Stories from the Associated Press

Brian Head Fire
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A judge has picked a new venue for the trial of a Utah man charged with accidentally starting a massive wildfire in southern Utah last year.

Court records show 62-year-old Robert Lyman will be tried in Provo after a judge decided he couldn't get a fair trial in a county torched by the blaze.

Lake Powell
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  A federal agency's decision to pass on permitting for much of the Lake Powell Pipeline has opponents cheering the move they say will bring increased scrutiny while supporters maintain the project is still on track.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that it had submitted an order, saying it would only handle permitting for hydroelectric facilities in the 140-mile (225-kilometer) pipeline project.

Elizabeth Smart
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Elizabeth Smart says it is "incomprehensible" that a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap her will be released from prison next week.

Smart said in a statement Tuesday she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn that Wanda Barzee will be freed after failing to undergo mental health evaluations and failing to attend her own parole hearing in June.

A sample of a moon rock brought back from the Apollo 11 mission.
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A former NASA investigator who has spent many years tracking missing moon rocks is closing in on his goal of finding all 50 lunar samples gifted to U.S. states after Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.

In recent weeks, two more of the moon rocks that dropped off the radar after the 1969 Apollo 11 mission have been located by reporters in Louisiana and Utah.

Austin James Corry
Utah County Jail

  A central-Utah assistant fire chief has been charged with sexually assaulting a co-worker several times over the course of three years.

26-year-old Austin J. Corry appeared in court Thursday on 14 counts, including rape and forcible sexual abuse.

Police line.
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Authorities say the brother-in-law of a Dallas woman found raped and slain in 1996 as her infant daughter slept nearby has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the killing.

That 40-year-old Victor Serrano pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in the death of Manuela Dominguez after DNA from the body connected him to the crime scene.

Inmates fight wildfires in Idaho.
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Idaho is scrutinizing its program allowing prison inmates to help battle wildfires after one was charged with raping a woman working at a remote base camp in Utah.

Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray says they've returned five crews to prison as they review which inmates are allowed to serve, the training they receive and how they are deployed.

Echo Canyon Road
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Authorities say a suspected arsonist who set several wildfires along a Utah interstate may also be responsible for fires in Wyoming.

Investigator Jason Curry, of the Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands, says six fires that started along Interstate 80 on Monday appear to be linked to blazes ignited along a Wyoming interstate on the same day.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir
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A man who drowned in a reservoir that spans the Utah-Wyoming border has been identified as a retired Salt Lake City-area police officer.

The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake says the man who drowned Sunday while swimming at Flaming Gorge Reservoir was identified as Mikal Wersland.

Echo Canyon Road
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Authorities believe arson caused a wildfire that burned 585 acres (237 hectares) near Echo Reservoir along Interstate 80 in north-central Utah.

State fire officials said Monday that a fire investigator determined that arson was the fire's cause and that the Summit County Sheriff's Department was seeking information to help with the investigation.

Sexual assaults on the rise in Utah
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Statistics show violent and property crime are down in Utah, but the number of sexual assaults increased again last year.

Figures from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification released Wednesday show crime dropped overall by more than 5 percent from the prior year.

Utah Highway Patrol
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Authorities say three people are dead following a wrong-way crash on Interstate 15 in a Salt Lake City suburb early Friday morning.

The Utah Highway Patrol says a pickup traveling north entered southbound lanes in Bountiful and collided with a car, killing the pickup's driver and a man and a woman in the car.

Ogden police say an officer shot and injured a dog that allegedly attacked him while he was on a child welfare call.

According to a statement from the Ogden Police Department, the dog came out from behind a vehicle in a driveway and attacked the officer.

Ron Rockwell Hansen
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Prosecutors say a former U.S. intelligence officer charged with trying to sell secrets to China told investigators that an FBI informant started a conversation about U.S. military information.

Prosecutors say in court documents filed Wednesday that 58-year-old Ron Rockwell Hansen of Syracuse briefly spoke with FBI agents after his arrest, but stopped talking after being confronted about whether he was telling the truth about who started the conversation.

Colorado City, Arizona
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 A polygamous sect that has been losing control of a community on the Utah-Arizona border that it has long controlled is in line to hold on to seats on a town council after three member incumbents survived a primary election challenge from outsiders.

Vance Barlow, the town manager and town clerk in Colorado City, Arizona, says Donald Richter secured one of the four seats outright because he won more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.

Isaiah and Jacob Kingston
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Two Salt Lake City biodiesel executives linked to a polygamous group will stay in jail on federal charges in an alleged $500 million tax credit scheme.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells denied an effort Wednesday to immediately release defendant Isaiah Kingston. His lawyer Scott Williams says allegations that he would flee to Turkey if released ahead of trial are false and misleading.

Bonnie Foerster
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A 74-year-old woman cried tears of joy when a Utah state judge took the rare step of declaring her and her longtime lesbian partner legally married just months after her wife died.

Judge Patrick Corum on Tuesday ruled that Bonnie Foerster is legally married to Beverly Grossaint, who died in May in Salt Lake City at age 82.

Foerster met Grossaint in January 1968 in New York City under unhappy circumstances: Foerster was escaping an abusive husband. When Grossaint first saw her, Foerster had broken ribs and was wearing dark glasses to hide black eyes.

Intermountain Healthcare Logo
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A Salt Lake City health care company says it eliminated 396 jobs and created 107 new positions as part of a structural overhaul it launched late last year.

Intermountain Healthcare announced Monday that 59 positions were already vacant, and a total of 67 people in jobs that were cut "left Intermountain because there was not another suitable position."

Murray, Utah
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Murray City Council voted to continue its investment in exploring the country's first small modular nuclear reactor.

Murray, with its additional $15,000 investment approved Tuesday, has now committed $30,000 to the Carbon Free Power Project to explore the new technology

Mia Love
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Republican Utah Congresswoman Mia Love is hosting a campaign rally with the state's beloved adopted son, Mitt Romney, as she gears up for the final months of a tight election race.

The rally at Friday night at Thanksgiving Point will also include more than 40 local elected officials.

University of Utah
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A University of Utah graduate assistant was reassigned from teaching a class after she said bringing a concealed carry gun to class "is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior," and that any of her students — even if permitted — who do would be forced to stand in a "3x3 taped square."

University spokesman Chris Nelson says the "weapons policy" was removed from the online curriculum Tuesday and students were "alerted to the error."

Zion National Park entrance.
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Zion National Park is planning to overhaul its main entrance to help ease long lines of cars that can stretch back for miles.

The National Park Service is proposing changes that include increasing the number of visitor-entry lanes and creating a short-term visitor pull-out area.

The Pickle Factory in Salt Lake's Granary District
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Salt Lake City's redevelopment agency has chosen artists to create nearly a dozen murals in an increasingly popular downtown neighborhood.

Officials said Tuesday that 15 artists have been commissioned for the large-scale artwork on the exterior of privately owned buildings in the Granary District.

Man installs home solar panels.
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  New rooftop solar installations are down 23 percent after Utah's main power company reached a deal to pay customers less for the power they generate.

Rocky Mountain Power in a deal that went into effect in November phased out the net-metering program, which paid solar customers the market rate for their excess energy sent to the grid.

Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say a man kicked open the door of his estranged wife's apartment and beat her and their 13-year-old daughter with a crowbar, killing the woman and critically injuring the girl.

A Unified Police Department spokeswoman says 54-year-old Walter Brantzeg was arrested Wednesday after he called at least one local television station to talk about the attack while driving away from the apartment in Millcreek.

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