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Police: Dead Man's Thumb Taken to Access Payment App

Fasil Teklemariam, 53, was found dead in Washington, DC, in early April

(Newser) - The crime itself was grisly, the aftermath even more so. Authorities in Washington, DC, say Fasil Teklemariam was found dead in his bedroom on April 5; he had been stabbed in the stomach with enough force that his spine was struck, WTOP reports via an autopsy report. One of his...

The Brainiest Cities in America
The Brainiest
Cities in America

The Brainiest Cities in America

Ann Arbor, Michigan, tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - A smart city is a more prosperous one, according to WalletHub , which notes that higher education levels among an urban center's residents boost salaries and, in turn, tax dollars flowing into local government. The site wanted to see which cities are attracting the best and brightest, so it reviewed...

These States' Economies Are Pulling Their Weight

Washington tops WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - How well the US economy is doing is dependent on how well the states themselves are doing, and WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which ones boast the best economies. Three main categories are in play: economic activity (including startup activity, exports per...

Woman Dies After Another Woman Allegedly Carjacks SUV

SUV was then crashed in Washington, DC, tragedy

(Newser) - An elderly woman died after the car she was in outside a hospital in Washington, DC, was carjacked, then crashed, with her still in it. Police say the victim and her adult daughter had just pulled up to the emergency department of MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Monday afternoon when...

These US Cities Are Heaven for Mosquitoes

Los Angeles tops Orkin's top 50 list

(Newser) - Time to break out the repellent: Mosquito season is bearing down upon us. Pest control company Orkin wanted to see which cities in America have the most issues with the flying pests, so it analyzed the numbers on how many customers it provided residential mosquito treatments to in major metro...

10 Best US Cities for Vacation Destinations

Atlanta takes the top spot on WalletHub's travel destinations list

(Newser) - Atlanta in July? That's the No. 1 pick by WalletHub for US cities that double as excellent summer vacay destinations. The site looked at 100 of the most populated cities in America, using more than three dozen metrics in six key areas: travel costs and hassles (including delays); what...

Driver Dies After Crashing Into White House Barrier

Police say it looks like an an accident, not terrorism

(Newser) - A driver died after a vehicle crashed into an outer perimeter gate of the White House complex Saturday night—but police say the incident is being investigated as a traffic crash, not terrorism. President Biden was spending the weekend in Delaware, and the Secret Service said there was no threat...

Judge Gives Prison to Rioter With 'Gobbledygook' Defense

Washington state's Taylor James Johnatakis, 39, was convicted of 3 felonies

(Newser) - A federal judge who called a Jan. 6 defendant's arguments at trial "gobbledygook" sentenced him to seven years in prison on Wednesday, citing the man's lack of remorse. Judge Royce Lamberth said he had concerns that Taylor James Johnatakis would commit violence again if given the opportunity,...

This Is the Healthiest City in America

San Francisco tops WalletHub's list, while Brownsville, Texas, comes in last

(Newser) - The weather is getting warmer as we barrel toward summer, meaning you'll likely see more people out and about as they try to squeeze in their exercise routines in the great outdoors. As WalletHub notes, however, "location matters when it comes to health"—and according to its...

For DC Cherry Tree 'Stumpy,' It's the Final Bloom

It's going down as part of Tidal Basin renovations

(Newser) - The sun is setting on Stumpy, the gnarled old cherry tree that has become a social media phenom. This year's cherry blossom festivities in Washington will be the last for Stumpy and more than 100 other cherry trees that will be cut down as part of a multiyear restoration...

She Disappeared at 8, Changed DC Forever
She Disappeared at 8,
Changed DC Forever

She Disappeared at 8, Changed DC Forever

'Washington Post' revisits the tragic case of Relisha Rudd, a decade after she vanished

(Newser) - Ten years ago this month, a social worker at Relisha Rudd's Washington, DC, elementary school went to the homeless shelter where the 8-year-old lived with her family, concerned because she'd been absent for 10 days. He wanted to talk to the person listed as Relisha's doctor, Kahlil...

DC's Cherry Blossoms Hit Peak Bloom Way Early

By about 2 weeks

(Newser) - The famed cherry blossoms of Washington, DC, hit peak bloom Sunday—about two weeks earlier than is typical, and tied with the year 2000 as the second-earliest date on record. Experts say it's yet another consequence of climate change, with warmer weather speeding along the bud development cycle, the...

Ladies, These States May Be Worth Looking Into

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list of best states for women; Oklahoma comes in last

(Newser) - What better way to mark Women's History Month than to tag the places in the US where women have the best chances at career opportunities and a better standard of living? WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using more than two dozen metrics in two main categories to create...

Nikki Haley Wins Her First Primary Contest

She defeats Donald Trump in Washington, DC, as expected

(Newser) - Nikki Haley has won her first primary contest of the 2024 election, defeating Donald Trump in Washington, DC, the AP reports. The victory wasn't a surprise and isn't expected to have much of an effect on the GOP race, per the Washington Post . Still, her victory at least...

US Airman Who Set Self on Fire at Embassy Has Died

Aaron Bushnell of Texas decried 'genocide' outside Israeli Embassy in Washington

(Newser) - The Air Force member who set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in DC on Sunday afternoon in support of Palestinians has died, reports the AP . The active-duty airman has been identified as 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell of San Antonio, Texas.

This City Is the Biggest Slacker in America

Burlington, Vermont, comes in last in WalletHub's rankings of hardest-working cities; DC is first

(Newser) - If you're itching to work hard toward that elusive American dream, there are some US cities that are waiting for you with open arms and rolled-up sleeves. WalletHub wanted to see which ones boast the best work ethic, so the site looked at nearly 120 of the nation's...

Man Sues DC Lottery After Not Winning $340M Jackpot

John Cheeks says lottery website posted wrong numbers as the winners, but he still wants his cash

(Newser) - When John Cheeks checked his Powerball numbers the day after the Jan. 7, 2023, drawing, he saw them listed as the winning combination on the DC Lottery's website, with a $340 million jackpot at stake. "I got a little excited, but I didn't shout, I didn't...

Animal Cruelty Warrant Leads to Daylong Standoff in DC

3 officers shot during the ordeal

(Newser) - Three police officers were shot trying to make an animal cruelty arrest that touched off an hourslong standoff in the nation's capitol on Wednesday, which ended late at night with a man's arrest, the AP reports. The officers were hospitalized and expected to recover from gunshot wounds, authorities...

Trump Administration Official Shot in Carjacking Dies

Former president pays tribute to Mike Gill in Truth Social post

(Newser) - A former Trump administration official shot during a carjacking rampage last Monday died of his injuries five days later. Mike Gill, a married 56-year-old father of three, served as chief operating officer for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He was shot in his new Jeep on Monday as he was...

Teen Gets 5 Years in Killing Over Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

'It just doesn't make sense,' says the judge

(Newser) - A teenage girl who fatally stabbed a friend in a dispute outside a McDonald's over a condiment has been sentenced to five years in a juvenile detention center in DC, reports the Washington Post . The unnamed assailant from Waldorf, Maryland, is 16 and will remain in the custody of...

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