Real Salt Lake soccer player pleads guilty in sex case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Real Salt Lake player accused of having sex with a minor has taken a plea deal. The Deseret News reports 24-year-old forward Ricardo Velazco pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor sexual battery. The Casa Grande, Arizona, native was suspended from the team...


US rig count up by 8 this week to 923; Wyoming up 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by eight this week to 923. That’s up from the 593 rigs that were active a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Wednesday that 747 rigs sought oil and 176 explored for natural gas this...


Police: 2 children injured after being hit by a truck

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) — Utah law enforcement officials say a young girl is in critical condition after she and a boy were hit by truck in a crosswalk in South Jordan. Police say three children between 7 and 9 years old had been crossing the street when a truck drove through the intersection and...


Navajo family in Utah gets electricity in time for holidays

Navajo Family Electricity

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — For years, Thomas and Annie Hamm walked around their southern Utah home with flashlights at night, heated water on a wood burning stove and kept their food cold on ice. Sometimes, they ran an extension cord from a car battery to power a television. They had a small solar...


Police: 19-year-old man fatally shot by teen in Sunset

SUNSET, Utah (AP) — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man in Sunset in northern Utah. Sunset Police Chief Ken Eborn says they believe the victim, Hunter Woodson, was shot multiple times by a 17-year-old teen on Tuesday during a drug deal gone wrong. Police arrested the...


Utah man pleads not guilty to murder in Cedar City shooting

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — A 28-year-old Utah man accused of fatally shooting another man at a Cedar City trailer park in July 2016 has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and several other charges. The (St. George Spectrum) reports Mark Mair of West Valley entered the plea Tuesday in district...


BYU rallies in 2nd half to beat Niagara 95-88

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Elijah Bryant came off the bench to score 22 points and Yoeli Childs added 21 as BYU rallied in the second half to knock off Niagara 95-88 on Tuesday night. Bryant made 13 of 14 free throws to garner most of his points. Childs was 10 of 17 from the floor. TJ Haws added 18 points...


Animal activists disrupt Utah governor's turkey pardon

Activists Disrupt Turkey Pardon

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two animal-rights activists disrupted the Utah governor’s Thanksgiving pardoning of a turkey Tuesday, rushing the podium and shouting as the CEO of a turkey plant spoke to a crowd of mostly children. The two men rushed past Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the 40-pound turkey named...


Pac-12 North comes down to the Apple Cup during Rivalry Week

Utah Washington Football

It’s the final week of the regular season for the Pac-12, which usually means a bit of bedlam. The league hasn’t disappointed this season, with two coaching vacancies already, along with some uncertainty atop the North. First, the one absolute: USC (10-2, 8-1) has already clinched the Pac-12 South...


Tribal leaders take aim at oil and gas development

Oil and Gas New Mexico

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Native American activists and tribal leaders from around New Mexico are joining the chorus of environmentalists who have been fighting for years to stop oil and gas development. This time, opponents are spurred by a proposed ordinance that would regulate drilling in one...

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