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Here Are the Best States for an Off-Grid Life

Not New Jersey, per LawnStarter

(Newser) - Want to get away from it all—like, for good? If the thought of holing up in a cabin in the woods and disconnecting from the world sounds appealing, LawnStarter has been scouting all 50 states to find where off-the-grid living might work best, looking at nearly two dozen metrics...

Missing Hiker Found Dead After Petito Search Shot Himself

Bob Lowery had been missing since Aug. 20

(Newser) - Update: A cause of death has been determined for the Texas father found dead in Wyoming after the search for Gabby Petito brought fresh attention to the missing persons case. Robert "Bob" Lowery, 46, committed suicide via a gunshot wound to the head, NBC News and Yahoo News report....

Brian Laundrie Indicted Over Debit Card Use

Federal warrant involves crime after Gabby Petito's death

(Newser) - A federal grand jury has indicted Brian Laundrie, accusing the fiance of Gabby Petito of using a debit card that wasn't his—which will allow police to arrest him once he's found. The Wyoming indictment says Laundrie used the card and its PIN for more than $1,000...

Woman Catches Most Deadly Form of Plague From Her Cats

Pneumonic plague rarely occurs in humans; her case is severe

(Newser) - A woman in Wyoming has come down with pneumonic plague, the most severe form of plague and the only one that can pass from person to person, which she likely caught from her cats. The state Health Department reported Wyoming's seventh human case of plague in 43 years—a...

Wyoming Says It's Time to Lift Grizzly Bear Protections

State is applying to have species delisted in Yellowstone region

(Newser) - Wyoming is taking another shot at bringing back the grizzly bear hunt. Gov. Mark Gordon, calling it a "wonderful day of celebration, not only for the grizzly bear but for Wyoming," announced Thursday that the state will seek the lifting of federal protections for the bears in the...

Police Met Missing Woman, Fiance Before Disappearance

Gabrielle Petito's family says companion Brian Laundrie won't say when he last saw her

(Newser) - Utah police say they responded to an incident involving a now-missing woman and her fiance two weeks before she was last seen. Moab Police Chief Bret Edge told Fox News on Tuesday that officers responded to an incident involving Brian Laundrie and Gabrielle Petito on Aug. 12. "However, neither...

Trump Makes Endorsement in Liz Cheney's GOP Race

Lawmaker displays no fear when former president backs Harriet Hageman

(Newser) - As he has threatened to do, former President Trump endorsed another Republican in Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney's reelection battle. Trump emailed a statement Thursday backing Harriet Hageman, who was the state's national Republican committeewoman until this week, Politico reports. "Harriet has my Complete and Total endorsement in...

Bar's Anti-Gay T-Shirt Could Help Hate Crime Law Pass

Wyoming bar's shirt called for shooting homosexuals

(Newser) - With the sale of a violent, homophobic T-shirt, a biker bar in Cheyenne may have inadvertently moved the state closer to bringing in hate crime legislation. The Wyoming Equality group shared a photo of the shirt—which shows an armed man, with the words "In Wyoming, we have a...

Fight Emerges Over Grizzly Living Near Wyoming Road

USFWS is trying to scare it and its cubs off, and the plan has many critics

(Newser) - The US Fish and Wildlife Service is asking people to avoid the Togwotee Pass area in Wyoming for the remainder of the month so that it can "conduct targeted hazing operations on grizzly bear 863." USA Today reports the bear, known by locals as "Felicia," and...

Sunrise Hike Ends in Tragedy in Wyoming

Woman hiking with her husband falls to her death at Steamboat Point

(Newser) - A woman who set out to enjoy a sunrise view from a popular peak in Wyoming fell 200 feet to her death, reports CNN . Calli Aust and her husband hiked to the top of Steamboat Point in the Bighorn Mountains early Tuesday, and Aust fell from the summit, according to...

House Candidate: I Impregnated 14-Year-Old When I Was 18

Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, running against Liz Cheney, calls it 'Romeo and Juliet story'

(Newser) - A Wyoming state senator who plans to primary GOP Rep. Liz Cheney appeared on a Facebook Live video on Thursday to, as he put it, "[dodge] a bullet" from reports he suspected were about to emerge about a long-ago relationship. In his announcement, Anthony Bouchard revealed that, as a...

Wyoming Sheriff Breaks Ground
Wyoming Sheriff Breaks Ground

Wyoming Sheriff Breaks Ground

The state's first Black sheriff wants to focus on peace

(Newser) - As a student at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, Aaron Appelhans used to look at the photos of past graduating classes hanging on the wall. "I got to see, for the most part, ain't a whole lot of people that looked like me around here," he recalled...

Yellowstone Region's Oldest Grizzly Was Euthanized

Bear 168 preyed on calves

(Newser) - A 34-year-old grizzly bear that was captured in Wyoming last summer and later euthanized has been confirmed as the oldest on record in the Yellowstone region, the AP reports. “He was born in 1986,” Dan Thompson, a Wyoming Game and Fish biologist tells the Jackson Hole News &...

Liz Cheney Might Be in Trouble
Liz Cheney
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Liz Cheney Might Be in Trouble

House conservatives angry at her vote for impeachment aim to oust her from No. 3 position

(Newser) - Liz Cheney is the No. 3 Republican in the House and has long been expected to rise even higher. However, the 54-year-old Wyoming congresswoman is now in political peril, reports Politico . She risks not only losing her leadership position as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference but her very seat...

Yellowstone Ranger Busts Man Cooking Chickens in Hot Spring

Park officials say the Idaho visitor has been banned for 2 years

(Newser) - Although the pandemic limited many activities over the summer, at least people could partake in quiet outdoor activities, like having small, socially distanced barbecues. An Idaho man, however, has been barred from Yellowstone National Park after he picked the wrong place for his cookout. A park spokeswoman tells East Idaho...

COVID Highs Push Hospitals Near the Brink

'We'll run into some difficult decisions to make'

(Newser) - Hospitals across the US are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff, the AP reports. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small—from...

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...

These Are the Biggest Slacking US States

North Dakota isn't one of them

(Newser) - Despite massive unemployment right now across the nation, WalletHub finds that Americans work pretty darn hard—whether it's because they want to, have to, or have the perception they have to. To find out which states really roll up their sleeves, the site looked at all 50 states across...

Kanye to Kim: 'I Know I Hurt You'
Kanye to Kim:
'I Know I Hurt You' 

Kanye to Kim: 'I Know I Hurt You'

West apologizes amid reports that he was taken to a hospital in Wyoming

(Newser) - Kanye West is backing down after publicly discussing his and wife Kim Kardashian's debate about whether to abort their first pregnancy. Tweeted West on Saturday, as per People : "I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter. I...

As Bison Charged, Woman Tripped
As Bison Charged,
Woman Tripped
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As Bison Charged, Woman Tripped

Montana woman escapes 'without a scratch' after playing dead

(Newser) - A woman narrowly escaped a charging bison at Yellowstone National Park, apparently by playing dead. A video viewed more than 1.7 million times since it was shared on YouTube on Friday shows a man and woman running from a pair of charging bison. One bison appears to slow, but...

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