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The American Airlines pilot and West Jordan resident who died mid-flight on Monday had heart problems for years — but his wife said he had been feeling better than ever in the days and weeks before his death. Michael Johnston …

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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Rod Elmer patrols along I-15 in the Salt Lake City, Thursday, October 8, 2015, during a blitz to enforce laws about who is allowed in the freeway express lanes.
Utah Highway Patrol blitz will target express-lane violators
    Highway Patrol Officer Rod Elmer says it never takes long to find violators in the carpool lanes on Interstate 15. After all, state studies show that ...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 01:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, pauses during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just days into his long-shot bid for speaker of the House, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah is already butting heads with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. At issue is whether or not he’s ever invited her out for burgers. The two lawmakers share a birthday: March 26 (Pelosi was born on that date in 1940, Chaffetz in 1967). Utah’s Chaffetz sees opening in speaker’s race with frontrunner’s withdrawal
    Washington • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew from the speaker’s race on Thursday just as fellow Republicans were set to nominate him for...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 01:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah mom accused of smothering her son ordered to stand trial on charges
    A West Valley City mother was ordered to stand trial for murder on Thursday, accused of smothering her 13-month-old son last year. Kim Hawkins, 24, wa...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 01:18 pm   |     |   Share
    Pain doesn’t go away on its own, here’s how to fix it for good
    Chad Tenney, Owner and Physical Therapist, at Utah Physical Therapy, Inc. sees everything. As the Physical Therapist for the Winter Olympic Institute ...
    Updated Sep 24 2015 04:31 pm   |     |   Share

    Trib Talk: Are the Utes ready for the spotlight?
    It’s a good time to be a University of Utah football fan. This week, the AP ranked undefeated Utah at No. 5 in the nation, the team’s best position in...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 12:58 pm   |     |   Share

  • Federal judge: Utah prosecutors did not intentionally intercept privileged emails
    A federal court judge on Thursday declined to sanction government prosecutors following accusations that the U.S. attorney’s office for Utah intercept...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 02:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
People stream into the main convention hall as they doors are opened at the opening day of Comic Con in Salt Lake City, Thursday, September 23, 2015.
Man indicted for allegedly pretending to be federal agent to get into Comic Con
    A Layton man has been charged with allegedly pretending to be a federal agent in pursuit of a fugitive in order to get a VIP pass into Salt Lake Comic...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 11:18 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah woman charged for allegedly stabbing, trying to kill mom
    A Murray woman has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking her mother in West Valley City earlier this week. Dianna Sue Robles, 3...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 01:44 pm   |     |   Share
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., 75, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, for the first time since he suffered an eye injury and broken ribs on New Year's Day, when a piece of exercise equipment he was using broke and sent him smashing into cabinets at his new home. Reid sais his re-election bid in 2016 is on track even though he's been sidelined by an exercise accident. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) News roundup: Harry Reid sues maker of exercise band that he says left him blind in one eye
    Harry Reid sues maker of resistance band that he says left him blind in one eye. House conservative group backs Webster, not Chaffetz. Rubio fundraise...

    Updated Oct 08 2015 06:06 am   |     |   Share

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and his wife Julie walk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, prior to a vote to replace outgoing House Speaker John Boehner. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the front-runner in the race to become the next speaker, but he faces two Republican opponents who are trying to draw some of his support. Chaffetz and three-term Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida both say they can bring a needed fresh perspective to GOP leadership, unlike McCarthy, who has served as majority leader under Boehner. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for speaker, what’s next is unknown
    Washington • In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his candidacy for House speaker Thursday, throwing Congress’ Republican leade...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 11:52 am   |     |   Share
  • Hurricane police find driver missing after rollover crash
    Hurricane police have contacted the driver of a car that crashed overnight and rolled. He was reported to be alive and apparently well. Police said th...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 11:43 am   |     |   Share
  • Bomb threat made to Salt Lake City Library; nothing found
    Police bomb experts and explosive-sniffing dogs were at the downtown Salt Lake City Library site late Thursday morning after bomb threat reportedly wa...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 10:18 am   |     |   Share
    FILE--In this Dec. 9, 2013, file photo, firearms evidence is on display during a news conference in Portland, Ore.  With a stronger Democratic majority in the Oregon Legislature, gun safety advocates are hoping the third time will be the charm on a bill to expand the use of background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Jamie Francis, file) Trib Talk: Guns and mental health
    Last week’s mass shooting in Oregon brought a new wave of familiar political rhetoric, with Democrats calling for tighter gun laws and Republicans foc...
    Updated Oct 07 2015 12:54 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Salt Lake City Police

SLCPD Seeking Identity of Bank Robbery Suspect. Cops hunt for east Salt Lake City female bank robber
    Police are hunting for a woman who held up an east Salt Lake City bank. The suspect — described as a white female, 5-foot-6, 180 pounds and about 30 y...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 12:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, a Frontier Airlines employee directs passengers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland. There are few businesses that consumers love to hate more than airlines, but travelers seem to reserve a special level of vitriol for the no-frills, discount airlines. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) Some travelers love to hate the new discount airlines
    Dallas • When the delay on his 90-minute flight stretched past the four-hour mark, David Rankin started tweeting to Spirit Airlines as he and other pa...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:30 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE  - In this Nov. 30, 2006, file photo, a young girl watches through the glass as a killer whale passes by while swimming in a display tank at SeaWorld, in San Diego. SeaWorld wants to greatly expand the tanks it uses to hold killer whales in San Diego but animal rights activists are opposed, saying breeding the animals in captivity is cruel no matter the size of the tanks. A state agency is expected to consider Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, how much regulators should weigh in on the $100 million proposal for the marine-theme park. (AP Photo/Chris Park, File) California agency to eye bigger whale tanks at SeaWorld
    Long Beach, Calif. • SeaWorld wants to greatly expand the tanks its uses to hold killer whales in San Diego, but animal rights activists fear the plan...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:30 am   |     |   Share
    News roundup: Donald Trump’s plan to stay the GOP front-runner
    Donald Trump’s plan to stay as front-runner. NYTimes profiles Chaffetz. Medicaid expansion plan gets first hearing and doctors don’t like it. Happy ...

    Updated Oct 07 2015 01:46 pm   |     |   Share

  • T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Vice Chairman for the National Transportation Safety Board, answers questions about the search and investigation as Thomas Roth-Roffy, investigator in charge for the NTSB, left, and Capt. Mark Fedor, 2nd from right, chief of response, U. S. Coast Guard 7th District and Capt. Jason Neubauer, right, Chief for Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis, U. S. Coast Guard listen, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Coast Guard and NTSB held a news conference aboard Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in regards to the missing Jacksonville-based cargo ship El Faro. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union via AP) Finding recorder key to solving the sinking of cargo ship
    Jacksonville, Fla. • Investigators trying to determine why a 790-foot cargo ship stalled and sank in the howling winds of Hurricane Joaquin (wah-KEEN’...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Report: Oklahoma used wrong drug in January execution
    Oklahoma City • Oklahoma used the wrong drug to stop an inmate’s heart during an execution in January, according to an autopsy report obtained by a ne...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich speaks in Minsk, Belarus. Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, for works that the prize judges called Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize
    Stockholm • Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for works that chronicled the great tragedies of the S...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:24 am   |     |   Share
    File photo — Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks at a primary election night rally Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Manchester, N.H.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Jon Huntsman backhands Jason Chaffetz over speaker bid
    So far the biggest criticism of Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s campaign to become House speaker comes from the man who gave Chaffetz his start in politics — Jo...
    Updated Oct 06 2015 07:56 pm   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this May 29, 2015 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, UEFA President Michel Platini, center, and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, right, are engaged in conversation during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 file photo FIFA provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter, UEFA President Michel Platini and the former secretary general Valcke for 90 days. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP) FIFA suspends Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for 90 days
    Zurich • Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, the man who had been favored to take over as FIFA leader, were both suspended for 90 days Thu...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Israeli medics tend to wounded Palestinian man after he stabbed a few Israelis in an attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2015. Israeli police says a soldier shot and killed an Arab attacker after he stabbed four people with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) Attacks continue, Israel bars ministers from Jerusalem site
    Jerusalem • Israeli troops shot and killed an Arab who stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver on Thursday amid new Israeli-Palestinian violence that...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • House GOP to vote for new speaker, but won’t be last word
    Washington • Divided House Republicans are meeting to vote on a new speaker as the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, faces a...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Asiah Lewis comes home to her apartment in Summerton, S.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, three days after severe flooding forced her and other residents to evacuate. The apartment Lewis shares with her four children and her mother took on about six inches of water as record rainfall drenched South Carolina. Now her family is staying at a shelter with no guarantee how quickly the apartment will be cleaned and repaired. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum) Receding floodwaters lead to homecoming heartbreak
    Summerton, S.C. • The pungent stench of mildew greeted Asiah Lewis when she came home to her apartment, her footsteps making squishing sounds on the c...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, during a campaign stop at the Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Clinton subject to hack attempts from China, Korea, Germany
    Washington • Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server, which stored some 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, was the subj...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:18 am   |     |   Share
  • VW’s US CEO to face tough questions in congressional hearing
    Washington • Volkswagen’s top U.S. executive is expected to face tough questions on Capitol Hill as the emissions-rigging scandal enveloping the world...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 08:18 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Bee Keeper Denise Hunsaker, President of the Wasatch Bee Keepers Association is passionate about bees. It was five years ago that a friend got her interested and started her with her first hive. Since then her love has grown and she loves educating the public about the importance of the honey bee. Denise Hunsaker: I love bees
    Bee Keeper Denise Hunsaker is passionate about bees. As President of the Wasatch Bee Keepers Association she loves informing the public about the impo...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 09:16 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah forecast: Is this autumn on the Wasatch, or fall on Bizarro World?
    Sweaters one day, shorts and sandals the next. Is this nearly mid-October in Utah, or some sort of Supermanesque, Bizzaro World autumn, for crying out...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 09:01 am   |     |   Share
  • Missing Layton girl found — returning to school she left on Wednesday
    A 12-year-old Layton girl was found alive and safe Thursday at the same place she disappeared from the day before: her school. Layton police had issue...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 09:23 am   |     |   Share
  • Police arrest ‘Most Wanted’ fugitive in West Valley
    Police in West Valley City on Wednesday night arrested a man suspected of burglarizing multiple homes, trading stolen guns for street drugs and robbin...
    Updated Oct 07 2015 10:35 pm   |     |   Share