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Crossing Borders: With A Headscarf

Many borders come with the physical representations of walls, policies and guards. Other borders are less visible and center around ideas and stereotypes. F or some M uslim women, social borders may come from wearing a headscarf .

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The U.S. Department of Education has closed an investigation into whether Utah's Dixie State University mishandled a former student's sexual harassment complaint.

U.S. Department of Education press secretary Liz Hill confirmed in a statement Thursday that the Department's Office of Civil Rights closed its investigation into the school.

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Federal attorneys prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring in Utah are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to some $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah cites the digital currency's volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when 27-year-old Aaron Shamo was arrested a year ago.

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Seventeen Utah County state lawmakers have signed a letter asking Commissioner Greg Graves to resign.

The letter signed by 17 of the 22 legislators whose districts cover at least part of Utah County cites explosive and vulgar behavior by Graves.

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Brigham Young University has lifted security restrictions at its campus in Jerusalem a week after protests and violence erupted following President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

The university on Wednesday removed travel restrictions that initially limited students and faculty at the Jerusalem Center from traveling into the Old City and the city's east side.

January’s Utah legislative session will be the last for one northern Utah lawmaker. Republican Representative Ed Redd of Logan has announced he will not be seeking a fourth term.

Redd began serving in the Utah House of Representatives in 2013 and represents the fourth district. He is a member of the Health Reform Task Force and of the House Health and Human Services Committee. His assignments as a lawmaker also include serving on the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it's scrapping rules drafted during the Obama administration that require hard-rock mining companies to clean up their own messes. 

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Across the globe, women spend more time on average doing unpaid care work than men. This includes activities such as childcare, eldercare and house work. In the United States, the average of unpaid care work is nearly five hours a day for women and just more than three hours for men. In the state of Utah, the gap increases as women spend nearly six hours a day doing unpaid care work, compared to an average of three hours for Utah men.

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Federal regulators are giving the go-ahead for environmental studies and public comment about a proposed 140-mile (225-kilometer) pipeline to draw water from the Colorado River to serve southwestern Utah communities.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday formally accepted a state application submitted last year for the Lake Powell Pipeline.

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Gov. Gary Herbert is calling on legislators to continue tackling issues around Salt Lake City's homeless shelter and to start readying the state's Winter Olympics facilities to potentially host the games again.

Both are priorities in a $16.7 billion budget plan unveiled by the Republican governor on Wednesday in Kaysville at Davis Technical College, a location chosen to highlight the governor's focus on non-traditional colleges.

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Environmental groups are blasting a legislative proposal by U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart that would create a small national park within the recently downsized Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.

About 150 people rallied Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol to make the point that the plan is a ruse to try and appease conservationists and open more land for mining and grazing.

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., who has been haunted for two weeks by allegations of sexual harassment, said Saturday that he will not seek re-election in 2018.

Kihuen's announcement comes a day after the House Ethics Committee said it has opened an investigation looking into the allegations leveled at the 37-year-old freshman congressman by a former campaign aide.

In a statement, Kihuen reiterated that he had done nothing wrong and said he looked forward to being cleared of any allegations of sexual misconduct.

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