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  • 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...

  • Albany, N.Y. • Donald Trump has filed two ethics complaints against state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, accusing him of misconduct.
    Trump says the Democratic attorney general solicited campaign donations from Trump’s daughter even as Schneiderman’s office was investigating the real estate mogul’s “Trump University,” according to the complaints.
    Schneiderman hasn’t solicited Trump for a campaign contribution since he took office in January 2011, according to a spokesman. And while Schneider...

  • Provo • Utah County officials turned aside three same-sex couples Monday, citing a need for legal clarification from the county attorney.
    “Until I receive the further clarification that I’m seeking, the Utah County Clerk’s Office will not be making any policy changes in regards to [whom] we issue marriage licenses,” according to a statement released by Clerk Bryan E. Thompson.
    For Helen Wright, it was the second denial since Friday. She and her partner, who did not want to be identified, were d...

  • Residential burglary on the 600 East block of Rancho Vista Drive.

  • My mobile phone will start vibrating at 4 a.m. Christmas morning. Six of my nine grandchildren have the ability to send texts. They also live within 30 seconds of my front door.
    The rule established by their exhausted parents is that Christmas doesn’t officially start until Grammy and Papa show up to watch them open presents. I tell them that morning means morning, as in the sky is starting to get light.
    It wasn’t so bad before they learned how to use the phone. After that one or several of the...

  • Several solar projects are scheduled to come online in Utah within the next few years.
  • A Utah company has been touting its "revolutionary" solar technology for years.
  • Two same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses from the Washington County Clerk's Office on Friday afternoon, just hours after U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriages.

  • Investigators working for Utah lawmakers say former Attorney General John Swallow benefited personally, professionally and politically from his relationships with the payday lending and online marketing industries.

  • Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.
    The chain said that accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have been exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of c...

  • London • Two British-born, al-Qaida-inspired extremists who considered themselves “soldiers of Allah” were convicted Thursday of murdering an off-duty serviceman who was run down with a car and stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street.
    The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for just 90 minutes before finding Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale guilty of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby. They were acquitted of attempting to murder a police officer.
    The two men will be se...

  • There are plenty of hot Utah bars in which to enjoy a cocktail, but Park City’s Waldorf Astoria ice lounge is the coolest.
    The lounge, on an outdoor terrace at the luxury hotel, includes a 14-foot bar with furniture, all hand-sculpted from large blocks of ice.
    It officially opens today for the 2013-14 season.
    This is the second season the Waldorf has offered an ice bar experience, said food and beverage director Joseph Fisher.
    “Last year, we got great feedback from guests and people who visited ...

  • Washington • The number of people who bought existing U.S. homes in November declined for the third straight month. Higher mortgage rates have made home-buying more expensive, while the lingering impact of the October government shutdown may have deterred some sales.
    The National Association of Realtors says home sales fell 4.3 percent to an annual rate of 4.90 million. That’s the weakest pace since December 2012, and the first time since April that the pace has slipped below 5 million.
    Still, ...

  • New York • Stocks are slipping and long-term interest rates are rising a day after the Federal Reserve said it would reduce its bond purchases.
    The Dow Jones industrial average was down 26 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,138 in the first few minutes of trading Thursday.
    The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,806. Utilities stocks fell the most.
    The Nasdaq composite was off 10 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,059.
    Bond prices fell, sending yields higher. The yield on the 10-y...

  • Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, wants lawmakers to do something risky during the upcoming election year: debate whether to allow local governments to raise sales tax for mass transit by about 67 percent.
    “We can’t solve air pollution and [smoggy] inversions without it,” he says.
    He hopes to help pay to restore Utah Transit Authority bus service — cut amid the recession and high-cost construction of new rail projects — to encourage more people to leave cars at home. Expanding bus service is ...

  • Bribing kids to eat their greens may not sound like great public policy, but new research from Brigham Young University suggests it might work.
    A federal overhaul of public school lunches is putting an additional $5.4 million in fresh fruits and vegetables on kids’ plates every day. But many parents won’t be shocked to know that kids throw away 70 percent of that extra healthy stuff, according to researchers’ observations of three Utah schools.
    That’s about $3.8 million going in the trash can d...

  • “To contend that the obligation imposed on the president to see the laws faithfully executed implies a power to forbid their execution is a novel construction of the Constitution, and is entirely inadmissible.”
    — U.S. Supreme Court, 1838

    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans’ long-simmering dismay about Barack Obama’s offenses against the separation of powers became acute when events compelled him to agree with them that the Affordable Care Act could not be implemented as wr...

  • Sick of the filthy air? Let’s raise the gas tax to subsidize lower fares and expanded service on UTA. Even though I rarely use UTA, that will benefit me with cleaner air, less road congestion and lower taxes for future highway construction and maintenance.
    Steve Woodall
    Salt Lake City

  • There may be no more horrifying moment than the plop of your expensive smartphone as it falls into the toilet bowl.
    But face it, it’s happened either to yourself or at least someone you know. In Utah, mishaps involving iPhones apparently happen a lot.
    SquareTrade, which provides protection plans for electronic devices, released its annual Clumsiest States Index and found that Utah is the fifth clumsiest when it comes to iPhone accidents and damage.
    The index is based on the number of claims fil...

  • Reno, Nev. • Police think a suicidal gunman was on a mission of violence when he calmly entered a third-floor urology office and opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, killing one doctor, shooting another and critically wounding a third person
    A witness who was among those the shooter passed in the waiting area where the shootings took place by told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the man could have killed many more people at the Reno medical complex if that was his intent.
    Detectives have...

  • The findings of a five-month, $2.3 million investigation of alleged favors, gifts, deals and disappearing data surrounding former Attorney General John Swallow will be revealed to Utahns over two days starting Thursday — a watershed event in the nearly yearlong scandal that forced him from office.
    “We are going to present the results of our investigative work,” said Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, chairman of the House Special Investigative Committee. “It will go over two days, both [Thursday...

  • Washington • The Federal Reserve has decided to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy because the job market has shown steady improvement. The shift could lead to higher long-term borrowing rates for individuals and businesses.
    The Fed’s decision amounts to a vote of confidence in the economy six years after the Great Recession struck. It signals the Fed’s belief that the U.S. economy is finally achieving consistent gains.
    The central bank said in a statement after its policy meeting ended We...

  • After refusing to pay a $3,500 charge for disparaging the online geek gadget retailer, a Layton couple are taking KlearGear to court.
    “One of the important things about this case is to send a message to bad actors like KlearGear that they can’t stick outlandish terms in the fine print and expect to be able to enforce them,” said Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen who is co-counsel with Utah attorney Lester A. Perry of Hoole & King.
    According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. Dis...

  • WASHINGTON • A presidential advisory panel has recommended sweeping changes to government surveillance programs, including limiting the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by stripping the National Security Agency of its ability to store that data in its own facilities. Court orders would be required before the information could be searched.
    In a 300-page report released Wednesday, the five-member panel also proposed greater scrutiny of decisions to spy on friendly foreign leaders, a pra...

  • 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...

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