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  • SALT LAKE CITY — For 2,000 years, cremation was widely considered a pagan practice, the desecration of human remains. Now it's more common than burial in the U.S. and might be eclipsed by an even more controversial method of disposition: dissolving the body in a scalding hot bath of chemicals and water.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A young boy is enjoying the Fourth of July, swinging a sparkler around, and a spark flies off and jumps down the front of a little girl's polyester dress, which ignites quickly. She's too scared to remember to stop, drop and roll.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — "It's unimaginable."

    Diane Homan of Lehi couldn't bear to lose her own children, so she joined hundreds of others rallying at the Utah Capitol Saturday "because there are children and families involved who are vulnerable and can't speak for themselves."

    "I love my country, and when you love someone you tell them what they're doing wrong," Homan said.

  • When Em's history teacher assigned a research project, the Salt Lake sophomore, 15, felt her stomach lurch. Weeks before the due date, she's already worried about what could go wrong. Like any assignment, she'll sketch it out repeatedly to see how it fits. But the hours researching, distilling, then mapping it will not bolster her for the class presentation, where she's supposed to briefly explain the poster.

  • SALT LAKE CITY—The people who run Spy Hop Productions, Utah's award-winning nonprofit youth digital media center, got a cold dose of reality the other day.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A federal grand jury has indicted a former U.S. intelligence officer from Utah on charges alleging he spied for the Chinese government in exchange for $800,000.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Trivia-loving Utah Jazz fans will get a kick out of one particular tidbit regarding newly drafted Grayson Allen's bio from his playing days at Duke.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A group of related companies involving the same pair of men in Utah can no longer say its solar lenses are eligible for energy tax credits after a federal judge issued a narrow injunction on Friday.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — More than a week after a brush fire in Moab destroyed nine homes, eight of those property owners have received approval from state officials to begin cleanup efforts.

    Test results determined that of the nine homes destroyed in the Cinema Court fire, only one home had asbestos present, likely delaying the homeowner's ability to begin the cleanup process.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Born in Haiti, Michaëlle Martial channels her traumatic life experiences to write and perform powerful poetry.

  • SALT LAKE CITY A fatal shooting by a security guard on the job downtown has prompted discussion about training and licensing requirements in the state, which were reduced this year.

    With 40 years of experience in the business and training armed security officers, Rob Anderton says his focus is on keeping the gun holstered and calling for help.

  • Through the years, members of the Deseret News editorial staff learned to predict what would happen on those rare occasions when, for whatever reason, Charles Krauthammer's regular column did not run. The anxious phone calls would begin as if on cue.

    "You haven't canceled him, have you?" readers would demand. Such was the value of his commentary, both in print and on television.

  • PROVO — BYU's media day wasn't without its bad news, with a couple of notable football players not listed on the 2018 roster.

    Absent from the list were running back Ula Tolutau, who was suspended last season following a charge of marijuana possession, and Joe Tukuafu, who sat out last season after transferring from Utah State. Both are products of East High.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — As fireworks start going on sale Sunday, city and fire officials are urging Utahns to take extra precautions during July holidays and to remember new fireworks restrictions.

    "We are expecting things to burn," said Eric Holmes, Unified Fire Authority public information officer. "If people aren't being very careful, we're going to burn things to the ground. It could be a very scary situation."

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The Deseret News' Itty Bitty Salt Lake City is back for its second revived year, and we've hunted out 20 interesting — and yes, tiny — things on our streets for you to find and identify.

  • Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — There's no shortage of spark in the primary race for Utah's 1st Congressional District, where two Democrats are battling each other for the chance to take on incumbent Rob Bishop this November.

    Lee Castillo and Kurt Weiland are not only miles apart geographically — Castillo lives in Layton and Weiland hails from Bountiful — but both have vastly different backgrounds.

  • SANDY — With a narrow vote from Sandy — followed within hours by a vote from Draper — enough cities signaled support to Salt Lake County Tuesday night to implement the $58 million sales tax for transportation that once failed before voters in 2015.

    That means Salt Lake County voters may very well begin paying an additional penny for every $4 spent beginning in October.

  • WEST JORDAN — A teen accused of raping and attempting to kill a 50-year-old woman out jogging in a Sandy park was bound over for trial Tuesday.

    Testifying during the preliminary hearing in juvenile court, the woman described how the teen lured her to stop on the trail by saying he needed help. She did all she could to fight him as he dragged her out of sight and "overpowered" her.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — There's much to unpack in blues singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi's 25-year music career, but before diving into talk of her band, touring and the upcoming show in Salt Lake City, Tedeschi is just as eager to share another part of her life she's passionate about: being a mother.

  • WASHINGTON — The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Last year, the Jazz invited everyone and their cousin to pre-draft workouts. A hundred players showed up. But just 1 percent of them hit the jackpot.

  • The new Utah Inland Port Authority has seen its share of controversy, specifically about Salt Lake City's role in zoning matters and the share of tax increment revenue it receives. But the rules on disclosure of board members' personal conflicts of interest have been straightforward and uncontested, until now.

  • Editor's note: Fourth in a series of stories spotlighting incoming recruits to the BYU football program.

    PROVO — Jacob Smith is hoping his time at BYU ends up far better than it began.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The NBA draft will be held Thursday night in Brooklyn and everybody has their own guesses of what will happen. While many experts have the same group of players being drafted in similar order, you never know what's going to happen and how the actual draft will turn out.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Rep. John Curtis said he had a chance to tell President Donald Trump at the end of his meeting with House Republicans Tuesday that Utahns want immigrant families to be able to stay together at the border.

  • FARMINGTON — After hitting a drive out of bounds and then topping a 3-wood on consecutive holes, it looked like the wheels might finally be coming off for young Preston Summerhays, who had played so magnificently in the Utah State Amateur for six straight days.

  • CLEARFIELD — Three, two, one ... lift off!

  • PROVO — One day, while overseeing a summer baseball camp, BYU coach Mike Littlewood noticed a father standing by the first base coaching box.

    As he approached the man, Littlewood quickly realized it was Jeff Kent, who played 17 seasons in the Major Leagues and earned MVP honors in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants.

    "We started talking," Littlewood recalled. "He spent the next two days coaching third base."

  • SOUTH JORDAN — It was a Saturday morning like most in the Cramer home. Despite being tired and drained from the daily rigor of an active duty Army career, Sean Cramer got up with his kids to do something they would lovingly remember for years to come — clean the house.

    Playing some music, he danced with his daughter between the chores. Later, he took her grocery shopping, picking up a doughnut along the way.

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