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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — There's been a sharp increase in how state governments are using drones. A report by the nonprofit American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials shows just how rapidly state governments are adopting drone technology. The report says most states are now using drones and 36 states have certified drone pilots on staff. Utah has been using drones to record avalanches set off by state crews. And in North Carolina, drones are looking for endangered species.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — As a boy in Nepal, Apa Sherpa dreamed of becoming a doctor, but poverty and lack of education steered him to a far more dangerous path: Working as a guide on Mount Everest. He went on the scale the peak more times than all but one other person, but now he wants to make sure no one feels compelled to follow in his footsteps. He returns each year to his roots in the foothills of the Himalayas to show children from the Sherpa minority group that they have other options.

ALPINE, Utah (AP) — A husband and wife from Ballard have been identified as the two people killed in the crash of a small helicopter in the central Utah mountains. Utah County Sheriff's officials say the pilot was 32-year-old Benno Anthony Penna with his 32-year-old wife Megan Michele Hawk Penna as the passenger. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash that occurred Friday on a steep, snow slope near Alpine 22 miles south of Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah County authorities say a woman is dead after the vehicle she was riding in hit a horse. They say the horse wandered onto state Route 198 in Payson late Saturday night. Utah Department of Public Safety officials tell the Deseret News that the man driving the vehicle was taken to an area hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening. The names of the woman who died and the man who was injured haven't been released yet.

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