Last Updated Dec 20, 2014 05:57AM

After nearly nine months of getting paid an estimated $100,000 not to come to work, Kirk Torgensen, the former No. 2 in the Utah attorney general's office, was fired Friday — six days before Christmas. “As of today, Kirk Torgensen …

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  • Utah forecast: Snow in the mountains, rain in the valleys on the weekend
    The National Weather Service is predicting weekend high temperatures from the 40s to the low 50s along the Wasatch Front, with rain in the valleys …
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  • UDOT gets federal grant for safety signs
    The Utah Department of Transportation is getting a $750,000 Federal Highway Administration grant to speed the use of portable, variable speed-limit signs to reduce speed …
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  • Review: Gov’t Mule covers Pink Floyd on new live album
    When you’re playing music for 20 years with the caveat that no two shows will ever be the same, you had better write a lot of music, or cover some gre...
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  • Review: D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ plays to message of rising up
    The phrase “long-awaited album” gets tossed around quite a bit — slapped on sets delayed by a couple years, or a few measly months, even. But “Black M...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Nicki Minaj arrives at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) Review: Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pinkprint’ delivers grown-up complexity
    Maybe we knew — even in 2010 — when Nicki Minaj released her debut set, that beneath the fluorescent wigs and zany accents, there resided a real-life ...
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    Downtown Salt Lake City Event “The” Place To Ring in 2015
    It’s been dubbed the indoor/outdoor urban extravaganza. Now in its sixth year, Eve, presented by the Downtown Alliance is expected to be bigger than e...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 10:32 am   |     |   Share

    Monkres takes Dixie State OC job
    Long-time and highly successful Utah high school football coach Blaine Monkres was named to Dixie State’s football staff as offensive coordinator. Mon...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 05:27 pm   |     |   Share
    Gov. Herbert nominates Judge Himonas for Utah Supreme Court
    Gov. Gary Herbert has nominated Judge Constandinos Himonas to fill a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Ronald Nehring. …
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  • UtahLit for January: Teresa Jordan’s ‘The Year of Living Virtuously’
    For several years, Western writer Teresa Jordan focused on visual art and producing radio stories with her husband, folklorist Hal Cannon. But when sh...
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) drives to the basket, defended by Hawaii Warriors forward Mike Thomas (25) and Stefan Jovanovic (15) as BYU faces Hawaii, college basketball at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday December 6, 2014. BYU basketball: Haws’ status uncertain for Stanford
    Provo - Tyler Haws ran to the right corner, caught a cross-court pass and fired up a three-ball that splashed the net. But will one of college basketb...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) passes the ball behind his back past Orlando Magic forward Kyle O'Quinn (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Jazz won 101-94.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Jazz notes: Adjustments on defense shine through in win over Magic
    Orlando • Never one to mince words, Jazz coach Quin Snyder offered his team sage advice before Friday’s game when asked what changes he would make whe...
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    BYU football: Even coaches are enjoying Miami Beach
    Bowl games are never really just business trips and nothing else, as the players are fond of saying. Bowl committees do a good job all over the countr...
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    Prep boys’ basketball: West beats East in throwback game
    As the Panthers Holiday Classic tournament began, the Ray Hale Fieldhouse at West High took on a bit of a retro look. For one thing, …
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  • Utah State basketball: Aggies use defense to defeat Idaho State
    Logan • Utah State got defensive Friday night. Just in time. Clinging to a one-point lead early in the second half, the Aggies limited Idaho State to ...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • After nine months of paid leave, former top deputy in A.G.’s office gets fired
    After nearly nine months of getting paid an estimated $100,000 not to come to work, Kirk Torgensen, the former No. 2 in the Utah attorney general's of...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 05:57 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Tyler Hale of Syracuse flips up a shot near the end of the first half in traffic after driving past West’s Dallyn Kenner at right. Syracuse led West 24-15 at the half, Friday, December 19, 2014. Prep boys’ basketball: Syracuse slides by host West, 52-51
    Though Syracuse led from the start, and never really seemed in extreme danger of losing, the Titans’ one-point win over West on Friday meant that ever...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 10:01 pm   |     |   Share
    BYU students create video marking WWI Christmas truce
    Soldiers were huddled amid battlefield bunkers on Flanders Fields in Belgium, when suddenly they heard the faint notes of holiday carols waft through ...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 01:54 pm   |     |   Share
    Photos: Menorah lighting ceremonies in Salt Lake City mark start of Hanukkah
    A small group of children and adults helped marked the beginning of Hanukkah on Tuesday evening with a Lighting of the Menorah ceremony at the …
    Updated Dec 17 2014 08:43 am   |     |   Share
  • Prep girls’ basketball: Brighton girls blast Granger, 62-44
    West Valley City • One of the purposes of preseason basketball is to prepare teams for the rigors of the state tournament. Brighton’s 62-44 victory o...
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  • Living history: Ann Bassett, Queen of the Rustlers, ruled rugged Brown’s Park
    Last of three parts Born in rough and rugged Brown’s Park in 1878, Ann Bassett was a rambunctious tomboy who took to western life with a vengeance. ...
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  • Kirby: Find the simple life in church nursery
    It's been six weeks since the Spirit prompted the bishop to call me to be a nursery worker in my LDS ward. During that time no kids have been injured ...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • TV
    BYU's Alexa Gray, right, hits as Texas's Chiaka Ogbogu (11) and Paulina Prieto Cerame (19) go up for an attempted block during an NCAA college volleyball tournament semifinal in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. BYU won to advance to the finals. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) This weekend on TV; Utah, USU go bowling; BYU can win a national championship
    The Utah and Utah State football teams go bowling on Saturday, and the BYU women’s volleyball team has a chance to win a national championship. It’s U...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 01:21 pm   |     |   Share
    Movie review: Big spectacle, less emotion, in final ‘Hobbit’ chapter
    “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” at 2 hours and 24 minutes, is the shortest chapter in Peter Jackson’s vast adaptation of J.R.R. …
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  • Courtesy  |  Salt Lake City Police

Salt Lake City police wants the public's help identifying two men suspected in shooting and killing a third man near 563 W. 200 South Friday evening. Salt Lake City police investigating downtown homicide
    Salt Lake City police are investigating a downtown homicide. About 4:55 p.m. Friday, the police department tweeted that detectives are investigating a...
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  • Supreme Court won’t stop gay marriages in Florida
    Miami • Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them. The court said Friday it wouldn’t block the ma...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 05:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Competency hearing set for Utah teen charged with murdering neighbor
    St. George • A mental competency hearing has been set next month for a teenager from a small southern Utah city accused of killing his neighbor. The S...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 06:32 pm   |     |   Share