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This year’s white Christmas was good news for Utah’s ski resorts, which opened additional lifts after the state was hit with fresh snow. Resort officials say light snowfall in December postponed the opening of some runs. But many resorts are …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Volunteer Biruta Strausser separates recyclables from yuletid debris at Recycle Utah's Park City center, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Holidays a time for recycling waste in Utah landfills
    Bruce Erickson makes a living designing ski areas, but in the days following Christmas he works as an unpaid traffic cop at a Park City recycling yard...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 04:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This Dec. 17, 2014 file photo shows a classic American car driving past the U.S. Interests Section buidling in Havana, Cuba. A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the seven-story mission is set to become a full-fledged embassy. The U.S. and Cuba announced on Dec. 17, 2014 they are re-establishing full diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File) US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw
    Havana • A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States’ seven-story mission looms over Havana’s seaside Malecon boule...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 02:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This  Nov. 14, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama boarding Air Force One at Yangon International Airport, in Yangon, Myanmar. It was supposed to be a joke. “Are you still president?” comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obama’s potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are trying to push aside his agenda in favor of their own.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes
    Wshington • It was supposed to be a joke. “Are you still president?” comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question ...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • SPONSORED ARTICLE
    Caribbean Pacific Foundation OECS Technology To Bring Utah Jobs by 2015
    Cutting-edge technology that will supply developing countries with cleaner and cheaper fuel will also likely bring 3000 new jobs to Utah within the ne...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 12:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • INTERNET
    John Stockton is recruiting for the ‘NBA,’ of sorts, in a new ad
    Jazz legend John Stockton is lending an assist to another arena: national insurance commercials. State Farm Insurance debuted a new ad Thursday that f...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 11:03 am   |     |   Share

  • Shoshone Forest plan to keep 3 areas vehicle-free
    Cody, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service will keep three areas southeast of Yellowstone off-limits to motorized vehicles and mountain bikes in the latest ...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 file photo, Carmen Zepeda, of Corpus Christi, Texas, shows off her 2013 New Year's Eve glasses at the Fremont Street Experience Downtown Countdown in Las Vegas. On New Year's Eve night, some 340,000 people spending some $226 million, will crowd the Strip and downtown Fremont Street expecting to be entertained and for that reason, Las Vegas casino operators, event planners, tourism agencies and more have spent months planning ways to wow. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Scheid, File) Las Vegas New Year’s Eve prep takes year effort
    Las Vegas • A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can’t just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. For one night only...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 01:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • Hadi Bahra, the head of the Syrian National Coalition, the country's main political opposition group, leaves a meeting with Arab League's Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby at the league's headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) Syria ‘ready to participate’ in Moscow peace talks
    Damascus • Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed ...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • TRIBTALK
    Trib Talk: Geek out over holiday entertainment
    Want to know how to best escape into the world of entertainment after spending a long Christmas Day with your family? Join Tribune movie critic Sean M...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 01:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, Sam Rothberg, packing house supervisor for the Intervale Food Hub in Burlington, Vt., packs carrots into weekly deliveries of food produced by area farmers. Food hubs around the country are getting more fresh, locally produced food out to consumers and giving farmers another avenue for expanding their sales. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke) Food hubs link consumers with locally farmed food
    Burlington, Vt. • Move over farmers’ markets. More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 12:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 file photo shows the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. The botched April execution of an Oklahoma inmate and other troubling ones in Ohio and Arizona this year gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that the most pro-death penalty parts of the country might have a change of heart. They didn’t. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution
    McAlester, Okla. • Oklahoma’s last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the le...
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  • Police officers and their dogs assemble before the funeral of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Glendale section of Queens, where he was a member, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. Ramos and his partner, officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) Key developments in police-communities tension
    black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensifie...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 11:21 am   |     |   Share
  • TRIBTALK
    Tribune food writer Kathy Stephenson was a guest on Trib Talk on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Trib Talk: Top food picks, Utah restaurants of 2014
    Three days until Christmas and still stymied about what to give the foodie in your life? On Monday at 12:15 p.m., Tribune food writer Kathy Stephenson...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 08:28 am   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, sand marks the floodwater line on the side of a house in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, in Long Beach, N.Y. Lawyers representing about 1,500 homeowners are trying to prove that some engineering firms hired to inspect the damage issued bogus reports to give skeptical insurers ammunition to deny claims. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File) Insurers dogged by claims of slanted Sandy reports
    New York • When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, flood insurance companies working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched an army ...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • School bans ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts at tournament
    San Francisco • A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the nationwide protests over ...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 10:48 am   |     |   Share
  • Family members of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos, including his son Jaden Ramos, center, and his wife Maritza Ramos, right, arrive before funeral services for officer Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale section of Queens, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. Ramos and his partner, officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Police outside cop funeral turn backs on NYC mayor
    New York • Hundreds of officers outside the church where a funeral was held for a policeman killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting turned...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 10:39 am   |     |   Share
  • POLYGAMY
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   

FLDS member Mary Harker, right, speaks with UEP trust administrator Bruce Wisan following a 2009 court hearing. More on Bruce Wisan remaining with polygamous trust, new tax problems
    Third District Court Judge Denise Lindberg issued her order keeping Bruce Wisan as fiduciary of the United Effort Plan late in the business day on Wed...
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Hannah Veach, 10, does a somersault before sliding down a hill on her back near Eastwood Elementary, on Wasatch Blvd., Saturday, December 27, 2014. Winter storm heading to northern Utah
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  • Kirby: Merry flu season
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  • Tribune photo |  Brian Maffly
Tar Sands Holdings II has acquired the former Crown Asphalt Ridge mine outside Vernal, including its processing plant. The company hopes to resume tar sands mining, although questions remain over repairing past environmental damage and preventing future harm. Tar sands developers want to reopen troubled Vernal mine
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  • FAITH
    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 ...
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