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Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Dan Farr reveals the first wave of celebrity guests for this fall's event during a press conference at the Caption in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Here’s a look at the news for Jan. 18.

New name for Salt Lake Comic Con?

A new website may indicate Salt Lake Comic Con is in line for a name change, according to the Deseret News.

Salt Lake Comic Con launched a new website on Wednesday called FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention, a name that has gained popularity online among social media users since a jury found in December that the Comic Con name violated trademark laws, the Deseret News reported.

That case found that San Diego Comic-Con International holds the trademark rights to the term “comic-con.”

Now it looks like a name change may be in the future for the Salt Lake event.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Here are the issues lawmakers are talking about ahead of session

Lawmakers plan to talk about school funding, Medicaid expansion and a list of other topics ahead of the upcoming 2018 Legislature session, according to the Deseret News.

So far, Democrats are backing tax increases for school and adding the federal Medicaid expansion program, while Republicans dispute both of those ideas.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said he supports higher taxes to accomplish these goals.

"Every one of us believes we need more funding for education," Cox said.

Utah lawmakers will begin a 45-day session on Monday.

Read more at the Deseret News.

LDS Church to expand suicide prevention website

The LDS Church plans to expand its suicide prevention website, according to Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who made the announcement on Wednesday, the Deseret News reported.

Rasband will also sit on a new task force that will aim to curb the youth suicide.

Elder Rasband said the church will do “everything we possibly can” to prevent youth suicide, which, he said, is at a “crisis point.”

"We have many parishes and churches, bishops, wonderful sisters that are all working on it, let alone moms and dads," he said, "and we want to just call all of these resources together to try and improve this horrific statistic that influences many of us in our families and extended families."

Read more at the Deseret News.


The wall won’t change, president says

President Donald Trump made his intentions clear on Thursday morning about the long-promised wall to border U.S. and Mexico — nothing about it will change from his original idea, BBC News reported.

Trump said the wall won’t change despite his chief of staff, John Kelly, telling Fox News that the president’s opinion on the wall has changed and he has begun to consider other options.

Trump appeared like he was ready to make a deal to help DREAMers stay in the country as long as he received a border wall in return, according to BBC.

But now, he’s walked back that stance, hoping to create a wall that Mexico will pay for, BBC reported.

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The wall could cost an estimated $20 billion, BBC reported.

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BBC: North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with 'clear eyes'

CNN: India tests-fires Agni-V, a nuclear-capable ICBM

Reuters: After Trump denial, Netanyahu clarifies remarks on timeframe for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Chicago Tribune: Saudi Arabia transfers Yemen $2 billion to save local currency from 'complete collapse'

Quartz: It’s official — Trump is behind Putin and Xi in the global popularity contest