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Evacuations lifted for Salt Lake City fire that triggered evacuations near state Capitol

Jul. 22, 2024 11:33 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities in Utah lifted evacuation orders for a wildfire in Salt Lake City that threatened neighborhoods near the state Capitol over the weekend. The evacuation order was lifted late Sunday after authorities said more than 100 firefighters worked to protect...

A man on death row for a 1998 murder asks Utah's parole board for mercy

Jul. 22, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

Utah officials began hearing testimony Monday about whether a man facing execution next month should be spared the death penalty for murdering his girlfriend's mother and instead remain imprisoned for life. The parole board hearing comes after state officials said Saturday that they...

Salt Lake City wildfire prompts mandatory evacuations uphill from Utah's state capitol

Jul. 21, 2024 15:22 PM EDT

A wildfire in Salt Lake City forced people living uphill from Utah's state capitol to evacuate, and it remained uncontained Sunday as more than 100 firefighters worked to protect nearby homes. Helicopters and airplanes were dropping buckets over the flames as ground crews tried to...

Utah scraps untested lethal drug combination for man's August execution

Jul. 20, 2024 14:35 PM EDT

Utah officials said Saturday that they are scrapping plans to use an untested lethal drug combination in next month's planned execution of a man in a 1998 murder case. They will instead seek out a drug that's been used previously in executions in numerous states. Defense attorneys...

Stegosaurus fossil fetches nearly $45M, setting record for dinosaur auctions

Jul. 17, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nearly complete fossilized remains of a stegosaurus fetched $44.6 million at auction Wednesday, Sotheby's said. The buyer's name was not disclosed. The fossil, dubbed “Apex,” is considered to be among the most complete ever found, according to the auction...

3 hikers die in Utah parks as triple-digit temperatures linger in western US

Jul. 16, 2024 01:16 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three hikers died over the weekend in suspected heat-related cases at state and national parks in Utah, including a father and daughter who got lost on a strenuous hike in Canyonlands National Park in triple-digit temperatures. The daughter, 23, and her...

Actor Matthew McConaughey tells governors he is still mulling future run for political office

Jul. 12, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actor Matthew McConaughey continued to tease he might run for political office to a room full of governors Friday, joshing about drinking his brand of tequila with at least one of them the night before and taking advice from another to be himself if he ever does run. ...

Utah Supreme Court sides with opponents of redistricting that carved up Democratic-leaning area

Jul. 11, 2024 15:04 PM EDT

Utah's Supreme Court handed a victory Thursday to opponents of redistricting that carved up Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County among four congressional districts that have since all elected Republicans by wide margins. The 5-0 ruling won’t affect elections this year. The Supreme...

Prime Time in Big 12: Colorado coach Deion Sanders says he is 'judged on a different scale'

Jul. 11, 2024 10:57 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Colorado coach Deion Sanders said Wednesday at his first Big 12 media days appearance that he has to operate under an entirely different umbrella when it comes to expectations. The Pro Football Hall of Fame player is going into his second season coaching in a...

Kansas QB Jalon Daniels ready to play after missing most of '23 with back injury

Jul. 10, 2024 20:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels said he would be ready to play a game now. Coach Lance Leipold and the Jayhawks just need him to be ready for the season. Daniels missed most of last season because of a back injury, playing in only three games before the end of...