Jeff Parrott is a journalist on Deseret News’ Rapid Relevance team with a focus on politics and national stories. He is a former U.S. Army officer, an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran and a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School. If not in the newsroom, Jeff can usually be found in Utah’s public lands with a pair of hiking boots and a fly rod.

Health officials warned the White House they may need more time to review coronavirus booster shot research before rolling out a massive national plan for shots.
In a new policy announced this week, Alaska Airlines will require all new employees to have the coronavirus vaccine.
Only men are required to register for the Selective Service System, but House and Senate committees have approved expanding the draft to women.
Texans no longer need firearms training or a permit to open carry a hand gun in the Lone Star State, joining about 20 other states with similar laws.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned communications companies that if they turn data over to the House select committee, the GOP would remember
More than 71,000 Afghan and Pakistan civilians have been killed as a result of the war in Afghanistan, according to a Brown University study.
Nuclear weapons talks between the United States and North Korea stalled during the former President Donald Trump administration.
Now 30-year-old Spencer Elden — who’s father was friends with the photographer — says he has suffered because of the photo.
Both Pfizer and Moderna are studying the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines on children ages 5 to 11 years old.
Both the Pfizer-BioNTech, which is now fully FDA approved, and the Moderna vaccine have followed similar timelines are are popular in the United States.
A veteran’s struggles to find the words and emotions to express his feelings about Afghanistan and his gratitude that others have written down a history of the war.
One of the fossilized jawbones was larger than others found in the area, so scientists named it after a shapeshifting character from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”
The Bennu asteroid, which stands as tall as the Empire State Building, most likely would collide with Earth on Sept. 24, 2182. But NASA isn’t too worried.
The United States is deploying thousands of combat troops to Afghanistan to help secure the withdrawal of embassy staff in Kabul.
Not wearing a mask or fighting with airline staff can lead to expensive fines and criminal charges.
A gallon of gasoline is up around a dollar from last year, with Utahns paying some of the highest prices at the pump.
German officials are encouraging 8,600 people to get the coronavirus vaccine because of the alleged shot swap.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will replace Andrew Cuomo when he formally leaves the governor’s office in two weeks.
Health studies and pediatrics warn that children, some who are not yet eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, are susceptible to long COVID.
The Senate has agreed to the move forward with an infrastructure bill, as the House weighs whether or not it will vote on the bill this week.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III said he was planning to mandate all military service members get the coronavirus vaccine.
The U.S. Air Force said the unmanned aircraft had been on its way back to Grand Forks Air Force Base and no one had been injured at the crash scene.
The announcement was praised by child safety organizations, but has led to concerns of privacy and surveillance by a tech company.
Is there life on Mars? NASA latest Mars mission is getting closer to finding out.
A U.S. firearms trade association rejected the Mexican government’s accusation that American gun companies’ business practices had resulted in violence in Mexico.
The Biden administration also announced new proposed regulatory standards that it says will address climate change and keep automotive jobs in America.
Politico reported that the Islamic State is using the new, pro-Trump social media platform GETTR to post graphic propaganda material.
The Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care said a young, black bear named Tamarack has answered the call of the wild, but still needs medical care.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization called for a moratorium on coronavirus boosters while low incomes countries struggle with vaccine supply shortages.
In a letter published by The New York Times, former Department of Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar says vaccines could end the coronavirus pandemic.