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  • Utah's Bishop, Chaffetz say EPA knew mine spill was likely but didn't act September 2, 2015
    Two congressmen from Utah say that if the EPA knew Colorado’s defunct Gold King Mine was likely to release contaminated water, it should have taken action — or at least done a better job of responding after a contractor accidentally sent 3 million gallons of mine waste into the Animas River last month. Reps. Rob […]
  • Fuel spill closes Lake Powell beach September 2, 2015
    Just a few days in front of a holiday weekend, National Park Service officials have closed a popular Lake Powell beach Monday after a moored boat leaked a tankful of fuel into the water near Wahweap marina. A park visitor reported a diesel smell late afternoon and officials soon discovered a neon sheen on the […]
  • Mormon apostle Ballard to keynote next month's World Congress of Families gathering in Utah September 2, 2015
    Mormon apostle M. Russell Ballard will be a keynote speaker at next month’s meeting of the World Congress of Families, an international organization billing itself as “the largest gathering of pro-family advocates in the world,” the group announced Tuesday. The World Congress of Families IX, which will be staged in Salt Lake City from Oct. […]
  • WWII put Utah women to work, changed face of the state September 2, 2015
    During World War II, the United States and its Allies defeated enemies on two sides of the globe, but the impact on Utah cut across many fronts. In fact, historians say, the war transformed the Beehive State — economically, socially and otherwise — more than any other event since the Mormons’ arrival in 1847. A […]
  • Group prods fellow Mormons to get behind family-friendly immigration reform September 2, 2015
    Mormons teach, preach and sing about families being together forever in heaven, but some members of the Utah-based faith want to exclude one group from that promise, at least on Earth. Undocumented immigrants. And, while the LDS Church supports immigration reform that keeps families together, its leaders have not pushed that idea in worship settings […]
  • Utah man pleads to lesser charge in brochure-chucking case September 2, 2015
    A Utah man once accused of commercial terrorism has resolved the criminal case against him, pleading no contest last week to lesser charges. Scott Eckersley, 38, was originally charged in 4th District Court with four counts of second-degree felony commercial obstruction, accused of throwing away his competitor’s tourism brochures that were displayed in the Zermatt […]
  • Kirby: Coping with post-traumatic church syndrome September 2, 2015
    I just finished reading “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing,” by Reba Riley. Her book caught my eye because I suffer enormously from PTCS — and humor helps. Riley describes her yearlong journey to find a replacement for the spiritually abusive brand of Christian faith she was raised in and subsequently fled. […]
  • 3 women appointed to previously all-male Mormon executive councils September 2, 2015
    Top women officers in the LDS Church took a giant step forward Tuesday when they became permanent members of what previously were three key “priesthood councils.” Bonnie L. Oscarson, the church’s Young Women president for girls between ages 12 and 17, has been named to the Utah-based faith’s Missionary Executive Council. Linda K. Burton, president […]
  • Most Utah Mormons want their church out of Boy Scouts, poll shows September 2, 2015
    If most Utah Mormons got their way, the LDS Church would split with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) — a program for male teens that has been part of the Utah-based faith for more than a century. A new UtahPolicy.com survey shows 63 percent of respondents who termed themselves “very active” in the LDS […]
  • 2 dead in school bus-truck crash in Payson September 1, 2015
    A crash between a pickup truck and a Nebo School District bus in Payson on Tuesday afternoon left two adults dead and three others seriously injured. The driver of the pickup, Christopher Jay Cook, 22 of Payson, and passenger MaKia Love Boyd, 18, were killed in the crash. There were no students on the bus […]

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  • Pope Francis a stranger to the U.S. in many ways September 2, 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 […]
  • FDA issues warning letters to powdered caffeine distributors September 1, 2015
    Columbus, Ohio • The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk. The letters, which are dated Aug. 27, follow the overdose deaths last year of two young men from Ohio and Georgia. Caffeine powder is usually marketed as a dietary […]
  • Facing death, Miller calls Jewish site killings 'righteous' September 1, 2015
    Olathe, Kan. • The man facing a possible death sentence for killing three people at suburban Kansas City Jewish sites told jurors Tuesday that his actions were “righteous” and “honorable” as the penalty phase of his trial began. During his opening statement, assistant prosecutor Chris McMullin called Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. a “proud and remorseless […]
  • Archery hunter recovering after Idaho grizzly bear attack September 1, 2015
    Idaho Falls, Idaho • An archery hunter pursuing elk is recovering after being attacked in Idaho by a grizzly bear with three cubs. Wildlife officials say they could find no signs the bear had been wounded when the hunter fired at it with a .44-caliber handgun. Gregg Losinski of Idaho Fish and Game on Tuesday […]
  • Obama paints doomsday scene of global warming in Alaska September 1, 2015
    Anchorage, Alaska • President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn’t dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe. It’s a harrowing image of a future that Obama insists is inevitable unless the […]
  • Taiwan swipe card with porn star image sells out in 4 hours September 1, 2015
    Taipei, Taiwan • A special edition swipe card for Taiwan’s mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition. Taiwan’s EasyCard Corp. said on its website that it sold its full run of 15,000 card sets by 4:18 a.m. […]
  • Southern New Jersey man digs up live cannonball in backyard September 1, 2015
    Cape May Court House, N.J. • The Atlantic City bomb squad was dispatched to a southern New Jersey home over the weekend after a man dug up a live cannonball in his backyard. Police say the Lower Township man was digging behind his West Bates Avenue home when he discovered the explosive Saturday. Police say […]
  • Markets drop after bleak manufacturing report from China September 1, 2015
    New York • Stock markets were plunging again Tuesday, continuing Wall Street’s month-long rocky ride, after gloomy economic data out of China rekindled fears that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing much faster than anticipated. Keeping score • The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 469.68 points, or 2.8 percent, to 16,058.35. The S&P 500 fell […]
  • Study: Pot more a habit for college students than cigarettes September 1, 2015
    More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found. Just under 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers for the annual “Monitoring the Future” study reported using […]
  • Men accused of threatening Pokemon championships denied bail September 1, 2015
    Boston • Two Iowa men accused of making online threats of violence against a Pokemon competition in Boston were ordered held without bail Tuesday after a judge rejected arguments by their lawyers that their comments amounted to idle online bravado. Judge Thomas Horgan ordered Kevin Norton, 18, of Ames, and James Stumbo, 27, of Boone, […]