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SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman whose son was fatally shot by police while armed with a samurai sword is pleading not guilty to allegations that she confronted officers during an unrelated traffic stop. Susan Hunt shed tears while surrounded by family during a city court appearance today in Saratoga Springs.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's unemployment rate dropped slightly in December to 3.5 percent. Numbers released by Utah's Department of Workforce Services today show the Utah rate remains well below the national jobless rate at 5.6 percent last month. For the first time since the recession began, the number of unemployed job seekers in Utah dropped below 50,000.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajos won't be electing a new president this month. The tribe's high court had ordered the presidential contest between Joe Shirley Jr. and Russell Begaye be held by Jan. 31. But the court has put a stay on the order after being asked to strike down legislation that allows a do-over of last year's primary election. The last of the briefings in the case are due Feb. 6.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The latest in avalanche safety gear is on display at this week's Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. Industry representatives and avalanche safety officials say evolving technology and a wider breadth of research is driving improvements in rescue beacons, air bags and snow probes. New products include a Black Diamond air bag that uses a rechargeable, battery-powered fan to inflate.

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