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  • Forget about my two front teeth, all I want for Christmas is a video game not focused on blood and gore.
    As a parent of a teenage boy, there are a few shoot ‘em up video games in my house. My ex-wife and I were able to keep him from these kind of games for years, but you can hold off for only so long.
    Much has been written about the influence of violent video games on the development of teenagers. I’ve written about it as well, noting that games like Minecraft help with educating the mind of a t...

  • A poetic tag team of Sandburg and Shakespeare might sum up Utah’s mid-week, inversion-plagued forecast this way: “The smog comes on little, hacking cat feet . . . something wicked this way comes.”
    As a high pressure front aloft tightens its grip on the state’s urban valleys, cold air and automobile and industrial emissions are trapped. With each day the inversion continues, pollutants are building toward unhealthy levels.
    The Utah Division of Air Quality issued a spate of “air quality action” ad...

  • Washington • U.S. regulators have taken a major step toward reining in high-risk trading on Wall Street, banning the largest banks from trading for their own profit in most cases.
    It took three years to write and adopt the Volcker Rule, one of the most critical changes to financial laws in the wake of the 2008 banking crisis.
    The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Office of the Comptro...

  • Washington • The Senate slowly began working its way through a backlog of presidential nominees Tuesday now that Republicans are virtually powerless to block confirmations, approving a once-stalled judge to a powerful appeals court and a new director for the agency that oversees federal home lending.
    But Republicans, still seething over a power play last month by Democrats to curtail the filibuster significantly, have settled on a strategy for retribution: Make the confirmation process as time-c...

  • Washington • U.S. regulators have approved a rule that seeks to defuse the kind of risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.
    The Volcker Rule is expected to change the way the largest U.S. banks do business. It strives to limit banks’ riskiest trading bets that could implode at taxpayers’ expense. Some think the rule goes too far, others not far enough.
    Here are questions and answers about the Volcker Rule:
    Q: What is it?
    A: The Volcker Rule is a key plank of a fi...

  • Re Tribune editorial of Dec. 6 regarding Utah’s “gold standard” on marriage (“Utah’s anti-gay marriage stance is divisive”):
    Speaking as one who lives outside Utah, I’m forever amazed by the Tribune’s naive, arrogant and two-dimensional grasp of social and religious issues.
    As far as I know, the Utah law and others like it do not diminish the importance of or contributions made by single parents, blended or adoptive families. To pretend otherwise is to construct yet another easily assaulted st...

  • Re Barbara Bisping’s misinformed letter on the F-35 (“F-35 jets are unneeded expense,” Forum, Dec. 8): First, this advanced new aircraft replaces the F16, not the F-22 which has a different mission entirely.
    But more important, it always amazes me that supposedly “progressive” citizens look at the successes of our strong military — protection of our shore and our interests, keeping us free and safe — and use that very success as an argument to not invest in that strength.
    Ironically, the resul...

  • Queens’ Tea holiday sale
    The Queens’ Tea, a Salt Lake company that specializes in high-quality loose-leaf tea blends, will hold a holiday sale at its commercial kitchen in downtown Salt Lake City. The company sells a variety of black, green, white and oolong tea blends and tea accessories, which will be available at discounted prices. There also will be samples of hot tea, ginger cookies and prizes. For holiday tea ideas, look for the company’s Christmas Magic, a vanilla-flavored black tea with...

  • The Utah lieutenant governor’s office is reviewing the residency status of the Republican candidates seeking to replace former Attorney General John Swallow after questions surfaced about whether several met the constitutional criteria for the job.
    Three candidates — Brent Ward, Scott Burns and Michelle Mumford — all lived outside Utah in recent years. Ward and Burns worked for the Bush administration in Washington while Mumford lived in California before moving to Utah.
    The Utah Constitution re...

  • If you think gasoline prices in Utah are dropping, you are right.
    AAA reports that Utah’s current average gasoline price is $3.05 for regular, 18 cents less expensive than last months and 36 cents lower than a year ago. Only seven states have lower gasoline prices than Utah. And the Beehive State compares well with the national average of $3.26.
    “Plentiful supplies, flat demand and falling crude prices combined for dramatic relief at the pump for Utah motorists this fall, but the lower pricing t...

  • Should I buy a smart TV or a regular TV with a Roku player? It seems that price is not the issue, but perhaps you can explain other aspects that may help in the decision? Thanks. — Steven Snow.
    Most new televisions today are known as “smart TVs,” which means they have a built-in computer processor and a Wi-Fi receiver that enable them to stream more movies, TV shows and music through downloadable apps.
    This ability to have apps that can play different content was first available only through s...

  • Nearly two years ago, Robert Manzanares acknowledged after a Utah Supreme Court ruling in his favor that he still faced an “uphill battle” in his effort to parent a daughter placed for adoption in Utah without his knowledge.
    That mountain has proved even steeper than Manzanares expected.
    Since that ruling in January 2012, Manzanares and the prospective adoptive parents — relatives of the child’s mother — have engaged in an ongoing legal fight over the now nearly 6-year-old girl’s custody. That...

  • New York • The founder of Lululemon is stepping down as chairman after raising ire with his comments about the body types of potential buyers of the retailer’s yoga pants.
    The company also said Tuesday that it is appointing Laurent Potdevin as its next CEO. He succeeds Christine Day, who announced in June that she planned to resign.
    Chip Wilson said in a recent television interview that some women’s bodies “just don’t actually work” for Lululemon pants. He also said that thigh rubbing over time ...

  • There are too many bowls. And too few quality bowl cities.
    In that respect, BYU and Utah State are fortunate, indeed. They may be going to what some people consider lesser bowls, but those same people are viewing bowls entirely the wrong way. They look at history, prestige or quality of opponents, at what the reputations and ramifications of the whole affair are when they should be looking at … the realtor’s mantra.
    Location, location, location.
    No matter what coaches — and some misguided fans —...

  • The American economy is stuck.
    The recession has been over, according to well-paid economists and bureaucrats, for more than four years. But long-term unemployment remains stuck at its highest level since World War II.
    Financial inequality is only getting worse, which means that more and more money is pooling in places where it is useless to the broader economy, behaving as so much mosquito-breeding brackish water.
    The federal budget deficit is declining, and interest rates are practically froz...

  • Filmmaker Greg Whiteley started making his documentary about Mitt Romney one Christmas Eve in Park City — and the first theater audience to see the movie will be in Utah, too.
    Whiteley’s film “Mitt,” an inside look at the former Massachusetts governor and his family during his 2012 presidential campaign, is one of the films selected in the Documentary Premieres program of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
    It’s one of 24 titles in the Premieres and Documentary Premieres programs, announced Monday ...

  • There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and nary a drop of moisture showing up on the radar Monday evening when meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City noticed a large, and growing, blip due west of Salt Lake City.
    It was about 5:30 p.m. and Randy Graham quickly developed an answer.
    “Must be the swans,” said Graham, science operations officer with the service in Salt Lake City.
    Swans, as in a huge number of tundra swans departing the marshes of the Great Salt Lake for warmer t...

  • Utah is part of a five-state recall of approximately 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under insanitary conditions and distributed by Yauk’s Specialty Meats, a Windsor Colorado establishment.
    During a food safety assessment at the plant on Dec. 5, inspectors “discovered that product was being produced under insanitary conditions, including rodent activity in the production, storage and retail areas of the property,” according to this news release from the U.S....

  • The much-awaited Annex by Epic Brewing in Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood is the latest in Epic Brewing’s growing empire of award-winning, high-point beer endeavors. Given the depth and range of Epic’s beer résumé, I expected this restaurant to be nothing short of, well, epic. Sadly, it wasn’t.
    For a gastropub, there are some obvious missing pieces to The Annex’s menu. To start, let’s talk about the actual organization of the menu, which is divided by Epic Brewing’s different lines of ...

  • Nashville, Tenn. • There’s new never-before-heard music coming from Johnny Cash.
    Cash’s estate is releasing “Out Among the Stars,” an album he recorded with Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s that was never released by Columbia Records, then disappeared when the company dropped Cash in 1986. Turns out Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, stashed the tapes — along with just about everything else that came into their possession.
    “They never threw anything away,” said their son, John Carter Cash. “T...

  • For months, the talk was all about computer code. About response times. About glitches and bugs.
  • Work gloves, nails and shingles line the shoulder-height shelves of Roofers Supply.
    But the shop has a cozier feel than the 25-foot shelves lining the gaping warehouses of its regional and national competitors. Customers and co-workers alike answer to nicknames. People greet each other with hugs instead of handshakes. And part of the shop is dominated by a Christmas tree surrounded by cans of food, ready to be delivered to the Utah Food Bank.
    “This is a heart-driven company,” said Stephanie Pap...

  • For the first month and a half of the season, this rebuilding Jazz team has struggled to gain traction.
  • New York • Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as investors hold back ahead of economic reports that could influence when the Federal Reserve will start reducing its stimulus.
    The Dow Jones industrial average fell 72 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,937 in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,795. The Nasdaq composite fell seven points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,038.
    Later Tuesday, investors will scrutinize November auto sa...

  • London • Police in Iceland said Monday they shot dead a gunman — the first time armed police have killed someone in the nation.
    Iceland, which has a tiny population of around 320,000, has a low crime rate and gun violence is extremely rare. Its regular police force does not carry firearms.
    Haraldur Johannessen, national commissioner of the Icelandic Police, said Monday’s incident was unprecedented.
    Police said officers were called to an apartment in the Reykjavik suburb of Arbaer early Monday wh...

  • LAS VEGAS • An embarrassing mistake involving a Statue of Liberty stamp could come back to haunt the U.S. Postal Service.
    The “forever” stamp design released in 2011 was not based on the statue in New York Harbor, as intended, but on a replica outside the New York-New York casino hotel in Las Vegas.
    Now, the sculptor who made the Lady Liberty of the Las Vegas Strip is suing the government for copyright infringement.
    Attorneys for Robert Davidson argue in a suit filed last week that the Sin City...

  • Las Vegas • An outbreak that sent about 28 people to the emergency room during a youth football tournament in Las Vegas was caused by norovirus, health officials said Monday.
    Tournament spokesman Justin Gates said some 90 to 100 players, coaches and parents came down with symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea during the four-day National Youth Football Championships that ended Saturday. The stomach bug prompted tournament organizers to prohibit end-of-the-game handshakes between oppo...

  • On paper, Brent Ward stacks up well among the candidates seeking to replace Utah Attorney General John Swallow, with a long record as a prosecutor including eight years as U.S. attorney for Utah.
    But Ward’s pivotal role in Jeremy Johnson’s I Works saga that contributed to Swallow’s resignation — including a bold, but failed, plea deal that could have given Swallow immunity from federal charges — has some questioning if he’s the best choice to change the culture in the beleaguered attorney gener...

  • John Swallow may be gone as Utah’s attorney general, but he won’t be forgotten any time soon.
    Swallow officially left office at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, but with ongoing investigations and allegations, the Swallow story will live on well beyond the first-term Republican’s 11 months in office.
    On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Robert Gehrke and Tom Harvey join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to recap Swallow’s tenure, his last day in office, pending investigations and possibilities for his ...

  • Jeff Bezos has seen the future of retail delivery, and it is the drone.
    When the storied CEO of Amazon told “60 Minutes” that he’s working on 30-minute delivery by tiny unmanned octocopter, it prompted an instant wave of disbelief and derision. One wag on Twitter joked that Amazon would offer free shipping to all military-aged Muslim males.
    Our culture is primed to celebrate the new and marvel at technological innovation — except when it comes to the drone. Then, the first reaction of many peopl...

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