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  • Utah refugee women celebrate reaching goals, and talk a little bit about Donald Trump December 4, 2016
    Sama Alkilani needed a push. “Growing up, I was identified as a smart kid,” Alkilani, 23, said Saturday, at a celebration for Women of the World, a Utah volunteer organization that helps refugee and immigrant women achieve self-reliance. Finding motivation was harder for Alkilani, who was born in Iraq, grew up in Jordan, and came […]
  • Utah veterans commemorate 75 years since Pearl Harbor attacks December 4, 2016
    The tale of a Utah airman’s actions on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked and in the subsequent World War II wrought thunderous applause from veterans and military history enthusiasts Saturday night. Tucker Davis, the keynote speaker at an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the battle, shared the stories he grew up hearing from […]
  • Experts at the U. warn against overhyping precision medicine December 4, 2016
    Though precision medicine offers an exciting opportunity for personalized health care, experts this week cautioned officials against overhyping its impact. “We can’t just do sequencing: we have to couple that with clinical trials, and we have to demonstrate improved outcomes and that it is cost effective,” said Scott Tomlins, an assistant professor of genitourinary pathology […]
  • Training Table restaurants close in Utah as family wages ownership battle in court December 4, 2016
    While Utah diners were mourning the abrupt closure of Training Table restaurants this week, a battle between the father and daughter who co-own the Utah hamburger chain is being waged in court. The Training Table — a “Utah original” where customers dialed in their orders from phones on their tables — announced the closure of […]
  • Police seek to unravel intent of boy who fired shotgun into Bountiful school ceiling December 4, 2016
    Police on Friday remained baffled about why a 15-year-old Bountiful boy took a shotgun to school, blasting a classroom ceiling before his own parents wrestled him to the floor. “We haven’t been able to talk with the boy in any detail, due to his [exercising] his rights [to not answer questions],” Bountiful police Lt. Dave […]
  • Trump talks about how he 'trounced' Evan McMullin in Utah December 4, 2016
    Donald Trump hasn’t forgotten about Utah’s fascination with Evan McMullin, but that doesn’t mean the president-elect remembers the name of the independent candidate he “trounced.” Trump talked Thursday about McMullin’s support in the lead-up to Election Day, never referring to him by name and wondering what McMullin was “going to prove.” “Remember when they said, […]
  • Utah prison inmate ordered to stand trial for fellow inmate's killing December 4, 2016
    One of two Utah State Prison inmates charged in the March slaying of a fellow prisoner — who allegedly belonged to a rival gang — has been ordered to stand trial for murder. Jeffrey Ray Vigil, 24, was assaulted and stabbed March 14 in a common area of the Draper prison’s Oquirrh I housing unit […]
  • Roy mail carrier comes to the aid of man who fell from his boat December 4, 2016
    Ogden • Harold Muir and his family are grateful this season for a mail carrier named Paul Littrell of Roy. Muir is recovering from a broken ankle and a concussion, which he suffered after falling from the back of his boat on Oct. 31. “If it wasn’t for him, who knows how long I would’ve […]
  • Orem police find woman who was reported missing December 4, 2016
    Orem police located a 28-year-old woman who was reported missing Friday. The woman was reported missing about 2:30 p.m. near 1100 West and 600 North and was found “safe and sound” about 6 p.m., according to a tweet from the Orem Police Department. mnoble@sltrib.com Twitter: @mnoblenews
  • Universities across U.S. exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants December 4, 2016
    Albuquerque, N.M. • Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves “sanctuary campuses” amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump. College administrators in New Mexico — the state with the highest percentage of Latino residents— are looking into proposals that would grant immigrant students living […]

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  • Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial December 4, 2016
    WASHINGTON • U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who’s accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If […]
  • Nine killed in Oakland warehouse fire December 4, 2016
    Oakland, Calif. • Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic-music party, killing at least nine people and making the charred structure unsafe for emergency crews to enter. Officials said they feared the death toll could rise as high as […]
  • Trump tweets that Taiwan 'CALLED ME,' shrugs off fuss December 3, 2016
    Beijing • President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan’s leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China. The U.S. severed diplomatic ties with the self-governing island in 1979 but has maintained close unofficial relations and a commitment to support its […]
  • Russia bets on Trump as gateway to eased sanctions December 3, 2016
    WASHINGTON • Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. For that, he may need a hand from Donald Trump. For the Russian president, relief from crippling sanctions is a gateway to the ultimate goal of establishing Russia as the political and economic equivalent of the United States. And the U.S. president-elect, who extolled Putin’s […]
  • Two-thirds of Trump voters viewed the election as America's last chance December 3, 2016
    One of the more common refrains during America’s nearly ever-present campaign season is that this election, this year, is the most important of our lives. We documented this in July, noting that it was first used in one form or another back in 1856, but has been common since at least 1980. Why is each […]
  • The faith factor -- Trump's team, so far, a band of believers December 3, 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump will spend much of the time until his Jan. 20 inauguration building his new administration. That means naming Cabinet appointees and government department or agency heads, as well as selecting advisers. Many of Trump’s appointments so far are people of faith; some are supported or opposed by different faith groups; others have […]
  • Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter December 3, 2016
    Cannon Ball, N.D. • So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands. But if they defy next week’s government deadline to abandon the camp, demonstrators know the real deep […]
  • Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare December 3, 2016
    Washington • Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare — and they are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government’s flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans. It turns out that Republicans, especially in the Senate, […]
  • Trump voter lost her home to new Treasury secretary December 3, 2016
    Washington • When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink. She had voted for the president-elect on the belief that he would knock the moneyed elites from their perch in Washington, D.C. And she knew Trump’s pick for Treasury—Steven Mnuchin—all too well. OneWest, a bank formerly owned by a group […]
  • Wisconsin election recount begins; Trump's objections delay Michigan's December 2, 2016
    Madison, Wis. • The tedious task of recounting Wisconsin’s nearly 3 million votes for president began Thursday with scores of hastily hired temporary workers flipping through stacks of ballots as observers watched their every move. The action in Wisconsin could soon be duplicated in Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was […]