Democrats react with fury after federal judge rules that Obamacare is unconstitutional

Democrats responded with fury on Friday night after a federal judge in Texas ruled that key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare,” were unconstitutional — rendering the entire law unconstitutional. Some conservative groups praised the ruling, while other Republican lawmakers stayed silent. The federal judge ruled the individual mandate was unconstitutional, and that because it is “essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA,” the entire law is invalid. Here are some initial reactions from lawmakers and organizations. Democrats responded with fury on Friday night after a federal judge in Texas ruled that key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were unconstitutional… Read More

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Trump reportedly grew frustrated no one wanted to be his chief of staff before settling on Mick Mulvaney

President Donald Trump reportedly tapped Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to become his next White House chief of staff after growing frustrated that none of his top candidates would accept the position. Unlike other high profile candidates who were considered for the position, Mulvaney was not formally interviewed, officials said. Despite Trump’s assurances that the vacancy was highly desired, some Democratic lawmakers not persuaded. President Donald Trump abruptly tapped Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to become his next White House chief of staff after growing frustrated that none of his top candidates would accept the position, a senior… Read More

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Hyperloop startup Arrivo is shutting down as workers are laid off

Futuristic transportation startup Arrivo shut down its operations this week, The Verge has learned. All of the company’s 30 or so employees were furloughed in late November, with about half being completely laid off at the end of that month, according to two employees who were granted anonymity because they signed non-disclosure agreements. Now, the Los Angeles startup is shutting down because it hasn’t been able to secure new funding, these people say. Remaining employees were informed Friday via text messages seen by The Verge, or by phone. The hyperloop-style company was started in 2017 by former SpaceX engineer Brogan BamBrogan, who was a co-founder of Hyperloop One. Two of… Read More

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Weber State University to open new Lindquist Hall on Jan. 7

OGDEN — Weber State University will host a grand opening ceremony for the renovated Lindquist Hall — formerly known as the Social Science building — on Monday, Jan. 7, the institution’s 130th Founders Day. An open house with self-guided tours of the building will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. WSU alumnus Paul Draper, an anthropology graduate and illusionist, is scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The massive renovation began in April 2017. The old structure was stripped to its reinforced concrete frame and foundation. A structural analysis determined that keeping “the bones” of the building would… Read More

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A Norwegian Air Boeing 737MAX was forced to divert to Iran after suffering a mechanical failure

A Norwegian Air Boeing 737MAX was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Iran on Friday due to a technical malfunction. The two-month-old jet landed safely in Shiraz, Iran. The 189 passengers and crew on board were transported to a hotel near the airport. A relief Boeing 737-800 was dispatched from Norway along with a pair of technicians who will determine if spare parts will need to be sourced. It is unclear if there will be complications with parts procurement due to recent US sanctions against Iran. A Norwegian Air Boeing 737MAX was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Iran on Friday due to a technical malfunction. Norwegian Air… Read More

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Great Salt Lake State Park hosting First Day Hike

MAGNA — Great Salt Lake State Park will ring in the new year with a First Day Hike. The 2-mile round-trip hike along Sunset Beach will begin at 1 p.m. sharp. Participants should meet at the marina office parking lot at 12:45 p.m. While the event is free, there is a $3 per vehicle entry fee to the park, which is located at 13312 W. 1075 South …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News       

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2 men arrested, boy taken to detention center after police chase

STOCKTON — Two men were arrested and a boy was taken to a detention center Friday after leading officers on a high-speed chase, police said. According to Stockton Police Chief Travis Romney, the chase began when an officer tried to pull over a vehicle that was speeding. The car fled at 80 miles an hour in a 40 mph zone, Romney said, running two other vehicles off the road. Police pursued for between five and eight minutes while Utah Highway Patrol troopers set up spike strips north of Stockton. Before the fleeing vehicle reached the spike strips, it started smoking and broke down two miles north of the city, Romney… Read More

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Photos: 700 Nativities go on display at Utah church

More than 700 Nativity scenes collected over the years by Joleen Wright are on display at the Granger East Stake south building in West Valley City on Friday. The Nativities come from many countries, as well as local and well-known artists. The Nativities will be on display again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The stake center is located 3935 S. 1500 West. 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 the official Deseret News Instagram account for more photographs and videos from the staff. …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah… Read More

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A federal judge just ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional, threatening healthcare chaos

In a ruling released Friday evening, a federal judge in Texas sided with 19 states arguing that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” are unconstitutional. The ruling brings new uncertainty to the country’s healthcare markets, a day before the deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans in many states. The ruling doesn’t go into effect immediately, and is almost certain to be appealed by state attorneys general who are defending the law. In a ruling released Friday evening, a federal judge in Texas sided with states arguing that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” are unconstitutional. The decision is almost certain… Read More

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