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(AP Photo | J. Scott Applewhite) Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., arrives to chair the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as congressional Democrats speed ahead this week in pursuit of President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion plan for social and environmental spending, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Manchin, a Democratic senator vital to the bill's fate, has balked at the price tag.

Big pressure on Biden, Dems to trim $3.5T federal overhaul

By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram | The Associated Press | September 28, 2021, 10:35 p.m.

(Charles Rex Arbogast | AP Photo) This photo from Friday May 9, 2008, shows R. Kelly arriving for the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children.

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

By Tom Hays | The Associated Press | September 27, 2021, 7:40 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Pictures of Gabby Petito, candles and flowers adorn a table at a vigil at Sugarhouse Park, Sept. 22, 2021 in her honor. Petito, the missing 22-year-old whose remains were found Tuesday in the area of the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area of Bridger-Teton National Forest on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park.

Gabby Petito was just one of hundreds of missing people we should have valued, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | September 26, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(AP Photo |Wilfredo Lee) A man holds his vaccination reminder card after having received his first shot at a pop-up vaccination site in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters could mean billions for drugmakers

By Tom Murphy | September 25, 2021, 4:36 p.m.

(Amber Baesler | AP Photo) This Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, photo, shows a Suffolk County Police Department missing person poster for Gabby Petito posted in Jakson, Wyo. Petito, 22, vanished while on a cross-country trip in a converted camper van with her boyfriend. Authorities say a body discovered Sunday, Sept. 19 in Wyoming, is believed to be Petito.

Boyfriend of slain Gabby Petito charged with bank card fraud

By Matthew Brown | The Associated Press | September 23, 2021, 11:47 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Irvin Torres, 12, gets his Covid vaccine from MSgt. Colton Shakespear with the Army National Guard. Torres just turned 12 in July and was receiving his second shot in August. The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been shown to be safe and highly effective in young children ages 5 to 11 years, the companies announced early Monday morning.

COVID vaccine prompts protective immune response in younger children, Pfizer says

By Apoorva Mandavilli | The New York Times | September 20, 2021, 1:35 p.m.

(AP Photo | Robert F. Bukaty) Pharmacy technician Hollie Maloney loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine on March 2, 2021. The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.

U.S. panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for elderly, high-risk

By Matthew Perrone and Lauran Neergaard | The Associated Press | September 17, 2021, 9:03 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Lindsay Brown prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru event organized by the Utah County Health Department in Spanish Fork on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Biden’s vaccine mandate spawns new fear for employers: Finding and keeping workers

By Tom Krisher and Barbara Ortutay | The Associated Press | September 11, 2021, 6:06 p.m.

(Tailyr Irvine |The New York Times) Troy Haugen and his daughter, Ahmara, load ice into their car as temperatures reached 106 degrees in Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana, on July 18, 2021. The period from June through August this year was the hottest on record in the United States, exceeding even the Dust Bowl summer of 1936, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday, September 9.

This summer was hotter than the Dust Bowl summer of 1936, NOAA says

By Vimal Patel | The New York Times | September 11, 2021, 12:04 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) People fill the room as the Salt Lake County Council voted down Dr. Angela Dunn's mask ordinance for K-6 students, on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Would today's division keep the country from uniting if another challenge like 9-11 came upon us?

Twenty years later, could the United States withstand another 9/11? asks Robert Gehrke

By Robert Gehrke | September 10, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Washington. Biden is announcing sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden orders sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans

By Zeke Miller | The Associated Press | September 10, 2021, 3:36 a.m.

(Cindy Elizabeth | The New York Times) Elaina Cary-Fehr at her home in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 5, 2021. Cary-Fehr's father, Isaac, was transferred to a long-term care facility after being hospitalized with COVID-19 in June.

Breakthrough COVID cases are uncommon and often mild, but not always

By Emma Goldberg | The New York Times | August 29, 2021, 8:15 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) "What if our message doesn't get through," asked Zemirah Grossman of attorney Greg Skordas at Monday's press conference, who told her the group would need a "better lawyer." Grossman, 9, sits between her father Nate and mother Maurena Grossman. A group of Utah parents is suing the state for its ban on school districts enacting their own mask mandates which they say leaves their kids unnecessarily unprotected and at-risk from COVID-19 in the classroom, Aug. 23, 2021.

Mask debates move from school boards to courtrooms as U.S. averages 156,000 new COVID cases daily

By Lindsay Whitehurst and Colleen Long | The Associated Press | August 29, 2021, 5:02 p.m.

(Evan Vucci | The Associated Press) President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks about the bombings at the Kabul airport that killed at least 12 U.S. service members, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Washington.

After bombing at Afghanistan airport, Biden vows to finish evacuation of Kabul and avenge U.S. deaths

By Robert Burns, Darlene Superville and Matthew Lee | The Associated Press | August 27, 2021, 1:41 a.m.

(John Minchillo | AP) Tony Finau poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning The Northern Trust golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Jersey City, N.J.

Utah native Tony Finau’s perseverance a lesson in overcoming setbacks

By Bill Pennington | The New York Times | August 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

(Emil Lippe | The New York Times) Veronica Garza, a co-founder with her mother and brother of Siete Family Foods, in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 14, 2021. Growing companies like Siete have struggled to find ways to make new hires feel theyÕre a part of the business when they canÕt meet in person.

Creating culture in a WFH world: How 3 small businesses—including one from Utah—did it

By Amy Haimerl | The New York Times | August 24, 2021, 9:03 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Nurse Melanie Bills administers a COVID-19 vaccine to University of Utah student Eddie Overbay in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.

U.S. regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

By Lauren Neergaard and Matthew Perrone | The Associated Press | August 24, 2021, 1:35 a.m.

(Lindsay D’Addato | The New York Times) The Eichelberger family at home in Fruit Heights, Utah on June 9, 2020. Last summer Nathan, second from right, was bitten by a stray dog and needed a rabies shot. The family originally received an estimate that it would cost about $800 paying cash, but later received a surprise bill for over $2,000 more.

Hospitals and insurers didn’t want you to see these prices. Here’s why.

By Sarah Kliff and Josh Katz | The New York Times | August 23, 2021, 3:43 p.m.

(Rick Bowmer | The Associated Press) A "Bus Drivers Wanted" sign is shown Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. A shortage of bus drivers is complicating the start of a new school year already facing a surge in COVID-19 cases and conflicts over whether masks should be required in school buildings.

Bus driver shortages are latest challenge hitting schools in Utah and across U.S.

By Amy Beth Hanson and Lindsay Whitehurst | The Associated Press | August 22, 2021, 3:52 p.m.

(Rick Bowmer | The Associated Press) In this April 22, 2020, photo, Afghan refugee Mahmood Amiri poses with daughter Safa, and his wife Masouda, in West Valley City, Utah. Coronavirus restrictions have affected refugee families in the same ways as anyone else — job losses, child care challenges — but many are navigating the turmoil in a language they don't fully understand and without extended family or close friends to help. Amiri arrived in the United States more than a month ago, but his children are still waiting for their first day at school and the family has yet to go to the mosque to meet fellow Muslim families.

Desperation in Afghanistan brings fear and hope in Utah. Robert Gehrke explains how Utahns can help.

By Robert Gehrke | August 22, 2021, 3:57 p.m.

(Adam Macchia | The New York Times) A Breeze Airways commercial airliner at an airport on New York’s Long Island, March 2, 2021. Breeze Airways, a low-fare carrier that started flying less than three months ago, said Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, that it had raised $200 million, bringing its total capital to more than $300 million.

Utah-based Breeze Airways, a low-fare airline led by JetBlue founder, raises $200 Million

By Niraj Chokshi | The New York Times | August 20, 2021, 3:58 p.m.

(AP Photo | Susan Walsh) Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. In an escalating battle with Republican governors, President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered his Education secretary to explore possible legal action against states that have blocked school mask mandates and other public health measures meant to protect students against COVID-19.

States banning mask mandates in schools — including Utah — could face legal action from U.S. Department of Education

By Collin Binkley | The Associated Press | August 19, 2021, 9:04 p.m.

(AP Photo | Rick Bowmer) A helicopter pushes wild horses during a roundup on July 16, 2021, near U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Federal land managers are increasing the number of horses removed from the range this year during an historic drought. They say it's necessary to protect the parched land and the animals themselves, but wild-horse advocates accuse them of using the conditions as an excuse to move out more of the iconic animals to preserve cattle grazing.

Mustang roundups fuel deepening debate as drought grips West

By Lindsey Whitehurst and James Anderson | The Associated Press | August 18, 2021, 6:24 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)  Donna Nicholson administers a Covid-19 vaccination to 14-year-old Iris Miranda, at the Friendly Islands Tongan Festival, at Jordan Park, on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.

U.S. to advise boosters for most Americans eight months after vaccination

By Sharon LaFraniere | The New York Times | August 18, 2021, 12:56 a.m.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Joe Biden speaks about Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Washington.

Biden says he stands ‘squarely behind’ Afghanistan decision

By Zeke Miller, Jonathan Lemire, and Josh Boak | The Associated Press | August 16, 2021, 8:53 p.m.