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  • SALT LAKE CITY-- A sentencing hearing for a scientist who has pleaded guilty in Utah's first industrial espionage case turned on testimony Thursday about the damage to a chemical company. Federal investigators say the 42- year-old chemist emailed a secret drug recipe from a Utah company to a brother-in-law in India.

  • NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • SALT LAKE CITY-- Shares of Fusion-io Inc., a provider of data center technology, tumbled in after-hours trading Wednesday after it said earnings fell 45 percent in its fiscal first quarter, and it offered a weak outlook for the current quarter.

  • SALT LAKE CITY-- Utah gave its final approval Wednesday for the first commercial tar sands project in the U.S., handing a victory to a Canadian company that aims to start producing 2,000 barrels of oil next year in the start of what could grow into a larger operation.

  • SALT LAKE CITY-- A report comparing the current housing market to the situation four years ago says the picture is noticeably bleaker in Utah's largest counties. "We are certainly not trying to indict anybody in elected office for causing this," Daren Blomquist, vice president of marketing for RealtyTrac, told the Deseret News. "

  • SALT LAKE CITY-- A report comparing the current housing market to the situation four years ago says the picture is noticeably bleaker in Utah's Salt Lake County. An analysis by foreclosure tracking firm RealtyTrac notes that Salt Lake County's home prices are down 36 percent and unemployment has doubled since 2008..

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio-- A report says conditions are improving at an Ohio prison that was transferred from state to private operation last year. The report says the North Central Correctional Complex in Marion has seen reductions in cases where force was used on inmates and inmate-on-inmate assaults.

  • RENO, Nev.-- Two federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act and now must reconsider additional protection for the Lahontan cutthroat trout and other rare fish adversely affected by the 700- mile Ruby pipeline that carries natural gas from Wyoming, through Utah and Nevada into southern Oregon, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

  • WASHINGTON-- Mitt Romney's transition team is quietly talking with government officials and Capitol Hill to develop a plan, if he's elected, to prevent massive cuts to the defense budget and extend tax cuts first passed under President George W. Bush. The economic policy planning is a major element of what's dubbed " The Readiness Project" inside the campaign.

  • SALT LAKE CITY-- Utah officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent for the month of September. The data released Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Services shows that 73,100 Utah residents were out of work in September. The data shows that Utah has added about 24,400 jobs over the past 12 months.

  • MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Amendment 7 on Alabama's ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. Kurt Wallace of Maplesville, said he wants to stop union organizers from harassing employees who won't sign a card. Al Henley, president of the Alabama AFL-CIO, says there is harassment, but it's from the other side.

  • Utah and industry officials say oil and gas production was up across the region and country last year because of drilling on state and private lands, not federal lands.

  • SALT LAKE CITY-- A Ukrainian man, hung over from a 50- day drinking binge, said he believed the wing of the airplane was on fire when he disrupted a Salt Lake City- bound Delta Air Lines flight and had to be wrestled to the floor by passengers, authorities allege in a criminal complaint.

  • It's the latest snapshot of the growing burden of student debt and it's another discouraging one: Two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 _ up about 5 percent from the class before.

  • SALT LAKE CITY-- The FBI has arrested a man accused of disrupting a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight and damaging the airplane by running up the aisle shortly after landing and attempting to open an emergency exit.

  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- With the economy showing some signs of improvement three weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama on Monday laid down a full embrace of the economic record many Republicans say is his biggest weakness.

  • BOSTON-- College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans.

  • Oct 12- Cablevision Systems Corp is looking at the possibility of selling its broadband telecommunications subsidiary Bresnan Broadband Holdings LLC, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • SANTA FE, N.M., Oct 12- New Mexico's policy of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants will violate a federal law taking effect in January, meaning residents won't be able to use their licenses as ID to board airplanes, the state's governor says.