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  • SALT LAKE CITY — Don't expect to see headline news coming from Mitt Romney's annual political retreat in Deer Valley this year now that he's a candidate in the upcoming GOP Senate primary.

    "I think low-key is the right word for it," said Chris Karpowitz, co-director of BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, noting the lack of political star power at the invitation-only, three-day retreat that begins Thursday.


    The 30-year-old Camillus, New York, man whose parents evicted him from their house got in a parting jab by calling the police.

    Michael Rotondo said he left his son's Legos on the basement floor, but claimed his father wouldn't let him back in the house to retrieve them.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Trading banter at a self-organized news conference — attended by a group of concerned west-side residents who weren't laughing — House Speaker Greg Hughes and Sen. Jim Dabakis on Tuesday unveiled a list of proposals they believe could break Utah inland port negotiations free from gridlock.

  • OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors somehow withstood LeBron James' latest brilliance on the NBA Finals stage.

    A costly blunder by J.R. Smith and a disputed foul call involving James himself sure helped.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The celebration began immediately.

    Drivers blasted their car horns when they heard the news on the radio. At stop lights, they excitedly shared it with pedestrians. At home, families and roommates jumped up and down and screamed for joy. Friends called friends with the news and sobbed with joy.

  • Editor's note: First in an occasional series exploring the pros and cons of starting a true freshman at quarterback, and the experiences of the six true freshmen who started for BYU.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — It has widely been shown that altitude might have something to do with Utah's high rates of suicide and depression.

    Now, researchers at the University of Utah are finding that being a few thousand feet above sea level could also be affecting the medications doctors are using to treat depression and anxiety disorders.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The celebration of doughnuts never gets old. Since 1938, the first Friday in June has become a national day of appreciation for America's favorite fatty dessert. Eighty years later, several establishments throughout Utah are offering doughnut freebies and deals to honor the holiday.

  • FARMINGTON — A Layton husband and wife who won a $10,000 grocery giveaway after they were charged with stealing from a Kohl's store have been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years' probation in connection with the theft.

    The pair appeared remorseful in 2nd District Court in Farmington Thursday.

  • COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — A man shot by a Cottonwood Heights police officer earlier this week after allegedly robbing two grocery stores in Sandy at gunpoint has died.

    Cottonwood Heights police confirmed Thursday that Zane Anthony James, 19, died due to his injuries. Following the shooting Tuesday, police had said James was hospitalized in fair but stable condition.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — As a rookie, Scott Mitchell was among three players vying to become the Miami Dolphins' No. 3 quarterback. He had put everything he owned in a trailer and driven to Miami, signing a two-year apartment lease before ever attending training camp.

    "You know how dumb that is?" says the former fourth-round draft pick from Utah.

    He was all-in before anyone knew what that phrase meant.

  • PROVO — A Republican Utah County sheriff candidate has filed a complaint alleging his GOP opponent used public resources to put up a campaign sign.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A large high school graduation party at a Carbon County residence and the subsequent response by the sheriff's office has divided some residents.

    Some believe graduation parties with alcohol have been happening for years and is a matter of "kids being kids." But Carbon County Sheriff Jeff Wood said it is much more serious than that.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Summer is a time to combine two of Utah's favorite things into one: the outdoors and theater.

    Multiple professional and community theater companies in Utah take their monologues, solos, dance numbers and drama to outdoor stages as the weather gets warmer, giving audiences the chance to enjoy a bit of theater as the summer breeze flows and starry skies twinkle.

  • HERRIMAN — Everybody has anxiety, said 13-year-old Kali Duerksen, but nature went and dialed her sensitivity level up to an 11.

    Sometimes it's triggered by schoolwork, or loud noises, or spiders. Sometimes, there's no obvious cause.

    The signs are clear, though. During an anxiety attack, her heart beats faster and she gets short of breath. She begins to sweat. Her mind "blanks out," and she momentarily sees black.

  • RIVERTON — Josh Holt returned home to a hero's welcome Monday with his wife, Thamy, and two stepdaughters at his side, finally ending a two-year ordeal behind Venezuelan prison bars on what U.S. officials and his family says were false charges.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A group attempting to stop a citizens initiative aimed at maintaining a controversial candidate nomination process filed a lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox in 3rd District Court late Friday.

    The group, Keep My Voice, along with the Constitution Party of Utah, seeks an order from the court requiring Cox, whose office oversees elections, to recuse himself from "all matters" related to the initiative.

  • PROVO — For Kira Johnson, the love of cycling to work led her to her current job at Provo Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit used bike shop.

    Though she says she doesn't consider herself an avid bicyclist per se, "we can experience our community more and experience human interaction more when we're on a bike rather than when we're in a car," Johnson said.

  • COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — It didn’t take long Friday afternoon, in the shadow of Butler Middle School and the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, for the Brighton Bengals to show exactly why they are the top-ranked boys soccer team in the 5A classification.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of high school students gathered on the steps of the Utah Capitol Friday afternoon, saying several of their counterparts at a Texas school should be preparing for prom, graduation and summer break, but instead were lost to gunfire in their classroom.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Members of an alleged secretive drug-trafficking organization that represents itself as a music group have been charged with conspiracy to distribute meth, according to court documents unsealed Friday.

    In all, 15 Salt Lake valley residents have been charged in federal court, according to court documents. Of those, 12 were arrested Tuesday, and arrest warrants are out for the other three.

  • WEST VALLEY CITY — The National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah is offering a free seminar on how mental health courts work in Salt Lake, Davis and Weber counties.

    The class, which is being held in conjunction with Mental Health Month, will take place on Wednesday, May 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at NAMI Utah's offices, 1600 W. 2200 South #202. Although attendance is free, advance registration is required at 801 869-2872.

  • UTAH STATE PRISON — Prosecutors say a man already serving a life sentence for killing a Draper police officer teamed up with another man sentenced for running over a Springville officer and a third inmate to attack a prisoner.

  • FARMINGTON — Eggs falling from the sky, fighting robots, myth-busting teens and thousands of kids riding roller coasters — sound like something straight out of a Pixar film?

    That was the scene Friday during USU Physics Day at Lagoon, now in its 29th year.

  • In the age of fake news, confirmation bias, social media echo chambers, alternate facts and straight-up lies, the looming question is, "Who is responsible for truth?" Every day, prominent national media personalities, politicians and business executives demonstrate through their words and actions that they do not want to be responsible for, and many are not interested in, truth. So, who is responsible for truth?

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Karin Johnstone said a phone call a few weeks ago from Unified police was completely out of the blue.

    Investigators informed her that after nearly four decades they were reopening the investigation into the shooting death of her father and expected to file criminal charges.

    "I couldn't believe it because I think we had kind of given up," she said.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The parent corporation of Utah's Black Diamond Equipment — the outdoor gear specialists that can trace its lineage back to legendary climber/entrepreneur/environmentalist Yvon Chouinard — announced plans to invest $40 million and expand operations in the Beehive State.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The controversial inland port authority law apparently will remain intact as negotiations between Salt Lake City officials and the state are at an impasse, the governor's office confirms.

    Despite months of talks and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's willingness to call a special session to tweak SB234, those talks hit a wall this week.

  • PROVO — The day Yoeli Childs met with the media to discuss his return to BYU this week, he was upbeat, laughing and almost moonwalked his way into the Marriott Center Annex.

    Childs greeted Deseret News sports writer Jeff Call with a wide smile, "Hello, my man." He saw a media guy with a green T-shirt with the word "vegan" on it and immediately connected. "My kind of guy."

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers are expected to announce Wednesday that the controversial name change approved last session for the Utah Transit Authority will be delayed.

    A news conference with the sponsors of the legislation, which also overhauled the agency's governance structure, is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Capitol during Wednesday's interim meetings.

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