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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of several hikers who formed a human chain across a riven swollen with flash flood waters in the Utah desert says it was powerful watching people help each other through the dangerous situation. Jhonatan Gonzalez said Thursday that rainfall upstream transformed the calm water at Utah's Zion National Park into a waist-high rushing river Saturday. Zion closed the area after a flash-flood warning that afternoon. Park officials urge people to get to high ground at the first sign of fast water.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal investigators say a plane that slammed into a Utah highway made strange sounds during takeoff and struggled to stay at altitude before the crash that killed four people. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday the exact cause of the crash could take more than a year to determine, but the agency has released early findings from the scene.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The lawyer for a polygamous sect leader caught recently after a year on the run says he is probably competent to stand trial but needs a neurological exam to determine if two 1990s accidents left him with memory loss. Federal prosecutors countered in a court hearing Thursday that several witnesses have said Lyle Jeffs showed no signs of impairment while leading an alleged Utah food stamp fraud scheme years after the accidents. A judge will rule later on Jeffs' bid to delay his September trial.

MOAB, Utah (AP) — A law enforcement officer in Utah deliberately jammed a pistol's firing mechanism by hand during a struggle with a man who had just fired the gun near charging officers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports witnesses at the Moab bar called police saying the man was showing the gun and threatening people.

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