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Utah's Duchesne County among fastest-growing counties as energy boom spurs growth west of Mississippi

America's energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River. Read more »

Published March 27, 2014


Navajo family fighting to stay on land that was first home to hundreds, then a national monument

Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned to settle the area after a forced... Read more »

Published March 21, 2014


New study: Utah has lowest rate of alcohol deaths among 11 states that participated in report

A new federal study shows Utah had the lowest rate of alcohol-related deaths over a five-year period among 11 states that participated in the report. Read more »

Published March 16, 2014


Google cameras take rafting trip down Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Google has taken its all-seeing eyes on a trip that few experience: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Read more »

Published March 14, 2014


Provo's oldest home saved, moved to new location

The oldest house in Provo has been saved from demolition, dismantled and successfully moved to the city's Pioneer Village, where it's set to be rebuilt and open for tours by summer. Read more »

Published March 14, 2014


Attitudes and laws against pit bulls soften across the US, including in Utah

For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America's most dangerous dog — the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dog-fighting rings, with a fearsome... Read more »

Published March 11, 2014


Utah among states wrestling with developing, restricting drones

Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures... Read more »

Published March 11, 2014


Carry-on crackdown: United Airlines enforces bag size limit

United Airlines is getting tough on passengers with oversized carry-on bags, even sending some of them back to the ticket counter to check their luggage for a fee. Read more »

Published March 5, 2014


Feds: Utah move to reopen national parks during government shutdown paid off

Utah's decision to dip into state funds and spend nearly $1 million to reopen national parks during the partial government shutdown last fall paid off, according to a federal report released Monday. Read more »

Published March 3, 2014

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Wyoming top in CO2 per person amid new regulations

Turns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn't smoggy California or bustling New York, but a state famous for big, clear skies: Wyoming. Read more »

Published Feb. 27, 2014


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


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