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  • Shurtleff, Swallow cases remain a wake-up call for public officials, politicos say July 29, 2016
    No longer confronted with criminal charges, former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff may be in the clear in a court of law, but the court of public opinion is another matter. And that reality, political observers say, should serve as a blunt reminder to every officeholder: Public corruption cases may be hard to prove, but […]
  • Land acquisitions will protect Salt Lake City's watershed and Bonneville Shoreline Trail July 29, 2016
    Salt Lake City announced Thursday the purchase of 305 acres of open lands near City Creek Canyon for $1.37 million, closing out a 12-year $5.4 million Open Space Fund bond. Mayor Jackie Biskupski said the city had completed the acquisition of two parcels near City Creek Canyon. The land was first identified by the city’s […]
  • Energy, outdoor industries divided over plan for energy development near Moab July 29, 2016
    Utah’s first master lease plan, which would govern energy development on 785,000 acres of public land around Moab, is nearing completion with the release of a final Environmental Impact Statement identifying a preferred vision for balancing mineral extraction and recreation near two of Utah’s iconic parks. By year’s end, the Bureau of Land Management hopes […]
  • Rolly: A tale of two conventions -- Utah Dems outscored their GOP counterparts July 29, 2016
    Both Utah delegations walked away from their respective Republican and Democratic conventions disappointed that their favored candidates fell short, but in terms of image and camaraderie, the Dems fared better. Utah Republicans, who supported Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, earned the reputation of curmudgeons during the GOP gathering in Cleveland. They tried to overturn the primary […]
  • Shurtleff speaks -- says he's willing to testify against Swallow, scolds feds, Gill, Tribune July 29, 2016
    After three years living under a cloud of criminal suspicion, Mark Shurtleff awoke Thursday finally free from felony charges but not yet done with his pursuit of the truth. That includes, he said, telling his version of the events that left the former three-term attorney general staring at multiple criminal counts and a potential 30-year […]
  • Utah councilman issued citation, told police being a government official gives him 'protection' July 29, 2016
    A West Jordan City Council member was cited for leaving the scene of an accident last week — but told officers he wouldn’t have to respond to the violation because he has “protection” as a government official. The apparent attempt by Jeff Haaga to get special treatment in a police investigation was denounced by some […]
  • Utah Lake reopens as algal threat subsides July 29, 2016
    Utah Lake has reopened — with restrictions — after a toxic algal bloom poisoned the water about two weeks ago, leading to the recreation hot spot’s closure. The algal bloom, which spread to other waterways including the Jordan River and other tributaries, was dissipating, according to a news release Thursday from the Utah Department of […]
  • Woman dies in I-15 crash in Salt Lake City July 29, 2016
    A 34-year-old woman is dead after a crash in Salt Lake County on Friday morning. Amber Orencole, of Midvale, was driving a pick-up truck north on Interstate 15 near 600 South, according to a news release from Utah Highway Patrol. Orencole apparently hit her brakes suddenly after coming upon stopped traffic, which was backed up […]
  • Clinton delivers optimism, big promises and Trump digs July 29, 2016
    Philadelphia • Embracing her long tenure in politics as a plus, newly crowned Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton unveiled an expansive agenda focused heavily on a jobs package paid for by raising taxes on Wall Street, corporations and the rich. She promised to reduce the influence of money in politics, make college more affordable and […]
  • Box Canyon Fire: Crews mull strategy for remote, rugged Summit County blaze July 29, 2016
    A new wildfire near the Smith and Morehouse Reservoir in Summit County had topped 60 acres Friday, but no homes were threatened. The Box Canyon Fire was spotted about 5 p.m. Thursday, prompting the evacuation by helicopter of 19 hikers from trails in the area, said Fire Information Officer Loyal Clark. “It was a precautionary […]

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  • A Twitter spat breaks out between Snowden and WikiLeaks July 29, 2016
    Two of the biggest names in government data leaks clashed over how to responsibly release information on Twitter this week. It started when Edward Snowden tweeted that WikiLeaks’ “hostility to even modest curation” was a mistake. WikiLeaks wasn’t happy about the criticism -- and hit Snowden back by accusing him of pandering to Democratic presidential […]
  • Officer says prosecutors silenced him in Sandra Bland case July 29, 2016
    Dallas • A police officer in the small Texas town where Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a jail cell after a traffic stop, says the county’s top prosecutors threatened to end his career if he came forward with what he says is evidence of wrongdoing, an accusation the prosecutors deny. Among the […]
  • Mounted police officer rides through drive-thru on horseback July 29, 2016
    Saratoga Springs, N.Y. • A mounted police officer in upstate New York has been spotted going through a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru on horseback. Boston’s WCVB-TV posted a picture of the officer and his partner in line at the Saratoga Springs drive-thru Wednesday. The station reports Saratoga Springs Officer John Sesselman ordered a cup of coffee […]
  • FBI: Fugitive arrested nearly 40 years after Florida killing July 29, 2016
    Greensboro, N.C. • Nearly 40 years after the crime, a fugitive wanted on a murder charge has been arrested for his part in what authorities say was a 1977 plot to assassinate a local official in Florida. William Claybourne Taylor, 67, was taken into custody Thursday in Reidsville, North Carolina, where he had been living […]
  • Bones found where President McKinley assassin likely buried July 29, 2016
    Auburn, N.Y. • Human bones have been discovered in a long-forgotten cemetery where President William McKinley’s assassin was likely buried in New York. The Citizen of Auburn reports ( ) that old newspaper accounts of the electric chair execution of anarchist Leon Czolgosz (CHOHL’-gawsh) say he was to be buried in the Auburn state prison […]
  • 'Pokemon Go' creators working to be 'respectful' of reality July 29, 2016
    Los Angeles • The creators of “Pokemon Go” say they’re working to remove real-world locations that don’t wish to be included in the mobile gaming sensation. The Pokemon Company’s consumer marketing director J.C. Smith said in an interview this week that they’re updating the augmented-reality game so it remains fun for players but respects the […]
  • Asheville police cite activists who protested shooting death July 29, 2016
    Asheville, N.C. • Police in North Carolina have begun delivering citations to activists who last week protested the shooting death of a black man by an Asheville officer, a move that one city council member says “raises the specter of a police state.” The Asheville Citizen-Times reported ( more than 20 people have been cited […]
  • Individuals, agencies dodge blame as Freddie Gray case ends July 29, 2016
    Baltimore • Fourteen months after the death of a black man whose neck was broken in a police van prompted massive protests, spawned rioting and toppled the careers of Baltimore’s police commissioner and a Democratic mayor poised for re-election, authorities abandoned efforts to punish the officers involved. The city’s top prosecutor was righteous in her […]
  • Trump: Comments about Russia, Clinton emails were sarcastic July 29, 2016
    Washington • Donald Trump says he was using sarcasm when he prodded Russia to unearth Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. But Democrats aren’t likely to let the Republican presidential nominee’s extraordinary comments simply fade away. “Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Trump said Thursday on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” a day after his remarks at a […]
  • Thousands of Russian Orthodox gather in Kiev despite threats July 28, 2016
    Moscow • Thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims reached the center of Ukraine’s capital Wednesday and finished their procession to the city’s most revered monastery after their march was disrupted a day earlier. The procession by Ukrainian adherents of Russian Orthodoxy was prevented from entering the city on Tuesday after Ukraine’s interior minister said grenades […]