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These Are the Best US States
These Are the
Best US States

These Are the Best US States

And, by extension, the bottom-feeders

(Newser) - Because there's nothing quite like saying na-na-na-na-boo-boo at your neighbor, US News & World Report is out with its annual rankings of the best states in the union. The survey took a look at 71 metrics in eight categories that included health care, education, natural environment, opportunity, economy, crime...

'Harvard Has Taylor, Vermont State Has Weird Al!'

University will offer a course on comedic singer Yankovic in the fall

(Newser) - If you've ever longed for a glimpse inside the imagination of Alfred Yankovic and you're a student at Vermont State University, your two worlds are about to collide. The higher-ed institution will be offering a course this fall dedicated to the quirky singer-songwriter known as "Weird Al,...

Ladies, These States May Be Worth Looking Into

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list of best states for women; Oklahoma comes in last

(Newser) - What better way to mark Women's History Month than to tag the places in the US where women have the best chances at career opportunities and a better standard of living? WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using more than two dozen metrics in two main categories to create...

Town Grants the Vote to 16-Year-Olds

'I'm not too young,' a Vermont teenager says

(Newser) - A Vermont town has acted on the notion that young voters offer hope for the future, giving giving them a chance to show it by letting 16- and 17-year-olds vote next week in local elections. That means some voters in Brattleboro, population 7,500, could have a hand in choosing...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, West Virginia brings up the rear

(Newser) - If your mantra is "surround yourself with people smarter than you are," some US states may be a better bet than others, per WalletHub , which looked at the data to see which states offer more in the way of education. The site examined 18 metrics in two main...

23 Lost Skiers, Snowboarders Needed Rescue in Vermont

Officials in Killington saved them after they got lost in frigid temperatures

(Newser) - Twenty-three skiers and snowboarders had to be rescued in frigid temperatures on Saturday after becoming lost in the backcountry in Killington, Vermont, police said. After a call came in around 2:30pm local time, search and rescue crews hiked, snowshoed, and used skis with skins to travel about 5 miles...

Trooper Plunges Into Icy Pond to Rescue Girl

Vermont state trooper has been commended for 'selfless, heroic conduct' in rescue of 8-year-old

(Newser) - A Vermont state trooper plunged into a frigid pond and pulled out an 8-year-old girl who had fallen through the ice while playing with siblings. The child survived and fully recovered after a brief hospital stay, the AP reports. The girl and her younger sister fell through the thin ice...

Woman Who Sought Change in Law Gets Her Last Wish

Connecticut woman Lynda Bluestein ended her life peacefully in Vermont

(Newser) - A terminally ill Connecticut woman ended her life in Vermont on Thursday in what her husband says was the "comfortable and peaceful" death she wanted. Lynda Bluestein, 76, had pushed for Vermont to change its medically assisted suicide law to allow assisted suicide for nonresidents. The law was changed...

Marshals Track Down Alleged Killer of TV Anchor's Mom

Shawn Conlon has been linked to crimes in 6 states

(Newser) - Months after NBC Connecticut news anchor Heidi Voight disclosed that her mother had been murdered, an arrest has been made. Shawn Conlon, 44, was arrested at a hotel in Groton, Connecticut, by members of the US Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, CT Insider reports. He is being held in custody...

One of Three Vermont Shooting Victims Is Paralyzed

Hisham Awartani, of Palestinian descent, is paralyzed from the chest down

(Newser) - The most seriously injured of the three young Palestinian men who were shot in Vermont last month is expected to leave the hospital soon, but Hisham Awartani is paralyzed from the chest down, reports CNN . Awartani was shot along with friends Kinnan Abdalhamid and Tahseen Ali Ahmad, who are expected...

Vermont Suspect's Ex Called Cops, Got His Gun Confiscated

Police in Syracuse, New York, removed Jason Eaton's firearm from home after complaint

(Newser) - More details emerged this week about the man accused of shooting three young Palestinian men near the University of Vermont campus over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including a report of a relationship gone bad between Jason Eaton and an ex-girlfriend. Now, NBC News adds to that, reporting that Eaton had...

Job Hunting? Here's the Best Place in America for It

Washington state ranks No. 1 in WalletHub's ranking of the best states for employment

(Newser) - It can be grueling pounding the pavement in search of a new job, what with all of the resume prep, job board scouring, and interview processes. WalletHub wanted to see which parts of America were more job-hunter friendly, so it looked at nearly three dozen metrics in all 50 states,...

Vermont Shooting Victim May Not Walk Again

Families say they believed Palestinian men would be safer in US

(Newser) - One of the three young Palestinian men shot while in his grandmother's neighborhood over Thanksgiving weekend in Vermont may not walk again, his parents say. Hisham Awartani's family lives in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and the 20-year-old Brown University student typically would have returned home for the holidays,...

Mother of Burlington Suspect: He Thinks 'World Is a Mess'

3 young men of Palestinian descent shot; alleged gunman is in custody in Vermont

(Newser) - Was it a hate crime? The shooting of three 20-year-old men of Palestinian descent near the University of Vermont has raised the question in Burlington. Police have arrested 48-year-old Jason Eaton of Burlington, who's in custody on three counts of aggravated assault. Eaton pleaded not guilty at an arraignment...

Suspect Arrested After 3 Palestinians Shot Near US Campus

Vermont police chief suspects attack was a hate crime

(Newser) - A suspect has been arrested in the Saturday night shooting of three young men of Palestinian descent near the University of Vermont campus. Jason J. Eaton, 48, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon, CNN reports. Police say he lives in an apartment building near the site of the shooting, which...

This Is the Safest State in America
This Is the Safest
State in America

This Is the Safest State in America

Vermont tops WalletHub's list, while Louisiana comes in last

(Newser) - After the upheaval of the pandemic, it's soothing to get back to "normal." But that normality has brought us back to Earth on many other issues we're still contending with, including general safety, a term that can encompass many different forms. To see which states keep...

Police Have Someone They Want to Talk to in Dean's Death

Witnesses describe man on Vermont trail where Honoree Fleming was walking

(Newser) - State police investigating the slaying of a retired college dean last week in Vermont released a composite sketch of a person of interest on Wednesday. Descriptions were provided by people who said they saw a man on the trail in Castleton where Honoree Fleming's body was found, the AP...

Man Accused of Stalking Woman From His Plane

New Hampshire man has been known to throw tomatoes from the windows, witnesses say

(Newser) - A man has been accused of stalking a woman in New York via his small airplane, flying out of an airport in nearby Vermont, police said. Michael Arnold, 65, was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday in Bennington, Vermont. He was arrested Tuesday as he was driving into the William...

Heading North for Leaf Peeping? Forget About Here

Roads near Vermont's popular Sleepy Hollow Farm will be open only to locals due to congestion

(Newser) - Leaf peepers traveling to the Northeast for the annual fall foliage display will have to forget about one destination on this year's list: The Vermont town of Pomfret has opted to shut down roads to tourists surrounding Sleepy Hollow Farm, one of its most popular tourist destinations in autumn....

Young Professionals, Check Out the Work Climate Here

New England dominates Scholaroo's best states for workers trying to establish their careers

(Newser) - If you've just graduated or are graduating soon and are looking for a place to jump-start your career, some states offer more in the way of job markets and affordable living. Scholaroo attempts to flesh out which US states are the best for today's young professionals, using nearly...

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