Oregon

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Guy Tumbles 800 Feet Into Volcano, Then Stands

Unidentified male airlifted from Oregon's Crater Lake

(Newser) - An Oregon man has survived a reported 800-foot fall into a sleeping volcano's caldera. The man, whose name hasn't been released, fell from the caldera's rim at Crater Lake National Park before the Coast Guard was alerted shortly before 4pm Monday. A rescue team had by then... 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 »

Missing Mouseketeer Found Dead in Home

Police confirm body is that of Dennis Day

(Newser) - Police have confirmed that a body found in April at an Oregon home is that of missing man Dennis Day, who was an original member of Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's office identified the body, although they were unable to use dental records... More »

FBI Tested 'Bigfoot' Hairs, Has Released the Results

Determined Oregon man sent 15 hairs to agency in 1976

(Newser) - An Oregon man has spent his life on a mission—and there are newly released FBI files to prove it. Peter Byrne is now 93, and he's decades into an obsession to find creatures of lore like Bigfoot and the yeti, a fascination born from stories he'd heard... 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 »

Girl, 14, Got Oregon to Pass a Holocaust Bill

Along with her dear friend, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor

(Newser) - When Claire Sarnowski, as a fourth grader, met Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener at one of his talks, no one could have predicted that their friendship would end up changing the law in Oregon. But it looks like that's exactly what's about to happen: Thanks to work done by... More »

Student Suffers Fatal Fall at Her 'Favorite Place'

Oregon's Michelle Casey saves 2 as organ donor

(Newser) - Oregon State University student Michelle Casey died while taking pictures—not selfies, her parents emphasize—Sunday at a Neahkahnie Mountain viewpoint above Neahkahnie Beach. Casey, who'd hiked to the northern Oregon lookout with her boyfriend, was taking photos when she fell, her fall broken by a tree some 100... More »

He Drove Off Embankment, Then Got Lucky

A tree and a sharp-eyed driver help save him

(Newser) - The driver of a Jeep who went off an embankment on a remote road likely would not have lived to tell the tale if not for three strokes of good luck: a single tree held him up after 50 feet, preventing a plunge of another 1,000 feet; a woman... More »

Ex-Football Star Stops School Shooting

Keanon Lowe says he's 'realizing we have a serious problem'

(Newser) - A former college football standout at the University of Oregon was credited Friday with tackling an armed student at a Portland, Oregon, high school before anyone was injured, the AP reports. Keanon Lowe, a football and track coach and a security guard at Parkrose High School, told reporters as he... More »

He Wanted His Wife Gone. So He Drove to an ICE Office

Antonio Oswaldo Burgos gets 4 months in prison for trying to bribe ICE officer

(Newser) - It may have seemed like a simple plan in his own mind. But, as the Washington Post reports, what Antonio Oswaldo Burgos tried to do in an attempt to get rid of his wife didn't end well: He tried to bribe an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer to deport... More »

Cops: Man Rigged Toolbox for Disgusting Explosion

It was packed with all the dog poop he could find

(Newser) - A different kind of "dirty" bomb: An Oregon man who was angry at a former friend created a dog poop bomb in a toolbox and left it on the back of the man's vehicle, police say. According to court papers, the toolbox was rigged to explode when it... More »

Body Found at Home of Missing Mouseketeer

Dennis Day was reported missing 8 months ago

(Newser) - The case of a missing Mouseketeer may be breaking wide open. Law enforcement agencies began searching the Oregon home of former child actor Dennis Day on Thursday and found a body there the next day, the Medford Mail Tribune reports. It remains unidentified, but could be a big development in... More »

To Hide Missing Girl Scout Cash, Dad Went to Extremes: Cops

Brian Couture accused of faking burglary in Oregon

(Newser) - Brian Couture has missed his shot at "father of the year" in the eyes of Oregon police, who say he staged a burglary to hide the theft of $740 his daughter raised selling Girl Scout cookies. Couture, 40, was found unresponsive in his Forest Grove home on March 6... More »

Unvaccinated Boy Spends 47 Days in ICU With Tetanus

His parents still refuse to get him vaccinated

(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy in Oregon fell down while playing on a farm and cut his forehead—and if he'd had his standard childhood shots, you wouldn't be reading about him. But the boy was unvaccinated, and he ended up suffering greatly and almost dying from the first childhood... More »

This Will Soon Be the Last Blockbuster in the World

And it's in Bend, Ore.

(Newser) - Pretty soon there will be only one spot left to rent a Blockbuster video: Bend, Ore. Bend's Blockbuster location, the subject of a documentary in the works, will be the last one standing when Australia's Blockbuster in the Perth suburb of Morley closes its doors at the end... More »

Teen Who Planned School Massacre Learns His Fate

Wash. teen turned in by grandma gets 22 years

(Newser) - A Washington state teenager reported to authorities by his grandmother after she saw plans for a school massacre has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. Everett resident Joshua O'Connor, 19, pleaded guilty in December to charges including attempted first-degree murder and possession of an explosive device, KOMO reports.... More »

Bite From 'Emotional Support' Pit Bull Brings $1.1M Suit

Girl left with permanent scarring after 2017 encounter at airport

(Newser) - A mom wants $1.1 million from Alaska Airlines and the owner of a pit bull that bit her 5-year-old's face at Portland International Airport in 2017. It was part of a spike in incidents involving emotional support animals, as reported by various airlines. Alaska Airlines was among those... More »

Ex-Mouseketeer Vanishes Amid Husband's Dementia Battle

Dennis Day last seen at his Oregon home in July

(Newser) - Despite a dementia diagnosis, Ernie Caswell noticed when his partner of 46 years failed to visit him in the hospital last summer. It was out of character for Dennis Day—an actor and original Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club, per the Mail Tribune —who rarely left Caswell's... More »

He Fled Home to Saudi Arabia Before US Trial. It Worked

State Department says there's not much it can do to bring back Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah

(Newser) - A man accused of killing an Oregon teenager in a hit-and-run crash appears to be in the clear after he fled home to Saudi Arabia— apparently with his government's help . The State Department says there is little it can do to force Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah to return to America... More »

These Amtrak Passengers Are Having a Really Bad Journey

Train in remote Oregon hit a tree Sunday, and they may be there until Tuesday

(Newser) - Nearly 200 people aboard an Amtrak train now have everyone else beat when it comes to tales about travel nightmares. Their train hit a downed tree in remote Oregon on Sunday evening, and all aboard—183 passengers, plus the crew—will likely be stuck there until Tuesday morning, reports the... More »

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