Dog dies in Orem house fire

OREM — An Orem family escaped uninjured from a house fire Wednesday evening, but lost their home and their dog in the blaze. A passerby called 911 at about 5 p.m. after seeing smoke coming from the house at 628 S. 754 West, Orem Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Peterson said. Family members who were in the home at the time all got out safely. Peterson estimated the damage to be around $250,000 and called the home a total loss. “When our crews arrived there was a large portion of the house already engulfed in flames,” he said. Pleasant Grove and Provo fire departments assisted in extinguishing the blaze, Peterson said,… Read More

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Utah group files FEC complaint against Rep. Mia Love over campaign contributions

SALT LAKE CITY — A complaint against Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, has been filed with the Federal Election Commission by a progressive Utah nonprofit claiming the congresswoman accepted more than $1.1 million in illegal campaign contributions. The Alliance for a Better Utah, which calls itself a good government group, said in a detailed letter to the FEC and the Department of Justice’s criminal division that Love’s “actions are a betrayal of the public trust of Utah voters.” At issue is money raised by Love for the June primary election, since she had no opposition and was nominated as the Republican Party’s general election candidate by delegates to the party’s state… Read More

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‘His trial balloon went over like the Hindenburg’: Democrats are skeptical of Michael Bloomberg’s potential 2020 run

Michael Bloomberg, the former Republican mayor of New York, is considering a run for the presidency in 2020 as a centrist Democrat, despite an energized left wing and a crowded field. Many Democratic strategists say Bloomberg has no path to victory. “It’s hard to imagine someone more out of touch with the Democratic base,” said one operative. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul and former New York mayor, is seriously considering a run for the presidency in 2020 as a centrist Democrat, despite an energized left wing and a crowded field. The former Republican, who’s spending $80 million largely on Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections, has received a… Read More

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Man suspected in Utah child rape arrested in San Francisco after international search

SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old Utah girl while staying in the home of a family friend was arrested in San Francisco Wednesday after evading law enforcement for more than two years, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Brian Helton, 45, was charged in June 2016 in 2nd District Court with two counts of object rape of a child, two counts of sodomy on a child, and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies. Helton had come from Chicago to the home of a family friend in Layton when he began sexually abusing a child who lived “just down… Read More

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New Intermountain Transformation Center to lead change in health care

MURRAY — Scientists, doctors and hospital administrators are expected to come from all over to learn and share the latest medical techniques and best practices at the new Intermountain Healthcare Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center. It aims to transform the ways health care is provided across the United States and globally. “This building is not only beautiful, it’s inspiring,” Dr. Charles Sorenson, former president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare and founding director of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute, said Wednesday. He said changes need to happen on the front lines of health care, where clinicians interact with the patient, focusing on “preventing serious illness and injury in the first place.”… Read More

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‘There are multiple witnesses who should be included’: A lawyer for the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault raises the stakes ahead of planned hearing

The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, called for additional witnesses to testify at a hearing planned for Monday. Attorney Lisa Banks argued that her client, a mother of two teenagers, was “thrust into the public spotlight” after going public with her allegation against Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. One key witness in the allegation appeared reluctant to discuss the incident or has no memory of it. The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in… Read More

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‘It’s mind-blowing’: Wildfires fanned by hot, dry gusts top 100,000 acres

PAYSON — Ryan Albiston often camps with his family in Payson Canyon during summertime, hiking to a waterfall with his children and spotting deer, pheasants and cattle. He returned Wednesday to find scorched firs and spruces. One of two wildfires raging nearby had ripped through the now ashy hillside above the popular Grotto hiking trail two days earlier. Laura Seitz, Deseret News Wildland firefighters Dakota Edward surveys an area that was burned in the Bald Mountain Fire in Payson Canyon on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. “It’s mind-blowing. I was there just a few months ago, camping with my kids and my brother’s kids,” he said. Now, he added, “I can’t… Read More

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‘We will have our day in court’: Salt Lake mayor says inland port lawsuit imminent

SALT LAKE CITY — The bitter divide between Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the Salt Lake City Council deepened after the mayor stepped out of the City Council’s meeting Tuesday night to address a crowd of residents concerned about the creation of the controversial inland port. In the spontaneous speech, which Biskupski confirmed in an interview with the Deseret News on Wednesday, the mayor called the state legislation that created the Utah Inland Port Authority “unconstitutional” and told the crowd, “Our day in court will happen.” However, that legal fight may not come from her administration — but perhaps concerned environmental groups, the mayor said. James Wooldridge, Deseret… Read More

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