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He Was Set to Sell His DeLorean for $70K. Then, a Suspicious Fire

Company alleges arson destroyed rare 1981 car owned by 22-year-old Daryl Kemsley

(Newser) - Where there's smoke, there's usually fire—a phrase that may apply doubly to a strange story out of Utah. Daryl Kemsley, a 22-year-old YouTuber and car aficionado, tells Fox 13 that his dream car, a 1981 DeLorean driven just 8,100 miles, began to smoke after it was... More »

Mitt Romney Just Changed His Location to 'Utah'

Move seen as big hint at Senate run

(Newser) - Mitt Romney hasn't publicly said whether he plans to run for the Senate now that Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch is retiring , but he may have provided a clue via Twitter: Hours after Hatch announced the move, Romney changed his location from "Massachusetts" to "Holladay, Utah" in... More »

If Romney Replaces Hatch, Senate Math Is All New

Utah Senator is retiring, paving way for Trump-critic Romney to run

(Newser) - Utah's Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, says he won't be running for re-election in 2018. The 83-year-old announced the move on Twitter. “Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves," he says in a video . "And for me, that time... More »

The Weather and Roads Were Clear. Then, a NYE Tragedy

13-year-old girl killed in Greyhound bus crash in Utah; 11 others injured, including the driver

(Newser) - A Greyhound bus careened from a highway and plunged into a deep wash, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring 11 other people on New Year's Eve in rural Utah, state troopers said Monday. Investigators were still trying to determine what caused the crash along Interstate 70, west of the... More »

Boy Lost for 30 Minutes in Icy Pond Is Now Awake

8-year-old's father calls it a 'Christmas miracle'

(Newser) - In what a Utah boy's father calls a "Christmas miracle," the 8-year-old is "awake and coherent" after spending up to 30 minutes submerged in an icy pond on Christmas Day. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the boy, identified only as Jason, is "doing... More »

Deputy 'Just Made the Decision' to Save Boy From Frozen Pond

'I knew time was of the essence,' Utah officer says

(Newser) - With an 8-year-old boy under the ice of a frozen pond and time running out, "I just made the decision I was going to go get him," says Sgt. Aaron Thompson. The officer in Washington County, Utah, was one of the first officers on the scene after the... More »

Paper Calls Out Hatch's 'Utter Lack of Integrity.' He Says Thanks

It was tongue-in-cheek, says his rep

(Newser) - Sen. Orrin Hatch responded to being named the Salt Lake Tribune's 2017 Utahn of the Year —for, among other things, his "utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power"—by tweeting a sort of thanks. "Grateful for this great Christmas honor... More »

Dive Team Was on the Way; Officer Decided Not to Wait

Sergeant without gear pulls boy from frozen pond

(Newser) - It was nearly a Christmas Day tragedy, but the first responding officer had other ideas. The drama began when an 8-year-old boy chased a dog onto a frozen pond in New Harmony, Utah, and fell through the ice about 5pm, reports KUTV . Other kids saw what happened and ran to... More »

Senator Is Utahn of the Year, and Not in a Good Way

Tribune says Orrin Hatch should 'call it a career'

(Newser) - Sen. Orrin Hatch is the Salt Lake Tribune 's 2017 Utahn of the Year, a distinction the state's biggest paper says it gives the person who had the biggest impact on the year, "for good or ill"—and in the Republican senator's case, it definitely... More »

Prosecutors Scramble to Sell Seized Bitcoin

Utah suspect's cache has exploded in value

(Newser) - US attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that has exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest a year ago. The US Attorney's Office for Utah cites the digital currency's volatility in... More »

Patagonia Owner Sues Over Bears Ears: I Won't Let 'Evil' Win

Company sues to keep Trump administration from slashing national monument by 85%

(Newser) - Go to Patagonia's website and you're greeted with a message Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has deemed "nefarious" : "The President Stole Your Land." The California company is referring to President Trump's move to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, but... More »

Missing Girls Found in Raid on Cult Compound

Police say they were kidnapped by their father

(Newser) - Two Utah girls have been found safe nearly three months after they were allegedly kidnapped by their father, who family members feared had betrothed them to a polygamist sect leader. John Coltharp, said to be 33 or 34, was arrested in Sanpete County Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and obstruction... More »

Trump Pushing Hard to Keep Romney Out of Senate

Sources say he has been urging Orrin Hatch to stay on

(Newser) - After almost 41 years in office, Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch is the longest-serving Republican senator in US history—and President Trump apparently wants the 83-year-old Senate Finance Committee chairman to seek another term in 2018. Sources tell Politico that Trump, who will appear with Hatch at an event in... More »

5 Most, Least Charitable States

Utah is first, Hawaii dead last in WalletHub ranking of most giving states

(Newser) - Americans celebrated #GivingTuesday the day after Cyber Monday (and several days of other discounted holiday shopping ), reminding us to keep in mind those in need. That effort can come in the form of both money and time spent volunteering, both of which WalletHub tracked to see which US states... More »

Guy Attacks Jogger, Jogger Stabs Him

Multiple times, though he managed to get away

(Newser) - An attacker had the tables turned on him quite thoroughly Friday morning in Salt Lake City. He grabbed a female runner from behind and groped her, but she had a small knife in her hand and stabbed him with it, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. He turned and fled, and... More »

Why All Eyes Are On Elections in a Remote Utah Town

Polygamist FLDS group seems to be losing long-held grasp on the town—including local politics

(Newser) - In a place where political contests are virtually unknown, campaign signs offer the latest hint that a polygamous group is losing its grip on a remote community on the Utah-Arizona border. "For Hildale mayor vote Donia," reads a sign featuring Donia Jessop, a candidate pictured with a contemporary... More »

Some Big Blanks in Killing of Utah Student Found in Canyon

Authorities trying to figure out how man recently jailed in Alabama ended up in Utah

(Newser) - Authorities are trying to figure out how a longtime criminal recently released from an Alabama prison ended up in a Utah canyon where he's suspected of killing a 23-year-old devout Mormon immigrant from China. ChenWei Guo, who came to the US in 2012, was studying computer science at the... More »

Arrested Utah Nurse Is $500K Richer

Alex Wubbels plans to use payout from city, hospital to help others

(Newser) - A Utah nurse who was arrested for refusing to let a police officer draw blood from an unconscious patient settled Tuesday with Salt Lake City and the university that runs the hospital for $500,000. Nurse Alex Wubbels and her lawyer, Karra Porter, announced the move nearly two months after... More »

Trump Plans Have Dinosaur-Lovers Distressed

Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante is home to countless fossils—and 62 billion tons of coal

(Newser) - Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante contains an estimated 62 billion tons of coal. But it also has one of the highest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in the world, with more than two-dozen new species having been discovered in the 21 years since President Clinton designated it a national monument. So when... More »

Trump Will Shrink Utah Monuments: Orrin Hatch

Senator says president is taking interior secretary's recommendation

(Newser) - President Trump is shrinking two national monuments in Utah, accepting the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse protections established by two Democratic presidents, Orrin Hatch said Friday. The Republican senator said he was "incredibly grateful" that Trump called him on Friday to say he is approving Zinke'... More »

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