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Mark Kennedy grew up a Catholic, and a Harry Potter fanatic. Only one stuck. “I considered myself a nonspiritual person,” he said. He thought he was done with religion. And then he stumbled on the podcast “Harry Potter and the …

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  • San Juan County election maps must be redrawn again, U.S. judge rules
    Salt Lake City • The boundaries of election districts in a southeastern Utah county are unconstitutional and violate the rights of American Indians wh...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 09:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • In surrealist twist, Dali to be exhumed in paternity lawsuit
    Figueres, Spain • Salvador Dali’s eccentric artistic and personal biography is taking yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed rem...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 05:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sen. John McCain McCain gets bipartisan support in cancer fight
    Washington • Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and ai...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Baltimore reviews cases of police accused of planting drugs
    Baltimore • Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced a review Thursday of nearly 100 cases involving three officers who appear in a body camera video that...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 03:03 pm   |     |   Share



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  • Heavy Utah rains damage several homes, injures woman
    Salem, Utah • Official say heavy rains in northern Utah have left nearly 100 Salem homes flooded or damaged. According to city officials, about two in...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 01:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Callista Gingrich of Virginia, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to become U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) The fierce challenges Callista Gingrich will likely face as Vatican ambassador
    After President Barack Obama took office in 2009, his administration floated two names for the position of ambassador to the Vatican: Caroline Kennedy...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 09:29 am   |     |   Share
  • 19-year-old firefighter killed by falling tree in Montana
    Missoula, Mont. • A 19-year-old firefighter died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a small blaze in western Montana, officials ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 01:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014 file photo, Chester Bennington poses in the press room at the 25th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Inglewood, Calif. The Los Angeles County coroner says Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of rock, hip-hop and rap, has died in his home near Los Angeles. He was 41. Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File) Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies in LA at 41
    Los Angeles • Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially success...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 08:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pelosi speaks to ailing Scalise, says he sounds wonderful
    WASHINGTON • House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she has spoken with Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 01:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Deedra Abboud, a Democrat who is challenging Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake for his seat next year, poses for a photo in Scottsdale, Ariz., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Abboud, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, has received support from the person whose seat she is trying to take after people online bombarded her with attacks on her Muslim faith. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan) Commentary: Arizona Senate candidate under attack for being Muslim
    She’s a challenger to U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. A native of Little Rock, Ark. A Phoenix attorney and civil rights activist. An independent turned Democrat...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 12:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Former President of the Spanish Football Federation Angel Maria Villar, right, is lead by Spanish Civil Guard policeman to enter the Federation headquarters during an anti-corruption operation in Las Rozas, outside Madrid, Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  Villar, FIFA’s senior vice president and a long-time player in world soccer, was arrested Tuesday along with his son and two more federation executives in an anti-corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) Judge denies bail for Spanish federation president and son
    Madrid • A judge denied bail for the Spanish football federation president, his son and a federation vice president arrested in an anti-corruption pro...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 12:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 27, 2013, file photo, North Korean soldiers turn and look towards leader Kim Jong Un as they carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs have without doubt come at a severe cost. Even so, the North has managed to march ever closer to having an arsenal capable of attacking targets in the region and _ as demonstrated by its July 4 ICBM test launch _ the United States’ mainland. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) The cost of N. Korea’s nukes? Less than 1 aircraft carrier
    PYONGYANG, North Korea • When North Korea decided to go nuclear, it committed to a huge investment in a program that would bring severe sanctions and ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 12:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he plans to stay in role, despite Trump’s comments about him
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he plans to stay in his job despite the president’s public assertion that he would not have nominate...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 09:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Syrian displaced family who fled from Raqqa city the battle between U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State militants, sit outside their tent at a refugee camp, in Ain Issa town, northeast Syria, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The U.S. military is supporting local Syrian forces in a campaign to drive IS from Raqqa. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) Some 250 residents join U.S.-trained security force for Raqqa
    Ain Issa, Syria • Some 250 residents of Syria’s Raqqa province Thursday became the latest batch to graduate from a brief U.S. training course, part of...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 06:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • This June 29, 2017 photo shows the Marriott Hotel in Baltimore’s Harbor East district. In sales brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the “stunning visual effect” its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan school and a 33-story hotel on Baltimore’s waterfront.  Those same panels also were used in London’s Grenfell Tower. British authorities are examining whether the panels helped spread the fire that ripped across the apartment building’s outer walls, killing at least 80 people. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) U.S. hotel, NFL arena may sport flammable panels similar to those in Grenfell Tower
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    Updated Jul 20 2017 06:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • Five women who were hanged as witches 325 years ago at Proctor’s Ledge during the Salem witch trials are being remembered in a noon ceremony at the site of their death, pictured here, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Salem, Mass. Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Wildes were hanged as witches on July 19, 1692. It was the first of three mass executions at the site on Proctor’s Ledge. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) Five killed in Salem witch hunt remembered on 325th anniversary of hangings; memorial unveiled
    Salem, Mass. • The Massachusetts community where 20 people suspected of witchcraft were put to death in 1692 unveiled a memorial to 19 of those victim...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Vice President Mike Pence, third from right, accompanied by former Mayor of Cincinnati Ken Blackwell, fourth from right, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, second from right, and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, right, gavels in for the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Trump suggests states that refuse to comply with request for voter info have something to hide
    Washington • President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged members of his new voter fraud commission to approach their task with “a very open mind,” despi...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 10:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks at a news conference in Chicago, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, where he announced the identity of James Byron Haakenson, of Minnesota, as one of the victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The teenager had left his home in 1976 and was last heard from in August of that year when he called his mother and told her he was in Chicago. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam) Body found in John Wayne Gacy’s crawl space identified as Minnesota teen more than 40 years later
    Chicago • After running away from his Minnesota home in 1976, 16-year-old Jimmy Haakenson called his mother, told her he was in Chicago, then disappea...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 09:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivers his speech titled ’America’s Enduring Commitment to Security and Prosperity in Asia’ at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Distinguished Public Lecture on Friday, June 3, 2016 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and other Utahns laud ‘American hero’ John McCain, who is diagnosed with brain cancer
    Washington • Arizona Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye last week, his offic...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 11:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 13, 2017 file photo, emergency personnel walk near the crime scene where four bodies were found in Central Islip, N.Y. Federal prosecutors have quietly unsealed an indictment saying three members of the MS-13 street gang were among those responsible for the April massacre of four young men found hacked to death in the park, near a soccer field. The victims were identified as a 16-year-old, a 20-year-old and two 18-year-olds, including one visiting from Florida. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) At least 15 arrested in MS-13 gang killings in New York
    Central Islip, N.Y. • At least 15 members of the MS-13 street gang have been arrested on murder and other charges following a spate of bloodshed that ...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 09:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Flames from a backfire burn as CalFire crews battle the wildfires near Mariposa, Calif., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  Record rain and snowfall in the mountains this winter was celebrated for bringing California’s five-year drought to its knees, but it has turned into a challenge for firefighters battling flames feeding on dense vegetation, officials said.  (AP Photo/Noah Berger) Wildfire tears through mountains near Yosemite National Park
    Mariposa, Calif. • A surging wildfire raced through California mountains and foothills west of Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, forcing thousands ...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 09:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • The main entrance to the  headquarters of the publicly funded BBC in London, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The BBC published the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters, Wednesday, compelled by Britain’s government to publish the salaries of on-air talent which had previously been secret, revealing that its highest-paid star, radio host Chris Evans, earns more than 2.2 million pounds ($2.9 million) a year.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) BBC forced to disclose salaries of top-earning stars
    London • The publicly funded BBC was forced to publish the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters Wednesday, unleashing a nat...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Saudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without charge
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates • Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that a woman who was detained after wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral has ...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2007 file photo, O.J. Simpson lawyer Yale Galanter talks to the media outside Clark County Justice courtroom after Simpson’s arraignment in Las Vegas. On Thursday, July 20, 2017 O.J. Simpson faces a parole board hearing in Nevada. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) Television networks to broadcast O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing at a Nevada prison
    New York • Television networks will interrupt this presidency on Thursday to revisit an old obsession. ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, HLN and...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 08:57 pm   |     |   Share