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  • 'Grandparent scam' may target families of Mormon missionaries April 28, 2016
    The Utah Division of Consumer Protection has received a report of a scam artist calling grandparents of a Mormon missionary claiming that their grandchild was in trouble and needed them to send money, The Idaho grandparents receiving the call sent $3,885 via wire transfer to an alleged bail bondsman for bail and court fees to […]
  • Assistant church historian to oversee Mormon public affairs April 28, 2016
    By summer’s end, there will be a new face — and a new accent — atop the LDS Church’s vast and massive media operation. Richard Eyring Turley Jr., assistant LDS Church historian and recorder, was named Tuesday as the new managing director of public affairs for the Utah-based faith. Turley, a U.S.-born attorney and co-author […]
  • Sexual assault victims say abusers wield BYU's Honor Code as a weapon April 28, 2016
    Julie remembers her 19-year-old self as a “strict rule-follower.” But her neighbor, whom she had been casually dating for about a month, started urging her to bend the Honor Code at Brigham Young University. Hanging out in his apartment when his roommates turned out not to be home, or staying too late — these were […]
  • BYU purchases Provo High School property for $25M April 28, 2016
    Brigham Young University will expand its footprint by 25 acres after purchasing the property currently occupied by Provo High School. Provo School District’s school board approved the $25 million sale Tuesday morning, including a 30-month lease agreement that will allow the 62-year-old school to use the property for free while a new high school is […]
  • University of Utah removes references to anti-LGBT groups from bio of honorary degree recipient April 28, 2016
    During commencement ceremonies next week, the University of Utah will award honorary degrees to four people: businessmen Kem Gardner and George Smith, scientist Kirk Ririe and philanthropist Lynette Nielsen Gay. When the U. announced the honorees in March, the school described Gay as the founder of Engage Now Africa and the Ensign College of Public […]
  • UTA gives administrative employees ­-- but not top brass -- $647K in bonuses April 28, 2016
    The Utah Transit Authority achieved 61 percent of its 2015 goals, and that is good enough for 673 rank-and-file administration workers to split $647,000 in bonuses this year, averaging $961 each, the UTA Board decided Wednesday. Top UTA executives — regional managers and higher — opted last year not to participate in bonus programs for […]
  • Suspect critically wounded, UPD dog killed in Millcreek gunfight April 28, 2016
    A criminal suspect was in critical condition and a Unified Police dog dead after a gunfight and SWAT standoff in Millcreek early Thursday morning. UPD Chief Deputy Justin Hoyal said UPD officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on David Shane Anderson, 36, about 11 p.m. Wednesday at 4303 South and 730 East. About […]
  • Mike Noel asks constitutional council to investigate group calling for national monument in Utah April 28, 2016
    Making good on his recent threat to investigate Bears Ears supporters, Utah lawmaker Mike Noel on Wednesday persuaded colleagues on the state Constitutional Defense Council to ask Attorney General Sean Reyes to “ferret out” environmentalists’ ties to the tribal groups proposing a national monument in San Juan County. Without offering much in the way of […]
  • Chaffetz scolds Obama administration for failure to deport undocumented criminals April 28, 2016
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, slammed the Obama administration Thursday for not deporting thousands of undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes — who he said often commit additional crimes, including murder. Sarah Saldaña, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), fired back that Chaffetz’s accusations are misleading and are being “bandied about as a […]
  • Utah forecast: Rain today, rain tomorrow, rain on Saturday, too April 28, 2016
    “Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life,” John Updike wrote. The National Weather Service says rain also is what Utah, from north to south and east to west, can expect stretching into the coming weekend. On Thursday, the Wasatch Front cooled to the mid- […]

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  • Vatican crackdown on tax cheats flagged in oversight report April 28, 2016
    Vatican City • The Vatican’s financial watchdog said Thursday it received 544 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year, thanks in part to beefed-up efforts to flag potential tax cheats who are using the Vatican bank to hide money. In its annual report, the Financial Information Authority said it passed 17 cases on to Vatican […]
  • Biden to push for global collaboration in cancer research in Vatican speech April 28, 2016
    Washington • Vice President Joe Biden will push for international cooperation in the fight against cancer in a speech at the Vatican. The vice president’s office says the address Friday will look at global research partnerships and will describe how his cancer “moonshot” project may have an international impact. Biden is due to speak at […]
  • Backlash greets plans for Muslim cemeteries across U.S. April 28, 2016
    Dudley, Mass. • On the site of a long-idle dairy farm, leaders of a mosque hope to build a final resting place for about 500 Muslim families — to the dismay of many residents of this quaint town in central Massachusetts. In arguments cemetery developers and activists decry as thinly veiled bigotry, neighbors say they […]
  • Kerry explains why religion can play a role in U.S. foreign policy April 28, 2016
    Houston • Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that religious communities can play a role in achieving foreign policy goals around the world. Invoking religion in an unusually direct manner, Kerry said understanding the importance of faith is essential in diplomacy and working with religious leaders can help solve complex problems in foreign countries. […]
  • Poll: Wide differences in Muslim views on political Islam April 28, 2016
    Ramallah, West Bank • A survey in 10 countries with significant Muslim populations, released Wednesday, found “striking” differences in the extent to which people believe the Quran should influence a nation’s laws. Possible reasons for these differences include a nation’s history and religious composition as well as personal factors such as intensity of religious observance, […]
  • Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Rome park marking Earth Day April 28, 2016
    Rome • Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to one of Rome’s main parks to participate in an Earth Day event. Francis, who wrote an encyclical decrying the exploitation of the Earth’s environment and resources often at the expense of the poor, went to Villa Borghese, a park filled with Sunday strollers. He sat […]
  • Georgia couple sues Snapchat over car crash April 28, 2016
    Griffin, Ga. • A Georgia couple is suing Snapchat, claiming that the social media app’s “speed filter” tempted a woman to drive too fast and to cause a crash that injured the husband. Media outlets report Wentworth and Karen Maynard filed a lawsuit in Spalding County State Court against Snapchat and the 18-year-old driver, Christal […]
  • Cops: Fleeing man jumps into river, runs naked from hospital April 28, 2016
    Pittsburgh • Police say a Pittsburgh man driving a stolen car ditched the vehicle and jumped into a river to escape from authorities. Police say after being captured, he fled naked from a hospital and hid inside a dumpster. Police first chased 30-year-old James Edward Williams when a detective saw him driving a stolen car […]
  • New killings in Bangladesh leave LGBT community full of fear April 28, 2016
    New Delhi • The killing of two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital has driven the country’s already secretive and small gay community underground, wondering if they can trust a government that considers their status to be criminal, rights groups said. Police detectives say they are working with evidence including a mobile phone, documents […]
  • Michigan teacher claims she was fired for saying 'vagina' in discussing Georgia O'Keeffe's art April 28, 2016
    Any serious discussion of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work is bound to touch upon her provocative use of feminine imagery. The great American painter is celebrated not only for her renditions of Southwestern landscapes and New York skyscrapers, but also for her iconic, colorful flowers. Despite repeated denials by the artist prior to her death 30 years […]