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Man on Utah’s death row for 30 years seeks new trial

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Chicago native who has been on death row in Utah for more than three decades for the death of a Provo woman is seeking a new trial. The Deseret News reports 63-year-old Douglas Stewart Carter is asking the state Supreme Court to order a new hearing […]

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Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says he initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning. Biden was greeted with a standing ovation […]

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Men accuse each other of murder in phone calls from jail

Men accuse each other of murder in phone calls from jail

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Calls from jail suggest two Utah men are blaming each other for fatally shooting a homeless man. The Standard-Examiner reports Weber County residents Cory Michael Fitzwater and Dalton James Aiken each are charged with one count of murder and possession of a firearm by a restricted person. The […]

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Teen secretly gives birth, hides dead baby in closet

Teen secretly gives birth, hides dead baby in closet

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A recently unsealed search warrant says a Utah teen secretly gave birth to a baby at her home, and then, after it died, hid the body in a drawer in her closet. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that when the 17-year-old girl’s father found the dead newborn […]

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Southwestern US states close to sealing drought deal

Southwestern US states close to sealing drought deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on efforts for seven Southwestern states to reach agreement on Colorado River drought contingency plans (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Federal water managers are setting a Jan. 31 deadline for the seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River to finalize unprecedented voluntary […]

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Salt Lake City Council gives itself $10K pay raise

Salt Lake City Council gives itself $10K pay raise

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — City council members in Utah’s largest city voted Tuesday night to raise their own salaries by nearly $10,000 in a move they argue will allow more people from all economic backgrounds to consider serving in the future. Members of the Salt Lake City Council voted […]

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US lawmakers examine Native women’s deaths, disappearances

US lawmakers examine Native women’s deaths, disappearances

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana is expressing frustration over police’s initial response to her loved one’s disappearance, saying in testimony prepared for U.S. senators Wednesday that dysfunctional investigations into missing persons cases have troubled numerous Native American families. The testimony from Kimberly […]

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Hatch laments loss of civility for US Senate in ‘crisis’

Hatch laments loss of civility for US Senate in ‘crisis’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah bemoaned the disappearance of political civility, kinship and cross-party collaboration during a farewell speech Wednesday where he called the Senate a legislative body in “crisis.” Hatch, 84, will step down next month as the longest-serving Republican senator in […]

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Southern California officials OK Colorado River drought plan

Southern California officials OK Colorado River drought plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California’s largest water wholesaler has approved a drought contingency plan that it hopes will help ensure the drought-stressed Colorado River will supply the Southwest for a decade. General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger says Tuesday’s approval adds the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to water agencies […]

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AP source: Biden to meet with family as he ponders 2020

AP source: Biden to meet with family as he ponders 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events this week before stepping out of the public eye to hold family deliberations over the holidays on whether to launch another campaign for president, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking. They spoke on the condition […]

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