October 26, 2009 Three weeks after Chicago's first-round rejection in the bidding for the 2016 Summer Games, Olympic athletes and sports executives are demanding major change in the U.S. Olympic Committee. At stake, some say, is support for American athletes and the quest to host Olympic Games in the United States.
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October 24, 2009 Everett Ruess, a legendary Utah explorer, writer and artist, has been missing for 75 years. Earlier this year, it seemed the cold case had been solved when human remains found in the Utah desert apparently tested positive as his. But doubts lingered, and now the mystery of the missing artist lives again.
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October 7, 2009 The acting CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee has stepped down five days after Chicago's stunning first-round elimination in the bidding for the 2016 Olympics. Stephanie Streeter took the helm of the USOC just seven months ago; she was the group's fifth CEO in nine years.
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October 3, 2009 The Windy City's political talents were offset by new rules meant to protect International Olympic Committee voters from the sort of influence peddling that might have worked in the past.
October 2, 2009 Six years after being rescued, Elizabeth Smart had never told her story in public or in court until Thursday. The 21-year-old publicly described the nine months in which she was held as a plural wife and sexually assaulted by Brian David Mitchell, an itinerant preacher declared mentally incompetent by a state court.
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October 1, 2009 Six years after being rescued, 21-year-old Elizabeth Smart for the first time publicly described the nine months in which she says she was held as a plural wife and sexually assaulted by Brian David Mitchell. The itinerant preacher has been declared mentally incompetent by a state court.
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October 1, 2009 The Obama administration says Chicago winning its bid for the 2016 Olympics would be good for the city's economy. The same argument has been made by many Olympic bidders — but the proof is sketchy.
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September 25, 2009 Prosecutors asked a federal judge to allow Smart to testify in the competency hearing of the itinerant street preacher who allegedly forced her at knife point from her bedroom in 2002 and held her for nine months as a second wife. Ed Smart says his daughter's testimony will help show Brian David Mitchell is sane.
September 24, 2009 Bode Miller announced his skiing and Olympic plans at a news conference in Los Angeles on Thursday. Miller quit the U.S. Ski Team two years ago and formed his own ski training team.
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September 18, 2009 Smart is scheduled to testify Oct. 1 at a federal competency hearing in the case of street preacher David Mitchell, accused of kidnapping her from her Salt Lake City home when she was 14.
September 16, 2009 A federal judge in Utah will not send Jeanne Redd, 59, and Jericca Redd, 37, to prison for digging up and trafficking in ancient American Indian artifacts from federal and Indian land. They instead received probation in the first guilty pleas resulting from a two-year federal sting targeting an artifacts black market.
September 11, 2009 Shannon Bahrke and Michelle Roark are turning heads at the U.S. Olympic Media Summit in Chicago. The moguls ski champs aim to be business moguls off the slopes: Bahrke is taking a turn at coffee-roasting, while Roark is turning out "Phi-nomenal" perfumes.
September 2, 2009 An International Olympic Committee report released Wednesday boils Chicago's drive for the 2016 Summer Olympics down to a simple and familiar point: Show us the money.
A firefighter monitors a fire in the suburb of Glendale on the outskirts of Los Angeles
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September 1, 2009 With thousands of homes threatened in six states, the nation's wildfire response system has kicked into a higher level of alert and preparedness — even though it has been a relatively mild year for the blazes.
A hiker takes in a view of rock formations at Utah's Zion National Park that rise more than 3,000 feet above the canyon floor.
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August 27, 2009 A tunnel, carved into a canyon wall, opened up Zion to visitors in the 1920s. An engineering marvel, it became nearly as much of an attraction as the park itself. As part of the park's centennial celebration, the tunnel was opened to nighttime explorers.
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