled his face on his own javelin Friday in what his coach calls a "freak accident," BuzzFeed reports. According to KATU , Parker Kennedy was participating in a USA Track and Field event in Portland, Ore. “He was warming up and had just thrown... More »

'Trapped' Teen Groped by Man on Flight: Complaint

Victim's attorney says unaccompanied minor went through '30 minutes of hell' on American flight

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl traveling Wednesday as an unaccompanied minor from Dallas to Portland says she spent the first part of her flight "frightened and trapped" and the remainder of it too scared to even use the bathroom after a 26-year-old Oregon man seated next to her allegedly groped her,... More »

'Non-Binary' Is Now a Legal Gender in Oregon

'I'm a mixture of both; I consider myself as a third sex'

(Newser) - In what may be a first-of-its-kind ruling in the US, an Oregon court ruled Friday that Portland resident Jamie Shupe is officially and legally neither male nor female but non-binary, Jezebel reports. According to the Oregonian , the 52-year-old Army veteran was assigned the male gender at birth but never felt... More »

Guy on Horse Lassoes Bike Thief

Culprit never made it out of the parking lot

(Newser) - A woman who called for help when somebody stole her mountain bike in a Walmart parking lot Friday had some Old West-style justice delivered when a rancher on horseback chased after the culprit and lassoed him. Robert Borba, who recently settled with his family in Eagle Point, Oregon, had been... More »

'Miraculous' Find Saves Dog Moments Before Being Put Down

Tick paralysis is super rare; Ollie had it

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Ollie was literally moments from death when his life was saved by an attentive veterinary student and a quick-thinking vet, Good Morning America reports. The sheltie had gone camping with his owner in Oregon last month only to become lethargic upon returning home. According to Fox News , Ollie couldn'... More »

Burglary Victim Makes Teen Suspect Call 911 ... on Himself

And on his 2 accomplices

(Newser) - Give a child a punishment and you teach him a lesson for a day; make that child call in his own punishment and he'll likely remember it for a lifetime. That may have been the philosophy guiding an Oregon homeowner who the Coos County Sheriff's Office says found... More »

Cops: Portland Police Chief Shot Buddy, Lied About It

Larry O'Dea placed on administrative leave

(Newser) - Portland's police chief has been placed on administrative leave amid claims that he accidentally shot his friend, then lied about it, reports the Oregonian . When questioned by reporters on Friday, Larry O'Dea, a 29-year bureau veteran and police chief since January 2015, publicly admitted to shooting a 54-year-old... More »

This Is a National Forest Site After a College Party

UOregon investigating Lake Shasta incident

(Newser) - The University of Oregon is investigating after as many as 1,000 students "trashed the everliving s--- out of Lake Shasta," as Deadspin puts it. Hordes of college students visit Slaughterhouse Island at the California lake during a weekend in May each year. "What was different about... More »

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