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UN defends refugee vetting as Trump mulls revised entry ban

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 12:25am

In an office cubicle at the U.N. refugee agency, a Syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. Their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement in the West, is to be followed by interviews and background checks that can take months or even years.

The Latest: Liquor bill to allow open or walled off buffer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:22pm

The Latest on a proposal to overhaul Utah liquor laws (all times local):

Refugee students find new friends and family at Clayton Middle School

Sandra Olney  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:14pm

The friendships made at Salt Lake's Clayton Middle School this year could last a lifetime even if the students end up living a world apart. A unique program is helping Utah students connect with refugees in their community.

Facing 'ultimatum' in Outdoor Retailer call, Herbert said state and trade show must 'part ways'

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 7:22pm

Faced with a choice between asking state leaders to back down from efforts to undo the Bears Ears Monument designation or lose the lucrative Outdoor Retailer show, Gov. Gary Herbert wouldn't budge.

SpaceX to fly 2 space tourists around the moon in 2018

Matt McFarland, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:33pm

Two thrill seekers are paying SpaceX to make a trip around the moon next year.

Neighbors riled as insular Hasidic village seeks to expand

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:21pm

A quickly crowding Hasidic Jewish village that is working to expand its boundaries faces opposition from neighbors who fear more urban-style development by the insular community could overrun their slice of suburbia.

Federal appeals court to consider Michigan county's prayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:06pm

A full federal appeals court will consider whether a Michigan county's tradition of Christian-only prayers at public meetings violates the U.S. Constitution.

Have You Seen This? Real-life fruit ninja with a drone

Mary Dalrymple  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:15pm

This drone fruit ninja probably isn't the quickest way to chop fruit, but it is definitely the coolest way. Maybe try it out next time you need a fruit platter for a party.

Make Your Week: Officer helps a stranded motorist; community rallies around couple in wheelchairs

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:03pm

If you live along the Wasatch Front, you likely woke up to a headache of a work commute Monday morning.

AP Exclusive: Ex-congregants reveal years of ungodly abuse

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:07pm

From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.

Video shows warden shoot antlers of entangled bucks to free them

Grant Olsen, Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:58am

What's the best way to rescue a pair of frantic, entangled bucks? As seen in a recent video, sometimes the best solution is to draw your weapon.

UK's problem-plagued inquiry into child sex abuse begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:26am

Britain's problem-plagued inquiry into child sex abuse finally began Monday, years after it was organized, amid revelations that entertainers, clergy and senior politicians were involved in abuse.

'Hero' coach: Don't forget 2012 Ohio school shooting tragedy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:57am

The football coach who chased a shooter from an Ohio school five years ago and prayed with dying victims is uncomfortable with the attention he's received and says people must remember it was a tragedy that killed three boys and paralyzed a fourth.

Iranians cheer Farhadi's Oscar as rebuke of Trump policies

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:45am

The Oscar for Asghar Farhadi's "The Salesman" energized many of the filmmaker's fellow Iranians, who saw the win for best foreign film Monday as a pointed rebuke to the Trump administration and its efforts to deny them entry into the U.S.

Get clarity: don’t believe everything you think

Kim Giles, Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:58am

"I have noticed when I do something unkind or selfish, I have a tendency to explain the behavior away as someone else’s fault, which gets me off the hook." In this edition of LIFEadvice, Coach Kim shares some tips on identifying the stories we create that cause our suffering. She shows you how to step out of story and create positive emotions.

Poland's populist govt brings hope to struggling rural areas

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:32am

Life has always been hard for Witold Pogorzelski, a farmer in eastern Poland. Fuel shortages in the communist era prevented him from transporting his produce. In the capitalist era, the nearby sugar factory that provided an income to him and his wife was forced to close.

Russian bandy teams face punishment after 20 own-goals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:28am

Two clubs in the winter sport of bandy raced to put the ball into their own nets 20 times on Sunday and now face disciplinary action.

Correction: Thailand-Tiger Zoo story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:45am

In a Feb. 24 story about a new zoo opening next to Thailand's Tiger Temple, The Associated Press incorrectly said the Buddhist temple was closed. The temple's tiger operation has been shut down but the temple itself remains open.

Former disciples describe storage annex for 'worst sinners'

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:21pm

It was the most dreaded place on the Word of Faith Fellowship grounds — a one-story, four-room structure that former members of the sect say was reserved for the most brutal physical and emotional punishment.