DEPARTMENT - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/DEPARTMENT News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Religious persecution makes migrants out of millions, says U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236835-80/religious-report-freedom-kerry.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236835-80/religious-report-freedom-kerry.html.csp">Religious persecution makes migrants out of millions, says U.S.</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRIAN PELLOT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T09:38:01.997-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:38AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">And then there were nine. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that Turkmenistan has joined the State Department’s list of worst religious-freedom offenders. The State Department’s “Countries of Particular Concern” list had remained static since 2006, when eight countries — Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan — were designated as CPCs. Justifying the addition of Turkmenistan, Kerry cited reports of people detained, beaten and tortured for their...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58236835@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:38:01 MDT Rabbi Saperstein tapped as first non-Christian to serve as U.S. religious-freedom envoy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236853-80/religious-saperstein-freedom-rabbi.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236853-80/religious-saperstein-freedom-rabbi.html.csp">Rabbi Saperstein tapped as first non-Christian to serve as U.S. religious-freedom envoy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LAUREN MARKOE and BRIAN PELLOT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T16:21:46.489-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 04:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama has tapped Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. As ambassador, the man named as the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2009, will head the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom and will be tasked with monitoring religious-freedom abuses around the world. “When it comes to the work of protecting...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58236853@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:21:46 MDT Former Utah female firefighter alleges sexual harassment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233807-78/drescher-lawsuit-department-harassment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233807-78/drescher-lawsuit-department-harassment.html.csp">Former Utah female firefighter alleges sexual harassment</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By erin alberty</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T15:30:50.685-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 03:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A former firefighter is suing the Clinton Fire Department for alleged discrimination and sexual harassment, claiming firefighters made sexually explicit comments, routinely walked in on her while she was showering and changing clothes in the women’s bathroom, and appeared in the station naked or wearing only underwear. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in 2nd District Court, Shelley Drescher claims that she was denied promotion in retaliation for her complaints of harassment and a sexist culture in ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58233807@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:30:50 MDT U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya as militias clash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58227224-68/libya-security-department-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58227224-68/libya-security-department-state.html.csp">U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya as militias clash</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Ernesto Londono</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Anne Gearan</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-26T20:56:31.453-06:00">Updated Jul 26, 2014 08:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The State Department on Saturday evacuated all U.S. personnel from its embassy in Libya after clashes among rival militias in the capital intensified in recent days in the vicinity of the diplomatic mission, officials said. Traveling in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry cited the threat posed by “freewheeling militia violence” near the embassy in Tripoli. Kerry said some embassy functions will continue from neighboring Tunisia, where diplomats were taken. “We will return the mom...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58227224@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:56:31 MDT Some in ‘torture’ report denied chance to read it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58227215-68/cia-report-officials-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58227215-68/cia-report-officials-senate.html.csp">Some in ‘torture’ report denied chance to read it</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KEN DILANIAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Intelligence Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-26T11:42:02.645-06:00">Updated Jul 26, 2014 11:42AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Aspen, Colo. • About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement. Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all. Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place. It’s the lat...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582272152014-07-26T11:42:02.645-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-26T11:42:02.645-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58227215@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:42:02 MDT V.A. nominee vows to transform department in crisis http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58212314-68/mcdonald-veterans-senate-care.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58212314-68/mcdonald-veterans-senate-care.html.csp">V.A. nominee vows to transform department in crisis</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">the Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T19:05:46.054-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 07:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered department, saying that “systematic failures” must be addressed. Robert McDonald cited problems with patient access to health care, transparency, accountability and integrity, among other issues. “The seriousness of the moment demands urgent action,” McDonald told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “The V.A. is in crisis. The veterans are in need. There is a l...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58212314@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:05:46 MDT Denver to pay $3M to ex-inmate who says genitals were scalded http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58212415-68/denver-hunter-deputy-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58212415-68/denver-hunter-deputy-federal.html.csp">Denver to pay $3M to ex-inmate who says genitals were scalded</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">the Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T20:25:26.032-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 08:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Denver • Denver officials have reached a deal to pay $3.3 million to settle a federal jail-abuse lawsuit filed by a former inmate who said a deputy ignored his blood-curdling screams while a group of fellow inmates brutally beat him and scalded his genitals with hot water. The tentative payout is believed to be among the largest in Denver’s history to resolve a civil rights case. Word of a settlement came Tuesday, a day after Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson resigned amid a growing list of misconduct ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58212415@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:25:26 MDT Salt Lake City police seek public’s help in identifying suspected car thief http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58212114-78/police-car-department-identifying.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58212114-78/police-car-department-identifying.html.csp">Salt Lake City police seek public’s help in identifying suspected car thief</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Harry Stevens</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T17:03:28.67-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 05:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">No good deed goes unpunished. The Salt Lake City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of stealing a car from a man who had given her a ride on Sunday. While the man ducked inside a 7-Eleven at 1285 N. Redwood Road to use the restroom, his passenger drove off with his black 2000 Nissan Xterra, Utah license plate D236KD, the department said in a press release. The woman is described as between 30 and 40 years old, white, with a heavy build. Police have as...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58212114@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:03:28 MDT Crews contain Salt Lake City grass fire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58199104-78/fire-lake-salt-grass.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58199104-78/fire-lake-salt-grass.html.csp">Crews contain Salt Lake City grass fire</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michael McFall</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T17:56:17.998-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 05:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A grass fire scorched several acres near Salt Lake City railroad tracks. The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. Friday near 400 S. Redwood Road (1700 West). It burned about three to four acres in one spot and less than an acre in a second before firefighters had it contained. “On a hot day like this with dry grass, it doesn’t take much,” said Jasen Asay, spokesman for the Salt Lake City Fire Department. Investigators determined that both fires were caused by sparks from an eastbound train. Ther...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58199104@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:56:17 MDT BYU football: Prized freshman linebacker dismissed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58196593-65/byu-takitaki-football-freshman.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58196593-65/byu-takitaki-football-freshman.html.csp">BYU football: Prized freshman linebacker dismissed</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T17:47:35.357-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 05:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall has dismissed one of his prized recruits from the 2014 signing class before that recruit has played a down of football for the school. Incoming freshman linebacker Sione Takitaki has been kicked off the football team. Talo Steves of Totalbluesports.com first reported the dismissal Thursday afternoon. Takitaki has been in Provo for less than a month and began taking classes on June 23 when BYU’s summer block (semester) started. It is unclear whether the 6-fo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58196593@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:47:35 MDT Prosecutor to monitor Corinthian Colleges chain http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58198212-79/company-department-federal-monitor.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58198212-79/company-department-federal-monitor.html.csp">Prosecutor to monitor Corinthian Colleges chain</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIMBERLY HEFLING</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T11:45:01.774-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 11:45AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has agreed to serve as an independent monitor of a troubled for-profit education company serving 72,000 students that has agreed to sell or close its campuses, the Education Department said Friday. Fitzgerald prosecuted high-profile cases against Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. As part of an agreement with the Education Department, Corinthian Colleges, based in San...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581982122014-07-18T11:45:01.774-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-18T11:45:01.774-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198212@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:45:01 MDT Police investigating death at SLC hotel http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58196599-78/police-death-department-hotel.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58196599-78/police-death-department-hotel.html.csp">Police investigating death at SLC hotel</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T22:47:28.615-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 10:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating the death of a 34-year-old woman whose body was found in a hotel Thursday morning. Officers were called by management to the Royal Garden Inn at 154 W. 600 South about a suspicious death, the police department wrote in a news release. It says an autopsy will be performed. No other details were released and the woman’s identity is being withheld until relatives are notified. The police department is asking anyone with information about this ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58196599@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:47:28 MDT Bear siblings captured, tagged, released at Tahoe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58196239-68/bear-captured-released-nevada.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58196239-68/bear-captured-released-nevada.html.csp">Bear siblings captured, tagged, released at Tahoe</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T22:47:28.692-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 10:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Stateline, Nev. • Wildlife officials say they captured, tagged and released three 5-month-old bear cubs this week on Lake Tahoe’s south shore. Nevada Department of Wildlife officials say the two males and one female were caught in a trap Wednesday near Stateline, Nevada. A state biologist attached ear tags, tattooed the bears’ inner lips and gave them a microchip. Officials say the 19-year-old mother bear was reunited with her cubs once they awoke from being tranquilized. Black bear biologist ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581962392014-07-18T22:47:28.692-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-18T22:47:28.692-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58196239@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:47:28 MDT Blanding police chief under investigation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58195730-78/bayles-investigation-blanding-chief.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58195730-78/bayles-investigation-blanding-chief.html.csp">Blanding police chief under investigation</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michael McFall</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T22:47:29.435-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 10:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The recently resigned Blanding police chief is under a state investigation. The Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST), which certifies officers, is investigating Lyle Bayles, who resigned from his department last Friday. While Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce confirmed Thursday there was an investigation, he could not comment on details because it is still active. Bayles, a 28-year lawman, cited a desire to focus on his family and other priorities in his resignation letter...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58195730@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:47:29 MDT Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58194228-68/lerner-irs-emails-cole.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58194228-68/lerner-irs-emails-cole.html.csp">Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ERIC TUCKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T11:06:02.198-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 11:06AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Lawmakers called anew for a special prosecutor to look into the matter. The criticism during a House subcommittee meeting came as Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the Justice Department’s No. 2 official, said the investigation has been broadened to include the disappearance of ema...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581942282014-07-17T11:06:02.198-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-17T11:06:02.198-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58194228@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:06:02 MDT New York proposes regulations for virtual currency http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58194456-79/virtual-currency-york-money.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58194456-79/virtual-currency-york-money.html.csp">New York proposes regulations for virtual currency</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MICHAEL VIRTANEN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T12:54:49.874-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 12:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Albany, N.Y. • New York regulators on Thursday proposed establishing rules for firms involved in receiving, transmitting and storing virtual currency, as well as retail conversions. The proposal by the Department of Financial Services would establish a so-called BitLicense. Merchants and consumers who use the virtual currency such as Bitcoin solely to buy and sell goods and services wouldn’t need a license. However, those buying and selling virtual currency as a business would. The proposal, fol...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581944562014-07-17T12:54:49.874-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-17T12:54:49.874-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58194456@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:54:49 MDT Watchdog: FBI, Justice slow to respond to flawed crime lab work http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190397-68/report-cases-fbi-department.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190397-68/report-cases-fbi-department.html.csp">Watchdog: FBI, Justice slow to respond to flawed crime lab work</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ERIC TUCKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T16:16:59.661-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 04:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The FBI and Justice Department didn’t move quickly enough to identify the cases handled by 13 FBI crime lab examiners whose work was found to be flawed, meaning defendants sometimes were never notified that their convictions may have been based on bad science, according to a government report released Wednesday. The report from the department’s inspector general said it took the FBI nearly five years to identify the more than 60 death-row defendants whose cases involved analysis or ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581903972014-07-16T16:16:59.661-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T16:16:59.661-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190397@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:16:59 MDT Bank of America takes $4 billion litigation hit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58190008-79/bank-billion-america-litigation.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58190008-79/bank-billion-america-litigation.html.csp">Bank of America takes $4 billion litigation hit</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEVE ROTHWELL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T13:01:53.121-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 01:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Bank of America said Wednesday that its second-quarter earnings were hit by higher litigation expenses. The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank earned $2 billion in the second quarter after payments to preferred shareholders, compared with $3.6 billion in the same period a year earlier, a decline of 43 percent. Revenue fell 4 percent to $21.9 billion from $22.9 billion. Per share, the bank’s earnings worked out to 19 cents, compared with 32 cents a year ago. The bank’s litigation costs of $4 b...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581900082014-07-16T13:01:53.121-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T13:01:53.121-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190008@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:01:53 MDT Feds take a beating for backing off Swallow probe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58187978-90/shurtleff-swallow-case-doj.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58187978-90/shurtleff-swallow-case-doj.html.csp">Feds take a beating for backing off Swallow probe</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T08:27:33.642-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 08:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">County attorneys and Utah political leaders used the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a piñata Tuesday, batting around federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., for dropping their investigation last year of former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. County prosecutors picked up that probe and — with help from state investigators and local FBI agents — turned it into Utah’s biggest-ever political-corruption scandal. Swallow and Shurtleff were charged in state court with multiple felon...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58187978@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:27:33 MDT Shurtleff accuses Gill of a political witch hunt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58187649-90/shurtleff-gill-swallow-attorney.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58187649-90/shurtleff-gill-swallow-attorney.html.csp">Shurtleff accuses Gill of a political witch hunt</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T20:48:49.677-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 08:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Still sporting the suit he was arrested in hours earlier, a defiant Mark Shurtleff stood before television crews and reporters Tuesday afternoon and accused Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill of leading a political witch hunt to help bolster his chances at re-election in the fall. The former three-term Republican attorney general was arrested at his Sandy home early Tuesday on suspicion of 10 felonies that include receiving or soliciting bribes, witness tampering and participating in a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58187649@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:48:49 MDT