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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...

Bad News on Great Salt Lake: 'This Is a Crisis'

Researchers say Utah lake could vanish in 5 years if excess water consumption isn't remedied

(Newser) - Since 2020, Utah's Great Salt Lake has lost about 40 billion gallons of water per year, a consequence of the West's megadrought and too much water consumption. Researchers say that stat shouldn't be ignored: If remedies aren't made, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere...

Dad Accused of Killing Wife, Their 5 Kids, Mother-in-Law

Wife in Utah tragedy had recently filed for divorce

(Newser) - Officials say a father killed his wife, his mother-in-law, and the couple's five children before taking his own life this week in Enoch, Utah. Tausha Haight, 40, had filed for divorce from suspect Michael Haight, 42, on Dec. 21, KUTV reports. Authorities believe Michael Haight fatally shot his estranged...

Ski Patroller Killed in Fall From Lift

Christian Helger of Utah's Park City Mountain Resort died after tree fell on chairlift cable

(Newser) - A 29-year-old ski patroller died Monday when he was knocked from a chairlift at Utah's Park City Mountain Resort. Ten others were safely rescued from the chairlift, which began to rock significantly when a large pine tree fell onto a lift cable around 10:45am, according to the Summit...

Star Stunt-Driver Dies in Snowmobile Crash

Rally champ Ken Block killed at the age of 55 in Wasatch County, Utah

(Newser) - Ken Block, a motor sports champ and sportswear company co-founder who became an internet sensation for his nail-biting stunts , has died in a snowmobiling accident in Utah, per his Hoonigan Racing team. He was 55. The Wasatch County Sheriff's Office says Block was riding on a steep slope around...

This Is the Most Giving State in America

Congrats to Utah, according to WalletHub's ranking of the most, least charitable states

(Newser) - If you're in a position to be philanthropic, whether that means donating your money or your time, where you live can make a difference in terms of enthusiasm from fellow locals—which in turn might inspire even more of your own altruism. WalletHub looked at 19 metrics across all...

Mike Lee's Utah Race Is Surprisingly Tight
In Utah Senate Race,
a 'Wild Card' Emerges
the rundown

In Utah Senate Race, a 'Wild Card' Emerges

Independent Evan McMullin is close in the polls to GOP incumbent Mike Lee

(Newser) - One of the more intriguing Senate races in November is out of Utah, where Republican Sen. Mike Lee—a staunch ally of Donald Trump—is in a surprisingly tight race with independent challenger Evan McMullin. Real Clear Politics still projects Lee to hold the seat, but Lee is up by...

Horse That Ran Wild for 8 Years Is Back Home

'It's crazy,' says owner of Mongo in Utah

(Newser) - It's not too unusual to hear stories about lost dogs being reunited with their families after long stretches. Cats, too . But stallions? Such is the case in northwestern Utah, where Mongo the horse is back home after eight years of roaming the desert with his wild cousins, reports KUTV...

Family Sues Little League Over Son's Fall: 'He's Not Doing Well'

Easton Oliverson of Utah suffered a serious head injury

(Newser) - A Utah boy who suffered a serious head injury after falling from a bunk bed during last month's Little League World Series in Pennsylvania has returned home from the hospital, and his family is suing the league and the company that made the bed. Easton Oliverson, 12, of St....

This Is the Happiest State in America
This Is the Happiest
State in America

This Is the Happiest State in America

Hawaii tops WalletHub's list; West Virginia lands at the bottom

(Newser) - Happiness is said to be a state of mind—but what state you're in could affect that state. WalletHub wanted to find out where people in the US are at their most content, especially in the wake of the worst of the pandemic and amid new stressors like inflation....

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