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Starbucks Is Getting in the Vaccination Game

Employees in Washington state are working on optimization, scalability

(Newser) - When you need COVID-19 vaccines rolled out to your citizens quickly and efficiently, who you gonna call? Starbucks, apparently. Washington state has reached out to the coffee giant for help, and Starbucks says 11 employees with expertise in labor and deployment, operations, and research and development will work full-time on...

'Something Happened That Night'

Laynee Westbrook hasn't been seen since Sept. 10

(Newser) - On Sept. 10, Laynee Westbrook and her dog were seen on surveillance video leaving the Washington state motel at which they had been living, and getting into a truck with a man she knew. She was later that night spotted in the same vehicle at a gas station with the...

After Powerful Speech on His Vote, an Elector's Emotional Reveal

Jack Arends of Washington state on his failing health: 'I was glad to do my duty'

(Newser) - On Monday, Washington state's dozen electors all cast their votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president of the United States. One vote, however, proved a particularly emotional one. The Washington Post reports Jack Arends, a 64-year-old grassroots activist from Snohomish County, arrived...

Death Toll Is at Least 7 After Rule-Breaking Wedding

Employees of nursing homes were among the 300 celebrating

(Newser) - An investigation—and contact tracing—began immediately after positive tests started to show up among the 300 people who attended a wedding last month in Washington state. The toll is starting to become clear. Seven residents of three nursing homes who had COVID-19 have died since employees at the homes...

Wedding Reception Sparks 2 Coronavirus Outbreaks

300-person event linked to at least 17 cases so far

(Newser) - Yet again, a wedding reception held in defiance of coronavirus guidelines has fueled an outbreak—in this case, two outbreaks. The Washington state nuptials were held in Ritzville on Nov. 7, when receptions were allowed with a limit of 30 attendees. This one had more than 300, the Washington Post...

How This Guy 'Came Back From the Dead'

Hiker Michael Knapinski was dead for 45 minutes

(Newser) - Michael Knapinski went out for a hike in the snow of Mount Ranier on Saturday, Nov. 7, but he had to come back from a little bit more than he bargained for to get home, reports the Seattle Times . The 45-year-old from Woodinville got lost in whiteout conditions on his...

Destroyed Murder Hornet Nest Was Crawling With Queens

Caught 'in nick of time,' it contained 500 live hornets, including almost 200 queens

(Newser) - An entomologist who helped destroy the first murder hornet nest found in the US says experts "got there just in the nick of time." Some 500 live murder hornets were found in some stage of development in the nest taken from a tree in Whatcom County, Wash., including...

Suspect in 1972 Murder Kills Himself Hours Before Verdict

Terrence Miller was found guilty after death

(Newser) - After evading justice for 48 years in the 1972 murder of 20-year-old Jody Loomis, Terrence Miller didn't live to hear the guilty verdict against him. Police in Snohomish County, Washington, say the 78-year-old killed himself Monday morning, around three hours before a jury that started its deliberations Friday found...

Destroyed Murder Hornet Nest Yield 2 Live Queens

Wash. officials unsure whether new captives are virgin queens or if one is the old one

(Newser) - Fresh off eradicating the nation's first known nest of murder hornets , scientists in Washington state cut down the tree that held the nest—only to discover two live queen hornets, reports CBS News . The next question is whether they're virgin queens or whether one is the old queen...

Murder Hornet Nest Is No More

Washington team removes first settlement discovered in US

(Newser) - State entomologists have won the opening battle against murder hornets in Washington, successfully removing the first nest discovered in the US. Two days after it was discovered in a cavity of a tree near Blaine, the nest was shut down and the hornets removed, CNN reports. The nest held between...

First US Nest of Murder Hornets Found, Thanks to Dental Floss

The plan is to destroy it Saturday in Washington state

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the US and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials in Washington state said. Previously, a male hornet was found , but not the nest. After weeks of searching, the agency said it found the nest...

Man Shot 9 Times in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot: She's 'Crazy'

Baron Li's ex-wife, 2 alleged accomplices charged in Washington state

(Newser) - Baron Li was shot nine times at point-blank range in the parking lot of his apartment complex on July 10. He spent a week in the hospital, followed by a month in a wheelchair. And still, his ex-wife kept plotting his death, according to prosecutors in King County, Wash., who'...

Don't Like to 'Get Political'? These States Agree

WalletHub ranks the least, most politically engaged states

(Newser) - With just three weeks until Election Day, politics is at the top of many minds, though that may be more so in some states than in others. To see which of the Fifty Nifty boast the highest levels of political engagement, WalletHub crunched all of their numbers along nearly a...

Cops Is Returning, but There's a Catch

New episodes won't be shown in the US

(Newser) - Cops is back on the beat. The reality show has resumed production in Washington state some four months after it was pulled from the air amid protests over the death of George Floyd. Two crews have tagged along with deputies from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office as well as...

The Hunt for Murder Hornets Is Getting Desperate

Washington state officials want to destroy them before the 'slaughter phase' begins

(Newser) - Shhh, be very quiet—they're hunting murder hornets. And the media is following. Outlets from CNN to the Seattle Times are reporting on Washington state officials as they track Asian giant hornets in a race against time. The goal: destroy them before the dreaded "slaughter phase" begins. The...

Oaky Wines Are Fine. Ashy, Not So Much

This year's crop could be a disaster

(Newser) - Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage, per the AP . Wineries in California, Oregon, and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this...

Smoke From West Coast Fires Reaches DC, New York

And it has reportedly also reached Midwest, Canada, Europe

(Newser) - From Washington state to Washington, DC—the National Weather Service said Monday that smoke from the wildfires on the west coast of the US could be seen across the country at the National Mall. The NWS says the smoke caught a jet stream, moving at an altitude as high as...

10% of Oregon's Population Has Evacuated

That's more than half a million people

(Newser) - As Oregon continues to burn , more than 10% of the population—over half a million people—has been forced to evacuate. Wildfires have burned more than 1,400 square miles in the state of 4.2 million this week, the AP reports. The rest of the US Pacific Coast is...

Surreal Fire Images, Dangerous Air

Images from the wildfires in the West

(Newser) - Just how bad are the wildfires in the West? The Los Angeles Times reports that roughly half of all Californians are exposed to air that exceeds safety thresholds for tiny particles known as PM2.5. That equates to about 20 million people. "Rarely have so many Californians breathed such...

1-Year-Old Dies After Wildfire Traps Family

They tried to flee fast-moving Washington blaze

(Newser) - A 1-year-old boy in Washington state has become the youngest victim of the devastating wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley says Uriel Hyland died and parents Jacob Hyland, 31, and Jamie Hyland, 26, were severely burned while trying to escape the Cold Springs Fire, Fox...

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