• Donald Trump Aug 8, 2019

    US-Russia Ambassador Jon Huntsman Stepping Down

    U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. has submitted his resignation, signaling the end of a two-year stint during what he called a historically difficult time in relations between the two countries. Huntsman is planning to return to Utah amid speculation that he may again run for governor, said Salt Lake Chamber president Derek Miller, who served under him during...

  • ATTORNEY Jun 23, 2019

    GOP Lawmakers Create Hurdles for Citizen Ballot Initiatives

    Arkansas’ GOP-dominated Legislature has taken steps this year that will make it harder to put such proposals before voters, and they are not the only ones. Florida, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah also have enacted restrictions on the public’s ability to place initiatives on the ballot. In Michigan, the state’s top election official is being sued over Republican-enacted requirements...

  • director Jun 10, 2019

    Lovingly, a Family Raises an Intersex Child – Again

    When doctors said her youngest child would be a girl, Amie Schofield chose the name Victoria. Then they said the child would be a boy, so she switched to Victor. It turned out neither was exactly right. The blue-eyed baby was intersex, with both male and female traits. And so she and her husband decided to call the infant Victory....

  • ATTORNEY May 30, 2019

    Body Believed to Be Missing Utah Girl Is Found

    A body believed to be a missing 5-year-old Utah girl was found Wednesday less than a block from her home, bringing a wide-ranging search to a grim close five days after the child was taken from her home and killed by her uncle, police said. The body believed to be Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley was found hidden under trees and brush...

  • The Associated Press May 20, 2019

    Nearly All States Use Drones for Range of Work

    In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state, according to a survey obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release Monday. The report...

  • Danielle Abreu Apr 30, 2019

    Student at Mormon University Comes Out as Gay in Valedictorian Speech

    A student who came out as gay during a valedictorian speech at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University has drawn praise from fellow students and notable figures such as Kristin Chenoweth and the husband of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Matt Easton, 24, said Monday he hopes his decision helps ease loneliness felt by other LGBTQ students at the institution where an...

  • lgbtq Apr 4, 2019

    Mormons Repeal Ban on Baptisms for Children of Gay Parents

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules banning baptisms for children of gay parents and making gay marriage a sin eligible for expulsion — marking a reversal of policies condemned as jarring detours from a push by the faith to be more compassionate about LGBTQ issues. The 2015 rules that were approved by global church...

  • ATTORNEY Dec 25, 2018

    Ex-Disney Actor Charged With 6 Counts in Underage Sex Case

    Former Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland has been charged with six felony counts after authorities said he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old boy.

  • ATTORNEY Sep 16, 2018

    Niece: Family Won't Take in Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper

    Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison, looming fears about whether she remains a threat and calls to keep her off the streets bring up deep-rooted...

  • NEW YORK Apr 11, 2018

    Free-Range Parenting Laws Letting Kids Roam Could Catch On

    After Utah passed the country’s first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters say is an antidote for anxiety-plagued parents and overscheduled kids.

  • Donald Trump Mar 9, 2018

    Medicaid Expansion Among 500-Plus Bills Utah Lawmakers Passed

    Utah legislators wrapped up their annual session Thursday after passing bills to expand Medicaid to thousands of the state’s poor and give teens fleeing polygamous communities more legal rights. The proposals were among more than 500 bills lawmakers passed after 45 days on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City.

  • Associated Press Dec 15, 2017

    US Prosecutors Move to Cash in on Drug Ring's $8.5M in Seized Bitcoin

    U.S. attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that’s exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader’s arrest a year ago. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah cites the digital currency’s volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when...

  • ATTORNEY Dec 6, 2017

    Missing Girls Found Near Makeshift Utah Compound, 2 Arrested

    Two Utah men, one a self-styled prophet, were under arrest Tuesday after a search near a remote, makeshift compound turned up four girls whose fathers were in an upstart group with beliefs in polygamy and doomsday, police and relatives said. Police said two of the girls were considered to be kidnapping victims after their father dropped off the grid with...

  • PRESIDENT Oct 18, 2017

    Video of Teen Girls Shouting Racial Slur Under Investigation

    A video that appears to show five teenagers shouting a racial slur and expletive while laughing is under investigation by Utah school officials, a school district said Tuesday, and the NAACP has called for harsh punishment. The 10-second cellphone video was made by Weber High School students as they sat in a car, said Lane Findlay, a spokesman for the...

  • JUDGE Oct 10, 2017

    Salt Lake City Officer Who Fatally Shot Fleeing Man Should Be Fired: Family

    The family of black man fatally shot after he ran from police in Utah said Monday that body-camera footage of the shooting shows that the officer should lose his job. Watching the video of the Aug. 13 shooting that killed Patrick Harmon is heartbreaking and shows police didn’t do enough to de-escalate the situation, said his sister Antoinette Harmon. “They...

  • LAWYER Sep 8, 2017

    FBI Asked to Investigate Police in Utah Nurse's Rough Arrest

    Prosecutors have asked the FBI to join an investigation into the rough arrest of a Utah nurse after video of her being dragged screaming from a hospital drew widespread condemnation, authorities said Thursday. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill is overseeing a criminal investigation into officers involved in the handcuffing of nurse Alex Wubbels. He is asking for FBI...

  • LAWYER Sep 6, 2017

    Police Officer in Utah Nurse Arrest Video Fired From Part-Time Medic Job

    A Utah police officer seen on video roughly arresting a nurse who refused to draw blood from a patient was fired Tuesday from his part-time paramedic job. Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne’s termination came after he said on the video that he’d bring transient patients to the hospital and take the “good patients” elsewhere to retaliate against nurse Alex...

  • spokeswoman Nov 17, 2016

    Teen in Utah School Stabbings Booked on Attempted Murder

    A Utah teenager accused of stabbing five classmates in a high school locker room was booked Wednesday on suspicion of five counts of attempted murder, police said. The 16-year-old suspect was being held in a juvenile detention center and has not yet been formally charged by county prosecutors, Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez said. His name was being withheld because...

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