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These States Are Pulling Their Weight for US Economy

Washington state has the best economy, West Virginia the worst, per WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - When it comes to the US economy, a variety of factors underlie its health (or lack thereof), with the economies of individual states playing a significant part. WalletHub wanted to see which ones are really pulling their weight when it comes to contributing to the national coffers, so it looked...

School District Pulls 'One of the Most Sex-Ridden Books Around'

Utah's Davis School District says Bible is too vulgar or violent for younger kids after parent complaint

(Newser) - The Good Book is being treated like a bad book in Utah after a parent frustrated by efforts to ban materials from schools convinced a suburban district that some Bible verses were too vulgar or violent for younger children. And the Book of Mormon could be next. The 72,000-student...

Wife in Poisoned Husband Case Drilled Into His Safe After He Died: Authorities

Kouri Richins also took out $2M in life insurance policies on him

(Newser) - The Utah mother of three accused of fatally poisoning her husband with fentanyl in his cocktail took out nearly $2 million in life insurance policies on him between 2015 and 2017 without his knowledge, according to newly amended court documents. The documents also allege that in 2020, Eric Richins discovered...

A Day After Husband's Death, She Was Found 'Celebrating'

Utah's Kouri Richins allegedly gave a lethal dose of fentanyl to husband Eric

(Newser) - A woman who wrote a book to help children deal with the grief of losing a loved one has been charged with killing the father of her three children on the last of several alleged attempts to poison him over years. Kouri Richins, 33, told police she found husband Eric...

Pornhub Has a Surprise for Utah
Pornhub Has a
Surprise for Utah

Pornhub Has a Surprise for Utah

All residents are blocked, in the porn site's protest of state's new age-verification law

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Utah's new age-verification law goes into effect, mandating that websites hosting adult content need to confirm users' ages before letting them browse. One company in particular isn't happy about the legislation: Pornhub, which shared a message Monday with anyone who tried to log on from the...

CEO Accuses Workers of 'Quiet Quitting,' Taking Care of Kids

Clearlink's James Clarke made some eyebrow-raising comments on remote work at town hall

(Newser) - The CEO of a digital marketing and tech firm is taking a fair amount of flak after remarks that targeted remote workers and working moms. James Clarke, head of Utah-based Clearlink, spoke during a companywide town hall last week to discuss a recent return-to-work order now that the pandemic has...

Snowpack Delivers Rare Good News to Great Salt Lake

It's 'miraculous,' says one researcher, though long-term prospects are still dicey

(Newser) - The news about the Great Salt Lake in January was about as grim as it gets: Scientists warned the saltwater lake in Utah might disappear altogether in five years, thanks to a combination of drought and heavy water usage. Now, the author of that same dire warning sounds a little...

Sheriff: Ice Climber's Final Act Saved Fellow Climber's Life

She pushed woman out of the way of falling ice column

(Newser) - A woman in northeast Utah died while trying to climb a frozen waterfall on Sunday, and her final act probably saved the life of a fellow climber, authorities say. The two women were part of a group of three climbers ascending Raven Falls near Indian Canyon when an ice column...

Utah's New State Crustacean Is 600K Years Old

Gov. Spencer Cox bestowed the honor on tiny brine shrimp earlier this month

(Newser) - Utah's "state crustacean designation" has been officially signed into law. What Gov. Spencer Cox's March 17 signature on HB 137 put into effect: The brine shrimp, a teensy aquatic creature that has called the Great Salt Lake home for 600,000 years, is now the Beehive State'...

Paltrow: I Initially Thought Ski Crash Was a Sex Assault

Star took the stand Friday to testify about 2016 accident on slopes of Park City, Utah

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow's ski crash trial continued Friday, with the star herself taking the stand to testify about the incident that took place in Park City, Utah, in February 2016. The 50-year-old actor and Goop CEO testified she initially thought retired optometrist Terry Sanderson, 76, slammed directly into her back...

Utah Parent Says Bible Is 'Porn' Under Book Ban Law

Push to remove Bible from schools follows removal of 33 other titles

(Newser) - Frustrated that titles like The Bluest Eye from Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison have been removed from schools as a result of Utah's new book-banning law , one parent is pushing to have the Bible banned. "You'll no doubt find that the Bible ... has 'no serious values...

New Utah Law Restricts Minors' Use of Social Media

First-in-the-nation law gives parents access to accounts of children, teens

(Newser) - A new Utah law that tightly restricts how minors can use social media apps like TikTok and Instagram is the first of its kind in the nation—and while its supporters say it's all about "protecting our children," campaigners including civil liberties groups hope other states don'...

Utah Has a New Flag
Utah Has a New Flag

Utah Has a New Flag

But opponents are calling for a referendum

(Newser) - Utah has a new state flag—but with opposition to the newcomer unexpectedly strong, state leaders are stressing that the old flags aren't going to disappear. Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill Tuesday that will make the new flag the official state flag in March 2024, USA Today reports....

Gwyneth Paltrow Files Counterclaim Over Ski Crash
Gwyneth Paltrow's
Ski Crash Trial
Is Starting

Gwyneth Paltrow's Ski Crash Trial Is Starting

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

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow is scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by a retired optometrist who said that the actress-turned-lifestyle influencer violently crashed into him in 2016 while skiing in Utah at one of the most upscale ski resorts in the United States, the AP reports. After his...

Utah Bank Robber Requested Unusual Amount of Cash

Donald Santacroce allegedly demanded a single dollar

(Newser) - A Utah man who desired to be sent to federal prison carried out a polite bank robbery in pursuit of that goal, police say. Per a police booking affidavit, Donald Santacroce, 65, was arrested Monday morning after allegedly handing a teller at a Wells Fargo in downtown Salt Lake City...

Utah Is Getting Aggressive on Kids' Use of Social Media

Children will need parental consent as part of new age-verification rules

(Newser) - Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is set to sign SB 152, the "social media regulation act," a bill that will restrict minors from social media use without parental permission. Legal adults—people 18 or older—could also lose access to their accounts if they don't follow an...

This Is the Most Educated State in America

Way to go, Massachusetts, according to WalletHub's latest rankings

(Newser) - A good education leads to better jobs, and who wouldn't want that opportunity? How long you're immersed in schooling, and where you get it, can make all the difference. WalletHub looked at all 50 states to determine which provide the best education, analyzing 18 metrics in two main...

Plunge Down Cliff Kills Teenage Hiker

Utah community mourns Zoe Afton McKinney

(Newser) - A 17-year-old hiker died in a fall at Kane Creek Canyon in east Utah when she slipped and plunged down what police called "a sheer cliff face." Friends were unable to get to Zoe Afton McKinney, about 30 feet below, NBC News reports. Emergency crews with harnesses and...

Man Allegedly Killed His Entire Family. Obit Calls Him a Loving Dad

Obituary for Michael Haight has since been taken down

(Newser) - A Utah man allegedly killed his estranged wife, her mother, and the couple's five children before taking his own life earlier this month—and yet an obituary for Michael Haight, which has since been taken down, said he viewed each of his children as "truly a cherished miracle"...

Mystery Antennas Keep Sprouting Up in Utah
Utah Officials Stumped
by Antennas on Public Land

Utah Officials Stumped by Antennas on Public Land

One theory has to do with cryptocurrency mining

(Newser) - People keep putting up amateur antennas on public lands around Salt Lake City, and authorities there sound both baffled at their purpose and exasperated at having to take them down. As KSL-TV reports, they typically consist of a battery pack, solar panel, and a fiberglass antenna, and they're usually...

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