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In These States, It's Driver Beware

WalletHub ranking considers infrastructure, traffic, and more

(Newser) - Traffic in New York City is notoriously bad, but it's not enough to sour driving in the state, which comes middle of the pack in a new ranking of the best and worst US states in which to drive. There's much more than traffic to consider. Indeed, WalletHub... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

This Is the Best State to Bring Up Your Brood

Minnesota tops the list

(Newser) - Myriad factors come into play when considering where to raise a family, and WalletHub has just tried to make the task a bit easier. The site took a close look at all 50 states, examining more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: family fun (which includes such things... More »

Motorists Spend NYE Trapped in Tumbleweeds

It took 10 hours to clear Washington state highway

(Newser) - Some people spent part of their New Year's Eve trapped on a Washington state highway after tumbleweeds blocked their route, authorities said. YakTriNews reported that the Washington State Patrol announced via Twitter at about 6:30pm that State Route 240 was closed in both directions near West Richland. Trooper... More »

Report: State Lawmaker Engaged in Domestic Terrorism

Washington Rep. Matt Shea says he isn't going anywhere

(Newser) - House Republicans in Washington state suspended one of their own Thursday after an investigation the House commissioned found he'd participated in "an act of domestic terrorism." The Spokesman-Review explains that the 108-page report on Rep. Matt Shea released Thursday by a Seattle firm "largely corroborates previous... More »

4-Year-Old Twins Climb for Help After Crash Kills Father

'They overcame every typical little kid fear. The woods, and the dark'

(Newser) - Two 4-year-old sisters in Washington state climbed a steep wooded embankment in the dark to seek help after a car accident killed their father, police say. The Washington State Patrol says 47-year-old father Corey Simmons died Friday evening after his Nissan Sentra came off the winding Whidbey Island road and... More »

Movie Theater Evacuated Over 'Highly Contagious' ... Pee

A delivery goes very wrong in North Bend, Wash.

(Newser) - A delivery gone wrong gave all new meaning to No. 1 at the box office: The North Bend Theater in Washington state received a package on Friday marked "highly contagious human substance," which prompted its evacuation, the closure of several nearby streets, and a hospital visit for the... More »

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 »

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