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Trump accuses NY attorney general of ethics breach

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...

Utah County refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses

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...

Kirby: In the middle of the damn night

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...

Target: 40M card accounts may be breached

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...

Jury: 2 men guilty of UK soldier murder

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...

Cool cocktails at ice lounge in Park City

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 ...

US existing-home sales drop for 3rd straight month

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, ...

Stocks ease below records a day after Fed rally

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...

Sales tax hike for mass transit proposed

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 veggies might work, BYU study finds

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...