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Education Official Won't Quit After Transgender Post

Natalie Cline apologizes for suggestion about a Utah girls basketball player that sparked an outcry

(Newser) - A Utah State Board of Education official who was censured over a Facebook post suggesting a girls basketball player is transgender has apologized publicly, but Natalie Cline said she won't resign despite the pressure. In an interview Friday with KUTV , Cline said she shouldn't have put up the...

Teen in Search of a Better View Falls to His Death

'No view is worth your life,' Jonathan Fielding's sister warns after tragedy at Utah overlook

(Newser) - A 19-year-old man fell to his death at a popular canyon overlook in Utah over the weekend, apparently while trying to take a better photo. Jonathan Fielding, who'd recently moved to Orem from Missouri, was hiking with friends at Moonscape Overlook near Hanksville around 5pm Saturday when he stopped...

Firefighters Save Dog After 'Polar Plunge'

Dog was not hurt in Utah incident

(Newser) - Video captured the very, very cold rescue of a dog that fell into a partially frozen-over pond in Utah Sunday. The North Davis Fire District posted the video of what it called the dog's "polar plunge," KSL reports. The dog, whose name is Bob, couldn't get...

Exchange Student Threatened in $80K &#39;Cyber Kidnapping&#39;
Inside an $80K
'Cyber Kidnapping'

Inside an $80K 'Cyber Kidnapping'

Kai Zhuang, 17, isolated himself at the direction of bad actors, say police in Utah

(Newser) - A missing Chinese exchange student was found safe in a tent on a snowy mountainside in Utah on Sunday after what police say was an example of "cyber kidnapping." Kai Zhuang's family in China had reported the 17-year-old missing to police in Riverdale, where the student had...

YouTuber Ruby Franke Is Going to Prison for Child Abuse

Utah mother of 6 pleads guilty to 4 counts

(Newser) - A Utah mother of six who gave parenting advice on YouTube pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of aggravated child abuse and will go to prison for trying to convince her two youngest children that they were evil, possessed, and needed to be punished to repent. Ruby Franke stood and...

Job Hunting? Here's the Best Place in America for It

Washington state ranks No. 1 in WalletHub's ranking of the best states for employment

(Newser) - It can be grueling pounding the pavement in search of a new job, what with all of the resume prep, job board scouring, and interview processes. WalletHub wanted to see which parts of America were more job-hunter friendly, so it looked at nearly three dozen metrics in all 50 states,...

Co-Pilot Charged With Threatening to Shoot Captain Mid-Flight

Jonathan Dunn faces up to 20 years in prison on charge of interfering with flight crew on 2022 flight

(Newser) - As Delta passengers sipped coffee and stared at screens, the pilots steering their plane were engaged in an argument that resulted in one allegedly threatening to shoot the other. Jonathan Dunn, a former Delta co-pilot, was federally indicted Oct. 18 on a charge of interference with flight crew after allegedly...

This Is the Safest State in America
This Is the Safest
State in America

This Is the Safest State in America

Vermont tops WalletHub's list, while Louisiana comes in last

(Newser) - After the upheaval of the pandemic, it's soothing to get back to "normal." But that normality has brought us back to Earth on many other issues we're still contending with, including general safety, a term that can encompass many different forms. To see which states keep...

Utah Sues TikTok for &#39;Baiting&#39; Children
Another State Sues TikTok

Another State Sues TikTok

Utah accuses app of 'baiting' children with addictive content

(Newser) - Utah became the latest state Tuesday to file a lawsuit against TikTok, alleging the company is "baiting" children into addictive and unhealthy social media habits, per the AP . TikTok lures children into hours of social media use, misrepresents the app's safety and deceptively portrays itself as independent of...

Serial Rape Suspect Who Faked Death to Face the Music

Scottish ministers sign order allowing Nicholas Alahverdian (Rossi) to be extradited to US

(Newser) - A convicted sex offender who faked his death to avoid a rape charge in Utah will soon be heading stateside. Scotland's Justice Secretary Angela Constance signed an extradition order last week, eliminating one of the final hurdles preventing Nicholas Alahverdian's return to the US. Alahverdian, who uses numerous...

Strange Case of Mom Accused in Husband's Death Gets Stranger

Kouri Richins accused of witness tampering, but she says letter is actually part of fictional novel

(Newser) - The Utah mother accused of fatally poisoning her husband, then writing a children's book about sons grieving their father's death , has taken another turn. Earlier this month, the state accused Kouri Richins of witness tampering, citing a handwritten six-page note to her mother that was allegedly found hidden...

Chunk of Asteroid That Could Take Chunk Out of Earth Nears

OSIRIS-REx's sample from near-Earth asteroid Bennu to arrive in Utah on Sunday

(Newser) - There's a 1 in 2,700 chance that an asteroid known for its close flybys of Earth could smack into the planet in the next 160 years or so, which isn't very reassuring. NASA hopes, however, that the upcoming conclusion of a seven-year mission to retrieve samples from...

This Is the Happiest State in America

Utah takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking, West Virginia is last

(Newser) - In some states, happiness seems to come more easily. WalletHub analyzed various environmental factors to see which US states boast more contented surroundings, examining 30 metrics in three main categories: emotional and physical well-being, including such factors as the share of adults with depression or alcohol use disorder, life expectancy,...

Lawsuit: Utah Is Letting the Great Salt Lake Die

It's shrinking rapidly, threatening humans and wildlife alike, environmental groups say

(Newser) - Utah state government officials have pushed the Great Salt Lake to the brink of an ecological collapse by allowing upstream water to be diverted away from the lake and primarily to farmers growing alfalfa, hay, and other crops for decades, says a new lawsuit filed Wednesday by a coalition of...

Family YouTuber Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

Viewers have long raised a flag on Utah's Ruby Franke, who offers controversial parenting advice

(Newser) - A Utah mom of six who became popular on her now-defunct YouTube channel for offering parenting advice has been arrested. The AP reports that 41-year-old Ruby Franke was taken into custody on Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated child abuse at the Ivins home of Jodi Hildebrandt, 54, her business partner,...

Man Accused of Threatening Biden Shot by FBI Agents

Agency says man was killed when agents tried to serve warrants at Utah home

(Newser) - A Utah man accused of threatening President Biden and other officials was shot and killed by FBI agents hours before the president was due to arrive in the state Wednesday. Officials said the man was killed at his Provo home around 6:15am local time after "special agents attempted...

Man Making Trek With Dad's Ashes Meets Tragedy

Texas' James Hendricks apparently died of heatstroke in Arches National Park

(Newser) - It was meant to be an emotional but meaningful journey from Texas to the Sierra Nevada, where Austin local James Bernard Hendricks intended to spread his late father's ashes. Instead, his family is now dealing with a new tragedy, after Hendricks is believed to have succumbed to heatstroke during...

Having a Baby Soon? One State Outranks the Others

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, while Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - If your future plans include starting a family and you're open to a move (or wondering whether your current location is ideal), WalletHub has some insights. The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, not only on the issue of costs tied to having a...

This Is the Best State in America for Health Care

Minnesota tops WalletHub's list, with West Virginia coming in last

(Newser) - Health care in the US before COVID was already a prime political topic—and after the pandemic hit, it became even more so. WalletHub wanted to see which states offered the best, most affordable services, so it looked at all 50 states and Washington, DC, using more than 40 metrics...

Shrinking Great Salt Lake Is Making Utah Dustier
Utah's Famously White Snow
Is Getting Dusty
New Study

Utah's Famously White Snow Is Getting Dusty

Scientists say the shrinking Great Salt Lake is a big factor, with serious implications

(Newser) - Dust blowing off the dry areas around the receding Great Salt Lake is coating the famously ski-friendly pure white snow on nearby slopes and causing early melting—a big problem with wide-ranging effects for Utah, reports Smithsonian Magazine . In a study published by Environmental Research Letters , University of Utah hydrologist...

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