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  • Mexico City • Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country’s economy. This month, federal officials confirmed the cartels have even entered the country’s lucrative mining industry, exporting iron ore to Chinese mills.
    Such large-scale illegal mining operations were long thought to be wild rumor, but federal officials confirmed they had known about the cartels’ invol...

  • A mob of deal-seekers trampled a woman at a Clinton Wal-Mart on Thursday night. The woman was unhurt, and nobody was apprehended.
    Clinton police Lt. Dave Valentine said store employees brought out a pallet of items — a store worker said they were tablets — and as they cut cellophane off, an estimated 200 people rushed forward to snatch the tablets. In the process, they knocked the woman over and stepped on her.
    Valentine said they have six officers to assist with crowd control at the Wal-Mart un...

  • West Jordan • While shoppers aren’t certain they’re entirely comfortable with the idea of big-box retailers opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, hundreds could not resist the lure of a bargain.
    Jose Navaro of West Valley City may be an extreme example. He started waiting Monday to be at the front of the line at the Jordan Landing Best Buy. He spent the week lifting weights and reading books so he could get deals on two televisions and a laptop computer when the store opened Thursday night.
    Nearby,...

  • After a six-month intermission, a remodeled Capitol Theatre will open this week for its next act.
    “She’s a grand woman,” says Shar Quinney, who only uses female pronouns to refer to the newly renamed Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre building. “I’ve been in theaters all over the world, in some of the grandest and beautiful theaters, and she holds up.”
    The $6 million renovation is the first phase of a $33.4 million project that includes the construction of the adjacent Jesse E. Quinney Ballet ...

  • A post-Thanksgiving domestic violence call led to a SWAT standoff at a West Jordan home early Friday morning, but the armed suspect eventually surrendered without firing a shot.
    UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal said the 37-year-old man was taken into custody about 5:25 a.m. after SWAT officers, unable to talk the man out after several hours of negotiations, fired tear gas into the home at 4788 W. Udine Court (6700 South), West Jordan. The suspect then emerged and was taken into custody.
    Hoyal said the incid...

  • 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...

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