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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Department of Transportation says 256 people died on roadways across the state in 2014, up 16 percent from 2013. It was Utah's highest death toll since 2008, and it reversed a trend that saw fatalities drop 41 percent during the previous 13 years. A department report says preliminary numbers show aggressive driving resulted in 68 deaths and drunken or impaired driving was a factor in 26 deaths.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A defendant in a high-profile fraud case has testified about his dealings with former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Marc Jenson told a 3rd District Court jury in Salt Lake City that Shurtleff told him he could resolve a separate case brought against him by the state by contacting Tim Lawson, a family friend of Shurtleff. Shurtleff declined comment on the testimony.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two employees of an international animal protection organization were escorted by police from a public meeting in northern Nevada after disrupting it to protest the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's handling of wild horses. Over 100 people attended the meeting on the bureau's draft long-range management plan for 4.8 million acres of public land in its Carson City District.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Thomas Jacobs came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points and matched his career high with 13 rebounds to lead San Diego to a 77-74 win over BYU yesterday. Johnny Dee added 18 points as the Toreros (10-11, 3-6 West Coast) ended a three-game losing streak. Tyler Haws had 20 points for BYU.

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