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Adrian Zamarripa touches the front of Jeremy Neves' Lamborghini Huracan in Ogden, Utah, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Adrian, who tried to drive his parents' car to California Monday and was stopped by the Utah Highway Patrol, got a ride on the Lamborghini Tuesday from Neves who heard about the news and drove his car from another county for Adrian. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

No charges for family of boy who drove car onto highway

May. 8, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a 5-year-old boy who drove the family car onto a Utah highway won't face criminal charges, authorities said Friday. His teenage sister was watching him while his parents worked, and he swiped the keys while she was asleep in hopes of traveling to California to buy a...

Pint-sized driver surprises Utah trooper during traffic stop

May. 5, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper got a pint-sized surprise when he pulled over a 5-year-old driver who was swerving so badly he thought the driver needed medical attention. Trooper Rick Morgan said Adrian Zamarripa, who turns 6 next month, did not respond to his lights but pulled over when...

FILE - In this April 21, 2020 file photo Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a news conference in South Jordan, Utah. Herbert, a Republican, acknowledged that hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, is

Scrutinized malaria drug purchase to be refunded in Utah

Apr. 29, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will be refunded $800,000 it spent to buy malaria drugs once touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus despite warnings from doctors, officials said Wednesday. Leaders in both Utah and Oklahoma have faced scrutiny for spending millions of dollars combined...

In this March 9, 2020, photo, Damien Patton, Banjo founder and CEO, poses for a portrait at the company's office in South Jordan, Utah. Utah's attorney general has suspended a $20.7 million contract with a technology company using government surveillance data to develop a crime-detection program amid reports its founder, Patton, once belonged to a white supremacist group and was involved in a drive-by shooting. Attorney General Sean Reyes said Tuesday, April 28, that no one in his office was aware of Banjo founder Patton's past when it signed the contract. (Ivy Ceballo/The Deseret News via AP)

Utah halts crime-detection deal over company's past KKK ties

Apr. 29, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s attorney general has suspended a $20.7 million contract with a technology company using government surveillance data to develop a crime-detection program amid reports its founder once belonged to a white supremacist group and was involved in a drive-by shooting. Attorney...

FILE - This Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo shows an arrangement of hydroxychloroquine pills in Las Vegas.At least 13 states have obtained a total of more than 10 million doses of malaria drugs to treat COVID-19 patients despite warnings from doctors that more tests are needed before the medications that President Trump once fiercely promoted should be used to help people with the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher,File)

Oklahoma, Utah face scrutiny over malaria drug purchases

Apr. 28, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican state leaders in Oklahoma and Utah are facing scrutiny for spending millions of dollars combined to purchase malaria drugs promoted by President Trump to treat COVID-19 patients that many other states obtained for free and that doctors warned shouldn't be used without more...

Andy Paulsen poses for a photo as wears his mask during a walk in downtown in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now advising Americans to voluntarily wear a basic cloth or fabric face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Unemployment spikes again; last Utah national park closes

Apr. 9, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 33,000 new Utah residents filed for unemployment last week in yet another increase that illustrates the stunning collapse of the global economy as businesses across industries close or suffer while people stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The new...

Utah's 5 national parks closed as Capitol Reef shuts gates

Apr. 9, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — All five of Utah’s national parks are closed after Capitol Reef officials said Thursday they are shutting their gates to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus. The park known for its sandstone cliffs was the last national park still open in Utah after Zion, Bryce...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Republican Rep. Brady Brammer, poses for a portrait at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. A proposal to require warning labels on pornography in Utah passed the state House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, a move an adult-entertainment industry group called a dark day for freedom of expression. Brammer, the lawmaker behind the plan to mandate the labels about potential harm to minors, says it’s aimed at catching the “worst of the worst.”(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Porn warning labels bill becomes Utah law amid controversy

Apr. 2, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Pornography will have to come with a warning label in Utah after Gov. Gary Herbert allowed the measure to become law over protest from the adult-entertainment industry. If producers don't include a one-sentence warning label on obscene materials about potential harm to minors, they...

A group of kayakers practice social distancing while floating down the Greenbrier River Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Ronceverte, W.Va. Greenbrier County Health Department reported it's first COVID-19 case in the county Thursday. (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Phuket closes land and sea entry and exit points

Mar. 30, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Trump extends stay-at-home guidelines for another 30 days....

A staff member carries plastic buckets containing medical waste from new coronavirus patients at the Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Park Dong-joon/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea’s central bank to provide aid

Mar. 26, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea’s central bank to temporarily...