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Utah Student Disappears After Taking Lyft From Airport

Mackenzie Lueck hasn't been seen since June 17

(Newser) - Friends and relatives say they are extremely worried about Mackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student who hasn't been seen since the early hours of Monday, June 17. Police say Lueck, who had flown home to southern California for her grandmother's funeral, texted her mother to say... More »

10 Best States to Call Home

Bay Staters have it pretty good

(Newser) - California may be the " most fun " state, but it's far from best, according to WalletHub 's latest ranking. To find the best US state to call home, the site compared affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety—providing each of the 50 states... More »

Warren Jeffs' Son, Who Said Dad Abused Him, Dead at 26

Roy Jeffs is said to have taken his own life

(Newser) - A son of Warren Jeffs who was one of the first to say the polygamist had sexually abused his own children has died. The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that Roy Jeffs, 26, was found dead at his Salt Lake City home on Friday. He would have turned 27 on... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

A Deal Was Reached. Then He Led Cops to Niece's Body

Murder suspect Alex Whipple described as 'broken down,' 'confused'

(Newser) - After a five-day search, a body believed to be that of a missing 5-year-old Utah girl has been found exactly where her alleged killer said it would be: less than a block from her family's Logan home. Alex Whipple, 21, invited to stay at the home Friday following a... More »

Uncle in Custody After 5-Year-Old Girl Disappears

Police say Utah man is not cooperating

(Newser) - Police are appealing for the public's help in the desperate search for Elizabeth Jessica Shelley, a 5-year-old Utah girl who was last seen around 2am Saturday. Police in Logan City say Alex Whipple, the girl's 21-year-old uncle, is the main suspect, but he isn't cooperating with authorities,... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

Man Might Be Dead Because of False Accusation

Cops: Girl's brother attacked man she accused of sexual assault, but video doesn't back her up

(Newser) - After a Utah 16-year-old girl told her 17-year-old brother she had been sexually assaulted aboard a public bus, the boy found the man she accused and attacked him, police say. Michael Fife, 62, suffered head injuries, fell to the ground, and lost consciousness in the alleged April 23 attack. He... More »

Cops: Woman Gave Boyfriend Drano to Induce 'Eternal Sleep'

Elle Weissman, 43, was arrested in Salt Lake City

(Newser) - Utah police say a woman tricked her boyfriend into drinking Drano in the hope it would kill him—and then, oddly, she took him to a hospital. Elle Weissman, 43, was arrested in Salt Lake City on Tuesday on charges of attempted murder and surreptitious administration of a certain substance,... More »

Brigham Young Students Protest Harsh Punishments

They want a more compassionate honor code

(Newser) - "God forgives me, why can't you?" chanted hundreds of students at a rare protest at the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University on Friday. The protesters were calling for changes to the school's famously strict honor code system, which bans beards, piercings, drinking coffee, and premarital sex, among other... More »

Park Says Student Fell 500 Feet to Death

Jonathan Hogue found dead in Canyonlands

(Newser) - The body of a missing University of Iowa student was found in Utah's Canyonlands National Park on Friday after three days of searching. Authorities say the body of 33-year-old Jonathan Hogue was found at the base of the Green River Outlook in the park's Islands of the Sky... More »

Utah Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Fornication

Sex between unmarried people will no longer be a crime if governor signs bill

(Newser) - The times they are a-changing in Utah, where the state legislature has decided to legalize sex between unmarried people. In a 41-32 vote Wednesday, the state House approved Senate Bill 43, which repeals the offense of fornication, Fox 13 reports. Under the state's criminal code, fornication is currently a... More »

Thousands Trying to Save Dog That Bit Off Boy's Hand

Child stuck his arm under fence, husky may have thought it was a game of tug of war

(Newser) - More than 85,000 people have so far signed a petition to save Polar and Bear—two huskies that are now quarantined in Utah, one of which might be put down after he bit a child's hand off over the weekend. Layton Fire Battalion Chief Jason Cook says that... More »

Gwyneth Paltrow: I Wasn't the One Who Caused Ski Crash

Actress countersues, says her accuser is actually the one who crashed into her

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow says a skier who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a Utah resort was actually the one who plowed into her from behind, the AP reports. Paltrow's attorney alleges in a counterclaim filed in court Wednesday that the actress suffered a full "... More »

Man Gets Stuck in Quicksand at Zion. Then Real Ordeal Begins

Arizona's Ryan Osmun is 'very lucky to be alive'

(Newser) - Spending 10 hours stuck in quicksand sounds like a rough weekend for anybody. For Arizona's Ryan Osmun, it was just the start. The 34-year-old was hiking with his girlfriend in Utah's Zion National Park on Saturday when the woman's leg got stuck in a creek 4.5... More »

Rebooting Utah's State Flag Isn't Working Out So Well

A replacement alternative was rejected for being too 'corporate'

(Newser) - Utah is mulling a redesign of its state flag, but so far the process has fallen under the lamentable "best-laid plans" category. Two separate bills were recently introduced to lawmakers that would pave the way for a new flag, but a House committee has already offered what KSTU calls... More »

At 91, He's Retiring. With a Perfect Record

Jack Lund was a mail carrier for 69 years

(Newser) - A Utah mail carrier is retiring with a perfect record after an incredible 69 years on the job—and attributes his longevity to the fact that he actually enjoyed it, Fox News reports. "Nobody has ever accused me of being smart, and I didn't know you had to... More »

School Drops 'Redmen' Name

Utah high school is latest to ditch Native American name

(Newser) - Sports teams will no longer be known as the "Redmen" at a southern Utah high school, becoming the latest to get rid of a Native American name deemed offensive despite opposition from some residents and a national American Indian group, the AP reports. The Iron County School Board voted... More »

Netflix's 'Bird Box' Inspires Teen, Leads to 'Predictable Result'

Pro tip: Don't drive with your eyes covered

(Newser) - In Bird Box, Netflix's hit horror flick starring Sandra Bullock, characters are forced to navigate through the movie while blindfolded so they don't catch a glimpse of monsters that have the power to kill them via that glimpse. USA Today reports on a teen in Utah who was... More »

Student Repeatedly Sought Cops' Help Before Her Killing

Investigations examine murder of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey

(Newser) - In the weeks leading up to her murder, University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey repeatedly asked campus police for help—and ended up calling 911 twice because she was frustrated by their lack of action. The 21-year-old told police she was being harassed and blackmailed by Melvin Rowland, a 37-year-old... More »

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