Vive La France: Les Bleus capture classic World Cup final with 4-2 victory against Croatia

Moscow • The World Cup final is typically a tightly wound, low-scoring affair and, since the turn of the young century, teams have been separated by narrow margins or dreaded penalty kicks.This summer’s four-week spectacle in Russia, however, defied co…

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Oregon Hotshot team is one of just seven elite crews fighting wildfires on American Indian reservations

Salem, Ore. • Members of the Warm Springs Hotshots were getting ready to head home when the radio buzzed — a wildfire had started — and the elite crew launched into motion to tamp down the blaze in the sagebrush of eastern Oregon’s foothills.The blur o…

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Novak Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon by beating Kevin Anderson in straight sets

London • Novak Djokovic was disconsolate and injured when he left Wimbledon a year ago, quitting during his quarterfinal because of a painful right elbow that would need surgery.Djokovic was so dispirited by his upset exit at the French Open last month…

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Commentary: Mormonism and the persistent dream of 2-hour church meetings (oh please can we?)

It’s happening again, the rumors about an imminent two-hour block.Someone’s cousin in Arizona belongs to a Mormon congregation that has reportedly started consolidating its meetings to two hours each Sunday instead of the requisite three. Or your siste…

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Betrayal comes full circle, says a Salt Lake City gang investigator who developed PTSD, then lost his job

The cloud blurring the view from Break Merino’s damaged left eye swells and recedes with memories: A drug dealer’s kid, covered in feces and unable to speak after years imprisoned in a pen. The limp weight of a drowning victim. The daughter of a man wh…

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Kirby: BYU’s police — Mormon rites vs. Miranda rights

Sometime during my years as a cop, I arrested four BYU students — two guys, two girls — for scampering around a city graveyard in the middle of the night.When I caught them, they weren’t entirely dressed. They weren’t naked, but I did find a sock and a…

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Did Truth in Taxation law backfire? It led many Utah cities to dodge tax hikes for years, only to double them now.

Cue the taxpayers’ pitchforks and torches: Tooele City is proposing to more than double its share of property tax this year, by 114.9 percent, the highest in the state.It isn’t the only Utah city aiming to double property taxes. So are Spring City and …

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‘Andi Mack’s’ TV mom finds Utah rather startling

When Lilan Bowden was cast in the Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” she was thrilled. When she was told the series would be shot in Utah, she was … startled.“I was very surprised, because Utah is not really a place I think of when I think of places that ar…

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Will Utah be able to claim an Emmy win this year?

For the second year in a row, the partially-made-in-Utah series “Westworld” got a lot of Emmy nominations. A total of 21, just one behind the front-runner.The big question is whether the HBO series can improve on 2017, which turned out to be … well … r…

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Commentary: The power of connection can reduce suicide

Affirmation, the world’s largest and oldest organization for LGBTQ+ Mormons, has been at the forefront in supporting LGBTQ+ individuals who are experiencing rejection by their society, their families and their faith communities. Despite our community’s…

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Peter Metcalf: Lee is dead wrong on Utah’s public lands

In the most recent Western States Survey, 91 percent of Utahns polled had visited federally managed Utah public lands in 2017. The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development reports over 110,000 Utahns work in the outdoor recreation economy, and an…

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Commentary: Innovation, service and partnerships fuel UTA’s future

Throughout the significant changes at the Utah Transit Authority over the past few years, one thing has stayed the same: UTA’s commitment to providing the best possible transit value to the communities we serve with the public resources that are entrus…

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Letter: Tribune and other journalists use words that sow unrest

What would the American psyche be like if the media, written and televised, would cease the use of inflammatory words? The Salt Lake Tribune reported the Supreme Court nomination process as “the setting up of a ferocious confirmation battle.” NBC Night…

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George Pyle: Don’t tell me this is a Christian nation. It clearly is not.

“I know my humor is outrageous when it makes the Unitarians so mad they burn a question mark on my front lawn.” —Lenny BruceYes, that’s a Unitarian joke. I know because I found it on a webpage of Unitarian jokes maintained by a Unitarian church. A Cana…

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Letter: Love is only pretending to care about Utah’s environment

I was confused learning that Doug Owens, founder of the nonprofit Outdoor Partners, teamed up with Mia Love to extol the economic virtues of outdoor recreation in Utah. According to the report released by Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, recreation is …

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Letter: Carbon-emissions proposal would help all Utahns

When November comes, many Utahns might skip the polls. Candidates seeking victory should give them a reason to show up by acknowledging that we all care about our shared future. The environment, and the type of policy we use to tackle our state’s uniqu…

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Commentary: On privacy, the Supreme Court takes an uncertain step in the right direction

In its most recent term, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down one of the most important Fourth Amendment cases of the past several decades involving digital privacy. Chief Justice Roberts joined four justices to rule that the police must obtain a warrant…

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Leonard Pitts: Under unchecked power, no one is safe

They did not have to die.That’s the bitter truth. Katie Sasser and her friend John Hall would likely still be alive if cops and prosecutors in Glynn County, Georgia, had done their jobs. But they were more interested in protecting one of their own. So …

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Pacquiao gets win No. 60 with seventh-round knockout

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Manny Pacquiao clinched his 60th victory with a seventh-round knockout Sunday of Argentinian Lucas Matthysse, his first stoppage in nine years.Pacquiao said he worked hard but was surprised by the swift win in the World Boxing …

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NBA Summer League has its elite 8 as tourney continues

Las Vegas • The NBA Summer League has its elite eight.The quarterfinals were set by the end of play Saturday, and include a few surprises.Philadelphia and Toronto, the two lowest seeds in the 30-team tournament, both pulled out close games Saturday to …

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