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  • Utah's famed moon rock on lunar lockdown for planetarium exhibit remodel May 31, 2016
    One of Utah’s most precious objects received royal treatment Friday as the Clark Planetarium’s apricot-size moon rock was wrapped in a cloth, locked in a protective case and taken by armed guards to a bank in downtown Salt Lake City. The rare extraterrestrial matter will sit in the vault for nearly five months while the […]
  • Salt Lake City hopes $8.5M upgrades will preserve, protect its majestic City Hall May 31, 2016
    Weather has gnawed away at City Hall’s stone faces each of the 27 years since its last makeover, but there’s a bigger worry in the basement. New earthquake modeling indicates a once-innovative system of rubber couplers underneath the Salt Lake City-County Building might not protect the architectural treasure as intended — in light of evidence […]
  • Life in the West celebrated Monday at Antelope Island cowboy poetry festival May 31, 2016
    Utahns celebrated history and life in the West at the annual Cowboy Legends Poetry and Music Festival at Fielding Garr Ranch Monday on Antelope Island. Guests enjoyed music, poetry, wagon rides, children’s activities, food and more. Visit www.CowboyLegendsAI.com for information.
  • Canadian group's flashy antics point to bigger problem for Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats May 31, 2016
    The Canadian video group known as High on Life SundayFundayz is getting additional attention from the Bureau of Land Management after photos surfaced on Facebook showing the three men wakeboarding behind a bus on the flooded Bonneville Salt Flats. While the costume-clad trio’s well-documented antics are unusually flashy, experts say they’re just part of a […]
  • Unified Police hunt Kearns playground stabbing suspect May 31, 2016
    Unified Police were looking Monday afternoon for a suspect in the stabbing of a man on the Kearns Elementary School playground. Police said the 36-year-old victim was in serious condition at the hospital following the late-morning attack at 4900 S. 4620 West. Monday night, his condition was upgraded to fair. The victim allegedly tried to […]
  • Rolly: Memo to signature gatherers: Beware of Big Brother in Utah County May 31, 2016
    There’s a joke among Salt Lake City liberals that going to Utah County is like penetrating the Iron Curtain, and sometimes the officials south of Point of the Mountain perform in a way that bolsters the premise. A group of Provo and Orem residents launched separate petition drives to get ballot referendums in each city […]
  • Crews douse fire, twice, but not before it guts St. George Frito-Lay site May 31, 2016
    A stubborn fire — one that reignited Monday afternoon after firefighters had doused it some 12 hours earlier — destroyed the Frito-Lay Distribution Center in St. George. St. George Fire Department crews had first responded to the 1161 W. 1240 North warehouse site about 4 a.m. Monday after an employee called 911. That initial blaze […]
  • Man arrested in slaying of skateboarder in West Valley City May 31, 2016
    West Valley police have identified a suspect in the shooting death of a skateboarder Saturday in what has been described as a road-rage-fueled crime. Aaron Pierce, 24, has been booked in Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of homicide, according to a news release from West Valley City police. The victim, 30-year-old Maluolefale Toala, was […]
  • Utah forecast: Of morning rain, afternoon sunshine and memories May 31, 2016
    Utahns’ Memorial Day weather was as much metaphor as forecast, beginning with partly cloudy skies that occasionally wept, then seeming to sigh with gratitude toward clear, sunny afternoon horizons. Maybe it reflected what Gen. George S. Patton once said of the day a nation remembers its ward dead: “It is foolish and wrong to mourn […]
  • Utah forecast: Perfect, even poetic, warm summerlike days ahead May 31, 2016
    Poet James Russell Lowell was asked, “What is so rare as a day in June?” His answer: “Then, if ever, come perfect days.“ There, Utahns, is your forecast as the first month of summer unfolds to warm, clear, sunny skies not unlike the state’s flower, the Sego Lily. Tuesday dawned with only wisps of clouds […]

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  • Poll finds voters feel disconnected, helpless May 31, 2016
    Washington • Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and helpless about the presidential election. That’s according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which helps explain the rise of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and suggests challenges ahead for fractured parties that […]
  • AP-NORC poll: Americans want nomination system changed May 31, 2016
    Des Moines, Iowa • Bernie Sanders’ pitch for changing the way presidential candidates are chosen appears to have broad public support. As the tortured primary season concludes, Americans say in a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that they have little faith in the Democratic or Republican system for selecting a […]
  • As in U.S., Trump draws strong reactions in China May 31, 2016
    Beijing • China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China itself, though, he’s only now emerging as a public figure, despite fame elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV show. And although […]
  • Obama marks Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 31, 2016
    Arlington, Va. • President Barack Obama laid a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor members of the military who died serving their country. Obama’s appearance at Arlington National Cemetery carries on a longstanding presidential tradition and comes as the U.S. struggles to end various conflicts in the Middle East. In his […]
  • Justices reject union appeal over Trump Taj Mahal bankruptcy May 31, 2016
    Washington • The Supreme Court has rejected a union challenge seeking to restore health and pension benefits for more than 1,000 workers at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The justices on Tuesday let stand lower court rulings in favor of Trump Entertainment Resorts, once run by presumptive Republican presidential nominee […]
  • Commentary: Religious Americans should take up Obama's call in Hiroshima for a moral awakening May 31, 2016
    In addition to President Barack Obama’s expected remarks about how we must not forget what happened in Hiroshima, the president used his bully pulpit to make a vital ethical argument: “The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution as well.” The debate about nuclear weapons starkly divides people […]
  • Pope Francis rules out retiring like his predecessor May 31, 2016
    Vatican City • Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. The pontiff, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said Sunday ‘’I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the […]
  • Commentary: Fewer churches are involved in politics, and why that's not good May 31, 2016
    My neighborhood polling place is in a church a short walk from my house. But providing a space to vote is about as political as many churches get. A study I recently published suggests fewer churches are participating in political activities such as sponsoring candidate forums, conducting voter-registration drives, and distributing voter guides. In contrast, […]
  • Couple file bias complaint after inn refused to host their nonreligious wedding May 31, 2016
    GALENA, Ill. • A Wisconsin couple have filed a discrimination charge with the state of Illinois saying that an inn owner refused to host their wedding because they wanted a nonreligious service. Jonathan Webber and Alexandra Katzman of Eau Claire, Wisc., filed the charge against Bernadine’s Stillman Inn in Galena, Illinois, last month with the […]
  • In Switzerland, Muslim schoolchildren who refuse to shake their teacher's hand may be fined $5,000 May 31, 2016
    In Switzerland, the humble handshake between a teacher and children at the beginning and end of the day — a tradition throughout much of the country — has become an unlikely battleground in a public debate about religious freedom and sexual equality. Now, one Swiss canton has added a financial element to the controversy, warning […]