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By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 29, 2014 at 1:40 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group from the University of Utah graduate program has taken first-place honors for "Cyber Heist," a video game about student debt, at the Serious Games Showcase in Orlando, Florida. In the game, players have to break into the Department of Education in the year 2114 to erase their student debt from the agency's computers. The lead designer says it draws attention to an important issue.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wild-horse advocacy groups are criticizing federal land managers' plans to permanently remove over 750 mustangs from the Nevada range beginning late next month. But the activist groups are split on the Bureau of Land Management's plans to treat hundreds of mares with a fertility control drug. Some call it a humane alternative, while others say it's risky.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's abortion rate has dropped to the lowest level ever recorded. Health department statistics show the rate fell to 4.6 abortions per 1,000 women in 2013. The rate hovered around 6 from 1997 to 2008 before dropping to 5 in 2011. The state started keeping track in 1975.

SANDY, Utah (AP) — A 25-year-old Utah woman says she hopes the mystery surrounding her mother's disappearance 20 years ago will be solved. Stephanie Cook renewed an annual tradition by gathering with friends and family at a Sandy cemetery and remembering her mother, Bobbi Ann Campbell, who vanished Dec. 27, 1994. Cook asks anyone who might know something about the disappearance to come forward.

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