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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - December 30, 2014

Authorities find debris they confirm is from a missing AirAsia flight. The #3 Republican in Congress spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002. How Hughes became Utah's new House speaker.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 27
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 72
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 224
  • Days to the 2015 election - 308
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 384
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 679

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Authorities confirm that bodies and debris found in the Java sea is from a missing AirAsia flight [India Today].
  2. Uh oh! The new House Majority Whip, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, admits he spoke at an event organized by white supremacists in 2002 [Boing Boing].
  3. New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm says he will resign from Congress after pleading guilty to felony tax fraud [Washington Post].
  4. Here's how Rep. Greg Hughes ditched the traditional playbook to win the race for Speaker of the Utah House [Utah Policy].
  5. One of Mitt Romney's close friends says he is heavily considering a third run for the White House [Deseret News].
  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks about how he plans to lead the House Oversight Committee in the next Congress [The Hill].
  7. Rep. Steve Eliason wants to ban the sale of powdered alcohol [Deseret News].
  8. Utah's abortion rate drops to its lowest since 1975 [Time].
  9. The Utah Department of Environmental Equality releases it's year-end report [Deseret News].
  10. HBO's John Oliver explains why New Year's Eve is the worst holiday of them all [YouTube].

On this day in history:

  • 1922 - Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
  • 1940 - California's first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway, connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.
  • 1972 - The United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
  • 2006 - Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hanged.

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