Stories from the Associated Press

Wildfire risk is at a high and the Navajo Nation is cracking down on potential hazards.
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The Navajo Nation is tightening fire restrictions across the reservation because of ongoing drought.

Tribal President Russell Begaye says people should be praying for rain and each other. Tribal officials plan to conduct a ceremony next week, making offerings for rain.

Wildfires blaze in central Utah
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A wildfire in central Utah fed by dry conditions and swift wind has consumed more than 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) and burned a cabin.

The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday the Trail Mountain fire northwest of Orangeville began as a prescribed burn but grew out of control last week.

Utah Transit Authority says liquor ads do not violate their policies.
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  An Ogden distillery owner will be able to buy liquor ads on Utah light rail trains and buses after all despite earlier beliefs that these ads were illegal.

The confusion started last week when Steve Conlin, a managing partner with Ogden's Own Distillery, asked how much it would cost to advertise his products on Utah Transit Authority vehicles. He was initially told it was illegal to advertise spirits in Utah.

Fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in Moab.
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A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the southern Utah tourist town of Moab.

 Moab city officials said in a news release Tuesday night that the fire started Tuesday night in a wooded area near an apartment complex.

1 dead after man drives into patio area of the Millcreek, Utah Starbucks.
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Police are continuing to investigate whether a Utah driver's medical issue was responsible for sending a pickup truck careening into a Starbucks patio last week.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera can't confirm investigators' initial hypothesis about a medical episode such as a seizure until she reviews a toxicology report that is still being compiled.

Mitchell and Barzee are in prison for kidnapping then 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart.
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A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap then-Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 refused to attend a hearing before the state parole board that could have helped her get out of prison earlier.

A Utah parole board member said Tuesday at the hearing that 72-year-old Wanda Barzee also refused to undergo psychological evaluation needed to get out before her scheduled release in 2024.

Samuel Tom Holiday was one of the last Navajo Code Talkers.
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  Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died Monday in southern Utah.

He was 94.

Utah Lake experiences toxic algae bloom.
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For a third straight year, Utah officials are warning residents that a toxic algae bloom has made parts of Utah Lake near Provo unsafe for recreation. 

State and county agencies said Tuesday that recent tests on water samples showed high levels of toxin-producing cyanobacteria in the waters of Provo Bay. Other parts of the lake are not affected by the algal bloom and considered safe for recreation.

Utah will no longer use SAGE testing.
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  Utah is ending its use of the SAGE standardized test and moving to tests produced by other providers.

The state Board of Education earlier this year approved a new test called "RISE" provided by Questar Assessment Inc. for students in grades three through eight, and the board on Thursday approved a contract with Pearson for the Utah Aspire Plus test for students in 9th and 10th grades.

Utah gas prices on the rise.
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  Gasoline prices in the Salt Lake City area have increased more than 2 cents in the past week.

The average retail price of a gallon of gas in the area is $3.10. That's according to a survey of 380 gas outlets.

The Temple Riders
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A Mormon motorcycle club is currently holding its biennial gathering in southern Utah where about 125 members from across the country are riding together through scenic parts of the region.

The Temple Riders are celebrating the club's 30th anniversary through Wednesday with the "Color Country 'n' Spires" rally.

Hogle Zoo welcomes new baby zebra.
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A baby zebra full of energy is making her public debut at a Utah zoo.

The 5-day-old foal entertained parents and young children Thursday at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City as she ran in circles, pranced and kicked up her heels with her mother watching close by.

West Jordan City
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Authorities say a woman was shot and killed after apparently breaking into a Utah home.

West Jordan police say the woman was shot after a man heard the home garage door opening about 5:30 a.m. Friday and found her inside the house.

Westside Elementary School, Utah
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With a July 1 deadline looming and $123 million at stake, school officials in Utah will ask the federal government for a one-year reprieve from a requirement that 95 percent of students participate in statewide testing.

The Utah State Board of Education on Thursday authorized state schools chief Sydnee Dickson to seek an exemption while the state tries to increase test participation rates that officials say now average 94 percent.

Bank of Vernal Utah
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A 54-year-old man known as the "Double Hat Bandit" has pleaded guilty to robbing banks and credit unions in seven states.

Shayne Carson said in his plea agreement filed in federal court in Utah Friday that he stole from 18 banks from Oregon to Iowa. The crime spree went from October 2016, until shortly before his arrest last September.

Utah Prison
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A 65-year-old Utah financial adviser who pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion charges has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay $12 million in restitution.

A federal judge in Utah handed down the sentence against Henry Brock Monday.

Mark Shurtleff
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Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is suing more than 40 officials and agencies involved in the failed corruption case against him that was dismissed two years ago.

Shurtleff said in a 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday that he is seeking $60 million to compensate for his pain and suffering.

Man dies nead Moab, Utah
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Authorities say a Minnesota man died after falling 60 feet while rappelling down a cliff in southern Utah.

Grand County Sheriff's Lt. Kim Neal said that 33-year-old Scott Henning hiked with a friend Monday to a popular area for rappelling near the tourist town of Moab.

Man Attacked Following Salt Lake City Pride Festival
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Salt Lake City police are looking for leads after a man was allegedly attacked while trying to defend two gay men who were being chased after the Utah Pride Festival.

Detective Greg Wilking said Tuesday the two men were leaving the festival around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when a group of young white men approached from an alley and made homophobic slurs. The couple sought refuge in a nearby ice cream shop.

Arizona Miners Rallying For Jobs
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Hundreds of miners and their relatives will join leaders from the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and the United Mine Workers to rally at the state Capitol to keep open the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona.

The gathering in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday morning is the latest effort by employees of the 2,250-megawatt station near Page in northeastern Arizona to save their jobs. Utility operators say the station costs more to operate than natural gas-burning plants.

Seattle Tacoma International Airport
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A former U.S. intelligence officer is being charged with attempted espionage for trying to sell secrets to China.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that 58-year-old Utah resident Ron Rockwell Hansen was paid up to $800,000 for passing along technology and information about U.S. military and intelligence issues.

Mormons pull missionaries from Nicaragua amid violence
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  The Mormon church is pulling the remaining 158 missionaries from Nicaragua because of ongoing violence and deteriorating conditions in the Central American country.

The move announced Tuesday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means the religion will no longer have proselytizing church members in the country. The faith pulled another 169 missionaries from Nicaragua two weeks ago.

Wyoming State Trooper
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Wyoming Highway Patrol officials are praising a Utah trucker who stopped on to help a trooper wrestling roadside with a man for the trooper's gun.

Trucker Darren Phillips of Taylorsville, Utah, says service with the Marines and the Army National Guard helped him put the man in a choke hold and pull him off the trooper.

Utah Scientists Study Lightning
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Data collected from a remote high-desert lab in Utah could help scientists learn more about the origin of lightning.

Instruments for the Telescope Array Lightning Project in Millard County recorded bursts of gamma ray flashes produced in the first milliseconds of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

2 Hikers Injured After Rock Fall In Zion National Park
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A popular trail at Zion National Park is closed after two people were hurt in a rock fall.

Park ranger John Marciano says one person suffered serious leg injuries in the Sunday-afternoon rock fall on the trail that leads to the iconic Narrows hike.

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