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State's New Law Makes Dads Pony Up Half of Pregnancy Costs

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signs legislation that may be nation's first mandated prenatal child support

(Newser) - Biological fathers in Utah will be legally required to pay half of a woman's out-of-pocket pregnancy costs under new legislation unique to the state. The bill's sponsor has presented the measure as an effort to decrease the burden of pregnancy on women and increase responsibility for men who...

Huntsman's Brother Sues Mormon Church for Fraud

James Huntsman wants $5M in donations returned

(Newser) - The son of a billionaire industrialist and brother of a former Utah governor and US ambassador is suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for fraud. James Huntsman, brother of Jon Huntsman , claims the Mormon church spent members' tithes on commercial purposes, rather than charity. This allegation was...

Ex-Jazz Player Lobs Claims of Bigoted Remarks at Team Exec

Former player Elijah Millsap says team VP Dennis Lindsey told him in 2015: 'I'll cut your Black ass'

(Newser) - It started with a tweet Wednesday evening from a former Utah Jazz shooting guard. "Bigot behavior is still very well present in our Country and should be exposed and expunged," wrote Elijah Millsap, who was on the team's roster from January 2015 to January 2016. But he...

Taylor Swift's Battle With Utah Theme Park Heats Up

Singer files suit against park named Evermore

(Newser) - Taylor Swift isn't shaking this one off. Earlier this month, a fantasy theme park named Evermore sued the pop star over the name of her latest album, also Evermore, which she released in December. The Pleasant Grove, Utah, park claimed copyright infringement, complaining that Google searches for the park...

Utah City Offers People With Parking Tix a Creative Fix

Utah's Heber City will nix parking tix for violators who donate at least 5 nonperishable food items

(Newser) - Over the past few weeks, police in Heber City, Utah, have doled out upward of 300 parking tickets to those who've parked in the street, despite a ban on doing so during snowstorms and immediately after. That's when local police decided to squeeze some good out of the...

Romney Called 'Deep State' Agent in Censure Motion
Romney Called 'Deep State'
Agent in Censure Motion
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Romney Called 'Deep State' Agent in Censure Motion

However, GOP leaders in Utah come to his defense

(Newser) - To get a sense of the debate now underway within the GOP, look no further than Utah. Some state Republicans are circulating a motion online calling for Mitt Romney to be censured for voting to convict former President Trump in his second impeachment trial . At the same time, however, party...

School Backtracks on Black History Month Move

Nearly all-white school in Utah allowed parents to opt out of the lessons

(Newser) - A mostly white elementary school in Utah drew furious backlash after allowing parents to have their kids opt out of Black History Month lessons. As a result, the Maria Montessori Academy has backtracked on its decision, reports USA Today . The controversy began last week when the school's director, Micah...

Utah Avalanche Kills 4 Backcountry Skiers

The victims were in their 20s

(Newser) - Four backcountry skiers in their 20s died when one of the deadliest avalanches in Utah history hit a popular backcountry skiing area, the AP reports. Four other people were also buried in the Saturday slide but managed to dig themselves out and didn’t suffer serious injuries, according to Unified...

Seeking Retirement Bliss? Check Out These States
10 Best States
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10 Best States for Retirement

Florida ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list

(Newser) - If your golden years are approaching, or if early retirement is in the cards, where to decide to enjoy your post-work life can prove to be a challenge. WalletHub has tried to take some of the guesswork out of the process, examining nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states,...

These States Are Safest During the Pandemic

You'll fare best dealing with COVID in Alaska, worst in Arizona

(Newser) - As the rollout of the various coronavirus vaccines continues, there's now a (still somewhat distant) light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. But with months to go before much of the population is vaccinated, it's important to keep up with safety and health guidelines, and to keep...

Cops: Guy Impersonated Cop, Swiped Doughnut

Daniel Mark Wright is accused of impersonating sheriff's deputy, stealing a 7-Eleven baked good

(Newser) - People have pretended they're law enforcement officers to pull people over , to make arrests , and yes, to get discounts on coffee and doughnuts . But authorities say a Utah man who impersonated a cop felt even more entitled, going so far as to steal a doughnut from 7-Eleven. Per a...

Hiker Falls 100 Feet, Saved by Homeless People

Man lands on cliff ledge, is heard by homeless individuals after 5 hours of calling for help

(Newser) - A Utah hiker has a few homeless people to thank for his rescue from a cliff ledge, where he spent five hours on Sunday. The 29-year-old, who set out around 4am, was walking near the base of Ensign Peak in the foothills north of Salt Lake City when he slipped...

One Word in School's Name Has Prompted Push for Change

Board of trustees approves motion to drop 'Dixie' from Dixie State University in Utah

(Newser) - Dixie State University appears to be following the lead of the Chicks . The Utah university's board of trustees unanimously approved a motion to change the school's name on Monday after a survey showed respondents related it to the Confederacy. Some 41% of Utahans and 64% of respondents from...

Utah Senator Blocks National Latino Museum

And one for women, with Mike Lee saying we don't need 'separate but equal' Smithsonian museums

(Newser) - For more than 25 years, there's been an effort to establish a national Latino museum within the Smithsonian Institution's museum family. And that dream seemed closer to coming to fruition this week, with bipartisan legislation toward that end on the Senate table. Enter Utah Sen. Mike Lee, who...

Ex-Arizona Official Jailed for 'Baby-Selling' Scheme
They Hoped to Adopt. They
Walked Into a 'Baby Mill'
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They Hoped to Adopt. They Walked Into a 'Baby Mill'

Ex-Arizona official jailed for 'baby-selling' scheme prosecutors say spanned 3 states

(Newser) - A former Arizona elected official and adoption lawyer has been sentenced to six years in prison in Arkansas for what prosecutors say was a scheme that involved smuggling dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands into US states to give birth, reports the Washington Post . Paul Petersen, 45, "...

'Sketchy Andy': I Tore Down the Monolith

Slackliner Andy Lewis claims he, companions removed Utah structure to save land

(Newser) - Another apparent piece of the puzzle of the vanishing Utah monolith has been solved. First, photographer Ross Bernards told the New York Times that he and his companions saw four men dismantle the shiny structure on Friday night. Now, at least two men have come forward claiming they were part...

We Know How That Utah Monolith Disappeared
We Know How That Utah
Monolith Disappeared
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We Know How That Utah Monolith Disappeared

4 guys dismantled it at night, a photographer tells the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - So where will a monolith turn up next? First, one popped up in the Utah desert, only to vanish . Then another turned up in Romania , but now it's gone, too. While nobody seems to know exactly what's going on, the New York Times has at least shed light...

Monolith in Utah Desert Disappears
Monolith in
Utah Desert
Disappears

Monolith in Utah Desert Disappears

Object of international curiosity and speculation was removed

(Newser) - The shiny, metal monolith that appeared in the Utah desert was already mysterious; land officials don't know how it got there. But the mystery now has deepened: The monolith is gone. Officials in the state's Bureau of Land Management say they don't know how that happened, either,...

Utah Overpass Is a Wild Success
Utah Overpass
Is a Wild Success
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Utah Overpass Is a Wild Success

Animals use it to cross Interstate 80

(Newser) - Animals that might have ended up as roadkill in previous years have discovered a much safer way to cross Interstate 80 in Utah. The state's Division of Wildlife Resources has shared video of animals, including moose, bobcats, porcupines, and bears, using the Parleys Canyon Wildlife Overpass south of Salt...

First Visitors Arrive at Utah Monolith

Dozens, possibly hundreds of people have visited the site this week

(Newser) - The Utah Department of Public Safety would really rather you not set out for the newly discovered monolith in San Juan County. But "the genie is out of the bottle" and "it's a free country," as Corporal Andrew Battenfield tells the BBC . The outlet reports dozens,...

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