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  • Former Brighton football star Osa Masina appears in Utah court on sex assault charges October 1, 2016
    While police in Los Angeles continue to investigate Osa Chad Masina, a former Brighton High School football star and University of Southern California linebacker now charged with rape in Utah, his lawyer does not expect any charges to be filed against Masina there. “I’ve been told generally and led to believe generally that there won’t […]
  • Utah Court of Appeals upholds armed robber's conviction October 1, 2016
    The Utah Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of a man who, with his girlfriend, robbed a Logan convenience store at gunpoint five years ago. Steven Michael Fairchild, 37, and Kelsee Elizabeth Bell, 25, both of Logan, were armed with matching chrome handguns when they robbed the Common Cents convenience store at 1905 South […]
  • Man dies while hiking in Utah County; 'severely autistic' son is missing October 1, 2016
    A West Jordan man has died while hiking in Utah County, and his adult son is unaccounted for. Charles Laughlin, 57, died Friday in the Jacob’s Ladder area near Lone Peak, tweeted Utah County sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon late that night. Laughlin’s adult son Michael Laughlin has autism and is unaccounted for, Cannon tweeted. […]
  • UTA spent $37K on consultants to help defeat union October 1, 2016
    The Utah Transit Authority spent at least $37,706 on consultants as it worked to persuade a group of 44 TRAX supervisors to reject proposed representation by the Teamsters Union. That is more than the annual compensation of 576 UTA employees last year, according to the public disclosure website And the union contends it may […]
  • Pro-Weinholtz ads try to tie Herbert to Trump and Putin, make appeal to Mormons October 1, 2016
    Challenger Mike Weinholtz is hitting incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert in two new Democratic Party mailers, tying Herbert to a pair of figures unpopular in Utah — Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin — and appealing to Mormons to reject the trio. The mailers — sponsored by the Utah Democratic Party with Weinholtz’s OK — were sent out […]
  • Feds warn University of Utah after lab monkey's death October 1, 2016
    Federal inspectors are issuing a warning to the University of Utah after a monkey was burned at a lab and euthanized. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cites two violations after a hot air blower designed to warm up the monkey was placed dangerously close to the creature in August 2015. The animal advocacy group Center […]
  • Western attorneys general cast doubt on Utah's bid to control federal lands October 1, 2016
    A new legal analysis from a group of Western attorneys general casts doubt on many of the arguments Utah has put forward in its push to gain control of millions of acres of federal land. The report, based on two years of work, doesn’t address every argument Utah has floated, but it points out decisions […]
  • Salt Lake City Council, mayor cut deal on homeless shelters to break stalemate October 1, 2016
    Nudged along by Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the City Council ended an increasingly bitter stalemate Friday over the size and number of new homeless shelters to be built in the coming years. Instead of constructing two new resource centers with 250 beds each as the mayor wanted, […]
  • Herbert backs away from $400 million promise for education boost October 1, 2016
    A day after committing to as much as $400 million in new education dollars next year, Gov. Gary Herbert’s office backtracked Friday, saying that the target was for new spending over the next few years. Herbert set the lofty goal in a meeting with The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board on Thursday, saying that he […]
  • Utah State football player breaks leg in crash October 1, 2016
    A Utah State University football player broke his leg in a crash in Logan on Thursday night. Zachary Swenson, 22, was traveling west at the mouth of Logan Canyon about 10 p.m., said Logan police Capt. Tyson Budge. Swenson was traveling too fast on a sharp turn and crashed into a cliff face on the […]

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  • She is an atheist, but still an ordained minister in Canada -- at least for now October 1, 2016
    Ottawa, Ontario • The Rev. Gretta Vosper is a dynamic, activist minister with a loyal following at her Protestant congregation in suburban Toronto. She is also an outspoken atheist. “We don’t talk about God,” Vosper said in an interview, describing services at her West Hill United Church, adding that it’s time the church gave up […]
  • Commentary: Hyde Amendment denying federal abortion coverage targeted poor women -- it's time to end it October 1, 2016
    Forty years after Congress decided to deny coverage of abortion for women enrolled in Medicaid, the movement to reverse this disastrous, demeaning public policy is gaining strength. It is grounded in the belief that every woman must be able to make the important decision about ending a pregnancy for herself, and that her right to […]
  • Russia, Syria geopolitics frame Pope Francis' Caucasus trip October 1, 2016
    Tbilisi, Georgia • Pope Francis arrived Friday in Georgia for a weekend of religiously symbolic meetings with Catholics, Orthodox, Muslims and Jews. But geopolitical concerns, including the bloodshed in Syria and the lingering effects of Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia, might overshadow the trip. Francis was greeted in the capital, Tbilisi by Georgian President Giorgi […]
  • Woman, 91, fined for trash at home where she no longer lives October 1, 2016
    Washington • A man is fighting back after his 91-year-old sister with dementia was fined for littering outside a rowhouse where she no longer lives. Doris Simms was issued a $75 ticket in July after an inspector found five garbage bags in front of her home, according to a report in The Washington Post ( […]
  • Trump shames ex-beauty pageant winner for her sexual past October 1, 2016
    New York • Donald Trump shamed a former beauty pageant winner Friday for her sexual history and encouraged Americans to check out what he called her “sex tape,” in an early-morning tweet-storm that dragged him further away from his campaign’s efforts to broaden its appeal to women. A day after he injected former President Bill […]
  • GoFundMe campaign for grieving mother shut down after her arrest for toddler's slaying October 1, 2016
    Forty donors pledged $1,320 of their own money on GoFundMe after a 11-month-old RaeLynn Martinez was killed. The campaign was to help the child’s grieving mother - or so the kindhearted donors thought. Then a second campaign formed, this one to help the child’s divorced father, sparking suspicions. On Thursday, the mother was arrested in […]
  • Facebook driving huge numbers to the polls October 1, 2016
    There’s been a lot of consternation in recent months about Facebook’s impact on politics. If it’s not fears of partisan censorship and suppressed trending topics, it’s worries about echo chambers or hyper-targeted campaign ads. But in the upcoming presidential election, at least, Facebook’s influence will lie somewhere else: The social network is driving huge numbers […]
  • Pope Francis in Georgia: Vague Russia rebuke, warm Georgia welcome October 1, 2016
    Tbilisi, Georgia • Pope Francis issued a vague rebuke to Russia on Friday and received an unexpectedly warm welcome from the leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church as he mixed geopolitics with religion on the first day of a three-day trip to the Caucasus. During a speech with the Georgian president at his side, Francis […]
  • Photo gallery: Connecticut's first Mormon temple opening to public October 1, 2016
    Farmington, Conn. • The first Mormon temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and soon will host services for thousands of the faithful from a four-state area. The new temple in Farmington reflects growing membership for the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the East Coast. Another recently constructed Mormon […]
  • Pope Francis backs opposition to Mexico's gay-marriage proposal October 1, 2016
    Vatican City • Pope Francis has voiced support for Mexican bishops and citizens opposing the government’s push to legalize same-sex marriage. At his weekly Sunday blessing, Francis said he willingly joined their protest “in favor of family and life, which in these times require special pastoral and cultural attention around the world.” Tens of thousands […]