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American Child Gets Disease That Killed Half of Europe

It's Idaho's first human case in 26 years

(Newser) - An Idaho child has come down with a rare illness that once tormented medieval Europe. Details are scant, but the child contracted bubonic plague in Idaho or on a recent visit to Oregon and is recovering with antibiotics, per the Idaho Statesman and Oregonian . Where the child lives, in Elmore... More »

All Charges Against Oregon 'Road Rage' Suspect Dropped

Alleged attack was 'terrible lie,' attorney says

(Newser) - It was a story that made news around the world: An enraged Oregon driver smashed up a car with his bare hands and attacked the two women inside. But prosecutors now suspect parts of the story were as fictional as the exploits of the Incredible Hulk. Jay Barbeau, who had... More »

Women Squeezed in Front of Truck, Say Driver Got Vicious

Jay Allen Barbeau allegedly broke their rear window, woman's arm with his bare hands

(Newser) - There are instances of road rage, and then instances of road RAGE. What cops say happened in Oregon on Friday night falls into the latter category. The Oregonian and Bulletin report Megan Stackhouse and her partner, Lucinda Mann, were slowly making their way out of a congested scene at a... More »

Firefighter Dead After Collision With Bear

Rhett Larsen was off duty in Oregon when bear ran in front of his motorcycle, caused accident

(Newser) - An off-duty firefighter from Bend, Oregon, was killed over the weekend after he struck a large bear on the highway with his motorcycle, reports KATU . The collision sent 39-year-old Rhett Larsen into the path of oncoming traffic, and he was struck by an SUV pulling a utility trailer, reports the... More »

Oregon Pot Growers Pivot to New Product

Hemp is Oregon's 'new gold rush'

(Newser) - A glut of legal marijuana has driven Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet—one that doesn't come with a high. Applications for state licenses to grow hemp—marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin—have increased... More »

Oregon Mystery: How 2 Deer Ended Up Like This

Police haven't been able to get close enough to tranquilize the animals

(Newser) - It's tough to get within about 90 feet of a wild deer, and that's proving problematic in Oregon. That's because state police there say they've discovered two deer who are alive but have arrows shot through them, but authorities have thus far been unable to get... More »

After 4 Days Missing, Trucker Stumbles Out of Wilderness

Jacob Cartwright's GPS led him astray in remote Oregon; he doggedly walked 36 miles home

(Newser) - A trucker who was missing for four days in a snowy part of Oregon after his GPS sent him awry walked 36 miles and emerged safely from a remote region. Jacob Cartwright, 22, showed up Saturday near La Grande, where an intensive search had been taking place since he went... More »

Files on Hart Family Detail Harsh Punishment Over Pizza

Reports from child-welfare officials in 3 states released

(Newser) - In the wake of the Hart family's death at the bottom of a Northern California cliff comes the release of reports by child-welfare officials in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington state that the New York Times sees as peppered with "clues" as to what was going on inside the... More »

Oregon Is Too Good at Growing Pot

There's too much of it to go around, and small operations are suffering

(Newser) - There's never been a better time to buy weed in Oregon, or a worse time to be a small grower or dispensary owner. Across the state, marijuana dispensaries have slashed weed prices in half to $700 per pound, or about $4 or $5 per gram, simply to get the... More »

These Are the Least Green US States

WalletHub ranking based on environmental quality, more

(Newser) - WalletHub says it's time to "call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment"—and its own report points the finger at West Virginia. Less than a week from Earth Day, the state falls dead last on WalletHub's list of the greenest US... More »

Cops: Angry Guy Attacks Golden Arches

Jedediah Ezekiel Fulton accused of losing it

(Newser) - Police say a 37-year-old man was far from lovin' it when workers at a McDonald's restaurant in Oregon refused to make him 30 double cheeseburgers and tried to destroy the golden arches, the AP reports. The News-Review reports that police arrested Jedediah Ezekiel Fulton earlier this month on suspicion... More »

Bored by Soccer Game, Girl Digs in Dirt, Makes Wild Find

7-year-old 'delighted' with ammonite fossil found in Oregon

(Newser) - At 7 years old, Naomi Vaughan probably has a hard time wrapping her head around a 65 million-year span. But that's the minimum amount of time elapsed between the death of a tiny sea creature and when Naomi picked up its remains. Bored with her sister's soccer game... More »

Man: Girlfriend's Samurai Attack 'Scared Living Poop Out of Me'

Alex Lovell was attacked on March 3

(Newser) - Alex Lovell says he spent 12 to 13 hours a day playing a computer game in which players fight to the death. But when his girlfriend allegedly came at him with a real sword, "it scared the living poop out of me." Emily Javier, 30, is charged with... More »

She Drugged Kids Into Sleep, Went Tanning, to CrossFit

January Neatherlin was handed a 21-year sentence on Friday

(Newser) - The operator of the Little Giggles day care center in Bend, Ore., had a rule: Parents couldn't drop off or collect their children between 11am and 2pm. That was the period January Neatherlin referred to as "nap time"—and when she headed out to go tanning and... More »

Dick's and Walmart Wouldn't Sell Him a Gun. Now He's Suing

20-year-old man says chains are discriminating against potential gun buyers under 21

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Oregon man filed suit Monday claiming Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart discriminated against him when they refused to sell him a rifle. The move comes after Dick's and Walmart restricted gun sales to adults 21 and older in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high school... More »

US Has First New Gun Law Since Florida Shooting

Oregon bill bans domestic abusers from owning firearms

(Newser) - A bill prohibiting domestic abusers and people under restraining orders from owning firearms has become America's first new gun control law since the Feb. 14 Florida high school massacre. "Well done Oregon," Democratic Gov. Kate Brown exclaimed Monday after signing the law on the steps of the... More »

Guy Has Teenage Son Shoot Him in the Legs With Shotgun

Shannon Egeland, 43, was facing prison time

(Newser) - A white-collar crook is facing extra prison time for having his son shoot him in the legs with a 20-gauge shotgun, the BBC reports. Shannon Egeland, 43, was already facing 10 years for taking part in a vast mortgage-fraud scheme when he had his 17-year-old son shoot him by a... More »

'I Looked at It. It Was Moving' Woman Pulls Worms From Eyes

Oregon woman plagued by parasite that plagues cattle

(Newser) - An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case Monday. The woman, Abby... More »

Guy Who Tried to Shove Worker in Woodchipper Learns Fate

Scott Iverson pleaded guilty to attack, sentenced to almost 6 years in prison

(Newser) - May 1, 2017, was not a good workday for Austin Crawford. That's when the 22-year-old Oregon man ended up in the news after his co-worker, 26-year-old Scott Iverson, tried to force him Fargo-style into the woodchipper that they used on the job for a Salem tree-trimming company. Crawford's... More »

Oregonians Can Now Pump Own Gas, Do Not Like It

'This is a service only qualified people should perform'

(Newser) - Change can be a scary thing—but the rest of America isn't overflowing with sympathy for Oregonians freaking out about the fact that they're now allowed to pump their own gas. The state partially lifted its ban on self-service gas on Jan. 1, allowing people in rural counties... More »

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