Rick Nash was integral to selling the game of hockey in Columbus

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Kevin Hart got grilled about his anti-gay jokes on ‘Fresh Air’ and explained his actions: ‘If people choose to take offense to something, that’s a choice’

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart defended himself in a “Fresh Air” interview with Terry Gross, saying that anti-gay jokes he made 10 years ago were nothing more than jokes. Despite apologizing, Hart said that people who were offended by the jokes chose to interpret them that way. Hart has made direct apologies for his past statements numerous times. Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has said that he’s done talking about previous anti-gay jokes and statements that cost him a spot hosting the 2019 Oscars. However, in Thursday’s episode of “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, he defensively explained his actions away, saying that those who were offended by his assertion that… Read More

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Former Orem High soccer player Emil Cuello drafted by LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy selected former Orem High soccer player Emil Cuello in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. The Galaxy selected him No. 19 overall, two picks after Real Salt Lake picked Sam Brown. A longtime resident of Orem, the midfielder scored 23 goals during his four seasons with the Orem Tigers. Cuello accepted a scholarship to SMU where he earned several accolades in his four years including Most Outstanding Offensive Player by the American Athletic Conference. He scored 12 goals and dished out 17 assists in 72 games with the Mustangs. …read more Source:: Deseret News – Sports News       

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Microsoft’s Bing search engine reportedly had a child porn problem (MSFT)

Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, was surfacing child pornography, TechCrunch reports. A report from online safety consultancy AntiToxin, commissioned by TechCrunch, found that several image searches using terms referring to children and pornography turned up explicit photos of clearly under-aged children. Microsoft told TechCrunch it has removed these illegal images, and is working to block such search results in the future — though AntiToxin says that it found that some searches still showed the illegal images in question, even after the report was published. Other social platforms have also had issues with rampant child porn, notably including Facebook’s WhatsApp. Microsoft’s Bing search engine appears to have had a problem with child… Read More

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Seahawks sign kicker Sam Ficken to reserve/future contract

They’re just one week into the offseason, but the Seahawks aren’t wasting any time when it comes to personnel moves. Just three days after Seattle signed nine of its practice squad players to reserve/future contracts, the team added a tenth signing: free agent kicker Sam Ficken. Where should the Seahawks focus for their first offseason move? Ficken, 26, first signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State in 2016. He was last with the Los Angeles Rams, though was waived in Oct. 2018. He has made three of six career field goals (50%) and 14 of 15 career extra-point attempts (94%). It wouldn’t be… Read More

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20 sweet his-and-hers gifts for couples celebrating happy milestones

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Whether they’re just engaged, married or have been in a relationship for years, his-and-hers gifts are a great choice for some couples for a variety of different occasions — think holidays, engagement parties, even a housewarmings. Of course, you could get them two gifts, totally unrelated to one another, but his-and-hers gifts are a thoughtful way to show you recognize and value their special bond. We looked high and low for clever his-and-hers gifts, and rounded up 20 of our favorites. We covered… Read More

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announces she’s running for president in 2020

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Friday announced she’s running for president in 2020. Gabbard confirmed the news to CNN’s Van Jones in an interview set to air on Saturday night. “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard told Jones. Gabbard has made a lot of fans among progressives, but also a number of critics due to some of her positions on issues such as foreign policy. Gabbard is one of the first two female combat veterans to serve in Congress, and also its first ever Hindu member. Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced on Friday that she’s running for president in… Read More

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Photos: Utah police officers say goodbye to holiday beards

Jason Eves, a student at The Barber School in Midvale, shaves Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Capt. Aaron Torres on Friday. Torres, along with other employees with the Unified Police Department and the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, purchased a policy exemption to grow beards, paint their nails or color their hair bright colors to raise funds for Shop with the Shield, which purchased Christmas presents for more than 100 children. The students at The Barber School also donated their time in removing the holiday growth. See the world through the eyes of award-winning photojournalists. Click through the gallery above to view the unique images our visual storytellers captured today. Follow… Read More

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Court denies petition of inmate who has been on Utah’s death row for 30 years

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal court on Friday denied a petition against the state from a man who has been on Utah’s death row for 30 years. More than 15 years after it was first filed, 10th Circuit Court Judge Claire V. Eagan denied Ralph Leroy Menzies’ habeas corpus petition. “The Constitution was followed and Utah’s criminal justice system worked,” is what Andrew Peterson, who handled the appeal for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, said was the takeaway from Friday’s decision. The judge concluded in a lengthy 155-page ruling that Menzies’ conviction and sentence did not violate the Constitution, said Peterson. “It is a significant milestone that brings the… Read More

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