Caroll Spinney, the Sesame Street puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, dies at 85
Caroll Spinney, the Sesame Street puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, dies at 85

Through his two characters, Spinney gained huge fame that brought international tours, books, record albums, movie roles, and visits to the White House.

Homophobic Utah teacher sacked after telling 11-year-old boy that getting adopted by two dads is 'nothing to be thankful for'
Homophobic Utah teacher sacked after telling 11-year-old boy that getting adopted by two dads is 'nothing to be thankful for'

The substitute teacher also lectured the whole class that 'homosexuality is wrong' and 'two men living together is a sin'.

Powerful storm moves inland after wreaking havoc on West Coast, set to disrupt Thanksgiving return travel
Powerful storm moves inland after wreaking havoc on West Coast, set to disrupt Thanksgiving return travel

Forecasters warned that intensifying snow and ice could thwart millions of people across the country hoping to get home after Thanksgiving.

Utah mother who went topless in front of stepchildren at home may have to register as a sex offender
Utah mother who went topless in front of stepchildren at home may have to register as a sex offender

Tilli Buchanan, 27, is facing three counts of lewdness in front of a child, a class A misdemeanor, in connection to the incident.

Trump impeachment inquiry: American diplomat in Ukraine reveals new evidence regarding investigation into rival Joe Biden
Trump impeachment inquiry: American diplomat in Ukraine reveals new evidence regarding investigation into rival Joe Biden

At its core, the inquiry stems from Trump’s July 25 phone call when he asked Ukraine’s newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, for “a favor.” Trump wanted the Ukraine government to investigate Democrats’ activities in the 2016 election and his potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden.

Donald Trump Jr jokes Mitt Romney is 'my favorite Democrat,' says won't rule out running for office
Donald Trump Jr jokes Mitt Romney is 'my favorite Democrat,' says won't rule out running for office

Utah Senator Romney, in a recent interview, said he is already planning for a post-Trump Republican era.

Trump vows to 'wipe off monsters' after Mexican drug cartels execute three American Mormon moms, their six children
Trump vows to 'wipe off monsters' after Mexican drug cartels execute three American Mormon moms, their six children

The victims, who were traveling in a car during the time of the massacre, were ambushed in the Mexican border state of Sonora.

Utah student dresses as Adolf Hitler for school Halloween parade, principal and teacher suspended for allowing Nazi costume
Utah student dresses as Adolf Hitler for school Halloween parade, principal and teacher suspended for allowing Nazi costume

After the pictures started to circulate, many parents expressed their concern over how such a costume was allowed at a school event.

Trump's judicial nominee Lawrence VanDyke breaks down at hearing after being accused he would not be fair to LGBT people
Trump's judicial nominee Lawrence VanDyke breaks down at hearing after being accused he would not be fair to LGBT people

A letter from the American Bar Association said VanDyke's accomplishments are offset by the assessments of interviewees that he is arrogant, lazy and an ideologue.

The Addie Andrews story: How an oppressed Mormon missionary turned her back on the church and embraced porn
The Addie Andrews story: How an oppressed Mormon missionary turned her back on the church and embraced porn

Growing up in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, Addie was born to really strict parents - so strict that they gave her little to no freedom, except that she was allowed to pick her own church. But things took a different turn in 2014 when she couldn't be a bridesmaid at her sister's wedding.

People who hate Trump deserve to be called 'human scum' even if they're Republicans: White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham
People who hate Trump deserve to be called 'human scum' even if they're Republicans: White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham

Trump, on Wednesday, had tweeted describing his Republican critics as 'human scum' saying they are worse and more dangerous than the Democrats

Mitt Romney says Obama and Biden are honorable men, rebukes Trump for 'sexual relations outside of marriage'
Mitt Romney says Obama and Biden are honorable men, rebukes Trump for 'sexual relations outside of marriage'

The Utah senator earlier in the interview with Axios had called former president Barack Obama and former VP Joe Biden both 'honorable' men

Mitt Romney already planning for a post-Trump Republican era: 'The president will not be the president forever'
Mitt Romney already planning for a post-Trump Republican era: 'The president will not be the president forever'

Romney, a vocal critic of Trump despite being from the same party, had also denounced the president's withdrawal of troops from Syria.

Trump drops plan to host G-7 at his Doral golf resort 'Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility'
Trump drops plan to host G-7 at his Doral golf resort 'Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility'

Trump announced the rare backtrack after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit at a private resort owned by his family.

Chelsea Clinton asks people to look beyond the Clinton family to run for public office: 'It's a question we should be asking young people'
Chelsea Clinton asks people to look beyond the Clinton family to run for public office: 'It's a question we should be asking young people'

The daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton said this on a show in reply to speculation that she could run to replace retiring New York Representative Nita Lowey

Body of Utah tech CEO found inside rental car in San Jose after she was reported missing during a business trip
Body of Utah tech CEO found inside rental car in San Jose after she was reported missing during a business trip

Erin Valenti's body was reportedly found on October 12 in the 6500 block of Bose Lane in San Jose, California and her death is currently under investigation.

Vegans join anti-vaxx campaign, say children should not be given vaccines as they are made from animal products
Vegans join anti-vaxx campaign, say children should not be given vaccines as they are made from animal products

Animal activists, regardless of the minuscule amount of egg protein found in the influenza vaccine, argue that children should not be given vaccines at all!

Teenage drunk driving worst in Arkansas, Louisiana as study links road fatalities to student tipplers
Teenage drunk driving worst in Arkansas, Louisiana as study links road fatalities to student tipplers

Drunk-driving fatalities in the US represent almost a third of all driving fatalities.

Second whistleblower with 'firsthand knowledge' comes forward in Trump impeachment inquiry, says lawyer
Second whistleblower with 'firsthand knowledge' comes forward in Trump impeachment inquiry, says lawyer

The second whistleblower hasn't filed a complaint with the inspector general but has "firsthand knowledge that supported" the original whistleblower.

9-year-old refuses to answer math question that compared girls' weights in homework assignment: 'This is offensive'
9-year-old refuses to answer math question that compared girls' weights in homework assignment: 'This is offensive'

According to Salt Lake County fourth-grader, Rhythm Pacheco, a math problem in her homework assignment asked her to shed light on a young girl's perspective on body image. 

Utah woman who took off her top in front of her stepchildren while drunk says she was trying to 'teach them about sexism'
Utah woman who took off her top in front of her stepchildren while drunk says she was trying to 'teach them about sexism'

The lawyer for Tilli Buchanan, 27, argued that if it wasn't considered inappropriate for a man to be topless, the same should apply for women

You could be stopped from boarding your flight if you don't have a REAL ID: Here's everything you need to know
You could be stopped from boarding your flight if you don't have a REAL ID: Here's everything you need to know

The REAL ID Act of 2005—set to come into effect soon—was passed in order to improve airport security after the 9/11 attacks and establishes minimum security standards

California is the most diverse state in the US, West Virginia comes in last, and Houston tops the list among cities, finds study
California is the most diverse state in the US, West Virginia comes in last, and Houston tops the list among cities, finds study

A survey that came out during the Hispanic Heritage Month compares states and cities on grounds of diversity — socio-economic, cultural, economic, religious and others. And some findings are quite interesting.

NFL 2019: The 10 hottest players you don't want to miss this season including Jimmy Garoppolo, Adrian Peterson and Cam Newton
NFL 2019: The 10 hottest players you don't want to miss this season including Jimmy Garoppolo, Adrian Peterson and Cam Newton

Apart from being exceptional athletes, these men are ridiculously attractive too! Here's our pick of the top 10 hottest NFL players to look out for this season

NFL 2019 WAGs: Ten hottest wives and girlfriends you don't want to miss during NFL's 100th season
NFL 2019 WAGs: Ten hottest wives and girlfriends you don't want to miss during NFL's 100th season

From Kristin Cavallari to Carrie Prejean, these wives and girlfriends are not only smart and talented, they are also drop-dead gorgeous

Utah teenager says she was put in a coma after vaping for three years gave her rare lung disease
Utah teenager says she was put in a coma after vaping for three years gave her rare lung disease

'When you inhale the moisture from e-liquids, it’s just creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow inside your lungs and for an infection to start'

Gun Range Fire destroys 3 homes in Bountiful, forces evacuation of 400 others as blaze spreads through 150 acres
Gun Range Fire destroys 3 homes in Bountiful, forces evacuation of 400 others as blaze spreads through 150 acres

Bountiful Police Lt. Dave Edwards, while addressing reporters, said that the fire started just before 1 am on the east bench on Friday, and was zero percent contained.

'Raise Hell' shows how legendary journalist Molly Ivins scared powerful leaders with her unparalleled wit and superior articulation
'Raise Hell' shows how legendary journalist Molly Ivins scared powerful leaders with her unparalleled wit and superior articulation

The first big injustice that caught the eyes of Molly Ivins was institutional racism, because of the rampant segregation that existed everywhere, especially in Texas in the 50s and 60s

YouTube star Grant Thompson filmed his own death after parachute malfunction caused by freak gust of wind
YouTube star Grant Thompson filmed his own death after parachute malfunction caused by freak gust of wind

Thompson died on impact, less than four seconds after the problem arose. Investigators revealed that the cause of the 38-year-old's death was parachute malfunction due to change in the updraft

YouTube star Grant 'The King of Random' Thompson dies in tragic paragliding accident at the age of 38
YouTube star Grant 'The King of Random' Thompson dies in tragic paragliding accident at the age of 38

Tributes pour in after authorities discovered the body of Grant Thompson one day after he was reported missing by his family when he failed to return after a paragliding trip on July 29

Girls are three times more likely to be victims of harassment amid rise in cyberbullying in US
Girls are three times more likely to be victims of harassment amid rise in cyberbullying in US

The survey does not address who the aggressors are, though girls were more likely to note that their bullies were perceived to have the ability to influence others

Utah amputee could ‘feel’ his wife’s touch when they shook hands, thanks to motorized prosthetic arm
Utah amputee could ‘feel’ his wife’s touch when they shook hands, thanks to motorized prosthetic arm

Researchers have developed a way for the prosthetic arm with fingers to mimic the way a human hand feels objects by sending the appropriate signals to the brain

Utah couple shot dead 'execution-style' in front of 12-year-old son by gang in Mexico
Utah couple shot dead 'execution-style' in front of 12-year-old son by gang in Mexico

The family's car failed to stop at a blockade set up by the "community police" following which armed men intercepted the vehicle and ordered them out.

Living With Freedom | Maryland's first exoneree Leslie Vass talks about justice, PTSD, and starting over from scratch
Living With Freedom | Maryland's first exoneree Leslie Vass talks about justice, PTSD, and starting over from scratch

An armed robbery at a drug store in 1975 changed Leslie Vass's life. Until the day of his hearing, he had no idea that he was being framed.

The Nancy Grace Story: The truth behind why a 'pregnant' teen was beaten to death by her 16-year-old ex and dumped into a river
The Nancy Grace Story: The truth behind why a 'pregnant' teen was beaten to death by her 16-year-old ex and dumped into a river

An autopsy report revealed that 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak had been struck repeatedly on the face and head with an object. The investigation revealed that the teen had told her ex-boyfriend that she was pregnant and that they had to run away together

Senate clears bill ensuring 9/11 victim compensation fund extension after long fight between first responders and Congress
Senate clears bill ensuring 9/11 victim compensation fund extension after long fight between first responders and Congress

The 97-2 vote sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. The vote came after Democratic senators agreed to allow votes on amendments sponsored by two Republican senators who had been blocking the widely popular bill.

Six-year-old Utah girl dies after father accidentally hits her with golf ball: ‘This is absolutely unimaginable’
Six-year-old Utah girl dies after father accidentally hits her with golf ball: ‘This is absolutely unimaginable’

The incident happened when Aria Hill was sitting in a golf cart, 20 yards from where her father was teeing off, at the Sleepy Ridge Golf Course

Trump insists he is not racist after he's slammed for Twitter attacks on minority congresswomen: 'Not a racist bone in my body'
Trump insists he is not racist after he's slammed for Twitter attacks on minority congresswomen: 'Not a racist bone in my body'

The tweets, which have been widely denounced as racist, were directed at Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Drunk good samaritan saves baby bird's life by calling an Uber to transport it to animal hospital
Drunk good samaritan saves baby bird's life by calling an Uber to transport it to animal hospital

Married father-of-two Tim Crowley's actions ensured that the two-week-old lesser goldfinch, nicknamed 'Peter Uber' lived to see another day

Fears of Oregon's undocumented immigrants being registered as voters after getting driver’s licenses are unfounded: Expert
Fears of Oregon's undocumented immigrants being registered as voters after getting driver’s licenses are unfounded: Expert

On June 18, Oregon passed the Equal Access to Roads Act which removed the requirement that potential drivers prove US citizenship or legal residency to receive a state license

Utah mother leaves 4-year-old boy in hot car as 'punishment' for misbehaving, arrested for child endangerment
Utah mother leaves 4-year-old boy in hot car as 'punishment' for misbehaving, arrested for child endangerment

The woman, identified as 28-year-old Jesica Lee Brown, was arrested and charged with child endangerment and child abuse

Man shoots himself in the head during argument with woman, bullet exits his head and hits her in the neck killing her
Man shoots himself in the head during argument with woman, bullet exits his head and hits her in the neck killing her

The Utah County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of 27-year-old Ethan Larry Bertrum of Orem and 24-year-old Nakylee Hope Marvin of Springville

Body of murdered Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck, 23, found in Logan Canyon: Police
Body of murdered Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck, 23, found in Logan Canyon: Police

Lueck disappeared June 17, after she returned from a trip to her hometown of El Segundo, California, for her grandmother's funeral and took a Lyft from the airport to a park where she met someone.

Cancer expected to cause 600,000 deaths in 2019 as estimates show US economy lost $94 billion in 2015 due to disease
Cancer expected to cause 600,000 deaths in 2019 as estimates show US economy lost $94 billion in 2015 due to disease

Study in oncology journal says lost earnings highest for leukemia in ages 16 to 39. Also, lost earnings per hundred thousand population varied considerably by state, ranging from $19.6 million in Utah to $35.3 million in Kentucky.

Man accused of murdering Mackenzie Lueck, 23, was banned from Utah State University campus in 2012 for stealing an iPad
Man accused of murdering Mackenzie Lueck, 23, was banned from Utah State University campus in 2012 for stealing an iPad

He had stopped attending class there the year before but continued to sleep on residence hall couches and keep things in a janitor's closet, police said.

Man held for murder of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck allegedly raped colleague, abused and threatened wife
Man held for murder of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck allegedly raped colleague, abused and threatened wife

The former colleague, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was reportedly engaging in consensual sex with Ajayi before she told him she wanted to stop. However, she claimed he refused and continued having sex with her anyway

Suspect in Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's murder was abusive, slashed estranged with butcher's knife: Report
Suspect in Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's murder was abusive, slashed estranged with butcher's knife: Report

The estranged wife of Ayoola Ajayi, who is accused of killing 23-year-old University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck, has now come out and spoken about their troubled relationship

Mackenzie Lueck case: Accused wanted a 'secret sex dungeon' in  his home's basement with hooks in the wall, contractor reveals
Mackenzie Lueck case: Accused wanted a 'secret sex dungeon' in his home's basement with hooks in the wall, contractor reveals

The suspect had reportedly reached out to contractor Brian Wolf in April, asking him to build a 'soundproof' room in the basement of his Salt Lake City home.

Mackenzie Lueck case: Police say Utah student was murdered after they find burned evidence and her belongings at suspect's home
Mackenzie Lueck case: Police say Utah student was murdered after they find burned evidence and her belongings at suspect's home

Salt Lake City police chief Mike Brown said 31-year-old Ayoola A. Ajayi will be charged with aggravated murder, kidnaping and desecration of a body in the death of the 23 year old

Missing 23-year-old Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's friends spot activity on her Instagram account, inform authorities
Missing 23-year-old Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's friends spot activity on her Instagram account, inform authorities

The police are looking into the college student's dating apps after receiving tips that Leuck was interested in older men and casually seeing multiple people

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