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50K Utah residents pick plans on health website

Nearly 50,000 people in Utah have signed up for health insurance next year through the federal online marketplace, according to numbers released Tuesday by the U.S. Health and Human Services... Read more »

Published Dec. 30, 2014

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Utah lawmaker seeks to ban powdered alcohol

A Utah lawmaker wants to ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it wins approval from a federal agency and possibly makes its way to Utah liquor stores. Read more »

Published Dec. 29, 2014

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Gay marriage among Idaho's top 2014 news

For some, the wait had lasted decades. Others thought they would never see the day that in conservative Idaho —one of the most Republican-dominated states in the nation— same-sex... Read more »

Published Dec. 28, 2014

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University of Utah video game tackles student debt

Though video games might be better known for narratives about battling bad guys and stealing cars, they're also taking on weightier topics like the growing burden of student debt, say designers at... Read more »

Published Dec. 28, 2014

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Arizona Gov. Brewer leaving legacy of battling Washington

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer fought President Barack Obama on immigration and border security for most of her tenure, earning national prominence by enacting tough laws that were mainly struck down by... Read more »

Published Dec. 28, 2014

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Groups contest use of helicopters to manage sheep

Helicopters could be landing more frequently in central Arizona wilderness areas if a plan to manage bighorn sheep survives a challenge by conservationists. Read more »

Published Dec. 25, 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 »

Published Dec. 24, 2014

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Valles Caldera looks to future as national park

The management experiment at Valles Caldera National Preserve is coming to an end as the National Park Service prepares to take over the 140-square-mile property in northern New Mexico. Read more »

Published Dec. 22, 2014

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Jackson Hole ski resort looks to bring in families

For decades, Jackson Hole's reputation for its abundance of expert terrain — and relatively little else — preceded it. Read more »

Published Dec. 22, 2014

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Grand Canyon awards temporary South Rim contract

The Grand Canyon has awarded a temporary contract for a concessionaire to provide services at the South Rim. Read more »

Published Dec. 19, 2014

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Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths; Utah among states where illnesses have occurred

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Read more »

Published Dec. 19, 2014

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Man pleads guilty in airplane groping case

SALT LAKE CITY — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday... Read more »

Published Dec. 19, 2014

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Land, water rights needed for Nevada nuclear dump

Federal nuclear regulators say the U.S. Energy Department will need to acquire water rights and a land buffer before it can entomb the nation's radioactive waste beneath a long-studied volcanic... Read more »

Published Dec. 18, 2014

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Judge appoints board to sort out polygamous homes

A Utah judge has appointed a board of trustees to sort out the redistribution of more than 700 homes in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border where Warren Jeffs' sect is based. Read more »

Published Dec. 18, 2014

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Nevada regulators again reject tribal solar plant

Nevada regulators rejected for the second time Wednesday a request to waive competitive bids for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on the Moapa... Read more »

Published Dec. 17, 2014

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Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on

U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary... Read more »

Published Dec. 17, 2014

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Grand Canyon contract offer fails to attract bids

Officials have given up for now on soliciting bids for one of the Park Service's largest and most lucrative contracts, to run iconic hotels and restaurants at the Grand Canyon's South rim. Read more »

Published Dec. 14, 2014

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Death penalty sought for Utah man charged with killing two California deputies

California prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek the death penalty for a Utah man charged with killing two deputies during an hourslong rampage that also left a motorist and another deputy wounded. Read more »

Published Dec. 9, 2014

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Man doesn't plead guilty in Utah revenge porn case

A Utah man charged in a case that spurred a state law against revenge porn changed course Tuesday and decided not to enter guilty pleas. Read more »

Published Dec. 9, 2014

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Sage grouse scares off BLM oil, gas bidders in Nevada

Concerns about potential future protection of the sage grouse scared off bidders for all but one of 97 oil and gas leases the U.S. Bureau of Land Management offered at auction Tuesday for energy... Read more »

Published Dec. 9, 2014

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Federal lands transfer could cost Idaho millions

Taking control of federal public lands in Idaho could cost the state $111 million a year, a new report shows. Read more »

Published Dec. 8, 2014

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New Las Vegas tourism ad features Imagine Dragons

The latest 'What Happens Here, Stays Here' Las Vegas ad campaign features a familiar musical act from, well, right here. Read more »

Published Dec. 7, 2014

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Sundance Film Festival announces competition films

Films in next month's Sundance Film Festival's competitive categories feature such stars as Sarah Silverman, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman. Read more »

Published Dec. 3, 2014

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Idaho sockeye salmon success could be blueprint

Strategies used to bring back from the brink of extinction a population of central Idaho sockeye salmon have been so successful they could be used as a blueprint to prevent other extinctions,... Read more »

Published Nov. 30, 2014

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Mining group appeals ban on new Grand Canyon mines

Two mining industry groups have appealed a federal judge's ruling upholding an Obama administration ban on new hard-rock mining claims on more than one million acres near the Grand Canyon. Read more »

Published Nov. 29, 2014

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