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(KUTV) A search and rescue operation is underway in Provo Canyon near Squaw Peak.

Utah County Sgt. Peter Quittner said a male hiker is stuck on the edge of a cliff alone. He is not hurt, Quittner said.

About 20 rescuers are taking part in this operation. An airplane was also flying overhead.

Quittner said the operation may take a while. No further details were released.

Crews are stationed a few miles east of the lookout point at Squaw Peak. The area is accessible by a dirt road.

By: Daniel Woodruff

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(CNN) French forces secured the site of a crashed Air Algerie flight in Mali, and found one "black box" but no survivors, French President Francoise Hollande said Friday.

Wreckage of the jet was found in a "disintegrated state" in northern Mali, he said, making it the third major international aviation disaster in recent days.

"There are unfortunately no survivors. I share the pain of the families who are living a horrible ordeal," he said. "They will be welcomed to the Foreign Ministry Saturday to be given all the latest information."

Airline authorities said Flight 5017 was carrying 116 people when it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso to Algeria.

Less than an hour into the flight, it disappeared from radar after changing its flight path because of bad weather, officials said.

"What we already know is that the debris from the plane is concentrated in a limited area, but it's still too early to draw conclusions," Hollande said.

"There are hypotheses around -- notably that it was to do with the weather. But we are ruling nothing out because we want to know everything."

The plane's wreckage was found in Mali's Gossi region, not too far from the border with Burkina Faso, according to the French President.

Radar contact with the plane was lost 50 minutes after takeoff from the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou, authorities said. The jet was supposed to arrive later that day at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers. Mali is between the two nations.

Air Algerie said the plane was carrying 110 passengers and six crew members, but Hollande gave a different number.

"My thoughts go to the 118 victims, those close to them and their families," he said.

It was unclear why the President and the airline gave different numbers.

France had 51 of its nationals aboard the plane, the highest number, the President said.

The plane's departure country of Burkina Faso had 24 people aboard, the airline said, while Lebanon had eight.

The passengers also included six Algerians; five Canadians; four Germans; two from Luxembourg; one from Mali; one Cameroonian; one Belgian; one Ukrainian; one Romanian; one Swiss; one Nigerian; and one Egyptian, Air Algerie said.

Air Algerie said all six crew members were Spanish. The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but was operated by Air Algerie.

Though the cause of the crash is unknown, the flight path took the aircraft through a turbulent area hit by regular thunderstorms this time of year, according to CNN meteorologist Mari Ramos.

Air Algerie's crash comes a week after a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed in Ukraine with 298 people on board.

Days after the July 17 incident, 48 people were killed when a twin-engine plane crashed while attempting to land Wednesday in Taiwan's Penghu Islands.

Air Algerie, Algeria's national airline, flies to 28 countries.

Until this week, the deadliest incident in the airline's history occurred in March 2003 when a domestic flight crashed after takeoff, killing 102 people on board. One person survived.

By Faith Karimi and Laura Smith-Spark

CNN's Al Goodman and Radina Gigova contributed to this report.

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(KUTV) Firefighters are keeping a sharp eye on a wildfire burning south of Levan, Utah, in Juab County.

It started near a dairy farm on SR-28 shortly after 4 p.m. and spread quickly up a mountainside to the east, spurred on by high winds out of the west.

"It put the fire well beyond the abilities of the local responders," said Jason Curry, from the Division of Natural Resources.

Farmers watched and livestock huddled together on property a few hundred yards from the flames, while water trucks created a line of defense.

"We have homes along the foothills and that was our main concern," said Juab County Sheriff, Alden Orme, who said six homes were evacuated along with Chicken Creek Campground.

Several large air tankers, including a DC-10 and a handful of helicopters were bringing steady loads of water and slurry to the areas near the homes, creating a protective barrier.

"Those tankers and the amount of retardant they're able to drop is a really effective way to get fire behavior to calm down," said Curry.

The flames had died down dramatically by 8 p.m. Crews had shut down SR-28 for several hours, but reopened the road shortly after 9 p.m. They also allowed residents to return to their homes.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and crews were not ready to give a containment percentage by 10 p.m. Crews said firefighters and equipment would be posted in the area throughout the night, to monitor any flare-ups.

Photo courtesy of Wayne Fish.

By: Chris Miller

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(KUTV) The Utah County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to 2News that a 15-year-old girl and a 28-year-old woman are dead after a head-on collision involving two vehicles in Eagle Mountain on SR-73 Thursday afternoon.

Utah County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Spencer Cannon reports the crash occurred on SR-73 on mile marker 31 at around 1:36 p.m. The 15-year-old girl killed in the crash was traveling in a white Chevrolet Cruze. The driver was the girl's father and her two brothers, ages 10 and 7, were also in the vehicle. The girl was in the front passenger seat of the car and was killed on impact.

At the time of the accident, the white Chevrolet was traveling in the westbound lane when a gold Ford Fusion in the eastbound lane including the 28-year-old female drifted into the westbound lane and hit the Chevrolet Cruze head-on.

The driver of the Ford Fusion was in extremely critical condition on the scene of the accident. Investigators at this time still do not know if the woman was wearing a seat belt, but she was not ejected from her car. She was airlifted by a LifeFlight helicopter to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead later Thursday evening.

The passenger in the westbound Chevrolet Cruze was Catherine Hancock, age 15, of Eagle Mountain. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford Fusion was Jennifer Ashley Taft Bailey, age 28, also of Eagle Mountain. The bodies of both victims will be taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner.

The father and two boys in the white Chevrolet had serious, but non-life threatening injuries. They were taken by ambulance from the scene of the crash to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Both cars in the accident are completely destroyed. Utah County Sheriff's deputies are still investigating an open container of alcohol discovered in the Ford Fusion. Police have not yet confirmed whether or not the alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Sgt. Cannon said a DUI fatal crash occurred on the same road last year. He was frustrated and said accidents like these are preventable.

"It is frustrating to see these things," Sgt. Cannon said. "Most accidents and crashes that you see are preventable on the part of one of the other or both. We don't know what exactly happened here."

Interstate SR-73 is now shut down in both directions from Canyon Wash Drive to Eagle Mountain Blvd.

2News has a crew on the scene of the accident and will continue to update this story with more developments.

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(KUTV) A Park City bar is under fire over a sign that was posted in the window.

Many say the sign at The Cabin promoted rape--or, at least, that it was insensitive to the issue.

Liz Pyper Newman, who lives in California, but was visiting Utah, snapped a picture of the sign. It said, "Rendezvous Whiskey...I like my women like I like my whiskey...ready to pass out!"

That sign upset Newman and a lot of other people, including Alana Kindness, director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

"That wasn't appropriate," said Kindness. "Alcohol is associated with sexual assault over and over and over and over again. It's the most common drug involved in date rape situations."

The Cabin had a response for Newman on Facebook, writing, "Liz is obviously a miserable lonely woman with no sense of humor, personality or a life. She is angry and not welcome in The Cabin. Everyone should enjoy and wonderful High West Whiskey to celebrate Liz's misery."

That only added fuel to the fire and to the dozens of angry reviews against the restaurant piling up online.

2News spoke with one of the owners of The Cabin, Mike Diamond. He admitted he was the one who posted the original snarky response on Facebook. He says he was angry at the time and he regrets the comment.

No one from The Cabin wanted to speak about this issue on camera, but they did refer 2News to a statement they posted on Facebook after this all blew up. In that statement, The Cabin marketing director Chris Cinka said he was "more than sorry for the sign" and that it was not meant to be a "rape joke."

He also wrote that the employee responsible was fired. But when 2News pressed Cinka on that, he admitted that is not true. Nobody has been fired.
Cinka did say he's reached out to the Coalition Against Sexual Assault and hopes to host some benefit concerts for the organization.

"What I'm thrilled with is that there was a quick response and that the door has been opened," said Kindness of the entire situation.

Liz Pyper Newman is in California and was unable for an interview, but 2News did speak with her mother by phone. She said with the apology from The Cabin, she feels the issue has been resolved.

However, Kindness said this is only the beginning of a larger conversation that needs to take place.

By: Daniel Woodruff

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) Marine Corp officers in North Carolina are launching a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or later after returning to the United States.

A spokesman for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune said Thursday that Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is being investigated for alleged desertion, destruction of government property and larceny. He faced those charges a decade ago after disappearing from his unit in Iraq with a 9 mm service pistol and a Humvee.

A photo of a blindfolded Hassoun turned up on Al-Jazeera television a week after his 2004 disappearance. Hassoun soon contacted American officials in Beirut, Lebanon, saying he'd been kidnapped.

He returned to Camp Lejeune, but disappeared again later months later while visiting his family in Utah.

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(KUTV) July 24 is not only Pioneer Day in Utah, but it is also Pie & Beer Day for many people. 

It is not clear when or how Pie and Beer Day started, but the unofficial July 24 holiday is gaining momentum.

The biggest Pie and Beer Day celebration in Utah was likely the one hosted by public radio station KRCL 90.0 at the Beer Bar in Salt Lake City.  People lined up to attend the event that featured pies made by different restaurants in Salt Lake City and Beer from several brewers.  It has a fundraiser for the radio station.  About 300 people attended the event.

By: Christina Flores

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(KUTV) The Mormon pioneers had handcarts and wagons---the annual Days of '47 Parade on Thursday had horsepower and animation; and tens of thousands of people who watched the spectacle likely trekked away from the sidewalk satisfied.

"This is my first time at the parade," said one woman who brought her kids.   "I've lived here, I just haven't had a chance to come down. It's been a great time."

The parade, which has stretched for decades, marked the pioneers' entrance into the Salt Lake Valley 171 years ago.

"This day means the coming of our pioneer forefathers who came across the plains to settle in a wonderful valley here" said one man along the parade route. 

Later, the celebration continued at Liberty Park, with food that was plunged into deep fryers, and sizzled on hot grills.  The city had a Ferris wheel, carousel, and swings for kids---who also cooled off in a splash pool.  A Native American powwow hosted paying customers inside a fenced area of the park.

2News asked people for words to describe their personal approaches to the state holiday.  "Amazing, interesting, people, and heritage" were among the responses.

Weeks before the parade, the group 'Mormons Building Bridges' was turned down from participating in the parade.  The organization has advocated more acceptance and understanding of gays in Mormon circles.  The Days of '47 called MBB an advocacy group, and said it also would not allow others with political or social agendas to be in the parade.

By: Brian Mullahy

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(KUTV) A West Valley City fire was dangerously close to vehicles and a building, and fireworks are being blamed.

The fire broke out around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday at 2211 W. Upland Lake Dr.

Firefighters say people were lighting fireworks when one tipped over, shot into the grass and started the fire.

Crews say the fire was difficult to fight because of the area it was in and because of high winds. They were able to get the blaze under control.

Firefighters remind people to be careful with fireworks and to keep a bucket of water on hand when lighting them off.

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(KUTV) It's a comeback story you often see in movie scripts, a small town little league baseball team made up of cut and benched players transforms into a formidable opponent.

This group of 10 and 11-year-old boys from Roy is now a championship team and heading to New York City to compete in a World Series tournament.
 
The Ruckas Baseball squad is an 11U competitive team based out of the Ogden area. They recently became the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) Utah state champions.

If they pull off the win they will be headed to Brooklyn, New York to compete in the AABC Little League World Series.

Their coach says this is the first time a team from Utah is represented in this event.

"It's a big deal.  It's a really big deal," said Coach Jeff Brody. 

It's an accomplishment very few would have never predicted just a season ago.

"Everybody was pretty bad," said Garrett Richman.

"[We] weren't hitting very well," said player Mason McCloy." 

Last year the team struggled and lost 13 of their first 14 games, and one of those games ended 26 to zero. That's only because the umpires allowed eight runs per inning.

On top of that half of the ten member team had been cut or benched from other teams.

"I got cut twice," said McCloy.
                
"We couldn't field the ball or catch the ball," said Alex and Isaac Marin who are twins and both sat the bench on their previous team.

Garrett Richman didn't even make the Ruckus team at first.

"My throwing was a little weird," said Richman.

Then something happened at the end of last season. They started hitting balls, catching balls and started to come together as a team. Then the winning started to come naturally and continued into this season.

Why the comeback?  Coach Brody says it took discipline and a will to want to change, to win.

"Hard work and a lot of sweat," said Brody. "Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. Believing in what us coaches have been telling them to do."

"Well we practiced and practiced. Practice makes perfect, and we've improved in hitting and in catching the ball and getting grounders," said the Marin twins talking back and forth.

McCloy says he can't believe how much he's improved.  He now feels those teams that cut him would think differently.

"I think those teams would probably want me back on," said McCloy.

The next stop is now Brooklyn for the World Series.  The team leaves to New York at the end of the month. The tournament goes from July 31- August 6. They are guaranteed to play at least five games, but would have to win at least seven to get into the championship.
               
The boys have been working hard off the field to earn money to pay their way.

If you would like to help the Ruckus Baseball squad with their trip expenses you can go to their website here.

By: Dan Rascon

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(KUTV) An investigation is underway after search crews found a dead hiker in southern Utah.

The body was found in Horseshoe Canyon near Hanksville.

Crews began to search the area after receiving a tip from a group of hikers.

A man was apparently stranded without food or water. Authorities found him dead a few hours later.

The cause of his death is unknown and his identify has not been released.

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(KUTV) Brian Mullahy is live from the Days of '47 Parade route.

Watch the video above for more.

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LONDON (CNN) An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people on board which dropped off the radar in the early hours of Thursday has apparently crashed in Mali, the flight operator said.

Air Algerie said via Twitter that the plane has apparently crashed in the Tilemsi area, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the southeastern city of Gao.

Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.

The airline also tweeted that among those on board were 50 people from France, 24 from Burkina Faso, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two from Luxembourg, one from Mali, one Cameroonian, one Belgian, one Ukrainian, one Romanian and one Swiss.

Ouagadougou Airport said in a post on its Facebook page that Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, was among those on board. The Cuban Foreign Ministry is looking into the reports but was not aware she was on that plane, and CNN has not confirmed that she was on the flight.

An earlier Facebook post said that the plane might be in the area of Kidal in northern Mali, where French troops are stationed, backed up by the air force. The town of Kidal was occupied some months ago by rebels. Mali lies between Burkina Faso and Algeria.

The French forces have already started reconnaissance flights to search for the plane, the airport's post said.

According to the state-run Algeria Press Service news agency, the plane, an MD-83, was carrying 119 people in total, including seven crew members, a slightly different number from the 116 given by the airport and French officials.

French Secretary of Transport Frederic Cuvillier also told reporters the plane disappeared over northern Mali, where Islamist militants are fighting the Malian government and French forces.

He said "a large number of French passengers" were believed to be on board the plane, according to CNN's French affiliate BFMTV.

France sets up hotline

France is actively seeking more information about the location of the missing flight.

"We are entirely mobilized in Paris as well as in Algiers and Ouagadougou where our embassies are in constant contact with local authorities and the airline," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that a hotline number has been established.

The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets.

The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.

"We have lost contact with the plane," Swiftair said.

"At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation."

Air Algerie said via Twitter, "Unfortunately, for the moment we have no more information than you do. We will give you the latest news live."

The tweet appears since to have been deleted.

Storms on flight path

According to CNN meteorologist Mari Ramos, at the time of the flight, there were thunderstorms in the area of the flight path.

This is a turbulent area, so it is likely that if the plane was diverted because of weather, it was to avoid a bumpy flight. Thunderstorms are a very common occurrence at this time of year in this area.

Air Algerie is Algeria's national airline, with flights to 28 countries.

The deadliest incident in the airline's history occurred in March 2003 when a domestic flight crashed after takeoff, killing 102 people on board. One person survived.

In February, a Hercules C-130 military aircraft crashed in the mountains of eastern Algeria, killing 77 of the 78 people on board.

The MD-83's disappearance comes exactly a week after a Malaysia Airlines plane was brought down in Ukraine with 298 people on board.

By Laura Smith-Spark and Claudia Rebaza

CNN's Yasmin Amer, Brian Walker and Saeed Ahmed contributed to this report.

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UPDATE: An Algerian aviation official has told Reuters news agency that the Air Algerie plane has crashed. The story will be updated once we receive more info.

LONDON (CNN) An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline's operator said Thursday.

Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.

The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets.

The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.

"We have lost contact with the plane," Swiftair said.

"At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation."

Air Algerie said via Twitter, "Unfortunately, for the moment we have no more information than you do. We will give you the latest news live."

The tweet appears since to have been deleted.

France is actively seeking more information about the location of the missing flight, following unconfirmed reports that many French citizens may have been on board.

"We are entirely mobilized in Paris as well as in Algiers and Ouagadougou where our embassies are in constant contact with local authorities and the airline," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that a hotline number has been established.

Air Algerie is Algeria's national airline, with flights to 28 countries.

The deadliest incident in the airline's history occurred in March 2003 when a domestic flight crashed after takeoff, killing 102 people on board. One person survived.

In February, a Hercules C-130 military aircraft crashed in the mountains of eastern Algeria, killing 77 of the 78 people on board.

The MD-83's disappearance comes exactly a week after a Malaysia Airlines plane was brought down in Ukraine with 298 people on board.

By Claudia Rebaza and Laura Smith-Spark

CNN's Brian Walker and Saeed Ahmed contributed to this report.

The-CNN-Wire
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to expect heavy traffic over the holiday weekend.

Most construction projects will be paused on Pioneer Day Thursday and through the weekend. Restricted lanes will remain closed on Interstate 80 in Summit County, between the U.S. Route 40 Junction east of Park City and Wanship.

The department said in a Wednesday statement that travelers heading to Wyoming or nearby reservoirs should plan ahead for reduced speeds and delays.

Construction also continues at the I-15/1100 South interchange.

In Davis County, lanes are narrowed in both directions of I-15.

Utah Transportation Authority TRAX and FrontRunner service observe their Saturday schedules on Thursday. Bus service will follow its Sunday schedule.

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(KUTV) There are events and celebrations going on all over the state this week end, with the help of our news partner the Salt Lake Tribune we have complied a list.

Salt Lake County:
Brother Brigham Ball
When: Monday 6-8 pm
Where: This Is the Place Heritage Park 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City
Link: http://www.thisistheplace.org/todays_fun/brother_brighams_ball.html

Days of '47 Rodeo
When: Tuesday through Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 6pm.
Where: EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets: 12.50-39.50; http://smithstix.com/events/item/root/daysof47rodeo

Sunrise service
When: Thursday, 7am
Where: Salt Lake LDS Tabernacle, 50 N. Main, Salt Lake City
Tickets: Free http://www.daysof47.com/events/sunrise-service

Marathon and 10k run
Where: Thrsday, 9am
Where: Salt Lake City Marriott University Park - 480 S. Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Days of '47 Parade
When: Thursday, 9am
Where: Salt Lake City corner of South Temple and State Street
Tickets: Free http://www.daysof47.com/

Native American Celebration
When: Thursday, noon-10pm
Where: Liberty Park, 900S. 500East, Salt Lake City

Pie & Beer Day fundraiser
When: Thursday, 3-5pm
Where: Beer Bar 161 E. 200South, Salt Lake City
Tickets: $15

Fireworks at Liberty Park
When: Thursday 10pm
Where: Liberty Park, 900S. 500 East, Slat Lake City

Butlerville Days
When: Wednesday, 5pm,; Thursday, 7am
Where: Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights Rec Center
Link: http://cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/get_involved.community_events.html

West Jordan
When: Thursday through Saturday 9am- 10pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 1985 W. 7800 South, West Jordan
Link:  http://www.utahpioneerdays.com/

Barbecue Showdown
When: Friday, 6-10pm,; Saturday, 1am-6pm
Where: Midvale City Park, 455 W.7500 South
Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/daysof47bbq

Davis County

Bountiful Handcart Days
When: Wednesday, noon-10pm, 9:45pm; 10am-5pm
Where:Bountiful City Park, 400N. 200 West, Bountiful
Link: http://www.handcartdays.org/events/park-activities/


Layton's Taste of the Town
When: Thursday 4-7pm
Where: Layton Commons Park, 457 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton
Link: http://www.davischamberofcommerce.com/tot

Riders in the Sky
When: Thursday, 8pm
Where: Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, 405 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton
Link: http://laytoncity.org/public/default.aspx

Utah County

Provo Pioneer Day Extravaganza
When: Thursday, 10am-2pm
Where: Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum and North Park, 500 N. 500 West, Provo
Link:  http://provo.org/

Mapleton
When: Thursday, 7am-10pm
Where: Maleton City Park, Maple Street and Main Street

Photo courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune

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(KUTV) Highway 40 was closed near Duchesne following an overnight crash Wednesday.

The accident occurred when a water truck crossed the median and hit a crude oil tanker.

Gas and motor oil from both trucks leaked onto the road, however, their loads did not spill. No injuries were reported.

The roads reopened after the leaked fuel was cleaned up around 6:30 a.m..

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(KUTV) State troopers are gearing up to try and make this holiday safer than the last.

Nine people died in crashes on Utah roads over the 4th of July weekend.

As people travel for Pioneer Day, police are out in force to try to push that number closer to zero.

“That’s our hope that we can make ourselves visible out there, hopefully change some of the bad habits we typically see on a holiday weekends and reduce the overall number of traffic accidents” said Tom Schneiter of Utah Highway Patrol.

UHP hopes that just being out on the roads will remind drivers to slow down, put on their seatbelts and avoid aggressive driving.

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(KUTV) Fireworks will light up the sky across the valley Thursday night for Pioneer Day.

In Salt Lake you can see them at Liberty Park.

In Sandy, Real Salt Lake will set them off after the soccer match.

In Cottonwood Heights, head to Butler Park.

The Ogden fireworks show is happening outside Pioneer Stadium.

If you are in Grantsville head to the West LDS Stake Center to see them.

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(KUTV) Salt Lake Police are investigating after shots were fired in a neighborhood Wednesday night.

Officers say they were called to 1418 Utahna Dr. around 12:40 a.m.

They found shell casings from a 9 Millimeter but no damage to houses.

Someone told police they saw a dark four door sedan in the area.

If you have any information, call Salt Lake Police.

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(KUTV) Forbes has ranked Provo as one of America's Best Places to do Business.

Provo comes in third place overall. Forbes says job growth, the 3.2 percent unemployment rate and Nu Skin all boost the city's economy.

Salt Lake came in at 8th and Ogden ranks 11th.

Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa, Denver, Colorado and Fort Collins, Colorado are the other cities in the top five.

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(KUTV) One man is in the hospital after he was stabbed in West Jordan Wednesday night.

The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. at 7366 Redwood Rd.

Police say two men playing basketball at an apartment complex yelled at a fast moving car to slow down.

At least that car and possibly one other stopped and officers say three men and five women attacked one of the men who was playing basketball.

When the second man who was playing basketball got involved police say he was stabbed.

He is in the hospital in serious condition but is expected to recover.

Police are still searching for the suspects.

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(KUTV) A Utah County animal rescue and sanctuary is in danger of shutting down. The owners do not know how they will pay to feed 160 animals under their care.

Karen O'Donnell, who owns and operates Friends In Need Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Eagle Mountain, admits they have a little more than $100 in the bank.

"We won't let these guys go without," O'Donnell said. "One way or another they'll get [fed], but right now I'm not quite sure where."

Karen and her husband Kim, started taking in and caring for the animals 14 years ago at their five and a half acre farm. It began when Karen worked as an animal investigator and witnessed animal cruelty firsthand.

"There was a need, these animals they've been abused. They've been neglected. They're throwaways," O'Donnell said.

The O'Donnell's property is full of meticulously maintained pens and paddocks, full of farm animals and exotic pets, all castaways that owners did not want anymore.

"Whoever needs it, we'll take them in, if we can," says Karen, who admits that people have often taken advantage of their kindness. "They'll call and they'll say 'we can't afford to care for them anymore,' so they come here."

These days, the O'Donnell's generous non-profit has become a major hardship. Kim is on a breathing machine for chronic lung disease and can not be much help on the farm, so Karen is left to care for 160 animals by herself.

"We take them and of course they get fed, but now we're in this kind of a situation where there's no money," she said.

If you'd like to help Friends In Need, visit their Web site here.

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(KUTV) Search and rescue crews brought a severely injured 12-year-old boy to Primary Children's Hospital after a fall from Mt. Timpanogos Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say the boy, Anthony Earl, was hiking with his family around 2 p.m. They were climbing down the summit in the rocks above Emerald Lake when the boy lost his footing, fell, and suffered a 4-inch gash on his leg.

"He just slipped," Anthony's mother Elizabeth Earl told KUTV 2News. "We were crossing a snow field, there was a sharp rock and it came and sliced him across the front of his shin. It was open all of the way to the bone."

The family was still about five miles from the base on their way back down from the peak when Anthony fell. Family members called 911 when it was obvious there was no way Anthony could walk out on his own.

When search and rescue crews arrived on the scene, they had to hoist the boy out in a helicopter. Crews said they realized carrying the boy out could risk reopening the wound. A LifeFlight helicopter was called to the scene, but could not reach the boy because the terrain was so steep and rugged that there was nowhere they could safely land. A second LifeFlight helicopter was called from Ogden to hoist the boy out of where he fell on the mountain. The boy was then flown to Primary Children's Hospital.

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(KUTV) A new video shows the dramatic moments leading up to a shooting inside the Cache Valley Hospital back in May.

The suspect, Jason Burr, was hit, but survived the May 16 shooting.  Just before those shots were fired, the video, which was obtained by CacheValleyDaily.com, shows Burr walking into the hospital and pulling out two handguns and then shows two probation and parole agents who stepped in and shot the armed man.

Family members say Burr had back problems and wanted treatment, but was turned away at the hospital. Last month, the Cache Valley Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting was justified.

Burr is now facing charges of attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.

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(KUTV) State troopers are gearing up to try to make this holiday weekend safer than the last one.

Our state saw nine traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July holiday. As people travel for Pioneer Day, police are out in force to try to push that number closer to zero.
 
“We have 166 additional shifts—overtime shifts—in addition to our number of patrol shifts,” said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Schneiter.
 
During a ride-along Wednesday afternoon, KUTV saw several cars stuck on the side of the road. That is common during summertime, Schneiter said, but it is still dangerous.
 
Down the road, a driver got pulled over for making an unsafe lane change.
 
And later, Schneiter responded to an accident in which a trailer became unhinged, causing a traffic backup.
 
Schneiter said any of those situations can lead to more serious problems. More officers will be out this holiday weekend, trying to make it safer than the last.
 
“That’s our hope that we can make ourselves visible out there, hopefully change some of the bad habits we typically see on a holiday weekends and reduce the overall number of traffic accidents,” said Schneiter, noting the only acceptable number of traffic fatalities is zero.

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(KUTV) When Davis County Sheriff Sgt. Jason Boydston shows up to work, he has no idea which hat he will wear when the first call comes in, deputy or paramedic.
 
"It's never the same.  You just never know what you'll run into,” Boydston said. 

Most of the patrol deputies are cross-trained, having full police and paramedic training. The dual job is nothing new in Davis County. It has been that way since 1977, according to Sgt. Susan Poulsen. Poulsen said back then Davis County was far less populated and the fire departments were mostly volunteer-based, so it made sense to cross-train deputies.   At one time, serious medical calls were usually related to hear problems, she said. 

Today, the most common medical call is quickly becoming overdose.  Both adults and children often overdose on prescription pills or illegal drugs.  Davis County's deputy/paramedics take most of the 911 medical calls in the county.  The other calls are taken by Layton City and South Davis Fire/paramedic personnel. 

In the back of their patrol cars, Sgt. Boydston and his colleagues carry what amounts to a mini-emergency room: medical equipment to restart hearts, intubate a patient who is not breathing and even deliver a baby.  They are fully qualified to do all of that before a patient gets to the hospital. 

When asked which job he likes most, Sgt. Boydston responds with a smile, "It depends on the call."

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(KUTV) Utah firefighters are on alert and are sending out a word of warning to the public about the use of fireworks, especially with the upcoming Pioneer Day holiday.

"The 24th of July is a huge potential for fires," said David Ulibarri with the Unified Fire Department. "Right now we have very high potential for fires. We have very dry hot 100 degree temperatures and low humidity and winds."

Ulibarri says they plan to have a few more crews on July 24 just in case something happens. He says one tip for those setting off fireworks is to make sure they have a water hose and bucket of water nearby. 

"These are just some recommendations we would have for residential fireworks," said Ulibarri.

The State Forestry department is also sending out a word of warning as they battle several lightning strike fires across the valley. 

"We are encouraging people to be real careful," said forestry spokesman Jason Curry.

The Unified Fire Department has set up a website with a map that allows you to find out whether you can or cannot light off fireworks in your area. A red flag warning is in place until 10 p.m. Wednesday night, which means the fire conditions are critical.

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(KUTV) Tens of thousands of immigrant children are currently living in shelters at the United States border and a refugee professional says some of them are likely to come to Utah.

Aden Batar directs Catholic Community Services in Utah and says the state already has eight unaccompanied immigrant children who came before the current crisis. They are now in foster care.

"They are going to school, and some of them have graduated from high school and are going to college," said Batar.

About 60,000 more children without parents are waiting in shelters at the border. According to officials, many of these children sleep on mattresses in huge shelters. Some will be sent to their families in America or sent home.  In other cases, the federal government will look for foster homes, and some Utahns will volunteer.

"They open their homes to children in need," said Batar.

Gov. Gary Herbert joined other governors in a letter to President Obama saying the children may put a drain on the states and letting kids stay may attract more lone children to America. Batar says some of the children waiting at the border will come to foster homes in Utah.

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(KUTV) An Ogden ice cream shop is scrambling to accommodate thousands more customers over five weeks as an open house approaches for the newly renovated Mormon temple across the street.

Farr Better Ice Cream is opening up the back of the building to customers for the first time since it was established in 1920. The rear of the shop, a former ice cream plant, is being transformed to sell treats and relieve stress from the front of the shop.

"We were accustomed before to having many people from the temple come get ice cream after temple sessions," said manager Mary Riter. "Now it's going to be quadruple of what it ever was before."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expects to host 700,000 visitors at the open house from Aug. 1 to Sept. 6.

A construction crew began building a wheelchair ramp at Farr's on Wednesday, and new bathrooms were recently installed in the shop that features 80 flavors of ice cream. Managers are hiring more employees and training them daily for the expected surge.

"We're bringing in extra people. We're bringing in temporary people just to scoop ice cream only," Riter said.

Supervisor Sharon Boothe is organizing the transformation of the back of the shop, stocking shelves and training employees. Workers will also sell Hokulia Shave Ice in a variety of flavors.

"We have cones that are going to be sold. We're going to have stuffed animals, punch syrup, soda, candy - all kinds of candy," Boothe said. "Extremely busy is all I can say. It's going to be a mad house."

While sales will inevitably increase, so, too, will the stress. Boothe has been working on the project for weeks already.

"Every day, all day long. A lot of hours," Boothe said. "My family may not know who I am by the time we're done."

Riter, who has worked at Farr's for 40 years, is excited about the rare opportunity for the young employees she manages.

"It will be something that they will experience maybe once in a lifetime," Riter said.

The church opened up online reservations for tickets on Monday. To reserve tickets, click here.

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(KUTV) UTA has announced its schedule for the Pioneer Day holiday on Thursday.

Both TRAX and Frontrunner will run on Saturday schedules, while buses will run on the Sunday schedule. Besides the holiday service, there are also several detours because of the parade.

Between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., no TRAX trains will run between the city center and arena stations, though there will be bus bridges in place.

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) Ogden police say they shot and killed a dog that appeared to be going in for an attack.

Police say the shooting happened at about 1 a.m. Wednesday while officers were conducting a welfare check at a home on Monroe Boulevard.

Lt. Tim Scott tells the Standard-Examiner officers knocked on the door and saw a man coming from the back of the home with a baseball bat. Scott says police tried to talk with the man, who reportedly cursed at them and told them he would send his dog to attack.

Officers say the man commanded the dog to "get him" and it moved aggressively toward police before an officer fatally shot the animal.

Scott says officers left the home, but the man could faces charges of assault on police.

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(KUTV) A spicy fixture at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City is closing, another example of a seemingly slow but dramatic exodus from what has been a premier shopping venue.

"Closing the Z'Tejas Salt Lake City location is an economic decision," said Kennedy Turner, spokesman for the chain of restaurants which operates in several western states.  Kennedy said Z'Tejas---with its blackened catfish tacos---is an original tenant of The Gateway, "but with additional competition in the retail sector downtown, guest counts have decreased over the past couple of years and this location is no longer profitable for us."

The term "additional competition" is an unmistakable reference to the new City Creek Center, built and owned by the LDS Church.  Earlier, the Apple Store left The Gateway for City Creek.

Now, according to a website from The Gateway owner, Retail Properties of America, 87 leased spaces at the center---including large tenants---are filled.  But another 40 spacess at The Gateway are "available," and it's not difficult to see empty storefronts.

"I really love that place," said Z'Tejas regular Raygan Schiefing, who lunched with friends at the restaurant on Wednesday.  "There just aren't a lot of people coming down to The Gateway anymore, unfortunately."

The Gateway still has Megaplex Theatres, Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, and the Clark Planetarium---a trio of attractions that could be the envy of countless retail centers across the country.

A woman, from out of town who watched a movie with her seven year old grandson Wednesday, described The Gateway as "beautiful" and "gorgeous," but also said "it's not very busy."

Retail Properties of America, RPAI, said The Gateway "remains a strong institutional quality asset," and said it's confident it "will continue to be successful for years to come."

The Gateway general manager said another restaurant, DOPO, will move into the center.

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(KUTV) Law makers are trying to think outside the box when it comes to ways to funding Utah schools.

Could raising the gasoline tax be the simple fix people are looking for? Some lawmakers say it seems impossible since Utah's constitution says gas tax revenue must go to roads.

"We need look at ways to increase our effort for our education system," insist Senate President Wayne Niederhauser.

For more than 20 years, Utah has been among the lowest of all the states in the amount of money spent on per student.  Now this high-powered legislative committee may raise taxes to find more money for Utah schools.

Utah's House Speaker Becky Lockhart says, "Education is our number one priority.  Always has been, always will be."
   
Currently the money that used to go to education now goes to higher education, and higher education money stays in the general fund. It has become a bit of a circular mess because the money from the general fund now goes to roads. 

So if the gas tax went up, all those transfers could end and education could keep more of its money.

The committee will look at a lot of other possibilities before deciding, but even democrats think Utah may finally spend more on schools.

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(KUTV) Southern Utah residents may be hearing some loud thunder this week roaring overheard in the sky.

The sound is of the Blue Angel F/A-18’s practicing for shows this weekend. KUTV 2News' Reporter D.J. Bolerjack interviewed two lucky VIP’s that got the chance to ride along with the Blue Angel #7.

"We flew down into these little valleys above Southern Utah and it was spectacular," said Lisa Eccles, the CEO of the Eccles Foundation.

Monte Marshall, director of engineering placement at Brigham Young University was also able to ride along.

"We popped out of the canyon and flipped back around at the enemy and it was a lot of fun,” said Marshall.

The Blue Angel is capable of traveling at the speed of sound, which is more than 767 miles per hour, and has the ability to hit over 7 G’s and roll in combat.

Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, pilot of am F/A-18 Blue Angel says he flies civilians around weekly.  He says several first timers get sick, but both Eccles and Marshall held their own.

"That's going to happen," Chamberlain said. "Some folks are going to black out, some are going to maybe lose their lunch a little bit, but that happens. It's just a part of becoming acclimated to the airplane. It's warm outside and being in the back seat and not in control. It's similar to people being car sick."

Both Eccles and Marshall say the flight is something everyone should have on their bucket list.

The top speed the Blue Angel F/A-18 planes reach is at moch 1.8, which is approximately 1,400 miles per hour.

(KUTV) Crews removed an iconic landmark early Wednesday morning at Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.

Crews brought down the primate cage that many visitors refer to as the motorcycle globe. The 33-year-old cage was lifted from its center pole and placed in the parking lot to be disassembled. It was once considered to a cutting edge way to showcase primates.

"The whole building will eventually come down, not immediately, and that will make room for a new hands on nature learning interactive area for the kids," explains Community Relations Coordinator Erica Hansen.

The zoo is removing the exhibit as part of its master plan for renovations. The space will be used for an interactive nature zone and an extension of the popular lighthouse point splash pad.

The cage will be dismantled and used for scrap metal.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people.

The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash.

The report cites the Civil Aviation Administration as saying the flight crashed Wednesday with 54 passengers and four flight crew and was operated by a Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways.

The report says the plane likely crashed when an attempt to make an emergency landing in the city of Magong.

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(KUTV) Amber Barron loves STEM, but she wasn't always that passionate about the subject.

"My dad is an engineer, and I wasn't super interested in those areas probably until 7th grade," said Recent Riverton High School Graduate Amber Barron.

A trip to the Alabama Space Rocket Center changed Amber's mind.  Amber is so passionate about STEM that she created an engineering fair curriculum for students in the 5th through 12th grades.

"Engineering fair is similar to science fair, except you create a new innovation. I also authored an engineering fair curriculum to help guide that process and help students understand how to do that better," said Barron.

Amber's curriculum is available to the Jordan School District, but will be distributed nationwide.  Amber's Physics Teacher Mrs. Craig plans to use Amber's curriculum in all of her classes next year.

"It's short and designed for students to read, not for teachers to read. And it's very user friendly, and I think it's going to make a difference in our district," said Mrs. Craig.

Amber also authored a grant for $3,000 to design 'Smart Women, Smart Money' grants to provide students in the Jordan School District with the opportunity to apply for engineering fair mini-grants.  Amber is now a freshman at the University of Utah. She's pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree and hopes to work for NASA.

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OREM, Utah (AP) A couple sharing a fondness for pinochle is bound by a stronger tie after getting married in their Utah nursing home this week.

The 80-year-old Jerry Peck and 78-year-old Carolyn Osmond wed Tuesday in matching electric wheelchairs on a patio at Treeo Senior Living.

Orem 1st Ward Bishop Steve Downey performed the ceremony about an hour's drive south of Salt Lake City. It was the bride's 78th Birthday.

The Daily Herald of Provo reports the couple scooted inside as Peck told his wife: "You follow me, baby,"

A friend at the wedding recounted once overhearing Peck, who is on oxygen, tell Osmond she takes his breath away.

The pair, among the first residents in the community, met during a round of cards.

The bride says Peck calls her his "Pinochle Blond."

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(CNN) -- The FAA's ban on U.S. flights to and from Israel's main airport for a second day marks another blow to that country's economy and a success for Hamas militants, experts said Wednesday.

Even Israeli officials acknowledged the economic setback in the first 24 hours of the ban, which the FAA will review again Thursday. The European Aviation Safety Agency also recommended avoiding Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, when the FAA imposed its ban Tuesday.

"I will not hide it from you. This is a major setback from Israel, the unfortunate American decision and what followed later was the European decisions," said Giora Romm, director of Civil Aviation Authority of Israel.

"And it is a big hit to the Israeli economy and to our pride," he said.

But he and other Israeli officials insisted their country's sophisticated anti-missile system makes Ben Gurion airport a safe place, even though a Hamas rocket from Gaza fell one mile away from the airfield, prompting the FAA temporary ban on U.S. flights.

"We knew about that rocket," said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev. "We were tracking it for about three minutes, our Air Force. We could have taken it down, but because we saw that it wasn't going to hit inside the airport, we let it through."

The FAA ban marks something of a victory for Hamas -- as well as prudent decision to protect commercial airlines, one expert said.

"I would say it's both because what is the objective of terrorists? To incite terror in people," said Tim Clemente, a retired FBI counterterrorism agent, who was referring to Hamas.

"I think because they probably got lucky with this one rocket that came close enough to Ben Gurion to make it seem like the threat was legitimate," Clemente added.

"It probably seemed like an empty threat initially. The more and more rockets flying into Israeli air space, (it's) eventually bound to happen that they could go this far. These projectiles, no different than firing a bullet into the air, it's got to drop in somewhere, and that trajectory is not well known by the person who fires it."

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, who flew to Israel a couple of months ago, said he would feel comfortable flying to Tel Aviv this week, despite the FAA decision.

"Yes, I would feel comfortable, but I can understand why the FAA or other airlines who have liability concerns, who are worried about not just what one or two passengers feel but what everybody feels, I understand why they're being cautious," Kaine said.

Last week's shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, "demonstrates reason for caution," Kaine added.

Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, described the missile landing near the airport as one victory in the ongoing war between Hamas and Israel in Gaza.

"The resistance success in stopping the air traffic and isolating Israel from the world is a great victory for the resistance," Barhoum told Al-Aqsa TV.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.

With more rain in the forecast, crews worry that moisture could lead to flash floods after so much ground vegetation has been burned away.

The Carlton Complex of fires, which has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of the state and destroyed 150 homes, was 16 percent contained as of Tuesday, fire spokeswoman Jessica Payne said.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch from Wednesday morning through evening because of expected heavy rainfall.

"It takes as little as 10 minutes of heavy rain to cause flash flooding and debris flows in and below areas affected by wildfires," the advisory said. "Rain runs off almost instantly from burned soils ... causing creeks and drainages to flood at a much faster rate than normal."

Still, the shift in weather was a positive development.

"The cooler weather and the moisture has cooled aspects of the fire down," fire spokeswoman Susan Peterson said Tuesday evening. "In some instances, firefighters were able to do a direct attack.

"We had additional crews come in, and they were able to put lines in closer to the fire itself."

Speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday in Seattle, President Barack Obama said the wildfire, along with other western blazes, can be attributed to climate change.

"A lot of it has to do with drought, a lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns, and a lot of that has to do with climate change," the president said.

Obama signed an emergency declaration Wednesday because of wildfires burning the past two weeks in the state. The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate disaster relief and help state and local agencies with equipment and resources.

At more than 250,000 acres, the Carlton Complex is larger than the 1902 Yacolt Burn, which consumed 238,920 acres in southwestern Washington and was the state's largest recorded forest fire, according to HistoryLink.org, an online resource of Washington state history.

The fire is being blamed for one death. Rob Koczewski, 67, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday while he and his wife were hauling water and digging fire lines near their home. Gov. Jay Inslee said Obama called Koczewski's wife to express his condolences.

More than 2,100 firefighters and support crew are involved with fighting the fire, Payne said. She said firefighters have had success with fire lines on the east side of state Highway 153 between Carlton and Twisp.

Karina Shagren, spokeswoman for the state's Military Department, said the National Guard has already been offering aerial support, but 100 National Guard troops were now being used on the ground for firefighting, and additional troops were receiving firefighting training for potential future use.

Inslee briefed Obama on the fire situation after the president arrived in Seattle on Tuesday afternoon at the start of a three-day West Coast trip.

"We have real significant challenges," Inslee said. "To have the president here today is actually a stroke of luck."

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell were among a dozen U.S. senators who sent a letter to Senate leaders Tuesday asking for passage of emergency legislation to allocate $615 million to fight wildfires.

Fires are burning in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and California, and both Oregon and Washington have declared states of emergency.

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) The U.S. Forest Service has banned exploding targets in southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and a small portion of eastern California because of wildfire and public safety concerns.

Intermountain Region Forester Nora Rasure issued the ban that started Wednesday and runs through July 22, 2015, on national forest lands.

Some target shooters use exploding targets because they contain chemicals that mix when struck by a bullet and create a loud bang and big puff of smoke.

But the Forest Service says exploding targets the past two years have started at least 16 wildfires in Western states that cost $33 million to fight.

The Forest Service in May imposed a similar ban in northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and portions of South Dakota, and last year in Oregon and Washington.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah's elections office is forming a new advisory committee to study whether the state should expand online voting.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, whose office oversees elections, says the committee will be made up of state legislators, county clerks and technology and security specialists.

Cox's office announced in a statement Monday that the committee will complete a study by the end of the year and present their conclusions to the Legislature.

Utah has allowed members of the military and registered voters who are overseas to vote electronically since 1998. Lawmakers this year expanded the option for disabled voters.

Cox's office says the advisory commission will have to review security, secrecy and accuracy concerns related to electronic voting.

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KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have landed in the southern city of Eindhoven.

Six days after the Boeing 777 was shot down over the battlefields of eastern Ukraine, the first bodies finally arrived Wednesday in the Netherlands, the country that bore the heaviest toll in the crash that killed all 298 passengers and crew.

A Dutch Hercules C-130 that Dutch government spokesman Lodewijk Hekking says is carrying 16 coffins was closely followed by an Australian C-17 Globemaster plane carrying 24 coffins.

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(KUTV) One man is dead and a woman in critical condition after their truck traveled into the median Tuesday afternoon.

They were traveling north on I-15 just south of Scipio, Utah when the camping trailer they were towing began to sway back and forth. The movement of the trailer caused the driver to lose control and travel into the median. The trailer then began to roll to its right causing the truck to also roll.

The driver of the car John Doyle, 72, died as a result of his injuries after he was thrown from the truck.

His wife Patricia Johnson, 70, was also ejected from the car and flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

The couple's 5-year-old grandson suffered some minor cuts and was released to his family.
(KUTV) A standoff ends peacefully following shots fired by a woman barricaded in her apartment in North Salt Lake Tuesday evening.

One shot was fired by a suicidal woman in the Pebble Creek Apartments at 850 N. Highway 89.

SWAT quickly arrived on scene to dissipate the situation. Negotiators ultimately ended the event. Neither the woman or officers were hurt during the standoff.

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(KUTV) An American Fork man running for House District 56 was arrested Tuesday and faces a litany of charges from aggravated kidnapping to assault.

The arrest stems from a June 1 911 call with reports of a man held at gunpoint at the home of the suspect, Mark Byrge. In April, KUTV 2News met Byrge who claimed American Fork police were abusive for arresting him on an outstanding warrant. American Fork police deny the accusation and say this man gives a good sob story, but is violent and should be behind bars.

Byrge, 42, was booked on multiple counts of drug distribution including aggravated assault, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm by a restricted person and kidnapping. A Utah County Task force was working on the drug charges when the alleged assault occurred. American Fork police filed the charges in the latter.

Byrge's neighbors called 911 on the evening of June 1 after hearing a commotion. Police say neighbors witnessed Byrge threatening to kill a man. According to charging documents, Byrge had been texting a man over an unpaid drug debt. According to texts, the victim in this case wanted to meet Byrge at a park to hash out the debt. Byrge allegedly refused. According to American Fork Police Lt. Sam Liddiard, Byrge told the victim if he were a man he would come to his (Byrge) home. Police say a violent attack then ensued at the park.

"Mr. Byrge was waiting for him outside and immediately struck him in the face with a walking cane," said Liddiard.

Neighbors heard a commotion and called for help. When police arrived, Liddiard said they "were immediately met by a man with blood on his face he indicated he'd been held at gunpoint."

The victim needed medical attention and was armed, according to police.

Charging documents indicate Byrge chambered a round and forced the man inside his home.

"He said if you don't go, I will kill you right here and ordered him in the house," Liddiard said.

Once inside, police say Byrge "forced him to kneel on the floor, said he would kill him, told his wife to get the bathroom ready, so I can take him in there and kill him."

Before being booked on a host of charges, Byrge claimed he was trying to protect his family.

"I know Byrge is trying to make this into a self-defense case," said Liddiard. "How can this be self-defense if he is ordering the man into his home and forcing him to kneel on the ground?"

Byrge's wife Tina has been summoned to court on charges of obstruction of justice. Officers said when she heard police arrive, she allegedly hid the gun in a safe and allegedly tried deleting the texts on the victims phone that were exchanged with her husband.

2News will continue to update this story with more developments as they become available.

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(KUTV) Utah's public safety leaders are patting themselves on the back over the events that led to the arrest of a Montana woman accused of stealing her newborn baby from the hospital.

Michelle Yallup, 29, of Butte, Montana, was arrested Monday at a Flying J off I-15 in Willard after more than a month on the run. She and her baby had both tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police credit a statewide information center for helping find Yallup.

"It was just a great relief," said Utah Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires.

The arrest came together Monday in just minutes from the time police learned Yallup was in Willard to the time she was handcuffed.

"Being able to get information to specific officers in a specific area--useful information that they can use to locate someone or stop a crime--that's very effective," said Squires.

In this case, that information came from Utah's Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC).

"We got some tips and some other sources of intelligence that helped locate the subject," said SIAC director Brian Speelman.

One of the analysts who helped on this case, Cody Dunn, explained how it all happened.

"We had an area where we believed the suspect was at the time," said Dunn. "What we were able to do was pull the map up, identify where the trooper location was, and with that we got into his messaging system and sent a message to the trooper in his vehicle."

The trooper was then able to find and arrest Yallup.

Commissioner Squires says he's seen the state's information center fill a major role since it opened in 2008.

"Agencies are feeling more comfortable with sharing information with other agencies and working together," said Squires.

The center itself might look like typical office space, but information is the name of the game there. Workers can connect the dots between various crime investigations and share information with everyone that needs it.

"Every day we're communicating with Colorado, Montana, California, Nevada on interstate criminal activity," said Speelman.

Working at the center can be an adrenaline rush, Speelman said, but the purpose is clear.

"Connecting the dots, getting the information flowing to the people that need it that they can make a difference," Speelman said.

In Willard, officials say, that made all the difference.

"It's just rewarding and lets you know that we are making progress in how we do things," said Squires.

Michelle Yallup is still in custody in the Box Elder County Jail. Her baby has been turned over to child protective services.

By: Daniel Woodruff

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(KUTV) She may be a heavy underdog but congressional candidate Luz Robles believes she has a winning strategy.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune the democratic candidate is registering new voters and trying to encourage people to vote by mail.

Robles is running in the 2nd District against Republican U.S. Rep Chris Stewart.

Robles is facing a large financial disadvantage, she has about $20,000 in her campaign fund.

Stewart, who lives in Farmington, amassed $118,200 since April and has $214,900 in available funds. He also has the major advantage of being a Republican in a district that has an 18-percentage-point tilt toward the GOP.
     
In 2012 Stewart won the district with more than 60-percent of the vote

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VERNAL, Utah (AP) Vernal police have arrested a 34-year-old northern California man who they say drove hundreds of miles to have sex with who he thought was a 12-year-old girl.

Authorities say the man, who's from Loomis, was arrested Monday on suspicion of enticing a minor over the Internet and distribution of pornography. He was being held without bail in the Uintah County Jail.

Police Lt. Keith Campbell says the man had been communicating online since April with an undercover officer who posed as an underage girl. Campbell says the man sent pornographic material online and arranged to meet up with the girl in eastern Utah.

Campbell says the man was arrested in a traffic stop on U.S. 40 just west of Vernal.

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VERNAL, Utah (AP) Authorities have arrested 21 protesters at an eastern Utah oil sands operation who blocked a road, entered a fenced-off area and chained themselves to machinery.

The Uintah County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that deputies have been monitoring protesters near a tar sands pit in the Book Cliffs area since July 15.

Undersheriff John Laursen says on Monday morning, protesters vandalized signs and climbed into a fenced-off area to block workers from gaining access to heavy equipment.

Laursen says after four hours, officers arrested 15 protesters.

He says two people had chained themselves to equipment and bolt cutters were needed to remove them.

Officials say six other protesters were arrested after blocking deputies as they tried to drive away.

Laursen says 20 of the 21 protesters were still in the Uintah County Jail Tuesday.

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(KUTV) A 42-year-old woman is in the hospital after jumping out a 3rd story window to avoid getting served a felony warrant.

Police in West Valley say they went to 3781 West Rockwood Way around 1:30 Wednesday morning to serve the warrant. According to reports police were serving the warrant when she locked herself inside of a room. Police began to break down the door and that's when she decided to jump out the window.

Officers say the fall broke both her ankles and her pelvis.

The woman is now in the hospital in stable condition and police will wait to serve the warrants until after she is released.

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(KUTV) Police have taken someone in for questioning in connection to a homicide at a Salt Lake City hotel last week.

Late Tuesday night police caught up with a man at the Allstar Travel Inn in Salt Lake. They asked him to come down to the station for questioning and he complied without resistance.

Police say they do not think this person killed Nicol Carges, 34, but they think he may know something that could lead to an arrest.

Officials found Carges' body last week inside a room at the Royal Garden Inn on 600 South, after hotel management reported the discovery of the body.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah health officials concerned about West Nile virus are cautioning that anyone planning to be outdoors to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Utah yet this year but officials say some mosquito pools in Box Elder and Uintah Counties have tested positive for the virus.

The Utah Department of Health says in a statement that while not all mosquitoes carry the virus, anyone bitten by an infected insect can contract the disease.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, aches and rash.

The health department says residents can protect themselves by using insect repellent containing DEET, wearing long sleeves and pants and removing standing water around homes.

Officials say West Nile watch season will continue through summer and into fall.

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(KUTV) West Valley police have recovered a stolen car that an officer attempted to pull over just before 2 am Tuesday morning, when the car took off.

The officer lost the car for a second but found it again in the Summerset Village Apartments near 3810 South Redwood Road.

The car was running, but the driver and keys were gone.

Police realized the car was stolen and began searching the area with K-9's, but never found the driver.
   
Officers have returned the car to its rightful owner
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) More letters from Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect, have streamed into the mailboxes of Utah legislators in recent months.

Lawmakers say they don't know why there's been an uptick. The letters from Jeffs call for repentance and arrive via mail, sometimes bound in hardcover.

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, a Republican from Sandy, says most legislators toss the letters without reading them.

Woods Cross Republican Sen. Todd Weiler says he gives the mailings to Capitol visitors as souvenirs and once sent the book on to a GOP auction.

Jeffs is in prison in Texas, where he is serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered brides.

Members of his church, a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism, believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.

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(KUTV) A Salt Lake County man who shot and paralyzed a member of a neighborhood watch group nearly four years ago was released from prison Tuesday.

Reginald Campos shot David Serbeck back in 2009 after Serbeck's car followed Campos' daughter around the neighborhood. Campos was convicted of attempted murder with injury, but appealed the conviction, saying his attorney did a poor job representing him.

An appeals court overturned the attempted murder conviction, but the Campos' aggravated assault conviction remained. Campos finished his sentence and was released Tuesday.

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(KUTV) Several Utah firefighters are in Washington State helping their fellow firefighters there who are overwhelmed, battling the state's largest wildfire ever.

"I just shook their hands and told them to be safe," said Saratoga Springs Fire Chief Jess Campbell about the departure of members of his department.

Campbell said fire bosses in Washington State called on Utah and five of its type 3 engines, which have four wheel drive and can easily traverse the area's wild lands. The type 3 engines can also be used to fight urban fires.

"We hope that when those local residents begin seeing apparatus from other areas, they realize they aren't in this by themselves," he said.

By: Christina Flores

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PRICE, UT (KUTV) Michelle Ward is taking steps to protect her family. Her husband's job, coal mining in Price, Utah can be lucrative, but unpredictable. She looked into getting a medical assistant certificate.

In Price, Michelle's options for getting that certificate were limited so she turned to the internet and discovered the St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants which offered a six week online class that, if Michelle passed, would earn her a medical assistant certificate.

She paid the school $700 and competed the coursework at the end of which she was awarded a medical assistant certificate, not that it has done her any good. With certificate in hand, she cannot get a job. She must first pass a certification exam and no one will let her take the exam because St. Augustine is not an accredited school.

"Went to a job interview and found out that [my certificate] is fake," she said. "There are no credentials to the certificate. I can't work with it."

Michelle is definitely not the only person frustrated with the school. More than 70 complaints have been filed with the Federal Trade Commission - some of which bemoan the school's alleged accreditation.

On the school's website, St. Augustine says they are accredited by the National Accreditation and Certification Board. That may be true but records show that the National Accreditation and Certification Board is a private business not recognized by many exam administering organizations we contacted.

One such exam administering group is the American Association of Medical Assistants. Their lawyer says there are two accreditations that matter to them: CAAHEP and ABHEP. That lawyer had never heard of the National Accreditation and Certification Board.

US Representative Tim Bishop, D - New York, says this is an example of what he calls diploma mills.

"Credentials ought to mean something," Bishop said. "When [a school is] competing with someone who has credentials that are meaningless, that's not right."

Bishop has been trying to battle diploma mills but several attempts at legislation have yet to stick.

Every no-and-again, the Federal Trade Commission will prosecute a diploma mills.

The commission warns that, "Persons and businesses misrepresenting the validity, legitimacy, and usefulness of their so-called degrees may find themselves facing law enforcement action from any number of federal or state agencies."

As we investigated St. Augustine, we could not find a business license in Georgia where the school claims to be based.

The state of Utah does not require certification for medical assistants but we checked with major healthcare providers in Utah. University of Utah Hospitals and Intermountain Healthcare told Get Gephardt they only hire certified medical assistants who have taken the required exam with an established, legitimate national organization.

Despite several calls and emails to St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants by Get Gephardt, no one ever responded.

By Matt Gephardt
Produced by Cindy St. Clair

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