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  1. FBI probes fatal Utah police shooting of man carry...Read the original story

    Friday Feb 20 | WHTC

    Federal prosecutors and the FBI are reviewing the fatal police shooting of a 22-year-old black Utah man who was holding a sword when he was killed, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Friday. The police killing of Darrien Hunt in Sarasota Springs last September raised tensions in the mostly white city some 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, and came a month after a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot an unarmed black teen, prompting waves of protests across the country.


  2. Utah Mormon activist to learn fate in coming days:...Read the original story

    Monday Feb 9 | WHTC

    A prominent Mormon activist who faces possible excommunication after going against the church by supporting same-sex marriage and questioning doctrine is set to learn his fate "in the coming" days, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories website and podcast, has drawn supporters and the attention of church leaders who fear his work could unduly influence the faithful.


  3. Utah parents who fatally drugged children feared a...Read the original story

    Tuesday Jan 27 | WHTC

    The parents of a Utah family found dead in a locked bedroom at their home last year often discussed religiously-held notions of the apocalypse and orchestrated a multi-drug familicide using methadone and over-the-counter cold medication, police said on Tuesday. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children aged 11 to 14 were discovered by the Stracks' lone surviving child and his grandmother on Sept.


  4. Mormon church announces support for U.S. laws prot...Read the original story

    Tuesday Jan 27 | WHTC

    The Mormon church on Tuesday announced its support for laws protecting the rights of gay individuals - as long as religious freedoms are not compromised - a rare conciliatory move toward a community with whom it has long been at odds. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said at a news conference in Salt Lake City they were taking a "fairness for all" approach that would balance religious freedom with safeguards for gays and lesbians in terms of housing, employment and other rights.


  5. Bostonians want a vote on city's bid to host 2024 ...Read the original story

    Jan 20, 2015 | WHTC

    Three-quarters of Boston-area residents say that they should get a chance to vote on a planned bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, according to a poll released on Tuesday. While about half of respondents to the poll by MassINC Polling Group for WBUR radio said they supported the idea of hosting the games, they disagreed with Mayor Martin Walsh's statement that no vote was needed.


  6. Utah's Brigham Young University issues first beard...Read the original story

    Jan 15, 2015 | WHTC

    Utah's Brigham Young University, the Mormon Church's flagship education institution, has for the first time issued guidelines on when students may grow beards without violating its rule that men must be clean-shaven. Under the private school's honor code, which forbids premarital sex, tattoos and drinking alcohol, and requires that men and women dress modestly, only certain students will be permitted to grow facial hair.


  7. How much pain still looms for U.S. energy firms?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2015 | WHTC

    With nearly a quarter of U.S. energy shares' value wiped out by oil's six-month slide, investors are wondering if the sector has taken enough punishment and whether it is time to pile back in ahead of earnings reports later this month. The broad energy S&P 1500 index gained more than 4 percent over the past month, suggesting many believe markets have already factored in the pain caused by oil prices tumbling by more than half since June below $50 a barrel.


  8. More sex charges for ex-Utah female teacher accuse...Read the original story

    Jan 8, 2015 | WHTC

    A former Utah teacher who prosecutors say sexually abused a 17-year-old boy and sent him photos of her naked breasts while already accused of raping him and two other boys has been hit with additional charges, prosecutors said on Thursday. Brianne Altice, 35, of suburban Salt Lake City, was charged this week with three counts of illegal sexual activity with the 17-year-old boy, one of three teen students she was charged with raping, according to court documents.


  9. Parents of black Utah man shot by police sue offic...Read the original story

    Jan 2, 2015 | WHTC

    The parents of a 22-year-old black man who was shot and killed by police in Utah while holding a sword sued the officers and city in federal court on Friday, claiming that his civil rights were violated. The fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt in Sarasota Springs in September raised tensions in the mostly white, fast-growing community some 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.


  10. White House turns climate change spotlight to U.S. cities, townsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2014 | WHTC

    After announcing a major deal with China to curb emissions and a $3 billion pledge into a fund to help poor countries fight climate change last week, the Obama administration will turn its focus to American towns and cities to help them adapt to the impacts of global warming. On Monday, a task force of eight governors, 16 mayors and two tribal leaders will meet with Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials to present recommendations on how they can help local communities deal with extreme weather.


  11. Mormon church admits founder Joseph Smith had abou...Read the original story

    Nov 11, 2014 | WHTC

    The Mormon church has admitted that founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, having maintained for nearly 200 years that he was monogamous. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has tried to gloss over aspects of its history, including the polygamy practiced by Smith and Brigham Young, who helped found Salt Lake City, Utah, the headquarters of the Mormon church.


  12. Utah man accused of trying to snatch sleeping girl...Read the original story

    Nov 7, 2014 | WHTC

    Police with search dogs on Friday arrested a Utah man accused of trying to abduct a sleeping 5-year-old girl from her bed in the dead of night in a kidnapping foiled only because the child's stepfather awakened to the sound of the front door opening. Police said the suspected kidnapper entered the home in Sandy, Utah, early on Friday through an unlocked side or rear door, took the girl from a downstairs bedroom, and was leaving the house when the parents woke up.


  13. Relatives suspect poison in deaths of Utah familyRead the original story

    Oct 30, 2014 | WHTC

    The relatives of a Utah family who were found dead last month in a locked bedroom at their home suspect they died from poison and say details from court documents published this week begin to confirm their suspicions, local media said on Thursday. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children aged 11 to 14 were discovered on Sept.


  14. Five members of Utah family likely died of poisoni...Read the original story

    Oct 29, 2014 | WHTC

    Police believe two parents and three children found dead inside their Utah home weeks ago likely died of poisoning, local media reported on Wednesday. The five people, including children between the ages of 11 and 14, were found on Sept.


  15. Five face federal charges over ride through protec...Read the original story

    Sep 17, 2014 | WHTC

    Federal prosecutors in Utah filed criminal charges on Wednesday against five men who allegedly organized and led an all-terrain vehicle protest ride into a red-rock desert canyon closed to motorized use by federal land managers. About 300 protesters participated in the May ride through Recapture Canyon, where officials are trying to protect numerous Native American archaeological sites including ancient rock art, dwellings and other artifacts.


  16. Fatal police shooting in Utah fuels racial controv...Read the original story

    Sep 15, 2014 | WHTC

    A private autopsy has found a 22-year-old black man shot dead by police in Utah was fired at from behind six times, said a lawyer for the man's family. Authorities say the man was shot dead when he lunged at officers with a sword. 1 comment

  17. Utah woman critical after drinking restaurant's ta...Read the original story

    Aug 15, 2014 | WHTC

    A Utah woman was in critical condition in hospital on Friday, five days after suffering burns to her mouth and esophagus from drinking sweet tea laced with a powerful lye-based cleaning solvent at a local restaurant.


  18. Utah woman denied rescue after dog tussles with mo...Read the original story

    Aug 6, 2014 | WHTC

    Sheriff's deputies in Utah said on Wednesday they could not help a woman whose dog was injured in a tussle with a mountain goat because their policy is to rescue only humans, adding the pet was off its leash and attacked the wild animal.


  19. Popular, snakelike 'Cobra' rock formation beheaded...Read the original story

    Aug 5, 2014 | WHTC

    A red rock pinnacle popular with climbers and named for its snakelike shape has been beheaded in the Utah desert, federal land managers said on Tuesday.


  20. Residents evacuated after mudslide topples Utah homeRead the original story

    Aug 5, 2014 | WHTC

    A mudslide toppled one home in Utah on Tuesday and forced the evacuation of 20 others and a tennis club below a hillside that city officials said had already shown signs of stress.


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