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Couple That Just Moved to US Swept to Sea by Wave

Miaochan Chen and Wenjun Zhu's daughter is unharmed

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl who moved to Oregon from China with her parents in July now finds herself an orphan following a freak accident along the coast. ABC News reports that Miaochan Chen, 49, and Wenjun Zhu, 41, had a picnic with their daughter on Sunday then walked to some rocks... More »

Dog Saves Man From 50-Year Prison Sentence

Alleged victim claimed Oregon man killed her pup Lucy

(Newser) - The discovery of a black Lab named Lucy led to the unravelling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence. Joshua Horner, a plumber from the central Oregon town of Redmond, was convicted on April 12, 2017, of sexual abuse of... More »

Romance Novelist Accused of Murdering Her Husband

Author Nancy Brophy allegedly shot her chef husband in Oregon

(Newser) - A romance novelist might've been better suited to the crime genre, according to Oregon authorities who accuse Nancy Crampton-Brophy of killing her chef husband. The 68-year-old, who writes under the name Nancy Brophy, was arraigned on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon Thursday, three months after... More »

Man Says He Was Fired for Refusing to Go to Bible Study

Ryan Coleman has filed a lawsuit

(Newser) - An Oregon man who says he was fired from his construction job for refusing to attend Christian Bible study is appealing to a higher power: the court. In a lawsuit filed this month, Ryan Coleman, 34, says he didn't find out about the weekly Bible study requirement until after... More »

Body Camera Footage Shows Officer Save Fawn

The fawn was stuck in a fence

(Newser) - An animal welfare officer in Oregon is getting attention after her body-worn camera captured her rescuing a baby deer. The Eugene Police Department on Thursday made public a video and photo of Officer Shawni McLaughlin freeing a terrified fawn that got stuck in a backyard fence, the AP reports. More »

7 of 8 People Killed in Head-On Crash Were Related

They died when driver veered into wrong lane

(Newser) - A family in Washington state is mourning seven family members—including five children—who died in a horrific crash while on their way to Las Vegas for an end-of-summer trip. Police say the seven died near Burns, Ore., when the driver of a 1999 Toyota 4Runner crossed the center line... More »

'Humiliated' Mom: Doc Balked When I Went to Breastfeed

Jennifer Howard says doctor at her appointment requested she cover herself during feeding

(Newser) - Shaming women for breastfeeding in public is still more common than it should be, but Jennifer Howard likely didn't think it would happen in her own doctor's office. The Salem Statesman Journal reports the 38-year-old Oregon mom was at an appointment at Salem Clinic when it came time... More »

Cops Use 'Flash Bang' Devices to Clear Protests

Police also make arrests during clash of demonstrators in Portland

(Newser) - Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland, Oregon, deployed "flash bang" devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters, the AP reports. Just before 2pm, police in riot gear ordered people to leave an area downtown, saying demonstrators had thrown rocks... More »

This Funny Photo Led to a Happy Reunion

Stuffed lion 'Kitty' went missing on a remote trail in Oregon, is now back home

(Newser) - A little girl who lost her beloved stuffed lion in the Oregon backcountry was reunited with her favorite toy over the weekend after a community effort. Hiker Holly Spaman ran into 7-year-old Audrianna Flores and her family as they descended Broken Top Trail on July 16 on their way back... More »

Climber Makes Phone Call: I'm Committing Suicide

Chinook helicopter lands on Mt. Hood to rescue him

(Newser) - A mountain climber who called authorities threatening to commit suicide was saved Friday in a hair-raising helicopter rescue, the Statesman Journal reports. The Oregon Army National Guard lowered six rescuers to the summit of Mount Hood—with only rear wheels touching and a plank used to reach the climber, Oregon... More »

Trump's Latest Pardons: 2 Oregon Ranchers

Dwight Hammond Jr., and son will go free; their case inspired Bundy-led takeover of refuge

(Newser) - Father and son cattle ranchers whose sentences for arson triggered the 2016 armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon are the latest to receive a presidential pardon. President Trump pardoned Dwight Hammond Jr., 76, and Steven Hammond, 49, on Tuesday, according to a White House statement describing the... More »

Woman Calls 911 on Black Lawmaker Campaigning in Neighborhood

'It was just bizarre,' Oregon lawmaker says

(Newser) - A resident who called police about a black woman behaving "suspiciously" in her neighborhood may have been surprised to learn that it was her state representative. Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum says she was canvassing alone in a Portland-area neighborhood, knocking on doors, talking to people, and taking notes... More »

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 »

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