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  • WASHINGTON— Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. The to-do list includes forestalling a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians, preventing a cutoff of highway and transit dollars in the middle of peak construction season this summer and renewing critical parts of the...

  • Under the proposed settlement, Basic Research will pay a refund of $25 per box after being sued by law firms on behalf of consumers who purchased the product called Akavar beginning in 2007.. A Basic Research representative didn't respond to requests for comment. In 2007, a proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Utah against Basic...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Billionaire Ira Rennert and his investment firm were ordered on Friday to pay $118.2 million after being found liable for looting a magnesium company to build one of the most expensive mansions in America. A Manhattan federal jury found Rennert and Renco Group Inc liable for breach of fiduciary duty and other claims following a three-week...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Billionaire Ira Rennert and his investment firm were ordered on Friday to pay more than $118 million after being found liable for looting a magnesium company to build one of the most expensive mansions in America. A Manhattan federal jury found Rennert and his Renco Group Inc liable for breach of fiduciary duty and other claims following a...

  • A Manhattan federal jury levied $118 million in damages against Rennert and his Renco Group Inc.. The lawsuit stemmed from the 2001 bankruptcy of the Magnesium Corp. of America, or MagCorp, a Salt Lake City- based producer of magnesium. Rennert's company, Renco Group Inc., said that aspects of the complicated verdict were contradictory and that the company would...

  • US rig count decreases 43 to 1,267 Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:49 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,267 amid depressed oil prices. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota's count fell by 11, Oklahoma lost nine, Louisiana seven, Texas six, New Mexico four, Colorado three and Wyoming two.

  • PHOENIX— Former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi reported to a federal prison in West Virginia on Friday to begin serving a three-year sentence for corruption, money laundering and other convictions. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that he must report to the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution by Friday.

  • Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner's emails when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011.. "We recovered quite a number of emails but until we compare those to what's...

  • Gary Herbert said Thursday that he's opposed to the idea of allowing a state commission to pick a location to build a new prison instead of leaving the decision with the Legislature. Brad Wilson, R- Kaysville, materializes into a bill. "The Legislature needs to embrace their resonsibility here.

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products. A Senate committee voted 3-2 to approve the bill and send it to the full Senate after a nearly two-hour debate about the legal and...

  • Second golden eagle in 3 years killed at Nevada wind farm Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 2:57 PM ET

    Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Dan Balduini said Wednesday he couldn't speculate about how the agency might respond after the second golden eagle in three years was found dead Feb. 9 at Spring Valley Wind Energy. Pattern Energy owns the facility in White Pine County, about 250 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Rene Braud, Pattern Energy's director of...

  • Longtime AP reporter Quane Kenyon dies Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 2:55 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— Quane Kenyon, a retired Associated Press newsman who covered Idaho politics for 25 years, died of a heart attack at a Boise hospital on Tuesday. A graduate of Idaho State University, Kenyon began his AP career as a copy boy in the Salt Lake City bureau in 1958. He then worked six years for the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, followed by the Salt Lake...

  • Utah medical marijuana bill unveiled Wednesday Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Calling it a move for freedom and compassion, a state lawmaker this week unveiled a medical marijuana bill that would allow residents of conservative Utah who have chronic and debilitating diseases to use certain edible products containing THC, the chemical responsible for most of the drug's psychological effects. The government policy is...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A legislative panel on Wednesday recommended significant changes to a contentious proposal that would allow people with concealed carry permits to take their guns to most public places in Wyoming. Allen Jaggi, R- Lyman, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take their weapons to any public event or place, including schools and college...

  • Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    Sensing a Republican retreat, Obama is headlining a Miami town hall on Wednesday, enlisting his Latino base of support to increase pressure on GOP lawmakers who want to tie spending on the Homeland Security Department to repeal of his immigration executive actions. Indeed, Obama on Tuesday summoned a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the White House for a...

  • Hosman is CEO of Assessments.com, a Utah company with about 100 contracts with state and county governments from Florida to California. An early advocate and true believer in the industry, Hosman has spoken at justice forums in Texas, Idaho and Washington state. He also has been a frequent visitor to county jails in his home state of Utah and other states in the...

  • Zagg tops 4Q revenue forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:54 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY _ Zagg Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $13 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Analysts expected $93.5 million, according to Zacks. Zagg shares have dropped nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Merit Medical beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah _ Merit Medical Systems Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $8.7 million. Merit Medical expects full-year earnings in the range of 85 cents to 89 cents per share, with revenue in the range of $535 million to $545 million. Merit Medical shares have increased 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's health secretary told Congress Tuesday that she has no administrative actions available to fix the "massive damage to our health care system" that would result should the Supreme Court invalidate federal subsidies that help millions of Americans buy health care coverage. The letter from Health and Human Services...