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From same-sex marriage to prison relocation: Top Utah stories of 2014

Controversy topped Utah headlines in 2014, according to the editors of the Deseret News.

Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery

Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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4 Ohio inmates challenge lethal injection drug law

Four death row inmates are suing Ohio officials over a new state law that shields the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Senate, CIA agree torture program was mismanaged

The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program and the spy agency's official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, including the brutality and effectiveness of... Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Rights group urges UN to stop Nigerian executions

A leading Nigerian human rights group is asking U.N. rapporteurs to help try to stop the mass executions of soldiers sentenced to death by firing squad for refusing to fight Islamic militants. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Russia: NATO pushed Kiev to drop nonaligned status

NATO members pushed Ukraine toward dropping its nonaligned status, Russia claimed Wednesday, and also criticized the alliance for expanding its military presence near Russian borders. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Utah woman among first headed to elite Army school

A Utah National Guard solider will be among a handful of women going to the grueling U.S. Army Ranger school as part of the first steps toward integrating the elite combat unit. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Governor's budget directs new money to fight air pollution

Gov. Gary Herbert's proposed $14 billion budget unveiled earlier this month includes a wish list of new money to help with the state's struggling air quality. Chief on the list is a $20 million... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Hatch 'sorry to see' Lee called an 'embarrassment' to Utah

Sen. Orrin Hatch said Tuesday he was "sorry to see" that Utah businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. called Sen. Mike Lee an embarrassment to the state, but he isn't ready to endorse Lee's... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Utahns disapprove of Obama's executive actions on immigration

Nearly two-thirds of Utahns disapprove of President Obama's recently announced executive orders on immigration, a new UtahPolicy.com poll indicates. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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DA employees could be displaced up to six weeks by flood of downtown offices

A flood caused by a broken pipe in leased office space in downtown Salt Lake City could displace employees of the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office for up to six weeks, District Attorney... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Judge: Commissioner must pay for his own defense in ATV trespass case

A hearing Tuesday ended with a federal judge's ruling that San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman must foot the bill to pay for his own legal defense. Lyman organized and led an ATV ride to... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Key N. Korean websites suffer short outages after shutdown

Key North Korean websites suffered intermittent outages Tuesday after a nearly 10-hour shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Proposal seeks gun permits for Colorado pot users

Colorado was the first state to flout federal drug law with recreational marijuana sales. Now the state's voters may consider a ballot measure to allow pot smokers to carry a concealed firearm. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Israel official: Settlement funding up before vote

Israel's outgoing government is pumping millions of dollars into Jewish settlements in the West Bank for public buildings and roads ahead of national elections, an official said Tuesday, in what... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Ukraine abandons nonaligned status

The vote by Ukraine's parliament to drop its nonaligned status, which could pave the way for a bid to join NATO, challenges the Kremlin's ardent desire to keep NATO from taking a giant step toward the Russian heartland. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Much work still needed on health care sign-ups

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell says health care sign-ups are off to an encouraging start, but a lot of work is still needed to make the second open enrollment season for the... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Probe fails to link IRS scandal to White House

A House Republican investigation faults senior IRS officials in the mistreatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, but could find no link to the White House, according to a... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Russia, 4-ex-Soviet nations finalize new alliance

Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations on Tuesday completed the creation of a new economic alliance intended to bolster their integration, but the ambitious grouping immediately showed signs of... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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AP sources: NYC congressman to plead guilty

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm was expected to plead guilty to a federal tax evasion charge Tuesday, people familiar with the plea negotiations said, but it was unclear what would become of his... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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FDA going after sellers of pure caffeine powder

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Ukraine's rebel university goes Russian

In eastern Ukraine, where the country's pro-Russian insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, the region's top university is a major victim of the bitterness and rifts the fighting has caused. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Women excised from public life, abused by IS

The gunmen came to the all-girls' elementary school in the Iraqi city of Fallujah at midday with a special delivery: piles of long black robes with gloves and face veils, now required dress code... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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UN warns of potential war crimes in Libya

Fighting between armed groups in Libya has killed hundreds of civilians and could lead to prosecution for war crimes, the U.N.'s top human rights official said Tuesday. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Mia Love names KSL reporter to head communications post

Longtime KSL-TV political reporter Richard Piatt will join Congresswoman-elect Mia Love's office as communications director beginning in January. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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List of potential prison sites cut to three

There are now just three sites in contention for a new state prison, in Salt Lake City, Eagle Mountain and near Grantsville, but other possibilities will be considered through January, a... Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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