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10 Best US Cities for Runners

San Francisco comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - If you're a runner, you won't find a city better than San Francisco. Runner's World ranks it as the best in the country for runners, based on running routes, the running community, safety, food, and weather—because it's just not fun to run in a snowstorm.... More »

One of Most Complete T. Rex Skulls Ever Arrives at Museum

'An iconic specimen'

(Newser) - It may look like a giant rock right now, but inside is what dinosaur expert Jack Horner calls "one of the most significant" Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found, the AP reports. According to the Seattle Times , a 2,500-pound, plaster-encased lump of dirt and rock arrived at the Burke... More »

Doc Who Blamed Cough Syrup Gets 49 Years for Murders

It's the maximum sentence within state guidelines

(Newser) - Dr. Louis Chen, convicted of fatally stabbing his lover 177 times before slashing their toddler son's throat from ear to ear in a gruesome 2011 double homicide he blamed on a buildup of the active ingredient in cough syrup, will spend 49 years in prison for his crime. "... More »

Cops: Wannabe Batman Throws Batarang at Pursuing Officers

Commissioner Gordon would not be pleased

(Newser) - He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. Actually, you know what, he's probably not the hero Gotham deserves either. The Seattle Police Department reports a 23-year-old man wanted on suspicion of assault threw a batarang at pursuing officers Monday evening. The cops... More »

Top 10 Big US Cities to Live In

San Francisco is king

(Newser) - San Francisco might be pricey , but it's also a great place to live—the best, in fact, according to a new WalletHub ranking. The site compared the "livability," education, health, taxes, and local economy of all 62 US cities with at least 300,000 residents to come... More »

10 Best US Cities for Music Fans

Madison, Wisconsin, scores surprisingly high

(Newser) - There's a reason Nashville is known as Music City. ValuePenguin ranks Nashville as the best US city for music fans based on 15 factors, broken down into three groups: The Band (number of musicians, recording studios, and record labels, per 1,000 people), The Crowd (number of radio stations,... More »

'$70K CEO' Beats His Brother in Court

Dan Price of Gravity Payments wins lawsuit filed by brother

(Newser) - The CEO who promised to pay all his employees a minimum of $70,000 per year just beat his brother in court, the Seattle Times reports. Dan Price, CEO of Seattle company Gravity Payments, was sued last year by brother Lucas , with whom he founded the credit card payment processing... More »

Amazon's New Building Will Resemble ... the Amazon

It'll include 40 to 50 trees, plus 'treehouses'

(Newser) - Amazon is revamping its Seattle headquarters, adding several new buildings, including a 524-foot-tall tower with a dog park perched on top, per Silicon Beat . But the pièce de résistance is a skeletal-like structure made up of three conjoined spheres ( Bloomberg likens them to "melted-together Milk Duds"... More »

Home Too Toxic and Dilapidated to Enter Sells for $427K

Seattle housing market is going crazy

(Newser) - How crazy is the housing situation in one of the country's hottest markets? A dilapidated Seattle home described by the Seattle Times as a "Halloween haunted house" recently sold for more than twice its listing price despite partially collapsed ceilings, five feet of standing water, toxic air, hazardous... More »

10 Most Well-Read Cities in America

Seattle, Portland, Washington top the list

(Newser) - Living near Amazon's headquarters apparently prods people to pick up a book. Seattle is the most well-read city in the country for a second year in a row, according to Amazon's annual list—based on purchases of print or electronic books, magazines, and newspapers in major cities over... More »

For Sale: Seattle's Mystery 'Spite House'

860-square-foot oddity for sale for half a million dollars

(Newser) - From the front, a half-million-dollar home on the Re/Max website looks like a quaint Spanish Revival in the heart of Seattle. Head to the side for a different perspective, and you'll see appearances are deceiving. You're looking at what Yahoo says locals call the "Montlake Spite House,... More »

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Dismembering Date

There's no evidence, John Charlton's lawyers say

(Newser) - A man accused of killing and dismembering a woman in her suburban home, then dumping her remains in a Seattle recycling bin pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and theft charges. A judge in King County, Wash., also raised bail for John Robert Charlton, 37, from $2 million to $5... More »

Truck Plows Into Crowd of Kids at Bus Stop

One was seriously hurt, multiple others injured

(Newser) - A 19-year-old man driving on a suspended license slammed a pickup truck into children at a school bus stop Thursday in a small town outside Seattle, severely injuring one of them, authorities said. The driver, who has a history of seizures, apparently lost control of his vehicle because of a... More »

Dismembered Mom's Date Charged With Murder

Ex-girlfriend told cops he's a 'mean drunk'

(Newser) - The man accused of the gruesome killing of Ingrid Lyne has now been formally charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors filed the charge against Seattle man John Charlton on Wednesday afternoon and also charged him with stealing the mother-of-three's car, NBC News reports. In a press release , prosecutors say he... More »

Body Parts of Mom Missing After Date Are Found

Her date was arrested after horrific Seattle find

(Newser) - A missing-person investigation in Washington state came to a horrific end on Monday when police identified body parts found in a Seattle recycling bin as those of Ingrid Lyne, a mother-of-three who vanished after a first date on Friday night . John Robert Charlton, the man believed to have been her... More »

Cops: College Student Takes LSD, Then Beats His Girlfriend to Death

'He states (that) after a while things started to get weird'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old college student in Seattle allegedly killed his girlfriend after getting high on LSD over the weekend, the Seattle Times reports. According to the Tri-City Herald , police say the suspect, identified as Casey Henderson, and 22-year-old Katy Straalsund took LSD Saturday and walked around the University of Washington, where... More »

Behind Seattle Evacuation, Hazmat Search: Deodorant

Church, daycare cleared out because of Axe body spray

(Newser) - A church and daycare center in Seattle's University District were cleared out by the city's fire department, nearby streets were roped off, and hazmat teams descended on the area Friday after "cough-inducing fumes" were noted wafting out of the church's bathroom and someone called 911, MyNorthwest.... More »

Guy Climbs Giant Tree, Still Fending Off Seattle Cops

'Man in Tree' pelted police with pine cones

(Newser) - Police in Seattle continue to try to figure out what to do about a man who scaled an 80-foot tree on Tuesday and seems to have no plans to come down. The bearded man climbed the huge tree outside a Macy's store downtown around 11am and pelted cops and... More »

Police Release New Photos of Kurt Cobain's Gun

They seem to refute a popular conspiracy theory

(Newser) - In response to a public records request by CBS News , the Seattle Police Department released new photographs Thursday of the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself in 1994. Prior to the release, the gun had never been seen publicly, with the exception of some crime scene photos that offered... More »

7-Eleven Customer Kills Hatchet-Wielding Attacker

Suspect in Seattle incident shot dead

(Newser) - Authorities say a man with a hatchet who entered a Seattle-area 7-Eleven early Sunday attacked a store clerk and a customer without saying a single word—until the customer pulled out a pistol and shot the suspect dead, CNN reports. The masked hatchet-holder, believed to be in his 40s, came... More »

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