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(KUTV) A 2-year-old boy from Cache County was rushed to the hospital and into surgery Friday night after he was shot in the abdomen by his three-year old sister.  Lt. Mike Peterson with the Cache County Sheriff's Office said it was a terrible accident.

The call to police was made from the boy's home at 6:40 p.m.  The child's mother was home when the shooting happened.  Lt. Peterson said it was not clear how the sister got a hold of the .22 caliber rifle and shot her brother.   "We are trying to give the family some space," said Peterson who emphasized an investigation will happen to determine if there was negligence. 

Neighbor Melodee Olsen ran to the victim's house when she heard the sound of sirens.  She watched as paramedics rushed the boy from the scene.  She said the family has only been living in the community of Young Ward for about a year and mostly keep to themselves. 

By: Cristina Flores

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) A Utah man preparing his ascent to the top of Mt. Everest is doing fine, according to his daughter. Greg Paul was on a neighboring mountain, getting used to the elevation change, when the avalanche struck Everest, killing 12 Nepalise climbing guides; another four guides were missing as of Friday night.
 
Greg Paul is the part owner of Momentum Climbing gym in Sandy. As an avid outdoors man, it's his lifelong dream to summit Everest.  "He had already been there once and tried to summit, so I think that he's really driven," says John Vickers, who works at the climbing gym, and is helping Greg manage his blog while he's on the journey.
 
Vickers says Greg Paul is attempting to climb the mountain after having double knee replacement surgery. "I don't think that something like this, as long as it's still safe, is going to stop him either," says Vickers.
 
Greg's journey to the summit of Everest, is only possible with the help of Nepalise climbing guides, known as Sherpas. They are a group of men that risk their lives preparing the way for little pay, so westerners can achieve glory at the summit.
 
"The Sherpas really are the backbone of Everest," says Jerry Mika, who's a close friend of Apa Sherpa, the man who's climbed Everest more than anyone. "They set the ropes and carry the ladders. Without the Sherpas, climbing Everest would be very difficult."
 
Mika was a base camp manager for a 2007 Everest expedition, now he's the president of the Utah-based, Apa Sherpa Foundation, a charity that helps the families of the Sherpas.
 
"At 12,500 feet, they don't have a lot of school supplies up there, so our goal is to get them up to date, pay the new teachers, we just built libraries," he says.
 
After this latest tragedy, that killed at least 12 Everest Sherpa guides, Mika says caring for the Sherpa children is more important than ever. "If we can get those little guys educated and get them off to the next level, they won't have to carry for the westerners, or carry for the little bit of money that they do make," he says.
 
As for Greg Paul's Everest journey, his daughter says he's saddened by the loss of life and concerned now that his effort to reach the summit may have taken a major setback.

By: Chris Miller

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) What would have been an ordinary traffic stop became the apprehension of a man who has two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in old warrants.

On Friday officers attempted to stop a vehicle and at first the driver, Justin Tyler Delage did comply. The vehicle initially pulled over, but soon after he changed his mind. As the officer approached the driver, the vehicle drove off.

According to police, that is when the chase began. Delage allegedly headed west on 1300 South, until he crashed at the intersection of 500 West.

Delage then exited the vehicle and began to run; police pursued and eventually took him into custody.

In addition to the warrants and evading charges the police say they did discover methamphetamines.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) At Old Mill Golf Course in Holladay Friday, golfers were honing their craft on the driving range. For these amateurs, it's a labor of love done exclusively for the sake of fun. Check that – done mostly for the sake of fun.

Bill Christiansen says he has won trophies and money.  Steve Larsen once won a water bottle. But that all pales in comparison to one golfer who said he has won time and time again – trophies, cash prizes, even a few green jackets. (Disclaimer, he was playing golf on his Playstation).

Last weekend, for the second time in three years, Bubba Watson was awarded arguably the most coveted prize in golf: a real green jacket. The honor was bestowed on him for winning the Masters Tournament at Augusta National in Georgia.

"It's overwhelming," Watson said after the victory. "As a kid, all you want to do is make the [Professional Golf Association] tour. Nine years on tour now, somehow six wins, two of [them] have green jackets wrapped around [them]. It's something I could never dream of."                         

But as the tournament wrapped up last Sunday here on KUTV and CBS, one viewer asked, how did such a unique tradition begin?

It's a good question and the answer does not date back to the beginning, according to the tournament's official website.

"It wasn't until the 13th playing of the event, in 1949, that the champion was awarded the signature blazer for the first time. Originally, only Augusta National members wore green jackets. Club officials started the custom in 1937, urging members to purchase the jackets and to wear them during Masters week so patrons could identify reliable sources of information. The club extended the tradition to Masters Champions as a gesture indicating the winners were to become honorary members of Augusta National."

While players of the sport may shoot for the coveted green, here in Utah veteran golfers like Christensen prefer to dawn a different shade.

"Well, I played for the University of Utah and got a red jacket," he said with pride.

By Matt Gephardt

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) Back by popular demand, Billy Dee Williams was among the faces that attended Comic Con on Friday.

The man that made Lando Calrisson a house hold name took a couple minutes to talk with us about what Mr. Calrisson may be up to today.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) Construction season is officially underway in Utah and one of the biggest projects launched by UDOT will affect Davis County drivers.

Friday marks the beginning of the I-15 South Davis project which is intended to cut down on freeway congestion during peak hours.

Project managers say the construction will include adding express lanes in both directions from the North I-215 interchange to U.S. 89 in Farmington.  Once the construction is finished, Utah will have the longest continuous express lane in the nation, stretching from Santaquin to Layton.

The project will also include the replacement of I-15 bridges at 2600 South and 1500 South in Woods Cross, and near 500 South and 400 North in Bountiful.

State legislators who helped secure the 117 million dollars needed for the project are concerned about the growing congestion in Davis County.  According to State Senator Stuart Adams, the South Davis project will help lay plans for future growth throughout the state. “We understand as a state, the connection between infrastructure and economic development.  When you invest in infrastructure, economic development comes with it.” 

The construction is not expected to wrap up until late summer of 2015. 

To minimize traffic congestion, I-15 will remain open with no restrictions during peak hours.

During the construction phase, UDOT is asking drivers to consider alternate routes such as Legacy Highway and U.S. 89 to avoid congestion.

By Jonelle Merrill

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says he's avoiding campaign donations that could appear to create a conflict of interest with his office.

Reyes made the comments during a Friday discussion at the University of Utah about restoring public trust in the state's top law enforcement office.

Gov. Gary Herbert in December appointed Reyes to temporarily hold the office until a special election this November.

Reyes replaced fellow Republican John Swallow, who stepped down after accusations of wrongdoing. Swallow has maintained his innocence.

Reyes on Friday declined to name the individuals, businesses and industries whose donations he's turning away.

Reyes says doesn't want to insinuate they were doing anything illegal or unethical.

He says it's simply easier to avoid their donations because those groups to be more highly regulated and receive more complaints.

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(KUTV) The Salt Lake City Police Department reminds the public to plan accordingly for road closures and parking issues due to the Salt Lake City Marathon Saturday morning.

The department has 208 officers assigned to 197 traffic posts for the safety of participants, spectators and residents. Officers will accommodate through-traffic when it is safe to do so, but motorists and residents should expect delays as race events progress throughout the morning.

Course closure is set for 1:30 PM, at which time any participants yet to finish must move to the sidewalk or follow normal roadway rules.

Starting times for marathon events:
6:00 AM    Bike Tour
6:10 AM    Hand Cycle, Wheel Chair
7:00 AM    Full/Half Marathon
7:10 AM    5K
10:45 AM Kids K

For course maps and other information, please visit www.saltlakecitymarathon.com

(Copyright 2014 - Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) Fantasy heroes, villains, and foils in a "cosplay" extravaganza at Comic Con may not be a feast for downtown Salt Lake businesses, compared to other conventions that sweep through the Salt Palace.

"The real value of these shows is what they do to the community, the vibrancy, and the quality of life they lend to the community," said Scott Beck, CEO of the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.  "We just don't do a lot of research on consumer shows."

But Beck knows some facts from the original Comic Con, widely viewed as a big success.

"Based on last year's demographics, 92 percent (of Comic Con goers) were from the State of Utah," said Beck.  "52 percent were from the Salt Lake Valley."

Much of the Comic Con crowd won't stay in hotels, maybe won't be waiting for tables at downtown restaurants, in contrast to say, the Outdoor Retailers Convention, which draws tens of thousands of people, overwhelmingly from out of town.

Still, Beck is a Comic Con fan, and attendees are peppering money for the spectacle inside the Salt Palace.

A stay-at-home mom said she bought a $60 three day pass, and estimated she spent $270 for different costumes each day.  "The one I was wearing yesterday was about $130," she told 2News.

David Christensen, of Magna, said he spent between $200-250, counting tickets.  On Friday, he was in line for a celebrity autograph, and said he was willing to pay for a few strokes of the pen from James Marsters.

The founder of Comic Con, Dan Farr, said he wants more information about the effects on the economy.

"We're going to have an impact study done," said Farr, who is hoping for numbers that might leap tall buildings in a single bound, which he thinks would be good for the show.

"I want to keep a full time job doing it," Farr said.  "I love it, and I want to continue to do it."

By: Brian Mullahy

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Officials from nine Western states say it's time for them to take control of federal lands within their borders.

The lawmakers and county commissioners met at Utah's Capitol on Friday to discuss their joint goal of taking oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

The summit wasn't publicized until midday, when notice went out about a late-afternoon news conference.

The meeting's result wasn't clear, but Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder told reporters federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and federal budget cuts.

According to reports Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.

None of the other western states has gone as far as Utah, where lawmakers recently passed a measure demanding that the federal government extinguish title to federal lands there.

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(KUTV) Geologists are saying that fires in the west are getting bigger, and they are burning in more areas than before. University of Utah researchers have their theories.

They believe that Global Warming and drought have contributed to a 30 year trend for more frequent and larger western fires.

(Copyright 2014 - Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) The Utah State Medical Examiner's Office has completed autopsies of seven deceased infants found in cardboard boxes in a Pleasant Grove garage.

Police Capt. Michael Roberts told The Associated Press on Friday the medical examiner's office will review the reports with police and prosecutors but there's no date scheduled for that.

He did not have the results of the reports Friday.

Chief Medical Examiner Todd Grey says his office never releases results publically but other investigators may release them at a later date.

Roberts says it's unclear if that meeting would happen before 39-year-old Megan Huntsman makes an initial court appearance Monday morning.

Police say after Huntsman was arrested Sunday, she told investigators that she killed six of the babies from 1996-2006. One was stillborn.

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(KUTV) Donuts have made a big comeback in recent years with several new shops opening in Salt Lake City.

For donut enthusiast, there's nothing like Banbury Cross Donuts. Everyday their little cottage pushes out every type of donut to the awaiting public.

The man behind it all is Jeff Morrow, a retired aeronautical engineer, who bought the place in '86 just for something to do.

With almost nine thousand donuts flying out the door each day, Jeff's 30 employees are now in constant motion. The kitchen is old school about everything; rolling, cutting, dipping and sprinkling are all done by hand.

For Jeff and his team its long days and hard work, but he says it's worth when he sees all those donut filled smiles.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)

(CBS) An Avalanche on Mount Everest buried and killed at least 12 people with four more missing.

It's the deadliest disaster to hit the world's tallest mountain.

Officials in Nepal say a wall of snow swept down the slopes of Mount Everest - trapping guides who were preparing a trail for climbers.

This tourism minister says, "as soon as we heard about the avalanche, helicopters and rescue teams rushed to the scene."

The avalanche killed at least twelve Nepalese guides who were fixing ropes and routes for the spring climbing season.

An injured survivor says the path was unstable just before the deadly slide.

It apparently struck without warning - crashing over the western shoulder of Everest in the worst disaster to hit the world's highest peak.

Hundreds of people who were preparing to climb the mountain rushed to help.

The mountain guides were working less than 10-thousand feet from the top of the summit. 

Thousands of climbers visit the mountain each year to try to reach its 29-thousand foot peak.

Reported by Tina Kraus, CBS News

(KUTV) According to Unified Police Officers, the 59-year-old woman found dead in her Taylorsville home, was suffocated to death. 

"Anytime you have a horrific crime like this in your neighborhood, it's disturbing," said Lt. Justin Hoyal with Unified Police.

Police said Margaret Steffey lived alone.  Neighbors said Steffey was a widow and a retired teacher.  They called her quiet and nice.

"Of anything crazy happening, I can't believe it was that house," Neighbor Nick Stocking said.  "Her yard always looked really nice, and she just kept to herself.  This is crazy."

Detectives don't know what was used to suffocate Steffey.  They are working with the medical examiner to determine how long she was deceased in the home. 

Police say they received a phone call from concerned family members after they couldn't get in contact with Steffey.  Relatives said they hadn't heard from Steffey since Saturday.    Wednesday morning, police did a welfare check at the Taylorsville home located at 3973 West Blue Meadow Drive.  They found Steffey, murdered in the home. 

Forensic evidence detectives processed the crime scene for more than 30 hours. 

"We didn't find any damage to the exterior of the house," Lt. Hoyal said.  "There is no indication of a forced entry."

Before the autopsy results were released and Steffey was identified, investigators were unable to identify the body as male or female.  Hoyal would not discuss the reason for that, explaining those details could jeopardize the investigation.  He added the body was not mutilated or dismembered.  

Unified Police detectives are asking the public for help in locating the person who murdered Steffey.  

If you saw anything suspicious in that area or know any of Margaret Steffey's contacts, you are urged to call Unified Police at 385-468-9816. 

By: Brittany Tait

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(KUTV) Davis County deputies have found a missing M-16 rifle.

The fully automatic weapon disappeared in 2006, and officials have been looking for it ever since.

Officials say that in 2006 a Davis County Deputy, who was a member of DCSO's SWAT Team, and member of the United State Military, received orders of deployed to Afghanistan for 1 1/2 years. At the time, he requested permission to take an M-16 for training purposes for SWAT before he was deployed.

Officials say the employee trained with the rifle and then put the gun into his gun safe at home at the time of his deployment where it has remained since 2006. The deputy finished his tour and then returned home before completing a second tour in the Middle East.

The employee, who has been home for several years, says he has not thought about the rifle since 2006. Officials say that due to lack of paperwork, and partially because of human error, the employee never heard about an investigation into a missing M16 rifle. While reading a local newspaper about the missing rifle, his memory was sparked and he alerted his superior.

Davis County Sheriff's Office says the officer's employment never ceased and the gun was never on the streets or used for criminal purposes.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) Just 75-million years ago modern-day Utah was a lush island landmass; paleontologists call this prehistoric region Laramidia.
 
"We hope it becomes a household name with all these new dinosaur discoveries," says Randy Irmis, Curator of Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
 
It just might, in the last few years paleontologists have uncovered and introduced at least nine new prehistoric species to the world, all of them coming from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This is why Utah is featured in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
 
"One of the fossils that we're working on right now is something that we helicoptered out of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument last fall," says Irmis. "The name of this dinosaur is Parasaurolopus; it's a duck-billed dinosaur."
 
Once it's cleaned and completely excavated, Parasaurolopus will ultimately be displayed on the museum floor alongside its friends, also discovered in Southern Utah.
 
"This is a very big deal," says Utah's Director of Tourism, Vicki Varela, who estimates that visitors spent about $7.4 billion here last year. "That translated into $960 million in state and local tax revenues." She says. "Now that the word is out about our dinosaurs, who knows."
 
The tourism board has organized a dinosaur tour of Utah, including 15 stops around the state where you can learn more and see more dinosaur bones.
 
"Dinosaurs knew 75-million years ago, what visitors know today, Utah is a destination," says Varela.

By: Chris Miller

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(KUTV) Thousands of fans crowded the Salt Palace convention center on Thursday for the first day of Comic Con's "Fan Xperience."

The first Comic Con event last September attracted more than 70,000 attendees, surpassing even organizers' expectation. This year, the conference for fans of comic books, fantasy movies and superheroes could exceed last year's ticket sales.

Last year "beat out Denver, Seattle, Phoenix and Anaheim, which amazed the Comic Con community," said Al Niuman, dressed as the Jack of Spades from Alice in Wonderland. "So I had to drive from Colorado to be here."

Attendee and Trekkie, Eric Hall, is a volunteer for Heroes Engaging Real Organizations In Charity (HEROIC Inc.), an organization whose volunteers dress up as superheroes and princesses to raise money for charitable causes. Dressed as a member of the Borg Collective in Star Trek, he took pictures with other fans and worked a fundraising booth.

"I have been working on this costume since 1993, just adding parts, changing things," Hall said. "Today we're working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise funds."

Guests bought comic-book and fantasy paraphernalia, took pictures with and bought autographs from stars. William Shatner was scheduled to arrive shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday.
 
Organizers expect the three-day event to bring in as many as 100,000 attendees.

By Christine McCarthy

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(KUTV) The St. George City Council is set to approve the purchase of a $1.5 million building to be used as a "resource center" for the area's homeless population and other residents in need of assistance.

"We've made an offer for a building," St. George Mayor Jon Pike said. "I really think that we can have this be a best-practice approach to solving the needs of these people."

Under one roof, Pike says the proposed St. George Resource Center will offer residents access to job training, behavioral health and case management.

"We want to create, basically, a one-stop shop for these kinds of services," he said.

The building, a former youth treatment facility located at 948 North 1300 West, will provide the typical shelter and food services for the homeless, but will also have office space for non-profit groups and other agencies.

The council will vote Thursday evening on whether to purchase the 16,000-square-foot building, which already has dorm-like living quarters, an industrial kitchen and office space, according to St. George Economic and Housing Development Director Matt Loo.

"We've accomplished something that we've never undertaken in this area, in one facility," Loo said. "I think the whole spirit of working together brings power."

The city says it plans to pay for the building using federal grants and donations.

Currently, the main shelter for homeless residents in Washington County is the Dixie Care and Share located on 300 West just off of the St. George Blvd.

"We turn away people almost every night," said Jae Maxfield, the shelter's executive director.

Dixie Care and Share has only 54 beds divided between sleeping areas for men, women and families. Over the last 12 months, 600 different people stayed at the shelter, Maxfield said. He welcomes the city's plan to centralize resources for those in need.

"I think we can vastly enhance the services we are able to provide to not only the homeless but also those people who are near homeless in our community," he said.

A woman staying at Dixie Care and Share said the city already does a good job helping the homeless but that having access to many organizations at the same location would be helpful.

"It's exhausting, when you're homeless, those things are exhausting," Rebecca Bowes said of trying to coordinate job hunting with day-to-day survival.

Bowes has a job and hopes to be on her own soon. She says not worrying about where to sleep and eat was key to helping her get her life back on track.

"It's a scary feeling when you're out there," she said.

By: Ladd Egan

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(KUTV) Pastor John Parsley was in his study, working on an Easter sermon, when he was told fire had broken out in the basement of Clearfield Community Church.

He quickly called 911, but the phone went dead - so the pastor hurried out of the building, only to watch flames burn through the sanctuary.

That was roughly a year ago.

This Easter, the small congregation will still not be back in its usual place of worship - but a $3 million transformation is taking shape - adding to Easter joy.

Parsley spoke of "new life" as the project nears completion - a metaphor for Christ's resurrection - which the church will celebrate at a nearby elementary school this Sunday.

It was March 2013, when an old computer monitor overheated in the basement church library.  Fire spread to books, the wall, into a ceiling, and then through much of the structure.

What wasn't torched by flames had smoke and water damage.  The congregation did not know if it could rebuild.

Bill Storing, a co-chair of the church building committee, said engineers determined the footings and foundation we're sound - but that may have been just the beginning of what would turn into a major reconstruction.

But Storing said work is now ahead of schedule, and the church should reopen by August.  A series of events are planned as a thank you to the wider community.

General contractor Chris Harris said he travels from Logan to Clearfield, and often stays in an apartment close the site.  He said congregants have spoken to him about saving cherished pieces, believed lost in the blaze.

For a pastor who arrived in Utah five years ago, not wanting to build a new church, the reconstruction is another sign "God is with us."

By: Brian Mullahy

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(KUTV) It's all about costumes, comic books, fantasy movies and super heroes in downtown Salt Lake City this weekend.

Comic Con's "Fan Experience" kicked off Thursday 2News' photojournalist Paul Sampson was there to capture some of the sights and sounds.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(KUTV) On Thursday Ogden police received reports that Jared Etherington was trespassing at a home near 2800 Grant Avenue. A witness also told police he may have been driving a stolen car.

Police responded and Etherington barricaded himself inside the home with a gun.  A SWAT team was called in and after a few hours they were able to talk him into surrendering.

Etherington had several outstanding warrants including burglary and theft.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah judge has ruled there's enough evidence for a 17-year-old girl to stand trial for murder and other charges stemming from a crime spree that left one deputy dead and another injured.

Judge Darold McDade on Thursday morning ordered a trial for Meagan Grunwald.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Grunwald will be back in court May 12 to enter a plea against the 12 charges she faces.

Authorities say her boyfriend, 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, fatally shot Utah County sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride and wounded another deputy. Garcia-Juaregui died from injuries he sustained in a shootout with police.

Grunwald could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. She is ineligible for the death penalty because she is under 18.

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(KUTV) Layton police say an arrest has been made concerning two people who bound an elderly woman with duct tape and then robbed her.

The suspects are accused of breaking into the victim's house near 700 North and 1025 East in Layton last week.

The elderly woman woke up and saw two people in her bedroom; the suspects tied the woman up and stole her credit cards, medication and other valuables.

Investigators were able to track down the suspects at a hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee. A man and woman were taken into custody and now face a number of felony charges.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(CNN) The number of Americans who signed up for private health insurance in the marketplaces has grown to 8 million, President Barack Obama said Thursday during a rare appearance at the daily White House news conference where he talked about the Affordable Care Act.

He said the law is "now covering more people at less cost than most would have predicted just a few months ago" and criticized its opponents.

"I find it strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same place that it has always been. They still can't bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working," the President said.

"They said nobody would sign up; they were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country; they were wrong about that."

"They were wrong to keep trying to repeal a law that is working when they have no alternative answer for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who'd be denied coverage again," Obama said.
  
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(KUTV) The federal government is running out of highway money, this is bad news for Utah because their gasoline taxes are used to help build state roads.
   
Now some states are cutting road projects, because they fear Washington won't be able to pay its bills. Unless Congress acts, they won't be able to immediately pay for more roadwork after July 1st.

Every time you buy a gallon of gas, you pay 18 cents in federal highway tax, and that comes back to Utah. Some of it goes to mass transit, but most of it goes for road work.

Arkansas, California and Colorado are already talking of slowing projects, but Utah has cash in the bank and can make it until September 30th, even if the feds cut back their payments.

Senator Orrin Hatch says Congress will probably put general fund money into transportation, but in any case won't let the fund go broke.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(KUTV) The same court in Denver that heard Utah's same-sex marriage case last week is hearing a similar Oklahoma case Thursday - and Utah Senator Orrin hatch, an opponent of gay marriage, says he is not optimistic about the ultimate outcome.

According to Utah Senator Hatch, lawyers for Utah same-sex marriage may be headed for final victory in the United States Supreme Court.

"But many people think the Supreme Court will find an equal protection or due process situation to allow gay marriage in every state," Senator Hatch told 2News.

The cases between Utah and Oklahoma will likely be decided together and Hatch believes the cases should be decided on state's rights.


(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) Emergency managers say the Salt Lake valley is about 30 years overdue for a major earthquake. Experts say the earthquake could range in magnitude from a 5.5 to 7.0. At 10:15 this morning earthquake drills known as the Great Utah ShakeOut were held across the Wasatch Front. At John C. Fremont Elementary School in Taylorsville, kids knew just what to do when they heard the rumble. Holly Menino was there to watch the kids complete the drill.

You can join in Thursday by registering and participating at your home or workplace.  For more, visit greatshakeout.org/utah

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) The Jazz season is over and today the team cleaned out their lockers. Ron talked to some of the players to hear what they thought about this past season!

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
(KUTV) Bank of America foreclosed on Michelle and Shelby Ashley's Ogden home in 2008 after the owners couldn't make their mortgage payments.

Michelle and Shelby say they didn't want to be foreclosed upon and had tried to work with the bank to modify their loan. They say it was difficult to work with the bank which kept losing their paperwork and often wouldn't answer their phones.

Michelle and Shelby's was a common complaint; one that landed Bank of America and other lenders in hot water. Several state's attorneys general banded together to go after the banks. Ultimately the banks agreed to pay $2.5 billion back to homeowners in what was called the National Mortgage Settlement.

That announcement was made in June of 2013 but eight months later Michelle and Shelby still haven't seen their roughly $1,480 cut.

They've sent additional information in to the settlement administrator and they've spent hours on the phone trying to get an answer to the simple question: where is the money?

"[The administrator says] just sometime in the future they'll be sending it," Shelby said. "They don't know when."

"I just want them to release the money," Michelle said.

Frustrated, Michelle and Shelby decided to Get Gephardt to investigate.

The National Mortgage Settlement was being administered by a Minnesota company called Rust Consulting, Inc. Rust deferred questions back to the attorneys general who brought the case, specifically the Iowa attorney general's office which spear-headed the whole lawsuit.

Calls to Iowa finally yielded some answers. Assistant attorney general Wade Theraway said that Michelle and Shelby are not alone in their wait. The banks have paid and in turn most victims were promptly paid. But approximately 20,000 people including Michelle and Shelby were delayed because of a taxpayer identification number problem. In those delayed cases, the victim's TIN didn't match with the social security administration's records.

Theraway said his office deliberately delayed payments to victims like Michelle and Shelby for about six weeks to make sure the money paid out would not have to be paid back in taxes due to the taxpayer identification number issue.

Sure enough, the time frame held true. Michelle and Shelby finally received their check about nine months after the settlement was announced.

The Utah attorney general's office says that a total of $10.5 million has been distributed to more than 7,000 Utahns who had trouble working with banks trying to avoid losing their homes thanks to the National Mortgage Settlement.

By Matt Gephardt
Produced by Michelle Poe
Photography by Brian Morris
Edited by Eric Bresee

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
(KUTV) "Don't let it spread to Utah" - that's what Senator Orrin Hatch is saying to BLM officials about the Nevada cattle battle.

"I don't want a Waco situation where there are deaths, and to devolve into that kind of situation," said Hatch in an interview with 2News Wednesday.

Senator Hatch says the entire Utah delegation has asked the Bureau of Land Management to avoid violence in the Cliven Bundy cattle battle.

The BLM obtained court orders and started rounding up Bundy's cattle.  They say he has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years - but Bundy says the land belongs to the state of Nevada, and he owes nothing.

Hatch says he wants to keep the problem in Nevada, where it is now.

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(KUTV) Kourtnie Bush wants to provide comfort and love for the many children being treated at Shriners Hospital for Children.

Kourtnie and dozens of classmates are helping in the Community of Caring class to make blankets for sick children. They are this week's Pay It Forward recipient.

You can help these teens help other children at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Blankets-for-Shriners/1398953150246107 or contact Shriners directly at http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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(CNN) -- Diplomats meeting for emergency talks on the crisis in Ukraine issued a joint statement Thursday aimed at de-escalating the tensions and ensuring the security of all Ukrainians.

It calls for all illegal armed groups to be disarmed, all illegally seized buildings to be returned to legitimate owners, and for all occupied public spaces to be vacated.

It also urges a halt to violence in Ukraine and condemned all extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including antisemitism, in the country.

The statement -- which appears to be the biggest step toward calming the situation in days -- followed talks lasting several hours between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his acting Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Deshchytsia and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Kerry, speaking alongside Ashton, said the sides had worked hard to narrow the differences between them.

But he stressed that the agreement was just words -- and that the proof of it would be in its swift implementation on the ground.

And he warned that Russia could face "further costs" if the situation does not de-escalate in line with the concrete steps set out in the statement.

All sides have agreed to ask for monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which already has a mission in Ukraine, to help implement the agreement, Kerry said.

Kerry said Ukraine's interim leaders had made an impressive commitment toward listening to the demands of people in different regions of Ukraine, including the restive east, for increased autonomy and had promised constitutional reforms.

He said the agreement offered the best prospect for a positive way forward for Ukraine.

Lavrov, giving a separate news conference, echoed the commitments of the joint statement, as well as stressing the need for Russian speakers in Ukraine to be protected from discrimination.

The emergency talks in Geneva were called in the hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine.

The unrest in the east, which shares a border with Russia, has been spiraling so fast it has left diplomacy behind in the dust, amid the worst crisis in East-West relations since the end of the Cold War.

Military base attacked

Kiev's embattled new leaders are struggling to reassert their authority in eastern towns largely controlled by armed pro-Russian separatists. They have tried dialogue and a show of force, both to little effect.

In the southeastern city of Mariupol, a gang of 300 attacked a Ukrainian military base Thursday, leading to gunfire between the two sides. In Donetsk, the self-declared chairman of the people's council said he wants a referendum by May 11 to ask residents if they wanted sovereignty.

And in Slaviansk, pro-Russian militants are firmly in control.

The Geneva gathering, held amid talk in the United States of fresh sanctions, was the first meeting since the crisis worsened.

Speaking earlier in the day in in a televised question-and-answer session, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the talks were important "to figure out how to get out of this situation."

However, he also reiterated his thoughts about Kiev's new interim government -- in place since pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February after months of protests -- calling it "illegitimate" and without a national mandate.

Presidential elections in May are taking place under "unacceptable conditions," he added

"If the elections are to be legitimate, the constitution of Ukraine needs to be revised," he said.

Attack on military base

Earlier Thursday, in bloodshed likely to overshadow the meeting, about 300 pro-Russian militants repeatedly attacked a military base in Mariupol, Kiev said.

Soldiers opened fire, killing three attackers, wounding 13 and detaining 63 others. But some soldiers surrendered.

"The 25th Airborne Brigade whose soldiers showed cowardice and laid down weapons will be disbanded," acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told parliament. "Guilty soldiers will stand before the court."

Vitaliy Naida, a senior counter-intelligence officer with Ukraine's security service, the SBU, said investigators are still trying to determine the nationalities of the 63 people detained in Mariupol.

He said 16 of them were not carrying ID at the time of arrest and that he was not able to confirm if any are Russian citizens at this stage.

Since March, officers have taken around 40 Russian citizens and their recruited Ukrainian agents into custody, he said. Five of these people have Russian military backgrounds.

Seeking another referendum

In an ominous echo of what happened in Crimea just weeks ago, the Donetsk People's Republic wants to follow that region's lead and hold a referendum early next month, said Denis Pushilin, the self-declared chairman of the people's council. The referendum will essentially ask residents which country they want to be a part of: Russia or Ukraine.

Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula last month after its predominantly Russian-speaking residents voted yes in a referendum.

The moved was deemed illegal by Kiev and the West, but Putin has repeatedly defended it.

"The threats to Russian-speaking people were absolutely clear, and that is why people of Crimea voted for their future and asked Russia for help," he said.

"Russia never planned any annexation, never, quite the contrary."

Putin also said Russian forces had been active in Crimea in order to support local defense forces, the first time he has acknowledged the deployment of Russian troops on the Black Sea peninsula.

The interim authorities in Kiev said Thursday that Ukraine has tightened its border controls while efforts to contain the uprising in the east continue.

Sergey Astahov, a spokesman for Ukraine's Border Service, told CNN that it is restricting the entry of Russian males aged 16 to 60, letting them enter only under exceptional circumstances. He said the tighter checks are due to the ongoing anti-terror operation announced this week by the government.

Russian airline Aeroflot also said on its website that Ukraine was imposing tighter border controls on Russian men and Ukrainian citizens registered in Crimea and the Crimean city of Sevastopol.

Russia is demanding an immediate official clarification from Ukraine regarding the steps taken by the Ukrainian border services, the Russian Foreign Minister said in a statement Thursday.

Threats of sanctions

Kiev and the West dispute Putin's claims that Russia is not involved in the current unrest in Ukraine's east. They accuse Moscow of backing the pro-Russian protesters, and point to the 40,000 Russian troops that NATO says are assembled near the Ukrainian frontier.

Moscow insists the troops are merely conducting exercises.

There are no Russian divisions in eastern Ukraine, Putin reiterated Thursday, adding that all evidence pointed to the groups causing the unrest being local residents.

He said the presence of tanks and planes constituted "a very serious crime" that authorities in Kiev were committing.

Moscow has warned in the past week that Ukraine was "on the brink of a civil war."

On Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said Russia's actions risk more sanctions for the country.

"What I've said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to destabilize Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences. And what you've already seen is the Russian economy weaker, capital fleeing out of Russia," Obama told CBS.

Obama has signed off on sending more non-lethal aid to the Ukrainian military, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Thursday.

The Pentagon is still not supporting lethal aid for Ukraine "because it could exacerbate the situation, which is what we do not want to do," a senior Pentagon official said.

"If we provide arms and ammunition, then we are in the fight. We don't want that."

Ukrainian lawmakers voted Thursday to reinstate military service in the country. Until it was dropped last year, it was compulsory for all males in Ukraine.

Lawmakers have now voted to bring it back because of what has been termed "Russian aggression." The legislation must still be signed off by the acting President.

Advance stalled

Since Yanukovych's ouster, Kiev's interim government has faced a wave of protests in the predominantly Russian-speaking east.

Pro-Moscow protesters took over government buildings in several cities.

And when Ukraine's armored vehicles rolled Wednesday, its attempt to take back eastern towns from pro-Russian militants seemed to stall.

In Donetsk, six armored vehicles sent into the nearby city of Kramatorsk in the morning later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slaviansk.

Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told CNN's Christiane Amanpour those Ukrainian soldiers "preferred to switch sides and join the people."

Ukraine's Defense Ministry said the vehicles had been seized by militants.

In Slaviansk, the atmosphere seemed more relaxed than it was a few days earlier, with many residents apparently welcoming the presence of pro-Russian forces and their seized military vehicles.

At the same time, on the road toward Slaviansk, CNN's Phil Black encountered a heavily fortified and well-organized police checkpoint and saw signs of a large military buildup. Attack helicopters passed overhead while armored vehicles and troop carriers rumbled by.

But despite the heightened military activity, there has so far been no effort to move into the town itself. Pro-Russian protesters were digging in and consolidating their power.

Gas supplies

Separately, in a reply to a letter from Putin in which he warned of gas supply disruption, the European Union said it was willing to hold talks with Russia and Ukraine on gas security.

"We believe that this approach allows for the most useful process with the Russian Federation and other third parties," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in his reply, released by the commission.

Russia supplies 30% of Europe's gas needs. It has threatened to cut off supplies to Ukraine because of debts.

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Laura Smith-Spark

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(KUTV) A new report shows that Utah has one of the highest payday loan rates in the nation.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune says the new study shows that Utah is one of only 7 states that allow payday loans – but doesn’t have any limits on loan rates.

The study also reports Utah lenders usually charge about 474% in annual interests – and that without a limit, loaners don’t seem to try to compete with each other for lower rates.

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(KUTV) Law enforcement witnesses explained several dash-cam videos on the stand Wednesday during the preliminary hearing for 17-year-old Meagan Grunwald, charged with aggravated murder for the shooting death of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride.

Grunwald - who is facing a long list of charges, including two counts of attempted aggravated murder - appeared emotionless in the Provo courtroom wearing a blue jumpsuit and shackles, as prosecutors called on witnesses to determine whether or not her case should go to trial.

One video, recovered from Sgt. Wride's patrol car shows Wride stopping to check on a white truck pulled over near Eagle Mountain on January 30. He gets out three times to get information from the occupants and returns to his patrol car, before the back window of the truck slides open and shots ring out.

Family members heard Wride gasp, taking his last breath, having been shot in the head.

His widow and some family excused themselves from the courtroom before the video played.

Noteworthy to prosecutors was the brake light on in the truck Grunwald was allegedly driving.

"Certainly, that shows that it was planned ahead, and we think the window opening up in advance as well shows that, 'We're getting ready, we've got a plan to get out of here,'" said Deputy Utah County Attorney Sam Pead. "And she's driving away before the final shots were fired."

Another video shows the scene where Utah County Sheriff's Dep. Greg Sherwood was shot in the head near Santaquin and critically injured.

Yet another video captures a carjacking in which two people run from the disabled white truck and steal a vehicle from a woman with a child.

Juab County Sheriff's Deputy Al Taylor described the scene where he and his fellow deputies finally captured Garcia-Jauregui, shooting him in the head. He died of a head wound on Jan. 31.

"His brain was exposed," Taylor said of the final scene, where he handcuffed a dying Garcia-Jauregui. "It was a bloody mess."

Jauregui asked the deputies for water and continued to struggle "like he was trying to break the handcuffs," Taylor said, before he made one final request.

"'Why don't you let me kiss my girlfriend with my last dying breath?'" Taylor said Jauregui asked before losing consciousness.

Taylor said Grunwald gave herself up but yelled, "You shot him in the head! You shot him in the head!"

Utah County Sheriff's investigator Greg Knapp testified last, speaking to the damaged cell phones that were recovered, allegedly belonging to Grunwald and Garcia-Jauregui.

"It was obvious somebody tried to destroy them," Knapp said.

On Grunwald's phone were pictures with Garcia-Jauregui and love notes from him, Knapp testified.

Cell phone records show pings at a tower near Eagle Mountain around the time of Wride's death, he said.

But Defense attorney Dean Zabriskie claimed his client was another victim of a tragic day.

"We have a 17-year-old girl - admittedly they had a close relationship - is now locked in a truck with a lunatic, shooting everything and everywhere he can," Zabriskie said.

Zabriskie suggested Grunwald could have had a gun to her head when she was driving.

"The fact is that we look at her as a victim. I don't want anyone here to think that we condone what happened. A brave, young man is now dead, and another one's horribly wounded. We feel very bad about that," Zabriskie said. "What we're trying to prove, though, is that she didn't have anything to do with that."

The hearing will continue with more of Knapp's testimony on Thursday morning.

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(CNN) -- The city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to dump millions of gallons of drinking water. Why?

Because someone urinated into a water reservoir.

Surprising still, this isn't the first time this has happened.

The latest incident took place about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Cameras captured three teens near the Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5. One of them approached the iron fence and apparently got close enough to relieve himself directly into the reservoir.

The three teens were apprehended, and the 50-million-gallon reservoir was taken offline for testing.

Thanks to the teens, the Portland Water Bureau will have to dump 38 million gallons of drinking water, said administrator David Shaff.

"Our customers have an expectation that their water is not deliberately contaminated," he said.

All three teens received citations for trespassing; one was cited for public urination.

Shaff told the Oregonian newspaper that the teen knew exactly what he was doing.

"It's stupid," Shaff told the newspaper. "You can see the sign that says: 'This is your drinking water. Don't spit, throw, toss anything in it.' He's four feet away from that sign."

Shaff was also the administrator when a similar incident took place in June 2011. Surveillance cameras caught a man urinating into an 8-million gallon reservoir.

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(KUTV) About 50 fire crews rushed to the blaze at 2680 East Evergreen in the Salt Lake County community of Millcreek.  Unified Fire Battalion Chief Brian Anderton said as soon as they got to the scene, crews realized they could only fight the blaze from the outside.  Tall trees and brush surrounding the property were also on fire. 

The homeowner was not home at the time, but his pets were.  A shark, three cats and a bird were unaccounted for at the time this story was posted. 

Hazmat crews and the Salt Lake County Health Department were on scene monitoring runoff from the fire to make sure it did not contaminate the nearby creek which provides irrigation water.   Anderton said tests of the water showed there was no contamination.

By: Cristina Flores

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(KUTV) The bike frame may look like it's made out of chicken wire, but developers out of Utah County are convinced it's going to take the cycling world by storm.

"It is the latest and greatest, this is the best thing of what you can get," says Ryun Noble, the company's bicycle designer.

The technology used on these road racing bicycles is known as Isotruss. It was developed by a BYU professor of engineering, who initially visualized the concept as a lightweight industrial structure to replace poles and support beams.

"We thought, let's take that and create a really cool-looking bike that's really light-weight and strong," says company CEO, Ed Christensen.

Isotruss made a brief appearance in the cycling world a few years ago, but lost traction. That's when a couple Utah businessmen jumped on board, picking up the technology, getting a worldwide patent and setting off creating the brand they call Razik.

"I can't wait for the world to see this," says Christensen. "This is going to change the bike industry."

The business has been working on a prototype bicycle for more than a year. Last weekend Razik launched their product at the Sea Otter Classic bicycle racing, in Monterey California.

"When we started the business, we were hoping to sell a few bikes in a year," says Co-Founder Doug Burrell, "but it looks like we'll exceed that in a couple months." Burrell says there are orders coming in from around the world.

The company takes great pride in the fact that their bikes are manufactured in the USA. Each one is handcrafted in their Springville office.

Executives say they're now working on a mountain bike concept that could be unveiled in the next couple months.

By: Chris Miller

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(KUTV) A series of break-ins at the University of Utah have campus police asking for the public’s help.

Three burglaries have occurred over the past three weeks with the most recent on Sunday.

All of the break-ins happened at the University’s Campus Store between midnight and 3:00am. More than $5,000 worth of products was stolen, including iPods, iPads, and other electronic items.

Anyone with information on the suspect or who say anything suspicious in the area is asked to call police. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The White House is scheduled to honor a leader of a Utah nonprofit for her work promoting solar power.

Kate Bowman is one of ten people nationwide to be recognized Thursday for directing solar-power projects in Utah neighborhoods and businesses.

She is the solar project coordinator for Utah Clean Energy.

The White House said in a statement that Bowman has helped Utah residents tackle logistical and financial issues to installing solar power panels.

Last year, she coordinated a solar project in Summit County.

Bowman first began working at Utah Clean Energy as an AmeriCorps member.

The White House says that nationwide, more new solar installations went up last year than ever before.

It says current solar power installed across the U.S. is enough to power more than 2.2 million homes.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 21-year-old Salt Lake City man has pleaded guilty to gun and hate crime charges after admitting he shot out windows at a Utah synagogue two years ago.

A federal grand jury indictment accused Macon Openshaw of intentionally shooting at the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in Salt Lake City sometime between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2012.

The Justice Department says he admitted in court on Wednesday he fired three rounds from a .22-caliber handgun at the unoccupied temple because of its religious identity.

Openshaw also admitted to possessing a handgun with a destroyed serial number.

His plea is part of a deal aimed at securing a five-year prison sentence. He also agreed to pay restitution for synagogue repairs.

His sentencing is July 15 before U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell.

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(KUTV) A man accused of abusing and killing an 11-month-old baby will hear the charges he faces in court Thursday.

Tyler Ryan Geary is charged with child abuse homicide for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s daughter after shaking her.

In a hearing earlier this month a judge ruled there is enough evidence in the case to take it to trial.

Geary says he is not guilty of the crime.

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(KUTV) Utah is a great place to live – but now one magazine says it’s good for the whole family.

Forbes Magazine has named two Utah towns as two of the best places in the country to raise a family. Ogden came in at number 3 and Provo took the 10th spot on the list. Forbes says Ogden is a good fit to raise a family due to low cost of living and high household income.

As for Provo, Forbes says it’s a great place for families due to low crime and good schools.

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(KUTV) One person was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after an accident between a car and a motorcycle.

Officials say the Unified Police Department responded to 6200 South 4800 W. around 6:30 a.m.

Details remain unclear but officials say the person on the motorcycle was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
 
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(KUTV) Sex crimes investigations will go online in Salt Lake City, in what Police Chief Chris Burbank described as "unprecedented access" to the case workings in the police department and the wider criminal justice system.

"The program and the plan will be moving forward, from the sake of transparency, to demonstrate what we go through to actually solve some of these cases," said Burbank, at a news conference.  "There will actually be a page that refers to the Code R Project."

So-called "Code R Kits" contain potential DNA samples that could be key in bringing justice to sex crime suspects; but hundreds of those kits have apparently never been sent by Salt Lake Police to the State Crime Lab for testing.

City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa raised the issue at Tuesday night's meeting of the council; on Wednesday, the chief was talking change.

"We will begin with the oldest kit that we have in our evidence room," said Burbank.  "And we will post a synopsis of the circumstances of that event."

The chief said sensitivity will be shown, so as not to "re-victimize" targets of sexual assaults.  He said information will be given on whether the kits are sent to the lab, and if they are, police will post the results, and "what databases have been searched."  Police will also note whether collected evidence goes to the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office, and whether prosecutors decide to file charges.

Burbank unveiled his plan, alongside DA Sim Gill, and Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires---who has oversight of the crime lab.  Despite limited funding, Squires seemed to commit lab resources to handle necessary testing.

"We're very encouraged, on behalf of our clients," said Holly Mullen, Director of Salt Lake's Rape Recovery Center.  "We are very encouraged that the chief listened - he took quick action.  He's on the path to making some changes."

But she said Burbank's plan "was not highly detailed."  Still, asked by 2News if the chief's outline gives her more confidence more cases will be vigorously investigated, Mullen responded, "Yes, it does.  I'm a firm believer in transparency and openness."

Mullen asserted care needed to be taken in online case narratives, specifically that "we don't start labelling people as uncooperative."

In defense of investigators, Burbank accused Councilman LaMalfa of misrepresenting the work of officers looking into sex crimes. 

"Where my officers and detectives took greatest offense is that...they're not doing their job appropriately," said Burbank.  "These individuals, without question---would do anything to make sure that successful prosecution, successful cases, are brought forward and people are held accountable for their actions.

For his part, LaMalfa noted how swiftly Burbank responded, less than 24 hours after Code R Kits concerns were raised.

Posts on sex crimes at slpd.com will begin on June 1.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A man charged with arson is asking a judge to throw out statements he made to police after the blaze because they were made in violation of his constitutional rights.

The 34-year-old Dustin Bowman is charged with arson in a Feb. 9 fire at a downtown Salt Lake City apartment complex that caused $6 million in damage. Nobody was inside the building, and no one was hurt.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Court records show his attorneys filed a motion this week saying investigators violated Bowman's Fifth Amendment right during interviews on Feb. 14-15.

Prosecutors say Bowman acknowledged setting the fire, saying he only wanted to start a small blaze.

A hearing to discuss the request has been set for May 14 at a federal court in Salt Lake City.

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(KUTV) In one month the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point will open its doors to the public.

Crews broke ground a year and a half ago on the 28.5 million project. The museum features five exhibits and more than 400 interactive experiences. 

By: Holly Menino

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(KUTV) A verbal altercation in West Valley resulted in shots being fired at an apartment complex.

Officials say two men, one in a car, and one in the parking lot, were arguing at the Dean Drive Apartment complex located at 4500 South Dean Drive.

Police say the man in the car pulled a gun and shot multiple rounds. Two bullets went into an apartment wall and struck a 17-year-old in the ankle. Officials say his injuries are not life threatening. He was taken to a local hospital.

Police are still investigating the incident and searching for the other individual involved.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)  Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says Medicaid expansion talks with federal officials are moving forward.

Herbert said Wednesday he again made the case in Washington, D.C., this week for a plan to cover low-income Utah residents in the private market, instead of the government program.

He says the plan was well received by White House staff members but its details must still be worked out.

Herbert says hopes by June to secure a lump of federal money for a three-year pilot program to help 110,000 Utah residents buy private health insurance.

The state estimates the program would cost $258 million in federal money during year one and about $280 million by year three.

Herbert, a Republican, has not outlined many specifics of the proposal or exactly how much flexibility he's seeking.

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(KUTV) The staging,  costumes, and  music combine together making a perfect union during the performances of Les Miserable at the Hale Center Theater in West Valley City.

The show will wrap up its run this Saturday and audiences have loved both the production and the cast. But unknown to audiences, a real-life drama has been taking place behind the scenes.

Lori Rees, a North Ogden resident and mother of two, had just been cast in the play back in November. It was a dream come true for her, but just as rehearsals were getting underway Lori discovered a lump in her breast. Right around Christmas doctors confirmed her fears; she had stage two cancer which would require surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

With the play not scheduled to open until February, Rees worried she would be replaced in the cast, but she wanted to be upfront with the directors and producers. Expecting the worst, she told them about her health. She was pleasantly surprised when they told her they wanted her to continue on in the production.

Throughout the run of the play Rees has been able to maintain the rigorous schedule of rehearsals and shows without missing a beat. During the production she has undergone both surgery and chemotherapy and has only had to miss a couple of performances. She credits her ability to work through her cancer to the support her family, friends and cast members have given her.

Throughout the run of this play Rees has learned a very valuable lesson. She said, "I would say, don't give up on things that make you happy. Whatever brings you joy, don't give up on that no matter how bad you feel. I think this is what gets you through the day."

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP)  Steven Powell wants the state of Washington to pay for court-ordered sex offender treatment he says was denied while serving time in prison for voyeurism.

Powell filed a motion in Pierce County Superior Court that will be heard on Friday.

The News Tribune reports  a response to the motion filed by a state lawyer for the Department of Corrections says Powell did not qualify for treatment in prison under the way he was sentenced.

The 64-year-old Powell was released last month after serving a 30-month sentence for taking photographs of two young neighbor girls.

Powell is the father-in-law of Utah mother Susan Cox-Powell, who disappeared in 2009. His son, Josh Powell, was a suspect before he killed himself and his two children in an explosive house fire in 2012.


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DONETSK, Ukraine (CNN) Pro-Russian militants appeared to tighten their grip on Ukraine's eastern town of Slaviansk on Wednesday as Ukrainian military forces massed nearby in an uneasy standoff.

On a day of fast-moving events in the restive region, officials in Transnistria, a separatist region in Moldova on Kiev's other border, turned to Moscow for recognition -- taking example from Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine last month.

In Donetsk, six armored vehicles sent into the nearby city of Kramatorsk in the morning later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slaviansk.

Ukraine's Defense Ministry said the vehicles had been seized by militants after they were "blocked by local residents, including representatives of Russian labeled subversive and terrorist groups."

As of mid-afternoon local time, the vehicles were located "near an administrative building in the center of Slaviansk, surrounded by men in armed uniform not related to the Armed Forces of Ukraine," it said. It was not immediately clear what had happened to the personnel in the cars.

State-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti said the crew of the vehicles had switched sides to join the protesters, while other reports said they had been seized by militants.

In Slaviansk, north of Kramatorsk and about 100 miles from the border with Russia, pro-Russian militants now appear to be firmly in control of the town, according to CNN's Nick Paton Walsh on the ground.

The atmosphere seemed more relaxed than it was a few days ago, with many residents apparently welcoming the presence of pro-Russian forces and their seized military vehicles.

At the same time, on the road toward Slaviansk, CNN's Phil Black encountered a heavily fortified and well organized police checkpoint -- and saw signs of a large military buildup. Attack helicopters passed overhead while armored vehicles and troop carriers rumbled by.

But despite the heightened military activity, there has so far been no effort to move into the town itself, he said, where the pro-Russian protesters are digging in and consolidating their power.

The unrest is a major test for the new interim government, as it seeks to hold Ukraine together ahead of elections scheduled for next month and to avoid bloodshed.

Putin: 'Brink of civil war'

The dramatic scenes in eastern Ukraine come a day after armored columns rolled through the farmland of eastern Donetsk province, proudly flying Ukrainian flags as residents watched and wondered what might come next.

Putin warned then that the escalating conflict in Ukraine "essentially puts the nation on the brink of civil war."

Although Ukraine has been more subdued in its characterization -- no doubt in part because of concerns that Russia might use violence as a pretext to intervene directly -- it's clear that the leadership's patience is wearing thin.

After days of urging pro-Russian militants to vacate buildings they have seized, on Tuesday they sent in troops.

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, announcing what he called an "anti-terrorist operation" to restore order to the country's east, said its aim was to "stop attempts to tear Ukraine to pieces."

Some success followed -- the President's office said Ukrainian special forces had taken control of the airfield in Kramatorsk by the end of the day. Witnesses had reported hearing gunfire and the sound of aircraft apparently coming from the airfield.

But the latest events in Donetsk province suggest the government strategy may be losing momentum.

Nearly 30 armed people seized the mayor's administration building in Donetsk city on Wednesday, spokesman Maksim Rovinskiy said. They are demanding federalization and a new law that paves the way for a local referendum, Rovinskiy said, adding that there had been no violence.

In addition, two Ukrainian soldiers, one of them an officer, have been taken hostage by "extremists," the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The soldiers were seized Tuesday near the town of Krasny Luch, in the Luhansk area, as they tried to fix a military vehicle by the roadside, the ministry said. It is working to secure their release.

Some locals gathered near Kramatorsk airfield Tuesday evening to see for themselves what was going on -- and to voice their unhappiness over the actions of the interim government in Kiev, which took power after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted following weeks of street protests.

One man told CNN the arrival of soldiers from elsewhere in the country would only deepen the divisions within Ukraine.

"We don't recognize that government's authority," he said. "We're normal people without arms; they came in on helicopters, shot at peaceful people. After all this, it's unlikely west will be friends with east."

Many protesters are calling for greater federalization, or devolution of power to the regions -- a demand Russia has also voiced and which Kiev has said it will consider. However, the Ukrainian government is determined to prevent the country from breaking up.

At the same time, while there is a strong pro-Russian sentiment in the region, it is not as widespread as was seen in Crimea -- annexed last month by Russia after a controversial referendum.

Breakaway Transnistria

Separately, Russia's state ITAR-Tass news agency reported that authorities in Moldova's breakaway Transnistria region had asked Russia to recognize the enclave as a sovereign independent state.

The request put forward by Transnistria's separatist parliament was addressed to the Russian Federation Council and President Vladimir Putin.

It was not immediately possible for CNN to independently confirm the report.

"Transnistria does not legally differ from the Crimea, and the process of reunification with Russia should be held on the Crimean scenario," Itar Tass quoted lawmaker Vyacheslav Tobuh as saying.

The report said a delegation of lawmakers from Transnistria would travel to Moscow on Thursday.

Until now, Russia has officially recognized Transnistria as being part of Moldova. Landlocked Transnistria is far from Russia, wedged between Moldova and Ukraine, with about 30% of its population ethnic Russian. A 2006 referendum in Transnistria produced a 97.2% vote in favor of joining Russia.

During a trip last month to Moscow, the speaker of Transnistria's separatist parliament urged Russia to incorporate the region. Moldova warned Russia not to consider any move to take over Transnistria in the same way it wrestled Crimea away from Kiev.

Ukrainian leaders and commentators have compared events in Crimea to what happened in Georgia in 2008. Then, cross-border tensions with Russia exploded into a five-day conflict that saw Russian tanks and troops pour into the breakaway territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as Georgian cities. Russia and Georgia each blamed the other for starting the conflict.

Diplomatic efforts

Amid mounting international concerns regarding eastern Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday the alliance had agreed on a package of further military measures to reinforce the Western military alliance's "collective defense" in light of the events in Ukraine.

"We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water and more readiness on the land," Rasmussen said, speaking after a meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium. He stressed NATO backs a political solution to the crisis and urged Russia to stop destabilizing Ukraine.

"Our decisions today are about defense, deterrence and deescalation. They are entirely in line with our international commitments," he said.

"They send a clear message NATO will protect every ally and defend against any threat against our fundamental security. This is our firm commitment."

Rasmussen said NATO fully backs talks due to take place Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The West has repeatedly called on Russia to withdraw some 40,000 troops that NATO says it has massed near Ukraine's border. Moscow insists they are merely conducting military exercises.

Asked if Russia was likely to be angry about NATO ground defense measures, Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, told reporters: "It will be very hard to see them as anything except for defensive measures, and they will be measures designed to assure our allies."

Lavrov: 'They are spreading lies'

The pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine's east follows Moscow's annexation of Crimea, a move that emboldened other pro-Russian Ukrainians in the country's east. Russia has said it reserves the right to intervene to protect the rights of ethnic Russians in the region.

But Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking Tuesday in Beijing, rejected accusations from the West that Russia is fomenting the unrest and supporting the militants.

"They make up lies to justify their aggressive plans. They are spreading lies, things that Russian Federation intended or not intended to do, alleging that Russia organized it all," he said.

"I have never heard such nonsense. What it means is to refuse one's own people the right to express their opinion and protest against lawlessness and discrimination."

By Laura Smith-Spark and Tim Lister

CNN's Tim Lister reported from Kramatorsk and Laura Smith-Spark wrote in London. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh, Kellie Morgan, Susannah Palk, Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Chelsea J. Carter, as well as journalist Azad Safarov, contributed to this report.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A backlog in processing evidence that could lead to more rape convictions in Salt Lake City has drawn the attention of city officials.

City council members on Tuesday questioned why no more than 21 percent of Salt Lake City rape kits collected from 2003 to 2011 have gone to a crime lab.

The kits include evidence such as semen and saliva. Advocates say the logjam prevents sexual assault cases from reaching prosecution.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says it takes six months to analyze a single DNA sample, and police prioritize cases they believe are most likely to go to trial.

Burbank also cites communications issues with the state crime lab.

Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Jennifer Seelig sponsored successful legislation this year to streamline the process.

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(KUTV) Cheryl Meyer, of Wright State University in Ohio, has literally written the book on women who have murdered their children.  Meyers has interviewed dozens of women, and reviewed more than 1,000 cases about the subject.  She details her work in the books, "Mothers Who Kill Their Children," and "When Mothers Kill."

We spoke to Meyer Tuesday via telephone; she classifies woman who kill in several different categories, including those who kill their children through neglect.  Then, she says, there are those who deny and conceal that they are even pregnant, and then kill their children within the first 24 hours of the infant's life. 

Meyer says Megan Huntsman, the woman who Pleasant Grove police say admitted to giving birth to, then killing six babies, falls into this category.

However, she says Huntsman is not typical of this categorization, " the average case is, they are 17-years-old, they have sex for the first time, they get pregnant for the first time, they are either denying they are pregnant or they are concealing it," says Meyer. 

Meyer goes on to say, almost all women who kill their infants within the first day of their life feel that they do not have any support from the people in their lives. One thing that crossed all our cases, no matter what category, was the amount of social support they have, most of the women did not think they had social support, even though you might have," says Meyer.

Meyer says there are only two cases that come even close to the amount of carnage allegedly left behind by Huntsman. She cites a case in Ocean City, Maryland, where a woman was charged with killing one of her infant children and keeping three older sets of fetal remains - but those charges were eventually dropped.  Another similar case involves Kenisha Berry, a Beaumont, Texas woman who bound and dumped her four day old baby boy in 1998, who later died.  Then, five years later, she attempted to do the same thing to a new born baby girl, the baby survived and Berry is currently on death row in Texas.

Meyer says Huntsman is somehow able to distance herself from the fact that she was pregnant, and Meyer says, it appears so was everyone else in Huntsman's life, including her estranged husband, Darren West.

"He's also somehow able to deny this and conceal that his wife is pregnant, and he is able to deny and conceal that these pregnancies ended. We don't know what she was telling him, but we also don't know how he could fail to notice that," says Meyer.

Meyer says other cases pale in comparison to Megan Huntsman's case, "What strikes me about her is that I can understand that you can do this, dissociate for one child, but to do that repeatedly over time.  Somewhere in there you would have had some moments of clarity, it strikes me that you would really have to have a capacity to, beyond anything that I can imagine, to just dissociate," says Meyer

By: Chris Jones

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(KUTV) President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' First Presidency was among a group of faith leaders who met with President Obama at the White House to discuss immigration reform. 

Uchtdorf said while the LDS Church has views that are very different from the president on some issues, on immigration there is common ground.  Uchtdorf said all the faith leaders present told the president they support immigration reform that honors common principles.  "I'm grateful we've focused on principles of our Christian faith to love our neighbor, our fellow man wherever they are regardless of place, nation, or time," he said. 

Uchtdorf also expressed hope that immigration reform would not be further delayed "by small things which can be resolved through common consent and common sense."  Last year, after the president proposed a plan that would give undocumented immigrants a chance to obtain citizenship, the Senate passed and immigration reform plan.  The matter though, was stuck in the House of Representatives.

By: Cristina Flores

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(KUTV) A new report shows the prosecution rate of rape cases in Salt Lake County is low at only 6%.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, in many instances of alleged sexual assault, forensic evidence is gathered but not analyzed.

A new report from Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank shows that nearly 79% of collected evidence was not forwarded on to the state crime lab.

In the report, Burbank says that issues with the state crime lab - including a lack of communication are a large contributing factor to this.

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(KUTV) The Stericycle company, responsible for incinerating medical waste, says they've been holding public meetings with residents of Tooele County, to educate them about what they do.

Wednesday's meeting at Grantsville High School was only attended by about a dozen people.

"It seems almost secretive to me and some of the meetings have been in the middle of the day when people are at work," said Grantsville resident, Laura Bullock-Hill, who admits her friends had no idea Stericycle was holding public meetings.

While Wednesday's meeting was scarcely attended, executives were grilled by an informed group of residents, concerned about the incinerator moving to their county.

"I want to know that they care about our health and they're not just in it for the money or in it for the economy," said Bullock-Hill.

The current Stericycle location in North Salt Lake has been a hotbed of controversy, primarily because the facility is surrounded by homes.

State Lawmakers recently approved moving the facility to Tooele County. The proposed location is in an isolated industrial zone, north of I-80.

"Near a single house, we're probably about 11 miles," said Selin Hoboy, Stericycle's VP of Legislative Affairs. "Probably to the nearest neighborhood, about 20 miles."

If the move does go through, Hoboy says it's several years away. Stericycle is currently trying to obtain licenses and permits. "We started moving forward to get the engineering drawings together so we can start applying for the conditional use permit and the solid waste permit and the air permit," she said.

In the meantime, Stericycle will remain active in its North Salt Lake location and will be required to meet new regulations and emissions standards that will take effect in October.

"This is still the best available technology for things like chemotherapy, drug waste and pathological waste," said Hoboy.

Stericycle says the next public meeting will be held at the Tooele County Building, on Wednesday, May 7, at 4pm.

By: Chris Miller

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(KUTV) Spring breakers are hitting up America's hot spots this time of year, and many come home regretting excessive drinking and the awful feeling of their first hangover.

University of Utah neuro-scientists say that the feeling of regret can be a good thing. Researchers are studying the brains of rats to see if they can make any headway in figuring out the human brain and how it reacts to excess alcohol, since rats have a very similar brain structure to humans.

While current studies are being done on rats you have to think about the human comparison. Teens and college students will often drink to excess, get sick, pass out and do one of two things: drink more the next time or stop because it's not fun to get sick. 

Sharif Taha a professor of brain behavior notes that "two people can have very different responses to the same dose of alcohol." 

Taha may have pin pointed a part of the brain that controls the response to binge drinking; explaining that "we need brain circuits that teach us to avoid potentially dangerous outcomes."

The lateral habenula found in both humans and rats may just be the Holy Grail to end addictive drinking. In a control group of rats with functioning habenula's, too much drinking and the ensuing hangover can prove to be a good thing. Taha says during the next drinking session "the rat will likely remember that awful feeling and suppress how much they're willing to drink."  The rats with a steady drip of alcohol and no habenula act like crazy teens on spring break. As opposed to the control group of rats that drink, but can sense their limits.

Taha says that his researchers find that the rats without the use of the habenula will drink the equivalent of four or five beers in half an hour. The inebriated rats with little to no self-control, had one thing in common, they were missing the habenula. Rats without this important part of their brain drink twice as much as the control group. 

Taha says of his study, "In the animals where this brain region has been deactivated, they escalate much more rapidly and maintain a higher rate of consumption than the control group." It is important to note, that because the tiny habenula seems to be invaluable in a rat's self-control with alcohol.  In the end that tiny region of the brain seems to act "as a brake pedal to regulating alcohol intake."

So what does this mean for the average human? Taha looks to the future saying, "this could provide a new target for therapeutics down the road, new medicines in treating alcohol addiction." This research will continue so scientists can figure out if this part of the brain makes the rats learn from their hangovers and not repeat the bad behavior or if it controls how sick or well you feel after drinking. That answer will help them find treatments for alcoholics and help people figure out how to gain control before getting to that point.

For more on the study: http://brain.utah.edu/research/taha/

By: Heidi Hatch

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(CNN) Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea night in a desperate effort to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry they were taking to a South Korean island resort sank with breathtaking speed.

Officials said four people were known dead and at least 164 had been rescued after the ferry Sewol swiftly listed and then capsized off the southwest coast of South Korea.

Nearly 300 others are missing, authorities said, but the exact number of passengers aboard the ferry was unclear amid the confusion of the rescue effort.

The bulk of those aboard were students and teachers from Seoul's Ansan Danwon High School heading to a four-day trip to Jeju, a resort island considered the Hawaii of Korea. More than 300 students and more than a dozen teachers from the school were on board, according to officials.

It was not immediately clear if the dead -- three males and a female -- were students, teachers, crew members or other passengers from the ferry.

The ship sank within two hours of its first distress call, which came just before 9 a.m., the semiofficial Yonhap News Agency reported. It's not known what caused the incident.

Helicopters, military vessels and fishing boats swarmed to the scene to help rescue passengers.

Survivors told CNN affiliate YTN that announcements on board the ferry, which also carries cars and shipping containers, ordered passengers to remain where they were after the ship began to violently list.

Others told passengers to jump into the water. Rescued student Lim Hyung Min was among those told to jump.

He told CNN affiliate YTN that he heard a loud bump just before the ship began to list and several off his classmates were flung off their feet. The crew ordered them to don life jackets and jump into the ocean, he said.

"I had to swim a bit to get to the boat to be rescued," he said. "The water was so cold and I wanted to live."

Water temperatures in the area are between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit (about 10 to 13 degrees Celsius), CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

Passenger Kim Seung Mok said that despite his efforts and those of others, he couldn't get to several passengers on one of the decks.

"I stayed till the last to rescue people at the hall," Kim told YTN. "But the water was coming in so fast (that) some didn't make it out."

Water temperatures, swift currents and low visibility appeared to be complicating the massive rescue operation, which involved dozens of South Korean military divers, sailors, marines and police officers.

The U.S. Navy ship USS Bonhomme Richard, on routine patrol in the area, diverted to the scene and was standing by in case South Korean officials ask for help, said Lt. Arlo Abrahamson, spokesman for the U.S. Navy in South Korea.

"The Republic of Korea has done a great job in their rescue efforts thus far," he said.

Divers from the South Korean navy searched three of the ship's compartments but found no survivors or bodies, Yonhap reported.

At Ansan Danwon High School, parents clutched their cell phones in an agonizing wait for a call from their children. Officials posted a list of names. Once a confirmation of a rescue came, they circled that name.

At one point, the school announced that all students had been rescued but soon backtracked, to the parents' wrath.

What could have caused the ship to sink so rapidly remained a mystery. The weather was clear at the time of the accident.

Peter Boynton, a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain, said the speed with which the ship sank suggested it had sustained "major damage." He also said that if the ferry's car deck had been breached, it could have quickly swamped the ship.

Battling against darkness, cold, swift currents and trying to find their way through a damaged, upturned ship, rescuers are "up against every sort of obstacle," said David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

"It's just an absolutely, positively horrific situation," he said. "It's nightmarish."

By Michael Pearson, Euan McKirdy and Stella Kim

CNN's Paula Hancocks contributed from Seoul; CNN's Frances Cha, Madison Park, Judy Kwon and Holly Yan also contributed to this report.

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

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

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

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

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

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