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  • Two Lehi women are planning their wedding less than a week after taking legal action against Utah County for its refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
    Shelly Eyre said she and her longtime partner, Cheryl Haws, received a phone call from County Clerk Bryan Thompson on Thursday morning, notifying them that the county would grant them a marriage license — five days after a federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on gay marriage.
    “He called us just before their office opened and in...

  • John Swallow could well have become the first statewide official in Utah history to be impeached had the former attorney general not stepped down earlier this month.
    So say several House committee members, who, after sitting through two days of shocking revelations about Swallow’s conduct, reported they would have supported efforts to oust him from office.
    “I think, based on what we heard, we definitely would have been on course for impeachment,” said Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, a member of the Hou...

  • WASHINGTON • More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy. A tense political battle likely looms when Congress reconvenes in the new, midterm election year.
    Nudging Congress along, a vacationing President Barack Obama called two senators proposing an extension to offer his support. From Hawaii, Obama pledged Frid...

  • Salt Lake City is a mass transit success story. The city and the Utah Transit Authority deserve credit for creating and maintaining a meaningful system of buses and trains. There are many cities Salt Lake’s size and bigger that don’t have that.
    The benefits of that investment are felt not just by city residents but by the valley as a whole. Each time a car gets left home, we all breathe a little easier, and air quality is just one advantage.
    And while the entire Wasatch Front invests sales tax...

  • When Detective Michael Bleak opened his mailbox on a recent day, he was in for a surprise. In his mailbox, awaited a letter informing him that the U.S. Attorney's Office was honoring him for his work on a 2010 case.

  • Southern Utah District Office is 435-674-4791, 435-635-9603 or 877-865-5890.

  • Moments after a federal judge in Utah struck down the state’s request to halt same-sex marriage, there were tears, hugs and high-fives among lesbian and gay couples waiting to wed at county clerks’ offices across the state.
    But at the federal courthouse, where the latest clash over these couples’ right to marry was decided Monday, there was little hurrah.
    Instead, lawyers who represent the plaintiffs in the case exchanged tenuous smiles and cautious congratulations. They told reporters they were...

  • Did you receive two crockpots for Christmas? How about a sweater that was three sizes too small? Or the same three copies of the “Christmas Vacation” DVD?
    Chances are, you will be making a trip to the mall to return a gift or repackaging an electronic gizmo purchased online that wasn’t exactly what you wanted.
    As someone who works the return desk at JCPenney’s Valley Fair mall store, Lisa Arnold deals with many customers, most hoping for a happy return.

  • Washington • Sales of new homes slipped slightly in November after a big surge the previous month. The figures add to evidence that the housing market is struggling to sustain the pace of its recovery.
    Sales dipped 2.1 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 464,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. In October, new-home sales had shot up 17.6 percent, the biggest monthly gain in more two decades. October’s annual sales pace of 474,000 was the highest since July 2008.
    The...

  • New York • Stocks opened slightly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, helped by a report that showed American companies were investing in their businesses at the fastest pace since January.
    Trading was quiet ahead of the Christmas holiday. U.S. markets will close early on Tuesday and will remain closed on Wednesday.
    Bond prices fell on the latest positive indicator on the U.S. economy. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, a benchmark for many kinds of loans including home mortgages, edged up close...

  • Berlin • The United Nations says it has discovered a mass grave containing about 75 bodies in South Sudan.
    U.N.’s human rights chief says the mass grave was found in Bentiu in the country’s oil rich Unity State.
    Navi Pillay said in a statement released Tuesday that at least two other mass graves are reported to have been found in Juba.
    A spokeswoman for the Geneva-based human rights office says the bodies in Bentiu reportedly belonged to ethnic Dinka who were members of the Sudan People’s Libera...

  • London • Britain has tried to make good by one of its most famous sons, posthumously pardoning Alan Turing for a gay sex conviction which tarnished the brilliant career of the code breaker credited with helping win the war against Nazi Germany and laying the foundation for the computer age.
    One author said he hoped Tuesday’s symbolic act — the famous mathematician committed suicide more than 50 years ago — would send a message to countries such as India and Russia, where gays can still be prosec...

  • Beijing • For the second time in six months, a shortage of cash in one corner of China’s banking industry has stirred anxiety in financial markets.
    Though tensions eased somewhat Tuesday following another liquidity injection by the Chinese monetary authorities, financial market analysts keeping a close watch on developments in China’s credit markets. Because China is now the world’s second-largest economy, tensions there could have repercussions worldwide.
    “If it looks vulnerable as we start the...

  • Over the years, Gary Walton has had more than one father sit in his office with tears running down his face.
    “[They] start thinking about the empty place setting or the spot around the Christmas tree,” said Walton, office manager for Beehive Bail Bonds and a 34-year veteran of the business.
    The rest of the year, parents might be content to leave their child behind bars, but not during the holiday season.
    The biggest days for softening of hearts? The day before Thanksgiving and Dec. 23 and Dec. 2...

  • Chaos. It seems that our governor and others would think that the Mayan calender was off by one year, and armageddon is now upon us. I, however, just feel more love in the air (“Judge denies AG’s request to halt same-sex marriages,” Tribune, Dec. 23).
    Thanks, Channel 2, for airing newlyweds kissing at the city and county building. I remember other gay and lesbian kisses on the TV, but all were staged, advertised and promoted. To see the spontaneous joy that was being shared between long-time pa...

  • In one week, New Mexico became the 17th state to legalize same-sex marriage through its state supreme court; a federal district court in Utah decriminalized polygamous marriages; and through yet a different federal district court, Utah became the 18th state to legalize same-sex marriage (“Judge denies AG’s request to halt same-sex marriages,” Tribune, Dec. 23).
    These dramatic changes are a result of rulings that many consider judicial activism. The result of these and other rulings around the n...

  • Wanship • When company founder Michele Trover began selling Pepperlane jellies in 1990, she worked out of small rented kitchens and even in the basement of the Wanship home she and her husband Mike built on the Old Lincoln Highway in this small Summit County town.
    You might say the business has grown a bit. Nowadays, the Trovers and company co-owners Rod and Sandra Weese produce
    14 varieties of the pepper-based jelly in a new state-of-the-art facility near the Trovers’ home.
    Despite the new fa...

  • Reality television shows thrive by promoting outrageous behavior and manufacturing artificial drama. But when one of the stars explains his understanding of a verse from the Holy Bible in an off-air interview, all hell breaks loose (“‘Duck Dynasty star off show after saying homosexuality a sin,” Tribune, Dec. 18).
    The hypocritical network suspends him. Those on the left preach broad diversity and acceptance, but apparently these values do not extend so far as to accept those who may have diffe...

  • A cheer exploded from the opening doors of the Salt Lake County Clerk’s office Monday at 8 a.m., shooting like a shock wave down a twisting line of ecstatic couples until it reached Coral Mangus and Andrea Dahl.
    Gay marriages had begun again in Salt Lake City.
    Mangus and Dahl stood at a mid-point in the line, just before it trailed off from one floor to another, and as the cheers bounced around the building they smiled. The two women met 25 years ago — “she exuded amazing energy” Dahl would lat...

  • Washington • No Democrat has won statewide office in Utah in 17 years.
    It’s a dry spell that eats at the state’s minority party, but one that could end in a few years if Rep. Jim Matheson makes a run for governor or the Senate.
    But even a Democrat as well-known, popular and conservative as Matheson would face serious obstacles in deep-red Utah.
    “None of his races have been easy, ever,” says Quin Monson, director of Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. “This...

  • San Diego • Adverse weather and long delays kept many Utah State players cooling their heels on Sunday evening. The Aggies arrived late, with the second group not getting to the hotel until 3:30 a.m.
    Coach Matt Wells said he was impressed that many of his players handled it well ­even as the team was going through security screening a second time.
    “I heard a bunch of the defensive players say, ‘Sudden change, sudden change,’ just like when they say it when there is an interception or turnover,” ...

  • It’s been an historic and fast-paced few days following the ruling by a federal judge that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah. We’ve tried out best to cover every angle and bring you the latest developments, which keep coming minute by minute. Here’s everything we’ve done so far, and we’ll add more to it a it comes in, so you can learn all about these events in one stop. The newest stories are on the top.

    Utah counties split on issuing same-sex marriage licenses
    This is what is was like to wa...

  • Sean Reyes traveled a wildly circuitous route from losing in a Republican primary to John Swallow last year to becoming Utah’s next attorney general.
    During those 18 months, the attorney general’s office has been rocked by a morale-sapping and trust-draining scandal that drove Swallow from his post amid allegations of favoritism, pay-for-play fundraising and evidence destruction
    Now it falls to Reyes to set things right.
    Gov. Gary Herbert announced Monday that he picked Reyes to fill the vacan...

  • New York • A father threw his young child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building in a murder-suicide on the first day he was allowed to be alone with the boy amid an ugly custody battle with the mother, police officials said Friday.
    “There was a history of domestic turmoil,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters.
    Dmitriy Kanarikov picked up his 3-year-old son at 10 a.m. Sunday at a Manhattan police precinct — a neutral site negotiated in advance by the parents — to sp...

  • Las Cruces, N.M. • A New Mexico woman has pleaded guilty to locking her 8-year-old niece with developmental disabilities in a wooden cage and leaving her alone while she left to watch a movie.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Cindy Patriarchias pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of felony child abuse. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop four related charges.
    Police say Patriarchias and her boyfriend, Edmond Gonzales, took her three children to an elementary school in January...

  • Las Vegas • Las Vegas public health officials say dozens of people linked to a tuberculosis outbreak at a neonatal unit have tested positive for the disease.
    The Southern Nevada Health District reported on Monday that of the 977 people tested, 59 showed indications of the disease, though all but two of the cases are latent — meaning patients don’t show symptoms and aren’t contagious.
    Dr. Joe Iser, chief medical officer at the health district, said the report demonstrates the importance of catch...

  • New York • Target Corp. said on Monday that the Department of Justice is investigating the credit and debit card security breach at the retailer that’s being called the second largest incident in U.S. history.
    The investigation comes after the discounter revealed last week that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The theft is exceeded only by a scam that began in 2005 involving retailer TJX Cos. It affected at least 45.7 milli...

  • Marvin Hamlisch was one of the most successful composers of the 20th century. And, apparently, one without ego.
    “I thought he was one of the most charming, funniest, most genuinely, organically talented people I’d ever met,” said Lucie Arnaz, who starred in Hamlisch’s “They’re Playing Our Song” on Broadway.
    At the age of 29, Hamlisch became only the second person to win three Oscars in one night — for best original dramatic score (“The Way We Were”), best original song score and/or adaptation (“...

  • Same-sex couples may be marrying in Utah, but it is unclear whether they will be able to file joint state income tax returns to enjoy the same tax breaks as other married couples.
    “Since there are several legal issues in motion, we will review with our attorneys these new developments how we address the filing status on state income tax returns,” said Charlie Roberts, Utah State Tax Commission spokesman.
    “Our intent is to get together as soon as possible to make those decisions,” Roberts said, b...

  • Do you have a little TV viewing time on your hands over the holidays? Hoping to catch up on a show or two you missed when they first aired?
    Here are seven favorites set to return in the next few weeks worth checking out:

    “Archer” • The word “irreverent” might have been invented to describe this very funny cartoon that’s intended for adults. If James Bond was animated and pretty much a complete idiot, he might be Archer.
    • Seasons 1-4 available on DVD, Amazon Instant and iTunes.
    • Season 5 p...

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