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Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in southern Utah

The first night in the United States for a family of Japanese tourists ended with the parents being pulled from their rental car at gunpoint with their young son watching after their confusion... Read more »

Published Feb. 26, 2014


House committee says yes to state prison move

A Utah measure that declares support for moving the state prison has cleared another step in the Legislature, with a House committee voting unanimously Monday to advance it. Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2014


Utah mom says shirts in mall display are 'indecent,' buys them all

A mother upset about "indecent" T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick if not especially convenient way to remove them: She bought every last one. Read more »

Published Feb. 18, 2014


Lea Salonga joins Il Divo on spring US tour; will visit Utah in April

The four guys from Il Divo will get some help from Broadway veteran Lea Salonga as they tour this spring singing hits from musical theater. Read more »

Published Feb. 12, 2014


'Sister Wives' family won't seek monetary damages after fleeing Utah for Nevada

The polygamous family that stars in the TLC reality TV show "Sister Wives" has decided not to ask the courts to be paid back for costs incurred when they fled Utah to Nevada under the threat of... Read more »

Published Feb. 11, 2014


Rep. Rob Bishop joins GOP lawmakers in pushing for changes to Endangered Species Act

Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists' lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of... Read more »

Published Feb. 4, 2014


Polygamy bill held up pending Utah legal case

A proposal to strip away a key part of Utah's polygamy laws was scrapped for this year because of a pending legal case, a state lawmaker said Monday. Read more »

Published Feb. 3, 2014


Polygamy bill dead pending Utah legal case

A Utah lawmaker is abandoning an effort to change the state's polygamy laws to comply with a federal judge's ruling striking down key parts of the laws. Read more »

Published Feb. 3, 2014


10 US cities, including Salt Lake, vow to slash emissions from buildings

Mayors from 10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from their buildings. Read more »

Published Jan. 29, 2014

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Farm bill includes payments to rural counties in 12 Western states, including Utah

The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can't tax. Read more »

Published Jan. 29, 2014

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With Lake Powell at lowest level since 2005, Park Service excavating Castle Rock Cut

Lake Powell has reached its lowest level since 2005, the year of its historical low. Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2014

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Minimum wage bills pushed by Democrats in at least 30 states, including Utah

Minimum-wage increase proposals are getting the maximum push from Democrats in statehouses in more than half of U.S. states, highlighting the politically potent income inequality issue this year. Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2014


Many Sundance films coming to theaters near you

Most of the 117 feature films screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival were missing just one thing: Distribution. Read more »

Published Jan. 24, 2014


Stars share tips, thoughts on Sundance and staying warm

The Sundance Film Festival can be a surreal experience. For 10 days in January, the charming mountain town of Park City, Utah, is overrun with actors and movie executives from New York and Los... Read more »

Published Jan. 23, 2014


Katie Couric makes documentary debut at Sundance

Along with her soon-to-end daytime talk show, fall engagement and recent move from TV to the web as Yahoo's global anchor, Katie Couric also made a documentary feature shown at Sundance. Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2014


Sundance, Women in Film study female filmmakers

A study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles finds that female filmmakers who participate in the institute's feature and documentary development labs succeed in... Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2014


Scene and heard at the Sundance Film Festival

Associated Press reporters at the Sundance Film Festival share what's in their notebooks. Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2014


Robert De Niro honors late father with documentary

Robert De Niro's father, Robert De Niro Sr., was an abstract expressionist painter, part of the post-WWII art scene, which produced such talent as Jackson Pollack. But while he was successful when... Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2014


Sundance highlights include ‘Hellion,’ ‘Finding Fela,’ ‘Dinosaur 13’

The Sundance Film Festival, which opened Thursday, does not have an annual motto, but if it did the one this year might be “We Hear You.” Read more »

Published Jan. 17, 2014


Missing plane found in Idaho; 5 aboard dead

The wreckage of a small plane carrying five people, including a Silicon Valley executive, was found Friday after vanishing in the central Idaho mountains on Dec. 1, the Valley County sheriff's... Read more »

Published Jan. 10, 2014

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Online portal displaying Utah lawmaker emails launches

A new online portal that launched Wednesday allows Utah legislators to publicly share their emails. Read more »

Published Jan. 1, 2014


Idaho group pushes measure to hike minimum wage

As neighboring states lift minimum wages, a group aiming to hike the lowest legal pay in Idaho to $9.80 an hour by 2017 said Tuesday it has collected one-ninth of the signatures necessary to get... Read more »

Published Dec. 31, 2013


Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read,... Read more »

Published Dec. 24, 2013


4 bald eagles die in Utah from similar symptoms

Four bald eagles have died from similar symptoms in northern Utah in the past two weeks, raising alarms among state wildlife officials who are working to determine what happened. Read more »

Published Dec. 15, 2013


Western governors unveil project, aim to balance economic development and environmental treasures

Governors in 16 states are unveiling a high-tech wildlife habitat mapping project they hope will encourage economic development across the West while protecting the region's environmental treasures... Read more »

Published Dec. 12, 2013

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