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Utah Hit With Strongest Earthquake Since 1992

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Salt Lake City, its suburbs

(Newser) - A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early Wednesday, causing spooked residents to flee their homes, knocking out power for tens of thousands, and closing the city's airport. The epicenter was just southwest of Salt Lake City, and about 2.8 million in the... More »

Mom Slams 'Rape Culture' After Daughter's School Dance

11-year-old at middle school says principal made her dance with boy she didn't want to dance with

(Newser) - A mother in northern Utah is pushing for changes to a middle school policy she says is bound to create "another generation who feels that rape culture is completely normal." Alicia Hobson says her daughter Azlyn, a sixth grader at Laketown's Rich Middle School, came home angry... More »

Convict Comes Up With Weird Escape Plan, It Works

Somehow convinces another inmate to help him impersonate that inmate

(Newser) - A California man convicted of mail fraud escaped from a Utah jail Tuesday night by posing as a fellow inmate whose time had come to be released, authorities said Wednesday. Kaleb Wiewandt was allowed to leave the jail in Ogden, Utah, because staff thought he was inmate Matthew Belnap, said... More »

Utah's 'Topless Stepmom' Takes a Plea Deal With a Quirk

Tilli Buchanan essentially pleads guilty to offending her husband

(Newser) - The Utah woman charged for going topless in her own home in the presence of her stepkids has decided to take a plea deal. Tilli Buchanan, 28, was arrested in November on lewd conduct charges after her stepchildren saw her breasts; she tried to have the case dismissed but found... More »

A Leap in the Air, Then an 'Excruciating' TikTok

BYU pole vaulter accidentally impales scrotum in video that's since gone viral

(Newser) - A compelling caption can be the deciding factor on whether someone views your TikTok video, and it looks like Zach McWhorter came up with a good one. "That one time the pole went through my nuts," is how the Brigham Young University student puts it in the clip... More »

10 US States Where Your Vices Can Run Amok

Nevada is the most sinful, Vermont the most upright

(Newser) - Lent begins next week, and for many, the denial of certain vices and bad behaviors in an attempt to give something up during the religious observance. In some states, though, the temptation may just be too much. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states across seven... More »

Utah Senate Votes 29-0 to Decriminalize Polygamy

Bill makes maximum penalty a $750 fine

(Newser) - Should polygamy be a felony, or a matter between man and wives? Lawmakers in Utah's Republican-controlled Senate leaned toward the latter on Tuesday and voted unanimously to decriminalize polygamy. Under current Utah law, a person who "purports to marry and cohabitates with" more than one spouse is guilty... More »

Mom Calls 911 When Newborn Needs Formula

She wanted officers to make sure her kids were safe while she went to store, but got a lot more

(Newser) - When a Utah mom of five discovered, at 2am while her husband was out of town, that she couldn't breastfeed her hungry newborn, she called 911—and police delivered, literally. Shannon Bird tells KSL-TV that she first called her husband upon discovering that her breast milk had apparently dried... More »

She Said She Wanted a Divorce. Then, a Cruise Ship Nightmare

Kenneth Ray Manzanares pleads guilty to brutal killing of his wife on Emerald Princess

(Newser) - A family vacation took a terrible turn aboard a Princess Cruises ship, and now the legal repercussions continue for one of the vacationers. Fox 13 reports that 42-year-old Kenneth Ray Manzanares has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, during a cruise to Alaska... More »

Utah Wooed Tourists, and Boy, Did They Swarm

'Outside' magazine looks at the resulting congestion in parks

(Newser) - The ad was a "masterpiece," writes Mark Sundeen at Outside magazine. The 60-second spot in 2013 commissioned by Utah's Office of Tourism extolled the beauty of the "Mighty 5"—referring to the five national parks within the state's borders. Those would be Zion, Bryce... More »

Notorious Utah Madame's Interview Eludes Historians

Reporter's old shorthand remains a mystery

(Newser) - Scholars at a Utah university are trying to unlock a mystery after discovering a nearly 70-year-old transcript of an interview with a notorious figure in Ogden history, the AP reports. The interview was with madam Rossette Duccinni Davie, who ran the Rose Rooms brothel with her husband in the 1940s... More »

Cops: Utah Teen Killed His Family Over Many Hours

16-year-old Colin Haynie is charged as an adult

(Newser) - A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murders of his mother and three siblings in what's believed to be Utah's biggest mass shooting in 13 years. Authorities say Colin Jeffery "CJ" Haynie sought to kill everyone in his Grantsville home except himself and nearly succeeded Friday.... More »

Utah Now One of Most Conservative States With This Ban

It's the 19th state to ban conversion therapy

(Newser) - The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Conversion therapy is a practice used to try to change sexual orientation or gender identity, and many people who have been through... More »

Bad News for Woman Charged for Being Topless in Her House

Judge rejects Tilli Buchanan's challenge

(Newser) - The Utah woman charged with lewd conduct after her three stepchildren saw her topless tried to have her case dismissed and the state's topless ban tossed, but this week a judge rejected that challenge. Tilli Buchanan's lawyers argued it's discriminatory for women to be barred from going... More »

Father-Son Snowmobiling Trip Turns Fatal

Son, 18, killed in avalanche

(Newser) - Tragedy struck during a father-son snowmobiling trip in Utah when an avalanche buried the son, killing him. Chase Adams, 18, and his dad, Ben, were snowmobiling in Farmington Canyon Saturday when the avalanche struck around 1:30pm, immediately burying Chase and his snowmobile. His father escaped and called 911 and... More »

Juvenile Utah Boy Held in Murder of His Family

4 dead, 1 injured in Friday night shooting

(Newser) - A Utah family is shattered after a Friday night shooting that left four members dead, one injured, and a teenage boy charged with firing the weapon that inflicted the carnage, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . Police haven't made identifications or clarified relationships, but say all involved lived at the... More »

Governor Not OK With State's Utah-Themed Condoms

Gary Herbert cancels distribution of condoms in packaging with 'sexual innuendo'

(Newser) - As part of its awareness-raising HIVandMe campaign , the state of Utah offers prevention and treatment resources, a clinic finder—and, to the governor's irritation, provocatively packaged prophylactics that have now been canceled. Per the Salt Lake Tribune , Gov. Gary Herbert has nixed the distribution of a stockpile of 100,... More »

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Retire In

Enjoy your golden years

(Newser) - When to retire is a big decision, but knowing where to live out your golden years can be just as important. WalletHub wants to help you tackle the latter, and so it set out on a mission to find the best states to retire in, looking at all 50 across... More »

Weeds Creator Jenji Kohan's Son Dies on Family Ski Trip

Charlie Noxon, 20, was with his dad and 2 siblings in Park City, Utah

(Newser) - A New Year's Eve ski run ended tragically for the son of Jenji Kohan, the creator of Weeds and Orange Is the New Black. TMZ reports that, per law enforcement officials, 20-year-old Charlie Noxon fell while skiing Tuesday in Park City, Utah, and was pronounced dead after being taken... More »

Whistleblower: Mormon Church Is Hoarding $100B

He says investment division should be stripped of tax-exempt status

(Newser) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been hoarding cash that its members thought would be used for charitable purposes, according to a whistleblower who worked at the church's investment division. David Neilsen, a former senior portfolio manager at Ensign Peak Advisors, alleges in a complaint to... More »

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