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  • Think it's a banner year for snow in Utah? You might have a short memory February 6, 2016
    Southern Utah, hydrologists say, is likely about to make the area’s four-year drought a thing of the past. With snowpack in red rock country in the range of 130-165 percent of normal and more on its way, courtesy El Nino, water should be in good supply there come spring, according to the latest Utah Water […]
  • Orem woman charged, accused of leaving young kids at home while she drank February 6, 2016
    An Orem woman is accused of leaving young children at home while she was drinking elsewhere. The 25-year-old woman was charged Friday with two counts of child abandonment, a third-degree felony. In the early morning of Dec. 13, two people found a 4-year-old boy “wandering around outside, crying and calling for his mother,” according to […]
  • House panel backs requiring judges to have law degrees February 6, 2016
    A proposal that would require all new justice court judges in Utah to have law degrees won the unanimous recommendation Friday of the House Judiciary Committee after it was amended to exclude current judges and rural counties. Sponsoring Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, said giving the power to sentence defendants to someone who hasn’t […]
  • After emotional debate, panel OKs Utah bill declaring porn a health crisis February 6, 2016
    Scott Wright of Bountiful told legislators Friday that he was a long-time pornography addict, and his life shows why they should declare porn a “public health crisis.” “I lost a marriage. I lost relationships with a lot of people,” he said in a packed hearing room. “I was completely dysfunctional. I had no idea what […]
  • Physician-lawmaker introduces 'Healthy Utah' style Medicaid-expansion bill February 6, 2016
    A doctor in the House is recommending that legislators adopt a form of Medicaid expansion that closely mirrors the “Healthy Utah” plan previously proposed by Gov. Gary Herbert and passed by the Senate — but blocked in the House. Rep. Raymond Ward, R-Bountiful, a family physician, introduced HB302 on Friday as his prescription of how […]
  • Immigration agents sweep Utah to apprehend immigrants with criminal convictions February 6, 2016
    Immigration officers say they arrested 82 “potentially deportable criminal aliens” in a week-long push to find immigrants with criminal convictions and who are in Utah illegally. “Our operations improve overall public safety by removing these criminals from our streets, and ultimately from our country,” Daniel Bible, field office director over enforcement and removal operations by […]
  • Cities, Salt Lake County to settle 2012 traffic-death suit February 6, 2016
    The family of a 2-year-old girl killed in a traffic accident have negotiated a six-figure settlement with West Jordan, Salt Lake County and South Jordan. Mary Ethne Stone died after a cement truck hit a car driven by her mother, Melissa, on the intersection of U-111 and Old Bingham Highway on Feb. 6, 2012. Melissa […]
  • Alliance for a Better Utah preparing to sue state over school funding February 6, 2016
    If Utah lawmakers won’t increase school funding on their own, maybe the courts will make them. That’s the strategy behind an upcoming lawsuit by the Alliance for a Better Utah, which argues that state leaders have failed in their constitutional duty to adequately fund the public education system. “If they’re going to keep making excuses, […]
  • Mountain Accord seeks immediate solutions for traffic in canyons February 6, 2016
    Just getting to the Mountain Accord news conference Friday morning at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon was a chore as bumper-to-bumper traffic inched toward Alta and Snowbird. That was on purpose. “This [snowy winter] season accentuates that we really need to do something about transportation and the canyons,” said Alta Mayor Tom Pollard, a […]
  • Utah Corrections probe finds fault, orders changes in wake of cop-killer's release February 6, 2016
    Utah Department of Corrections investigators have found communication and processing flaws contributed to the Board of Pardons and Parole’s decision to release a soon-to-be cop-killer to a low-security drug treatment program. Cory Lee Henderson walked away from the facility on Dec. 18. On Jan. 17 — at that point a federal fugitive — he shot […]

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  • Lawyer: 'Serial' defense crippled by omission of witness February 6, 2016
    Baltimore • An attorney told a Maryland judge Friday that a witness who could have provided an alibi for the convicted killer at the center of the popular “Serial” podcast would have been “critical” in the man’s first trial, had she been contacted by his original defense team. The failure of Adnan Syed’s attorney to […]
  • Lawmakers, magistrate want to defend gay marriage exemption February 6, 2016
    Raleigh, N.C. • Two North Carolina lawmakers and a magistrate have asked a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law involving civil marriages challenged as discriminatory against gays. They largely blame their request on Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is personally opposed to the law but whose office represents the state in […]
  • Wet weather systems increasingly more rare in Southwest February 6, 2016
    Reno, Nev. • The southwestern United States has already begun a long-predicted shift into a decidedly drier climate, a new study looking at the last 35 years of weather pattern concluded. What’s now considered a normal year of rain and snow in the Southwest is one-quarter drier than it was before the 1970s, according to […]
  • State asking appeals court to compel testimony in Gray case February 6, 2016
    Baltimore • Prosecutors in Baltimore are asking an appeals court to compel a police officer to testify against three fellow officers in the Freddie Gray case. In filings made public Friday, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office says it’s appealing Circuit Judge Barry Williams’ Jan. 20 decision blocking prosecutors from calling William Porter as a witness […]
  • Obama, Xi discuss NKorea amid signs of rocket launch preps February 6, 2016
    Washington • The presidents of the U.S. and China agreed Friday that a planned rocket launch by North Korea would violate U.N. sanctions, the White House said, amid signs the isolated nation was moving closer to blastoff. Commercial satellite imagery analyzed by U.S. researchers showed tanker trucks at the launch pad at the Sohae facility […]
  • Judge denies bid to halt Yellowstone bison slaughter February 6, 2016
    Billings, Mont. • A federal judge has denied a request to halt the planned capture and slaughter of bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl on Friday turned down an injunction sought by a wildlife advocate and a journalist who sued to gain access to the slaughter program. Federal and state […]
  • Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters February 5, 2016
    Washington • Twitter says it’s now using spam-fighting technology to seek out and automatically flag accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity. The company announced Friday in a tweet that it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts on its social media site for threatening or promoting terrorist acts mainly related to the Islamic State group […]
  • Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3 February 5, 2016
    New York• A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig’s lengthy boom fell, officials said. The mobile crane’s boom landed across an intersection, smashed several car roofs […]
  • Italian actor dead after hanging scene turns horribly real February 5, 2016
    In the courtyard of Teatro Lux, a theater in Pisa, Italy, the performance of an experimental production on Saturday offered an unusual spectacle. The play, called “Mirages,” was not performed from a stage, but throughout the theater by different actors in different places. The audience moved through the play as one might move through a […]
  • Woman, 82, tracks down and meets 96-year-old birth mother February 5, 2016
    Albany, N.Y. • Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching. And as a bonus, she has forged a close friendship with a sister she never […]