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Security personnel arrive outside the site of a suicide attack in kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. Authorities say an attack took place on a Shiite cultural center in the Afghan capital killing dozens. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)

Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 28.

Expect more smog and haze

Utah’s final week of weather for 2017 will be a little foggy.

The Utah Division of Air Quality said Wednesday it predicts worsening fog and haze conditions in the last week of the year, according to the Deseret News.

The division advises those with breathing problems and those who are sensitive to smog to prepare for bad conditions.

Forecasters expect partly sunny skies until Sunday.

The smog and haze come as Utah has seen a lack of snowy weather, other than the occasional storm. Utah joins the Southwestern U.S. as an area that hasn’t seen the normal amount of snow, the Deseret News reported.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Local school-supply store to close

A local school-supply business will close its doors after 120 years, the Deseret News reported.

Utah-Idaho Supply/MapWorld officials said Wednesday that it will close early next year due to ongoing competition with national chain stores and retailers.

The business originally sold textbooks before it became known for selling teaching aids, office supplies and educational toys.

Co-owner Brent Goodrich said business declined over the last decade.

"It's Amazon and other (online) retailers that were the 'death knell' for us," he said. "With the newer schoolteachers, they're all so tech-savvy that the first place they check when they go to buy something for the classroom is online."

Read more at the Deseret News.

He overcame drug addiction. Now he’s fighting drugs with drugs

Patrick Rezac’s nonprofit organization One Voice Recovery hopes to help drug addicts on the street battle their addictions, according to the Deseret News.

Th group works to put naloxone, a drug that revives people after an overdose, into the hands of addicts.

“And that’s where One Voice Recovery comes in. Its mobile outreach delivery model allows the organization’s representatives to go out into the community, identify and establish relationships with people at risk for opioid overdose, and put naloxone directly into their hands,” according to the Deseret News.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Dozens killed in Kabul attack

A suicide bomb attack in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, killed at least 41 people and injured more than 80 others, according to BBC News.

The Islamic State group declared responsibility for the attack, which targeted a Shia cultural organization, BBC reported.

The main blast occurred at the Tabayan cultural center, where several students gathered for a discussion forum. The event marked the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Two other explosions followed the first one. Those two blasts did not kill anyone.

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"We were inside the hall in the second row when an explosion from behind took place. After the blast there was fire and smoke inside the building and everyone was pleading for help,” student Mohammad Hasan Rezayee said.

Read more at BBC.

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