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4 North Dakota Murders Were Planned, Say Police

Gun and knife were cleaned with bleach afterward, court filings say

(Newser) - A North Dakota man charged Friday with killing four people at a business that manages the mobile home park where he lives tried to avoid detection by picking up shell casings, changing his clothing, and cleaning a knife and gun with bleach, according to court documents. Court documents allege that... More »

Questions Swirl After Chiropractor Arrested for Murder

Chad Isaak being held on suspicion of 4 counts of felony murder

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in a case that has shaken a small North Dakota town: On Monday, four bodies were found at RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, that of 52-year-old co-owner Robert Fakler and three employees, two of whom were married. On Thursday night, Mandan Police Chief Jason... More »

Cops: 4 Murdered at N. Dakota Business

Police haven't identified 3 men, 1 woman

(Newser) - Four people were found dead Monday in what police called a "multiple homicide" at a North Dakota property-management business. The bodies of three men and a woman were discovered inside RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, a city of about 22,000 just across the Missouri River west of... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

Thousands Back Potential State of 'MegaKota'

What's in a name? Apparently a lot

(Newser) - Thousands of people hope to add "a pretty rad state name" to the map of America. MegaKota is the goal of Dillan Stewart of Fargo, ND, and more than 12,500 others who've signed his petition asking President Trump to combine North Dakota and South Dakota into a... More »

US Woman Could Get Life for Jamaica Lottery Scam

'Her hands were all over the conspiracy'

(Newser) - A federal judge in North Dakota on Monday ordered a Rhode Island woman convicted of funneling lottery scam money between the US and Jamaica to remain jailed pending a February sentencing hearing where she could face a stiffer sentence than the alleged mastermind, the AP reports. "Her hands were... More »

This Is the Best-Run State in America

North Dakota ranks first, New Mexico last

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St tackles what it admits is a subjective subject—ranking states on how well they are run. But after running through various metrics, including tax revenue, debt, population, good-paying jobs, poverty, credit rating, etc., the site has settled on North Dakota as the best-run state in the... More »

Man Admits Plan to Kill Trump With Forklift

ND planned to flip president's limo

(Newser) - A North Dakota man has admitted stealing a forklift as part of a bizarre plot to kill President Trump last year. US Assistant State's Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell says Gregory Lee Leingang, 42, stole the forklift and made his way to the motorcade route before Trump arrived to speak... More »

Senator Apologizes for 'Flagrant Error of Campaign'

Heitkamp's ad misidentified abuse victims

(Newser) - Sen. Heidi Heitkamp apologized Tuesday for misidentifying victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape who were listed in a recent North Dakota newspaper ad aimed at her opponent. The Democrat, who is facing a tough race for re-election, said in a statement that she had recently learned that several... More »

Woman Describes Cutting Baby Out of Neighbor's Body

Brooke Crews says she did so after boyfriend told her to 'produce a baby'

(Newser) - The North Dakota woman accused of murdering her 8-months-pregnant neighbor last year told the gruesome story Tuesday of what she says happened. Brooke Crews testified in court that she lied to her then-boyfriend William Hoehn about being pregnant, emailing him a fake pregnancy test and fake sonogram, and that in... More »

Tornado Kills Newborn, Destroys 122 Structures

'Complete destruction' at North Dakota RV park

(Newser) - A newborn baby was killed and more than two dozen people were injured when a tornado whipped through a North Dakota oil patch city overnight, overturning recreational vehicles and demolishing more than 100 structures, officials said Tuesday. The storm moved through Watford City, in the northwestern part of the state,... More »

This Is the Place to Be for Millennials

WalletHub takes quality of life, affordability into account

(Newser) - As a whole, millennials are doing pretty well financially . But those in certain states are much better off than others, according to WalletHub . It compared affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was taken into account), education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in all 50... More »

5 States That Need to Loosen Up

WalletHub uses 38 stress indicators to rank most, least stressed states

(Newser) - The Midwest is best—at least when it comes to living a relatively stress-free life. WalletHub took a look at nearly 40 stress indicators related to work, family, money, and health, in all 50 states and DC to determine the most and least stressed states. Its list suggests anxiety rises... More »

This State Has the Best Quality of Life

And California has the worst

(Newser) - When it comes to quality of life, studies have shown that a feeling of social connectedness is one of the most important factors. "The number one indicator of success in life and having a fulfilling, satisfying life is the quality of your relationships," says one sociology professor. "... More »

'Missing' Airman Found Living Double Life—40 Years Later

Jeffrey Michels, 64, picked up in Florida, will be charged with desertion for ditching Air Force

(Newser) - Jeffrey Michels disappeared from an Air Force base in northern North Dakota on a summer day in 1977—and was found last week in Florida living a double life, Fox News reports. Michels, 64, was arrested Oct. 12 on desertion charges filed against him after he went missing from Minot... More »

New Miss America Is First Winner From Her State

Miss North Dakota doesn't like Trump's climate policy

(Newser) - Miss North Dakota, a 23-year-old who says President Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, was named Miss America 2018 on Sunday night in Atlantic City. Cara Mund topped a field of 51 contestants. In one of her onstage interviews, Mund said Trump... More »

Suspects in Pregnant Woman's Murder Tell Different Stories

William Hoehn described a bloodied bathroom to police

(Newser) - A suspect in the death of a pregnant woman initially claimed the woman gave up her newborn daughter but later admitted taking advantage of her to get the child, according to court documents filed Monday that shed no light on how the woman died. Brooke Crews, 38, and boyfriend William... More »

Pregnant Woman's Body Found in Plastic, in River

Savanna Greywind, 22, went missing Aug. 19

(Newser) - The plastic-wrapped body of a missing North Dakota woman was found caught on a log by kayakers in the Red River on Sunday evening, ending a search that began on Aug. 19. Fargo Police Chief David Todd says that around the same time Sunday, investigators identified what the Minneapolis Star ... More »

Infant Found, 2 Arrested After Pregnant Woman Vanishes

Savanna Greywind was last seen in apartment in Fargo, ND

(Newser) - A newborn infant was found in a Fargo, North Dakota, apartment building Thursday where a missing pregnant woman was last seen, and police have arrested two people in connection with her disappearance. Per a Fargo PD Facebook post , an investigation "thus far indicates the probability" that the infant is... More »

Escaped Fugitive Accused of Dumping Radioactive Waste

James Ward has been on the run since 2013

(Newser) - A fugitive who escaped custody in Wyoming four years ago has been added to a list of US environmental crimes fugitives and is being sought by investigators for illegally dumping radioactive oilfield waste in North Dakota in incidents dating back to 2011, authorities say. James Kenneth Ward, 55, is considered... More »

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