GOVERNMENT - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/GOVERNMENT News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Federal report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58470201-79/irs-report-investigators-required.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58470201-79/irs-report-investigators-required.html.csp">Federal report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ALAN FRAM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-29T17:51:02.141-06:00">Updated Sep 29, 2014 05:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The IRS failed to take all required steps for collecting unpaid taxes from people it can’t locate in over half the cases that investigators studied, potentially costing the government a pile of lost revenue, according to a federal report released Monday. The study does not estimate exactly how much money the IRS might collect if its workers were conducting all the research they are supposed to perform to find the taxpayers. The investigators wrote that in 2012, the IRS declared $6.7...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584702012014-09-29T17:51:02.141-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-29T17:51:02.141-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58470201@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:51:02 MDT Fed report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58469731-68/irs-report-required-cases.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58469731-68/irs-report-required-cases.html.csp">Fed report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ALAN FRAM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-29T15:37:21.908-06:00">Updated Sep 29, 2014 03:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The IRS failed to take all required steps for collecting unpaid taxes from people it can’t locate in over half the cases that investigators studied, potentially costing the government a pile of lost revenue, according to a federal report released Monday. The study does not estimate exactly how much money the IRS might collect if its workers were conducting all the research they are supposed to perform to find the taxpayers. The investigators wrote that in 2012, the IRS declared $6.7...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584697312014-09-29T15:37:21.908-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-29T15:37:21.908-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58469731@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:37:21 MDT Afghan president sworn in, paving way for U.S. pact http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58467823-68/ghani-afghanistan-president-taliban.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58467823-68/ghani-afghanistan-president-taliban.html.csp">Afghan president sworn in, paving way for U.S. pact</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sudarsan Raghavan</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-29T22:01:46.459-06:00">Updated Sep 29, 2014 10:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • After months of political tensions, Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, took the oath of office Monday to lead a U.S.-brokered coalition government that marked the first democratic transfer of power in the nation’s history. The ceremony also marked the beginning of a power-sharing pact between Ghani and his chief rival, who have been at odds over a dispute election that threatened to split Afghanistan’s ethnic groups and trigger violence. Both Ghani and his opponent ...</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> 58467823@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:01:46 MDT Ferguson demands high fees to turn over shooting files http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58467780-68/records-ferguson-fees-requests.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58467780-68/records-ferguson-fees-requests.html.csp">Ferguson demands high fees to turn over shooting files</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JACK GILLUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-29T18:03:29.471-06:00">Updated Sep 29, 2014 06:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees’ salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Missouri’s attorney general on Monday, after the AP first disclosed the practice, contacted Ferguson’s city attorney to ask for more information regarding fees related to document requests, the attorney general’s spokeswoman said. The move to charge h...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584677802014-09-29T18:03:29.471-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-29T18:03:29.471-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58467780@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:03:29 MDT Hong Kong police use tear gas on pro-democracy protesters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58464953-68/police-hong-kong-protesters.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58464953-68/police-hong-kong-protesters.html.csp">Hong Kong police use tear gas on pro-democracy protesters</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KELVIN CHAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-28T10:10:34.442-06:00">Updated Sep 28, 2014 10:10AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Hong Kong • Hong Kong police used tear gas Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered at government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the semiautonomous city. After spending hours holding the protesters at bay, police lobbed canisters of tear gas into the crowd on Sunday evening. The searing fumes sent demonstrators fleeing down the road, but many came right back to continue...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584649532014-09-28T10:10:34.442-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-28T10:10:34.442-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58464953@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:10:34 MDT Letter: Utah legislators are consistently inconsistent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58459828-82/access-care-choose-consistently.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58459828-82/access-care-choose-consistently.html.csp">Letter: Utah legislators are consistently inconsistent</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-26T18:55:02.801-06:00">Updated Sep 26, 2014 06:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I have been noticing as of late the ever widening gulf between the words and deeds of our legislative leaders. First we were warned that federal government death panels would choose who lives or dies by granting, or denying, access to the health care system. Now we are being told that unfettered access to this very health care system, as offered by the ACA, is that which threatens our very survival. Our representatives bemoan the growing encroachment of the “nanny-state” into our daily lives,...</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> 58459828@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:55:02 MDT 2nd District debate friendly, but candidates show differences http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58433806-90/robles-stewart-debate-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58433806-90/robles-stewart-debate-utah.html.csp">2nd District debate friendly, but candidates show differences</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-26T10:28:04.568-06:00">Updated Sep 26, 2014 10:28AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Cedar City • Freshman Rep. Chris Stewart and his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Luz Robles, staged a polite, respectful debate Thursday — as might be expected between a pregnant mom and a former Air Force pilot officer and a gentleman. It was so friendly that when Stewart was given the opportunity to ask Robles any tough question, he simply asked Robles whether her expected baby will be a boy or girl. It will be a girl, due in November not long after the election. The pair even agreed on mos...</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> 58433806@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:28:04 MDT Spain hopes to create 622,000 jobs by end of 2015 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58458182-79/percent-2015-spain-622000.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58458182-79/percent-2015-spain-622000.html.csp">Spain hopes to create 622,000 jobs by end of 2015</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-26T08:29:02.317-06:00">Updated Sep 26, 2014 08:29AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Madrid • Spain expects a six-year run of job destruction will end next year, when it predicts 622,000 jobs to be created. The government Friday also revised its 2014 economy growth forecast upward one decimal point to 1.3 percent and raised the figure for 2015 from 1.8 percent to 2 percent. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the government hopes the recovering economy will reduce the unemployment rate from a current 24.5 percent to 24.2 this year and to 22.2 percent by the end of 2015. That w...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584581822014-09-26T08:29:02.317-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-26T08:29:02.317-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58458182@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:29:02 MDT U.S.: Immigrant families fail to report to agents http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58456341-68/families-immigration-detention-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58456341-68/families-immigration-detention-federal.html.csp">U.S.: Immigrant families fail to report to agents</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ALICIA A. CALDWELL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-25T18:38:02.685-06:00">Updated Sep 25, 2014 06:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents, as they were instructed, the Homeland Security Department has acknowledged privately. An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed that about 70 percent of immigrant families the Obama administration had released into the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments. The ICE official made the dis...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584563412014-09-25T18:38:02.685-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-25T18:38:02.685-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58456341@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:38:02 MDT USDA details new safety net programs for farmers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58456405-79/farmers-programs-program-vilsack.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58456405-79/farmers-programs-program-vilsack.html.csp">USDA details new safety net programs for farmers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID PITT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-25T17:24:01.407-06:00">Updated Sep 25, 2014 05:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Des Moines, Iowa • Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face. Vilsack traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota, to hold a news conference to announce the rollout of the programs on Thursday. He held a conference call with reporters to further discuss the programs and answer questions. The programs were established in ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584564052014-09-25T17:24:01.407-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-25T17:24:01.407-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58456405@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:24:01 MDT IMF auditors say loans to Mali could resume soon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58456358-79/imf-loans-mali-resume.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58456358-79/imf-loans-mali-resume.html.csp">IMF auditors say loans to Mali could resume soon</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-25T17:15:02.388-06:00">Updated Sep 25, 2014 05:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Bamako, Mali • Auditors from the International Monetary Fund say they are satisfied Mali is taking steps to correct financial irregularities and loans to the country could resume soon. Christian Josz, who led an IMF mission to look into suspect transactions, told reporters Thursday that the team found the government overpaid for a military supply contract that was never opened up to bids. But Josz said the government promised to punish those at fault and make the findings public. In the wake of ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584563582014-09-25T17:15:02.388-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-25T17:15:02.388-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58456358@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:15:02 MDT Navajo to get $554 million in settlement with U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58456159-68/navajo-nation-government-settlement.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58456159-68/navajo-nation-government-settlement.html.csp">Navajo to get $554 million in settlement with U.S.</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By FELICIA FONSECA and TERRY TANG</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-25T16:08:07.044-06:00">Updated Sep 25, 2014 04:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Flagstaff, Ariz. • The Navajo Nation is poised to receive $554 million from the federal government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for an American Indian tribe. Much of the land on the 27,000-square-mile reservation has been leased for things like farming, grazing, oil and gas development, mining and housing. The leases once were largely overseen by the U.S. government, which mismanaged the revenue and failed to properly invest and account for it, acc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584561592014-09-25T16:08:07.044-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-25T16:08:07.044-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58456159@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:08:07 MDT Navajo to get $554 million in settlement with U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58454568-79/navajo-federal-government-nation.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58454568-79/navajo-federal-government-nation.html.csp">Navajo to get $554 million in settlement with U.S.</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By FELICIA FONSECA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-25T09:34:02.187-06:00">Updated Sep 25, 2014 09:34AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Flagstaff, Ariz. • The Navajo Nation is poised receive $554 million from the federal government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for a single American Indian tribe. Much of the land on the 27,000-square-mile reservation has been leased for things like farming, grazing, oil and gas development, mining and housing. The leases once were largely overseen by the government, which mismanaged the revenue and failed to properly invest and account for it, accor...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584545682014-09-25T09:34:02.187-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-25T09:34:02.187-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58454568@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:34:02 MDT U.S. to pay Navajo Nation $554M in largest settlement with single Indian tribe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58452335-68/navajo-nation-trust-government.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58452335-68/navajo-nation-trust-government.html.csp">U.S. to pay Navajo Nation $554M in largest settlement with single Indian tribe</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sari Horwitz</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-24T19:46:12.965-06:00">Updated Sep 24, 2014 07:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • In the largest settlement with a single American Indian tribe, the Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation $554 million to settle claims that the U.S. government has mismanaged funds and natural resources on the Navajo reservation for decades. The settlement, to be signed in Window Rock, Arizona on Friday, resolves a long-standing dispute between the Navajo Nation and the U.S. government, with some of the claims dating back more than 50 years. The sprawling Navajo reservati...</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> 58452335@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:46:12 MDT Report: Treasury OKs big pay raises for GM, Ally http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58451476-79/pay-treasury-ally-companies.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58451476-79/pay-treasury-ally-companies.html.csp">Report: Treasury OKs big pay raises for GM, Ally</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARCY GORDON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-24T14:32:01.462-06:00">Updated Sep 24, 2014 02:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The U.S. Treasury Department continued to approve “excessive” pay raises for top executives at General Motors and its former consumer finance arm, both of which received taxpayer-funded bailouts during the financial crisis, a new government report says. The government watchdog that oversees the $475 billion bailout said Treasury approved cash salaries exceeding $500,000 last year for 16 of the 47 top executives at General Motors Corp. and Ally Financial Inc. Treasury allowed total p...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584514762014-09-24T14:32:01.462-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-24T14:32:01.462-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58451476@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:32:01 MDT Edward Snowden honored with ‘alternative Nobel’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58450196-68/snowden-award-nobel-swedish.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58450196-68/snowden-award-nobel-swedish.html.csp">Edward Snowden honored with ‘alternative Nobel’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KARL RITTER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-24T09:16:02.528-06:00">Updated Sep 24, 2014 09:16AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Stockholm • Edward Snowden was among the winners Wednesday of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the “alternative Nobel,” for his disclosures of top secret surveillance programs. The former National Security Agency contractor split the honorary portion of the 2014 Right Livelihood Award with Alan Rusbridger, editor of British newspaper The Guardian, which has published a series of articles on government surveillance based on documents leaked by Snowden. The 1.5 million kronor...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584501962014-09-24T09:16:02.528-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-24T09:16:02.528-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58450196@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:16:02 MDT Federal government sues Kansas bitcoin business http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58450186-79/federal-kansas-company-government.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58450186-79/federal-kansas-company-government.html.csp">Federal government sues Kansas bitcoin business</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-24T09:11:01.873-06:00">Updated Sep 24, 2014 09:11AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Leawood, Kan. • The Federal Trade Commission alleges in a lawsuit that a Kansas bitcoin company bilked more than 20,000 customers out of up to $50 million. The FTC alleges that the Leawood-based company, Butterfly Labs, told consumers that computers could generate bitcoins but didn’t deliver the computers or sent worthless equipment. The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1B6tyvB ) that the FTC said Tuesday the federal court in Kansas City issued a temporary restraining order that shutdown ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584501862014-09-24T09:11:01.873-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-24T09:11:01.873-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58450186@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:11:01 MDT Countries, companies pledge to end deforestation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58445932-68/brazil-deforestation-forest-2030.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58445932-68/brazil-deforestation-forest-2030.html.csp">Countries, companies pledge to end deforestation</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-23T21:13:15.774-06:00">Updated Sep 23, 2014 09:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">United Nations • More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join. The United States, Canada and the entire European Union signed on to a declaration to halve forest loss by 2020 and eliminate deforestation entirely by 2030. “This is the family photo we have been looking for decades,” said Charles McNeill, a senior environmental policy adviser for the U.N. D...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584459322014-09-23T21:13:15.774-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-23T21:13:15.774-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58445932@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:13:15 MDT Washington Post Op-ed: Where Scotland failed, could New Hampshire succeed? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58445038-82/state-government-hampshire-united.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58445038-82/state-government-hampshire-united.html.csp">Washington Post Op-ed: Where Scotland failed, could New Hampshire succeed?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jason Sorens</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Special To The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-23T06:16:52.059-06:00">Updated Sep 23, 2014 06:16AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">HANOVER, N.H. • On Thursday, a majority of Scots voted against independence from the United Kingdom. Their desire for self-determination, though, is easy to understand: The same impulse motivates present-day demands for federalism and state autonomy in the United States. Over the past decade, for instance, the Free State Project has been drawing libertarians to the relatively libertarian-friendly state of New Hampshire to pursue smaller government. Could New Hampshire or another state (one in 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> 58445038@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:16:52 MDT New Afghan leader promises equal rights for women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58443439-68/ahmadzai-ghani-women-afghan.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58443439-68/ahmadzai-ghani-women-afghan.html.csp">New Afghan leader promises equal rights for women</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T20:05:35.081-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 08:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • Afghanistan’s new president-elect pledged in his victory speech on Monday to give women prominent roles in his government and told his nation that women are important to the country’s future. The remarks by President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came a day after the landmark power-sharing deal signed by Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates. The agreement resolved a drawn-out dispute that threatened to plunge Afghanistan into political turmoil while complicating the with...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584434392014-09-22T20:05:35.081-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-22T20:05:35.081-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58443439@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:05:35 MDT