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  • Hunkering down for the holidays with new toys and gadgets might work for a short time, but kids and parents alike eventually might become stir crazy.
    Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do during the holidays along the Wasatch Front, especially for those willing to dress for cold and snowy conditions.
    Whether going downhill or cross-country skiing, enjoying snowshoeing, riding a new bike around Liberty or Sugar House Parks, or doing some wildlife watching, there is no reason to be bored.
    ...

  • Logan
    Two of Frank Maile’s defensive linemen made the All-Mountain West second team. Utah State ranks 10th nationally in rushing defense. The Aggies have qualified for a bowl game in each of his three seasons as a full-time coach, the first such streak in school history.
    Add it up, and Maile is the biggest bargain in his profession.
    He’s among the lowest-paid assistant coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision, according to USA Today’s database. Maile’s salary of $45,690 (plus $2,000 in outsid...

  • Join sports columnists Kurt Kragthorpe and Gordon Monson today at 12:15 p.m. for a live Trib Talk video chat as they discuss the Jazz’s current road trip and the rise of rookie point guard Trey Burke, the search for a new Real Salt Lake coach and a look at BYU and Utah State’s upcoming bowl games.You can join the discussion by sending questions or comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+ or you can post them in the comments section below this story. The live video will appear at ...

  • New York • The stock market had a swift and clear reaction to the Federal Reserve’s decision to trim its stimulus efforts: This wasn’t so bad after all.
    Stocks surged Wednesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average nearly 300 points, after the Fed decided it was time to start modestly scaling back its program to boost America’s growth and stock market. The central bank cited a stronger jobs market and improving economy.
    Stock investors had long anticipated the Fed would pull back at some po...

  • St. George Police officers responded to Chase Bank in St. George at approximately noon on Saturday after receiving reports the bank had been robbed.

  • A family's quest to sign up for health insurance has left children in limbo and parents frustrated.
  • 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 • 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 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 • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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