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Teen charged with killing youth facility staffer said he 'lost his mind'

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:52pm

A 17-year-old boy accused of viciously beating a staff member to death at a youth rehabilitation facility told authorities he woke up "heartless" that morning, according to charging documents.

Judge delays hearings in 'dirty soda' lawsuit

Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:01pm

A judge has delayed depositions in a court battle over flavor-shot-spiked "dirty sodas."

Endangered 24-year-old found safe, police say

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:31pm

Hurricane City police have found a missing 24-year-old man who they classified as endangered.

Utah pharmacists can now dispense overdose reversal drug without a prescription

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:17pm

Advocates in Utah have been trying to get more naloxone kits into the hands of the public and police officers in recent years.

Amazon.com didn't take incentive in deal to collect Utah sales taxes

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:50am

The state negotiated a deal for Amazon.com to start collecting sales taxes from Utah customers that does not include an incentive available in state law that would have allowed the online retailer to keep 18 percent of the revenue.

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Out in the cold: Addicted, mentally ill choosing streets over shelter, advocates say

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:14am

The vulnerability of Utah's most needy — from the homeless to the addicted — is a deepening worry as winter continues to sink its teeth into the Wasatch Front.

Gov. Herbert: Education groups need to 'quit the fighting,' unite on long-term strategy

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:32am

At his Education Excellence Commission meeting, Gov. Gary Herbert said: "We’re going to quit the fighting. We’re going to quit being offended when somebody comes up with a new idea, and we’re going to say, 'You know what? Let me consider it.'"

Round 2: Which is Utah's favorite Christmas song?

Xoel Cardenas  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:00am

As we count down the days until Christmas, we also continue to count down Utah’s favorite Christmas songs. Last week, we asked you to narrow the field from 32 to 16. In this poll, you will narrow down the field to the elite eight.

'Tis the season for holiday scams, FBI warns

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:23am

With Christmas about two weeks away and seasonal shopping in full swing, criminals are also stealthily walking those bustling virtual sidewalks. Internet criminals don't take the holidays off.

Utah communities struggle with fewer volunteer firefighters

Mike Anderson  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:27am

Utahns depend on firefighters to respond in their time of need. But there's a growing struggle in some communities to find people willing to respond to the call.

Utah elections director describes John Swallow as a 'con artist' in new court documents

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:22am

The Utah elections director says John Swallow seemed like a "con artist" during a state investigation of the former attorney general's campaign finances three years ago.

Judge in polygamous child labor case orders $200k payment

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:47am

A federal judge has ordered a company with ties to a polygamous sect to pay at least $200,000 in back wages to children who were sent to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold.

Police: FBI fugitive captured in St. George after pursuit

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:24pm

Police arrested a felony fugitive after the man led the FBI on a vehicle chase Thursday afternoon that ended with a crash into a fence.

Charges: Man drove 12-year-old girl from West Valley school to Provo hotel for sex

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:11pm

A Payson man set up a meeting with a 12-year-old girl over social media, then picked her up at a West Valley school and drove her to a Provo hotel to have sex with her, charges filed Wednesday allege.

Amazon.com entitled to keep 18% of sales taxes collected in Utah

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:04pm

Amazon.com is expected to keep 18 percent of sales taxes collected in Utah under the terms of a confidential agreement with the state, KSL and the Deseret News have learned

Volunteers personalize hundreds of teddy bears going to SLC homeless children

Ashley Moser  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:01pm

They call him “Steampunk” Santa. This year, Salt Lake City resident Fred Lane is trading in the traditional Santa garb for a more industrial look.

Colorado college student fined for vandalizing Utah ruins

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:43pm

A Fort Lewis College student has been fined $250 for defacing ancient Native American ruins while on a trip to Utah.

86-year-old Utahn sings Christmas song on The Killers' album

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 8:56pm

In The Killers recent album “Don’t Waste Your Wishes,” Brandon Flowers sings “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with an unlikely featured artist — his 86-year-old fourth-grade teacher.

Festival of Trees organizers, artist want stolen sculpture returned

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:54pm

A one-of-a-kind centerpiece created to help raise money for Primary Children's Hospital was stolen from the Festival of Trees, organizers said.

Draper man accused of Ponzi scheme faces criminal charges

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:24pm

A federal grand jury has indicted a Draper man on felony fraud charges in connection with an alleged $3 million investment fraud scheme through his company Blackbird Capital Partners.