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Utah judge rules against Aereo before Supreme Court case; service blocked in several states

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah judge on Wednesday blocked TV streaming company Aereo Inc. from operating in several Western states, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a related case in April. Broadcasters have argued Aereo is stealing TV signals without paying. Aereo says the tiny antennas it uses to capture signals before relaying them over the Internet should be treated the same as antennas that people use to pull TV signals for free.

Mormon church issues sweeping defence of Utah liquor laws ahead of legislative session

SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church has issued a sweeping defence of Utah's famously strict liquor laws, drawing a line against tourism, restaurant and bar industry advocates who have helped ease alcohol regulations in recent years. Ahead of the upcoming legislative session, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted to its website a hefty multimedia policy statement urging lawmakers to uphold rules that church leaders say are "closely tied to the moral culture of the state."

Mormon church issues sweeping defence of Utah liquor laws ahead of legislative session

SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church has issued a sweeping declaration that opposes efforts to relax Utah's famously strict liquor laws. The move comes ahead of the upcoming legislative session and draws a line against the tourism, restaurant and bar industry supporters who have helped ease the state's alcohol regulations in recent years.

Documentary sheds new light on Romney travails

A revealing and moving behind-the-scenes documentary about Mitt Romney's unsuccessful run for the US presidency sheds new light on the Republican big-hitter and his family. "Mitt," directed by Greg Whiteley, made its premiere at the independent Sundance Film Festival, which runs until January 26 in Park City, in the mountains of Utah. The film, shot over a period of six years to 2012, tracks in intimate detail Romney's failed run for the Republican nomination and later his unsuccessful attempt to unseat President Barack Obama.

Romney campaign frustrations bubble to surface in movie 'Mitt'

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be a very wealthy man but when a filmmaker decided to document his two failed White House bids over six years, he was surprised to find how thrifty the former private equity executive was.

Analysis: For now, scandal not seen as fatal to Christie in 2016

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the road to the White House in 2016 suddenly has gotten bumpy - but it's not closed. The blunt-talking Christie, an early favorite in the upcoming Republican presidential sweepstakes, tried to put a brewing scandal behind him on Thursday during an apologetic news conference in which he announced the firing of a top aide who appeared to orchestrate traffic jams as an act of political revenge.

Mormon church explains defunct ban on blacks in priesthood

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Thirty-five years after lifting a ban on blacks entering the priesthood, the Mormon church has offered an explanation for a practice that was in place for more than 100 years, saying it was rooted in the racism of the times. A church-produced essay, "Race and the Priesthood," ties the ban to an 1852 speech by Brigham Young, the faith's second president, who led the church to Utah, and distances the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the policy.

Can Christie save the Republicans in 2016?

Can Chris Christie save the Republicans and win the White House in 2016? As the frank-talking, popular New Jersey governor cruises towards a landslide re-election Tuesday, his star is rising. The 51-year-old father of four, whose larger than life personality has managed to endear him to voters across the board, is expected to defeat his Democrat opponent, Barbara Buono, by around two to one. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 94 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and even 30 percent of Democrats in New Jersey support him for a second term as governor.

Women seek access to traditionally male-only Mormon gathering

The group, called Ordain Women, said it expected several hundred women from around the country to gather outside the LDS Conference Center in hopes that the Mormon church will offer them any unclaimed tickets to the priesthood session.

Romney to campaign for Republican candidates

Failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he plans to "help shape national priorities" by helping fellow conservatives in their mid-term election campaigns next year. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Thursday, Romney said he is considering writing a book and a series of opinion pieces, a three-day summit in Utah next week and stumping for 2014 congressional Republican candidates. "I'm not going to be bothering the airwaves with a constant series of speeches," he said.
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