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$731M Powerball Winner Was Sold in Hard-Up Town

'We’re really happy for somebody' in Lonaconing, Maryland

(Newser) - The latest jackpot-winning Powerball ticket, worth $731.1 million , was sold in a struggling coal mining town whose biggest previous claim to fame was being the hometown of baseball Hall of Famer Lefty Grove. Someone bought it at Coney Market, a convenience store in the Allegany County town of Lonaconing,...

GPS Reading Leads to Arrest

Bryan Betancur, who's tracked while on probation, belongs to white supremacist groups: FBI

(Newser) - Being on probation, Bryan Betancur knows his movements are tracked electronically by parole and probation officers. After his GPS monitor showed the Maryland man was in the US Capitol on the afternoon of Jan. 6—during the mob attack—he was arrested. Federal court documents say Betancur has said he...

One State May Send Out Its Own Relief Checks

Maryland governor urges legislature to pass package without DC-style 'bickering'

(Newser) - Maryland's Gov. Larry Hogan says his state needs its own economic stimulus package, and he hopes lawmakers approve it as soon as they return to work Wednesday. The Republican unveiled the "RELIEF Act" Monday, which includes tax cuts and relief for small businesses as well as payments to...

Maryland Governor Tried to Send Help for a Futile 90 Minutes

Larry Hogan says requests to send National Guard members were denied

(Newser) - Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he would support the resignation or removal from office of President Trump after early attempts to send his state's National Guard to Washington, DC, on Wednesday were denied. Hogan said federal defense officials repeatedly rejected offers to send help for...

A 'Boom' Is Heard From Canada to Virginia

Witnesses report seeing a fireball

(Newser) - A noontime boom that was heard and felt from southern Ontario to Virginia was likely caused by a disintegrating meteor, according to an organization in western New York that keeps track of such phenomena, the AP reports. Witnesses across the area reported hearing the boom or seeing a fireball in...

Here Are the Most Giving States in America

People there come together to help others through charity, volunteerism

(Newser) - Between charitable giving—last year, US donors ponied up nearly $450 billion for charity—and volunteerism, Americans keep opening up their wallets and their schedules to help those who are less fortunate. WalletHub wanted to see which states were especially benevolent, so it examined stats from all 50, looking at...

School to Javanka: Take Your Kids Away

But Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner insist it was their decision

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have pulled their kids out of an upscale day school in Washington, DC, saying they needed in-person learning—but the move was apparently prompted by parental complaints, the Daily Beast reports. Parents at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School say they were concerned about Trump and...

Bishop Who Attended White House Event Has Died

Cause of death has not been revealed for Bishop Harry Jackson Jr.

(Newser) - Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., a leader among Black evangelicals and spiritual adviser to President Trump, died Monday at age 66, Religion News reports. No cause of death has been revealed. Multiple outlets note that Jackson was among the attendees of the September White House Rose Garden ceremony for Amy Coney...

Man Wouldn't Wear Mask to Vote, Gets Arrested

Daniel Swain argued with deputies for 30 minutes

(Newser) - A polling place in Maryland had a special outdoor booth set up where people unwilling or unable to wear face masks could cast their ballots—but it wasn't enough for two men on the first day of early voting. Election officials called police after 52-year-old Daniel Swain and his...

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...

Partying Like It's Not 2020 Gets Guy Year in Jail

Maryland man twice hosted parties of more than 50 people

(Newser) - Failure to party like it's 2020 landed a Maryland man in the clink until it's 2021. As WJLA reports, police were summoned to the home of one Shawn Marshall Myers on March 22 over a report of a gathering of some 50 to 60 of his nearest and...

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...

Trooper in Elite DUI Unit Had Secret to His Success

Maryland's John Sollon wrote tickets to drivers who didn't exist

(Newser) - Maryland State Trooper John Sollon belonged to an elite DUI unit, and his stats showed why. In 2019 alone, he logged a record 50-plus arrests, reports the Baltimore Sun . But now Sollon's secret to success is out, and it's one that nearly landed him in prison. The 36-year-old...

Barron Trump's School Gets the OK to Open

Gov. Larry Hogan overturned Montgomery County mandate to close private schools through Oct. 1

(Newser) - President Trump has been quite vocal about his desire to see schools open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, an order from the Maryland governor may see Trump partly get his wish in one part of that state, in a decision that could affect his own son. On Friday, an order...

This State Has the Best School System in America

Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in WalletHub ranking; New Mexico comes in last

(Newser) - After a school year disrupted by COVID-19, parents are more concerned than ever about their children's education. The coronavirus aside, how well public schools fare across America is often dictated by the funding they receive, which is one of the factors WalletHub took into account in its examination of...

GOP Governor Takes Trump to Task Over COVID

Maryland's Larry Hogan lays into president in op-ed

(Newser) - A new op-ed makes the case that President Trump's administration "bungled" the coronavirus response so badly that it left states vulnerable to the disease. The sentiment is a familiar one among Trump's critics on the left, but in this case it comes from a Republican governor. Maryland'...

'ReOpen' Founder Who Refused to Wear a Mask Gets COVID-19

But Tim Walters doesn't blame himself

(Newser) - Three facts about Tim Walters: He fought to reopen Maryland at the peak of the pandemic. He refused to wear a mask. He just tested positive for COVID-19. "I was diagnosed yesterday at the ER with COVID-19 and here I am months after not wearing a mask at rallies,...

10 States Where Pride for Country Reigns Supreme

Here's where patriotism is still alive and well, despite pandemic and civil unrest

(Newser) - With the Fourth of July fast approaching, Americans are aware that the holiday will seem more low-key this year. Despite state reopenings, large celebrations are mostly still canceled to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as WalletHub notes, it may feel especially hard to muster up flag-waving spirit with renewed...

Baltimore Cops Seek Suspect in Killing of Longtime Radio Host

Tyra Womack, announcer for popular gospel program, gunned down outside home

(Newser) - What appears to have been a neighbors' tiff led to the murder of a popular gospel radio host, say police, who are now on the hunt for her killer. The Baltimore Sun reports that 57-year-old Tyra Womack, an announcer on WEAA's Gospel Grace program for more than three decades,...

Cops on Trail Attack: 'We Have the Bike. We Have the Clothes'

Anthony Brennan III arrested, accused of assaulting 3 activist teens in Maryland

(Newser) - Police think they have their guy. A 60-year-old man turned himself in to Maryland police and was arrested Friday after allegedly attacking a trio of teens who were putting up anti-police-brutality fliers on a Montgomery County trail. The viral video of the Thursday confrontation on the Capital Crescent Trail showed...

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