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  • Former Utah teacher pleads guilty to sexual enticement of student May 24, 2016
    A former Park City middle school band teacher accused of paying a 13-year-old male student to participate in a fake scientific study that included detailed questions about the student’s sexuality has resolved the case by pleading guilty to lesser charges. Derek Spitzer, 54, was charged in 3rd District Court with first-degree felony counts of solicitation […]
  • Body found in Utah believed to be of man missing since March May 24, 2016
    Iron County authorities believe they’ve found the body of a man who had been missing for nearly two months after he left his family to find help. A ranch hand found the body under a tree Sunday night, according to a news release from the Iron County sheriff’s office. Investigators identified the body as that […]
  • Rocky Mountain Power's parent company to pay $122M for stealing trade secrets May 24, 2016
    Rocky Mountain Power’s parent company will pay more than $122 million after the Utah Supreme Court ended an 11½-year-old lawsuit that alleged the utility stole trade secrets from a Texas company and used them as a model for its Currant Creek power plant near Mona. The judgment, one of the largest in Utah history, will […]
  • Blunt force trauma caused death of South Carolina woman riding Utah zip line May 24, 2016
    The South Carolina woman who died after riding a zip line at Sundance Mountain Resort last week suffered fatal injuries from blunt force trauma, a news release from the Utah County sheriff’s office says. The injuries 55-year-old Lisa Lambe suffered while on the zip line were “mostly on her right side,” though she also suffered […]
  • Utah father and son appear in court on kidnapping, assault charges May 24, 2016
    Farmington • A Utah father and son accused of kidnapping and assaulting five people — and who are primary persons of interest in the slaying of a Utah Transit Authority maintenance worker — made their first court appearances Monday afternoon in the kidnapping case. Flint Wayne Harrison, 51, and Dereck James “DJ” Harrison, 22, each […]
  • Police investigate likely WVC homicide May 24, 2016
    West Valley City police were investigating a likely homicide Monday night after a woman’s body was found at a home. Investigators found a 34-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds near 3000 South and 7200 West after receiving a tip at about 9:15 p.m., according to the West Valley City Police Department. “A family member found […]
  • Woman whose body was found in Utah County died of hypothermia May 24, 2016
    A Millard County woman whose body was found Friday died of hypothermia, according to a news release from the Utah County sheriff’s office. Stacy Jo Morrill, 52, was found dead in remote southwestern Utah County. The Utah medical examiner said the woman contracted hypothermia after leaving her SUV near Dividend Road, about four miles east […]
  • Police identify Weber County husband accused of killing his wife May 24, 2016
    Police have identified a woman who was allegedly killed by her husband in Weber County on Sunday — and said there was a history of domestic violence with the couple. Frank Michael Biccum, 60, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of killing his wife, 60-year-old Deborah Biccum. Deputies responded to a report Sunday morning that a […]
  • 'Click It or Ticket' campaign begins to push seat-belt use May 24, 2016
    Justin Harding, chief of staff to Gov. Gary Herbert, received some unusual advice from his church leader when he was married: “Always wear your seat belts.” “We were a little bit underwhelmed,” he says. But last Jan. 16, that probably saved him and his family. On that busy Saturday morning, he was driving on Wasatch […]
  • Utah leaders mourn death of former Huntsman chief of staff Neil Ashdown May 24, 2016
    Utah political leaders on Monday were mourning the death of Neil Ashdown, praising his intellect and ability. Ashdown died Sunday of unknown causes at age 46. He served as chief of staff to Gov. Jon Huntsman, both during his time in Utah and as U.S. ambassador to China. He later ran an online education company […]

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  • United Methodist conference seen as confusing even to God May 24, 2016
    Portland, Ore. • The debate — over how to debate the rules — became so convoluted that at one point Missouri delegate Margie Briggs called for prayer and said: “I believe we are confusing God at this point.” Whether God was confused, many people were during the 11-day roller coaster ride that was the United […]
  • Massachusetts man runs for 10,000 consecutive days May 24, 2016
    Saugus, Mass. • A Massachusetts man who made a resolution on Jan. 1, 1989, to run every day is still going strong — 27 years later. Saugus resident Lenworth “Kip” Williamson recently ran for the 10,000th consecutive day. The 57-year-old General Electric Co. engineering manager tells The Daily Item of Lynn (http://bit.ly/1XryHN2 ) that he […]
  • Officer acquitted in Freddie Gray case May 24, 2016
    Baltimore • Prosecutors failed for the second time in their bid to hold Baltimore police accountable for the arrest and death of Freddie Gray when an officer was acquitted Monday in the racially charged case, which triggered riots a year ago. A judge cleared Officer Edward Nero of assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct, concluding that […]
  • Risks in climbing Everest in focus as 3 die, 2 go missing May 24, 2016
    Kathmandu, Nepal • An Indian climber has died while being helped down Mount Everest, just a couple of days after a Dutch and an Australian died near the peak. Two other Indian climbers are missing, and experts say some of the tragedy may have been avoidable. Poor planning and overcrowding on the world’s tallest peak […]
  • Elderly book end-of-life talks once labeled 'death panels' May 24, 2016
    Hackensack, N.J. • The doctor got right down to business after Herbert Diamond bounded in. A single green form before her, she had some questions for the agile 88-year-old: about comas and ventilators, about feeding tubes and CPR, about intense and irreversible suffering. “You want treatments as long as you are going to have good […]
  • Republican tries to block nominee from office because he is a Muslim May 24, 2016
    A Christian pastor in the nation’s third-most-populous county tried to stop a Muslim man from serving in the local Republican Party because of his religion. The massive jurisdiction of Harris County, Texas — with 4 million residents in Houston and its surroundings — has more than 1,000 precincts, and the Republican Party appoints a chair […]
  • Pope Francis embraces Al-Azhar imam in sign of renewed Catholic-Muslim relations May 24, 2016
    Vatican City • Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, reopening an important channel for Catholic-Muslim dialogue after a five-year lull and at a time of increased Islamic extremist attacks on Christians. As Sheik Ahmed el-Tayyib arrived for his audience in the Apostolic Palace, Francis […]
  • Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights May 24, 2016
    Struggling to avoid a split over gay rights, the top policymaking body of the United Methodist Church on Wednesday narrowly approved a full review of all church law on sexuality, amid an emotional meeting roiled by talk of schism. Delegates at the Methodist General Conference, meeting in Portland, Oregon, voted 428-405 to delay all consideration […]
  • Muslim-American women try to succeed in politics in ways their fathers couldn't May 24, 2016
    When Raaheela Ahmed knocks on doors to meet potential voters, she covers her black headscarf with a floppy hat so people won’t be distracted from what she has to say. She greets high school students as “y’all” and confides, with a disarming laugh, that she sometimes sneaks to her office gym to pray. Poised and […]
  • Commentary: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is discriminatory, so fix it May 24, 2016
    When Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993, the American Civil Liberties Union supported it because we believed it would provide important protections for people to practice their faith. Having fought for religious liberty for decades, we were troubled that the interpretation of the Constitution at the time did not sufficiently protect minority […]