Latest Utah News

Botanists gather Siler Pincushion cacti near the White Dome Nature Preserve Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in St. George, Utah. The species moved from endangered to threatened in 1993, however, the numbers are slow to increase as development moves in on their habitat. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP)

Utah scientists get dirty to save threatened cactus

Oct. 31, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Blake Wellard holds a middle-aged cactus in his hand, its long tendrilous roots dangling a foot and a half below the clod of desert dirt in which they are, purposefully, still enmeshed. The freelance botanist, as Wellard calls himself, knows that having these delicate and desiccated...

Medical personnel don PPE while attending to a patient (not infected with COVID-19) at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hospitals in the city's public NYC Health and Hospitals' system have been upgrading their equipment, bracing for a potential resurgence of coronavirus patients, drawing on lessons learned in the spring when the outbreak brought the nation's largest city to its knees. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

State leaders facing 2nd wave resist steps to curb virus

Oct. 30, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as a new surge of coronavirus infections sweeps the U.S., officials in many hard-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to slow the spread, with pleas from health experts running up against political calculation and public fatigue. Days before a presidential election...

Burgess Owens, Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, poses for a photograph during a campaign stop Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Spring City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Conspiracy theory QAnon bubbles into tossup Utah House race

Oct. 30, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The conspiracy theory QAnon bubbled into the forefront in a competitive race for a suburban Utah swing congressional district this week, another sign of how the baseless theory has diffused into mainstream politics. Republican Burgess Owens has now come under scrutiny three times for...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and health officials issued repeated pleas for social distancing and mask usage on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, as hospitals grow closer to implementing crisis care protocols amid a record-breaking coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah governor 'disgusted' after health office vandalism

Oct. 30, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Friday he is "disgusted" after someone shot at a state health department office in what he called an attempt to intimidate public health employees. The agency said someone shot at its office overnight in the Salt Lake City suburb of Millcreek with what...

People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus shop at a market ahead of Hindu festivals in  Jammu, India, Thursday, Oct.29, 2020. India's confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

The Latest: India's downward trend in new cases continues

Oct. 30, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India has reported 48,648 new coronavirus cases, continuing a downward trend in infections even as the country’s caseload has crossed 8 million and is only behind the U.S. The Health Ministry also reported 563 new fatalities in the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 121,090...

Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist from the Utah Department of Health, speaks during the daily COVID-19 briefing at the Utah State Capitol Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Utah epidemiologist's home address leaked online for protest

Oct. 29, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Anti-mask protesters stood in front of the home of Utah Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn on Thursday evening after her personal information was leaked online. Dunn said it was “scary and wrong” that anyone would feel comfortable sharing her personal information and...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and health officials issued repeated pleas for social distancing and mask usage on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, as hospitals grow closer to implementing crisis care protocols amid a record-breaking coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah hospitals 'can't keep up' amid record-breaking surge

Oct. 29, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and health officials said Thursday the state may soon need to implement crisis care protocols as hospitals reach a breaking point amid a record coronavirus surge. Understaffing and a shortage of ICU beds could soon force Utah hospitals to shift to the protocols...

Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier (19) throws the ball in the first half against Utah State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Boise, Idaho. Boise State 42-13. (AP Photo/Steve Conner)

No. 25 Boise State faces road test at Air Force

Oct. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

No. 25 Boise State (1-0, 1-0 Mountain West) at Air Force (1-1, 0-1), Saturday at 6 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network). Line: Boise State by 14. Series record: Boise State leads 5-3. WHAT’S AT STAKE? No. 25 Boise State moved into the rankings after a 42-13 win over Utah State last weekend. It's the 19th straight...

Mother dead, child injured in home attack in northern Utah

Oct. 29, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

MIDVALE, Utah (AP) — Authorities in Utah have identified the woman killed in a violent incident at a home south of Salt Lake City, where a child was also injured. The Unified Police Department identified the victim as 41-year-old Utahna Halona, KUTV-TV reported Wednesday. “Our deepest condolences to...

Utah man arrested on suspicion of burning 2 kids with water

Oct. 29, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man was arrested after police say he burned two toddlers with hot water, authorities said. Austin Woolsey, 24, was arrested Tuesday and faces two felony counts of child abuse, KUTV-TV reported. The relationship between Woolsey and the children is unclear. Police said both...