Venezuelan tycoon funds jailed Utah man’s defense

In this Nov. 8 photo, wealthy businessman Wilmer Ruperti, center, in car, leaves a courthouse in Caracas, Venezuela. Ruperti, a key ally of Venezuela’s government, is paying the legal bills of Joshua Holt, an American who claims to have been wrongly imprisoned in Venezuela, a new wrinkle in a case that has further strained relations between Washington and Caracas. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela — A Utah man’s hopes for being freed from a Venezuelan jail, where he’s lingered for more than a year in declining health, now lie with a wealthy shipping magnate closely linked to the country’s socialist government.

Semi crashes on Utah highway, spilling cows on road

Authorities stand on the scene where a semitrailer carrying cattle tipped over and crashed causing major delays on both interstates, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (Derek Petersen/The Deseret News via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are clearing dead cows off a northern Utah interstate highway after a semitrailer hauling cattle tipped over and crashed on an exit ramp above the highway, spilling cows onto the road below.

BASE jumpers, slackliners in Moab for extreme sports holiday

In this Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 photo, R.J. Roush slacklines across the Fruit Bowl, near Canyonlands National Park and Moab, Utah. Hundreds of BASE jumpers and slackliners are in Moab for the holiday events to where they’ll walk across lines of webbing stretched between red rock crevices or jump from sandstone mesas. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

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Climate activist convicted after Mont. pipeline protest

This Nov. 21, 2017, photo provided by the Climate Direct Action group shows Leonard Higgins, second from right, with his defense attorneys outside the Choteau County Courthouse in Fort Benton, Mont. Higgins was convicted Wednesday, Nov. 22, on charges of of criminal mischief and trespassing after he entered a fenced site near Big Sandy, Mont., in October 2016 and closed a valve on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States to call attention to climate change. With Higgins are attorney Lauren Regan, left; attorney Kelsey Skaggs, second from left, and attorney Herman Watson. (Nicole Bradford/Climate Direct Action via AP)

FORT BENTON, Mont. (AP) — An activist who was trying to call attention to climate change was found guilty of criminal charges on Wednesday for closing a valve last year on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States.

Navajo family gets electricity in time for holidays

This undated photo provided by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, shows Annie Hamm holding her great granddaughter outside her home on the Navajo Nation near Montezuma Creek, Utah. Hamm and her husband recently got electricity to their home, in time for the holidays. (Deenise Becenti/Navajo Tribal Utility Authority via AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — For years, Thomas and Annie Hamm walked around their southern Utah home with flashlights at night, heated water on a wood burning stove and kept their food cold on ice.

Sports betting case could pay off for internet gambling

FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2015, file photo, Super Bowl proposition bets are displayed on a board at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook race and sports book in Las Vegas. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Dec. 4, 2017, as the state of New Jersey challenges a 1992 law forbidding state-authorized sports gambling in all but four states that met a 1991 deadline to legalize it: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Internet gambling in the United States has been limited to just three states since it began in 2013, but it could soon get a big boost from an unlikely source: the U.S. Supreme Court.

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