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Champion bodybuilder turns himself in on Utah rape charges

Jul. 23, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A champion bodybuilder accused of raping a woman has turned himself in after an arrest warrant was issued earlier this month. Court records indicate Shawn Rhoden attended a court hearing Tuesday in a Salt Lake City suburb and was booked into a county jail. He remained behind bars...

2 Utah polygamous group members plead guilty in tax scheme

Jul. 19, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group have pleaded guilty to charges filed in what prosecutors have called a $511 million tax credit scheme, according to documents made public Friday. Washakie Renewable Energy once described itself as the...

Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land

Jul. 19, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of terrain in the West. The plan that was announced this summer and presented at public open houses,...

Family mourns 6-year-old girl killed by father's golf shot

Jul. 17, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — Relatives of a 6-year-old Utah girl who died after her father accidentally struck her with a golf ball are remembering her as a loving, playful child. Aria Hill's uncle David Smith described her as a happy child who greeted strangers and enjoyed spending time with her parents. Smith said...

6-year-old girl dies after getting hit with golf ball

Jul. 16, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old Utah girl has died after her father accidentally hit her with a golf ball. Police say the ball struck the girl in the back of the head on Monday morning, while the father and daughter were golfing at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem. The ball collided with the...

Man charged in Utah college student's death appears in court

Jul. 15, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A tech worker charged in the death of a Utah college student made his first court appearance Monday as friends of the slain woman held hands in the front row. Ayoola A. Ajayi appeared by video from jail alongside a court-appointed attorney during a quick hearing Monday to set a future...

Competition to grow medical marijuana in Utah heats up

Jul. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NEPHI, Utah (AP) — The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son's wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Gay square dancers add new spin to centuries-old dance style

Jul. 11, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There wasn't a crinoline in sight as 850 square dancers at the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs opened its annual convention last week in a Philadelphia hotel, bringing their best promenades and do-si-dos to a slightly sped-up version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."...

Tech worker charged with murder in death of college student

Jul. 10, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A tech worker was charged Wednesday with murder and kidnapping in the death of a Utah college student whose body was found in a wooded area with her arms bound behind her. Prosecutors said Ayoola A. Ajayi, 31, was the last person Mackenzie Lueck communicated with before she...

Utah police say body of slain college student recovered

Jul. 5, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The body of a slain college student has been recovered in a Utah canyon about 85 miles away from a backyard in Salt Lake City where other remains were found last week, police said Friday. The disclosure came in the case involving 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck. Authorities previously...