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Company Will Front Your Down Payment. Here's the Catch

You have to rent out a room on Airbnb for up to 3 years

(Newser) - A new startup is willing to spot you up to $50,000 for a down payment on a house—provided you're cool with a string of strangers coming into your new home for the first few years. KING 5 reports Loftium launched Monday in Seattle. It was started by... More »

Man Wearing Swastika Gets Knocked Out in Seattle

Witnesses say he was harassing people downtown

(Newser) - A man wearing a swastika armband was knocked out cold on the streets of Seattle Sunday after reportedly instigating fights in the city's downtown area. Police say they were on the scene within minutes of the fights being reported, but arrived to find the man already unconscious on the... More »

After 5th Sexual Abuse Allegation, Mayor Resigns

This time it's Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's cousin accusing him

(Newser) - The mayor of Seattle is resigning after a fifth person—his cousin—publicly accused him of sexual abuse, the Seattle Times reports. Joseph Dyer, 54, says Ed Murray, 62, forced him to have sex in a bedroom they shared at the home of Dyer's mother four decades ago. Murray,... More »

Elderly Brothers Arrested After Relative Makes Disturbing Find

Cops uncover staggering amount of child porn

(Newser) - Neighbors say they thought three elderly brothers who shared a home in Seattle were weird but harmless. What police have found in the home, however, suggests that the Emery brothers were extremely disturbed and potentially dangerous individuals. Police say former Seattle Children's Hospital janitor Charles Emery, 82; Thomas Emery,... More »

In One State, It's Illegal to Plan for a Nuclear Attack

Washington state passed the law to celebrate end of Cold War

(Newser) - "Our area will be in the forefront of any nuclear exchange, whether it involves North Korea, China, or Russia," a Seattle-area anti-nuclear activist tells the Los Angeles Times . About 20 miles west of Seattle is Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, home to the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in... More »

A City Preps to Get Its Chris Cornell Statue

Homage to 'Seattle's son' will be placed in his hometown, Cornell's wife says

(Newser) - Chris Cornell's widow has commissioned a statue of the late singer to be raised in his hometown of Seattle as a way of keeping his legacy alive. Vicky Cornell tells the Seattle Times that sculptor Wayne Toth "has already given me a design and the children and I... More »

Seattle Approves Rich-Only Income Tax

GOP leader calls for 'forceful resistance'

(Newser) - Supporters waved "Tax the Rich" signs Monday as Seattle's city council voted unanimously to do exactly that. By a vote of 9-0, the council approved an income tax that only applies to wealthy residents, with the 2.25% tax starting at income above $250,000 for individuals and... More »

Wordy Road Sign Gets Man Out of His Ticket

Seattle's Jason Canfield spent $800 to prove his point about school speed zone

(Newser) - When Jason Canfield got a speeding ticket in May 2016, he didn't pull out his checkbook to pay the $234 fine: He started gathering records of national and state traffic codes to contest the charge of driving too fast in a Seattle school zone. And his efforts paid off,... More »

First-Class Passenger Assaults Flight Attendant

Incident happened 45 minutes into flight

(Newser) - A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Beijing returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday night after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant, officials say. Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says the incident happened on Delta flight 129, KOMO reports. Cooper says a man in first class assaulted a flight attendant... More »

Cops: Seattle Man Killed Wife During Uber Ride

The driver thought he would be next

(Newser) - A Coast Guardsman murdered his wife during an Uber ride early Sunday and told the terrified driver to keep going, police in Seattle say. Police say Jennifer Espitia was in the front passenger seat when she was shot in the head by husband Cameron Espitia during an argument, KOMO News... More »

Did Seattle's Higher Minimum Wage Backfire?

New study suggests low-income earners have actually lost money

(Newser) - Seattle has been gradually increasing its minimum wage, with the city planning to make it $15 by 2021. (It's currently $13 for most businesses.) While advocates may be thrilled, a new study out of the University of Washington suggests that the rising minimum might actually be harming low-income... More »

Pregnant Woman Calls Cops, Ends Up Being Fatally Shot

Seattle police say she was brandishing a knife at officers

(Newser) - A fatal police shooting in Seattle is making headlines over the unusual circumstances: A woman who called 911 Sunday morning to report a burglary ended up being fatally shot by the responding officers, reports the Seattle Times . The woman has been identified as 30-year-old Charleena Lyles. Police say she brandished... More »

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Big Idea Was Bananas

Tech giant gives away thousands of free bananas every day

(Newser) - There's always money in the banana stand . Unless you're Amazon, of course. Then you just give those suckers out for free. The tech giant tells the Wall Street Journal it gives away about 8,000 bananas to employees and hungry passersby every weekday from two stands at its... More »

Amazon Is Putting a Homeless Shelter in Its New HQ

The move is being called the company's 'biggest philanthropic venture to date'

(Newser) - Amazon has announced what the Seattle Times is calling its "biggest philanthropic venture to date." Inside an office building at its new Seattle headquarters will be 47,000 square feet of space dedicated to a homeless shelter known as Mary's Place. Since April 2016, Amazon has allowed... More »

Seattle Mayor Has Big News for Tearful Supporters

Ed Murray says abuse claims are untrue, but he's dropping re-election bid

(Newser) - For weeks Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pushed ahead with plans for his re-election campaign despite claims by men he sexually abused them decades ago when they were teenagers, allegations Murray vehemently denied. But Murray announced Tuesday he was abandoning his bid for a second term, saying it would be best... More »

Ex-NBA Star Brandon Roy Shot While Protecting Kids

The high-school coach of the year was at a party at his grandmother's house

(Newser) - A former NBA All-Star and current high-school basketball coach of the year was shot Saturday near Los Angeles while shielding a number of children from gunfire, USA Today reports. According to KING 5 , Brandon Roy was attending a party at his grandmother's house in Compton when two men walked... More »

Seattle Mayor Hit by Sex-Abuse Allegations

Suit says Ed Murray molested crack-addicted teen in '80s; 2 more accusers come forward

(Newser) - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually molesting a teenage high-school dropout in the 1980s, the AP reports. Two other men tell the Seattle Times that Murray abused them in the 1980s, when they lived in an Oregon center for troubled children. The allegations were... More »

Seattle Fights Trump 'Sanctuary Cities' Order

The mayor accuses Trump of declaring 'war on cities'

(Newser) - President Trump's crackdown on "sanctuary cities" is making cities less safe and Seattle is going to fight it, Mayor Ed Murray says. The city filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday over Trump's Jan. 25 executive order , which withholds federal grants from cities that fail to comply... More »

Jogger Fends Off Would-Be Rapist With Wits, Self-Defense

Kelly Herron screamed 'not today, motherf---er' at her assailant

(Newser) - On the fourth mile of a marathon training run, 36-year-old Kelly Herron stopped to use a public bathroom in a Seattle park. "As I was drying my hands I became aware that something was wrong," she tells ABC News , and as she turned around she found herself face... More »

Guy Crashes Drone, Gets 30 Days in Jail

It might be the first sentence of its kind

(Newser) - In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a 38-year-old man has been sentenced to time behind bars because he lost control of his drone. Paul Skinner, who owns an aerial photography business in Washington state, was found guilty of reckless endangerment in January and handed... More »

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