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Utah Lawmakers Enter Special Session With Tick List Of Tax Bills

The Utah Legislature will meet in a special session Wednesday to address a laundry list of items, including a handful of tax bills — one of which would require payment of sales tax on most online purchases.

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The Fallout From Initiative One, After the anti-nuclear waste initiative failed at the polls, Envriocare, the company which potentially would have been affected by Initiative One launched a defamation lawsuit against Cindy King, a vocal proponent of the failed bill and a Sierra Club member. Now other proponents of the bill are scared they are next on Enivriocare's litigation list. Special guest, Judy Fahys, reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune.

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Freeing Yourself From Social Media

One of Silicon Valley's most influential figures wants to convince you to delete your social media accounts. He has ten arguments for why you should do that. For one: it's turning us all into jerks.

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In an open field in Longmont, Colorado, about a dozen people crouched in the tall grass, moving slowly and deliberately through mud that squelched underfoot. Some carried huge, serrated knives called hori-hori, a Japanese tool made specifically for gutting weeds. Others wielded gardening shears, saws or chemical sprays as their weapons of choice.

Ethiopia's "bird of peace" has landed.

After two decades of bloody conflict, Ethiopia and Eritrea have been repairing their relationship with remarkable speed following a peace deal reached last week. On Wednesday, a new milestone was marked — the first commercial flight between the neighboring countries in 20 years.

The days of plastic straws are drawing shorter.

Marriott International on Wednesday became the latest big company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July. The giant hotel chain said it will stop offering plastic stirrers, too.

Iram Sabah, mother of two, is terrified by messages her family has been receiving on their smartphones.

Her husband recently was forwarded a video that shows a child's mutilated body. It's unclear where or when the video is from, or whether it's been doctored. A voice implores people to forward it to others, and to stay vigilant — that kidnappers are on the loose.

Sabah, 27, doesn't know if the video is fake or real. But she's not taking any chances.

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