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  • Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who heads the Senate Finance Committee, said he wanted the "fast-track" trade legislation to pass the full Senate in its original form. Hatch also aimed to strip out an amendment passed by the Senate panel which would disqualify trade deals with countries deemed soft on human trafficking from the special procedures designed to...

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- If the U.S. Supreme Court blows up the tax subsidies at the heart of Obamacare in June, Republicans hope to deliver on their promise to offer an alternative healthcare plan. Two front-running Republican options at an early stage in Congress include a refundable tax credit that experts say is virtually the same thing as the Obamacare tax...

  • HILL AIR FORCE BASE, April 3- President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled an expansion of U.S. government efforts to train military veterans for jobs in the solar power industry during a visit to Utah. The Department of Defense plans to have "Solar Ready Vets" programs at 10 bases across the country to train military members who are returning to civilian life for...

  • Tech's pro-gay stance collides with gender problem Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 4:08 PM ET
    Tug of War

    Can the tech industry simultaneously oppose anti-gay discrimination and be a cozy boys club that itself discriminates against women?

  • US pharmacist group moves to block execution drugs Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:44 PM ET
    Hypodermic needle filled from vial

    A national pharmacists' group has adopted a policy discouraging its members from providing death-penalty drugs.

  • Some on Wall Street are even talking about an earnings recession. Wall Street analysts currently estimate earnings growth of 1.3 percent for 2015, down from a forecast of 8.1 percent at the beginning of the year, according to Thomson Reuters data. Nearly one-fifth of S&P 500 companies have warned on earnings for the first quarter, with at least 49 companies...

  • Native tribes debate entering legal pot business Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in southeastern Utah.

    Many Native American tribes are grappling with the idea of growing marijuana on reservation land.

  • NEW YORK, March 12- Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 or 25 years old would significantly reduce their use and tobacco-related illnesses in the United States, a study published Thursday found, suggesting that states and local authorities should consider passing such laws. Four states- Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah- have increased...

  • What state passed a white-collar felon registry? Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 10:17 AM ET
    Utah's Attorney General, Sean Reyes

    This state approved a measure to build the nation's first white-collar offender registry for financial felons. The NYT reports.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 11- A beefed-up space shuttle solid rocket motor passed a two-minute test firing in Utah on Wednesday, a key milestone toward the debut flight of NASA's deep-space launcher in 2018, the U.S. space agency said. Anchored horizontally to a test stand in the desert in Promontory, Utah, the five-segment motor, built by Orbital ATK, ignited at...

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- Unions plan to make lawmakers' support for trade deals and legislation to streamline the passage of trade agreements through Congress an issue in next year's U.S. elections, the head of the country's largest labor federation said on Tuesday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said unions would keep a tally of how lawmakers voted on upcoming...

  • Senator Marco Rubio, a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2016, on Wednesday unveiled a plan to reduce taxes for multinational corporations and parents, but it would widen federal budget deficits without cuts to popular health and retirement programs. The Florida senator's tax plan, introduced with Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, would close...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee proposed a tax reform plan on Wednesday they said would help drive long-term growth by reducing the top corporate rate and simplifying rates for other taxpayers. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the two conservative lawmakers said their plan would lower the maximum tax rate for companies to...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 22- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose 13 cents in the past two weeks, bringing it up 26 cents since prices bottomed out after a nine-month slide ended in January, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday. "It was dropping dramatically for nine months straight and then it hit bottom, and now it's up 26 cents since...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- Elliot Management Corp. and Omega Advisors Inc. are among activist hedge funds buying stakes in North American oil and gas producers whose stock has fallen because of weaknesses exposed by the collapse of energy prices. This month Citigroup cut its crude price forecasts, saying West Texas Intermediate could go as low as $20 a barrel before...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A fight between an upstart Spanish language TV network and Comcast Corp has provided more ammunition for critics who fear Comcast would gain too much market power if its buyout of Time Warner Cable Inc goes ahead, antitrust attorneys said. Formed by the son of a Mexican immigrant in 2009, Estrella TV currently is distributed by Comcast in 16...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 12- Tesoro Corp is confident its refineries in California and Washington can operate with non-union workers for a "very long period of time," as refinery strikes across the nation enter a 12th day, Chief Executive Greg Goff told analysts on Thursday. Talks between the United Steelworkers union, which represents the striking workers and those at 52...

  • ZUEHL, Texas, Feb 6- Texas rancher Jim Rackley would like to add more cattle to his herd of about 50 to take advantage of sizzling beef prices and growing demand from health-conscious consumers for his grass-fed beef. But the prospect of cloudless skies keeps him cautious. "Every time we think we're coming out of the drought, we get hit again,' said Rackley, a former high...