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(KUTV) The federal government is after Jeremy Johnson in connection to a criminal case in Utah, and a civil case in Nevada.

In court Tuesday, prosecutors and the judges noted Johnson's two cases have gone on more than three years, with no trial in sight.

In his Utah trial, Johnson is accused of 86 counts of defrauding customers on the internet and also of defrauding banks; judges have ordered him not to talk to reporters.

In Nevada he is also accused of some of the same fraud charges, but in a civil case.  The Federal Trade Commission has seized $21.2 million dollars of Johnson's money. 

Without a trial, they have already spent $5.8 million dollars of Johnson's money on receivers to administer his money.  Even if Johnson is eventually found to have done nothing wrong, he may never get his money back.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) A Brigham City doctor convicted of illegally prescribing pain pills could receive a new sentence.

Dewey MacKay, 66, is serving 20 years in a federal prison in California, convicted in 2011 on 38 counts of illegally prescribing controlled narcotics, including hydrocodone and oxycodone, and two counts of providing drugs resulting in death.

MacKay's patient, David Wirick, died of an overdose.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld MacKay's sentence in April 2013 but sent the case back to a federal judge in Salt Lake City to clarify the sentence and explain the reasoning for deviating from sentencing guidelines.

MacKay had appealed his sentence based on what his attorney called an excessive term and insufficient evidence.

MacKay waived his right to appear in federal court on Tuesday afternoon. His attorney, Peter Stirba, argued that a new Supreme Court case, Burrage v. United States, now requires proof, in order to get a penalty enhancement, that - when applied to this case - either hydrocodone or oxycodone individually caused the death.
 
"In order to get a penalty enhancement in a drug case like this or in any other drug case, you can't have a combination of proof that results in death," Stirba said. "You have to prove that the individual drug was the sole cause of the cause of the death."

Stirba said not one expert testified during the trial that just one drug caused Wirick's death.

Victims and friends of MacKay packed the courtroom on Tuesday.

"At his age, he was actually given a death sentence for something that was a non-violent crime," said Jeff Keate, a close friend who said MacKay is diabetic. "I think if he was guilty of anything, it may have been his compassion for people and his caring nature. And maybe he got a little bit careless at times."

MacKay maintained during the trial that he was trying to help people with chronic pain.

Prosecutors said he prescribed at least tens of thousands of pills to patients over a few years. He would see 100 to 120 patients in an 8-hour day, charging $70 per patient, they said.

The U. S. Attorney's Office declined to comment.

Judge Dee Benson took the matter under advisement, promising to hasten the process.

By: Christine McCarthy

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) After several months of debate over using the title of "Utes" as the official name of the University of Utah's sports teams, a decision has been made to keep the name.

A deal over the name was made Tuesday during a special meeting between the university's president and members of the Ute Tribe at their headquarters in Ft. Duchesne, Utah.

Both parties signed what's known as a memorandum of understanding, meaning that the tribe gives its full support of the name, as long as certain terms are kept.

Following a traditional Ute prayer ceremony, both sides discussed the terms of the agreement which include better scholarship opportunities for Ute tribal members and the creation of more classes for them to purse a college degree. 

"It was just nice to have a day like this where we can solidify the relationship, honor the past, and look forward to an on-going relationship," says Vice President of the University Of Utah Board Of Trustees, Michele Mattsson.

As part of the agreement, the university will also appoint a special advisor to University of Utah President David Pershing on Native American affairs.

The term of the agreement is for five years and will be reviewed annually.

There is still debate among students over the Ute name. While some are happy to see the name stay the same, others say they're not okay with it.

"Even if they do make an effort to try to educate people about the actual Ute Tribe, I don't think that's going to work very well, because this is such a big school.  And honestly, I think using a group of people as a mascot is just not okay," says U of U sophomore Dianna Cornett.

Meanwhile, other minority students like freshman Wonho Lee say the agreement is a step in the right direction. "It's unique compared to other college names. Other colleges have animals, but we have something special to Utah itself."

According to 2012-2013 data, the U of U has almost 200 students who identify themselves as American Indians, making them the smallest minority group on campus.

By: Jonelle Merrill

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) Illegal dumping and undisciplined shooting continue to be a concern of South Saratoga Springs - and this week, volunteers removed bags and bags of trash from the area.

Brittany Tait was on-site for Tuesday's massive clean up. Watch the video for more.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) There is a new recreation center in Salt Lake City and pets are allowed! We are talking about Barley's Canine Recreation Center. The facility recently opened and offers everything from indoor swimming, daycare and agility.

Heather Newport is the owner of Barley's Canine Recreation Center. She recently gave us a tour of the new facility. Heather tells us the swimming pool is heated. "It is 98% chemical free so there is no chlorine or there is not salt. It is heated and it is basically fresh, clean water for them to swim in." If you aren't sure if your dog can swim, there are even life jackets available. Before any dog can swim, there is an orientation to the pool. "Sometimes just getting the life jacket on and getting them on the swim deck is all they can handle for the day. And that is fine. We don't want to terrify the dogs."

You are encouraged to play with your dog while you are at the rec center. You can throw a ball into the pool or chase your dog around the agility course. Studies show that having a dog will reduce your stress and increase the amount of physical activity that you will get on a weekly basis. "We want to encourage the owners to come and play with their dogs," said Heather. "And just help the relationship that they have together. Keeping them happy and keeping dogs in the homes and out of the shelters."

You can bring your dog to Barley's to swim during open swim periods. You can even reserve your own time. For the schedule and information on pricing, visit: http://www.swimatbarleys.com/

You can also call them at 801-467-6069.

On April 19, Barley's will be hosting its grand opening celebration. The celebration will be held from 10AM - 2PM. There will be goodie bags and free t-shirts for the first 20 people.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(KUTV) Utahns heading south for a trip this summer can hit a free concert on the way.

It's all part of the new open-air classical music concerts at Utah's national parks.

This summer you can take a trip down south and enjoy music at the 'Mighty-Five' national parks in Utah.

Musical Director Thierry Fishcer says the Utah symphony is touring Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks.  Tourists will like the sound this even more, the concerts are free.

The concert series celebrates a big milestone for the Utah symphony.

The concerts will take place in outdoor venues throughout the communities and there will be other free concerts and events inside the parks.

For more information visit: http://utahsymphony.org/concerts/1019-mighty-5-parks

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
BOSTON (AP) Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device.

Police Superintendent Randall Halstead says the man was stopped Tuesday by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously. He says the man dropped the backpack.

Halstead says the man also faces charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

The backpack was blown up by the bomb squad as a precaution as was a second unattended backpack found nearby. Halstead won't say what was in the second backpack or who owned it. He says police are investigating.

The backpacks rattled nerves on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which two pressure cooker bombs in backpacks killed three people.

PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) The operator of a Roy child care facility has been ordered to appear in court in connection with the death of a child left under her supervision.

The 33-year-old Tisha Lynn Morley faces charges of felony child abuse homicide.

Her attorney could not be reached by phone Tuesday evening.

Morley made an initial appearance out of custody in court Tuesday after posting $10,000 bond on her $100,000 bail.

Police say the infant's father on Feb. 19 arrived at Tots & Tykes Day Care to find the baby unresponsive. Doctors reportedly discovered the infant had sustained a head injury. The child was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he was pronounced dead.

Morley's next court appearance is scheduled for May 20.

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(KUTV) The Salt Lake City Police Department seeks the public’s help identifying and locating a man suspected of robbing a Key Bank Tuesday.

Around 3:15 p.m., a man entered the Key Bank at 1500 S. Foothill Boulevard and gave a teller a note demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the bank and got into a white, early-2000s BMW (3 series).

Suspect is being described as a white adult male in his mid-20's. He is 6' 1" and 190-200 lbs. with a stocky build, scruffy facial hair and yellow teeth.

The suspect was wearing blue jeans, off-white hooded jacket with darker geometric pattern.

The Police Department asks anyone with information about this or other criminal activity to call (801) 799-3000. Anonymous tips may be sent by texting the keyword TIPSLCPD plus any relevant information to 274637. Reference: 14-60714.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP)  When it comes to raising campaign cash, Republican Mia Love continues outpace her opponents in her bid to win the seat held by outgoing Democratic congressman Jim Matheson.

The latest campaign finance reports released Monday show Love raised $450,000 from Jan. 1 through April 6 this year.

Love spent even more money during that time on campaign, using about $551,000 to pay for campaign staff, mailers and other expenses.

Love still has $631,000 on hand to spend heading into the state GOP nominating convention later this month, where Republican delegates will choose their candidate.

Bob Fuehr, the other Republican in the race, raised only $500 during that same period and loaned his campaign $91,000.

Democrat Doug Owens raised about $133,000 in the first quarter of the year, and spent only $15,000.

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(CNN) Time to try this again.

The first attempt to use a U.S. Navy underwater vehicle in the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended early, after the probe got close to waters deeper than it is rated to go, setting off safety protocols that sent it swimming back to the surface.

The Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle didn't find anything of interest in that first deployment, which a source said lasted less than eight hours. It had been expected to be underwater for 20 hours, but returned to the surface as soon as it dropped to its 4,500-meter maximum, officials said.

Crews planned to move to a shallower area and try again Tuesday, weather permitting.

The aborted mission doesn't indicate anything wrong with the probe, which is designed to fly about 30 meters (100 feet) above the ocean floor and use sound waves to draw a three-dimensional map of what lies below.

"The vehicle's tracking the floor, so when the floor dives, so does the vehicle. And the vehicle goes, 'Uh oh, I'm not supposed to be here' and punches up," said David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

And while it's disappointing the vehicle returned to the surface early, it's not unusual , said David Kelly, CEO of Bluefin Robotics, the company that makes the Bluefin-21.

"We've operated these vehicles around the globe. It's not unusual to get into areas where the charts aren't accurate or you lack information," he said.

U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Mathews of the Bluefin search team said the initial launch Monday night took place "in the very far corner of the area it's searching, so they are just shifting the search box a little bit away from that deep water and proceeding with the search."

It is unclear how much of the area -- 5 kilometers by 8 kilometers (3 miles by 5 miles) -- the Bluefin scanned during its first attempt. It could take up to two months to scan the entire search area.

The aborted mission is the latest glitch in a 39-day search for the missing jetliner, which vanished March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.

Surface and satellite searches have turned up nothing conclusive -- and confusing, sometimes conflicting details from investigators have muddied the public image of the search and angered relatives of the missing.

On Tuesday, the Malaysian Cabinet agreed to set up an international investigation to look into the plane's disappearance. Teams will look at the plane's airworthiness, operational issues and human factors that may have played a role, officials said.

Malaysia's acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein also said Tuesday that if searchers are able to recover the plane's vital black boxes, it matters less which country takes control of them than does "finding out the truth."

The co-pilot's cell phone

Meanwhile, a new detail emerged from the flight on Monday.

A U.S. official told CNN on Monday that co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's cell phone was on and made contact with a cell tower in Malaysia about the time the plane disappeared from radar.

However, the U.S. official -- who cited information shared by Malaysian investigators -- said there was no evidence Fariq had tried to make a call.

The official told CNN's Pamela Brown on Monday that a cell phone tower in Penang, Malaysia -- about 250 miles from where the flight's transponder last sent a signal -- detected the first officer's phone searching for service roughly 30 minutes after authorities believe the plane made a sharp turn westward.

The details do appear to reaffirm suggestions, based on radar and satellite data, that the plane was off course and was probably flying low enough to obtain a signal from a cell tower, the U.S. official said.

U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN they have been told that no other cell phones were picked up by the Penang tower.

Pilots are supposed to turn off their cell phones before pushing back from the gate.

When the plane first went missing, authorities said millions of cell phone records were searched, looking for evidence that calls had been made from the plane after it took off, but the search turned up nothing.

The suspected oil slick

Another possible clue into the plane's disappearance appeared Monday.

Australian officials announced the Australian ship Ocean Shield had detected an oil slick Sunday evening. It is unclear where the oil came from; a 2-liter sample has been collected for examination, and was on its way Tuesday to western Australia for analysis. Test results could be days away.

CNN aviation analyst Les Abend, who flies a Boeing 777, said the engines on the plane have about 20 quarts of oil each.

"It could be slowly dripping up to the surface," he told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "They're saying an oil slick. I'm wondering if it's just some sort of a fluid slick. It could be (from) hydraulics."

If it is oil, it's not the first oil slick detected as part of the search. A similar find in the first days of the search was determined to be fuel oil from a freighter.

Surface search nearing end

While air and sea surface searches continued Tuesday some 2,170 kilometers (1,350 miles) west of Perth, Australia, those searches are likely nearing an end.

"The air and surface search for floating material will be completed in the next two to three days in the area where the aircraft most likely entered the water," retired Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, head of the country's Joint Agency Coordination Centre, said Monday.

With no debris found after weeks of searches and no possible pings from the plane's black boxes detected in a week, Houston said it was time to focus the search underwater.

By Holly Yan and Michael Pearson

CNN's Elizabeth Joseph, Erin Burnett and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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(CNN) "United, we will always persevere." That was the message Massachusetts shared with the nation and the world Tuesday, on the anniversary of twin bombings that turned last year's Boston Marathon from a celebration into a day of horror.

The state tweeted those words, along with an image of both the U.S. and Massachusetts flags, and the hashtag #BostonStrong.

Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin Walsh and former Mayor Tom Menino are expected to echo that message Tuesday afternoon at a tribute marking the anniversary. The Boston Pops and a children's choir will take part.

Three survivors are scheduled to speak: Patrick Downes, David Yepez and Adrianne Haslet-Davis. Downes was a newlywed at the time of the attack. He and his wife, Jessica Kensky, each lost a leg. Yepez, a teenager, was injured. He'll be joined at the ceremony by his father, Luis. Haslet-Davis, a dancer, lost her left foot in the attack.

Near the end of Tuesday's ceremony, at 2:49 p.m. ET, will be a moment of silence, followed by church bells tolling and a flag-raising ceremony.

On April 15, 2013, the Patriots Day bombings killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded at least 264 others. The city then underwent days of fear as the two identified suspects, the Tsarnaev brothers, were on the run. Police say they killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in the process, and then Tamerlan Tsarnaev was run over by his younger brother, Dzhokhar, as they battled police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts and is scheduled to go on trial in November.

MIT police plan to mark the death of Officer Sean Collier in a remembrance ceremony Friday.

A year after the bombings, families of the victims are struggling to come to terms with the loss.

"She had that special, I don't know what it is, that special thing about her," says Lillian Campbell, grandmother of 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, one of the three people killed. "And you felt happy around her because she was always laughing and bubbly. I loved her."

Some victims injured in the attack are showing their perseverance by planning to take part in this year's marathon, scheduled for Monday -- even victims who suffered severe injuries.

"Last year I was on the ground at the finish line. This year I'll be running across it," says Kevin White. "It kind of proves to people that evil isn't going to win." White, then 34, had shrapnel through his legs a year ago. His 71-year-old father, Bill, lost a leg.

Authorities have announced extensive security plans for this year's marathon, which is expected to bring in $176 million for the Boston area's economy.

Brothers Paul and J.P. Norden each lost a leg in the attack last year. On Tuesday, they began a trek -- walking the entire 26.2-mile marathon route, along with family and good friends. "I feel so blessed," their mother, Liz, said in a Facebook post, adding that she couldn't be prouder.

By Josh Levs

The-CNN-Wire

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LOS ANGELES (CNN) Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the "blood moon" crossing the Earth's shadow Tuesday in all its splendor.

The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET.

In North and South America, where the blood moon was most prominent, observers pointed at the spectacle with binoculars, telescopes and cellphones.

Depending on time zones, it started late Monday night or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Showers and clouds rendered it a bust in some cities, including Atlanta.

In Los Angeles, the chance to view the total lunar eclipse lured thousands to the Griffith Observatory. Families spread out blankets on the grass to take in views from dozens of telescopes set up like a stand of small trees.

Cameras clicked while watchers cheered and pointed at the blushing moon.

"It's energizing. Look around. Everybody is here to see something rare and live," said Gene Ireland, who teaches astronomy to middle school students.

 Ireland encouraged those who reached the hilltop observatory grounds to peek through his 12-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope.

"Everyone is always looking down at their phones, their iPads," he said. "We want them looking up. Looking up, you see a whole different world. Getting away from the cities and traffic, and the sky is just beautiful."

'Blood moons'

In a total lunar eclipse, the full moon turns a coppery red as it passes into Earth's shadow. During the process, the moon's bright glow dims, taking on a red hue because of shimmers of sunlight and sunsets seeping through the Earth's atmosphere.

Dust and sulfur dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere can affect the size of the shadow. The moon has to be full for the total lunar eclipse to occur.

As more of the moon emerges from the shadow, its red tint fades as it gets lighter and transitions to its normal silver color. The entire reddening process takes about an hour.

Left out

In Tuesday's spectacle, clouds hid the view from half of the United States, but cities such as Dallas, Denver and Los Angeles had optimal, front-row seats.

"Woke up in just enough time to see half of the blood moon," tweeted LaTara Hammers of Columbia, Missouri. "It's so cool how the universe works."

South and North American residents watched the entire spectacle, while observers in the Western Pacific caught the second half of the event. Central Asia and some parts of Europe and Africa didn't see much -- the moon was setting in most of those continents during the eclipse.

"You know what's even weirder than the 'blood moon'? The entire solar system and how amazing it perpetually is always while we barely notice," Johnny Argent tweeted.

'A chance arrangement of gravity'

Ed Krupp, director of the observatory, described it as a "typical copper red" total lunar eclipse.

Though rare, it's the sky "conspiring into a special event" that helps draw crowds, he said.

"The fact that there are four lunar successions coming this year and next ... is unusual," Krupp said. "But it's not the kind of thing astronomers get worked up about. It doesn't really mean anything. It's a chance arrangement of gravity and the motions of objects in the solar system, primarily the Earth and moon."

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye and don't require special filters.

The rare sight and was virtually unheard of a few centuries ago.

Before the 20th century, there was a 300-year period when there were no blood moons, said Fred Espenak, a NASA eclipse expert.

"The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," he said.

Three more chances

If you missed it Tuesday, there will be more opportunities.

North America will see a blood moon four times -- known as a tetrad -- between now and September of next year. In addition to Tuesday, it will make another appearance on October 8 of this year, and April 4 and September 28 of next year.

Miss those, and you'll have to wait until 2032.

By Faith Karimi and Paul Vercammen
 
CNN's Paul Vercammen reported from Los Angeles, and Faith Karimi reported and wrote from Atlanta.

The-CNN-Wire

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(KUTV) Neighbors in Tooele County are meeting Tuesday to talk about the Stericycle plant moving to their area.

Tuesday at 7:00pm Stericycle employees will answer questions about the new plant in the Grantsville High School auditorium.

Stericycle is also offering tours of the North Salt Lake Plant. Those tours can be booked by contacting the company.

Governor Herbert signed a bill that restricts companies like Stericycle from building medical waste incinerators within 2 miles of residential areas.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) Tuesday is tax day. If you don't pay you would expect a letter from the Utah State Tax Commission. But man here in Utah who already paid his taxes got a terrifying letter.

"Important notice of a state tax lien," the title says. It says $17,186 is owed and it talks about bank levies, wage garnishments, liens, judgments and seizures all on the horizon. It's a letter that at first glance seems to be from the state.

The man sent the letter to his accountant who in turned decided to Get Gephardt. The accountant said his client's taxes are fully paid and he declared the letter to be a scam.

Charlie Roberts with the Utah State Tax Commission says the letter did not come from the commission but he stops short of calling the letter a scam. Roberts says the letter is a common marketing practice.

Tax liens are public records and debt relief companies often use those records to drum up business.

"There's nothing against the law about [sending a letter like] this," Roberts said. "It appears to be from a legitimate business that went to third district court and got the tax records and is marketing their services."

Unlike many legitimate businesses which declare their name proudly at the top of a letter, if you want to know who sent this one you have to go way down to the bottom. There, buried in the fine print it says, "This message is being sent to you by Tax Law Advocates."

Supervisor with the California based Tax Law Advocates Reem Khatim defended the practice Monday. She said that the company has been in business for 20 years and points out that the company has an A rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Tax Law Advocates specializes in helping people who owe a lot of money in taxes, says the letter.

By Matt Gephardt
Photography by Brian Morris
Edited by Stephanie Campbell

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) Police arrested a woman accused of assaulting a group of people at a Salt Lake City bar Sunday afternoon.

Officers say Trina Davis was walking by customers sitting on the patio at “Beer Bar” located at 161 E. 200 S. when she took out a can of pepper spray and started spraying the victims.

Police say four people were hit in the face with the spray.

Davis was arrested and booked into jail on four counts of assault.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
UPDATE: Officials are reporting that one of the infants has been identified as a female.

(KUTV& AP) The woman accused of giving birth to and then killing six of her own babies may have been excited to become a grandmother.

Megan Huntsman was apparently elated that her daughter was pregnant and she was looking forward to becoming a grandma, which seems contradictory to the information investigators are detailing.

Police say Huntsman was living in West Valley City with her boyfriend when police discovered the bodies of the infants in her former Pleasant Grove home.

Authorities say the babies were born over 10 years and that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage.

According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that all but one of them were born alive.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) Sylvia Greer says she wasn't sure whether to run the Boston Marathon again after last year's deadly bombings scarred the event.  "I was debating whether to go back," she said.  Over the last year, she's had a change of heart.  She'll be there next Monday, along with 36,000 other runners.  "I feel it's important for me and the thousands of other runners to go back and show we are strong and we won't back down," she said.

Taha Mahmood has been running for thirty-three years.  He's crossed many marathon finish lines.  "Somewhere around 35.  I've never counted," he said.  The Boston Marathon is one he never had any desire to do.  This year, he's changed his mind too.  "It's going to be amazing.  I'm sure there is going to be a lot of tears," he said noting that running brings people together in a good way.

Sylvia and her husband were on their honeymoon during the marathon last year, they both ran.  Sylvia said about 40 minutes after they crossed the minute line, they were on the subway when they received frantic text messages from family members asking what was going on at the finish line. 

Police evacuated all public transportation and when she was back above ground, she and her husband saw the chaos that ensued after two brothers set off bombs killing three people at the marathon event and injuring hundreds.  "It quickly became a very memorable moment for all the wrong reason," she said.  Greer said after wondering for nearly a year about all the "what ifs" she is going back to make new memories and to send a message in the company of other runners.  "It's a way for us to come together as a nation and heal and be strong for each other," she said.

By: Cristina Flores

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(KUTV) A Southern Utah man who threatened to kill a black teenager is now facing federal hate crime charges. The man was upset about a bi-racial family living in his neighborhood. The man threatened the family living in his HOA with a letter on their car and one sent to the office of the HOA inside the neighborhood.

Reporter Ladd Egan knocked on the door of the man, who was more than willing to tell 2News how he wanted to slit the boy's throat if he were to see him walking with a girl not of his race, especially if it was his daughter.

Robert Keller, 70, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal interference with the right to fair housing. Keller explains himself saying that the president of the association "brought in a colored kid."

Keller says he was arrested after making threats in December, but was just now served a summons to appear in federal court. Keller regrets writing the letter though he says he should be allowed to share his opinion.  The Hurricane man claims that he was trying to let neighbors know how he felt and the entire thing was blown out of proportion.

He just wanted to "open their eyes." Keller is angry that a white family would allow an African American boy to move in with them. Describing the family he says, "The whole family is white but she claims it's a brother or something."

What set Keller off was when he saw this boy walking through the neighborhood with someone not of his race. He explains himself saying his concern is for the future, "I said what is going to happen down the road, when the black kid starts chasing these girls? What I seen set me off, when he was walking down the street with a white gal."

The man wrote a hate filled rant and left it on the boy's family car and another at the neighborhood HOA office. He said he knew it would not be anonymous and that there were cameras there to see him drop it off.  Tenille Ewing who works for the property managers read the letter and said, "There was very offensive language."  She goes on to say, "This particular letter made threats against life."  Ewing says it "hit home, because it's my ethnic background."

Keller readily admits he wrote every word saying that if "it were my daughter, I think I wrote I'd slice his throat." Ewing said the letter made its point," basically if you don't remove him I will take care of it for you." Ewing says the man has made no complaint about the boy's behavior only that he does not like the color of his skin.

Keller says his mistake was expressing his opinion and writing it down. A judge will now decide if it was an emotional mistake or a federal hate crime.  If convicted, Keller faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison on each count.

Keller's attorney called 2News and wanted to make it clear he was unaware of the fact he was facing federal charges.  Keller was aware local charges had been screened, but was notified they were on hold, had he known he was facing new charges he would not have spoken.

By: Heidi Hatch

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(KUTV) Firefighters in Cottonwood Heights battled a vacant house fire early Tuesday morning.

Officials say they received a call just after 1:00am reporting a fire at 6800 South Highland Drive.

When crews arrived on the scene they found the house burning.

Firefighters say they are not sure how the fire started or how much damaged the fire caused.

“Everything is suspicious in a vacant house like this,” said Battalion Chief Curtis Day.

Crews say because the house was vacant, they did not want to put anyone in danger and fought the fire from the outside.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) A man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash in Cache County is facing automobile homicide charges.

Police say Alvin Henson was driving his pickup in Millville when he lost control of the truck, hitting a car and a motorcycle.

The man on the motorcycle, Randy Wirth, was taken to the hospital where he passed away over the weekend.

Henson was booked into the Cache County Jail on DUI charges – and now, prosecutors are seeking vehicle homicide charges.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP)  Police have identified a 14-year-old skateboarder who died after colliding with a pickup truck in Salt Lake City last week.

Salt Lake City police say Juan Carlos Zuniga was riding a skateboard westbound at a high speed on Friday afternoon when he passed a stop sign, entered an intersection and struck a northbound pickup truck.

Medical personnel say Zuniga was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say there's no evidence drugs, alcohol or speed affected the driver.

Salt Lake City police say Zuniga was riding in the street and not on a sidewalk so a crosswalk crossing light was not activated.

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(KUTV) Most of us will never be able to afford a luxury mansion on the slopes of one of Utah's finest resorts, but we can dream; which is why 2News takes a peek into the lifestyle of Utah's rich and famous.
 
The luxurious ski-in/ski-out mansion is on the slopes of Utah's Deer Valley resort.
 
The property, known as the Crested Eagle Estate, goes up for auction through DeCaro Luxury Real Estate, on April 26, at 11am. It's a no-reserve auction, meaning there's no minimum bid. The home will go to the highest-bidder.
 
The home boasts 15,000 square feet, six bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and 10 fireplaces. It has a bar, sauna, fitness room, massage room and hot tub grotto.

By: Chris Miller

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(KUTV) Megan Huntsman, 39, confessed to giving birth to seven babies in a Pleasant Grove home and killing six of them by strangulation or suffocation over a ten-year span, according to a jail document released on Monday.

Police believe one baby was stillborn.

Investigators found all seven infants, each wrapped in towels or shirts, covered in plastic and stored in cardboard boxes on shelves and in cabinets of the garage of the home at 536 East 200 North, according to the probable cause statement for Huntsman's arrest.

A judge in Fourth District Court on Monday set Huntsman's bail at $6 million - $1 million for each count of murder she is facing.

Prosecutors will file formal charges in coming days.

Huntsman appeared dazed and barely spoke during the hearing for which she appeared by video feed from Utah County Jail.

After court, she was placed under 24-hour supervised suicide-watch based on statements she made prior to her arrest, said Pleasant Grove police Lt. Britt Smith.

The document states that Huntsman's estranged husband, Darren West, called police and reported finding a dead baby on Saturday morning.

West had recently been released from prison after serving a term of about eight years for a drug conviction.

He was cleaning out the garage of the home his family owns - where he and Huntsman had previously lived together - when he made the first grisly discovery.

"He and other family members came across a box or a package and they noticed an odor," Smith said. "We were absolutely shocked and amazed when we found the second. Just continued in amazement throughout the day."

Executing a search warrant, Pleasant Grove officers found all seven babies each in a separate box in a different stage of decomposition.

Huntsman told police she strangled or suffocated the six infants immediately after she gave birth to them between 1996 and 2006, having conceived them when her husband was present, Smith said.

Investigators are contracting a private company to conduct DNA testing to determine who the babies' fathers are. There could be multiple fathers, police said.

West told police he had no knowledge of the pregnancies.

Most neighbors said they never suspected Huntsman was pregnant as she often wore baggy clothes. But next-door neighbor, SanDee Wall, who described Huntsman as nice and quiet, said she had wondered.

"I would maybe see her walk up the driveway or out on the back deck and I'd go, 'Is Megan pregnant?'" Wall said.

Huntsman had not been living at the home since 2011. Officers found her living in West Valley City.

West, according to the papers, called Huntsman after finding the first baby. She allegedly admitted the baby had been stillborn.

Detectives searched Huntsman's current home for evidence but turned up nothing.

"I don't think there's any motive that will really explain it a way that will make any of us understand why," Smith said. "We've held our own babies. It's difficult."

The West family released the following statement:

"It is hard to express with words, the emotions surrounding our family at this time. Saturday's events have left us in a state of shock and confusion.   We are mourning this tragic loss of life and we are trying to stay strong and help each other through this awful event. We respectfully ask for privacy and decline further comment at this time."

Pleasant Grove officers have access to grief counseling. Smith said some could choose to use it after uncovering something so horrific.

"I've never seen anything like this in my career," said Det. Dan Beckstrom. "This isn't something that we ever expect to deal with."

Huntsman and West have three older daughters, two adults and one teenager who is a minor.

The medical examiner is conducting autopsies on the babies.

Huntsman is set to appear in court again on April 21.

By: Christine McCarthy

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(KUTV)  According to counselors with Utah’s Safe Haven project, babies are saved every year thanks to their program that was introduced in Utah in 2001.
 
The news of the arrest of Megan Huntsman, who is charged with six counts of murder, is bringing to light why the Safe Haven law exists. It is also an example of how it can help the lives of babies, while giving the mother options.

Police found seven dead infants inside Huntsman’s Pleasant Grove home over the weekend. Investigators believe Huntsman gave birth to six babies and killed them soon after birth over a ten year span, ranging from 1996 to 2006.  The seventh was stillborn, according to Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Michael Roberts

"It’s a terribly sad day for all of us here today, learning about this tragedy because we know it didn’t have to happen this way.  There were options," says Utah Safe Haven Coordinator Julia Robertson.

Counselors with Utah’s Safe Haven program are available to talk with mothers across the state every day 24/7.  Often they talk to women who are having a difficult time coping with their pregnancy due to tragic circumstances such as rape, domestic violence, and mental illness. 

A woman can call the hotline to discuss adoption possibilities.  Even if a mother doesn’t call the hotline, she has the option of leaving her newborn infant at a 24 hour hospital.  Once the baby is left, it can receive the medical care it needs, and then through the help of the Division of Child and Family Services, the baby is adopted out to a family.

Under the law, the woman is protected from arrest and prosecution.  "The hospital staff doesn’t ask any questions. There’s no police.  There’s no criminal investigation.  We want mom to leave the baby in that safe place," says Utah Safe Haven RN, Alfred Romeo. 

According to Safe Haven coordinators their program ultimately provides a safe situation where all parties are cared for.  The mother can avoid prosecution, a family can adopt, and at least one baby’s life can be saved. "You don’t have to go to these lengths. There is a safe place for the newborn," says Robertson.

The number for the Safe Haven hotline is 866-458-0058 and the website is www.utahsafehaven.org.

In addition, DCFS offers crisis care such as temporary nurseries, parenting classes, family counseling, and in-home services. 

People can anonymously report child abuse or neglect by contacting DCFS at 1-855-323-3237 or dcfsintake@utah.gov.

Information about programs/services provided by Utah Division of Child and Family Services are available online at www.dcfs.utah.gov.

Also, free 24-hour crisis nurseries are available at http://www.familysupportcenter.org/crisisNursery.php

By: Jonelle Merrill

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(KUTV) Forecasts for another dismal spring runoff in St. George have the water district calling for a renewed focus on building a pipeline to Lake Powell to bolster the area's water supply.

The proposed, $1 billion pipeline would pump Lake Powell water 138 miles to Sand Hollow Reservoir in Hurricane. The Washington County Water Conservancy District says the pipeline is needed to provide the area with another water source and keep up with the projected population growth.

"The more diverse our water supplies are the better off we are," water district general manager Ron Thompson said. "You don't want all of your straws in just one bucket; you'd like to have it diverse enough that we don't put our economy and our population at risk."

Thompson said the current multi-year drought for Washington County underscores the need for the pipeline because, on the other side of the state, the water situation this spring is much better for Lake Powell.

"The forecast is that Lake Powell will come up 50 feet this year," Thompson said.

The situation is far different in Washington County where a dismal snowpack of just 47 percent of average will result in some of the lowest river flows in decades. This spring and summer, the Virgin River is expected to flow at just 20 percent of normal as it passes through Hurricane, according the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

"This river probably looks worse than I've seen it in my professional career," Thompson said of the Virgin River, the area's main water supply. "It's very, very dry. There's been no runoff. There's no snowpack to speak of in the high elevation."

Those against the pipeline argue that the current drought conditions should not be used to justify the expensive project.

"We need to quit wasting money trying to look at whether the Lake Powell Pipeline is ever going to happen," said LeAnn Skzrynski with the environmental advocacy group Citizens for Dixie's Future.

Skzrynski says the area does not need the pipeline because better water conservation alone could stretch existing sources to meet the demands of future growth. She also cautions that, while the inflows to Lake Powell look good this year, it may not be a reliable water source long term.

"With climate change it's only a temporary blip," she said of this year's high runoff in the Upper Colorado River Basin. "The overall trend is that the reliability is decreasing as we go along."

Washington County has enough water stored in reservoirs to last two years; even so, the water district is encouraging residents to conserve water.

By Ladd Egan

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(KUTV) Veterans returning from traumatic experiences overseas can sometimes struggle to connect with family and friends.

A new program from Canines with a Cause is training sheltered dogs to be companions for veterans.

Surprisingly these aren't your ordinary dog trainers, they're prisoners. The program allows them to devote countless hours to teaching these pups to obey commands and get them ready to help veterans recover.

The program doesn't just help veterans, but the focus is giving sheltered dogs a loving home.

Organizers say after the dogs are trained, Canines with a Cause also works to introduce veterans to these working pups.

Veterans interested in signing up for a companion dog can apply online: http://canineswithacause.com/

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(KUTV) The lawyer for Jack Harry Stiles says he is mentally ill, and asked for help - but instead was thrown into jail for making terroristic threats. Now, both sides are blaming the other for the failure of plea negotiations.

The charges stem from allegations that Stiles threatened to kill as many people as he could at the City Creek shopping mall.

Defense lawyer Neal Hamilton says Stiles asked for help and has been in jail ever since. He also says prosecutors have yielded to pressure in the case.
 
Both Hamilton and District Attorney Sim Gill agree Stiles needs mental help and tried to negotiate a plea deal that fell through.

Stiles, meanwhile has been in jail since September, and the case has hardly moved. 

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(KUTV) This week sees the release of Ben Stiller's adaptation of James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Open Road's surprise animated hit The Nut Job, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the buddy film Ride Along, the Oscar nominated Philomena with Steve Coogan and Judi Dench and the second half of the first season of Angry Birds Toons.

This week also sees the release of the South Korean thriller Confession of Murder, Ralph Fiennes' tale of Charles Dickens and his secret lover in The Invisable Woman and director Mike Newell's recent adaptation of Great Expectations also starring Fiennes along with Helena Bonham Carter.

Catalogue titles making their Blu-ray debuts include two noir masterpieces in the form of Orson Welles' legendary Touch of Evil and Billy Wilder's equally revered Double Indemnity. Elsewhere Kevin Smith's Mallrats, the Generation X calling card Reality Bites starring Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder, the Criterion Collection adds Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves and Jan Svankmajer's Alice, a brilliant stop-motion re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland.

By: Ryan Michael Painter

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(KUTV) Jazz fans, Monday is your last night to see the team at home this season!

Ron Bird goes on the run to Energy Solutions Arena for a preview of what promises to be a crazy off-season for the Utah Jazz!

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PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) A Utah father says emergency preparation helped save the lives of his two young sons after a three-hour hike turned into a multi-day ordeal.

Jason Knight of Payson, Utah was stranded for three days in a canyon with his sons after he got trapped Wednesday between tight walls. His 8- and 11-year-old sons stayed on a ledge atop the canyon with just a granola bar and some water to sustain them.

On Monday, Knight described signaling to his sons to stay put. They were too far away to hear him. He says that families must teach their children what to do in an emergency.

But he acknowledged that even with that training, his sons wouldn't have made it out without the aid of helicopter rescuers.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah legislators say they won't override a handful of vetoes from Gov. Gary Herbert.

Senate and House leaders released polls Monday revealing that 61 legislators opposed undoing the governor's action on three measures. Forty-two legislators voted in favor.

The vetoed proposals deal with legislative subpoenas, parental review of school curriculum and government fee-assessment areas.

Herbert has said the bill to bolster legislative subpoena power could violate civil rights by barring people from challenging a legislative subpoena in court.

The school-curriculum bill would have tasked an existing parent committee with reviewing complaints related to lessons and class materials, a duty Herbert says should first go to school boards.

The third bill Herbert vetoed was a technical proposal he said delayed six natural-gas projects in rural Utah that were ready to go.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Republicans and Democrats have chosen their nominees for Salt Lake County seats at separate weekend conventions.

The Republican county councilman nomination went to Micah Bruner. He is vying to replace Democrat Randy Horiuchi, who is retiring.

If Bruner defeats Horiuchi's chosen Democratic successor Jenny Wilson, city council Republicans will hold a veto-proof majority.

The day was a big one for Democratic women in the race for county seats.

Democrat Sandra Hollins advanced toward becoming the state's first black female legislator. She won the bid to replace Salt Lake City Rep. Jennifer Seelig, who is retiring.

Also at the Republican gathering, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch criticized what he said were poor domestic policies, pointing to Obamacare.

The parties' statewide conventions are two weeks away.

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(KUTV) Neighbors tell a very different story about Megan Huntsman than you'd imagine after learning of the unimaginable crimes she's accused of committing against her own children.
 
"She's lived here for about 15 years and was a good neighbor, as far as we knew," Kathie Hawker lived right next door to the home where Saturday Pleasant Grove police found the bodies of seven infants inside the garage. Sunday, Huntsman was charged with killing at least 6 of them.
 
Mrs. Hawker told 2News, "We just really loved her (Megan), and her husband. We thought they were just really good people."
 
Kathie's husband Aaron Hawker told 2News, "I've had a few shocks in my life, but this one was a huge one." The Hawkers say they trusted Megan and would often have her babysit their grandchildren. Aaron says he saw Huntsman's ex-husband Daren West Saturday. West was just back to town after serving some 8 years behind bars for a drug related conviction. Aaron says West was eager to start a new life with his family, "He seemed very upbeat. He was there cleaning out the garage and was taking a lot of it to the junkyard."
 
Police say West notified them after he found what appeared to be a body inside a cardboard box in the garage. Neighbors say they were surprised to see the multiple police cars respond to the home. They say they they were later shocked to learn why.
 
"It's just terrible," neighbor Sharon Chipman told 2News' Amy Nay Sunday, "Who knows what was going through her mind. Maybe she was just depressed."
 
Chipman says her grandson was practically part of Megan and Daren's family, even going with them on family vacations to Disneyland. She says there was never any reason to suspect anything suspicious.
 
Police say the babies in question were born between 1996 and 2006, but neighbors say they never thought Megan looked pregnant.
 
By: Amy Nay

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(KUTV) The Fourth of July celebration at Sugar House Park is no longer in Jeopardy thanks to a donation.

Last week, the event’s organizers made an announcement that the fireworks display needed funding.

Monday, the President of Apollo Burger said that he made the donation to save the fireworks because he loves the Sugar House community. He also said he would like to help in the future celebrations for up to five more years – not just 2014.

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CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.

USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was "kind of an unusual occurrence" being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. But he said even minor damage is unlikely because of the remote location. It struck 8 miles northwest of Challis, a town of around 1,000 less than 200 miles northeast of Boise.

Custer County sheriff's dispatcher Liz Preston says besides "things falling off walls and a lot of scared people," no one was hurt. She says the area has had some quakes lately, but this one felt "pretty big" compared with the others.

She says the office shook, including the windows and computers.

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(KUTV) A 38-year-old man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Centerville Sunday afternoon.

Officials say Davis County Dispatched received a call from Molly Farrand, the wife of Vincent Farrand. Molly told the dispatcher that her husband was upset with a mutual friend after he believed the friend had made an ‘inappropriate advancement’ towards Molly. The two had begun fighting and, according to Molly, Vincent had left their home for the mutual friend’s home with a gun. She also reported Vincent was suicidal.

Within minutes of the original call, officers were advised that Vincent had returned to his Centerville home, located at 550 South 300 East.

When officers arrived at the home, Molly came outside and an officer quickly removed her from the area. Vincent then came out of the home with a gun in his hands and when officers confronted him, asking him to put down the gun and remove his finger from the trigger, Vincent raised the gun and pointed it at the officer.

Officials say at 3:40pm officers informed Davis County Dispatch that shots had been fired and the suspect was in need of medical assistance. Only one of the officers fired shots, but officials say the number of shots fired, and how many struck Farrand, remains under investigation.

Vincent Farrand was pronounced dead at 4:27pm while still at the scene.

The case remains under investigation.

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(CNN) Police arrested a 14-year-old Dutch girl Monday after she tweeted a terror threat to American Airlines that catapulted her into social media fame overnight.

A Twitter user calling herself Sarah with the handle @QueenDemetriax_ tweeted "@AmericanAir hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye."

American Airlines responded swiftly from their official Twitter account saying "@QueenDemetriax_ Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

Moments later, in a series of tweets, the girl pleaded with the airline, writing "I'm just a girl" and claiming the threat was a joke made by her friend.

The teenager turned herself in at a police station in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam on Monday afternoon after authorities launched an investigation into her whereabouts, Wessel Stolle, a Rotterdam police department spokesman told CNN.

"The assumption made by her tweets was taken seriously, and I may add that it is a rather alarming threat," Stolle said.

The girl has been charged with "posting a false or alarming announcement" under Dutch law, but the consequences of the accusation remain unclear.

"She will be questioned for the next couple of hours and after that she might be sent home during the investigation," Stolle said. "We do not know yet. That will have to come out of the investigation."

Rotterdam police said they are in contact with several agencies, but did not confirm if the FBI or any other American agency may be involved in the investigation.

American Airlines stood by their actions Monday despite the girl's appeals on Twitter, including one message that reportedly read "I'm so sorry I'm scared now."

"At American, the safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case-by-case basis," American spokesman Matt Miller told CNN. "American's response was taken down per our standard procedures. In this type of situation, we flag the conversation with the proper authorities and then take down the message(s)."

Twitter has suspended the account associated with "@QueenDemetriax_."

Twitter doesn't allow users to "make direct, specific threats of violence against others," according to its abusive behavior policy, which is part of its Twitter rules.

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(CNN) The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius accused him on Monday of "tailoring" his version of how he killed his girlfriend, as the grueling cross-examination of the track star went into a second week.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about the death of Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot last year through a closed toilet door in his luxury home in Pretoria, South Africa.

His questions have sought to undermine Pistorius' reliability and credibility and to portray the Olympic and Paralympic athlete as someone who was inventing his version of events to suit his story.

Nel, known in South African legal circles for his bulldog-like approach to questioning, has gone through minute detail regarding the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013, repeatedly challenging the double amputee over his actions that night.

On Monday, in yet another intense scrutiny of his story, the prosecutor again tried to exhaustively highlight apparent inconsistencies between Pistorius' bail application and his testimony in court to show he is "tailoring his evidence" to suit the defense case.

"I am going to point out to you how improbable your version is," Nel told the runner, who sat immobile, staring ahead at the judge as he answered questions.

The prosecution's argument is that Pistorius shot Steenkamp intentionally after a heated argument. Pistorius does not deny shooting her but insists that he mistook her for an intruder.

"I did not fire at Reeva," Pistorius told the court, his voice breaking, causing a second brief adjournment in the day's proceedings so he could gather himself.

Scrutinizing every detail

Nel took Pistorius detail by detail through what happened on the night of Steenkamp's death -- where he moved, how he moved, what he saw -- aggressively questioning him about the moments before the shooting.

On one occasion, when the runner corrected Nel, the prosecutor said this showed Pistorius was a "stickler for detail" -- and yet on many aspects of the case, he said, the athlete was being vague.

Speaking about the noise he said he thought had been caused by intruders, the athlete described how he started shouting.

Asked what he shouted, Pistorius broke down as he answered: "Get the f**k out of my house. Get the f**k out of my house."

Nel also said the fact that a pair of Steenkamp's jeans was lying on the bed showed that when she was shot, she was in the middle of getting dressed in order to leave.

Pistorius denied this, saying the jeans were inside out, meaning she'd taken them off, not that she was putting them on.

The prosecutor also pointed to forensic evidence that showed Steenkamp had eaten within a couple of hours of her death. The athlete says the couple had last eaten together about 7 p.m., around eight hours before Steenkamp was shot. He said there was no fight and they had a quiet evening together.

'I was screaming'

The prosecutor pressed on why the athlete didn't give fuller details of his account in his bail statement. Pistorius said then that there was a noise from the bathroom that caused him to think that people had broken into his house. He later explained that it was the bathroom window sliding across and slamming against the frame.

The athlete said on Monday that he was on medication and traumatized while in a jail cell at the time of his bail statement.

Nel also said it was improbable that, according to Pistorius' story, Steenkamp did not ask him why he was getting out of bed in the middle of the night to retrieve fans from the edge of the balcony.

He repeatedly asked the athlete why he fired, and if he did so intentionally.

"No, I did not," Pistorius said. "I fired because I got a fright."

Nel has openly called the athlete's version "a lie," contending Pistorius knew exactly what he was doing when he fired his gun.

"I blame myself for taking Reeva's life," Pistorius said.

Describing what happened after the shots, Pistorius' high-pitched voice wobbled. He said he went to the bed and realized Steenkamp was not there, and then felt the curtains to see if she was behind them.

"Then I was panicking, realizing she wasn't answering," the runner said. "I was screaming, I was screaming out for her."

Nel said his next line of questioning would deal with the toilet. He asked to continue on Tuesday morning and the trial was adjourned for the day.

'Emotional memories'

The prosecutor has repeatedly asked the runner why he was getting "emotional" as Nel's questioning has drawn tears.

"Is it about what happened, or the questions and your frustration with answering them?" Nel said, asking Pistorius if he was using his emotions as an escape. Pistorius said he was not.

"It's emotional memories for me," the runner replied.

Pistorius, 27, has denied he acted selfishly toward Steenkamp, who was 29 when she died.

In a bid to paint their relationship as rocky, Nel has ripped apart message exchanges between the couple.

Nel also sought to paint Pistorius as selfish and demanded to know why the athlete did not respond to his girlfriend's declaration of love. But Pistorius said he preferred to talk to his girlfriend over the phone rather than messaging. He acknowledged he never got a chance to tell her that he loved her.

"Because it was all about Mr. Pistorius," Nel said.

The trial has gripped South Africa, where Pistorius is considered a symbol of triumph over physical adversity. His disabled lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, but he went on to achieve global fame as the "Blade Runner," winning numerous Paralympic gold medals on the steel blades fitted to his prostheses.

Only those in the courtroom can see Pistorius because he has chosen not to testify on camera. His testimony can be heard on an audio feed.

Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp, has been in court throughout his testimony.

The trial is scheduled to continue until the middle of May.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will decide the verdict in collaboration with two experts called assessors. South Africa does not have jury trials.

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

CNN's Emily Smith, Laura Smith-Spark and Faith Karimi contributed to this report.

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(KUTV) A brush fire burning near Utah Lake forced fire fighters to evacuate the Sandy Beach area Sunday morning.The fire started in the morning and fire fighters evacuated the beach while they fought the flames.The blaze destroyed over 75 acres, but crews say the cold weather helped them extinguish the fire sooner than expected. The cause is unknown.

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(KUTV) A new report shows that the Utah Transit Authority doubled the bonus budget for its managers.

The Salt Lake Tribune says this came at the same time as UTA asked for a bump in their sales tax.

In 2012, UTA spent just under $900,000 on bonuses – and last year, that number shot up to $1.7-million.

UTA says they give good bonuses to bring in good talent – but some legislators are saying this will hurt the agency’s credibility.

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(KUTV) Part of Arches National Park has been shut down due to vandalism.

The park released a statement saying they’ve closed off access to the area southwest of the Sand Dune Arch because of excessive graffiti.

Park warnings and trail head signs have failed to prevent further damage from scratching and carving into the rocks.

Officials say it is not easy to remove the graffiti and say they’ve decided to close access for the time being.

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(KUTV) Police are looking for a suspect in a stabbing in Salt Lake City Friday.

Police say a man got into a verbal argument with Jose Gonzalez around 4:00am Friday at 1966 S. 200 E. and during the argument, the suspect pulled a knife. The victim tried to run away, but tripped and fell. Police say the suspect allegedly stabbed the victim in the abdomen.

According to officials, the two men were with their girlfriends, who are sisters, in the parking lots. The suspect and his girlfriend fled eastbound through the parking lot and the victim and his girlfriend called for help. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call police.

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(KUTV) Utah gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian will appear in court Monday afternoon in an attempt to get a case against him dismissed.

Aposhian is set to be in the Holladay Justice Court to try for the dismissal.

Last Memorial Day, Clark Aposhian got into a hostile argument on his ex-wife’s property with her new husband.

Aposhian was arrested during the incident. He is now facing charges of criminal trespass.

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(KUTV) A father and his two sons are safe after being rescued while hiking in Garfield County.

Authorities say Jason Knight and his two sons set out for a week in the mountains last Tuesday, but did not return home.

Rescue crews searched and found the three early Sunday morning.

Knight and his sons spent three days in the wilderness. Officials say they were slightly dehydrated, but should be okay.

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(KUTV) Governor Gary Herbert is headed to Washington Monday to continue negotiations on Medicaid.

The Governor is working to secure federal money to allow those struggling to make ends meet to buy private insurance.

Although Kathleen Sebelius is no longer the Health Secretary, the Governor says everything is still on schedule.

He says he’s hopeful for a Medicaid deal before the end of summer.

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VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful Chilean port city and stubbornly burned out of control in places more than 24 hours later, killing 12 people and destroying at least 2,000 homes. More than 10,000 people were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.

With hot dry winds stoking the embers, some of the fires that authorities had declared contained broke out again as a second night fell.

The blaze began Saturday afternoon in a forested ravine next to ramshackle housing on one of Valparaiso's 42 hilltops, and spread quickly as hot ash rained down over wooden houses and narrow streets that lack municipal water systems. Electricity failed as the fire grew, with towering flames turning the night sky orange over a darkening, destroyed horizon.

Eventually, neighborhoods on six hilltops were reduced to ashes, including one hill several blocks from Chile's parliament building. Flames later broke out again on at least two of those hills, burning out of control and threatening to consume other neighborhoods.

"It's a tremendous tragedy. This could be the worst fire in the city's history," President Michelle Bachelet said as 20 helicopters and planes dropped water on hotspots.

The fire destroyed at least 2,000 houses by Sunday evening, and the death toll rose to 12, Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. Authorities warned that the toll could rise once the fires cool enough for them to search for bodies. Patricio Bustos, who directs the national forensics service, said DNA testsDNA tests would be needed to identify some of the remains. More than 500 people were treated at hospitals, mostly for smoke inhalation.

It was already the worst fire to hit the picturesque seaside city of 250,000 people since 1953, when 50 people were killed and every structure was destroyed on several of the city's hills.

The fires were contained to the hills, but Bachelet declared the entire city a catastrophe zone, putting Chile's military in charge of maintaining order. While 1,250 firefighters, police and forest rangers battled the blaze, 2,000 Chilean sailors in combat gear patrolled streets to maintain order and prevent looting.

"The people of Valparaiso have courage, have strength and they aren't alone," said Bachelet, who cancelled a planned trip to Argentina and Uruguay this week.

Valparaiso has a vibrant port and is home to Chile's national legislature, but it owes its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site to its colorful architecture, with neighborhoods hugging hills so steep that people use staircases and cable cars to reach their homes.

Unfortunately, many homes in densely populated poorer areas above the city center have been built without proper water or natural gas supplies, and many streets are too narrow for fire trucks to enter.

"We are too vulnerable as a city. We have been the builders and architects of our own danger," Valparaiso Mayor Jorge Castro said Sunday in an interview with Chile's 24H channel.

Chile's emergency response systememergency response system generated automatic phone calls to each house in danger as the mandatory evacuations expanded. Many people stuffed their cars with possessions after getting these calls, and streets quickly became impassible. Water trucks and firefighters were stuck downhill as people abandoned their vehicles and ran. Some carried television sets and others took canisters of natural gas, fearing an explosion if flames reached their homes.

With so many hills aflame, water was in short supply even in established neighborhoods downhill. A water emergency was declared, cutting off non-essential supplies.

Shelters were overflowing. Bachelet toured some and announced that on Monday she would meet with each of her ministers to hear what each one is doing in response. "The situation is dramatic, but help is already arriving," she said.

Maria Elizabeth Diaz, eight months pregnant and trying to rest with her two sons in a shelter set up in Valparaiso's Greek School, said she had been hesitant to flee her home in Cerro Las Canas when she first learned that the hilltop above her was on fire.

"I didn't want to move because I was afraid they'd rob me, but I had to flee when I saw the fire was coming down the hill," she said. "I lost everything. Now I've been ordered to rest because I was having contractions. My little one knows that he can't arrive quite yet."

Another evacuee, Erica Gonzalez, 74, said her daughter and some neighbors had to carry her to safety because the fire burned her wheelchair.

"I was left in the street. My house was completely burned, and that of my daughter a block away," she said, visibly upset as she hugged a grandchild.

Some people returned home Sunday to discover total destruction.

"It's frightening, everything is burned," said Francisca Granados, who had spent the night with friends in the neighboring city of Vina del Mar.

Thick clouds of smoke surrounded the city prison, where nine pregnant inmates were transferred to a detention facility in the nearby city of Quillota. Another 204 female inmates were being evacuated to a sports arena. More than 2,700 male inmates will remain at the prison for now, prison guard commander Tulio Arce said.


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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- Officials say three people were shot and killed this afternoon in suburban Kansas City, and a spokeswoman for a local hospital says a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition.

Overland Park city spokesman Sean Reilly says two people died at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus and one was killed at Village Shalom, which is a retirement community that is several blocks away from the center.

Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes says one person of interest is in custody.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park posted on its Facebook page that a "shooting incident" happened near its White Theater entrance and the building is on lockdown.

An Overland Park Medical Center spokeswoman says a 15-year-old boy who was brought from the scene of the Jewish Community Center is in critical condition.

There is a heavy police presence at the campus, which spans several acres in an affluent area of Johnson County, Kan. The entrance to the campus is blocked off.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is holding an emergency meeting at Russia's request amid growing violence in eastern Ukraine.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says he is alarmed by Ukraine's announcement that it would deploy armed forces to quash an increasingly bold pro-Russian insurgency.

But Britain's ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, says there are increasing signs of Russian involvement in orchestrating the violence.

"We want to use this Security Council meeting to expose that but also warn Russia against using events in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for further military escalation in the region," Lyall Grant said.

Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city Sunday morning, with at least one security officer killed and five others wounded.

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(KUTV) Overnight storms Saturday into Sunday caused several power outages throughout Utah.

Areas southwest of Tooele, including Rush Valley, Stockton, and Vernon, lost power just after midnight. Crews worked Sunday morning to restore power in those communities.

Thousands of residents in West Valley and Midvale also lost power early Sunday morning after high winds downed power lines. That outage lasted a couple of hours with power being restored at around 3:00 a.m.

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(KUTV) – Federal land managers abruptly ended the roundup of cattle on public land in southern Nevada owned by rancher Cliven Bundy on Saturday.  The Bureau of Land Management decided to not enforce a court order to remove the cattle,  citing a "serious concern" for the safety of employees and the public.

The cattle battle reached a boiling point on Saturday as protestors, many of them relatives of Bundy,  flooded a federal holding area, aiming to release his cattle.

The roundup started a week ago after the BLM and National Park Service shut down an area half the size of Delaware to let cowhands using helicopters and vehicles gather about nine-hundred cattle, that officials say are grazing illegally.

The feds say Bundy owes one million dollars in unpaid grazing fees. 

The dispute that triggered the roundup dates to 1993, when the BLM cited concern for the federally protected tortoise. The agency later revoked Bundy's grazing rights.

All along, Bundy has claimed ancestral rights to the land, claiming his Mormon ancestors have worked it since the 1880’s

On Saturday, federal officers and the Bundy family started talks about releasing the cattle and to ultimately calm the crowds. 

A statement released from BLM officials reads, “we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.”

Las Vegas Metro Police were on hand on Saturday to keep the peace between protestors and BLM.  They say they wish it had never reached such a tumultuous outcome. “We had a lot of fears of individuals being shot, trampled, or run over on the highway, so it took a lot of resources to associate with this,” says Las Vegas Asst. Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

Bundy’s herds are now back to roaming public lands.

The BLM has taken some heat this week from Republican lawmakers and other critics, claiming this roundup was a waste of taxpayer money.  A price tag with the roundup has not been released.  BLM officials say they will not let the issue drop.  Instead, they plan to pursue the matter through the court system.

By Jonelle Merrill

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(KUTV) A joint military seek, find, and rescue exercise sent Black Hawk and Apache helicopters into the cloudy skies of the west desert on Saturday.

"The scenario is we have a downed pilot," said Lt. Col. Steve Fairbourn, Public Affairs Officer with the Utah National Guard.  "This is training to do exactly what we would need to do in times of war."

The rescue target was an F-16 flyer, someplace on the ground in the rugged and vast Utah Test and Training Range---where fighter jets from Hill Air Force Base often zoom for war games.

For Chief Warrant Officer Ken Jones, a chopper pilot, the training may have brought back memories.

"I've been deployed to Afghanistan three times," said Jones, of the 211th Attach Recon Battalion and the 97th Aviation Troop Command.  On his second deployment, he said a chopper went down with five "special operators" on board.

When it was determined ground forces could not get through mountainous terrain to reach the soldiers, Jones said he and a wingman were called to make the rescue.

"They were under fire, so we had to engage the enemy," Jones said.  "My wingman and I landed.  I picked up three guys and strapped them to the outside of the aircraft, and my wingman picked up two guys."

The veteran pilot, who said he's flown for more than 30 years, called the weekend exercise "very realistic training."  2News photographer Patrick Fitzgibbons was on board one of the helicopters, and took video through an open door, as the aircraft whooshed over the mountains.

"This unit could find itself deployed in a couple of years again," said Jones.  "There may be somebody who goes down because of mechanical malfunction or enemy fire."

Aircraft in the exercise included an F-16, a KC-135 refueling plane, and the Black Hawk and Apache choppers.


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(KUTV) The Salt Lake County GOP Nominating Convention was held Saturday at Cottonwood Heights High School, where delegates essentially whittle away candidates running for local office. But, it's what happened outside of the voting and away from the podium earlier that sparked controversy.
 
"I'm pretty well known in the Republican party," radio talk show host Tim Aalders told 2News Saturday. He is running for the 4th District Congressional seat, against Republicans Mia Love and Bob Fuehr. He says he was invited to attend the County GOP Convention as a host of a rented booth.
 
"The executive committee for the Salt Lake County Republicans reached out to me and said, 'Tim, would you like a booth at the convention?' And I said, 'You know I'm not running as a Republican. I'm running as an Independent American.'" Even though Aalder had run on the Republican ticket in the past, he said organizers were made aware he was now with a different party affiliation.
 
But Salt Lake County Acting Chair Suzanne Mulet told 2News the organizer in charge of renting out booths wasn't aware of that, "Since he had run as a Republican before, she thought he was running as a Republican this time."
 
The woman who says she invited Aalders to the event also talked to 2News. Jacquie Nielsen, Senate Chair with the Salt Lake County GOP, says she understands why he was asked to leave,"We had a couple of candidates wanting only Republican candidates having booths. He is actually running as an Independent this time. So that is why we had to ask him to leave. I am the one who invited him and I thought he added a lot to it. I'm sorry he is gone."
 
Aalders says he was at his booth last night and nobody said anything to him then. But Mulet told 2News she thought it would have been disrespectful to try to kick him out last night.

She said she left him a message not to come back Saturday or simply to come back and gather up his things. Aalders said when he came to the convention Saturday he was surprised not to be welcome. He says he was threatened in the confrontation and told he could be arrested for trespassing, if he didn't leave the building. Mulet rebuked his account, saying it was never confrontational and Aalders was never threatened.
 
A 2News photographer was kicked out of the delegate meeting Saturday. County GOP leaders said 2News was allowed in the public areas, but not where the delegates were voting. Mulet explained later, "We are a private organization, not public and we do have our rules and we like to adhere to them."
 
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(KUTV) A search and rescue team in Garfield County located and rescued a man and two boys who were trapped in Sandthrax Canyon.

Jason Knight, 35, and his two sons arrived in Hanksville Tuesday night and planned to camp in the Robbers Roost area until Friday. But they were overdue and had not been seen in three days.

A concerned citizen contacted the Garfield County Sheriff's Office saying that she saw the man and two boys enter the canyon with day packs but didn't see them return to their camp.

A Utah Department of Public Safety Helicopter spotted the boys Saturday afternoon on a ledge at the top of Sandthrax Canyon, the father was spotted about 150 yards away, according to a news release from Kassidee Brown of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

At the request of Garfield County officials, search and rescue with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office were able rescue all three people Saturday.

The boy's had a small amount of water remaining and a granola bar to share. They suffered from cramps and dehydration, Brown's release said.

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(KUTV) A man injured in a suspected DUI crash passed away Saturday. Randy Wirth, co-owner of Caffe Ibis in Logan, died after being involved in a three car crash on Thursday.

Police say prosecutors are pursing vehicle homicide charges against Alvin Henson. Officials say Henson was driving his pick-up truck eastbound on 200 South in Millville, when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the westbound lane.

Henson's vehicle hit a car and Wirth, who was riding a motorcycle.
Wirth was flown to McKay Dee Hospital in extremely critical condition. Investigators found evidence of alcohol in Henson's truck.

When Henson was released from the hospital he was booked into the Cache County Jail on DUI charges. Henson is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.


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(KUTV) Four people were able to escape a trailer fire without injury at the Lakeview Estates in Davis County early Saturday morning.

Just before 4 a.m., the  Layton City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a manufactured home at 2600 North Hill Field Road.

A neighbor, who smelled the smoke, came outside and found two males and two children that had just vacated the trailer.

When fire crews arrived on the scene they were able to contain the blaze to the laundry room and kitchen. The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes, according to a press release from Doug Bitton of the Layton City Fire Department.

However, before crews arrived on the scene, one of the adult males apparently broke a window of the trailer to rescue a dog from its kennel.

“This was a courageous act, but we highly recommend the firefighters perform rescue [operations] because they have all the protective equipment” Bitton said in the release.

Investigators say the cause of the fire was a clogged dryer vent. The occupants say the dryer was being used after midnight but the home's smoke alarms did not operate. The estimated damage is $40,000, Bitton said in the release.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says talks with federal officials over a Medicaid expansion plan are progressing.

Herbert, a Republican, said Friday he hopes to reach an agreement with federal officials by the end of this summer. He is returning Monday to Washington, D.C. to continue negotiations.

He said he doesn't expect the resignation of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to have an effect on the talks.

He is seeking a chunk of federal money for a three-year pilot program to pay for about 110,000 people to buy private health insurance. But the governor has not outlined the details of his proposal or how much flexibility he's seeking.

An agreement with federal officials must also get approval from Utah's Legislature.There is no deadline to approve a plan.

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(KUTV) It happened around 5pm, a few miles east of Oakley, in Weber Canyon. The Summit County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene, backed by a SWAT team, after a report came in of a shooting and an active gunman on the loose.

"When we got on scene there was a female that had obviously been shot in the chest," said Capt. Justin Martinez with the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities found the woman on the front porch of a home rented by her boyfriend. They believe she was shot inside the home and stumbled out, crying for help.

"There was nobody with her when she was shot," said Martinez, who added that her boyfriend and another man were at a neighboring house when the shot was fired. "There was some indication that there might have been a verbal altercation earlier this afternoon, but we have no history at this residence of domestic violence."

Both men were detained by investigators while a search warrant was performed on the home. Officials say the men were cooperative. No arrests were made and officials say there are no suspects at this time.

The official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner's office and released on Saturday.

By: Chris Miller

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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Five students remain hospitalized Saturday in the wake of a stabbing rampage at a suburban Pittsburgh high school.

One 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds are in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Forbes Regional Hospital. A 17-year-old remains in critical condition at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. A 14-year-old student is listed in fair condition.

The teens were among the 21 students stabbed or slashedslashed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday. A security guard was also wounded.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal faces four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. Police say they don't yet have a motive for the rampage.

It's not clear when the high school will reopen.

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(KUTV)The serenity outside of a simple San Pete County cabin was interrupted only by the kinetic, creative energy of the human tornado that is Kazia Hancock.

Inside there is a gentleness that has painted more than 1,200 images of soldiers that have died in battle.

Kazia sends them off for free to the families of the fallen. What little money she has is in her not-for-profit foundation, Project Compassion.

San Pete County prosecutors say Kazia's trusted assistant, Kenna Larson, over a four year period, may have stolen as much as $80,000.

Hancock says her life is painting, not numbers. So she didn't realize that Kenna was allegedly running up bills on PayPal and stealing money right out of Project Compassion's accounts.

Kazia is astounded by how many checks she let Larson allegedly write in her name, but she says her anger at her former assistant won't stop her from the love she has for the men and women whom she honors with these paintings.

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