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  • AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, Lynparza from British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC. The Food and Drug Administration also approved a companion diagnostic test from Myriad Genetics Inc. of Salt Lake City called BRACAnalysis CDx. Richard Pazdur, director of the...

  • Man pleads guilty in airplane groping case Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday. Hans Loudermilk, 66, of Oceanside, California acknowledged touching the 15- year-old's chin and rubbing her leg on the March flight. Loudermilk was sitting next the girl when he...

  • Judge appoints board to sort out polygamous homes Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah judge has appointed a board of trustees to sort out the redistribution of more than 700 homes in a polygamous community on the Utah- Arizona border where Warren Jeffs' sect is based. State Judge Denise Lindberg's order Wednesday gives the panel limited power, though. Meanwhile, others are being evicted for refusing to pay $100- a-month...

  • "If people think this is just to raise the flag, it's not going to last long," said Christopher Flensborg, Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, the Swedish bank that's the world's largest underwriter of green bonds. Green bonds used to come exclusively from AAA-rated organizations like the World Bank; the...

  • ND fines company $687,500 for disposal violations Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota regulators assessed a $687,000 fine Wednesday against a Utah company for violating saltwater waste disposal rules. Jack Dalrymple, approved the sanction against Springville, Utah- based Redemption Energy LLC. Lynn Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resources, told the commission the company showed "very little...

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • WASHINGTON— A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an author of the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last year with bipartisan...

  • Man admits arson in Salt Lake City apartment fire Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah electrician pleaded guilty on Monday to starting a fire in February that caused $6 million in damage to an unfinished Salt Lake City apartment building. Dustin Bowman, a 34- year-old from Bountiful, Utah, pleaded guilty to one count of arson as part of a deal with prosecutors. The nighttime blaze in downtown Salt Lake City could be seen for...

  • Senate cancels vote on Obama Social Security pick Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    Obama nominated Carolyn W. Colvin to a six-year term as commissioner in June, and Colvin's nomination cleared one procedural hurdle in the Senate Saturday. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., canceled an upcoming vote, making it likely Colvin won't get a vote until next year, when Republicans take control of the Senate. Colvin's nomination would...

  • Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy. The Senate passed the bill on a day Democrats launched a drive to confirm two dozen of Obama's stalled nominees to...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. A similar situation began unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz and two other Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The U.S. Senate passed a five-day extension of federal funding on Saturday, staving off a government shutdown and buying lawmakers more time to resolve a fight over a longer, $1.1 trillion spending bill led by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. On Saturday, a similar situation looked to be unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz...

  • Congress sends Obama $1.1 T spending bill Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 12:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Friday urged the Senate to ratify a $1.1 trillion, House-passed spending bill that has roiled his Democratic Party, judging it an imperfect measure that stems from "the divided government that the American people voted for." Mike Lee of Utah, launched a bid to force the Senate to vote on Obama's new immigration policy.

  • Big Island brothers' T-shirts commemorate lava Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    HILO, Hawaii— Two Hawaii brothers are selling concert-like T-shirts commemorating a Big Island lava flow as a way to make money in case the molten rock burns down their auto parts store. The lava from Kilauea volcano has been threatening homes, business and roads for months after slowly creeping into the small town of Pahoa. They came up with the idea in October,...

  • Restaurant, woman who drank toxic tea reach deal Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:30 PM ET

    Dickey's Barbecue and Jan Harding issued a joint statement this week announcing they came to terms on an agreement that will lead to extensive changes at the business to ensure such an incident never happens again. A worker inadvertently mixed an industrial cleaning solution, lye, into an iced tea dispenser at a Dickey's in the Salt Lake City suburb of South...

  • Family settles polygamist towns lawsuit for $3M Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A family that was awarded a $5.2 million judgment over a denied water hookup in two polygamous towns along the Utah- Arizona border has settled for less than half that amount to avoid an appeal. Ronald and Jinjer Cooke will get about $2 million from insurers and utility companies representing Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, according to a...

  • Report: Rotor detached before deadly chopper crash Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Safety inspectors say mechanics had worked on the main rotor of a helicopter and were taking it for a test flight when the rotor came off and the chopper crashed into a building near Salt Lake City. The National Transportation Safety Board has released a brief preliminary report about the crash that killed two men Dec. 2. The agency says the...

  • Governor's budget: education, police cameras Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    Gary Herbert wants to see lawmakers pay for body cameras for state troopers, health coverage for poor Utah residents and a sizeable jump in education spending next year. Herbert, a Republican, unveiled his priorities Thursday morning for Utah's $14.3 billion budget. Herbert's budget goes to Utah's Republican-controlled Legislature.

  • Ex-TV pitchman disrupts hearing on owl allegations Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A former TV pitchman in Utah known for his over-the-top personality turned his initial court appearance Thursday into a sideshow by being disruptive and combative with a federal judge. Dell "Super Dell" Schanze eventually pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from accusations he chased and kicked a barn owl in flight while on his motorized...

  • Spending bill delays protections for sage grouse Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Montana— A legislative rider in Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that's been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The bill also delays protections for the related Gunnison sage grouse of Utah and Colorado and for two subspecies of greater sage grouse in Washington, Nevada...