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'Horrific' Error Values Property at Nearly $1B

And taxpayers might have to pay for it

(Newser) - Utah officials say a possible dropped phone resulted in a typo that overvalued a home for almost $1 billion, the AP reports. And taxpayers may have to pay for the mistake. The Deseret News reports a house built in 1978 in an unincorporated area of the county was recorded in... More »

Utah Family Tormented by Unwanted Knocks on Door

A Hawaii man was arrested Friday

(Newser) - A Hawaii man tormented a Utah family for over a year by sending more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, repairs, tow trucks, locksmiths, plumbers, and prostitutes, according to a US prosecutor who called it "extreme cyberstalking." Loren Okamura, 44, targeted a... More »

Early Morning Hike Ends in Tragedy at National Park

Authorities investigating how 2 tourists died, one got hurt at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

(Newser) - An early morning hike near a world-famous arch ended in tragedy for a group of tourists on the day after Thanksgiving. An online post from the Grand County Sheriff's Office in Moab, Utah, says that at around 7:30am Friday, three people fell into the area below Delicate Arch... More »

Teacher: Act of Kindness Could Get Me 15 Years

Amy Martz says she only wanted to help a little girl

(Newser) - A Utah teacher says she was just trying to help a little girl find her parents. The result: a first-degree kidnapping charge. Amy Martz, who teaches sixth grade at Fox Hollow Elementary in West Jordan, calls the felony charge "life-altering." "I've dedicated my life to helping... More »

The Jazz Beat the Warriors. Then Someone Found a Shoebox

Salt Lake City's Vivint Smart Home Arena evacuated after 'suspicious' package found

(Newser) - The Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors Friday night 113-109, but unexpected excitement came after the last ball had been thrown. Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City was evacuated just minutes after the NBA game had ended, Fox News reports. The cause of the clear-out: Salt Lake... More »

Woman Who Bared Breasts in Front of Stepkids Fights Charges

Tilli Buchanan is trying to get Utah's lewdness laws changed, claiming gender discrimination

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Utah woman is fighting lewdness charges against her and trying to get her state's law changed after she was accused of exposing her breasts to her three stepkids. Defense attorney Randy Richards tells the Salt Lake Tribune that his client, Tilli Buchanan, could end up behind bars... More »

Mormon Church Not Happy Utah Plans to Ban Conversion Therapy

LDS church wants pending state regulation on minors amended

(Newser) - A state regulation is pending in Utah that would prohibit psychologists from using gay conversion therapy on minors—and on Tuesday night, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement announcing its opposition to the ban. "We teach the right of individuals to self-determination and the... More »

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 »

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