Stories from the Associated Press

First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, UT

A Honduran woman who has been taking sanctuary with her two daughters in a Utah church for the past six months is vowing to keep fighting for asylum.

Vicky Chavez told reporters Monday night that she hopes to be a voice for other women who are victims of domestic violence. She fled Honduras four years ago out of fear of an abusive boyfriend.

Salt Lake City, UT

Many Salt Lake County government services are being suspended due to broken air conditioning in its central offices.

Spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt said temperatures in some offices were as high as 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius) Monday because of a heat wave sweeping the region.

Utah Bull Moose

A moose has been released into the Utah wildness after spending several hours wandering around the University of Utah campus.

University library spokeswoman Heidi Brett said the moose ate shrubs and meandered around a plaza adjacent to the library early Monday morning.

Man released from jail following attempted bombing of federal cabin.

A Utah militia group leader who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a federal cabin in Arizona is being released on time served after spending two years in jail.

Judge David Sam said Monday that 59-year-old William Keebler had been a model prisoner and noted his multiple physical ailments including prostate cancer and cardiac disease as reasons for not imprisoning him longer.

Estimated $500,000 of damage done due to rental car fires at Salt Lake City International Airport.

  Authorities say 20 cars have been destroyed and others damaged in an overnight fire at Salt Lake City International Airport.

The cars were in the Hertz rental car lot.

Study on medical marijuna delayed in Utah.

Results of a state-funded study in Utah designed to gauge marijuana's impact on pain might not be ready until after voters in the state decide on a medical marijuana ballot initiative in November.

Utah Science Technology and Research executive director Ivy Estabrooke says that strict federal regulations around marijuana delayed the study for nearly a year and a half.

Baby born in back of car back home safe and healthy.

A baby born on a northern Utah roadside is home and settling into a routine after her unusual arrival.

Jaclyne Crookston was on her way to the hospital with her husband when she realized her baby was coming — ready or not.

Blue Lake, Utah

Law enforcement authorities say a 10-year-old boy died while scuba diving with his father in northwest Utah.

Tooele County sheriff's office Lt. Ron Johnson says the boy died Wednesday. He had been at the 60-foot-deep Blue Lake with his father, who is a certified scuba diver.

Wildfire blazes near Strawberry Reservoir in Utah.

  A growing Utah wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir has forced the closure of U.S. Highway 40.

High winds, heat and very dry conditions are fueling the fire near Strawberry Reservoir, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City. Officials say it has burned 66 square miles (171 square kilometers) and destroyed about 30 structures.

LGBTQA+ groups allowed to march in Utah July 4 Parade

Utah LGBTQA+ groups marched for the first time Wednesday in a prominent July Fourth festival in the conservative city of Provo after years of organizers blocking the groups from participating.

The groups were met by cheers and rainbow flags as they marched Wednesday morning in the America's Freedom Festival parade.

BYU Campus in Provo, Utah

An LGBTQA+ group at the Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University is trying to get recognition from the school but hasn't had its application approved for three years.

Members of the Understanding Same Gender Attraction group said they feel like they've been strung along by school administrators.

Wildfires blaze in several spots across Utah.

A Utah wildfire has ballooned closer to a popular fishing reservoir forcing authorities to shut down high tension power lines and order evacuations for a campground and subdivisions neighborhoods of cabins and homes.

The fire burning near Strawberry Reservoir was fueled Wednesday by high winds, heat and very dry conditions.

Utah County

A federal judge is declaring that Utah's San Juan County has made appropriate reforms after finding its previous political boundaries racially gerrymandered.

Judge Robert Shelby declined Monday to reopen the case in response to concerns from Navajo residents in the state's southeast corner.

Utahns will vote on medical marijuana this November.

Opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative are dropping their lawsuit seeking to prevent the question from being put to voters in November.

The action by Drug Safe Utah Monday clears the path to place the initiative on the ballot.

Wildfire causes evacuation of 300 houses.

Authorities have evacuated 200 to 300 Utah homes because of a growing wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir.

Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forest, Fire and State Lands says high winds helped grow the fire to about 47 square miles (122 square kilometers) by Monday evening.

Wildfires blaze in more than half a dozen places around Colorado.

More than 2,500 homes in Colorado are under evacuation orders as firefighters battle more than a half dozen wildfires around the state.

Most of the evacuations in effect Monday were due to a 78-square-mile (202-square-kilometer) wildfire in southern Colorado that authorities believe was human-caused.

Adult Red-tailed Hawk cares for its young.

An old cottonwood tree that is a nesting home to red-tailed hawks near the Salt Lake City airport has been spared demolition after a neighbor persuaded the property owners to leave it alone.

Catherine Kirby has been visiting the urban nesting area for years and sprang into action after hearing four trees would be torn down to make way for an expansion of an auto recycling business.

Aaron Johnson filed lawsuits after the Salt Lake City's city council Facebook page blocked him from posting on their wall.

  A Utah man has filed a pair of lawsuits claiming state and Salt Lake City officials have violated his free speech rights by blocking him on social media.

Aaron Johnson says he enjoys ribbing politicians online.

Elder Ulisses Soares and Elder Gerrit W. Gong

The two newest members of a top Mormon governing panel say they hope to bring a new perspective as the first Latin-American and the first person of Asian ancestry to a previously all-white top leadership group that helps make church policy.

Ulisses Soares of Brazil and Gerrit W. Gong, a Chinese-American, made the comments Thursday during their first media interviews since being chosen for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' leadership panel called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles earlier this year.

Utah WIldfires

Authorities have reopened a state highway in southwest Utah that had been closed due to threats from one of a half-dozen wildfires burning across the state.

Bureau of Land Management officials said Friday firefighters made good progress overnight on the Black Mountain Fire, which is now moving east of the small town of Minersville and State Highway 130.

Jamaal A. Evans
Utah State University


  A Utah State University football player has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a party, marking the latest in a string of similar cases at the school.

Prosecutors who filed rape and forcible sodomy charges Thursday say 19-year-old Jamaal A. Evans took an intoxicated woman into another room and assaulted her June 17.

Lee Castillo will challenge Republican Rep. Rob Bishop in November.

  Social worker Lee Castillo has won the Democratic primary to challenge eight-term Republican Rep. Rob Bishop in November.

Castillo defeated Weiland in Tuesday's primary to become the Democratic nominee for northern Utah's 1st Congressional District. The district runs across the northern part of the state.

Timothy Lutes fatally shot Thomas Stanfield after an altercation.

  A security guard who police say fatally shot a man in the back after an altercation has been charged with murder. He and his employer are also being sued by the victim's family.

Prosecutors say in charging documents that surveillance video shows 26-year-old Timothy Lutes shooting 54-year-old Thomas Stanfield in the back after Stanfield tried to walk away from a fight that started after Lutes asked him to leave the area.

Shaffer (right) will serve 26 years in prison after pleading guilty.

  A self-styled Utah prophet who led a doomsday cult and secretly married young girls was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.

35-year-old Samuel Shaffer was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to one felony count of child sodomy.

Lee Castillo leads in Democratic primary.

 Social worker Lee Castillo was leading businessman Kurt Weiland in the Democratic primary in Utah's 1st Congressional District, but the race was too close to call.

Castillo led by more than 10 percentage points in votes tabulated by The Associated Press Tuesday night.