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SCOTUS Refuses to Block Transgender Inmate's Surgery

Idaho asked court to halt preparations for sex reassignment surgery

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected a request from Idaho prison officials to block sex reassignment surgery for transgender inmate Adree Edmo. The ruling means preparations for the court-ordered surgery can continue, and while the state has asked the court to take up the case for review, the surgery may take... More »

Scout Willis: Why Bruce Is Quarantining With Demi

Some may think it's odd he's with ex-wife, not his current one, but the family doesn't

(Newser) - Although the rest of the world may think it's odd that Bruce Willis is in quarantine with his ex-wife and three older daughters, instead of with his current wife and their two young daughters, it's apparently no big deal to Willis and gang. Willis, former wife Demi Moore,... More »

Idaho Woman's Yard Sale Could Really Cost Her

Christa Thompson faces 6 months in jail for violating governor's stay-at-home order

(Newser) - An Idaho mom of six has been hit with a misdemeanor charge that carries up to 6 months behind bars and a $1,000 fine after police say she held a weeklong yard sale amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Per Fox News , a Facebook post by Rathdrum Police Chief Tomi McLean... More »

He Said He Faked Insanity, Got Released. Then, Murder

Inside the strange case of Anthony Montwheeler

(Newser) - In December 2016, Anthony Montwheeler, a patient at Oregon State Hospital, went before a state review board and claimed he had faked insanity in 1996, after kidnapping his wife and son at gunpoint, in order to avoid prison. It worked: Rather than being incarcerated, he was sentenced to remain under... More »

6.5 Quake Shakes Idaho

'It felt like a wave,' says ER worker at hospital dealing with outbreak

(Newser) - A large earthquake struck north of Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking. An emergency room health unit coordinator at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, said the hospital, about 65 miles south of the epicenter, shook, but the quake didn't interfere... More »

This State Just Signed 2 Anti-Transgender Bills Into Law

Idaho becomes first state to enact such legislation

(Newser) - More than 40 anti-transgender bills were introduced in various states this year, and on Monday, Idaho became the first to enact its versions, the AP reports. Gov. Brad Little signed into law one bill keeping transgender girls and women from participating in women's sports and another barring anyone from... More »

A Change to Those Involved in Lori Vallow's Case

She's down to one attorney

(Newser) - Lori Vallow says she is innocent of the charges against her, according to the sole attorney she has left. ABC News reports two of her lawyers removed themselves from her legal team on Friday, though a reason wasn't given. It wasn't the only shake-up to the players in... More »

Lori Vallow Was Once in a Much Brighter Spot

Former beauty pageant contestant was a 'Wheel of Fortune' winner

(Newser) - With bail bondsmen refusing to work with her , Lori Vallow remains jailed in Idaho on charges of felony child abandonment, obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime, and contempt of court, all related to the disappearance of her children , Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7. It's... More »

Joe Biden Just Notched Another Major Victory

He takes Michigan, along with Mississippi and Missouri

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders' chances of winning the Democratic nomination just got much more difficult. The AP called all-important Michigan (125 delegates) for Joe Biden Tuesday night. Sanders won the state in 2016 in a stunning upset over Hillary Clinton, but he could not repeat the magic. He trailed Biden by 12... More »

FBI Shares Last Photo of Lori Vallow's Daughter

Agency is asking for photos that may show the family in Yellowstone on Sept. 8

(Newser) - Steam rises from Yellowstone's hydrothermal features as 17-year-old Tylee Ryan hugs her 7-year-old brother, Joshua "JJ" Vallow. The photo taken Sept. 8, 2019, the last day Tylee was seen , was released Thursday by the FBI along with another photo showing JJ at the park with mom Lori Vallow.... More »

10 Best, Worst US States for the Ladies

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Louisiana is dead last

(Newser) - Women make up just over half of the population in America, so one would think that health care, job opportunities, and goodwill toward working parents as they relate to women would be a top priority. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states, plus the District at Columbia, analyzing two... More »

'They Had a Great Marriage.' Now a Murder Charge

Idaho woman charged with killing hubby as embezzlement allegations came to light

(Newser) - She said her husband fell overboard while the couple were taking in the sunrise from the middle of a chilly Idaho lake on Feb. 13, 2018. Two years later, police say Lori Isenberg in fact killed her husband, Larry, on the same day she was accused of embezzling $500,000... More »

Girl, 11, Brings AR-15 to Gun Law Hearing

'She's been shooting since she was 5 years old,' grandfather tells committee

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday at a legislative hearing with her grandfather, who is supporting a proposal that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits. Charles Nielsen addressed the committee that voted to... More »

Lori Vallow Has Been Arrested in Hawaii

Mother of 2 missing kids faces extradition to Idaho

(Newser) - Police still don't know where Lori Vallow's two children are, but they know exactly where Vallow is now—the cellblock of the Kauai Police Department. The Idaho woman, whose two children have not been seen since September, was arrested in Hawaii Thursday and is being held on $5... More »

10 US States Where Your Vices Can Run Amok

Nevada is the most sinful, Vermont the most upright

(Newser) - Lent begins next week, and for many, the denial of certain vices and bad behaviors in an attempt to give something up during the religious observance. In some states, though, the temptation may just be too much. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states across seven... More »

Missing Kids' Mom Left Town—and Left Behind a Storage Unit

Items belonging to Joshua 'JJ' Vallow and Tylee Ryan found in Idaho unit

(Newser) - The mother of the Idaho children who have been missing since September left the state at the end of November—and left behind a storage unit full of children's items. Detectives who executed a search warrant on the storage unit found bikes, a scooter, and other sports equipment; winter... More »

Mom Misses Deadline to Bring Missing Kids to Idaho

Lori Vallow could now be extradited from Hawaii

(Newser) - The mother of two children missing since September failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to bring the kids to authorities in Idaho on Thursday. That clears the way for a judge to potentially hold Lori Vallow in contempt of court, a legal move that could allow prosecutors to seek to... More »

Couple Finally Found in Case of 2 Missing Siblings

Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell caught in Hawaii, but there is no sign of the children

(Newser) - A couple sought by police for months has finally been located in Hawaii, but there's no sign of two missing siblings linked to them . Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell were pulled over in Kauai and briefly detained, reports East Idaho News . Police seized their rental SUV and executed a... More »

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Retire In

Enjoy your golden years

(Newser) - When to retire is a big decision, but knowing where to live out your golden years can be just as important. WalletHub wants to help you tackle the latter, and so it set out on a mission to find the best states to retire in, looking at all 50 across... More »

Searchers Find Another Body After Avalanche

After death toll rises to 3, Idaho resort says all skiers are accounted for

(Newser) - Search-and-rescue teams thought they'd accounted for everyone who was skiing when an avalanche hit a resort in Idaho on Tuesday. But Silver Mountain Resort got a call Wednesday morning saying a family hadn't heard from relative who was there, NBC reports. The search resumed, and on Thursday, crews... More »

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