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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Special boots, bindings, skis and skins for backcountry skiing are among the hottest items this week at the world's largest outdoor retail show in Salt Lake City. Many of the leading outdoor retailers now feature specific lines of gear for skiers and snowboarders who participate in what the industry calls "alpine touring."

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Federal environmental officials say Provo residents were breathing the most polluted air in the country on Dec. 29. The Daily Herald reports that Provo has not maintained the top ranking by the Environmental Protection Agency since then, but the Utah County city has consistently ranked among the top five cities with the filthiest air.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The father of a teenage girl who was hit and killed on Halloween night is criticizing the police investigation, saying police were influenced because the driver was the sister of a Unified police officer. Unified police tell the Deseret News there was "absolutely no" cover-up in the death of 14-year-old Victoria Hillman.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The parents of a South Jordan man struck and killed by a drunken driver on Interstate 215 are suing the bar where the woman allegedly bought drinks before the crash. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the lawsuit says the Piper Down Pub continued to serve the woman knowing she was intoxicated. The owner of the bar declined comment.

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