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Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs.

State School Board explores budget cuts as part of state funding exercise

As part of a budgeting exercise to find savings and stress-test the state budget, lawmakers are aiming for a goal to reduce expenditures by 2 percent in all state agencies. Read more »

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2 bills seek more hunting, fishing opportunities for Utah youth

Two bills were recommended unanimously for House approval on Thursday that would expand hunting and fishing opportunities for young Utahns. Read more »

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'Crucial' change cuts proposed tax increase for education in half

A Utah lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to increase the personal income tax rate for education has made changes that he hopes will make the bill easier to swallow for Utah families and other lawmakers. Read more »

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State legislator wants to dial back new distracted driving law

A state lawmaker wants to pull back a distracted driving law passed last year that prohibits dialing a cellphone and other activities with handheld electronic devices while driving. Read more »

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Hundreds gather to salute, honor law enforcement

More than 200 people including family members of fallen Utah police officers gathered at the state Capitol to honor law enforcement Thursday. Read more »

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Utah lawmakers unveil $28 million in air quality proposals

State lawmakers unveiled a dozen air quality bills Thursday, including a measure to spend $20 million replacing aging school buses with clean-fuel buses. Read more »

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Will new primary system for 2016 election stay intact?

A year ago, lawmakers reached an agreement that halted an initiative drive to replaced Utah's unique caucus and convention system for nominating candidates with a direct primary election. But some... Read more »

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The Mortgage Professor: How to write a letter to a lender

In pricing loans used to purchase a home, lenders distinguish three possible uses of the property. Read more »

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Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who... Read more »

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Fed sees strengthening economy but stays 'patient' on rates

The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. Read more »

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As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Read more »

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Playing catch-up on savings: Is it doable?

Not everyone who puts off retirement saving can make a success of playing catch-up. But for a lot of people, it is doable, with the right advice and a realistic plan. Here are some suggestions. Read more »

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Prosecutor: Aaron Hernandez orchestrated killing, cover-up

A prosecutor has told jurors that former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez orchestrated the killing of a semiprofessional football player, then orchestrated a cover-up. Read more »

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Haley creates committee to study domestic violence

Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday created another task force charged with finding a way to stem South Carolina's generational cycles of domestic abuse, on the heels of legislators advancing their own proposals. Read more »

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Study: Chances of driver dying in car crash plummets

The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles,... Read more »

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Child grooms of Nepal are married off as young as 7

The groom remembers his wedding day only in snapshots, like a dream that comes back in fragments. Read more »

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Rights group blasts Islamic State for atrocities

Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the "sectarian and abusive" policies of the Syrian and Iraqi governments, saying they fuel... Read more »

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Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews

Portugal's government on Thursday approved a law granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago, following Spain's adoption of similar legislation last year. Read more »

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Alibaba adjusted profit tops estimates, revenue disappoints

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba's Group reported adjusted fourth-quarter earnings that beat expectations as its user base continued to grow and shoppers bought more on mobile phones. Read more »

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Bill would remove permit requirement for concealed guns

Three Republican lawmakers want to allow anyone who can legally purchase a gun to carry the weapon concealed without a permit in New Hampshire. Read more »

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70 years later, veteran awarded WWII service medals

When Skokie resident Milton Kaplan served in the Army during World War II, he was one of the soldiers who would sneak into enemy territory and then report back to his commanders what he saw. Read more »

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Mitt Romney courts middle class, jabs Hillary Clinton in Mississippi

Mitt Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular... Read more »

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Technology would help teachers give faster feedback to students, lawmakers say

Legislators unanimously recommended a bill for House approval Wednesday that would avail English and writing teachers of computer programs to help them give more timely feedback on their students'... Read more »

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Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. Read more »

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This week in history: Henry Clay calls for the Compromise of 1850

On Jan. 29, 1850, Senator Henry Clay called for a series of laws to mollify both North and South after California applied to be admitted to the Union as a free state. The legislation only succeeded... Read more »

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