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A small Utah town will burn a dancing bears sculpture for an annual celebration of the winter solstice and to honor the former Bears Ears National Monument.

Bluff residents and friends Thursday night will burn the 15-foot-high effigy created by local artist Joe Pachak. The sculpture, made of willows and branches, depicts a traditional Ute dance step.

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A federal judge in Las Vegas has declared a mistrial in the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and others involved in a 2014 standoff with government agents.

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A teenager accused of encouraging a plot that left a 14-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the head has agreed to plea deal.

Seventeen-old Jayzon Decker faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to attempted aggravated murder and obstruction of justice.

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A Utah woman is behind bars but three other suspects remain at large following the theft of a police cruiser during a bizarre chain of events near the Idaho line.

The trouble began when a Tremonton police officer pulled over four people in a speeding vehicle north of Ogden at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The 34-year-old female driver ran and the officer caught her, but the other three suspects took off in the car. A Box Elder County deputy caught up with the 28-year-old female driver but the two passengers were gone.

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A committee studying the possibility of Salt Lake City making a bid to host another Winter Olympics says it would rather host the games in 2030, but would be ready if for some reason they're needed for 2026.

Committee co-chairman Fraser Bullock says they'd prefer to host the games after the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles to have a better opportunity to raise sponsorship dollars.

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A Utah judge is ordering 36 people to explain why they didn't show up for jury duty after their absences forced a mistrial last week in the case of three men accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Court officials say the absent jurors will be served summons to appear in court, and they could face fines or other penalties.

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The U.S. Department of Education has closed an investigation into whether Utah's Dixie State University mishandled a former student's sexual harassment complaint.

U.S. Department of Education press secretary Liz Hill confirmed in a statement Thursday that the Department's Office of Civil Rights closed its investigation into the school.

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Federal attorneys prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring in Utah are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to some $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah cites the digital currency's volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when 27-year-old Aaron Shamo was arrested a year ago.

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Brigham Young University has lifted security restrictions at its campus in Jerusalem a week after protests and violence erupted following President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

The university on Wednesday removed travel restrictions that initially limited students and faculty at the Jerusalem Center from traveling into the Old City and the city's east side.

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Federal regulators are giving the go-ahead for environmental studies and public comment about a proposed 140-mile (225-kilometer) pipeline to draw water from the Colorado River to serve southwestern Utah communities.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday formally accepted a state application submitted last year for the Lake Powell Pipeline.

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Gov. Gary Herbert is calling on legislators to continue tackling issues around Salt Lake City's homeless shelter and to start readying the state's Winter Olympics facilities to potentially host the games again.

Both are priorities in a $16.7 billion budget plan unveiled by the Republican governor on Wednesday in Kaysville at Davis Technical College, a location chosen to highlight the governor's focus on non-traditional colleges.

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Environmental groups are blasting a legislative proposal by U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart that would create a small national park within the recently downsized Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.

About 150 people rallied Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol to make the point that the plan is a ruse to try and appease conservationists and open more land for mining and grazing.

Holiday Vending Machines In Salt Lake City Encourage Giving

Dec 11, 2017
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During December visitors to Temple Square can purchase items from vending machines that will then be donated to various state, national and global charities. Items range from food, to glasses, to goats.

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Turkeys are a cherished symbol at the holidays, but in the northern Utah city of Mendon, they're just a pest.

Residents report finding dozens of the birds in their yards, damaging grass and dropping waste.

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State education officials say Utah's high school graduation rate grew slightly this year, marking the fifth straight year of increases.

The State Board of Education said Monday that 40,100 students graduated this spring, putting the high school graduation rate at 86 percent.

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Brigham Young University has banned beards for most students and faculty since the 1960s, but attitudes and enforcement of the policy at the Mormon church-owned school have relaxed in recent years.

The school approved beards on campus in 2015 for Muslims, Sikhs and other students to honor their non-faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS.

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A heavy bell that was on the USS Utah when it sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor has returned to the University of Utah.

The bell was placed inside the campus' Naval Science building on Thursday, the 76th anniversary of the attack.

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Salt Lake City Council has voted to provide funding for 50 new police officers.

The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to set aside funding to hire 50 new police officers, as well as additional support staff in the crime lab and social work office.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is strongly disputing a claim by outdoor retailer Patagonia that President Donald Trump "stole" public land by shrinking two national monuments in Utah.

Zinke calls the claim — made in large type on the company's home page — "nefarious, false and a lie."

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Two Utah congressmen are introducing legislation addressing two national monuments that President Donald Trump is drastically shrinking, turning one into a small national park and allowing Native Americans to help manage the other.

Republican Rep. John Curtis said at a press conference Tuesday that his measure on Bears Ears National Monument would allow Native Americans and local residents manage the land.

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Four missing children from a Utah polygamist sect have been found after a raid on the group's compound.

Authorities found two boys in the raid Monday then issued an Amber Alert for their two sisters and soon found them within 5 miles of the compound.

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President Donald Trump has signed proclamations to formally scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah: Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante.

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This year's election season brought historic wins for women in Utah, where at least four cities elected their first female mayors.

Women across Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and Utah counties will gain 6 percent more council or mayoral positions come January, holding a total 27 percent of all seats.

Keeping Bears Ears May Help Local Economies

Dec 4, 2017
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Prior to President Donald Trump’s visit to Utah on Monday, southern Utah leaders discuss the importance of Bears Ears and the possible economic value to keeping the monument.

Cat Cafe Opens In Salt Lake City

Dec 1, 2017
Tinker's Cat Cafe

Earlier this month, Tinker’s Cat Cafe opened in Salt Lake City. The cafe offers a full espresso bar, local baked goods and a cat room.

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