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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, is 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."

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 fight 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

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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) Highway 40 is 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 will reopen once the leaked fuel is cleaned up.

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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) 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) 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) 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) 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.

By: Heidi Hatch

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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.

By: Daniel Woodruff

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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) 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."

By: Christina Flores

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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.

By: Dan Rascon

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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.

By: Christine McCarthy

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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.

By Michael Martinez


CNN's Tim Lister contributed from Jerusalem.

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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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(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/

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

Photo courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune

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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.

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(KUTV) Crews are battling wildfires across northern Utah during hot, dry weather and in steep, rocky terrain.

Sunday's lightning ignited about two dozen fires in the northern part of the state. Most were quickly extinguished, while a few have been more difficult to manage, said Jason Curry, spokesman for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

A 1,000-acre blaze in Morgan County continued to spread up the mountainside in Weber Canyon early Tuesday afternoon. Hand crews shuttled into the burning area fought the flames on the ground, as a Black Hawk chopper pulled water from the Weber River to douse the fire. Two days after the "Tunnel Hollow" fire broke out, crews still had no containment over it.

"It burned right down to [Interstate] 84, right down to the railroad tracks, impacted the railroad," Curry said. "They had to stop a few trains yesterday."

The National Weather Service put much of the state under a "red flag warning" throughout Tuesday, as the hot, dry conditions persist.

"It's definitely an indicator of things to come," Curry said. "So if we don't get some moisture with these lightning storms, we could be looking at more."

East of Tooele, about 15 homes were evacuated Monday night as the so-called "Anaconda Fire" spread close to a neighborhood and gun range.

Dozens of firefighters established just five percent containment over the 450-acre fire, but they managed to limit active flame.

Kurt Alloway, whose log cabin is the closest home to the fire, barely slepton Monday night. He helped evacuate his family and animals but stayed to watch firefighters' efforts and offer his property as a command post.

While he is still concerned about his property, he is grateful for the home he still has.

"The first priority [was] the animals and the kid and making sure the family was safe. That's all," Alloway said. "I'm so proud of how the fire people and the sheriff's department deputies managed this whole thing."

Curry encouraged those who plan to go camping this summer to make sure their campfires are completely out, and he urged those using fireworks on Pioneer Day to abide by local restrictions.

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(KUTV) An exciting day for the Baggely family as they arrive at a home in Logan to pick up a new member of their family.

Not a dog, or a cat, or a reptile, but a mini looking porcupine, although this is no porcupine.  It is a Hedgehog.

The hottest new craze in family pets.

"We are pretty excited! We've been waiting for this little girl to get old enough to take home," said Janae Baggaley a mother of three kids. 

The Baggely's are picking up their Hedgehog from Ali Weller who is a licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture Hedgehog breeder.  Her business is called Storybook Hedgehogs. Click here to visit the page.

"[It's a] Hedgehog boom," said Ali Weller to 2News Dan Rascon in the living room of her home. "I raise Hedgehogs for pets, because I love them they're great little animals They love to burrow they love feeling really secure and covered and they like dark because they are nocturnal."

Right now Weller has ten females, four males and five babies. Her waiting list has jumped up to as high as 50 people.

"This year especially has been really big. I've had a lot of people contact saying I want one now," said Weller.  "I see a lot of college students. A lot of people that go to school and work during the day and want a pet they can come home to at night." 

But Weller also has a warning about Hedgehogs.  They may look all cute and cuddly but they are not for everyone.  In fact Weller says she's very picky about who she sends them home with.

"A lot of people go into it thinking they are going to be just like the pictures on the Internet - super sweet, super cuddly, but it takes a lot of work to bond with a Hedgehog their trust takes longer than a lot of animals," said Weller. "Because their quills can be very intimidating and when they are cranky they are pretty cranky.

Back at the Baggaley home just north of Logan, they've been preparing for this day for months. They've built their Hedgehog named Quill Prickly Bottom Baggaley a two room suite out of plastic storage containers fully equipped with several hand sewn blankets and snuggle sacks.

"Yea we want to be good owners," said Janae. 

"I think it's a good fit just because it's calm it's low maintenance it eats like a 1/3 of a cup of cat food all day," said Stu Baggaley, Janae's husband.

Weller says the Baggaley's are exactly the kind of family she's looking for when adopting her Hedgehogs.

"I have to be protective because they are my babies. I get very very attached. I want them to only go to places that will love them as much as I do,"  said Weller. 

Weller sells her Hedgehogs  from $150.00 to $250.00  a piece depending on the linage and nature of the Hedgehog.

She says she also ends up rescuing a couple a month from people who find that they just cannot take care of them.

Six states across the country have actually ban them as pets because they are a non-native species.

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Some of the finest horse and bull riders in the country are visiting Salt Lake City this week for The Days of '47 Rodeo at Energy Solutions Arena.
2News went behind the scenes with some athletes that compete in one of rodeo's most dangerous events, Bareback Riding. This event allows riders to use only one hand to grasp a rawhide handle, while a jumping and kicking bronco does everything it can to get free.
"Injury is very common in this sport," says Tanner Croft, from St. George, who was the only Utah rider to compete in the opening event on Tuesday night.
Croft is back on the rodeo circuit after taking a few years off to help raise his children.

"My wife could see that I missed it and I wanted to be back, so she's been very supportive about it," Croft said.
Croft was on a waiting list for the Days of '47 Rodeo. He scored an entry when another competitor backed out. A pre-event drawing determined he would ride, Lanky Doodle, a gelding from Ritzville, Washington.
Lanky Doodle's owner, Chad Hudson admits he's in the business of raising bucking broncos and he would rather see the horse succeed.

"To tell you the honest truth, I'm in the business to buck 'em off," Hudson said.
On this night, Croft lasted a full eight seconds on a wild ride from Lanky Doodle, but the judges disqualified him for a misplaced foot out of the gate.

"It was just my mistake, I should've just taken my time, got everything right and went from there," Croft said.
In the life of a rodeo rider, it is all part of the game. In a few days, Croft and most other rodeo athletes will buck up in another town.

"I've got two more this week," Croft said. "You don't really dread on one, you just move to the next one."
(KUTV) A two-alarm fire destroyed a home in Cottonwood Heights Tuesday afternoon and investigators say they believe a child started the blaze with a lighter.

Crews arrived at the home near 7435 S. Butler Hills Drive just after 1 p.m. to find the place almost entirely engulfed. They called a second alarm because of the heavy fire, but also because the high heat.

Investigators say there is heavy damage both inside and out of the home and that the family of three will not be able to return for quite some time.

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(KUTV) Several families are back in their homes today after a wildfire in Tooele County prompted evacuations.

The Anaconda Fire, which has burned over 1,000 acres, was ignited by a lightning strike on Sunday and flared up again on Monday due to shifting wind. The blaze evacuated 10 homes, and left seven homes on standby Monday evening. The evacuated families were let back into their homes later that night, but emergency managers warned residents to be ready at a moments notice in case the fire spreads.

FEMA pledged Tuesday to help cover some of the firefighting costs.

The wildfire is located near a gun club about four miles east of Tooele. The fire started Sunday and was rekindled Monday afternoon. Another fire earlier this season destroyed the gun club. The only structure in the area left to burn is a double wide trailer that replaced the building.

No injuries have been reported from the fire.

2News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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(KUTV) Police are searching for a woman who stole a car from a man who was giving her a ride early Sunday morning in Salt Lake City.

Officers say the driver stopped at a 7-Eleven at 1285 N. Redwood Road to use the restroom. While he was inside the store, the suspect drove off with the car, a black 2000 Nissan Xterra, Utah license plate D236KD. 

The suspect is described as a white female, about 30 to 40 years of age, with a heavy build.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact police at (801) 799-3000.

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(KUTV) Utah's national parks are receiving a major boom in tourism so far in 2014, making nearly $600 million for the state.

Listed as one of the most scenic in the country, Zion National Park is the largest contributor. About 9 million people visited Zion and park rangers and businesses are pleased.

Out of state visitors like Ken Bravo and Connie Clutter were attracted to Utah for the unique beauty of Zion National Park. Tourists like them are more than happy to contribute money.

"It's a realization that there's nothing more beautiful than nature. Just look all around us here," said Bravo.

"It feels great, it's beautiful out here. I'd rather it go to a good use," said Clutter.

Zion National Park Public Information Officer Aly Baltrus said roughly 25 percent of the estimated $600 million made from the state's parks is from Zion.

The money is attributed to the parks as well as local businesses, hotels and restaurants within a 60 mile radius. While boosting the local economy, the amount of money brought in from tourism is still lower than past years.

"In 2013 we were down about 6 percent in October. Just with the government shut down and holistically throughout the whole year we were down about 5 percent, but that wasn't  all the shut down we had kind of a cold winter so we were down in January, February and we started off pretty low," said Baltrus.

With the increase in attendance this year of about 1.5 million people visiting the park, Baltrus says she is not giving up hope for big numbers.

"I definitely think we are going to be higher than last year if the projection continues," Baltrus said.

Tourists like Bravo could not agree more.

"I think the fact that it is attracting tourists speaks for itself," said Bravo.

According to the National Park service report, tourism has supported over 9,000 jobs in the state of Utah.

By: D.J. Bolerjack

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(KUTV) A Washington D.C. appeals court says the government will not be able to subsidize health insurance in states like Utah that do not have a state exchange.

The decision says the Affordable Care Act bars subsidy in 34 states, including Utah, that do not have state health insurance exchanges, but rely on the federal government exchange. 75,000 Utahns have health insurance from the Affordable Care Act exchange. The average subsidy is 76 percent and if that subsidy goes away, insurance will be four times more expensive on average.

"In the immediate it doesn't change anything," said Governor Spokesman Mary Carpenter.

Carpenter notes the court stayed its order during appeal so the old rules stay in effect at least for a while. In Washington, opponents of Obamacare found new energy. In Utah, thousands may become uninsured again. The case is likely headed to the Supreme Court.

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(KUTV) Computers can help kids learn but are they taking too much money away from Utah's underfunded schools?

When it comes to education spending officials have to ask, is a computer sometimes a better teacher than a teacher?

Utah schools are at the bottom of all states for funding, but legislators met at the capitol Tuesday to hear how technology may help kids learn quicker and cheaper than some traditional classrooms.

Ron Twitchell supervises math teaching in Provo and Tuesday on Capitol Hill he showed Utah lawmakers how kids learn geometry better if they use a computer.
Jared Fawson, who teaches geography at West Point Junior High, demonstrated to lawmakers how technology helps kids learn his subject.

"Technology is the future of education," says House Speaker Becky Lockhart.

In the last legislative session Lockhart sponsored a proposal to take more than $200 million of education funding and buy a computer tablet for every Utah school child. 

Her proposal was defeated, but she still believes Utah needs to invest in technology in schools, but teachers and democrats say technology can help only in a well-funded school with quality teachers. 

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(KUTV) Utah is known for its one of a kind landscape and you've probably visited many of our national parks, but now you can become an ambassador for the parks.

The Mighty 5 Ambassador program is designed to recognize travelers who visit the five national parks by the end of the 2014 calendar year. Ambassadors are recognized with an official certificate of completion, signed by Governor Herbert, as well as a cool decal window sticker.

So far, the program has been successful in getting visitors excited about seeing each unique park, and gives families a bucket list item to check off. Utah attracts a lot of "bucket-listers," so this is a great addition to the list of places to visit this summer.

There are three simple steps to becoming a Mighty 5 Ambassador.

1.) Sign up at VisitUtah.com, and click on "The Mighty 5." Then click on "The Mighty 5 Ambassador." The website also features a few road trip itineraries and ideas, including itineraries for:
i. Rivers & Redrock
ii. Slickrock Adventure
iii. History and Hoodoos
iv. The Best Week of Your Life
v. The Ultimate Journey
vi. Family Adventurer
vii. Solace Seeker
viii. Adrenaline Junkie

2.) Visit all five parks (Arches, Bryce Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion) with at least one new visit by the end of the 2014 calendar year.  Not all the visits have to take place before you sign up, just one new one will work, so long as you have previously visited the other four.

3.) Take a photo while you are on your new visit, and post it to the Utah Office of Tourism Facebook page, which is at Facebook.com/utahofficeoftourism.  Feel free to post old photos, too. Everyone loves seeing the old Polaroid shots from decades ago.

Although the Mighty 5 National Parks tend to steal the spotlight, the spectacular scenery doesn't end at the park boundaries. There are gems throughout the state, each with their own appeal. Find out more information at VisitUtah.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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(KUTV) Pioneer Day is this Thursday and of course many people will celebrate with the Days of '47 Parade.

People are getting an up-close-and personal look at some of the amazing floats in the parade and can even vote for their favorites.

The public is invited to go to the South Towne Expo Center on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

You can vote for your favorite float along with other categories, including people's choice and children's choice.

Also at the float preview party there will be bands, clowns, entertainment and more. Plus it's all free to the public.

2News photojournalist Matt Michela gives us a behind-the-scenes look.

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(KUTV) Celeste Eggert is the director of development at the Road Home shelter, which is currently a part of the 10th annual Apple Tree program.

The Apple Tree program helps kids get a great start to their school year when otherwise they would go without new clothing, shoes and backpacks.

Homelessness is not just an adult problem, which is why this program exist.The program is asking for the public's help in filling these needs for many deserving kids to help make school a positive experience.

If you would like a list of locations or would like to make a donation you can visit www.theroadhomeappletree.com.

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WASHINGTON (AP) There's another legal battle involving President Barack Obama's health care law.

Two federal appeals courts today have issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue. The rulings came within hours of each other.

A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people pay their premiums. The court said financial aid can only be paid in states that have set up their own insurance exchanges.

But in Virginia, another appeals panel unanimously came to the opposite conclusion. That court said the IRS had correctly interpreted the will of Congress when it issued regulations allowing consumers nationwide to purchase subsidized coverage.

The White House says policyholders will keep getting financial aid as the administration sorts out the legal implications.

Both cases are part of a long-running political and legal campaign to overturn the health care law.

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