Stories from the Associated Press

Jurors began deliberations over whether three toddlers injured in a Utah day care were deliberately harmed by their baby sitter, or if a series of accidents were grouped and labeled a crime.

Deliberations began Wednesday in the case against Murray day care owner Kami Kay Tollefson, who is charged with three counts of child abuse.

Bull elk, similar to the one poached by Ed and Ryan Singler.

Two Wisconsin men who illegally poached a bull elk near the Nevada-Utah line have been sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and penalties.

Nevada wildlife officials say Ed Singler of Shiocton, Wisconsin had a valid hunting tag for the area. But the elk killed in White Pine County in 2015 was actually shot by his son, Ryan Singler of New London, Wisconsin.

Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee for CIA director.

A former top intelligence official says U.S. senators should give "appropriate scrutiny" to President Donald Trump's nominee to run the CIA for her role in the agency's waterboarding of terror suspects.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said in a Wednesday speech in Salt Lake City that the Senate intelligence committee that will vet nominee Gina Haspel should be fair but ensure Haspel did not inappropriately overstep her authority in the interrogation program.

Utah State University in Logan, UT, to address critics of major donation from Koch brothers.

Utah State University faculty members are debating what kind of statement to make about a $25 million donation from the billionaire Koch brothers.

The school's faculty senate is creating task force to look at how the donation will affect the school and write a resolution about it.

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser.

Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says he's not running for re-election this year.

He said in a statement Wednesday that he recently decided not to seek re-election because he thinks it's time for "a new face with fresh energy and ideas."

#Enough National School Walkout sign.

Thousands of Utah students at least 30 schools participated in walkouts to protest gun violence and demand change as part of national demonstrations one month after the deadly shooting inside a high school in Parkland, Florida.

At West High School in Salt Lake City, about 500 students gathered outside the front entrance Wednesday morning and listened quietly as student organizers read the names of the 17 people killed in Florida and released one orange balloon for each.

Utah's top elections officer says he won't allow the state Republican Party to enforce new party rules attempting to kick out candidates in two congressional districts who attempt to gather voter signatures to become the party's nominee.

Republican Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox told KUER-FM that he won't allow someone to remove another person from their political party.

Painting of Coalville, Utah.

The Utah mountain town of Coalville is worried that a plan to build 500 luxury homes could impact the small-town, working class feel of the community.

Developers have turned their eyes toward the town of 1,500 people, which city engineer Shane McFarland says hasn't grown much in 60 years.

Speaker Greg Hughes, who will not be running for re-election in 2018.

Nearly one-fifth of state lawmakers are not running for re-election this year.

The retiring lawmakers include some big names like Speaker Greg Hughes, tax-guru Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson and Republican Rep. Mike Noel, known for his clashes with environmentalists.

Deer Valley ski resort.

A 70-year-old skier is dead after he hit a pole while racing a friend at a Utah resort.

Authorities at Deer Valley Resort say the man was skiing a race course with a private group when he collided with a pole on the course on Friday.

Emergency crews responded and he was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Park City police tell KSL-TV that he was from Colorado and visiting Utah for a ski trip with friends.


LDS missionaries serve countries around the world.

Mormon missionaries are doing more proselytizing online than ever, including 600 missionaries assigned to 20 visitor centers around the world who spend their days chatting with prospective converts online.

Bonnie Oscarson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Young Women program and a member of its Executive Missionary Council, said the approach is hardly new but has become more sophisticated.

Utah federal courthouse where offer shoots defendant.

Dramatic newly released video shows a U.S. Marshal firing four times at close range at a defendant inside a Utah federal courthouse who rushed the witness stand, jumped and swung with a pen at a shackled witness who jumped out of the way.

The 24-second footage from the 2014 gang-related racketing trial were released Monday after a media coalition including the Associated Press argued it was a public record in an important police use-of-force case.

About 200 people rallied inside Utah's Capitol building Thursday to celebrate International Women's Day and hear a performance from the indie band Lucius.

The event put on by Salt Lake City radio station KRCL coincided with the final day of the state Legislature's 2018 session.

Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop.

The new mayor of a mostly polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border is finishing an overhaul of municipal staff and boards following mass resignations when she took office in January and became the first woman and first non-member of the polygamous sect to hold the seat.

Six of seven municipal workers for the town of Hildale, Utah, quit after Mayor Donia Jessop was elected and took charge of the local government run by the sect for more than a century.

Mitt Romney focuses on Utah in Senate Campaign.

Mitt Romney is shaking hands, posing for pictures and cracking jokes as he barnstorms Utah seeking votes for his Senate bid.

What he isn't doing is talking about his well-documented feuds with President Trump.

The president of the Navajo Nation says a proposal that would have renamed a Utah highway after Donald Trump was insulting.

Navajo President Russell Begaye says naming the highway that connects national parks such as Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon after President Trump would have been like pouring salt on an open wound.

Noncompete agreement changes to influence media industry.

TV stations would only be able to use noncompete contracts for staff members who earn more than $47,500 a year under a proposal passed by lawmakers — and now awaiting the governor's signature.

The state House on Monday approved the Senate's changes to the bill, sending it to Gov. Gary Herbert for consideration.

Lawmakers include money to sue California in the upcoming budget.

Utah lawmakers are including $1.65 million in the state budget to sue California over rules that make coal-fired power more expensive.

The Legislature's main budget committee signed off on the expense Wednesday evening as part of a package of projects and programs they plan to fund before adjourning Thursday night.

A beloved polar bear has died at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York.

Director Larry Sorel says the loss of 28-year-old Aurora is "difficult for the entire zoo family."

Zoo Society President Pamela Reed Sanchez says Aurora was "an extraordinary ambassador" for her "vulnerable species."

Pine View High School in St. George, UT.

Police in southern Utah confirm additional charges are pending against a teenage student accused of bringing a homemade bomb to his high school in St. George.

The unidentified teen was arrested Monday night on weapons-related charges after the discovery of the explosive device sending smoke from a backpack forced an evacuation of Pine View High School.

Lawmakers plan to ask voters to approve an increase in gas taxes of 10 cents per gallon.

Utah lawmakers are working on a deal that would raise gas taxes and send more money to schools in order to stop a ballot initiative that would hike sales and income tax rates.

A bill unveiled Tuesday afternoon would ask voters in November to raise gas taxes by 10 cents a gallon.

Westlake High School

A Utah girl whose mother was running the Boston Marathon when it was bombed in 2013 is among those arranging walkouts to protest gun violence in schools.

Kaylee Anderson and other Utah County students will be participating on March 14 in the walkouts that have been scheduled nationwide.

President Donald Trump, who could have Utah highway renamed in his honor.

Utah Democrats are pushing back on a proposal to rename a scenic highway after President Donald Trump, with one saying he'd suggest naming a frontage road after porn star Stormy Daniels.

Republicans want to name the southern Utah road that connects several well-known national parks after Trump to recognize his move to shrink two national monuments fiercely opposed by state leaders.

Utah lawmakers reject "red flag" bill in fear of encroaching on constitutional rights.

Lawmakers in conservative Utah have rejected a bill to allow police to temporarily confiscate guns of those deemed to be a threat.

The so-called "red flag" bill is similar to proposals a number of other states are debating in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month that killed 17.

Community members voiced their concerns over a proposed bill to create an Inland Port Authority to oversee development in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant.

Westpointe Community Council Vice Chairman Terry Thomas says the council believes the Legislature's late introduction of the bill is "by design to impede fair and proper citizen and stakeholder due process."