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5 firefighters injured while fighting Montana wildfire

Jul. 23, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Five firefighters were injured when a thunderstorm and swirling winds in central Montana blew a lightning-caused wildfire back on them, federal officials said Friday. All five remained in medical facilities and were still being evaluated and treated...

Utah recognizes early Mormon settlers during Pioneer Day

Jul. 23, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People in Utah are gathering to celebrate the state's history and recognize early Mormon pioneers who trekked west in search of religious freedom. Pioneer Day is a beloved only-in-Utah holiday every July 24 that features parades, rodeos, fireworks...

Salt Lake officer found justified in shooting handcuffed man

Jul. 22, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake County prosecutors ruled Thursday that an officer was justified when he shot and killed a handcuffed man inside a police station nearly two years ago. Sgt. Tyler Longman will not face any charges related to the fatal shooting of Michael...

The Latest: Indian government dismisses excess deaths study

Jul. 22, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

DELHI, India — India's government has dismissed a recent study which estimated that the country's excess deaths during the pandemic could be 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, calling it “misleading” and “fallacious." On Tuesday, new research by the Center for...

Utah hospitals fill up as COVID-19 surges among unvaccinated

Jul. 21, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah on Wednesday recorded its highest number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in five months as the virus surges among unvaccinated people. State health officials renewed their pleas for people to get vaccinated as Utah intensive care units...

Salt Lake City mayor declares racism a public health crisis

Jul. 21, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City's mayor has adopted a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and committing to dismantling racist policies. Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the Salt Lake City Council adopted a joint resolution on Tuesday acknowledging that...

Utah sheriff to hold active-shooter training for teachers

Jul. 21, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The Utah County sheriff is offering an active-shooter training for teachers and it has filled up long before its start date. Trainers at the Teachers Academy include police, self-defense trainers and medical professionals for the 20-hour course...

Health officials warn about toxic algae blooms in Utah Lake

Jul. 20, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Health officials have warned that algae blooms are turning up in Utah Lake that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. The Utah County Health Department warned Friday that samples taken from the lake water on July 13 show that cyanobacteria...

The Latest: Korea PM apologizes for virus surge on destroyer

Jul. 19, 2021 22:10 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s prime minister has offered a public apology over a large-scale coronavirus outbreak on a destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa. Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Tuesday the government is “very sorry for failing to...

Eastern Idaho nuclear project goes from 12 to six reactors

Jul. 19, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A Utah energy cooperative said it will reduce the number of small modular nuclear reactors it will build in Idaho from 12 to six for a first-of-a-kind project that is part of a federal effort to reduce greenhouse gasses that cause climate change. ...