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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - December 18, 2014
U.S. to normalize relations with Cuba. Russia's economy continues to plummet. Opposition to moving Utah's prison cuts across partisan lines.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 39
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 84
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 236
- Days to the 2015 election - 320
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 396
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 691
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- President Obama announces the United States will reverse course and normalize relations with Cuba [Washington Post].
- Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to calm fears while the Russian economy continues to crater [Reuters].
- Sony Pictures cancels the release of a film depicting the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader after hackers tied to that country threaten terrorist attacks on movie theaters that show the film [Reuters].
- A poll shows opposition to moving the state prison reaches across partisan lines [Utah Policy].
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the House Oversight panel will continue to investigate the Obama administration under his leadership [Tribune].
- Lawmakers will again discuss a statewide non-discrimination law as well as "religious liberty" legislation during the 2015 session [Tribune].
- A state audit says Utah's budget is becoming more dependent on federal dollars [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- Longtime Utah politico Randy Horiuchi retires; Westminster College announces a fellowship named after him [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Morgan County has the 12th lowest poverty rate in the country [Tribune].
- The Utah Transit Authority dips into its reserves to restore some holiday service in their latest budget [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1787 - New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
- 1865 - Slavery ended in the United States as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect.
- 1957 - The first nuclear facility in the U.S. to generate electricity, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, went online.
- 1987 - Ivan F. Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting Wall Street's biggest insider-trading scandal.
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