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Trib Talk: Kragthorpe, Monson break down Jazz, Utes, bowls

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 ...

Stocks soar as Fed cuts stimulus, citing jobs

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...

8 educational video games the whole family can enjoy

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...

Utah forecast: Continued cold, with worsening valley pollution

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...

Volcker Rule bans big banks from making risky trades

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...

Filibuster threat gone, Senate confirms two Obama nominees

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...

How Volcker Rule would limit banks’ risky bets

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...

Letter: Utah marriage law doesn’t denigrate families

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...

Letter: U.S. military needs F-35 to be strong

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...

Food briefs: New Utah wine for holidays. Hop Bombshells, more

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...