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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 »

Utah's Strict New DUI Limit Also Applies to Gun Owners

And they're not happy about it

(Newser) - On Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed the country's toughest drunk driving cutoff into law. The AP reports the new law lowers the legal limit from 0.08 to 0.05 BAC, or approximately two beers for a 150-pound man and one beer for a 120-pound woman. The National... More »

Utah Man Killed in London Terror Attack

Kurt Cochran, 54, was killed; wife Melissa seriously injured

(Newser) - Not much was initially revealed about the two civilians killed in Wednesday's terror attack in London, which also ended in the death of a British cop and the attacker being gunned down by police, but now there are a few details on at least one of the deceased: a... More »

Cops: Teens 'Tired' of Messages Plotted to Kill Girl

Utah boys accused of leaving 14-year-old for dead

(Newser) - Two 16-year-old boys accused of shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her for dead plotted to kill her because one of them was sick of her messages on Snapchat, a court heard this week. A sheriff's deputy testified at a preliminary hearing for... More »

One State Close to Adopting Toughest DUI Limit in Nation

Utah's BAC limit to be lowered to 0.05% from 0.08% if governor signs off

(Newser) - Rolling out what the AP calls "the toughest DUI limit" in the country, Utah lawmakers have brought a new measure to the governor's desk that would limit a driver's legal blood-alcohol content to 0.05%. House Bill 155 —which would go into effect right before New... More »

GOP Leaders Want Trump to Undo National Monuments

They're not happy about designations in Utah, Maine

(Newser) - Republican leaders in Maine and Utah are asking President Trump to step into uncharted territory and rescind national monument designations made by his predecessor. The Antiquities Act of 1906 doesn't give the president power to undo a designation, and no president has ever taken such a step. But Trump... More »

Pregnant Mom Loses Husband, Two Kids in an Instant

Husband was flying their 2 kids home from a Phoenix wedding

(Newser) - A pregnant mother who learned last week that she is expecting a daughter is now going through the unimaginable: planning the funerals of her husband and older two children. Randall Wells, a Mormon bishop and experienced pilot, was flying his single-engine Cessna 172 home to Utah from a wedding in... More »

10 States With Highest Volunteer Rate

Utah is way ahead of the pack

(Newser) - A quarter of Americans volunteer each year. But if you think that's an impressive figure, you clearly aren't from Utah. Largely thanks to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a remarkable 43.2% of Utah residents 16 and older volunteered annually between 2013 and 2015, per... More »

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 »

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