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SCOTUS Delays Benefits for Utah Gay Couples

High court says stay will hold until outcome of appeal

(Newser) - More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah must wait longer for state benefits after the US Supreme Court granted the state a stay on an order requiring it to recognize the marriages. The high court issued the order this afternoon, saying the stay will remain in place pending... More »

Utah Busts 2 Ex-AGs on Bevy of Corruption Charges

John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff were subjects of lengthy bribery investigation

(Newser) - Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said two former Utah attorneys general, John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, were arrested today after a bribery probe that stemmed from their cozy relationships with several businessmen during their time in office. Swallow was booked on four felony charges, including receiving or soliciting... More »

Man Dies in Fire at Burning Man Knockoff

Police say it was suicide

(Newser) - Onlookers at a Utah Burning Man festival watched in horror Saturday as a man ran head-long into a ceremonial bonfire and never came back out, KUTV reports. It was about 11pm when Christopher Wallace, 30, broke through a barrier surrounding a burning three-story structure inspired by the book Where the ... More »

Utah Taking Gay Marriage to Supreme Court

State will appeal directly to highest court

(Newser) - Utah wants an answer once for all about whether it can ban gay marriage, so it's going straight to the Supreme Court. The state's attorney general said today that he plans to appeal last month's federal appeals court ruling that declared the state's ban on same-sex... More »

Cops Reveal Why Utah Mom Killed 6 Babies

'Selfish' Megan Huntsman chose meth over children

(Newser) - What could drive a mother to smother six babies as soon as she gave birth to them? Police in Utah say it was pure selfishness, driven by drug addiction. Megan Huntsman was a heavy methamphetamine user when she strangled or suffocated the newborns between 1996 and 2006, a police spokesman... More »

2 More Courts Find Gay Marriage Bans Unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage's post-DOMA winning streak continues

(Newser) - Same-sex marriage continued its remarkable legal winning streak today, as a federal appeals court affirmed that Utah's ban was unconstitutional, and a separate court said the same of Indiana's ban. The Utah decision is the first such ruling from a federal appeals court, according to the AP . "... More »

Civil War Cannon Explodes, Sends 3 Kids to Hospital

Re-enactment goes awry

(Newser) - Three kids in Orem, Utah, were injured during a parade Saturday night when a Civil War re-enactment got out of control, KSTU reports. The children—all of them participating in the re-enactment and parade, according to the Daily Herald —were injured during a ceremonial cannon firing after a spark... More »

Utah's 'Mountain Man' Gets 10 Years in Prison

Troy James Knapp pleaded guilty yesterday

(Newser) - Troy James Knapp lived for years in the wilderness of Utah, avoiding people and eating small game he shot with weapons stolen during cabin break-ins. Sometimes, he'd raid the pantry and rumple the bed sheets before setting out alone again on snowshoes with a rifle slung over his shoulder.... More »

Town Unites to Save 'Miracle' Toddler

2-year-old who almost drowned has 'excellent prognosis'

(Newser) - A toddler tumbled into a Utah river and was underwater for some 20 minutes before she was pulled out. At first, health workers didn't think she'd survive a day, a neighbor says; the next day, doctors feared a brain injury. But 2-year-old Avery Allen's MRI looks normal,... More »

Vandals Carve Initials in 1K-Year-Old Rock Art

Bureau of Land Management is on the case

(Newser) - It's called one of Utah's most prominent pieces of rock art. But as visitors made their way past the "Pregnant Buffalo" petroglyphs in Nine Mile Canyon on Memorial Day weekend, vandals decided to make their mark by carving initials and the date into the prehistoric piece, the... More »

Utah May Face a Beer-Free Oktoberfest

Liquor board cracks down on single-event permits

(Newser) - Oktoberfest may be a little less jovial this year, at least in Utah. Snowbird Ski Resort's annual Oktoberfest celebration is at risk of running dry as the state liquor commission cracks down on giving single-event permits to businesses, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The chairman of the commission admits... More »

High School Secretly Edits Girls' Yearbook Pics

Students upset edits weren't consistent

(Newser) - Flipping through their yearbooks, female students at Wasatch High School in Utah noticed something amiss. While one girl wore a tank top on picture day, she appeared in a t-shirt in her photo. She wasn't the only one to have her picture edited: Necklines were raised, sleeves were added,... More »

Utah Lawmaker Calls for Firing Squad Executions

Rep. Paul Ray: 'It's probably the most humane' method

(Newser) - Rep. Paul Ray isn't the first lawmaker this year to call for a return to execution by firing squad—but he may be the first to get his way, the AP reports. After all, his state of Utah used a firing squad only four years ago. Officials had banned... More »

ATV Riders, Bundy Son Protest Feds in Utah

Cliven Bundy son is among out-of-state supporters at illegal rally

(Newser) - The showdown between citizens and feds over federally administered lands spread yesterday to Utah, where about 50 people took to their ATVs in a protest that sought to reclaim access to a canyon that had been closed to vehicles since 2007. "It’s a county road," says the... More »

PETA Demands Turkey Memorial; Utah: Uh, No

UDOT scotches request to honor hundreds of turkeys who died in tractor-trailer accident

(Newser) - A week and a half ago, a tractor-trailer plunged into a reservoir in Utah, killing more than 700 of the 720 souls aboard. Those souls were turkeys, and as such PETA wasted no time in requesting that the Utah Department of Transportation put up a roadside memorial to commemorate "... More »

Mom Who Smothered Babies Hid Other Pregnancies

No one knew Megan Huntsman was pregnant with eldest kids til she gave birth

(Newser) - A few more details are trickling out in the horrific case of the Utah woman who confessed to strangling or smothering six dead babies found hidden in her garage and hiding the body of a seventh stillborn child alongside them. Police yesterday revealed that none of the babies were born... More »

7 Infant Corpses Found in Utah Home; Mom Charged

Cops believe mother killed them over 10-year period

(Newser) - Police in Utah have been horrified to discover the bodies of seven babies in the garage of a home in a small town south of Salt Lake City. Megan Huntsman, 39, has been booked on six counts of murder. Investigators believe she gave birth to the babies, at least six... More »

Man, 83, Apologizes for Crime Committed at Age 10

Well, he has his daughter apologize for him

(Newser) - Today's entry in the better-late-than-never category: An octogenarian has offered a mea culpa to a Salt Lake City restaurant that he wronged ... in 1941, at age 10. It seems the unnamed man dined-and-dashed with a friend, and has felt guilty over the unpaid-for meal ever since, so much so... More »

Base Jump Kills Extreme Sports Legend

Climbing world mourns Sean 'Stanley' Leary

(Newser) - One of the more celebrated careers in extreme sports has come to a tragic end in Utah's Zion National Park. Sean "Stanley" Leary of California, a base jumper, climber, and stuntman, has been confirmed as one of two jumpers who died in the park earlier this month , reports... More »

Utah Teen Finds Ancient Remains in Backyard

Bones turned out to be 1K years old

(Newser) - A Utah teen digging a trout pond in his backyard unearthed human remains that turned out to have been there for at least a thousand years. The teen's father called police after a skull and other bones were found and the case was turned over to archeologists after medical... More »

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