Cheryl Diaz Meyer, For the Deseret News
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, jokes with members of the media after a ceremonial swearing in of Congressman John Curtis, who was accompanied by wife Sue and children Sarah Marchant, Emily Rosen and Nicole Curtis, left to right, in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13, 2017.

Here’s a look at the news for Nov. 14.

John Curtis sworn in

Newly elected Utah Rep. John Curtis was sworn in before Congress on Monday as House Republicans hope to earn his vote for upcoming tax reform, according to the Deseret News.

Curtis, who was sworn in on a Bible that belonged to his mother-in-law, shared the importance of family in his speech after being sworn in.

Curtis highlighted how his wife Sue's great-grandmother, Martha Hughes Cannon, was the first female state senator in U.S. history.

“Even better, she won that office by defeating her husband,” he said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Salt Lake County to sue ‘Big Pharma’

Salt Lake County leaders announced on Monday that they will join several other counties and states to sue opioid drug manufacturers, the Deseret News reported.

"I expect to see damages for the harm that has been caused to our community," Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said. "But more importantly, we want to change the outrageous behavior that is harming families and harming the safety of our community."

The announcement comes with Operation Rio Grande underway in Salt Lake City. The effort looks to clean up one of the area’s most troubled neighborhoods.

McAdams said the county won’t stand by and watch crime unfold any longer.

"We are heartbroken and outraged by the stories of families of our residents and the death and destruction they see in their lives," McAdams said. "We cannot afford to stand by any longer.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

Theresa May says Putin meddled in election

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she believes Russian President Vladimir Putin meddled in multiple elections across the world, BBC reported.

May said Putin’s government also carried out cyber attacks, looking to “undermine free societies,” BBC reported.

She also accused Putin of planting fake news stories to encourage discord and frustration in the U.S.

"Russia has repeatedly violated the national airspace of several European countries and mounted a sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption,” she said. "This has included meddling in elections and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and the Bundestag among many others."

Read more at BBC.

A look at a retired Utah court justice

Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham plans to retire this week, and she’s leaving behind a rather significant legacy.

After all, Durham’s known as Utah’s first female district court judge, Supreme Court justice and chief justice, the Deseret News reported.

The 72-year-old spoke on Monday about how much her job meant to her, having spent 40 years working for the state.

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"If the state of Utah did not pay me to do the job that I have been able to do, I would have had to find a way to pay them to let me do it," she said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

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