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Sparky the bison survives lightning strike, now thriving at refuge

PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa — The odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are about 1 in 12,000, according to an estimate by the National Weather Service. For Sparky the bison, he’s already met that fate — and survived.

January 12, 2016 | Xoel Cardenas KSL.com | State, National


Why Americans score a 'C' in retirement readiness

If retirement readiness were a college class, the U.S. would be shrugging and using the old adage "Cs get degrees."

January 11, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Thousands sign petitions to free 'Making a Murderer' subject — but will they make a difference?

The story of Wisconsin inmate Steven Avery opened viewers' eyes to the alleged injustice involved in his court case. Now, fans of the Netflix docuseries "Making a Murderer" are asking government leaders to open their eyes with petitions related to freeing Avery.

January 10, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Watch: Stuart Scott's daughters mark his legacy as sportscaster — and father — in emotional video

An influential figure in sports broadcasting died a year ago today — but a video his daughters filmed to mark the occasion shows he lives on through the lessons he instilled in them.

January 08, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Dispute over workplace prayer prompts firing of more than 150 Muslim workers

A dispute over workplace prayer prompted Muslim employees at a Colorado meat company to protest by skipping three days.

January 07, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Can the homeless be forced into shelters?

If temperatures dip below freezing in New York this week, local governments will be required to force homeless people off the streets and into shelters to comply with an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to the New York Times.

January 06, 2016 | Daniel Lombardi Deseret News | State, National


These 16 parenting trends might take off in 2016

Among 2015's parenting trends was moms and dads taking inspiration from Instagram filters when naming newborns.

January 05, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Reporter live-tweets potential romance in the airport. Here's what happened next

A reporter bored and waiting for her post-Christmas flight in an airport terminal found a bit of entertainment when overhearing fellow passengers flirt with each other.

January 05, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


How far does the average American live from mom? Probably closer than you think

A recent report by The New York Times indicated depictions in media of a slew of families making cross-country holiday trips to see mom and dad might not prove accurate.

January 03, 2016 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Painter reimagines 'The Last Supper' to raise awareness for those in poverty

Dealing with unexpected or ongoing hardships, Glasgow's needy understand any supper could be their last.

December 31, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Why this woman created a 'Talk to a Muslim' stand

Mona Haydar decided the best way to take a stand against anti-Muslim misconceptions was to make one.

December 31, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Who will benefit from a rise in minimum wages next year?

Jan. 1 will ring in a new year and higher minimum wages for workers in 13 states, similar to the first day of 2015, when 20 states and the District of Columbia saw minimum wage increases, according to Quartz.

December 31, 2015 | Daniel Lombardi Deseret News | State, National


Taylor Swift makes food taste better — Justin Bieber, not so much

It isn't necessary for people to conduct a vigorous Internet search to find out why they developed a taste for specific kinds of music and what those preferences mean.

December 31, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Rebellious kids make more money over their lifetimes, study shows

Defiant children may cause their parents headaches when refusing to listen — but a 2015 study indicated such rebellion could pay off later.

December 31, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


This busboy facing hard times turned in $3,000 he found. Here's why he's about to get $26,000 instea

When a diner customer dropped $3,000 on the floor and left, a man who could use it most found the stash.

December 30, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


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