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Utah holding presidential caucus, not primary election

Utahns are going to get their turn to vote in the presidential nomination race, but not in traditional manner.

House Republicans hear medical marijuana bills, not expected to take a position

Members of the House Republican caucus heard pitches Tuesday for two approaches to legalizing medical marijuana, but House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said the caucus likely won't take a... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Alcohol permit bill clears Senate committee

A bill that clarifies how the state alcohol commission considers permits for special events advanced Tuesday in the Utah Legislature. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Biskupski's pick to lead public utilities withdraws, says he lacked political backing

Facing backlash for her appointment to replace Salt Lake City's longtime public utilities director, Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Monday that her nominee, Mike Reberg, has withdrawn his name... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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State lawmakers propose death penalty for human traffickers in homicide cases

Human trafficking that results in the death of the victim could be charged as a capital offense under a bill a House committee approved Tuesday. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Clinton wins Iowa, campaigns turn to New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Agency: North Korea plans satellite launch this month

Weeks after its fourth nuclear test, North Korea announced plans Tuesday to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket later this month, in what critics see as a covert test of banned... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: 'Public health crisis', liquor barriers and a record number of bills for the Utah Legislature

Republicans and Democrats can agree that inversion is the worst, lawmakers try to find ways around the "Zion Curtain" and Utahns may possibly get to provide funding while sporting a specialty... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Standoff leader heads back to court in bid to leave jail

A federal judge will consider Tuesday whether the leader of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge should remain in jail, while four holdouts drag out the standoff that began a... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Zika virus overshadows buildup to Rio de Janeiro Olympics

The Zika virus is overshadowing the final preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even eclipsing concerns over deep budget cuts and severe water pollution. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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US education official apologizes for poor judgment, behavior

A senior Education Department official apologized on Tuesday for what he acknowledged was poor judgment related to working on his side businesses with subordinates, failing to pay taxes on his... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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New Algerian law punishes violence against women

A new Algerian law has come into effect this week punishing violence against women and sexual harassment, in a victory for feminist groups that had fought for years for the legislation. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Cruz, Rubio eye NH momentum as Dems gird for long fight (+videos)

A victorious Ted Cruz and buoyant Marco Rubio emerged from Iowa with compelling claims to the outsider and mainstream mantles in the fractured Republican primary, as the presidential race shifted... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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UBS bank shares plunge as rich investors withdraw money

Swiss bank UBS saw its shares slide on Tuesday on news that investors had pulled billions out of its division serving wealthy clients — a token of the market turbulence that has shaken the... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Airstrikes destroy IS radio station in Afghanistan

U.S. airstrikes have destroyed an Islamic State-operated radio station in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders in tight Dem race

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party's leaders, swept to victory in Iowa's Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Owens outraises Love in fundraising period for House seat

Democratic challenger Doug Owens raised more money than U.S. Rep. Mia Love in the final months of 2015 as Owens tries to unseat the incumbent. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Lawmaker looks to curb municipal collections from traffic tickets

Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, is sponsoring SB100, which would cap the amount of revenue a municipality can collect from traffic tickets at 25 percent of its budget. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Will lawmakers consider another tax increase for education?

Business leaders are asking lawmakers to consider an increase to the income tax rate to raise money for education by asking voters whether they'd support such a move. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Game On: Iowa caucuses kick off 2016 presidential election

After a long year of campaigning, Republican and Democratic presidential candidates face voters for the first time, battling in Iowa Monday for a boost toward the White House — or in many... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Republicans, Democrats together on need for clean air legislation

More than two dozen Republican and Democratic lawmakers stood together Monday to announce a long list of clean air-related bills and appropriation requests. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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What you need to know about the effort to clear the air in Utah

As state regulators continue to try to put a lid on the sources of air pollution and residents are hungry for ways to do their part, expect Utah lawmakers to once again be handling multiple air... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Audit reveals deficiencies in Utah Board of Pardons and Parole

The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole must take steps to ensure consistent and fair decisions for releasing or extending the stay of prison inmates, according to a new legislative audit. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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State senator wants Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis

A Utah state senator is sponsoring a resolution to declare pornography a public health crisis. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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State hosts meeting on Clean Power Plan

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a meeting on the Clean Power Plan unveiled last year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Utah is among states contesting the rule,... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Tourism boosters rub shoulders with lawmakers

Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah, left, and Colin Fryer, from Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, visit during a Tourism on the Hill event at the Capitol on Monday. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Specialty license plate bills on the way to Senate

Bills to create two specialty license plates received unanimous approval from a Senate committee Monday. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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China company accused of fleecing investors of $7.6 billion

Police arrested the maverick founder of China's largest online finance business on suspicion of fleecing 900,000 investors of $7.6 billion, in what could be the biggest financial fraud in Chinese... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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US stocks edge mostly lower as energy prices plunge again

The stock market was able to recover from steep losses to close slightly lower on Monday as investors looked past another drop in the price of oil and renewed concerns about U.S. and Chinese... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Price tag give pause for governor, U.S. reps visit Hill

Water bills, gun safety classes and public land lawsuits were some of the topics on the hill last week. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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10,000 young migrants unaccounted for, EU police agency says

Authorities dealing with Europe's migrant crisis have lost track of about 10,000 unaccompanied children amid fears that organized crime gangs are beginning to exploit the vulnerable youngsters, a... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Clinton, Sanders look for liftoff in Iowa's caucuses

Locked in what's become a neck-and-neck primary battle, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made frantic, last-minute appeals to Iowa voters in the final hours before Monday night's caucuses. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread

The World Health Organization declared an international emergency on Monday over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Chechen leader posts video of opposition chief in crosshairs

Intensifying his political attacks on Russia's opposition, the leader of Russia's Chechnya republic posted a video Monday that appears to show Mikhail Kasyanov, a former prime minister who now... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Utah legislators not likely to remove barrier shielding liquor dispensing this year

A Republican state lawmaker is making another run taking down the barrier in restaurants designed to shield diners from liquor dispensing. Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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For Brazil's rich and poor, disparate response to Zika

Two Brazilian women, two pregnancies, one nightmare. But two very different stories. Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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Top Yemeni Salafi cleric killed in Aden

The lifeless body of Yemen's top Salafi cleric in the southern port city of Aden was found disfigured on Sunday hours after he was abducted following an anti-extremism sermon, security officials... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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Amid shaky start to Syria talks, IS-claimed blast kills 45

A triple bombing claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 45 people near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, overshadowing an already shaky start to what are meant to be... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector

Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that's sprung up in China: drone pilot... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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In final Iowa blitz, an outraged Clinton channels Sanders

Seeking victory in Iowa, Hillary Clinton has begun channeling the economic indignation of her rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose unapologetically liberal campaign has tightened the race ahead... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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Syria wants 2 militant groups barred from peace talks

President Bashar Assad's government will "never accept" the removal of two militant groups from a list of terrorist organizations barred from peace talks, a Syrian official said, while an... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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Israeli PM pushing for liberal Jewish prayer at holy site

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed forward Sunday with a far-reaching plan to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a move advocates say would mark... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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State lawmaker wants to break school to prison 'pipeline'

Meeting at the flag pole after school is something that juveniles have been doing for generations. But should a scuffle or fist fight that doesn't involve weapons result in referrals to juvenile... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Syrian opposition delegation arrives in Geneva

The main Syrian opposition delegation vowed Saturday not to participate in U.N.-sponsored peace talks with the government unless their demands are met, including lifting the siege imposed on... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Clinton, Sanders campaigns agree to add New Hampshire debate

Democrats would hold a presidential debate next week in New Hampshire before the state's first-in-the-nation primary and three more in the spring under a tentative deal reached Saturday between the... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Clinton campaigns with Giffords, focuses on gun control

Hillary Clinton campaigned Saturday with gun-control advocates Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, trying to draw a contrast between her push for stricter laws with rival Bernie Sanders'... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Stackable credentials: A model for college and job success

Stackable credentials are emerging as a way to meet industry needs and open doors of opportunity for students looking to prepare for a career, get a raise or change jobs. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Things to Know: Utah's record bills numbers include repeats

Utah lawmakers are on track to sift through a record number of bills over the next six weeks after legislators moved at a frenetic pace to submit proposals, including many resurrected ideas that... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Now deeply Christian, Cruz's religion once wasn't so obvious

Ted Cruz sometimes sounds more like a preacher than a presidential candidate. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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