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  • Another racing event canceled on Utah's famed Bonneville Salt Flats September 1, 2015
    Another major land speed event at the Bonneville Salt Flats has been canceled, putting the entire 2015 season in doubt. After inspecting the famed race course in search of enough salt to set up courses and pit areas over the weekend, the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association announced on its website Monday that its World […]
  • Lawmaker: Rise in Utah prescription overdose deaths a 'medical emergency' September 1, 2015
    More Utahns are dying because of prescription drugs. Last year, 289 people died overdosing on opioid painkillers, according to preliminary data from the Utah Department of Health. That’s up by about 5 percent from 2013, when the toll was 274. The pain meds caused more deaths than all other kinds of drugs, including heroin and […]
  • Former Utah teacher sentenced to prison for sexually abusing student September 1, 2015
    A former Provo High teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a student was sentenced Monday to prison for up to life. Donald Nelson Bills, 55, pleaded guilty in July to first-degree felony counts of attempted forcible sodomy and attempted object rape, as well as second-degree felony counts of forcible sexual abuse and obstruction of […]
  • Whew! Utah County residents won't have to vote twice September 1, 2015
    After mediation by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Utah County and five cities reached a compromise Monday that will avoid asking some voters to cast two different ballots — one in person and one by mail — in the Nov. 3 election. “It’s a good win all the way around for the voters,” said Mark Thomas, […]
  • 2014 abortion rate lowest ever recorded in Utah September 1, 2015
    A new report shows Utah’s abortion rate fell in 2014 to the lowest level ever recorded, continuing a trend seen in the Beehive State and around the country for several years. For every 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, there were 4.3 abortions performed last year, according to the latest annual abortion report from the […]
  • State report: E-cigarette use doubles among Utah youths September 1, 2015
    Veronica Ford delivered a message Monday to fellow Utah teenagers: Don’t fall for the cool mist and bright-colored packaging of increasingly popular e-cigarettes. Ford, 14, spoke at a news conference in Salt Lake City, where state health officials sounded the alarm about a report that shows nearly twice as many Utah youths used e-cigarettes in […]
  • Services Tuesday for Utah ski-lift pioneer Jan Leonard September 1, 2015
    Most everyone who has ridden a chairlift owes a debt of gratitude to Jan Leonard. The Salt Lake City man, who died Wednesday at age 69, was a pioneering figure in the ski industry, contributing to the development of more than 250 chairlifts and gondolas in the United States, including scores in his adopted Utah. […]
  • New U.S. attorney for Utah formally installed in office August 31, 2015
    John W. Huber was formally installed Monday as the state’s top federal prosecutor. Huber became the 37th U.S. attorney for Utah in a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City attended by judges, lawyers, law officers and Huber family members. He oversees an office of 85 people who handle criminal and civil cases […]
  • After legal battle, Utah town to allow chain restaurants August 31, 2015
    A small Utah town outside Zion National Park has repealed a ban on chain restaurants, clearing the way for one of the country’s biggest fast food chains to open amid Springdale’s mom-and-pop restaurants. Resident Jack Fotheringham and his business partners have been trying to open a Subway sandwich shop since 2006, all while fighting with […]
  • Utah woman hospitalized after lightning storm August 31, 2015
    Lehi • A woman has been hospitalized after lightning struck near where her family gathered for a picnic in Lehi, sending her body into cardiac arrest. The 50-year-old woman wasn’t hit directly, but was shocked after lightning hit a tree in the backyard of a home. The lightning strike came during a microburst that hit […]

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  • In Alaska, Obama describes stark future without action on climate September 1, 2015
    Anchorage, Alaska • Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. In a bid to further his environmental legacy, Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Anchorage […]
  • Seattle might try something crazy to let Uber drivers unionize August 31, 2015
    Seattle may try a novel legal approach to helping Uber drivers to unionize — and potentially other independent contractors too, if the idea holds up in court. Today, a Seattle City Councilmember is expected to announce legislation that would grant all for-hire drivers in the city the right to collectively bargain with the companies they […]
  • Ohio man who bit off part of wife's lover's ear is sentenced August 31, 2015
    Toledo, Ohio • An Ohio man who bit off part of his wife’s lover’s ear after finding them in bed together has been sentenced to six months in a correctional treatment center. Forty-year-old Virgil Bates III, of Toledo, must also pay the victim $5,600 and spend four months in a work-release program. He pleaded guilty […]
  • Ohio Gov. Kasich opposes changing name of Mount McKinley August 31, 2015
    Columbus, Ohio • Ohio Gov. John Kasich disagrees with President Barack Obama’s decision to rename Mount McKinley as Denali, the name used by native Alaskans. Alaska’s governor and congressional delegation have praised the long-sought change, which was announced Sunday. But stripping the mountain of its name honoring former President William McKinley, a son of Ohio, […]
  • $20 found in San Francisco leads to $1 million lottery win August 31, 2015
    San Francisco • A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. The California Lottery said Sunday that Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years. When he found a $20 bill on the street outside […]
  • Energy chief: US has ability to monitor Iran nuclear program August 31, 2015
    Boulder, Colo. • The U.S. Energy Department has extensive technical expertise that will help verify whether Iran is complying with its commitment to limit its nuclear program under an international agreement, the U.S. energy said Monday in Colorado. The deal negotiated by the U.S. and other world powers relied heavily on the Energy Department’s knowledge, […]
  • Probe: Michigan lawmakers engaged in dishonest cover-up August 31, 2015
    Lansing, Mich. • Two Michigan lawmakers who had an extramarital affair engaged in numerous instances of deceptive and “outright dishonest” misconduct in an attempted cover-up, in which public resources were misused and constituents were treated with a lack of respect, an investigator alleged Monday. The report by the House Business Office said Republican Reps. Todd […]
  • 2 climbers die in fall in Wyoming's Wind River Range August 31, 2015
    Cheyenne, Wyo. • A climbing accident has killed two men in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, marking the second double climbing fatality in the state in a week. The Fremont County coroner’s office identified the victims from Friday’s fall as Jonathan Peter MacDonald, 23, who lived both in Lander, Wyoming, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Keith Murray […]
  • Pope Francis a stranger to the U.S. in many ways August 31, 2015
    New York • When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won’t just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country — ever in his life. The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of […]
  • Thousands mourn fallen firefighters in Washington state August 31, 2015
    Wenatchee, Wash. • Several thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington state. “They dedicated their lives to protecting our national forests and the people in the communities surrounding them,” Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a eulogy. “And for that we should be grateful.” The […]