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Sex Offender With Stolen Boarding Pass Gets Through Security

He was only caught when the real passenger checked in

(Newser) - Authorities at Salt Lake City International Airport are trying to figure out how a man who swiped a boarding pass that a female passenger had accidentally left in a kiosk was able to get past security. Michael Salata, 61, was able to check in at the boarding gate for a... More »

Utah Girl, 8, Is Fighting Breast Cancer

She was diagnosed with extremely rare form of disease

(Newser) - Chrissy Turner is an 8-year-old girl in Centerville, Utah, who is fighting a battle that would be difficult enough for any grownup. She is one of the youngest people ever to receive a breast cancer diagnosis and will have a mastectomy early next month, the Guardian reports. Her mother tells... More »

Utah Students Assigned ISIS Recruitment Posters

The class project proved surprisingly controversial

(Newser) - If you ask a couple dozen freshmen in a small Utah town to create recruitment posters for ISIS, it tends to stir up controversy. Who knew? The AP reports a first-year teacher at Salem Junior High School did exactly that with her world civics class this week. The assignment listed... More »

Utah Judge Quits Gay Foster Moms' Case

April Hoagland and Rebecca Peirce say they're 'thankful'

(Newser) - The Utah judge who ordered a child removed from her gay foster parents has withdrawn from the case, leaving April Hoagland and Rebecca Peirce feeling "thankful." Judge Scott Johansen signed an order Monday referring the case to Judge Mary Manley. Many had been calling for Johansen's removal... More »

Utah Foster Moms Can Keep Baby—For Now

Judge reverses order to place baby with heterosexual couple

(Newser) - A 9-month-old girl will be allowed to stay with her foster moms—for now—after a Utah judge on Friday revised his earlier order to remove the baby and place her with a heterosexual couple, the New York Times reports. Following a major public outcry and motions to reconsider filed... More »

Judge Orders Gay Foster Parents to Give Up Baby

'We are shattered'

(Newser) - A Utah judge has ordered a 1-year-old girl removed from her foster parents after only three months simply because they are gay, KUTV reports. "We are shattered," April Hoagland says. According to the Salt Lake Tribune , the law allows any legally married couple to be foster parents, and... More »

Guy Creates 'Sovereign Nation' of Zaqistan—in Utah

Step right up, get your visa

(Newser) - A New York man is building his own sovereign nation called Zaqistan on a remote piece of land in Utah. Zaq Landsberg has a yellow-and-red flag, official-looking passports, and a border patrol gate guarded by a giant robot sentry for the realm, KSL-TV reports. "The conceptual goal is I... More »

Rockhound Finds WWII Bomb in Utah Desert

He was disappointed when the Air Force blew it up

(Newser) - Ex-Marine Craig Alvord calls it a "once-in-a-lifetime" find after more than 50 years of rockhounding: a 500-pound unexploded WWII-era bomb. According to the Desert News , Alvord found the 6-foot-long bomb while hunting rocks in Utah's West Desert Monday. He tells KSL he was nervous finding the bomb, so... More »

Graves of Utah Massacre Victims Found, 150 Years Later

Archaeologist believes he has found the true burial site

(Newser) - An archaeologist believes he has found the true resting place of the victims of the Mountain Meadows Massacre—more than 150 years after the killings. Everett Bassett revealed his findings to families of the victims on Sept. 12 in Arkansas, according to the Salt Lake Tribune . "There's no... More »

7 Hikers Posed for Photo Before Floods Killed Them

Rains came just hours later

(Newser) - Seven avid hikers in safety helmets, wetsuits, and climbing harnesses smiled for a group photo before heading into the mouth of a narrow canyon in southern Utah's Zion National Park. Within hours of them entering Keyhole Canyon, dark skies unleashed fierce rains that sent water surging through the chasm,... More »

Man Lost 2 Wives in Utah Flood

At least 16 people found dead, with 4 still missing

(Newser) - Twelve of the 16 people reported missing when a wall of water washed away two cars in Utah have now been found dead, authorities say. Three survived and one remains missing in Hildale—home of the Warren Jeffs polygamist sect. Three sisters, Della Johnson and Naomi and Josephine Jessop, are... More »

8 Dead, 5 Missing in Utah Flash Flood

Sect members may have missed warning

(Newser) - A wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children in a Utah-Arizona border town yesterday, killing at least eight people and leaving five others missing in a community that served as a home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, authorities say. Three people survived as the... More »

Doomsday Fears Have Some Mormons in a Panic

A blood moon and a popular apocalyptic author aren't helping

(Newser) - There's a reason sales are up 500% at one Utah store that specializes in freeze-dried food: doomsday. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that "hordes of Utahns" are operating under the belief that the world could be in for something catastrophic by the end of the month and are... More »

Utah Man Is 4th Plague Death in US This Year

He may have contracted disease from prairie dogs: officials

(Newser) - A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials said today. Officials are still trying to determine how the Utah person contracted the disease, but believe it might... More »

Dad's Survival Tip Kept Lost Boy Alive

He knew how to stay warm on cold mountain night

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy found safe after more than a day alone in remote eastern Utah backcountry says he remembered the survival skills his father taught him and curled up between rocks still warm from the sun to survive the cold mountain night. "It was weird not having anybody with... More »

Missing Boy, 10, Found Alive

Malachi Bradley had been taught survival skills

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy who disappeared while hiking with family in eastern Utah has been found alive more than 24 hours after he got lost while looking for mushrooms near a remote mountain lake. Malachi Bradley survived by curling up between some rocks as temperatures as dipped into the upper 30s... More »

'Special Threat Group' Inmates in Utah Won't Eat

They say they're kept in their cells all but 3 hours a week

(Newser) - The maximum-security Utah State Prison sits about 20 miles outside of Salt Lake City, in Draper, Utah. Within its walls, in the Uinta 2 housing unit, live what's referred to as the Special Threat Group, or STG. These inmates, who have been branded violent, say they're kept in... More »

Guy Steals Car He Can't Drive, Calls Taxi

Stick shift foiled Utah teen

(Newser) - Maybe he should have stolen some driving lessons first? Police in Providence, Utah, say that after 19-year-old Alexander Katz and his girlfriend allegedly stole a car on Tuesday, they ended up ditching it and calling a taxi because he didn't know how to drive a stick shift, KSL reports.... More »

Lake Disaster Survivors Sang, Prayed for Hours

Group was on 'one last run' on Bear Lake when boat capsized

(Newser) - Two teenage girls who survived a boating accident in Utah's Bear Lake say they felt an unexplainable presence protecting them. "They felt as if someone lifted them out of the boat and placed them in the water a safe distance from the boat," the father of Tiffany... More »

Dad, 3 Girls Die in Lake's 'Worst Tragedy'

Says Utah doctor's mom, 'I feel that's why he died, trying to save the others'

(Newser) - In what a Utah county sheriff tells Fox 13 is the "single worst tragedy I have seen on this lake," a Utah man, his two daughters, and their teenage friend died when a boating trip on Bear Lake went horribly wrong on Monday. Details of the hours after... More »

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