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  • American clergy paid more attention after a federal judge ruled that their housing tax break is unconstitutional.
  • When the retail dust settles after Black Friday, the smart shoppers — or at least the ones who don’t have the patience to stand in lines for hours — will settle in their home or office chairs after the weekend and start looking for online deals on “Cyber Monday.”
    They will not be alone. Market research company Forrester predicts consumers will spend a record $78.7 billion this holiday season via online purchasing, 15 percent more than last year. On Cyber Monday, 86 percent of working consumers w...

  • The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone — and while most people are spending this day sleeping off their tryptophan-and-football coma or elbowing fellow Black Friday shoppers for the last XBox One, one small group is marking the day quite differently.
    For independent filmmakers — especially those who have submitted their work to the Sundance Film Festival — the week of Thanksgiving is also a time of decision.
    This week, by tradition and the schedule, is when Sundance programmers finalize the...

  • Stanford, Calif. • Even though his parents and younger sister showed up for Stanford’s game at Notre Dame last year, Cardinal cornerback Alex Carter never felt his team had the full support of his family.
    His father wore a Fighting Irish jersey and smiled after the home team’s overtime victory.
    “There’s like some unspoken trash talk,” said Carter, whose father, Tom, played cornerback at Notre Dame before being drafted 17th overall by the Washington Redskins in 1993.
    In a rivalry between resurgen...

  • SYDNEY • An Australian hotel is declaring itself a graffiti Belieber, despite being at odds with the city government.
    QT Hotel in the Gold Coast said it gave Justin Bieber permission to spray graffiti on its wall. The Canadian singer and others posted images online showing cartoon faces in fluorescent paint on an outdoor wall at the hotel in Queensland state.
    After hearing criticism, the hotel changed its Facebook page cover art Thursday to show Bieber, his graffiti and the declaration: “He aske...

  • If Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is worried about Gordon Hayward’s recent drop in point-production, it doesn’t show.
    After reaching double figures in Utah’s first 12 games, Hayward has failed to do so in two of the last four.
    During his icy stretch, Hayward averages 9.9 points on 13-for-53 shooting, which bottomed out with a 1-for-17 performance last week at New Orleans.
    Corbin shrugs.
    Apparently, he is convinced Hayward is only experiencing a shooting slump, not any kind of long-term downward spiral...

  • Many Utahns volunteered in different ways on Thanksgiving Day to help the less fortunate.
    All day Thursday, the Salt Lake City Mission shuttled homeless Utahns from the downtown Salt Lake City area to The Christian Life Center on Redwood Road for a free holiday meal.
    Elsewhere, the Salvation Army partnered with the University of Utah, Utah Restaurant Association, AAA Utah and high school culinary arts program Prostart to provide holiday meals for 750 seniors and families in the Salt Lake City ar...

  • RYE, Colo. • Authorities in rural southern Colorado are searching for a handyman who lived at a home where three people were found dead after a fire.
    Investigators planned to remove the bodies of the two women and a man Thursday, a day after the home in the town of Rye burned. The fire has been labeled arson, though it wasn’t immediately clear whether the victims died in the fire or were dead when it started.
    Authorities were looking for Harry Mapps, 59, a former handyman who rented a room at th...

  • Columbus, Ohio • A lot has happened in the two years since players from Ohio State and Michigan — the Buckeyes with their heads down, the Wolverines wildly celebrating — left the field at Michigan Stadium.
    After beating their rivals seven years in a row, the Buckeyes lost that 2011 game 40-34. At the time, it seemed as if the game might mark a tectonic shift for the two teams.
    Those were dark days for Ohio State, which had seven losses that season, its most since 1897. And the NCAA was about to ...

  • Price city police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 28-year-old suspected of armed robbery.
    Police said they’re trying to locate Domonic Mathew Martinez, who goes by “Cancerous” or “Canceris,” of Price, for an aggravated armed robbery at Smith’s Food & Drug on Tuesday.
    Police said Martinez is also wanted for several other incidents across the state.
    Officers said he has an extensive violent history and should be considered armed and dangerous.
    Anyone with information on his whereabou...

  • The inaccuracy of a recent Public Forum letter by a former Salt Lake City Police Department officer has Racer, the longtime friend of both my father and myself, unable to rest in the peace he justly deserves (“Detective who broke Franklin case never recognized,” Forum, Nov. 22).
    Ronald Edwin “Racer” Nelson will remain the SLPD’s most decorated peace officer for many years to come. The other certainty in the longtime Salt Lake City law enforcement community is that it was, in fact, my father’s...

  • Stockholm • Once billed as the comet of the century, Comet ISON apparently was no match for the sun.
    Images from NASA spacecraft showed the comet approaching for a slingshot around the sun on Thursday, but nothing coming out on the other side.
    “It does seem like Comet ISON probably hasn’t survived this journey,” U.S. Navy solar researcher Karl Battams said in a Google+ hangout.
    Phil Plait, an astronomer who runs the “Bad Astronomy” blog, agreed, saying “I don’t think the comet made it.”
    Still, h...

  • More than 30 Iron County families who are struggling to make ends meet won't have to worry this year about how to come up with Thanksgiving dinner.

  • A bomb threat called into the Wal-Mart store in Hurricane prompted an evacuation of the building Tuesday.

  • New York • U.S. stock market indexes briefly broke through major round-number milestones in early trading Monday.
    The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 16,000 for the first time and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose past 1,800 shortly after the market opened.
    Within the next half-hour, though, both indexes had slipped below those levels.
    Stocks have been rising sharply this year as the U.S. economy improves, companies report bigger profits and the Federal Reserve keeps up its easy-money po...

  • U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market held steady this month, but many are worried that another fight over the federal budget could cause would-be buyers to put off home purchases.
    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index stayed at 54 this month. October’s reading was revised one point lower from its initial estimate.
    Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.
    A measure of current sales conditions w...

  • Baltimore • If you’re thinking the holiday shopping season has crept up sooner in the year than usual, you might be right.
    The buying and selling “is off to an earlier start than any other holiday season I can remember,” says Marshal Cohen, who follows retail as chief industry analyst for The NPD Group.
    Because most big national retailers already have announced their Black Friday (and Thanksgiving) hours and specials, shoppers have started mapping out strategies while others have headed for the ...

  • Amsterdam • Ever wish your hotel room could be marked “Do Not Disturb” in glowing lights, to drive the message home? That option is on its way.
    Two European companies have developed a system in which colored LEDs are combined with specialized carpets to make tailored hotel signs that appear underfoot instead of on walls.
    Obvious uses include having glowing red arrows direct guests to the nearest escape or exit in case of emergency. Or displaying guests’ names outside their doors. Ed Huibers, sal...

  • Members of the Salt Lake City Council adopted a transportation plan for its trendy — and often congested — Sugar House neighborhood. But with three newly elected members sworn in in January, will the alignment for the new trolley hold?
    On Monday at 12:15 p.m., current Councilman Soren Simonsen, who’s leaving office, Councilwoman-elect Lisa Ramsey Adams, Councilwoman-elect Erin Mendenhall and Tribune reporter Christopher Smart join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the Sugar House streetcar an...

  • I wrote in Friday’s column about Salt Lake County Auditor Gregory P. Hawkins’ recent policy of having his auditors don police-style badges when going into various county offices to review their operations.
    Some county officials muse that it’s an intimidation tactic of sorts, although most take the gesture with good humor.
    The badges emerged after Hawkins lost a legal battle when the County Council shifted certain responsibilities from the auditor’s office to the mayor’s office.
    While the count...

  • Click through this list to find 28 pieces of advice and encouragement from previous and current LDS leaders.
  • Separated by 15 years that encompassed a tumultuous period in American history, the two official U.S. government investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy reached widely divergent conclusions. While they added significantly to the body of knowledge about the major players in the assassination, each seemed to raise new questions for every one answered. Here are brief summaries:
    Warren Commission • Formed soon after the assassination and chaired by U.S. Chief Justice Earl...

  • The wife of former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t hold back when asked whether she wished her family had been able to move into the White House.
    “I have to tell you very honestly that I’m very frustrated because I know Mitt would have been a fantastic president,” Ann Romney said on a joint appearance with her husband on CBS This Morning. “He is an amazing leader. He has great executive experience and it is frustrating for me to sit by and watch.”
    When asked whether he might make ...

  • South Jordan • Taylor Wheeler was the light of his mother’s life.
    But his life, and the life of his friend, Dayton Gessell, ended Friday afternoon. Taylor, 12, and Dayton, 15, were found in the basement of a home in the Daybreak development shortly after gunshots were heard. Police are still investigating, and few details have been made public, other than police found three handguns at the scene.
    Sunday evening, mourners filled the park outside the Daybreak home for a candlelight vigil to rememb...

  • Chicago • Josh McCown spent a few quiet moments trying to figure out what would happen. He probably didn’t envision this.
    The Bears waited out a long rain delay and put in extra time to come away with a much-needed win.
    Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal to lift the Bears to a 23-20 victory over Baltimore Sunday in a game delayed about two hours by a torrential downpour.
    Justin Tucker tied it for the Ravens with a 21-yard field goal at the end of regulation.
    The big delay came after Tucker...

  • Ouray, Colo. • Two miners are dead and 20 others injured after an accident at the Revenue-Virginius mine in Ouray on Sunday, according to Marti Whitmore, spokeswoman for Ouray County.
    Twenty people, one of them in critical condition, were taken to hospitals in the area after an accident at the mine was reported to the sheriff’s office after 7:20 a.m. The mine is 6 miles south of Ouray.
    All but two miners have been treated and released, Whitmore said.
    She said she didn’t know what had happened at...

  • Los Angeles • Andy Warhol’s artwork has always grabbed attention and sparked discussion, but one of his portraits of Farrah Fawcett is about to receive scrutiny of a different kind in a Los Angeles courtroom.
    The case centers on a relatively simple question: does one of Warhol’s depictions of Fawcett belong to her longtime lover, Ryan O’Neal, or should it join its twin at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin?
    To decide the case, jurors will hear testimony and see evidence focused on...

  • It should be a relief to conservative Republicans that a committee of parents directed by the Legislature to scour test questions for evidence of liberal leanings found few that are objectionable.
    If the review process puts to rest the fanatical opposition to the Common Core standards adopted by 45 states, including Utah, other Utahns also should be relieved.
    There has been a persistent movement to stop the Utah Office of Education from revising curricula to meet the Common Core standards. It’...

  • South Jordan • Police here on Saturday found three handguns at the scene where two boys died a day earlier, but few details have been disclosed about what happened in the home.
    Police identified the boys as Taylor Wheeler, 12, and Dayton Gessell, 15.
    Investigators from the state medical examiner’s office removed the bodies of the boys about 11 a.m. A South Jordan police press release said the boys did not live in the home at 4781 W. Pine Canyon Lane in the Daybreak neighborhood and were not ...

  • Oakland, Calif. • Whoever handles the scheduling in the NBA league office tossed in a little quirk this week, matching up the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors in consecutive games in a three-night span.
    Asked about the odd circumstance before the two tipped off for the first time Saturday night at Oracle Arena and Golden State coach Mark Jackson shrugged. Both teams have already scouted the other well enough, he said, that there would be little to learn from one meeting to the next.
    “We k...

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