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Letter: We all win with lower UTA fares

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

Will: Executive discretion to the extreme

“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...

Utah not kind to iPhones

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 hospital shooting was not random, police say

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...

House panel to reveal findings in Swallow probe starting today

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...

Layton couple sue KlearGear for $3,500 negative-review charge

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...

Fed will reduce bond purchases by $10B in January

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...

White House task force urges limit on NSA snooping

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...

Ten great holiday family activities to get moving

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.

Kragthorpe: Utah State coach is college football’s best bargain

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...