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Cops: Parents Rubbed Painkiller on Newborn's Gums to Mask Addiction

Three of four kids tested positive for meth

(Newser) - A 3-month-old girl who tested positive for meth, heroin, and morphine was allegedly dosed with a painkiller by her parents hours after her April 9 birth to mask the girl's addiction from hospital staff. The Utah County Sheriff reports that Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26,... More »

Zion National Park May Need to Require Reservations

'We have to do something,' says rep for crowded Utah park

(Newser) - It would be a first for a US national park: requiring reservations to explore it. But it's an option that Utah's Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors, the AP reports. Zion, which welcomed 4.3 million people last year, is weighing online... More »

Utah Drinkers Celebrate Fall of the Zion Curtain

Adults can now watch their drinks being mixed and poured

(Newser) - Mister bartender, tear down this wall. NPR reports Utah's "Zion Curtain" law is officially history as new alcohol reform legislation passed in March took effect Saturday. The old Zion Curtain law forced restaurants to erect partitions to block customers from seeing their drinks being poured or mixed and... More »

5 Best, Worst States to Launch a Business

North Dakota is tops; New Jersey ranks lowest

(Newser) - "Location, location, location" has become a mantra in real estate, but it's also applicable if you're thinking of starting up your own business. WalletHub takes a close look at the business environment, business costs, and access to resources in all 50 states, diving deep into 20 various... More »

US Mom Warns Son Is Suicidal After Year in Venezuelan Prison

Lawyers say Joshua Holt, new wife were framed by Venezuelan government

(Newser) - A year ago Friday, Utah man Joshua Holt and his new bride were arrested in their apartment in Caracas and imprisoned without charges or a hearing, NBC News reports. They're still waiting for either on what Sen. Orrin Hatch tells the Wall Street Journal is a "devastating anniversary.... More »

Interior Secretary Wants to Shrink National Monument

Zinke says Bears Ears should be 'right sized'

(Newser) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has sided with Republican lawmakers, local ranchers, and business interests in the battle over Bears Ears . In a report released Monday, Zinke calls for significant shrinking of the 1.3 million-acre national monument in southeast Utah that former President Obama created in the final weeks of... More »

Mom Charged After Boy's Teeth Pulled in Walmart Restroom

Mom allegedly used pliers to pull two of son's teeth without anesthesia

(Newser) - Authorities say a Utah woman pulled two of her son's teeth in a Walmart restroom. Prosecutors said Monday that the 47-year-old woman bought hand sanitizer and needle-nose pliers from the store, then took them into the restroom and pulled two of her 7-year-old son's teeth. Police in American... More »

2 Would-Be Rescuers Killed When River Sweeps Girl Away

Girl, 4, is still missing in Utah

(Newser) - Six adults leaped into the cold waters of a Utah river to rescue a 4-year-old girl who had been swept away Monday afternoon, but two of the would-be rescuers—including the girl's mother—died in the attempt, the AP reports. A witness tells TV station KUTV that London DeDios... More »

Utah Mom Stuffed Kids in Trunk While Shopping: Cops

Tori Lee Castillo is facing child abuse charges

(Newser) - A 39-year-old woman in Utah is facing child abuse charges in what witnesses are describing as an appalling incident: Tori Lee Castillo is accused of locking her two children, ages 2 and 5, in the trunk of her car while she left to shop at a local Walmart. The Riverdale... More »

Tenant Heard Tale of Missing Woman, Started to Dig

Skull he found may belong to Peggy Sue Case, Utah woman missing since 1988

(Newser) - The last time Peggy Sue Case was seen alive, at a party, Ronald Reagan was president. Her co-workers filed a missing-person report shortly after that July 1988 gathering, but no matter how much digging police did—both in their probe and literally, in the cellar of the 28-year-old's Utah... More »

Warren Jeffs' 65th 'Wife' Wants You to Tour His House

She plans to open Utah mansion to tourists, tenants

(Newser) - The Utah mansion was once home to pedophilia and polygamy. Now, it could host tourists. Brielle Decker, the 65th of Warren Jeffs' 79 wives, fled his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints five years ago. She now plans to turn the 41-bedroom home the polygamist sect leader... More »

Man Denied Transplant Due to Pot Use Dies at 20

Utah hospital kicked him off transplant list

(Newser) - Riley Hancey, the Utah man who was turned away for a lung transplant by University of Utah Hospital after he was found to have traces of pot in his system, received new lungs in a different state months later, but it wasn't enough to give his story a happy... More »

Chaffetz: 'No Ulterior Motives' in Backing Out of 2018 Race

Utah Republican, Oversight chair says he's going back to private sector—for now

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight Committee, will not run for reelection in Utah in 2018, Politico reports. Chaffetz made the announcement on Facebook Wednesday morning, noting that after "long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration," he'd decided to follow his own advice... More »

Couple on Way to Own Wedding Kicked Off United Flight

They say all they did was change seats

(Newser) - A bride and groom from Utah say they barely made it to their own wedding on time after getting kicked off a United Airlines flight. Michael Hohl and Amber Maxwell say they were on their way from Salt Lake City to Costa Rica with friends on Saturday when they boarded... More »

Judge Slammed for Calling Rapist Bishop a 'Good Man'

'Great men sometimes do bad things,' judge said

(Newser) - Judge Thomas Low called former Mormon bishop Keith Vallejo an "extraordinarily good man" when he sentenced him to up to life in prison on rape and sexual abuse charges this week, leaving open the question of what somebody would have to do for Low to consider them a bad... More »

'Uninvited Guest' Is Killing a Southwest Reservoir

Climate change is decreasing water levels in Lake Powell: Rebecca Solnit

(Newser) - More than 50 years ago, Glen Canyon, straddling Arizona and Utah, became flooded with water after the creation of the Glen Canyon Dam led to the formation of the Lake Powell reservoir. But even though the Sierra Club wrote the canyon's obituary in 1963, Rebecca Solnit reveals in the... More »

Doctor Who Drugged, Drowned Wife Dies in Utah Prison

Martin MacNeill likely killed himself, his lawyer says

(Newser) - A Utah doctor serving a life sentence for murdering his wife and making it look like an accident died in a Utah State Prison facility over the weekend, and his lawyer believes it was probably suicide, the Deseret News reports. Martin MacNeill, age 60 or 61, was found unresponsive Sunday... More »

Mitt Romney Considers Getting Back Into Politics

He might stage a Senate run in Utah

(Newser) - Mitt Romney might be re-entering politics. Six sources tell the Atlantic Romney, former Massachusetts governor and US presidential candidate, is "actively discussing" a Senate run in Utah. Republican leaders and donors, sources say, want 83-year-old incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch to decline to seek re-election in 2018 and Romney to... More »

School District to Pay $100K Over 'Drunk Goggles' Injury

Teen broke her ankle while wearing goggles to simulate drunkenness

(Newser) - A Utah school district agreed to pay $100,000 to the family of a teenage girl who was injured while wearing goggles to simulate drunkenness in a 2014 health class experiment, the AP reports. The Davis School District will put more than $61,000 into a trust account for Kylie... More »

The Industrious Badger Can Bury an Entire Cow

Footage reminds scientists how little we know about badgers

(Newser) - This may not surprise those familiar with the decidedly NSFW honey badger : When a group of biologists at the University of Utah set out to study the behaviors of scavengers in the Great Basin Desert, they scattered the carcasses of seven calves in Utah's Grassy Mountains and figured their... More »

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