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A Potluck Party Email Turned Into 'ReplyAll Gate'

'STOP THE MADNESS!!!!'

(Newser) - "STOP THE MADNESS!!!!," "dear lord," and "I want to die" were just a few of the responses to what was meant to be a routine email Friday about a seasonal potluck party in a Utah state office, per the Miami Herald . What caused the holiday... More »

Teen Helped Girl Hang Herself. Now, the Sentence

Tyerell Przybycien says his actions don't 'deserve pity'

(Newser) - A teenager found guilty of helping his schoolmate hang herself has received his prison sentence: five years to life, CNN reports. Tyerell Przybycien, now 19, bought the rope and compressed air that 16-year-old Jchandra Brown used to take her own life in a Utah campground in May 2017. He also... More »

Cops: Mom Lured Ex Out of Apartment Before Murder

Chelsea Watrous Cook has been charged with killing his new girlfriend

(Newser) - Utah has never executed a woman or had a woman on death row, but that could change after Sunday night's murder in suburban Salt Lake City. Chelsea Watrous Cook, 32, has been charged with aggravated murder in the shooting of Lisa Vilate Williams, 26, and could face the death... More »

Greyhound Passenger Saves Bus: 'I Didn't Want to Die'

Driver had medical episode outside Orem, Utah

(Newser) - "I look up and it was like a video game." That's how Everette Elliott describes to KSTU what he woke up to on Friday morning on the Greyhound bus he was riding. When Elliott went to the front of the swerving bus, which was just outside Orem,... More »

He'd Find Bats on His Bed and Handle Them. Now He's Dead

Gary Giles first person to die from rabies in Utah since 1944

(Newser) - Gary Giles and his wife, Juanita, would often use their hands to catch the bats that would end up flying around inside their home in Moroni, Utah, and they never had any issues. "The bats would lick our fingers, almost like they could taste the saltiness of our fingers,... More »

Utah Mayor Killed on Deployment in Afghanistan

39-year-old Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden, killed on 4th deployment with Utah National Guard

(Newser) - The mayor of a Utah city was killed during an attack in Afghanistan while he was serving with the state's National Guard, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor died Saturday in an apparent "insider attack" in Kabul. Another US service member is being treated... More »

Insurer's Drug Plan: We'll Pay You to Go to Mexico

Workers in Utah get cash incentive to buy cheaper drugs across the border

(Newser) - It's no secret that many prescription drugs are cheaper in Mexico than in the US—stories about "medical tourism" have been around for years, like this one in Pacific Standard . Now, however, a large health insurer in Utah has employed a novel approach to take advantage of the... More »

Cops: Before He Killed Her, He Extorted $1K Over Photos

University of Utah's Lauren McCluskey reported extortion to police 9 days before her slaying

(Newser) - Lauren McCluskey's killer was a master manipulator who penned messages under various names—even posed as a police officer—in an effort to lure and extort the 21-year-old University of Utah student before her death, according to police. Nine days before she was fatally shot on campus by an... More »

The Cops Finally Got Him. Then He Met the 14-Year-Old

It's the final part of the 'Cincinnati Enquirer' serial on Cody Jackson

(Newser) - Kevin Grasha and Cameron Knight of the Cincinnati Enquirer are out with the final installment of their four-part story on Cody Jackson, a young Wisconsin drop-out with no job and essentially a single skill: "luring fragile young women" he often held against their will through an extreme and manipulative... More »

She Was on the Phone With Mom, Then, 'No, No, No!'

Police say University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was killed by an ex-boyfriend

(Newser) - The University of Utah is mourning the death of a student-athlete who police say was shot to death by an ex-boyfriend—one she had recently filed a police report about. One of the most wrenching details of the case is that 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey had been on the phone with... More »

One of the World's Biggest Organisms Is in Trouble

A Utah forest of genetically identical aspen trees is dying, says new study

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it to look at it, but a forest of aspen trees in Utah qualifies as one of the biggest—certainly the heaviest at 13 million pounds—living organisms on the planet. And scientists say it's in real danger for the first time in millennia, reports... More »

Toddler Shreds $1K in Cash

Parents had saved it for college football tickets

(Newser) - Leo Belnap, a 2-year-old boy in Holladay, Utah, loves putting junk mail and other paper in the shredder that he sometimes helps his mom with. Unfortunately for his parents, some of the paper he put through it recently was green and had pictures of presidents on it. Ben and Jackee... More »

Utah Ordered to Pay $475K in Deadpool Case

State wanted to punish cinema for serving booze during racy superhero movie

(Newser) - A judge has ordered the state of Utah to pay more than $475,000 in legal fees after it lost a court fight over a law that banned serving alcohol during the racy, foul-mouthed superhero film Deadpool. US District Judge David Nuffer handed down a strongly worded decision denying state... More »

It's Hard to Believe How Fast This Bicyclist Went

Denise Mueller-Korenek pedals at 183.9mph in 'motor-paced' record

(Newser) - Plenty of cars can't reach 183.9mph. Denise Mueller-Korenek managed it on a bike in the obscure world of "motor-paced cycling," reports the Wall Street Journal . Peddling in a race car's slipstream, the 45-year-old former junior cycling champion smashed the bicycle land speed record of 167mph... More »

Elizabeth Smart: 'Evil' Captor 'Encouraged Him to Rape Me'

On eve of Wanda Barzee's release, Smart says she sat next to her while she was being raped

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Wanda Barzee is set to walk out of Utah State Prison a free woman—and on Tuesday, the person she helped hold captive for nine months is once more speaking out against her release. A surprise announcement earlier this month warned Elizabeth Smart, now 30, that her one-time... More »

David Cross Will Perform at Utah School Despite Row

The comedian tweeted what appeared to be a joke about holy undergarments

(Newser) - The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian David Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was "deeply offensive" but the college won't consider calls for the cancellation of his performance on campus Wednesday. College president Ruth Watkins criticized the tweet in a statement... More »

Pilot Who Crashed Into Own House Was 'Golden'

'We thoroughly trusted' company pilot Duane Youd 'beyond measure,' says firm's president

(Newser) - A man who died when he flew a plane into his own house after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife had full access to his employer's plane because he had earned the firm's trust, the president of Utah engineering company VanCon Inc. said Tuesday. Duane Youd,... More »

They 'Married' Each Other's Daughters. The Girls Were 7, 8

Samuel Shaffer will spend at least 26 years behind bars; John Coltharp is still to be sentenced

(Newser) - A Utah man who said he was the prophet of a polygamist sect is headed to prison after his conviction and sentencing this week on a child sodomy charge. Samuel Shaffer is the Knights of the Crystal Blade leader who was arrested in December on kidnapping charges involving his two... More »

One of the Last WWII Navajo Code Talkers Has Died

Samuel Holiday was 94

(Newser) - Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in southern Utah on Monday surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side. He was 94. Holiday was among hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native... More »

Romney Gives His 2020 Prediction

Trump will be 'reelected solidly,' he tells GOP donors in Utah

(Newser) - Addressing high-profile GOP donors, Mitt Romney predicted Thursday that President Trump would slide smoothly into a second term in 2020. "I think President Trump will be re-nominated by my party easily, and I think he'll be reelected solidly," he told business and political leaders including Blackrock CEO... More »

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