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  • Mormon leader Thomas S. Monson attends ceremony naming historic Utah building in his honor August 26, 2016
    A smiling, but frail, Thomas S. Monson joined more than 400 dignitaries Wednesday as the University of Utah named its newest building — a recently renovated 135-year-old edifice — after the 89-year-old Mormon leader. For nearly half a century, the historic Wall Mansion, at 411 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City, was home to […]
  • Judge refuses to overturn tainted Wayne County election August 26, 2016
    A judge says the winner of the Republican primary election for the Wayne County Commission race was improperly aided by his wife — misusing her job as the deputy county clerk — but not enough to order overturning the election results. David Brinkerhoff won that primary by 55 votes over Gary Hallows. Lt. Gov. Spencer […]
  • Rapist-murderer killed at Gunnison prison, cellmate suspected August 26, 2016
    A convicted rapist and murderer at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison was dead Friday after being assaulted by his cellmate, prison officials reported. Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Adams did not detail specifically how Carlos-Adrian Javier Hernandez, 24, died — other than to say he was “physically assaulted” and that the death […]
  • Court orders Utah soda shop to add new flavor to counsel in year-old legal battle August 26, 2016
    In a legal battle between two Utah-based soda shops, judges granted an order last week that bars one chain from using an attorney married to one of its co-owners and warns the other chain of withholding too much information. Soda shop Swig’s lawsuit filed last year asks for a court order barring competitor Sodalicious from […]
  • Man ordered to stand trial for Utah triple homicide August 26, 2016
    A 20-year-old man accused of shooting and killing two men and a teenage boy inside an SUV in February will stand trial on the charges, a judge ruled Thursday. Gerald Grant is charged with three counts of first-degree felony aggravated murder, first-degree felony aggravated robbery and second-degree felony obstruction of justice. He pleaded not guilty […]
  • Utah forecast: An August farewell of sunshine, thunder and a little rain August 26, 2016
    If the last weekend of August foreshadows summer’s end, Utah’s hottest season will go out with surge of sunshine, punctuated by thunderclaps and the scattered tears of rain. Along the Wasatch Front, highs on Saturday will flirt with 90 degrees, up a few ticks on the thermometer from Friday. Afternoon thunderstorms and showers also are […]
  • Kirby: Look out for the long nose of the law August 26, 2016
    When I became a cop in 1978, I was astonished at the amount of power entrusted to me. I had a gun, a badge and the authority to stick my nose into whatever was happening in public places. Case in point would be the first time I happened upon a car parked out in the […]
  • Fraud case against onetime investment guru Rick Koerber can be reinstated, judge says August 26, 2016
    Once accused of operating a $100 million Ponzi scheme, onetime Utah County real estate investment guru Rick Koerber may again face charges. A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the giant fraud case against Koerber could be reinstated, reversing an earlier ruling by another judge. U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish issued an order that potentially […]
  • LGBT activist Edmonds-Allen leaving Utah to head up faith-based group in New York August 26, 2016
    Longtime gay-rights advocate Marian Edmonds-Allen is leaving Utah to become the executive director of a faith-based New York nonprofit that focuses on the LGBT community. Parity is a national organization that works to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals seeking careers as pastors. It also provides programs aimed at empowering youths to integrate spirituality […]
  • Utah man injured, Texas man dies in single-vehicle crash in Idaho August 26, 2016
    A Utah man was injured and his passenger killed after a single-vehicle crash in Idaho on Thursday morning. The 23-year-old man, of Murray, was driving south on Gentile Valley Road near Grace, Idaho, when he lost control on a curve about 8:20 a.m., according to a news release from Idaho State Police. The driver then […]

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  • Commentary: On LGBT equality, middle ground is disappearing August 26, 2016
    Middle ground is disappearing on the question of whether LGBT persons should be treated as full equals, without any discrimination in society — and on the related question of whether religious institutions should be allowed to continue discriminating due to their doctrinal beliefs. It turns out that you are either for full and unequivocal social […]
  • Grief overcomes Mississippi community after slaying of nuns August 26, 2016
    Lexington, Miss. • The two nuns killed in Mississippi were by all accounts some of the friendliest, most helpful people in town, cooking and caring for anyone in their poor community — making the slayings all the more puzzling. Their car was found abandoned a mile away from their home, and there were signs of […]
  • Top of the church shopper's list: Strong preaching August 26, 2016
    Top-notch preaching most attracts people looking for a new place to pray. That’s the conclusion of a new Pew Research Center study, released Tuesday, which asked 5,000 people about their search for a new church or other house of worship. “This is what people value in a congregation — a good message, a good homily […]
  • Commentary: How Donald Trump divided and conquered the religious right August 26, 2016
    It’s time for me to sit down for a nice meal of crow. A year ago, I wrote a commentary here at Religion News Service that tried to explain why Donald Trump had gathered some support in the Republican primary from “values voters” and “conservative Christians.” “The one aspect that draws people to Trump is […]
  • Commentary: Religious traditionalists and LGBT activists should rein in their passions and compromise August 26, 2016
    Lawyers, philosophers and all those who have seen the 2001 movie “Legally Blonde” know Aristotle’s famous saying: “Law is reason free from passion.” In the legal clashes over LGBT rights and religious liberty, passions run high, what’s “reasonable” is hotly contested, and the law is unsettled. A proposed bill in California shows how contentious and […]
  • Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area August 26, 2016
    Washington • President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the world’s largest marine protected area. Obama’s proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. […]
  • 'He's gone': Anger, grief as plug pulled on toddler after sudden court decision August 26, 2016
    It all started with an asthma attack. Israel Stinson was an adorable toddler with a sweet smile and unruly hair. But on April 1, he began having trouble breathing. After he was taken to a northern California hospital, the unthinkable happened: Israel suffered a heart attack. After 40 minutes of CPR, doctors were able to […]
  • Top French court rules Burkini bans violate basic freedoms August 26, 2016
    Paris • France’s top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world. The ruling by the Council of State Friday specifically concerns a ban on the Muslim garment […]
  • A bleak choice between a 'liar' and your 'drunk uncle' for one Wisconsin focus group August 26, 2016
    Brookfield, Wis. • For a small group of undecided voters here, the presidential choices this year are bleak: Hillary Clinton is a “liar” with a lifetime of political skullduggery and a ruthless agenda for power, while Donald Trump is your “drunk uncle” who can’t be trusted to listen even to the good advice he’s paying […]
  • Clinton defends family foundation, says work will continue August 26, 2016
    New York • Hillary Clinton defended her family’s foundation on Friday, saying that the charitable work it has conducted is in line with American values. The Democratic presidential nominee suggested in an interview that the group’s programs would continue, perhaps through other organizations, even as critics argue it would present a conflict of interest if […]