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Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) is fouled by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Lakers beat Jazz 116-108 to clinch top seed in West

Aug. 4, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the Utah Jazz 116-108 on Monday night. The Lakers (51-15) own a six-game lead over the second-place Los Angeles Clippers and have five...

People carry weapons outside the Cottonwood Heights Police Department on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Groups of dueling protesters faced off outside the suburban Salt Lake City police department in response to use of force by officers at a protest the night before that resulted in the arrest of eight people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Dueling protesters including armed men face off in Utah

Aug. 4, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) — Groups of dueling protesters that included police supporters carrying rifles and flags supporting President Donald Trump faced off outside a suburban Salt Lake City police department Monday night in response to use of force by officers at a demonstration the night before...

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhal listens as Salt Lake City police Chief Mike Brown speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Mendenhall signed an executive order Monday directing the police chief to enact several new policies, such as mandating deescalation tactics before using force, by Sept. 5. Previously, officers only needed to use

Salt Lake City mayor orders stricter use of force rules

Aug. 3, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City's police department will implement stricter policies aimed at limiting the use of deadly force as protests against police brutality continue, the mayor announced Monday. Mayor Erin Mendenhall signed an executive order Monday directing police Chief Mike Brown to enact...

Utah woman charged after crash kills Michigan trooper

Aug. 3, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Utah woman was charged with second-degree murder Monday after a state trooper died three weeks after a crash in western Michigan. Caleb Starr's death was announced Friday night. He was driving in Ionia County's Boston Township on July 10 when a vehicle crossed the center line from the...

Utah school district condemns offensive yearbook quote

Aug. 3, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake City School District condemned a student's yearbook quote after a social media post about it went viral. A student at Highland High School posted on Facebook a photo of another student's quote that read, “There are two genders and a lot of mental illnesses." The...

Two dead after small plane crash in southern Utah

Aug. 3, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two men are dead after a small plane crash in southern Utah. The single-engine North American Navion plane went down Sunday morning after hitting a communications tower near a regional airport close to Cedar City, the Deseret News reported. Officials did not immediately release the...

Mitch Westmoreland talks about the hemp research that he is working on at Utah State University on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Logan, Utah.  Ninety years ago, hemp researchers at Utah State University grew cannabis for rope and had no way to test the THC content in crops other than smoking it and monitoring the effects. Research halted in 1970 when then-President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act. Now that it’s legal to grow once more USU researchers are back at it — only this time, they’re using technology and testing to determine the optimal ways to grow the plant for high yield and cannabinoid content, and what that means for Utah growers. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

USU researchers debunk myths to find optimal hemp growth

Aug. 3, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Ninety years ago, hemp researchers at Utah State University grew cannabis for rope and had no way to test the THC content in crops other than smoking it and monitoring the effects. Research halted in 1970 when then-President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act. Now that...

Shots fired at security booth at Provo missionary center

Aug. 3, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Police are investigating shots fired at the security booth outside the Missionary Training Center in Provo. Police said the driver of a white SUV shot multiple rounds at the main security booth at around 2:30 a.m. Monday. Photos released by police show bullet holes in the booth's glass...

Utah protesters arrested after fighting with police officers

Aug. 2, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah protest over the death of a man who was fatally shot by police resulted in skirmishes with officers and several people being taken into custody, authorities said. Cottonwood Heights Police said officers took eight people into custody and impounded three vehicles during the...

Chairman Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks with Acting U.S. Park Police Chief Gregory T. Monahan, prior to a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on actions taken on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Square, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

The Latest: China's Xinjiang region has 28 new cases

Aug. 2, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Numbers of new COVID-19 cases in China’s far northwestern region of Xinjiang are continuing to fall, with 28 reported on Monday. China reported 43 new cases nationwide, seven of the imported and eight in the northeastern province of Liaoning. No new deaths were reported, leaving...