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A Utah man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution after defrauding his insurance clients.
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  A Utah man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution after defrauding his insurance clients.

41-year-old Brian Smart of Lehi took more than $1,800 from his clients between May 2005 and March 2006.

A registered sex offender has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three young Utah girls.

33-year-old Johnathon Nixon pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated child sexual abuse and child sodomy.

Body of missing man found in Newton Dam.
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Authorities say the body of a man who disappeared while swimming in a reservoir at Newton Dam has been found.

The Cache County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Austin Nsegiyumva's body was found about 50 feet from shore under 8 feet of water.

Teen attempts to blow up a homemade explosive device at school in St. George, Utah.
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  Authorities say a Utah teenager told police he tried to blow up a homemade explosive device in his backpack at school because he'd been looking at Islamic State propaganda and wanted to cause fear.

Prosecutors showed video Monday of the 16-year-old talking to police after the smoking but inert backpack was found at the school in March.

Volunteers search for missing man in Newton Dam.
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Northern Utah authorities are scaling back the search for a swimmer who disappeared while swimming at Newton Dam over the weekend.

Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Locke told the Herald Journal Monday that volunteers will remain throughout the week to search for the 35-year-old man.

St. George woman found dead in suspected homicide.
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  Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the death of a St. George woman last week.

St. George police say 28-year-old Kevin Ray Mcatlin was taken into custody Saturday in the Moab area on suspicion of murder.

Jason Summers was arrested on Friday for child abuse and trespassing.
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  Law enforcement authorities in northern Utah are accusing a man of throwing sulfuric acid on a child.

32-year-old Smithfield resident Jason Keith Summers was arrested Friday on charges including child abuse and trespassing.

Man who rented equipment from Provo Canyon Outfitters stole keys and IDs from the company.
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  Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly stole a box containing several car keys from an outdoor recreation company, leaving as many as 30 people stranded.

Provo Canyon Outfitters, which rents tubes and rafts to float on the Provo River, said Saturday a man had stolen a box containing car keys and identification cards of customers.

Provo, Utah neighborhood.
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A new report indicates the cost of housing in Utah is increasing at a faster rate than wages for low income households.

A study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition released Wednesday shows people earning minimum wage would need to work 98 hours per week to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in the state.

Young Children Ballroom Dance; Children from Davis County Ballroom preform a routine.
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A Davis County dance instructor is working with Utah youth to provide them an opportunity to use ballroom dancing as a way of developing social skills. At the same time, students learn more about the art of ballroom dance.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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