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Flanked by Salt Lake Comic Con co-founders Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg, Mayor Ralph Becker issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 29, 2015, as "Salt Lake Comic Con's Day of Heroes" at a news conference Thursday kicking off FanX.
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StartSLC looking to find the next big startup company

Jarom Moore  |  posted 6 minutes ago
StartSLC will build on Utah's startup legacy by helping startups to publicize and get money to launch their businesses.
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Several hundred people gather to salute, honor law enforcement

Katie McKellar  |  posted 8 minutes ago
Dozens of uniformed police officers joined Utah state officials and several hundred people Thursday afternoon at a rally to support law enforcement.
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APNewsBreak: Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  posted 17 minutes ago
Kristi Strack and Dan Lafferty struck up an unusual relationship behind prison walls a decade ago.
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80 employees laid off in Duchesne County due to slumping oil prices

Geoff Liesik  |  posted 28 minutes ago
Newfield Exploration, the state's largest oil producer, laid off 80 of its 540 employees in Utah on Wednesday due to the ongoing drop in oil prices, according to a company spokeswoman.
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Hogle Zoo lion predicts Patriots will be Super Bowl champs

Jessica Ivins  |  posted 41 minutes ago
The king of Hogle Zoo is throwing his support behind the New England Patriots come Super Bowl Sunday.
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Man acted 'like a zombie' in hammer attack, jail records say

Pat Reavy  |  posted 56 minutes ago
Witnesses told police that Gerardo Enrique Perez was "acting like a zombie" when he allegedly beat a man with a hammer.
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As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  posted Jan 29th - 5:35pm
Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
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Cedar City man charged after nearly biting man's nose off in fight

Pat Reavy  |  posted Jan 29th - 5:22pm
Criminal charges have been filed against a Cedar City man accused of coming close to biting another man's nose off during a fight.
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Greg Hughes steps down from prison relocation commission

The Associated Press  |  posted Jan 29th - 4:51pm
House Speaker Greg Hughes says he's stepping down from a state commission studying the relocation of the state prison for scheduling reasons.
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Look inside Antarctic explorer’s newly restored huts

Natalie Crofts  |  posted Jan 29th - 4:40pm
After withstanding more than 100 years of extreme weather, the huts used by famous Antarctic explorers have been restored to their original condition.
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Group flees after crashing car

KSL.com  |  posted Jan 29th - 3:43pm
A group of people eluded police for a short time after crashing their car into a fence.
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Woman seriously injured after pedestrian-auto crash

Celeste Tholen Rosenlof  |  posted Jan 29th - 3:24pm
A 67-year-old woman is in serious condition after being struck by a vehicle while she was crossing against the light, according to Provo police.
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New Glendale library becomes largest branch location in SLC

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  posted Jan 29th - 3:01pm
The grand opening for the new Glendale library will be held Feb. 7, making it the seventh and largest branch in Salt Lake City.
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Ex-officer pleads no contest in teen sex abuse case

Pat Reavy  |  posted Jan 29th - 2:32pm
A former part-time officer for both the Logan Police Department and Cache County Sheriff's Office has pleaded no contest to forcing a teenage girl to have sex with multiple teen boys over several years.
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Boy's 'Humans of New York' image helps raise more than $1 million

Emanuella Grinberg and Lisa Respers France, CNN  |  posted Jan 29th - 2:04pm
One principal's inspiration has resulted in more than $1 million in donations for what started as an initiative to raise funding for a class trip to Harvard.
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Ask a Chef: Top 10 game day snacks

by Harmons Ask a Chef  |  BrandView  
Throw the best game day party by providing some of the best snacks.
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Have You Seen This? World’s largest animated GIF

Martha Ostergar  |  posted Jan 29th - 1:15pm
Whether you pronounce GIF with a hard "G" as in "gift" or like Jif the peanut butter, there's no arguing that this is the largest animated gif in the world.
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Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  posted Jan 29th - 12:01pm
The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million vehicles registered in the U.S. according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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5 games you should be playing on Chromecast

Drew Conrad, KSL.com Contributor  |  posted Jan 29th - 11:50am
Game developers have responded to Chromecast's rise in popularity by releasing new games for the device. Here are five games to play with family or at the next party.
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5 biggest game fish caught in Utah

Grant Olsen, KSL.com Contributor  |  posted Jan 29th - 11:41am
Utah is often celebrated for its high elevation lakes filled with pan-sized brookies, but it's also home to some truly enormous fish. From catfish to stripers, these are Utah's five biggest species.
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Van crashes into home, leaves major damage

Nicole Vowell and Pat Reavy  |  posted Jan 29th - 11:14am
A van slammed into a home in West Jordan Wednesday night, causing major structural damage. Police believe the driver was impaired.
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Woman takes the wheel of out-of-control bus after driver passes out

Yona Gavino, NBC News  |  posted Jan 29th - 11:06am
A terrifying situation developed over the weekend after a charter bus driver collapsed on I-94 in Wisconsin.
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3 tips to avoid getting sued while hosting a 'Big Game' party

by Robert J. Debry and Associates  |  BrandView  
Amidst the food, fun and parties, it's easy to let the game viewing rules fall by the wayside. Check out these three tips to ensure you don't get sued by Big Brother of football.
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SALT LAKE CITY - The difficult challenge of dieting and weight loss has now become a financial game. Utahns are paying big bucks not just lose weight but to reel in some cool cash while they're at it.

A new weight loss app called Diet Bet allows users to either play an existing weight loss game or create their own. While they can play with their friends, most of the time, users don't know who they're betting up against.

The concept is simple: the more people join, the more money there is to win. To make sure fitness fanatics don't cheat the game, users have another person take a picture of them on the scale with the numbers.

The hard part is for gamers to lose 4% of their body weight in 4 weeks. Whoever wins each gets to split the money. There's also a long-term game where players have six months to lose 10% of their starting weight.

The company boasts a success rate of 2 million pounds less, more than $8 million paid out to winners, and an average 9 pounds lost per player a month.

To join the party where the real winners are the losers, visit their website at www.dietbetter.com.

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