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The 7 Worst US States for Women

Mississippi tops the list

(Newser) - Help a girl out, Mississippi. The state is the worst in the country for women, according to 24/7 Wall St. , based on economy, leadership, and health. Researchers specifically looked at things like women's earnings compared to men, the percent of women in management positions and government, and female life... More »

Photo Links Dating Game Killer to 1977 Wyoming Murder

Alcala accused of killing pregnant woman

(Newser) - Serial killer Rodney Alcala has been charged with another murder almost 40 years after his 1970s killing spree. Investigators say Alcala, 73—who has been behind bars since 1979 and was sentenced to death in 2010—murdered 28-year-old Texas woman Christine Ruth Thornton in Wyoming during a road trip in... More »

Liz Cheney Appears Headed for Congress

She wins GOP primary in Wyoming

(Newser) - Liz Cheney looks bound to be a congresswoman. The 49-year-old lawyer—and eldest daughter of Dick Cheney—won Wyoming's Republican primary race by a wide margin Tuesday to become the nominee for the state's lone House seat. She'll now face Democrat Ryan Greene in November, but the... More »

Wyoming Taxes the Wind, Maybe to Death

One of the world's largest wind farms could be dead on arrival

(Newser) - Unlike many states that subsidize alternative energy sources, in 2012 Wyoming became the first state to tax wind power. In the four years since, it hasn't even collected $15 million in revenue—perhaps partly due to the lack of major wind projects constructed since the tax was enacted, reports... More »

Teen Missing in Grand Teton Tried to Flee Searchers

Fauna Jackson also changed her clothes and hair

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl who went missing Thursday in Grand Teton National Park apparently didn't want to be found. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Fauna Jackson of Ohio was found Saturday morning but attempted to escape when approached by authorities. She had also cut and dyed her hair and changed her... More »

Search for Teen Volunteer Underway in Grand Teton

Fauna Jackson was working on a trail when she disappeared Thursday

(Newser) - The search for a 16-year-old Ohio girl has entered a second day in Grand Teton National Park, the AP reports. Fauna Jackson is part of a youth conservation group called Groundwork USA. She's been missing since she took a break from working on a trail in the Wyoming park... 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 »

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 »

Texas Governor Badly Burned in Accident

Greg Abbott kept injuries quiet for days after Dallas shootings

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was hiding a painful secret when he spoke to the media after last week's shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas. The governor suffered severe burns on both of his legs in an accident while vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyo., several hours before the... More »

Woman Hunting Pokémon Finds Dead Body Instead

The new Pokémon Go game has also caused numerous minor injuries

(Newser) - Nineteen-year-old Wyoming resident Shayla Wiggins was hunting monsters; she found a dead body instead. County 10 reports Wiggins was playing Pokémon Go, a cellphone game released this week that is already wildly popular, Friday morning near her home. Pokémon Go “tasks players with visiting real-world locations to... More »

After Man Falls Into Hot Spring, 'No Remains Left to Recover'

Colin Nathaniel Scott wandered more than 200 yards off the boardwalk

(Newser) - The search has been called off for the body of a 23-year-old Oregon man who wandered some 225 yards off the boardwalk in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and was spotted falling into the Norris Geyser Basin on Tuesday. The AP reports Colin Nathaniel Scott's sister saw him slip... More »

Dad, Son Held in Kidnapping Now Eyed in Man's Murder

'There are some coincidences,' say cops

(Newser) - A father and son duo accused of kidnapping a woman and her four teenage daughters in Utah may also be linked to a murder. Two days after the alleged kidnapping on May 10, officials say a 63-year-old train maintenance worker vanished in South Salt Lake, about two miles from where... More »

Dad, Son, Mom Arrested in Bizarre Case of Kidnapping

Woman, 4 daughters abducted, say police

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man and his parents have been arrested after the alleged abduction of a woman in Utah and her four teen daughters. The latter five managed to escape and alert authorities, reports NBC News . Police say Dereck Harrison, 22, and his father, Flint Harrison, 51, knew the Utah mother... More »

Cruz Sweeps Wyoming

Trump again shut out in a Western state

(Newser) - Painstaking organization and in-person campaigning paid off again for Ted Cruz on Saturday as he nailed down all 14 delegates up for grabs at the Republican convention in Wyoming. The result leaves Donald Trump facing yet another loss in a string of defeats in Western states, reports the AP . Saturday'... More »

Sanders Wins Democratic Caucus in Wyoming

He'll take 8 delegates to Clinton's 6

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders has been declared the winner of Saturday's Democratic caucus in Wyoming, NBC News reports. With 94% reporting, Sanders had a 56% to 44% lead over Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately for Sanders as he tries to close the gap with Clinton, the win only nabs him eight of the... More »

Entire Elk Herd Wiped Out by Wolves in 'Sport Killing'

'They went crazy'

(Newser) - Wolves killed 19 elk—17 of them calves—in one night in what Wyoming officials are calling a "sport killing," USA Today reports. "They went crazy and just took down each elk and moved on to the next," the game and fish department's John Lund... More »

It's a Good Day for Cruz in Wyoming

He wins 9 of the 12 delegates up for grabs Saturday

(Newser) - Ted Cruz won most of the delegates at stake in Saturday's Republican county conventions in Wyoming. The Texas senator won nine of the 12 delegates that were up for grabs. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and billionaire businessman Donald Trump won one apiece. One delegate was uncommitted. The AP is... More »

SWAT Team Invades Wrong House

Members broke a window, used flash bang grenade

(Newser) - Somebody needs to get this SWAT team a map. After a judge approved a high-risk search warrant on a home suspected of hiding weapons and illegal drugs in Green River, Wyoming, Sweetwater County's SWAT team moved in on March 3, seizing methamphetamine, firearms, and arresting several people, according to... More »

Snowmobile Disaster Leaves Woman Dead, Son Frostbitten

They were stranded in Wyoming mountains for 3 days

(Newser) - Sheriff's officials found a woman dead of exposure and her teenage son suffering from frostbite Tuesday, ending a three-day search for a family of three that went missing amid a series of mishaps while snowmobiling in Wyoming's Medicine Bow Mountains. Searchers had found the father in good condition... More »

A Giant Crack in the Earth Just Appeared in Wyoming

Locals are calling it 'the gash'

(Newser) - Just in time for the ancient and unspeakable ones to rise from their underground caverns on Halloween, KTVQ reports a large crack has mysteriously appeared in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. "Everyone here is calling it 'the gash,'" SNS Outfitter & Guides writes on its Facebook page... More »

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