President Donald Trump’s shutdown solution hangs in limbo

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s proposal to break through the budget deadlock appeared to be gaining little traction Monday, as another missed paycheck loomed for hundreds of thousands of workers and the partial federal shutdown stretched into its fifth week. Despite the fanfare of the president’s announcement, voting in Congress was not expected to unfold until later in the week. Even then it seemed doubtful that legislation based on Trump’s plan had any chance of swiftly passing the Senate. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority but would need Democrats to reach the usual 60-vote threshold for bills to advance. Not a single Democrat publicly expressed support for the deal in the… Read More

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Venezuela quells soldiers’ revolt, top court blasts congress

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela plunged deeper into turmoil Monday as security forces put down a pre-dawn uprising by national guardsmen that triggered violent street protests, and the Supreme Court moved to undercut the opposition-controlled congress’ defiant new leadership. Socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello said 27 guardsmen were arrested and more could be detained as the investigation unfolds. The mutiny struck at a time when opposition leaders have regained momentum in their efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. They have called for a nationwide demonstration Wednesday, urging Venezuelans — especially members of the armed forces — to abandon Maduro. The uprising triggered protests in a poor neighborhood just a few miles… Read More

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Man linked to 4 killings suspected of being in U.S. illegally

RENO, Nevada — Authorities investigating four recent Nevada killings say murder charges are pending against a man suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. Wilbur Martinez-Guzman, 20, was arrested Saturday in Carson City and is being held on possession of stolen property, burglary and immigration charges. Authorities say they expect to file murder charges against him in the coming days in the shooting deaths of an elderly Reno couple and two women who lived near the town of Gardnerville. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said at a Sunday news conference that federal immigration authorities told his office Martinez-Guzman had lived in Carson City for about a year and was in… Read More

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In new lawsuit, ex-Tesla engineer claims company is trying to ‘catastrophically damage’ her

Cristina Balan with an early Tesla vehicle prototype. (Cristina Balan Photo) A former Tesla engineer has filed a defamation lawsuit against the company, the latest twist in her years-long legal battle against her ex-employer. Cristina Balan is an engineer who resides in the Seattle area and worked at Tesla from 2010 to 2014. She has claimed for years she was pushed out for voicing concerns over the quality of parts used on Tesla vehicle interiors. She’s been in arbitration in the years since on a number of claims. Balan acknowledged that she has lost on allegations of wrongful termination, retaliation and gender discrimination, but she says parts of her case… Read More

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USU basketball: Men’s team ranked among the top 25 in six statistics

Utah State men’s basketball is among the best in the nation in several statistics this season, including the top 25 across six different categories. The Aggies are fourth in the nation in rebounding margin, outrebounding the opposition by 10.6 boards per game. Utah State has won the battle of the boards in all but one game this season and is among the best at closing out opponent possessions, as the team is 10th in the nation in defensive rebounds per game, averaging 30.3 per contest. USU is also 13th in the nation in total rebounds, averaging 41.2 per game. Utah State is sixth in the nation in defensive field goal… Read More

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TransLink buses moving art, and people, around Metro

Three TransLink buses are transporting commuters around the region in a wrap that includes Chinese-influenced designs of clouds that originated from an Indonesian city on the island of Java. The first buses have a distinctive design by Diyan Achjadi, who was born in Jakarta to a father from West Java and an English-Canadian mother. In addition to the cloud shapes, the design for the wrap includes black and white figures such as a historic drawing of a rhinoceros based on one made by a European who had never seen one as well as blue diamond shapes that recall Islamic geometric design. They’re the first group of 30 articulated buses that… Read More

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Utah basketball hopes to keep defensive momentum going as it heads out on the road

SALT LAKE CITY — Unless it makes a late-season run and wins the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas in March, the Utah basketball team is going to miss the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row. Thanks to a 78-69 win over Colorado Sunday, the Utes edged above .500 where they’ve hovered all season (9-8, 3-2), but they face the prospect of falling back if they aren’t able to win on the road this week with games at Stanford on Thursday and Cal on Saturday. With a team that starts two freshmen and the top two reserves being a freshman and a sophomore, coach Larry Krystkowiak has been… Read More

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‘That dream continues’: Salt Lake NAACP commemorates Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

SALT LAKE CITY — Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates the memory of a historic leader — something Cedric Powell said is crucial to continuing his famous message of equality. Powell, law professor at Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, was the keynote speaker at the NAACP Salt Lake City Chapter’s 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon held Monday. Steve Griffin, Deseret News Keynote speaker Cedric M. Powell, professor of law, addresses the audience during the 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. “I want to… Read More

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