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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Utah

This month
January 2023
# Shooting
Five children among eight relatives found shot dead in Utah home
Bodies were discovered yesterday when police did a welfare check at the house.
All time
# Wyoming
FBI confirm Gabby Petito was killed in homicide as search for boyfriend continues
The 22-year-old’s body was discovered on Sunday.
# Mystery
Monolith emerges in California after Utah and Romania works disappear
The origins of the monoliths are still unknown.
# Utah
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in US desert disappears
The object of unknown origin appeared in Utah earlier this month.
# Utah
'Are they bouncing satellites off it?': Metal monolith discovered in Utah sparks mystery
The object was discovered by local officials who were counting sheep from a helicopter.
# US Election
'We can disagree without hating each other': Opponents in Utah release joint campaign video promoting civility
They hope to be “an example” to the rest of America ahead of the general election.
# Utah
US teen crashes car while driving blindfolded as part of 'Bird Box' challenge
A Netflix film has led to a viral challenge in which people attempt complete tasks while blindfolded.
# Comeback
Mitt Romney, who Trump branded a 'stone cold loser', wins Senate seat
The former presidential nominee lost out to Barack Obama in 2012.
# Utah
Tesla car, in autopilot mode, speeds up before crashing into parked fire engine
Two people were injured, including the owner of the car who has been charged with traffic offences.
# Utah
Elk dies after leaping at low flying helicopter
The two people on board weren’t seriously hurt.
# Utah
Nurse arrested after refusing to draw blood from unconscious patient settles case for $500,000
Wubbels plans to use part of the money to fund legal help for others trying to get similar body-camera video.
# Alex Wubbels
Utah police officer fired after being caught on camera handcuffing and dragging nurse
A video went viral in August of Detective Jeff Payne handcuffing a nurse who refused to draw a patient’s blood.
# Utah
'Please sir, you're hurting me': Video shows nurse being arrested for refusing to take blood sample
Police ordered Alex Wubbels to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient, but she said that was against hospital policy.
# Rape
'Great men sometimes do bad things': Shock as US judge sentences rapist bishop
Keith Vallejo was sentenced to ‘up to life’ in prison this week.
# Utah
Teenagers shoot 14-year-old girl in the head and leave her in a ditch for iPod and $55
The 16-year-old suspects do not have any serious criminal history.
# pot tarts
Police in US warn people against accidentally eating cannabis-infused sweets
‘Which gummy bears are infused with marijuana?’
# Utah
Trucker accused of keeping women as sex slaves faces 20 years in prison
Timothy Vafeades allegedly trapped a series of women on his truck the Twilight Express over the course of 30 years.
# Salt Lake City
"It broke me": Native American sues Mormon church over sex abuse claims
The man said he has spent most of his life trying to avoid facing the abuse, which happened in the 1970s.
# Utah
"Had she not been diagnosed, I don't think I would have caught mine."
The sisters fighting cancer together.
# Utah
Utah father and son arrested after five women lured into house and tied up in basement
It is believed both men had been using methamphetamine heavily.
# Think of the Children
US state declares porn a 'public health crisis'
Utah’s governor called pornography a plague damaging young minds as he signed the declaration.
# Utah
Four men are accused of raping a child on Easter Sunday
The incident occurred in the small city of Vernal in northeastern Utah.
# Mormon missionary
Teenager who survived Boston bombing injured in Brussels airport attack
Mason Well was standing within feet of a bomb that exploded at the airport.
# Salt Lake City
Angry crowds rally after police officer 'shoots teenager carrying broomstick'
Salt Lake City police said one officer, and possibly a second one, were involved in the shooting.
# Mandatory sentencing
A judge who sentenced a man to 55 years in prison is pleading for his release
Weldon Angelos was convicted in Utah in 2004 for dealing small amounts of marijuana and possession of firearms.
# Backlash
Founder of 'white people' dating site says he's not racist as he dated a black woman once
Where White People Meet has been causing controversy in the US.
# homeless at christmas
These hairdressers came together to give homeless people free haircuts for Christmas
The true Christmas spirit.
# Homeless
These hairdressers came together to give homeless people free haircuts for Christmas
The true Christmas spirit.
# Utah
This town is putting out fake Christmas packages to 'confuse and frustrate' thieves
They contain rocks, old clothes and broken televisions.
# logical
'Upset' man charged with calling in bomb threat to hospital as he was missing the birth of his child
Michael Morlang was apparently enraged that the birth was proceeding in Utah while he was outside the state.
# Utah
Mormonism is taking a lot of heat for its attitude towards gay rights
The church declared that the children of gay couples cannot be blessed or baptised until they turn 18.
# a river ran through it
Fatal flood opens old wounds for an isolated, polygamous sect with a dark past
A divided religious community led by a convicted child abuser lost 12 women and children this week.
# the stormin' mormon
Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is fighting Evander Holyfield
To be fair, he’s taken a few beatings before…
Toddler in Utah horrifically 'beaten to death over a dirty nappy'
“There are no words for what this baby went through and the pain he suffered.”
# Death Penalty
Utah has brought back the firing squad - so how does it work?
The firing squad will be used as a backup if lethal injection drugs aren’t available.
# Execution
Utah politicians vote to bring back firing squads
However, it has yet to be signed into law.
# special delivery
Woman gives birth to 10lb baby in car as she drives herself to hospital
“I knew the baby was coming and it doesn’t help to panic. So, I just stayed calm and said, ‘Well, if I deliver it on my own then I deliver it on my own.”
# away in a manger
Photos: The world's biggest nativity scene happened this week
One thousand people, some wise men, a donkey and a camel…
# Global
In from the cold: international ideas for dealing with homelessness
Utah has a very simple idea – give homeless people homes.
# bad cover up
US high school alters yearbook photos so female students 'show less skin'
The school claims the girls “violated a dress code”.