Vice President Mike Pence to visit Merit Medical Systems in Utah this week

FILE – Vice President Mike Pence speaks during an event for employees, their families and supporters at the Kennedy Space Center in recognition of the Apollo 11 anniversary, Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. | John Raoux, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Vice President Mike Pence will visit Merit Medical Systems in South Jordan on Thursday, two sources familiar with the visit confirmed Monday. Pence is scheduled to speak at the South Jordan headquarters of Merit Medical at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, after spending the night in Utah, Merit Medical Chairman and CEO Fred Lampropoulos told the Deseret News. He said the vice president will be joined by… Read More

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Restoring state sales tax on food a topic of tax reform task force

FILE – People wander around the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News No action taken on any proposals SALT LAKE CITY — There were lots of charts and graphs but little discussion about restoring the full sales tax on food, reducing the state income tax rate and other proposals on the agenda Monday for the first meeting of the Utah Legislature’s tax reform task force following a series of public hearings around the state. The Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force took no action after three hours of presentations. There are expected to be at least four similar… Read More

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2 days before he died, Jeffrey Epstein signed a new will putting his $577 million in assets in a trust — $18 million more than he told the court he was worth

Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein signed a new will just two days before his death by suicide, court papers obtained by the New York Post show. The documents were filed on August 8 in the US Virgin Islands, and they list holdings that were previously not disclosed, including “Aviation Assets, Automobiles and Boats,” which totaled $18.5 million, as well as “fine arts, antiques, collectibles, valuables,” which have yet to be appraised. The assets were transferred to a trust called “The 1953 Trust,” named after the year he was born. The documents do not list any beneficiaries to the trust. Epstein, 66, was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan… Read More

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We drove a $31,000 Honda Accord and a $39,000 Toyota Camry to see which one is the better family car. Here’s the verdict.

The Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are two of the best-selling and most respected cars in the world. Both the Toyota and the Honda are known for being exquisitely engineered and expertly put together with top-notch reliability. The base 2018 Honda Accord starts at $23,570, and our mid-tier Sport model starts at $25,780. The top-spec Touring starts at $33,800. With fees and the optional 2.0-liter engine, the as-tested price was pushed up to $31,200. The base Camry starts at $23,495, but our top-of-the-line XSE V6 opens at $34,950. With options, our test car left the showroom at $38,730. The Honda Accord’s sportier driving dynamics and superior infotainment edges out… Read More

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‘I will use all of the feedback’: CNN host Chris Cuomo closes the book on ‘Fredo’ shouting match and thanks Fox News’ Sean Hannity for his support

CNN host Chris Cuomo on Monday briefly commented on a video of a verbal spat he had with an alleged heckler during his vacation earlier this month, and he thanked his supporters from both sides of the political spectrum. “All right, no secret how I spent one particular afternoon on vacation, and there is nothing to add,” Cuomo said in his closing remarks on his show. “Except to say, ‘thank you.’ Thank you to all who reached out in person, who sent messages. I appreciate it.” Cuomo also thanked Fox News host Sean Hannity, who on Twitter described the apparent heckler as a “jacka–” and said the CNN host had… Read More

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Thunderbirds open training camp with grueling off ice fitness testing

KENT – The Seattle Thunderbirds caught their first break of the season Monday afternoon. Instead of late August scorching heat, the weather in the Puget Sound area was mild, in time for dry land fitness testing. Over 70 players, from veterans, rookies, to free-agent hopefuls, hit the track at Highline Community College to test what kind of shape they are in on the eve of training camp. Of course, feeling the heat is all relative. “This is hot for me, coming from Calgary, but I’m glad it’s not any hotter,” a winded defenseman Tyrel Bauer said after completing his mile run. Monday was check-in day for the Thunderbirds. The players… Read More

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Tom Murphy, Austin Nola lead Mariners to 9-3 win over Rays

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Tom Murphy homered twice and drove in four runs, Austin Nola also went deep and had three RBIs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the playoff-contending Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 on Monday night. Mariners 9, Rays 3: Box score Murphy, who had three hits and a walk, hit a three-run drive in the first inning and added a solo shot in the fifth. He has 15 homers in 52 games. Nola had a two-run homer during a four-run second off Rays two-way player Brendan McKay (2-3) and had an RBI single in the fourth. Marco Gonzales (13-10) went five innings, giving… Read More

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A French couple could face jail time for taking 90 pounds of sand from a popular Italian island as a souvenir

Two French citizens could face jail time for trying to take home 90 pounds of sand from beaches on the island of Sardinia as a souvenir. They said they didn’t know it was a crime. The pair collected 14 plastic bottles worth of sand from Chia, a beach located on the southern part of Sardinia, and were caught with the sand while boarding a ferry en route to Toulon, France, BBC reported. The couple was charged with theft under aggravated circumstance, which carries a sentence between one and six years of jail time, according to the report by the Italian newspaper. Sand theft by tourists isn’t a new concept to… Read More

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