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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.

A Navajo Nation judge is refusing to dismiss lawsuits claiming Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in a Mormon church foster program.

Judge Carol Perry said in the ruling released Thursday the cases should be heard in Navajo court.

Provo, Utah fire kills 1, inures another.
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Fire officials say one person died and another person was injured in a fire in Provo.

Provo Fire and Rescue said in a Facebook post that the fire was reported early Friday morning.

Navajo Nation
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Leaders on the nation's largest American Indian reservation are marking the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Navajo Treaty of 1868.

The signing of the agreement a century and a half ago signaled the end of a difficult chapter for Navajos that included their forced removal from their homeland in the Four Corners area of the Southwest and years of captivity at Bosque Redondo, part of Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico.

LDS Salt Lake City Temple
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 The Mormon church on Friday will celebrate the 40th anniversary of reversing its ban on black people serving in the lay priesthood, going on missions or getting married in temples, rekindling debate about one of the faith's most sensitive topics.

The number of black Mormons has grown but still only accounts for an estimated 6 percent of 16 million worldwide members. Not one serves in the highest levels of global leadership.

Airbnb launches state-wide tourism program "Experiences."
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Airbnb is launching its guided activities program Experiences in Utah.

The company announced plans with the state tourism office Wednesday adding Utah to its list of nearly 180 locations offering locally guided classes, tours and adventures. The service had been quietly rolled out over the last month and featured roughly 50 options as of Wednesday.

Facebook To Build Data Center In Utah

May 31, 2018
Facebook To Build Data Center In Utah
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Facebook will build a nearly 1 million-square-foot data center in Utah that officials say will bring millions of dollars to the region.

Gov. Gary Herbert and other state officials unveiled plans for the project Wednesday, after days of speculation about a mysterious company interested in a facility 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City. Utah County had previously approved $150 million in tax incentives for the project without divulging the company's identity.

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  An initiative that would have made it easier for Utah political candidates to bypass party conventions has failed to make the ballot after vigorous campaigning by opponents.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's office said Tuesday that questions on medical marijuana, redistricting and Medicaid expansion had reached the threshold to be on the ballot in November.

Navajo Nation president elections coming soon.
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Navajos hoping to become the next tribal president have until the close of business Wednesday to submit applications.

Nearly a dozen people so far have filed paperwork and paid the $1,500 fee to enter the race.

Zion National Park sees huge amounts of visitors for Memorial Day weekend.
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More than 30,000 people crowded to Zion National Park in a single day over Memorial Day weekend as the iconic red-rock landscape at the already crowded park remains highly popular.

Some visitors waited an hour and a half to ride the shuttle in the popular park. Visitation Zion has spiked by 60 percent increase over the last decade, and most people crowd to Zion Canyon, a 6-mile corridor along the Virgin River.

Police in Utah Wound Motorbike Rider
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Police in Utah say an armed robbery suspect on a motorcycle was shot and wounded by an officer in a town southeast of Salt Lake City.

Cottonwood Heights police said the 6:15 a.m. Tuesday shooting occurred when an officer headed to work confronted a man on a motorbike identified as a suspect in robberies at two grocery stores in Sandy.

West Valley City Police
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A 2-year-old boy is expected to die after shooting himself at home in a Salt Lake City suburb.

West Valley City police say the boy is in extremely critical condition and not expected to survive. The boy's father, 27-year-old Tasman Maile, has been arrested and is in Salt Lake County Jail.

Man freed from Venezuela Prision Returns to Salt Lake City, UT
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Nearly two years after a trip to meet the woman he loved turned into an imprisonment in a Venezuelan jail, an exhausted but grateful Utah man arrived home with his wife Monday.

Josh Holt arrived at the Salt Lake City airport to a cheering crowd holding signs in his favorite color, green. His grandmother draped an American flag around his shoulders as he exchanged long hugs with person after person.

Lone Pine Arch Trail site of rock climber death.
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Authorities say a rock climber died after falling 60 feet in a remote spot in southern Utah.

Washington County Sheriff's Lt. David Crouse said in a news release Thursday that 63-year-old Fiorenzo Marino Antognini fell on Monday while climbing near the small town of Motoqua.

Tesla Model S
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A police report shows the Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped firetruck. Two people were injured.

The Associated Press obtained the report Thursday, which says data from the Model S electric vehicle show it picked up speed for 3.5 seconds shortly before crashing into a stopped firetruck in suburban Salt Lake City. The driver manually hit the brakes a fraction of a second before impact.

Utah court sentences man for unlawful possession and distribution of machine-gun converters.
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A Utah man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for illegally making and selling more than 1,400 machine-gun converter devices for AR-15-style rifles.

Scott Ray Bishop told the judge that he thought his product was the same as bump stocks or trigger assemblies that are sold legally. A jury in January found Bishop guilty of unlawfully engaging in the business of manufacturing machine guns and illegal possession and transfer of machine guns.

Missing woman from Provo, Utah found dead.
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Utah police say they've found the body of a woman who disappeared on her way home from English class three years ago shortly after she moved from Mexico.

Authorities said Thursday that Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado's death is being investigated as a homicide after her skeletal remains were found in a canyon several miles (kilometers) from where she was last seen.

Utah Desert
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National weather and wildfire experts say the American Southwest is one of the regions hardest hit by drought as many areas have received just a fraction of their normal precipitation while temperatures have climbed.

Climatologist Brian Fuchs with National Drought Mitigation Center painted a grim picture Wednesday as he used a series of maps to depict the dryness that has consumed the Four Corners region — where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet.

Torrey Green faces court over sexual assault allegations.
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A trial for a former Utah State football player accused of sexually assaulting seven women has been set for January.

  24-year-old Torrey Green appeared in court Tuesday, where attorneys established a plan for trial. The seven cases charged against him will be tried in two separate trials in Box Elder County.

Zion National Park expects delays from record breaking visitors.
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U.S. officials say they're expecting record numbers of visitors to southern Utah's Zion National Park this holiday weekend that could have people waiting more than 45 minutes to enter the park and board shuttles.

The National Park Service says Memorial Day weekend is their busiest of the year at Zion.

Utah families face higher taxes next year unless Utah legislation can stave it off.
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  A state tax official says lawmakers should meet in a special session this summer to stave off a higher tax bill that some Utah families could face next year.

Utah Tax Commission Chairman John Valentine said Tuesday at a conference of the Utah Taxpayers Association that the overhaul of U.S. tax laws passed by Congress in 2017 effectively canceled out several Utah tax credits.

Sierra Bonita Elementary School site of janitor misconduct.
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Parents at a Utah elementary school say they raised concerns about a janitor's behavior months before he was arrested on child sex abuse charges, but were told there was no evidence of abuse.

Parent Nancy Glover said on Tuesday that the Nebo School District needs to own up to its mistake after they sent a letter to parents in March saying the matter was being closed after a thorough investigation.

Sen. Orrin Hatch
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  U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch's staff says the retiring Republican lawmaker has no plans to become the ambassador in Australia despite recent speculation.

Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock said Tuesday in a statement that the 84-year-old senator hasn't had any conversations about an ambassadorship.

Mitt Romney under criticism for comments about pastor.
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Utah Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is defending a prominent Baptist minister who has come under fire from Mitt Romney and others for his past criticism of Mormonism, Islam and Judaism. 

Kennedy said that it was "embarrassing" for Romney to call Pastor Robert Jeffress a "religious bigot."

Sanpete County Courthouse
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A self-styled Utah prophet accused of secretly marrying young girls because of his beliefs in polygamy and doomsday will serve at least 26 years in prison after pleading guilty to child rape and abuse charges.

Samuel Shaffer was sentenced Tuesday in Iron County, where police raided a remote desert compound he and a friend built to house their upstart group called Knights of the Crystal Blade.

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