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Worker Dies in Bakery's Huge Mixer

Police say she may have gotten caught on machine

(Newser) - A Utah grocery store worker is dead after what appears to be a gruesome workplace accident. Carmen "Jackie" Lindhardt, 45, was working at the bakery of a Ream's Food Store in Sandy, outside Salt Lake City, around 10am Wednesday when police say she was dragged into an industrial-sized... More »

Charges: Man Intentionally Caused 22 Car Crashes

He collected $56K in insurance money over 6 years

(Newser) - A Utah man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly getting into nearly two dozen car accidents on purpose in order to collect the insurance money, KSL reports. Navid Monjazeb is accused of causing 22 crashes in and around Salt Lake City between 2010 and 2015, collecting $56,000 in... More »

Vietnam Vet's Ashes Spread With an Actual Bang

Utah man's ashes loaded into 50 shotgun shells

(Newser) - A Vietnam War veteran literally went out with a bang on Saturday, reports the St. George Spectrum . The son of Walter "Jim" Hosey of LaVerkin, Utah, loaded a total of 50 12-gauge shotgun shells with his father's ashes and fired them off at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports... More »

Utah Bill Would Require Middle Schools to Teach Gun Safety

And also to prepare students for active shooters

(Newser) - Utah's eighth-graders may soon add gun safety and active shooter preparation to their traditional math and English classes. Republican Sen. Todd Weiler introduced the "Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention in Public Schools" bill last month, the Washington Times reports. If passed, it would require schools to teach gun... More »

Anonymous Donor Covers Entire Complex's Rent

That's a 38-unit, $25K tab

(Newser) - The days before Christmas are typically replete with stories of extreme generosity—like those annual tales of huge Salvation Army kettle donations —but as for what happened in Newpark, Utah, well, "I have never seen anything of this magnitude in the 10 years that I have been doing... More »

Lost Teen Survives 4-Degree Utah Night

Brayden Neilson suffered hypothermia

(Newser) - After spending a frigid night lost in the marshes of a bird refuge near the Great Salt Lake, a 14-year-old Utah boy was found alive—and is expected to make a full recovery, KSL reports. Brayden Neilson suffered hypothermia and is being monitored for any lasting damage to his hands... More »

Santa's 'Sleigh' Breaks Down, Firefighters Pitch in

'You can't leave Santa stranded on the side of the road'

(Newser) - A stranded Santa Claus whose car caught fire Christmas morning is sure to put one Utah fire department on his nice list next year. Steven Macey, a Santa-for-hire dressed in a red suit and beard, was on his way to deliver presents at a home when his car overheated and... More »

Student's Winter Break Plan: Find This Man's Bones. He Did

Caleb Shumway went on the hunt for Lance Leeroy Arellano

(Newser) - As far as winter breaks go, Caleb Shumway has had an unusual and potentially lucrative one: The Utah Valley University student likely found the human remains he was looking for. The 23-year-old Moab native is the son of an officer, one of the 150-plus law enforcement members who in 2010... More »

Catholic Diocese Finds Utah's 'Bleeding Host' Wasn't a Miracle

It was bread mold

(Newser) - The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City says a bleeding host reported after a communion wafer turned water red was caused by bread mold, not a miracle. Officials said Wednesday that a scientist found the conclusive natural explanation for the wafer that turned water in an ablution bowl a dark... More »

Why Clever Utah Residents Are Wrapping Rocks, Junk

Locals are trying to thwart holiday thieves

(Newser) - A man in one Utah community says his neighbors have begun placing decoy packages on front porches in an effort to thwart holiday delivery thieves. Rocks, old clothes, and junk televisions are among items that resident Kroger Menzer says residents in the Daybreak neighborhood of South Jordan have been putting... More »

Reality Star's Brother May Have Frozen to Death

He crashed his car and 'wandered into the rocky, frigid desert'

(Newser) - Authorities say exposure to the elements might have killed Michael Cavallari, brother of reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, after he "likely wandered into the rocky, frigid desert," CBS News reports. Cavallari was last seen early Nov. 27 at a convenience store in Utah, according to NBC News . His... More »

Kristin Cavallari's Bro Was Arrested Before Vanishing

Michael Cavallari has been missing 12 days

(Newser) - As the search resumes for reality star Kristin Cavallari's brother, investigators are examining whether one factor in the 30-year-old's disappearance was his recent arrest on allegations that he acted threateningly toward a woman and had a gun. Michael Cavallari's 2014 Honda Civic was found abandoned 12 days... More »

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 »

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