Stories from the Associated Press

Salt Lake City has the potential to host the 2030 Winter Olympics.
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An exploratory committee studying a potential Salt Lake City bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics estimates the city could pull it off without losing money.

Fraser Bullock, co-chairman of the committee, said the budget estimate presented at a meeting Monday is another indication that Salt Lake City is set up nicely to host another Olympics.

Utahraptor, the potential new state dinosaur.
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A fight in the Utah Legislature over what should be named the state fossil has been avoided with the introduction of an official state dinosaur.

State Sen. Curt Bramble will end his push to have the Utahraptor replace the Allosaurus as the state fossil, and he plans to introduce legislation to name the Utahraptor as the new state dinosaur.

Mitt Romney
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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is talking business with members of Utah's burgeoning tech industry but making no announcements about his political future amid rampant speculation about a possible Senate run.

Romney emphasized the importance of character as he talked high finance and entrepreneurship Friday to an enthusiastic crowd at a conference in Salt Lake City dubbed Silicon Slopes, the nickname for Utah's cluster of tech companies. It was his second appearance this week as he ratchets up his public profile in his adopted home state.

Logo for Salt Lake City's Annual Comic Con convention.
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Salt Lake Comic Con lawyers have filed a motion for a new trial following a federal jury's decision that the convention infringes on San Diego Comic-Con's trademark.

The Salt Lake lawyers filed the paperwork on Tuesday in response to last month's eight-day trial in U.S. District Court, during which jurors decided that the California convention's trademarks are valid. The jury found that the infringement was not willful and awarded $20,000 in damages to the San Diego Comic-Con, which had sought $12 million.

Zion National Park reported record number of visitors in 2017.
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Both Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks have reported a record number of visitors for 2017.

Zion National Park saw more than 4.5 million visitors last year, which is up 5 percent from 2016. While Bryce Canyon National Park recorded 2.6 million visitors — a 9-percent increase.

Samuel Shaffer (left) and John Coltharp have been arrested on various charges after a raid on their compound.
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A Utah man from an upstart group with beliefs in polygamy and doomsday has been charged with sodomy on a child and other counts.Prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday against 34-year-old Samuel Shaffer, one of two men accused of sexually abusing girls they considered wives. He was also charged with child lewdness and obstruction of justice.

Suicide prevention will be addressed by Herbert's task force.
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Gov. Gary Herbert is creating a task force that includes a high-ranking Mormon leader, the Utah Jazz owner and the leader of an LGBT rights group to address a troubling increase in teen suicides in Utah.Herbert unveiled the coalition Wednesday and called on the members to coordinate with suicide prevention groups to create a list of recommendations to give to him by Feb. 15.

Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City, Utah.
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The Sundance Film Festival is proving to be the epicenter of a number of hot-button topics this year.The annual gathering of aspiring filmmakers, entertainment industry leaders, press and movie lovers kicks off Thursday in Park City, Utah, in the era of Me Too, and for the first time in decades without Harvey Weinstein.

Amazon, a major Seattle-based company.
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No Utah locations are on the short list of cities in the running for a new Amazon headquarters.The online retailer released a list of 20 finalists for its second headquarters on Thursday. Most were on the East Coast and Midwest; Los Angeles was the only West Coast city that made the cut.

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A legal opinion released by the Utah Attorney General's Office says that the governor's setting special election last year to replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress was legal.

The opinion released by Sean Reyes' office Tuesday followed months of dispute by legislators and the governor's office over the opinion.

Sexual assault evidence collection kit can now be tracked via website
issa.house.gov

Utah officials say a new federal grant will allow the state to offer more resources to victims waiting as their sexual assault kits are going through the testing process.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Coordinator Krystal Hazlett said Tuesday that Utah's Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice received $2.2 million grant in October.

Mia Love, Republican Representative, talks immigration with Trump.
love.house.gov

Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss immigration but did not discuss vulgar remarks the president is reported to have made about Haiti and Africa.

Love, the first black female Republican in Congress and the daughter of Haitian immigrants, criticized the remarks last week, calling them "unkind, divisive, and elitist."

A quote from Martin Luther King Jr., "The time is always right to do waht is right," whose legacy was honored by Westminster College's annual march.
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Students and community members marched in Salt Lake City during a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day chanting, "This is what democracy looks like."

Westminster College's annual march brought together students, families and members of the local chapter of the Black Lives Matter group.

Clyde Companies, teaming up with Blue Diamond Capital and Merrill Trust Group of Atlanta, have their eyes on a 3,300-acre community in St. George.
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Developers in southern Utah have unveiled plans for a master-planned community along the Arizona line they say would be one of the largest ever built in the state.

The 3,350-acre Desert Color development would be made up of four main land-use districts with housing, shopping, schools, parks, hiking trails and artificial lakes on the southern edge of St. George just east of U.S. Interstate 15.

Mormon Newsroom

A 93-year-old former heart surgeon with three decades of experience with the Mormon church's top leadership panel has been officially named the faith's president.

Information for the upcoming 2018 Silicon Slopes Tech Summit
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Organizers of a Utah technology summit say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has agreed to speak at next week's event in Salt Lake City.

The former presidential candidate who is expected to make a run for the U.S. Senate in Utah next year is scheduled to speak at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit next Friday.

Logo for the Tour of Utah cycling race
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The 2018 Tour of Utah pro cycling race will start in St. George and end in Park City.

The race's managing director John Kimball says the St. George start is the tour's southernmost beginning point in its 14-year history.

Photograph of Thomas S. Monson presented at his viewing.
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Thousands of Mormons are paying respects to their deceased president and prophet during a public viewing in Salt Lake City that comes a day before the funeral.

Church officials said 10,000 people had come to the viewing by mid-afternoon Thursday to honor Thomas S. Monson, who died Jan. 2 at age 90. He was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for nearly 10 years.

Welcome sign for Kearns, Utah, where a woman was killed by a school bus.
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A 37-year-old Utah woman has been hit and killed by a school bus southwest of Salt Lake City.

Police have identified the victim of Thursday morning's accident as Becky Bell of Kearns.

Logo for the Native American Rights Fund, who is fighting for voting rights for Indian Country.
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Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites.

Native Americans say they've encountered a wide range of obstacles that makes voting difficult.

Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, which is potentially a hotspot for new Amazon headquarters.
corrections.utah.gov

Utah officials trying to persuade Amazon to build its new headquarters in the state decided the site of an aging prison in Draper would be the best spot to pitch for the project.

That's according to emails released by the city of West Jordan under a public records request.

Bingham Junction's new park in Midvale, Utah.
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U.S. census figures show a suburban Salt Lake City area formerly known for smoking smelters that contaminated the ground has become one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the state.

The former Superfund site is home to sparkling apartments, entertainment options and offices — just two years after federal regulators removed the site from its list of toxic areas. The site, now called Bingham Junction, had been contaminated with arsenic and lead. But those days are gone.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A
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Health officials in Utah say people who visited two restaurants in Spanish Fork last month may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

The Salt Lake County Health Department says customers who used the restroom or ate at either Sonic Drive-In or Olive Garden in late December should contact the agency to determine their risk and possibly get a vaccine.

This is the second hepatitis-related alert issued by health officials in the state this week.

Hepatitis A is an extremely contagious liver disease. It can be spread through contaminated food and water or sexual contact.

Greg Hughes, Utah House Speaker, won't seek re-election.
house.utah.gov

The chief of staff for Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes says he won't be running for re-election this year.

Greg Hartley says the speaker announced his decision to fellow state lawmakers Wednesday morning. He says Hughes will continue in his leadership role through the 2018 legislative session that will begin this month, and is planning to push hard on big issues.

Mitt Romney, prospective candidate for Orrin Hatch's Republican Senate seat, was treated for prostate cancer.
sanders.senate.gov

The Republican presidential nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney, was treated for prostate cancer last year.

That's according to a Romney aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to discuss a sensitive health issue publicly.

The aide said Monday that Romney was diagnosed with "slow-growing prostate cancer" last year. The cancer was removed surgically and found not to have spread beyond the prostate, the aide said.

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