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Here Are the Best, Worst States to Raise a Family

Massachusetts ranks highest in WalletHub's rankings, Mississippi comes in at the bottom

(Newser) - Finding the best place to settle down and raise a family can prove a tough choice, with different levels of import placed on the various factors in play, depending on who's being asked. WalletHub looked at more than four dozen metrics in five main categories to help ease the...

'More Questions Than Answers' After 7 Bodies Found in Home
Carbon Monoxide Killed
7 in Family, Tests Show
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Carbon Monoxide Killed 7 in Family, Tests Show

Source could be the furnace or a van in the garage, sheriff says

(Newser) - Update: Carbon monoxide poisoning, apparently accidental, killed seven family members whose bodies were found in their home, Minnesota officials said Wednesday. Ramsey County officials said blood tests showed a lethal level of carbon monoxide, the AP reports. Technicians couldn't find a problem with the furnace that would have caused...

Kids Last Seen Friday Found in 'Absolute Horrible Tragedy'

3 children among 7 people found dead in home in Moorhead, Minn., with no info yet on how they died

(Newser) - Authorities said Sunday that the bodies of seven people were discovered inside a twin home in a northwestern Minnesota city, but they didn't say how they died. Police said the victims included four adults and three children. They were found just before 8pm Saturday by family members conducting a...

Cops: Yard Sign May Have Set Off Instacart Driver

Minnesota police say woman ran over grocery delivery to elderly couple with her car

(Newser) - Updated below to include news that Tara Olivia Plum was cited in the incident.

Chauvin Expected to Change His Plea in Federal Case
Chauvin to Judge:
'Guilty, Your Honor'
UPDATED

Chauvin to Judge: 'Guilty, Your Honor'

Former Minnesota cop pleads guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights

(Newser) - Update: Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, averting a trial but likely extending the time he's already spending behind bars on a state conviction. Chauvin appeared in person Wednesday for the change of plea hearing in an orange short-sleeved prison...

Prosecutor: Kim Potter 'Failed' Daunte Wright

Manslaughter trial began Wednesday

(Newser) - A suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she mistakenly drew her gun instead of her Taser when she fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright went on trial on manslaughter charges Wednesday, with a prosecutor saying Kim Potter had been trained how to avoid such deadly mix-ups but still got it...

Second Omicron Case Detected in US
Second Omicron Case
Detected in US

Second Omicron Case Detected in US

This time, it's in a Minnesota man who had recently visited New York City

(Newser) - A not-so-surprising development about the omicron variant: It has now turned up in a second state. One day after health authorities in California detected the first known case in the US, authorities in Minnesota announced the second, reports NPR . The person infected is described as a man from Hennepin County,...

School Board Campaign Leaves Mom Afraid for Her Daughter

Family ultimately gave up on Minnesota town

(Newser) - A family moved to a small city in Minnesota thinking they’d found their dream come true. Chris Waits was leaving the Navy and traveled to Hastings for a job interview and, he said, his wife, Kelsey, fell in love with it. "Kelsey said, 'Well, I hope the...

Poet and Author Who Sparked 1990s Men's Movement Dies

Robert Bly, best known for Iron John , was 94

(Newser) - Robert Bly, one of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic Iron John, has died. He was 95. His daughter, Mary Bly, said her father died Sunday at his home in Minneapolis after suffering from dementia for 14...

After George Floyd, a Big Choice for Minneapolis Voters

Residents to decide whether to replace police department with new public-safety agency

(Newser) - Voters in Minneapolis were deciding Tuesday whether to replace the city's police department with a new Department of Public Safety, more than a year after George Floyd's death under the knee of a white police officer launched a movement to defund or abolish police across the country. The...

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...

These Are the Safest States Amid the Pandemic
10 Safest, Least Safe
States in US

10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

Vermont is No. 1 and Louisiana is last

(Newser) - WalletHub usually considers a wide range of factors in determining the safest states in America, including the number of assaults, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still in play, it's also considering the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. That's one...

Cop Gets Nearly 5 Years for Killing 911 Caller

Mohamed Noor shot Justine Damond when responding to her call in Minneapolis

(Newser) - A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison—the maximum allowed for manslaughter after his murder conviction was overturned in the case, per the AP . Mohamed...

Chauvin Files Appeal, Asks for Public Defender
Derek Chauvin Is
Denied a Public Defender
UPDATED

Derek Chauvin Is Denied a Public Defender

He filed an appeal in September, listing 14 issues with conviction

(Newser) - Update: Derek Chauvin's request to have a public defender assist him with his appeal of George Floyd's murder has been shot down by the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Star Tribune reports Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said Chauvin failed to prove that, as the law requires, he cannot afford...

Nurse Who Found Bodies Sues Over Trauma
Nurse Who
Found Bodies
Sues Estate

Nurse Who Found Bodies Sues Estate

Businessman had shot his wife, then himself in their mansion

(Newser) - A home health nurse who discovered the bodies of a Minnesota businessman and his wife in a murder-suicide case is suing their estate and seeking damages for emotional trauma. Lisa Ann Hayes walked in on a grisly scene in April 2019 at the Lake Minnetonka mansion of Irwin and Alexandra...

Murder Verdict Reversed in Justine Damond Case

Minnesota Supreme Court rules the charge against ex-cop didn't fit the circumstances

(Newser) - The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the third-degree murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman in 2017, saying the charge doesn't fit the circumstances in this case. Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of...

Frighteningly Large Goldfish Turning Up in Minn. Lakes

Minnesota officials are begging the public to stop dumping pet fish, saying they muck up the waters

(Newser) - Officials in Minnesota say they're finding more giant goldfish in waterways, prompting a plea to citizens to stop illegally dumping their unwanted fish into ponds and lakes. The goldfish, which can grow to the size of a football, compete with native species for food and increase algae in lakes....

Teen Who Filmed Floyd's Murder Has Distressing News

Darnella Frazier says her uncle was killed in crash while Minneapolis cops were chasing someone else

(Newser) - The teen awarded a Pulitzer Prize special citation for her recording of George Floyd's murder says her uncle has died in an interaction with police. "Minneapolis police killed my uncle ... nothing feels real," Darnella Frazier, 18, wrote Tuesday on Facebook, per NBC News , noting police "took...

Amish Group Wins Septic Tank Case Before Supreme Court

Minnesota county tried to force families from homes unless systems were installed

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court sided Friday with members of an Amish group in Minnesota who are fighting efforts by authorities to compel them to install septic systems, sending their appeal back to a state court for reconsideration in light of the high court's recent ruling in a religious freedom...

This Is the Best State to Live In
This Is the Best
State to Live In

This Is the Best State to Live In

New Jersey tops the list in WalletHub's ranking

(Newser) - Figuring out where to settle down can be a tough task, especially considering all of the various factors that could influence one's choice. WalletHub examines the gamut, looking at more than four dozen metrics in all 50 states in five main categories: affordability; the economy (including unemployment rates, job...

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