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Nevada Battles 'Zombie Deer'

Symptoms include a loss of fear of humans

(Newser) - "Zombie deer" are already in Utah—and Nevada fears it could be next. The state has stepped up measures to monitor deer and elk populations for chronic wasting disease, a deadly and irreversible disease that destroys brain tissue in deer and other animals, the New York Daily News reports.... More »

Guy Gored by Bison Takes Date to Same Park. Then, This

Kyler Bourgeous might not be returning to Utah's Antelope Island State Park

(Newser) - Like going to Utah's Antelope Island State Park? You might not see Kyler Bourgeous there anytime soon. The 30-year-old trail runner and cyclist was gored by a bison there this spring—then returned with a date there last Friday, and she got gored. "I swore a bit, because... More »

Tour Bus Driver in Deadly Crash Was on First Trip

4 Chinese tourists died in Utah crash

(Newser) - The driver of a tour bus that crashed near a national park in Utah on Friday, killing four Chinese tourists and injuring dozens more, was making his first trip for a company that had only been in business for a short time, investigators said Sunday. The National Transportation Safety Board... More »

After Fatal Bus Crash, an Unusual Call for Help

Utah authorities needed translators who spoke Mandarin

(Newser) - After a fatal tour bus crash, Utah authorities made an unusual request—for Chinese translators, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The Friday crash near Bryce Canyon National Park left at least four dead and the other 27 injured, including the driver. A resident who responded after hearing the crash described... More »

Tour Bus Goes Off Road Near Bryce Canyon, Killing 4

Air ambulances, rescue crews, bystanders help victims in Utah

(Newser) - A tour bus carrying about 30 people went off a mountain road Friday near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, killing at least four people. At least a dozen other people were injured, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. A witness reported the crash sounded "like a horrible thunder. It... More »

In 6 States, #FreeTheNipple Spurs Reversal on Topless Ban

Federal court nixes prohibition on women going without shirts in Colorado, 5 other states

(Newser) - Two women sued the city of Fort Collins, Colo., for the right to go topless. Now, six states in total will reap the benefits of their ban-busting efforts after a federal appeals court overturned the city's prohibition on women sans shirts and the city opted not to appeal. KUTV... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

Under the Banner of Heaven Killer Closer to Firing Squad

Ronald Watson Lafferty lost his latest appeal Monday

(Newser) - A Utah death row inmate featured in the popular book Under the Banner of Heaven after killing his sister-in-law and her child for resisting his polygamist beliefs inched closer to becoming the first American to be executed by firing squad in nearly a decade after losing his latest appeal Monday.... More »

'Glitch in the Matrix' Leads to Odd Flight for One Passenger

Filmmaker Vincent Peone had entire Delta plane all to himself

(Newser) - Everyone boarding a plane secretly hopes that no one will be seated next to them, opening up a tad more elbowroom and space for magazines, purses, and other personal items. For Vincent Peone, he didn't have to worry one bit about sharing space on his Delta flight from Aspen,... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

A Teen Was Dozing on His Camping Trip. Enter the Bear

Sleeping 13-year-old bitten on face during attack by small bear

(Newser) - A camping trip near Moab turned into a frightening experience for a young teen Friday when a bear went after him while he was sleeping and bit his face. CNN reports the attack took place at the Dewey Bridge Campground, located on the banks of the Colorado River, around dawn.... More »

Jon Huntsman Resigns, Will Move Back to Utah

US ambassador to Russia will exit the job Oct. 3

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman on Tuesday announced that he'll resign his position as US ambassador to Russia effective Oct. 3—the month when he's set to move back to Utah, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . The Hill reports the news comes as no surprise: Huntsman had reportedly committed to taking... More »

YouTube's 'King of Random' Dead at 38

Jonathan Grant Thompson, known for wacky science experiments, dies in paragliding accident

(Newser) - Known for his "mad science" experiments on a YouTube channel with more than 11 million subscribers, Jonathan Grant Thompson was a sort of online "combination of Bear Grylls and MacGyver," per the Washington Post . Fans are now mourning the YouTube star known as "the King of... More »

Kid's Clever Beer Sign Impresses Cops, a Senator

Read the fine print: They're root beers

(Newser) - A Utah boy has earned widespread social media attention for his neighborhood soda stand thanks to a rather genius sign. It reads, "Ice Cold Beer" with "root" above the word beer in tiny print, per the AP . Brigham City Police responded after several residents reported a young boy... More »

Girl Hit by Father's Golf Ball Dies

6-year-old was in golf cart 15 yards away

(Newser) - A 6-year-old Utah girl who loved to go golfing with her father is dead after an incredibly tragic accident at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem. Police Lt. Trent Colledge tells the Gephardt Daily that the father teed off Monday morning as daughter Aria Hill sat in a golf cart... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

Police Find Remains of Mackenzie Lueck

University of Utah student went missing earlier this month

(Newser) - An expected but grim development in the case of Utah student Mackenize Lueck : Police have found the remains of the 23-year-old, reports ABC News . “We have retrieved Mackenzie Lueck from Logan Canyon,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said Friday, adding that he had made "another... More »

This Is America's Most Patriotic State

New Hampshire tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - It's Independence Day—do you know how patriotic your state is? WalletHub looked at 13 factors, including voting numbers, volunteerism rates, military engagement, trial and grand jury participation, the share of residents participating in groups or organizations, and even a state's civics education requirement. Based on all that,... More »

Mackenzie Lueck Suspect Wrote Disturbing Novel

2 people burned to death in Ayoola Ajayi's book

(Newser) - A book by the man accused of kidnapping and murdering University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck has been pulled from sale on Amazon—and its subject matter now seems highly disturbing. In "Forge Identity," which Ayoola Ajayi started advertising last year, a teenager watches his friend and a... More »

Sundance Co-Founder Hears His Fate for Child Sex Abuse

Sterling Van Wagenen, 72, pleaded guilty to touching girl twice, gets at least 6 years in prison

(Newser) - A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child. The judge who delivered the sentence of six years to... More »

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