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Teens Allegedly Left Girl for Dead, Kept 'Memento'

Two 16-year-olds have been arrested after girl found in Utah ditch

(Newser) - Two teenage boys charged with shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her wounded in a ditch lured her to the spot in a small Utah town with a plan to rob and kill her, prosecutors said. The 16-year-old boys set up a meeting by... More »

Peeping Drone Spies on Utah Residents, 2 Arrested

Aaron Foote has had voyeurism legal issues before

(Newser) - The community of Orem, Utah, first got a clue something was up via a December Facebook post from the local police department. "Are you missing a quadcopter?" the quirky seven-question survey asked, adding, "Have you been convicted of Voyeurism in the past?" and "Would you like to... More »

At Utah Rep's Town Hall, 'Deafening' Boos

'Vote him out,' protesters chanted of Rep. Jason Chaffetz

(Newser) - The chairman of the House Oversight Committee was met by frequent, deafening boos at a Thursday town hall in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating President Trump's tax returns to Planned Parenthood, reports the AP . A young girl asked Rep. Jason Chaffetz about his... More »

Polygamy Still Illegal in Utah

US Supreme Court declines to hear arguments from 'Sister Wives' family

(Newser) - Polygamy is still illegal in Utah, as the US Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments against the lower court ruling that kept it so. Kody Brown and his four wives—the stars of TLC's Sister Wives—have for years been seeking to remove the penalties for polygamy in... More »

Utah High School Gives Girls 'Misogynistic' Dating Advice

Another tip from the handout: 'Be feminine and lady-like'

(Newser) - When the mother of a 16-year-old high school student posted material from her daughter's school assignment to Facebook this week, she had to clarify to friends that it wasn't a hoax or prank. Jenn Oxborrow tells the Salt Lake Tribune that in her daughter's adult roles and... More »

Child Abuse Case 'Something Out of ... a Horror Film'

12-year-old boy allegedly locked in bathroom and severely malnourished

(Newser) - A Utah mom has been charged with felony child abuse after authorities say her 12-year-old son was found severely malnourished and weighing only 30 pounds—the typical weight of a 2-year-old, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. According to the St. George News , authorities say the boy's father—who appears... More »

Hunter Found After Digging Into Snow to Survive Blizzard

'The poor guy was frozen,' but alive

(Newser) - A Utah hunter trapped overnight in a blizzard dug himself into the snow to survive before searchers found him by spotting his rifles stuck into the ground, police said. The AP reports Trevor Valentine, 38, remained hospitalized in serious condition Friday after he tried to hike to a road when... More »

Obama Protects 1.6M Acres With Controversial Move

Designates 2 monuments in Utah, Nevada

(Newser) - President Obama has delighted conservationists but angered conservatives with the creation of two more national monuments in the closing weeks of his presidency. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada add huge stretches of desert areas known for sandstone formations and Native... More »

10 Fastest-Growing US States

Utah's on top for percentage increase

(Newser) - Compared to the 433,000 residents Texas added in 2016, 60,500 new Utahans might seem like nothing. But the figure was enough to push Utah to the top of the heap of the fastest-growing US states, based on percentage increases in population, per Census data . The top 10: More »

Glitch in Christmas Tree Lights Sets Fire That Kills Couple

Elderly couple's home filled with smoke

(Newser) - Authorities say a Utah couple has died after malfunctioning Christmas tree lights sparked a fire at their house, the AP reports. South Davis Metro Fire spokesperson Jeff Bassett says the fire ignited Thursday night in a front room of the home about 10 miles north of Salt Lake City. Bassett... More »

School Shooter in Utah Disarmed by Parents: Cops

Students say the shooter fired a shotgun inside a science classroom

(Newser) - A Utah teenager who allegedly fired a shotgun into his school's ceiling Thursday morning was restrained and disarmed by his own parents, the AP reports. While police say the 15-year-old, who also had a handgun, discharged the shotgun in the hallway, at least two students say it happened inside... More »

10 Most Charitable US States

Utah is for givers: WalletHub

(Newser) - Virginia is for lovers, but Utah is for givers, according to WalletHub . The site has named Utah the most charitable state in the country based on the number of people who volunteer their time, volunteering hours, percentage of income donated, and other factors. The top 10, with a score out... More »

Drug Bust Like 'Something Out of Science Fiction Movie'

'It would be very safe to say people have died from this operation'

(Newser) - Officials are calling it the largest seizure of pills and one of the largest drug busts in Utah history. DEA agents raided a home in Cottonwood Heights on Tuesday and found an "absolutely catastrophic" drug operation. In addition to almost $1 million in cash and what DEA Agent Brian... More »

5 Utah High-School Students Stabbed in Boys' Locker Room

A 16-year-old student is in custody

(Newser) - As a group of boys at a Utah high school changed into gym clothes for physical education class Tuesday morning, a straight-A student pulled out a knife in the locker room and stabbed five of his classmates, sending the injured running for their lives and covered in blood, police said.... More »

Police Officer Hit, Killed by Fleeing Suspects in Car Chase

He may have been deploying tire spikes at the time

(Newser) - A suburban Salt Lake City police officer was killed Sunday when authorities say he was struck by people fleeing in a stolen vehicle, the AP reports. West Valley City police Officer Cody Brotherson was deploying tire spikes when he was hit, authorities said. He is the first officer to die... More »

Best Friends, 13, Killed by Opioid Named 'Pink'

Ryan Ainsworth, Grant Seaver died within 48 hours of each other in September

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old best friends in Utah died within 48 hours of each other in September, and now police know why: Toxicology results show that Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver overdosed on a synthetic opioid nicknamed "pink," reports KSL . Authorities say they bought the drug, formally called U-47700, online... More »

BYU to Stop Investigating Rape Victims for Rule-Breaking

Students complained it stifled reports of sexual abuse

(Newser) - Students claimed earlier this year that Brigham Young University silenced victims of sexual assault by focusing investigations on whether a victim had broken school rules prior to the assault. No more. The Mormon college in Utah says it will adopt 23 recommendations from an internal advisory committee regarding sexual assault,... More »

This Man Could Be President With Just 6 Electoral Votes

FiveThirtyEight lays out the longshot chance for Evan McMullin

(Newser) - It may sound nuts, but an analysis at FiveThirtyEight lays out the longshot scenario of how the nation's next president could be ... Evan McMullin. As Benjamin Morris writes, the chances of the independent candidate claiming the White House "are slim, not none." And it's all about... More »

Woman Who Gave Birth in Walmart Insisted on Paying First

Then she had the baby—right at Register 11

(Newser) - Paper, plastic, or diaper bag? A woman shopping Sunday morning at a Walmart in Payson, Utah, surprised workers and customers when she approached Register 11, dropped to her knees, clutched her stomach, and … pulled out her wallet. She was in labor, ABC News reports, but she insisted on paying... More »

Cops: Subway Worker Didn't Drug Officer

Tests showed no drugs in drink, officer's system

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Subway employee has been cleared of charges two months after he was accused of drugging a police officer's drink . Tanis Ukena was arrested Aug. 8 in Layton, Utah, after a uniformed police officer who'd consumed part of a Subway drink and sandwich reported feeling intoxicated. Ukena... More »

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