Utah

Climate & Environment
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in Utah desert
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in Utah desert
Credit: Courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol

State wildlife officials have discovered a strange metal object from the air while flying a helicopter in the wilderness of southern Utah. The men and the pilot Bret Hutchings had been out counting bighorn sheep when a biologist spotted the shimmering column hidden in a rock niche far from any civilization.

Hutchings cannot say what the thing is, but it reminds him of the moon monolith from Stanley Kubrick's famous science fiction film "2001: Space Odyssey". "I suspect that a New Wave artist set this up," he said.

Health
US reports 70,000 new Covid-19 cases in one day, highest single-day increase since July

According to the New York Times data, the United States have recorded over 70,450 new Covid-19 cases in one single day, the highest single-day increase since July 24. Among the states that set a single-day case record are Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Actor Wilford Brimley dies aged 85
Wilford Brimley on October 22, 2012
Wilford Brimley on October 22, 2012 Credit: Marc Majcher / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Actor Wilford Brimley has died at age 85 in St. George, Utah on Saturday after suffering from a kidney ailment. Brimley, who spotted a walrus moustache, is known for his roles in the 1985 fantasy movie "Cocoon", the television series "The Waltons" and sports film "The Natural". He was also a spokesperson for Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical, a diabetes-testing supply company.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Mitt Romney joins DC protestors
Screenshot of Mitt Romney's Tweet of the DC Protests
Screenshot of Mitt Romney's Tweet of the DC Protests Credit: Mitt Romney via Twitter

Mitt Romney, Utah senator and former Republican presidential candidate, joined a group of Christian protestors in D.C. on Sunday evening. In a picture posted to his Twitter, Romney can be seen wearing a mask and walking among protestors, with the caption "Black Lives Matter". He seems to be the first Republican to be publicly joining the protests following George Floyd's death.

On May 31, Romney took to Twitter to condemn the murder of Floyd, writing "The George Floyd murder is abhorrent. Peaceful protests underscore the urgency of addressing injustices," and adding "but violence drowns the message of the protestors and mocks the principles of justice."