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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:
- Authorities confirm that bodies and debris found in the Java sea is from a missing AirAsia flight [India Today].
- 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].
- New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm says he will resign from Congress after pleading guilty to felony tax fraud [Washington Post].
- Here's how Rep. Greg Hughes ditched the traditional playbook to win the race for Speaker of the Utah House [Utah Policy].
- One of Mitt Romney's close friends says he is heavily considering a third run for the White House [Deseret News].
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks about how he plans to lead the House Oversight Committee in the next Congress [The Hill].
- Rep. Steve Eliason wants to ban the sale of powdered alcohol [Deseret News].
- Utah's abortion rate drops to its lowest since 1975 [Time].
- The Utah Department of Environmental Equality releases it's year-end report [Deseret News].
- 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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