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Sheriff's office: At least 3 killed in Amtrak derailment

Sheriff's office: At least 3 killed in Amtrak derailment

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 25 - 10:11 p.m.

At least three people were killed Saturday afternoon when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana, an official with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office said.
Panel OKs Dems' $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda

Panel OKs Dems' $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 9:46 p.m.

Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill strengthening social safety net and climate programs through the House Budget Committee on Saturday, but one Democrat voted "no," illustrating the challenges party leaders face in winning the near unanimity they'll need to push the sprawling package through Congress.
Haiti's leader: Migration won't end unless inequality does

Haiti's leader: Migration won't end unless inequality does

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 6:14 p.m.

Amid an outcry over the U.S. treatment of Haitian asylum-seekers, the beleaguered island country's embattled prime minister pointedly said that inequalities and conflict drive migration, but he stopped short of directly criticizing Washington over the issue.
La Nina is about to take the West's drought from bad to worse

La Nina is about to take the West's drought from bad to worse

Rachel Ramirez, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 12:28 p.m.

Global scientists reported in August that due to the climate crisis, droughts that may have occurred only once every decade or so now happen 70% more frequently.
Ancient tablet acquired by Hobby Lobby going back to Iraq

Ancient tablet acquired by Hobby Lobby going back to Iraq

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 8:40 p.m.

A 3,500-year-old clay tablet discovered in the ruins of the library of an ancient Mesopotamian king, then looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago, is finally headed back to Iraq.
Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

María Verza and Juan Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 7:35 p.m.

No migrants remained Friday at the Texas border encampment where almost 15,000 people — most of them Haitians — had converged just days earlier seeking asylum, local and federal officials said.
R. Kelly's fate now in jury's hands in sex trafficking trial

R. Kelly's fate now in jury's hands in sex trafficking trial

Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 6:48 p.m.

R. Kelly's fate is now in a jury's hands after weeks of lurid testimony in his sexual misconduct trial. The witnesses said Kelly subjected them to perverse and sadistic whims when they were underage.
Trump allies Bannon, Meadows subpoenaed in Congress' probe of Capitol riot

Trump allies Bannon, Meadows subpoenaed in Congress' probe of Capitol riot

Eric Beech, Reuters  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 6:23 p.m.

The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol has subpoenaed four former members of Donald Trump's administration, including Mark Meadows and Steve Bannon, the panel's chairman said on Thursday.
'Huge defeat for Donald Trump': Arizona election review reaffirms Biden win

'Huge defeat for Donald Trump': Arizona election review reaffirms Biden win

Nathan Layne, Reuters  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 6:07 p.m.

Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden in Arizona's most populous county, a review of results by allies of Trump in the Republican Party has reaffirmed, according to a draft report of the findings seen by Reuters on Friday.
Costco is limiting how much toilet paper you can buy again — but it's not all because of panic buying this time

Costco is limiting how much toilet paper you can buy again — but it's not all because of panic buying this time

Chris Isidore, CNN Business  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 5:14 p.m.

Costco is once again placing limits on purchases of toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies.
House votes to protect abortion rights amid state challenges

House votes to protect abortion rights amid state challenges

Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 2:23 p.m.

The House passed legislation Friday that would guarantee a woman's right to an abortion, an effort by Democrats to circumvent a new Texas law that has placed that access under threat.
Police: Grocery store gunman was vendor, didn't have target

Police: Grocery store gunman was vendor, didn't have target

Travis Loller, Jonathan Mattise and Mark Humphrey, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 1:57 p.m.

A gunman who killed one person and wounded 14 others in a Tennessee grocery store did not appear to target anyone specifically as he rampaged through the building on a sunny Thursday afternoon, police said.
Oldest human footprints in North America found in New Mexico

Oldest human footprints in North America found in New Mexico

Christina Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 9:38 a.m.

Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday.
Everything parents need to know about COVID-19 vaccines for children

Everything parents need to know about COVID-19 vaccines for children

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 9:18 a.m.

Children as young as 5 years old may be able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Halloween.
CDC leader adds people with risky jobs to COVID booster list

CDC leader adds people with risky jobs to COVID booster list

Lauran Neergaard and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 7:58 a.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.
Chauvin to appeal conviction, sentence in George Floyd's death

Chauvin to appeal conviction, sentence in George Floyd's death

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 7:39 a.m.

The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in George Floyd's death intends to appeal his conviction and sentence, saying the judge abused his discretion or erred during several key points in the case, according to documents filed Thursday.
US House backs bill to provide $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system

US House backs bill to provide $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system

Patricia Zengerle  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 7:23 a.m.

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for legislation to provide $1 billion to Israel to replenish its "Iron Dome" missile-defense system, just two days after the funding was removed from a broader spending bill.
Boy Scouts' bankruptcy creates rift with religious partners

Boy Scouts' bankruptcy creates rift with religious partners

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 9:27 p.m.

Amid the Boy Scouts of America's complex bankruptcy case, there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of Scout units. At issue: the churches' fears that an eventual settlement — while protecting the BSA from future sex-abuse lawsuits — could leave many churches unprotected.
Why first-time homebuyers are struggling to buy right now

Why first-time homebuyers are struggling to buy right now

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 8:58 p.m.

Existing home sales dipped nationwide last month, breaking two straight months of increases, but supply is still tight and prices still high.
Tennessee grocery store attack: 'He kept on shooting'

Tennessee grocery store attack: 'He kept on shooting'

Jonathan Mattise and Mark Humphrey, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 23 - 8:21 p.m.

A gunman attacked a grocery store in an upscale Tennessee suburb on Thursday afternoon, killing one person and wounding 12 others before he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the store, authorities said.
Is this Biden proposal a way to spy on your bank account — or catch tax cheats?

Is this Biden proposal a way to spy on your bank account — or catch tax cheats?

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 7:58 p.m.

State auditors and treasurers in 20 states, including Utah, have come out against what they say is an "invasive" Biden administration proposal to require banks to report more information on the accounts of everyday Americans to the IRS.
Utah National Guard soldier dies during training exercise in Kentucky

Utah National Guard soldier dies during training exercise in Kentucky

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 4:42 p.m.

A Utah National Guardsman died Tuesday during a training exercise at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
Lawmakers, air industry call for new action on unruly passengers

Lawmakers, air industry call for new action on unruly passengers

David Shepardson and Doina Chiacu, Reuters  |  Updated Sept. 23 - 3:02 p.m.

U.S. lawmakers, aviation unions and others on Thursday pushed for new actions to try to deter the rising reports of unruly passenger incidents.
Donald Trump says Utah Sen. Mike Lee, one of his biggest allies, should be ashamed

Donald Trump says Utah Sen. Mike Lee, one of his biggest allies, should be ashamed

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 11:00 p.m.

Former President Donald Trump says Sens. Mike Lee and Lindsey Graham should be "ashamed" of themselves for not fighting harder to prove his false claims of election fraud.
Gabby Petito's case highlights racial disparities in response to missing persons cases

Gabby Petito's case highlights racial disparities in response to missing persons cases

Daniella Rivera, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 10:33 p.m.

In the aftermath of Petito's disappearance, internet sleuths, national media outlets and multiple law enforcement agencies all worked to find answers, but that amount of attention isn't always given to the cases of other missing women.
First day of fall: Why the equinox isn't as equal as you might think

First day of fall: Why the equinox isn't as equal as you might think

Forrest Brown, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 10:02 p.m.

Twice a year, everyone on Earth is seemingly on equal footing — at least when it comes to the distribution of light and dark.
Report: Births decline in pandemic may have turned corner

Report: Births decline in pandemic may have turned corner

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 7:31 p.m.

While there has been a decline in births in the U.S. during the pandemic, a new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests the drop may have turned a corner last March as births started rebounding.
Are voter ID requirements racist? Utah Sen. Mike Lee doesn't think so

Are voter ID requirements racist? Utah Sen. Mike Lee doesn't think so

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 7:06 p.m.

Sen. Mike Lee took issue with suggestions in a Senate hearing Wednesday that requiring photo identification to vote is racially discriminatory.
FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk

FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk

Lauran Neergaard and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 22 - 6:04 p.m.

An influential panel of advisers to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention convened on Wednesday to debate which Americans should get COVID-19 booster shots and when.
COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 5:45 p.m.

One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students' lunchboxes, telling parents it's "now hiring." Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards, teachers are being offered signing bonuses and schools are moving back to online learning.
Under pressure, US donates half-billion more COVID-19 vaccine doses to world

Under pressure, US donates half-billion more COVID-19 vaccine doses to world

Jeff Mason and Carl O'Donnell, Reuters  |  Updated Sept. 22 - 4:45 p.m.

The United States on Wednesday promised to buy 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to other countries as it comes under increasing pressure to share its supply with the rest of the world.
Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Elliot Spagat, Maria Verza and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 22 - 4:22 p.m.

Many Haitian migrants in Del Rio are being released in the United States, according to two U.S. officials, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion to Haiti.
Republicans see opportunity in US debt-ceiling standoff

Republicans see opportunity in US debt-ceiling standoff

David Morgan, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 2:31 p.m.

In a high-stakes standoff over the U.S. debt ceiling, congressional Republicans believe they see a chance to scale back President Joe Biden's sweeping domestic agenda while boosting their odds of retaking Congress in 2022.
Gabby Petito story boosted by social media, true-crime craze

Gabby Petito story boosted by social media, true-crime craze

Adriana Gomez Licon and Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 7:52 a.m.

The disappearance and death of Gabby Petito and the police hunt for her boyfriend have generated a whirlwind online, with a multitude of armchair detectives and others sharing tips, possible sightings and theories by way of TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.
'Heart-wrenching, soul-crushing': US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day

'Heart-wrenching, soul-crushing': US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 9:16 p.m.

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on a distinct group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans.
US House approves bill to suspend debt limit, fund government; Senate Republicans vow to block

US House approves bill to suspend debt limit, fund government; Senate Republicans vow to block

Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 8:56 p.m.

Democrats passed a bill Tuesday to fund the U.S. government through Dec. 3 and suspend the nation's borrowing limit until the end of 2022, sending it to the Senate where Republicans have vowed to block it.
US sues to stop deal between American Airlines and JetBlue

US sues to stop deal between American Airlines and JetBlue

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 7:12 p.m.

The Justice Department and officials in six states have filed a lawsuit to block a partnership formed by American Airlines and JetBlue, claiming that it will reduce competition and lead to higher fares.
Romney says this issue is enough for government to be 'hanging on by a thread'

Romney says this issue is enough for government to be 'hanging on by a thread'

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 5:03 p.m.

Mitt Romney called the Biden administration's immigration policy a "monumental disaster," saying alone would be enough to leave the government "hanging on by a thread."
Some parents are missing the September child tax credit payment

Some parents are missing the September child tax credit payment

Tami Luhby, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 2:33 p.m.

Though the Internal Revenue Service sent out the third monthly child tax credit payment last week, some families are still waiting for the funds.
Post Trump, US Democrats offer bill to rein in presidential powers

Post Trump, US Democrats offer bill to rein in presidential powers

Patricia Zengerle, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 12:25 p.m.

U.S. House of Representatives Democrats introduced legislation on Tuesday seeking to pull back powers from the presidency.
Biden pledges 'relentless diplomacy' on global challenges

Biden pledges 'relentless diplomacy' on global challenges

Josh Boak and Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 21 - 11:18 a.m.

President Joe Biden addressed the festering global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses in his first address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
California's giant sequoias remain safe from growing wildfire

California's giant sequoias remain safe from growing wildfire

Brendon O'Brien, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 10:42 a.m.

California fire crews have so far succeeded in protecting a group of ancient giant sequoias threatened by a wildfire raging through a national park in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, authorities said on Monday.
Search for Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito's fiancé, resumes in Florida. Here's why it may be hard to find him

Search for Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito's fiancé, resumes in Florida. Here's why it may be hard to find him

Amir Vera, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 8:02 a.m.

Police in Florida will resume their search Tuesday for Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, who has been missing for almost a week.
Democrats, Republicans head for showdown on US debt limit

Democrats, Republicans head for showdown on US debt limit

Richard Cowan, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 9:53 p.m.

Top Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Monday said they would aim to continue funding the government and increase its borrowing authority in a single bill in coming days, setting up a showdown with Republicans who have vowed not to approve more debt.
US easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required

US easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 20 - 9:02 p.m.

In a major easing of pandemic travel restrictions, the U.S. said Monday it will allow foreigners to fly into the country this fall if they have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test — changes replacing a hodgepodge of rules that had kept out many non-citizens and irritated allies in Europe and beyond where virus cases are lower.
COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

Carla K. Johnson, Reuters, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 7:24 p.m.

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000.
Biden administration seeks to lift US refugee cap to 125,000, with thousands of Afghan refugees awaiting resettlement

Biden administration seeks to lift US refugee cap to 125,000, with thousands of Afghan refugees awaiting resettlement

Mica Rosenberg and Lisa Lambert, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 5:48 p.m.

President Joe Biden's administration wants to nearly double the number of refugees admitted to the United States to 125,000 in the upcoming fiscal year starting on Oct. 1 in keeping with a campaign promise, according to a statement from the State Department.
US unveils plan to address 'silent killer': extreme heat

US unveils plan to address 'silent killer': extreme heat

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 5:38 p.m.

The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat after a dangerously hot summer and wildfires caused hundreds of deaths.
COVID pandemic creates shortages of an array of US medical supplies

COVID pandemic creates shortages of an array of US medical supplies

Timothy Aeppel, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 4:32 p.m.

Shortages of masks and gloves that marked the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic have spread to a host of other items needed at medical facilities.
California firefighters scramble to protect sequoia groves

California firefighters scramble to protect sequoia groves

Noah Berger, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 4:06 p.m.

Flames on Sunday reached a grove of sequoia trees in California as firefighters battled to keep fire from driving further into another grove, where the base of the world's largest tree has been wrapped in protective foil.
Police: 2 shot at Virginia high school, suspect in custody

Police: 2 shot at Virginia high school, suspect in custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 4:03 p.m.

Two students were wounded in a shooting at a Virginia high school and a suspect is in custody, police said Monday.
Sen. Mike Lee vetted whether Mike Pence could gavel Trump in as reelected, new book says

Sen. Mike Lee vetted whether Mike Pence could gavel Trump in as reelected, new book says

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 3:03 p.m.

An account of Sen. Mike Lee vetting Donald Trump's election fraud claims appears in a new book about the last days of the former president's one term in office.
Regulators could OK Pfizer boosters for older Americans this week

Regulators could OK Pfizer boosters for older Americans this week

Michael Erman, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 2:14 p.m.

U.S. regulators could authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for older and some high-risk Americans early this week in time for the government to roll them out by Friday.
Crunch time for Congress with Biden's agenda, debt limit on the line

Crunch time for Congress with Biden's agenda, debt limit on the line

Susan Cornwell, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 11:18 a.m.

The U.S. Congress returns to session on Monday facing a massive agenda and a tight time crunch, with President Joe Biden's Democrats hoping to pass sweeping domestic programs and raise the debt ceiling in a matter of weeks.
Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 10:32 a.m.

The $3.5 trillion domestic agenda bill touches almost all aspects of American life, from taxes to climate change, but the health care components are a cornerstone for Democrats, amplified during the COVID-19 crisis.
FBI executes search warrant at Laundrie home after body believed to be Petito found

FBI executes search warrant at Laundrie home after body believed to be Petito found

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 8:48 a.m.

FBI agents are searching the home of Brian Laundrie Monday the morning after searchers found a body matching the description of his fiance Gabby Petito in Wyoming.
ICYMI: 10 stories from the weekend

ICYMI: 10 stories from the weekend

Sean Walker and Lisi Merkley, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 7:22 a.m.

Here are 10 stories you may have missed this weekend. As always, click on the headline to read the full story.
US removing migrants from Texas border camp, beginning flights to Haiti

US removing migrants from Texas border camp, beginning flights to Haiti

Daina Beth Solomon and Alexandra Ulmer, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 19 - 10:28 p.m.

U.S. border agents are removing groups of mostly Haitian migrants from a large makeshift camp they had set up after wading across the Rio Grande separating Mexico and the United States, as the first repatriation flight arrived in Haiti on Sunday.
FBI: Human remains resembling Gabby Petito found near Grand Teton National Park

FBI: Human remains resembling Gabby Petito found near Grand Teton National Park

Lisi Merkley and Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Updated Sept. 19 - 9:47 p.m.

Human remains consistent with the description of Gabby Petito were found Sunday in Teton County, Wyoming, the FBI confirmed in a press conference.