Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies

WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers’ grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month. The 3 1/2-hour hearing Tuesday hit upon familiar themes — online privacy, data protection and the danger of […]

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Salt Lake City a ‘no-brainer’ choice to bid for another Olympics, Ski Utah leader says

SALT LAKE CITY — The longtime head of Ski Utah is convinced that Salt Lake City is going to be picked over Denver to bid for a future Winter Games by the U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday. “It’s a no-brainer. We’ve got this great spot and we’re ready to go,” Nathan Rafferty, the ski industry […]

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Michelle Singletary: Don’t just offer to help, actually give assistance to a caregiver this holiday season

WASHINGTON — The holidays open our hearts in ways no other time of the year does. We generously give our time and money to the poor and others in need. But there are 40 million family caregivers who also need your help. These are the women and men caring for loved ones who can no […]

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Utah patients upset at surprise medical bills; hospitals, insurers at odds over who is to blame

SALT LAKE CITY — When Lisa Ray’s 16-year-old son suffered a broken jaw while playing rugby recently, she rushed him to Ogden Regional Medical Center, but that hospital was at capacity and could not immediately take him in for surgery. Even in her hurry to get her son emergency medical care, Ray had chosen that […]

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Eccles family commemorates 60 years of community giving

SALT LAKE CITY — Microsoft co-founder and noted philanthropist Bill Gates once noted, “With great wealth comes great responsibility, a responsibility to give back to society and a responsibility to see that those resources are put to work in the best possible way to help those in need.” While his comments were made in more […]

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Utah medical company pays $1.6 million to settle false Medicare claims

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah medical company has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle federal false claims allegations involving Medicare. The settlement with Benjamin D. George and Jody C. Rookstool, along with their company, Western Medical Group, ends two whistleblower complaints filed in December 2013 and February 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney’s […]

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Too close for comfort: Groups say oil and gas leases jeopardize pristine public lands in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — One day after climate change activists delivered letters to federal land managers demanding all fossil fuel extraction cease on public lands, they leveled more criticism over a Tuesday oil and gas lease sale in Utah. The online auction by the Bureau of Land Management in Utah offered 154,212 acres across the […]

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What is Utah doing about illegal, annoying robocalls, telemarketing scams?

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has joined 40 states in an effort to combat illegal robocalls, 187 million of which were made to Utahns last year. Attorney General Sean Reyes is part of a coalition of attorneys general reviewing the technology major telecom companies are pursuing to stop or reduce illegal robocalls. “To be clear, […]

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Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

NEW YORK — Many companies including McDonald’s and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don’t expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren’t going to stop playing into those perceptions. What’s accepted as normal can change, too, and vary by region. Up […]

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