This photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, demonstrators attend a protest over Iran's weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran's weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday, with college students and others chanting against the government just hours after hard-liners held their own rally in support of the Islamic Republic's clerical establishment. (AP Photo)

Happy New Year. Here’s a look at the news for Jan. 2.

Carbon County hopes to curb opioid issue

The Deseret News published a special report over the weekend about Carbon County’s ongoing battle with the opioid epidemic.

Carbon County has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid deaths in the Beehive State, and it’s known nationwide for its high rate of retail opioid prescription dispensed per 100 people, the Deseret News reported.

The impacts of the opioid epidemic have become personal in the county.

“In the cities, to hear about drug overdose and these other things, you may think it’s so foreign to you. In these small communities, every one of us knows somebody who is affected by it," Carbon County Commissioner Jake Mellor said. "Most everyone here in this small community also knows somebody who has committed suicide, mostly because it’s a smaller population and we mingle. We get to know our neighbors."

Read more about the crisis at the Deseret News.

Iran’s leader blames ‘enemies’ for protests

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed the country’s enemies for the recent protests across the country, CNN reported.

Protests erupted across Iran last Thursday. At least 21 people have died so far from the protests, which have included storming a police station and an attempt to steal weapons from authorities.

Khamenei blamed Iran’s enemies for the attack. He did not specify who the enemies were.

"The enemy is waiting for an opportunity, for a flaw, through which they can enter," he said. "Look at these events over the last few days. All those who are against the Islamic Republic, those who have money, those who have the politics, those who have the weapons, those who have the intelligence, they have all joined forces in order to create problems for the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution."

President Donald Trump commented on the situation in a tweet Tuesday.


Read more at CNN.

Utah native makes Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Christina Qi made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list released in late 2017, thanks to her career in financial technology, according to the Deseret News.

Qi, who graduated from Hillcrest High School and later the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made her name working at Domeyard LP, a hedge fund that focuses on high-frequency trading.

It took nearly three years for the hedge fund to grow.

“Qi was effective at raising money, but the young traders needed to build up the technology and infrastructure required for data-driven trading — securing servers in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s data center, writing a few million lines of code, and setting up the capability to support several petabytes of data," Forbes reported.

Qi first arrived in the Beehive State when she was 3 years old after her parents left China to attend college at Utah State.

"We grew up really poor, like welfare, food stamps poor," Qi said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Meet the first baby born in Utah for 2018

Baby girl Hannah was the first baby born in Utah in 2018, according to the Deseret News.

Hannah made her debut at Timpanogos Regional Hospital, weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces, the Deseret News reported.

Hannah’s mother, Valerie, told the Deseret News she thought she’d give birth around 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

That proved not to be the case.

"It just went really fast," she said. "It was almost midnight when the baby started to come. That last push was right after midnight. It was hard, but I had a really good nurse helping me."

Read more at the Deseret News.


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