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  • Mormon church opposition to marijuana bill changes at least one vote February 9, 2016
    At least one and possibly two senators have abandoned their support of a medical-marijuana bill pending in the Utah Legislature after the LDS Church issued a statement opposing the measure. The measure’s sponsor, Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, said his colleagues’ change of heart is a blow to his effort to make Utah the 24th […]
  • No charges against Utah security guard who fired at ceiling February 9, 2016
    Officials did not file charges against a Utah security guard who fired a gunshot into the ceiling at a driver’s license office last summer. KUTV-TV reports that surveillance video shows 34-year-old security guard Dmitry Novik escorting an upset man out of the West Valley City office. The video shows the men fighting on the floor […]
  • Bill would let Utah distilleries offer samples of spirits February 9, 2016
    Distilleries could hold alcohol tastings on their premises — provided they serve food and get sign-off from the state — under a bill that won unanimous approval from a House committee Monday. "We have hamstrung these manufacturers because we have really not allowed anyone to come in and taste their products," said Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Ogden, […]
  • One seriously hurt after Kearns crash February 9, 2016
    A West Valley City man was seriously hurt after crashing Monday night in Kearns. About 8:15 p.m., a 51-year-old man was driving eastbound on 4700 South when his Suburban hit a cement barrier near 4000 West, said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell. The Suburban rolled into a ditch and the man was partially ejected, Bell […]
  • Conservative groups, legislators square off over online sales tax February 9, 2016
    Several Utah Senate leaders visibly squirmed at the question: Do they, as Utah law requires, report how much sales tax they technically owe from online purchases and pay it through their state income-tax returns? Only two of the top leaders at a daily press availability volunteered that they do: Sens. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, and Wayne […]
  • House OKs bill aimed at expanding kindergarten February 9, 2016
    The Utah House approved a bill that would let school districts add an all-day kindergarten program — and charge parents for the course — despite opposition from some Republican members who saw the full-day courses as direct competition with private-sector offerings. One of those who opposed the bill was Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville, who acknowledged […]
  • Former Utah Gov. Leavitt urges state not to repeat 'tragic' history of foster care February 9, 2016
    Former Gov. Mike Leavitt warned Utah legislators Monday that they may be about to repeat a mistake that cost the state dearly 20 years ago by not adequately funding programs to protect abused children. Specifically, he is worried about money for the Utah Foster Care Foundation, which the state set up in 1998 to work […]
  • Legislative committees, Tuesday, Feb. 9 February 9, 2016
    Legislative committees, Tuesday, Feb. 9 Social Services Appropriations, 8 a.m., House Building, Room 20 8 a.m. Unfinished Items from the Previous Agenda 8:05 a.m. Public Input on Topics on Today’s Agenda 8:30 a.m. Federal Medical Assistance Percentage or FMAP Issue Brief 8:35 a.m. PROVIDER COLA Issue Brief 8:40 a.m. Building Blocks related to the Department […]
  • Two men burned after water hauler is engulfed in flames February 9, 2016
    Two men were hospitalized for burns after a water hauler caught fire in Uintah County. On Monday morning, a water hauler was transferring water from a tank west of Lapoint, a community in western Uintah County, when the hauler caught fire. When firefighters arrived, they found the hauler fully engulfed in flames, according to the […]
  • Kirby: I'm not trying to knock traditional Mormon missions, but ... February 9, 2016
    This is me on my Mormon mission in South America. The scowl is the result of six hours of nonstop door knocking, during which we were threatened, insulted, dismissed and ignored. I’m further annoyed because my companion is taking my picture immediately after a street prostitute propositioned us. “Psst, Mormones. Quieren ir al cielo? Cinco […]

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  • Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls February 9, 2016
    Hong Kong • Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaos as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clashed over a street market selling fishballs and other local holiday delicacies, with dozens injured and more than 60 arrested. The violence is the worst in Hong Kong since pro-democracy protests rocked […]
  • Nuns who help needy face eviction in San Francisco after rent hike February 9, 2016
    San Francisco • San Francisco nuns who serve the homeless are in danger of getting kicked out of their home after a rent hike of more than 50 percent. The San Francisco Chronicle (http://sfchron.cl/1T3vzVn) reports the sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen can’t afford the rent increase from $3,465 to […]
  • Closings set in NYC cop's trial in deadly stairwell shooting February 9, 2016
    New York • The rookie New York City police officer who shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell says what happened was a deadly accident. Prosecutors call it manslaughter and say he acted recklessly and then did little to help the dying man. Jurors will start discussing their views of Officer Peter […]
  • Newton defends actions at Super Bowl: 'I will not conform' February 9, 2016
    Charlotte, N.C. • Cam Newton isn’t apologizing for acting like a “sore loser” after the Super Bowl. The league’s MVP has been widely criticized for walking out of a three-minute press conference after a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday in which he answered questions with mostly one- and two-word responses while sulking […]
  • Train crash in Germany kills at least 9, injures 150 February 9, 2016
    Bad Aibling, Germany • Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday morning in southern Germany, killing at least nine people and injuring around 150, slamming into each other on a curve without braking after an automatic safety system apparently failed to stop them, the transport minister said. The first rescue units were on the scene within […]
  • An icky new hero: Roach-like robots may help in disasters February 9, 2016
    Washington • When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach. Repulsive as they may be, roaches have the remarkable ability to squish their bodies down to one quarter their normal size, yet still scamper at lightning speed. Also, they can withstand 900 times their body weight […]
  • For the Clintons, New Hampshire is the state of 2nd chances February 9, 2016
    Manchester, N.H. • It’s their Everest. Their firewall. Their lifeboat in a frozen Atlantic. They are the Clintons. It is New Hampshire. And here we all are again. For nearly 25 years, New Hampshire has been the backdrop for some of the most memorable Clinton comebacks, pleas, denials, hustle, glory and drama. Now those ghosts […]
  • Israeli parliament suspends Arab MPs who met attackers' kin February 8, 2016
    Jerusalem • Israel’s government on Monday temporarily suspended from parliamentary meetings three Arab lawmakers who met with families of Palestinians who carried out deadly attacks. The Arab parliamentarians, Hanin Zoabi, Basel Ghattas and Jamal Zahalka, met the Palestinian families last week to help lobby for the release of some of their relatives’ bodies. They then […]
  • Trump: Unlikely he'd run for president if he had NFL team February 8, 2016
    Washington • Donald Trump’s flirtation with professional football lasted for three decades. He never ended up with an NFL franchise despite repeated demonstrations of interest. That’s probably for the best, he says. Had his 2014 bid for the Buffalo Bills worked out, he probably wouldn’t be running for president now. “If I bought that team, […]
  • Merkel says 'horrified' by Russian bombings in Syria February 8, 2016
    Ankara, Turkey • Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that she is “not just appalled but […]