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Father on Climbing Trip With Son Falls to His Death

Texas man was attempting to descend Washington state's Aasgard Pass

(Newser) - A father-son climbing trip in the Cascade Mountains turned tragic last week when Robert Jake Colburn apparently slipped and fell several hundred feet to his death. The 60-year-old from Dallas was descending Washington state's Aasgard Pass Thursday with three other people when he got ahead of the group, NBC... More »

'What Does It Mean?' Remains Identified After 4 Decades, but Mystery Lingers

DNA sample leads to a relative of missing teen Sandy Morden

(Newser) - For almost 40 years, the body discovered at Fly Creek near Amboy, Washington, in 1980 was known simply as "Fly Creek Jane Doe." But then investigators uploaded DNA from the skeletal remains to a public genetic genealogy database. The move ultimately led them to a cousin of Sandra... More »

Amanda Knox Is Ready for Your Questions

She's to write an advice column for 'Westside Seattle'

(Newser) - Have a question for Amanda Knox? Now's a good time to ask. The 32-year-old Seattle native is getting her own advice column in the weekly newspaper Westside Seattle, which the Guardian reports is published by family of her husband. Already listed as a contributing writer and photographer with the... More »

1 Killed, 2 Injured in Shooting at Seniors' Residence

80-year-old man arrested after standoff

(Newser) - A man opened fire Thursday in the lobby of a building for senior residents in Vancouver, Wash., killing a man and wounding two women and then barricading himself inside his apartment before surrendering, police say. The injuries of the wounded people were critical and they were taken to a hospital,... More »

5th-Grader Called 911 on Her. This Video Offers a Hint Why

Catherine Maccarone has resigned, is charged with driving under the influence, endangerment

(Newser) - A school bus driver in Washington state has left her job after an alleged DUI incident earlier this month, and now video has also been released. NBC News reports that 48-year-old Catherine Maccarone resigned last week after a fifth grader who'd ridden on her bus called 911 on Sept.... More »

Another State Joins Push Against Flavored Vape Products

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee approves 4-month ban: 'This executive order will save lives'

(Newser) - Washington is joining several other states in banning the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over the mysterious lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people and killed about a dozen across the country. Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Friday asking the state Board of Health to... More »

Uncashed Royalty Check to Kurt Cobain Is Smaller Than You Think

It was for $26, just before the Nirvana made it big

(Newser) - A record store owner in Seattle has stumbled on papers that belonged to the late Kurt Cobain before he became a household name. Matt Vaughan of Easy Street Records bought a collection of Nirvana's tour itineraries back in 1993 but it wasn't until last week that he found... More »

Cop Finds Driver Playing Pokemon Go on 8 Phones

He 'agreed to put phones in back seat'

(Newser) - Pokemon Go isn't as popular as it was in 2016, but one man in Washington state is still trying way too hard to catch them all. Trooper Rick Johnson, a Washington State Patrol information officer, tweeted Thursday that an officer encountered a vehicle he thought was disabled parked on... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

At FBI Agent's Retirement Party, a Wonderful Surprise Guest

Troy Sowers rescued abducted baby in 1997. Stewart Rembert, now in military, was that baby

(Newser) - Troy Sowers was a new FBI agent in 1997, with just a few months under his belt, when he had a huge get: He found a newborn who'd been abducted from a Washington state hospital, left in a box near a restaurant dumpster. It was a happy ending for... More »

Woman Who Put Octopus on Her Face: 'This Was Not a Good Idea'

Jamie Bisceglia was trying to win a photo contest. Then the octopus bit her.

(Newser) - We shouldn't have to tell people not to put octopuses on their faces, but here we are. It's a fact that Jamie Bisceglia herself now acknowledges, despite having done just that last week and suffering the consequences. HuffPost reports that the Washington state woman was participating in a... More »

Man Found Dead After Attacking Immigration Jail

Four officers opened fire on a man tossing incendiary devices

(Newser) - A man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. The Tacoma Police Department said the officers responded at about 4am to the privately run Tacoma Northwest... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

He Escaped the Fire, Then Realized His Niece Was Still Inside

20-year-old Derrick Byrd seriously burned rescuing 8-year-old, but says he'd do it all over again

(Newser) - While every family may have a "fun" uncle, this Washington state family probably prefers having one who's a hero. When a fire broke out at an Aberdeen home early Thursday, with seven family members inside, 20-year-old Derrick Byrd "jumped into action," 14 News reports. He says... More »

Super Bowl MVP Charged With Domestic Violence

Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien is accused

(Newser) - Former Super Bowl hero Mark Rypien has been arrested in Washington state on suspicion of domestic violence, per the AP . Police say Rypien faces a charge of fourth-degree assault. The 56-year-old was processed at the Spokane County Jail around 6:30pm Sunday and was awaiting a court appearance Monday. Rypien... More »

Tourists Run Over, Killed at Washington Swimming Hole

Police say suspect was driving drunk

(Newser) - Two German tourists visiting family in nearby Portland, Oregon, were run over and killed by a local man as they sunbathed by a swimming hole, police in Washington state said Wednesday. Police arrested David E. Croswell, 71, of Washougal, Washington, and held him on suspicion of vehicular homicide while driving... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Cops Applaud 'Courage' of Kid Who Brought Meth to School

Young boy essentially turned in parents

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are praising a young boy for bringing drugs to school—because he did so to get help regarding his parents. The New York Daily News cites a Facebook post from the Kennewick PD that relays what happened Wednesday when the "elementary school-aged child" showed up... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

This State Just Legalized Composting of Humans

Washington is first to legalize alternative to burial, cremation

(Newser) - Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood... More »

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