Salt Lake City elects first openly gay mayor amid setbacks

...setbacks last week to the LGBT community.The victory by Biskupski marked another milestone for LGBT people in Utah who have made major strides in recent years."Today is not just about making history," Biskupski said. "It is about people. It is about affecting...
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Second major oil company abandons Arctic exploration

Environmental groups are hailing the announcement that Norwegian oil giant Statoil is giving up on its oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska. The reaction of the state's elected officials has been far different.
Afghanistan finds only 36 percent view country positively

...Afghan soldiers and intelligence agents on Tuesday raided a major university in the eastern city of Jalalabad, arresting 27 students...percent margin of error.This year, Afghanistan is facing major political and security challenges after the withdrawal of international...
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Clinton, Sanders spar over taxes, health care

...Abbott of Texas, drawing boos from the audience.The Democratic front-runner said Sanders' approach would "eliminate" major pieces of the health care system, including private insurance, Medicaid, the Tricare system for veterans and other coverage...
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More Thanksgiving travelers; don't get stuck at airport

...means a family driving 300 miles will save $12 in fuel this holiday.Airlines for America, the lobbying group for several major airlines, forecasts 25.3 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines, up 3 percent from last year. (AAA's forecast...
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Gustavus author Kim Heacox wins award for "Jimmy Bluefeather"

...Islands, Orion, and National Geographic Traveler. His editorials, written for the Los Angeles Times, have appeared in many major newspapers across the United States.Heacox was also commentator along with Gretel Ehrlich and other environmental VIPs on...
Charlie Sheen says he is HIV-positive, bad boy days are over

...Peter Staley, a long-time AIDS activist who is HIV-positive. Watching Sheen's interview, "I saw someone who has made a major leap forward and is on a new path that will hopefully end up helping a lot of people."And Gay Men's Health Crisis CEO Kelsey...
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Sea chanteys add high note to WhaleFest

...chanteys.As he was becoming more interested in folk music, he met Stan Hugill, the last living chanteyman who worked on a major ocean sailing vessel at the end of the age of sailing."I met him at a yearly sea music festival, which he came to every...
Alaska's high health care costs drive patients out of state

...plan, there is no specific list of procedures, but general areas are orthopedic, nonemergency heart conditions and planned major surgeries. In May, the company opened up the program to cancer surgeries as well.For many Alaskans, these kinds of procedures...
College football capsules

...Alabama had a season-high nine sacks.Alabama (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) easily survived its last major test before the Iron Bowl game against Auburn in two weeks. The Tide shook off a slow start thanks to three long touchdowns...


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