Weber County officials detail long-term goals behind hefty 2015 sick-leave

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In early 2015, 25 Weber County employees received a total of $880,712 in accumulated sick, annual and grandfathered leave payouts, intended as a stop-loss measure to fend off future ramifications from an open-ended policy enacted decades ago.


Doctors Raise Concerns For Small Practices In Medicare’s New Payment System

Dr. Lee Gross is worried. He has practiced family medicine in North Port, Florida, near Sarasota, for 14 years. But he and two partners are the last small, independent practice in the town of 62,000. Everyone else has moved away, joined larger groups, or become salaried employees of hospitals or...


California’s New Climate Rules, Explained

Following more than a year of legislative toing and froing, California’s leaders agreed this week on how ambitious the state will be in the fight against climate change after 2020. Short answer: very. A progressive culture and Silicon Valley-style innovation a decade ago thrust California toward...


Ledecky hands medals to Harper, throws out first pitch

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WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, swimmer Katie Ledecky handed her Olympic medals to Bryce Harper. Four gold medals and one silver from the Rio Olympics sat in the hands of the reigning National League MVP. As the Nationals star outfielder held the medals on his arms like a rack, Ledecky threw the...


National Park Service creates 'living emblem' in DC

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 people using brown, green and white umbrellas have created a giant living version of the National Park Service emblem to celebrate the agency’s 100th anniversary. The Park Service took an aerial photograph of Thursday’s gathering. The first 1,000 people to arrive...


Bold moves, tepid gains: Have central banks met their limit?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The world’s key central banks have worked themselves into contortions to try to rev up economic growth, raise inflation and coax consumers and businesses to borrow and spend more. They’ve pumped trillions into financial systems and driven interest rates about as low as they can go...


US pursues Syria cooperation with Russia amid new volatility

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is launching a fresh bid to enlist Russia as a partner in Syria despite more than a month of dashed hopes as the situation on the ground becomes more volatile and uncertain with the introduction of Turkish ground forces. As the military picture grows more...


The Latest: Trump won't address immigration in Phoenix

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT): 10:30 p.m. Donald Trump will return to Phoenix next week, but campaign staffers now say he won’t be delivering a speech outlining his immigration policy there. Campaign officials had confirmed the Aug. 31 immigration speech...


Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if...

Police & Fire

Easy solutions hard to find amid south Wall Avenue crime trend

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Businesses point to the 2015 opening of the Lantern House homeless shelter. “We didn’t have this damage and stuff before. As soon as we saw it opening we got a zombie parade,” said one business manager.

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