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Colorado Rafting Accident Kills Fire Captain

54-year-old was pinned under raft that got stuck on rock

(Newser) - Michael Harp was rafting down the Green River in Colorado's Dinosaur National Monument last week when the trip took a tragic turn. The group's raft got stuck on a rock in the Canyon of Lodore on Thursday afternoon, in a Class III/IV rapid known as Hells Half Mile,...

'Unfailingly Polite' Dad of 16 Tried to Hire a Hit Man
Evangelical Father of 16
Busted in Hit Man Hire

Evangelical Father of 16 Busted in Hit Man Hire

New York magazine digs into the unexpected charges against Christopher Pence of Utah

(Newser) - Earlier this year, federal authorities announced that a 43-year-old Utah man had been sentenced to seven years in prison for attempting to hire a hit man online. What makes the case especially unusual are the particulars about Christopher Pence and his motives, as laid out in detail in New York ...

As Utah Youth Group Hiked, Lightning Struck

After strike in Sevier County, 7 young people ended up in local hospitals

(Newser) - Seven members of a youth group hiking in Utah were transported to hospitals on Thursday after lightning struck the ground near them. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth group from Salina, Utah, were in the eastern part of Sevier County around 1:45pm local time when a...

Utah Election Results Are a Blow to Trump

2 moderate Republicans beat Trump-aligned challengers

(Newser) - A pair of moderate Utah Republicans won primary elections Tuesday for US Senate and governor over far-right candidates who are loyalists to former President Donald Trump, the latest example of how Utah is a rare Republican state that doesn't fully embrace Trump's stranglehold on the GOP, the AP...

These States' Economies Are Pulling Their Weight

Washington tops WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - How well the US economy is doing is dependent on how well the states themselves are doing, and WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which ones boast the best economies. Three main categories are in play: economic activity (including startup activity, exports per...

2 Weeks After Creek Accident, Rodeo Star's Son Dies

Levi Wright, 3, son of Kallie and Spencer Wright, was taken off life support over the weekend

(Newser) - A sad update out of Utah, where the 3-year-old son of rodeo star Spencer Wright had been clinging to life for the past two weeks after falling into a creek near his home. In a Monday online statement , Mindy Sue Clark, who says she's a close family friend, reported...

Kouri Richins Speaks From Jail: 'This Means War'

Accused of killing husband, she calls herself an 'innocent mom'

(Newser) - The Utah mom who wrote a children's book about dealing with the grief of losing loved ones, only to then be arrested for allegedly killing her husband by spiking his drink with fentanyl, has issued her first set of public comments on the case. Kouri Richins recorded her thoughts...

He Got Buried in an Avalanche, Dug Himself Out

But 2 others died on the slopes of Utah on Thursday, after days of spring snowstorms

(Newser) - Two backcountry skiers were killed and one was rescued after they were swept up and buried in an avalanche Thursday in the mountains outside of Salt Lake City that occurred after several days of spring snowstorms, authorities said. A rescue team went to the area midmorning after the avalanche was...

Utah's Transgender Bathroom Tip Line Doesn't Go as Planned

Instead of legit reports, activists flood it with thousands of hoaxes

(Newser) - Transgender activists have flooded a Utah tip line created to alert state officials to possible violations of a new bathroom law with thousands of hoax reports. As the AP reports, it's an effort to shield trans residents and their allies from any legitimate complaints that could lead to an...

These Are the Best US States
These Are the
Best US States

These Are the Best US States

And, by extension, the bottom-feeders

(Newser) - Because there's nothing quite like saying na-na-na-na-boo-boo at your neighbor, US News & World Report is out with its annual rankings of the best states in the union. The survey took a look at 71 metrics in eight categories that included health care, education, natural environment, opportunity, economy, crime...

Semi Driver Fatally Plows Into Utah Cop During Traffic Stop

Authorities pulled over the rig Sunday morning after someone was spotted standing on the back

(Newser) - A truck driver allegedly killed a police officer during a traffic stop on a Utah highway Sunday by driving his rig into the officer, police said. A Santaquin police officer and a Utah Highway Patrol trooper had stopped the semitrailer around 6:30am after somebody called 911 to report that...

Cops: Unfulfilled Suicide Pact Leads to Murder Charges

Heavenly Faith Garfield, 21, of Utah, accused of fatally shooting her best friend

(Newser) - A 21-year-old woman who allegedly shot her best friend as part of a suicide pact that went only half-fulfilled is facing murder charges in Utah. Heavenly Faith Garfield, arrested Tuesday, is held without bail in Utah County, facing charges of murder and felony discharge of a firearm. Her father called...

Cat Slips Into Amazon Returns Box, Takes 600-Mile Trip

Galena is now back with her owners after making an unintentional journey from Utah to California

(Newser) - A cat from Utah is back safe with its owners after a frightening journey to California in an Amazon returns package. Carrie Clark says their indoor kitty Galena vanished from their home on April 10, and a frantic search ensued throughout their neighborhood for the next week, reports KSL . "...

On Prom Day, Footloose School Will Get a Big Guest
Kevin Bacon Fulfills His
Promise to Footloose School

Kevin Bacon Fulfills His Promise to Footloose School

Actor visited Utah's Payson High School, where 'Footloose' was shot, on prom day

(Newser) - Kevin Bacon on Saturday fulfilled his promise to students at Utah's Payson High School—where he filmed Footloose four decades ago—when he showed up on campus on prom day. "It's been a long time—40 years—that just blows my mind, you know," the actor...

Deadly 'Rabbit Fever' Spreads in Utah
Deadly 'Rabbit Fever'
Spreads in Utah

Deadly 'Rabbit Fever' Spreads in Utah

Tularemia, which can infect humans, confirmed in 3 dead beavers

(Newser) - Authorities in Utah are warning about an outbreak of the potentially deadly tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, which, despite its name, can infect various rodents and mammals, including humans, cats, and dogs. So far, it's only been confirmed in beavers. Nine healthy-looking beavers and one vole were found...

Residents of Utah Town on Alert Over Crack in Dam

About 2K people in Panguitch are ready to evacuate if things worsen

(Newser) - Workers are trying to shore up a rural Utah dam after a 60-foot crack sent water pouring into a creek and endangering the 1,800 residents of a downstream town. State and local leaders don't think the Panguitch Lake Dam is in imminent danger of breaking open but have...

Prosecutors: Kouri Richins Had Already Tried to Kill Husband

Utah woman is charged with attempted murder over alleged February 2022 incident

(Newser) - A Utah woman who authorities say fatally poisoned her husband in 2022, then published a children's book about grief, now faces another attempted murder charge for allegedly drugging him weeks earlier on Valentine's Day. Kouri Richins, 33, is accused of killing her husband with a lethal dose of...

Utah Lawmaker Turns Bridge Collapse Into DEI Debate

Gubernatorial candidate Phil Lyman criticizes port of Baltimore commissioner, who offers DEI consulting

(Newser) - A GOP lawmaker running for governor of Utah blamed the deadly collapse of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge on efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. In an apparent effort "to boost his gubernatorial campaign," Utah Rep. Phil Lyman took to X on Tuesday to attack Port...

Disturbing Details of YouTuber Ruby Franke's Child Abuse Revealed

Franke herself chronicled the abuse of her children

(Newser) - The malnourished and badly bruised son of a parenting advice YouTuber politely asks a neighbor to take him to the nearest police station in newly released video from the day his mother and her business partner were arrested on child abuse charges in southern Utah. The 12-year-old son of Ruby...

Cops: Alleged Husband Killer May Have Learned From Mom

Kouri Richins's mother, Lisa Darden, also had a partner die from overdose, writes detective

(Newser) - Accused of altering a life insurance policy before murdering her husband with a dose of fentanyl bought from a housekeeper , then selling a book about grief , Kouri Richins may not have acted alone, according to police. In a recently unsealed search warrant affidavit, a detective describes a long-ago incident involving...

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