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Lives On Hold: One Family's Experience In The Long Line For Immigration Services

Like other expectant parents, Kenadee Ferre and her husband Eleazar Ishmael Castro Afane are a bundle of excitement and nerves as they prepare for their birth of first children.

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Analysis and results from the 2018 midterm elections.

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It’s pretty weird seeing my dad cut into the neck of a dead cow elk.

Like me, my dad Mike has never hunted before. He’s a software engineer. But now he’s wearing blue latex gloves, covered in blood, as he peels skin and fur off the animal.

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We’ve covered how tribalism is wreaking havoc in our lives, but tribes are also a source of strength. They’re how humans have organized themselves to survive for thousands of years. We explore the idea that maybe better, stronger tribes are what we really need to repair the social fabric.

This story gets personal for Andrea as she grapples with feeling tribeless as a transplant in Salt Lake City. She talks with a spiritual leader from the Northern Utes, Lacee Harris, about being part of a Native tribe and what it does for him. And we hear from military vet Jason Comstock about war, unity and how he learned to create the tribe he needed with a group called Team Red, White & Blue.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is the subject of at least three open federal investigations. But on the right-wing talk show Breitbart News Sunday, Zinke dismissed news of his imminent departure from the Trump administration.

The parents sat stiffly; some had clearly been crying. Their children, largely oblivious, scribbled with crayons on the carpeted floor of a Denver immigration court. In a matter of months, the judge before them will make 71 life-changing decisions.

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice instructed ten immigration courts around the country to speed up cases of families seeking asylum on U.S. soil. In Denver, that directive is being carried out in a series of group hearings, designed to decide cases in less than a year.

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Family and friends of Brent Taylor remembered the late Utah National Guard major on Saturday as a selfless and skilled peacemaker who had a knack for resolving differences between people.

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President Donald Trump on Friday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest honor for civilians, to Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and six others at a White House ceremony.

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University of Utah neurobiologist Maureen Condic was recently appointed to the 25-member National Science Board by the Trump administration. KUER’s Erik Neumann sat down with Dr. Condic to learn about her work on bioethics in the health sciences.

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A Utah District Court judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Rep. Mia Love’s campaign, ruling that the Republican incumbent trailing in a tight House race is not entitled to review or challenge voter signatures on mail-in and provisional ballots.

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In one small sign that the state’s air-quality cleanup plan is working, the Cache Valley has attained national clean-air standards for winter smog for three years in a row.

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Lawyers for Rep. Mia Love’s campaign appeared in district court on Thursday to challenge Salt Lake County’s voter verification process, the latest twist in the drawn-out race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District.

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The Art Of Logic

Wednesday, we’re talking to scholar Eugenia Cheng about how logical reasoning – complemented by our emotions – can transform the way we think about our shared challenges.

Maybe you’ve heard we’re a divided country. Here at KUER, we’re going to challenge that idea with a new podcast about finding connection in a time of division.

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A 31-year-old British man accused of spying for the U.K. government while on an apparent academic research trip in the United Arab Emirates was handed a life sentence Wednesday.

Matthew Hedges, a doctoral candidate at England's Durham University, was detained at Dubai International Airport on May 5 after a two-week research trip for his thesis on Emirati security and foreign policy, his wife, Daniela Tejada, told Human Rights Watch.

Updated at 4:02 p.m. ET

In a rare moment of direct criticism, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rebuked President Trump on Wednesday for the president's description of a federal judge who ruled against his asylum policy as "an Obama judge." Within hours, the president fired back on Twitter, launching an unusual conflict between the executive and judicial branches.

Updated at 1:33 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Michigan has dropped most of the charges against a Detroit doctor accused of female genital mutilation, concluding that Congress "overstepped its bounds" when it passed a law banning the practice.

That 1996 law violates the Constitution and is unenforceable, the judge concluded, because in general, criminal law is left to the states — and female genital mutilation should be no exception.

Despite calls for his resignation, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not planning to step down.

In an interview with CNN Business that aired on Tuesday evening, Zuckerberg pushed back against the criticism his social media platform has received in recent years, and said he believes Facebook can be a force for the greater good.

Editor's note: This story was originally published in November 2016 and has been updated.

The sweet potato evokes surprisingly strong feelings — and not just from the pro- and anti-marshmallow lobbies.

It is a staple of the African diet. And Africans feel passionately about it. It kindles warm memories. It's a neglected food that deserves a higher profile because of its nutritional value.

And some people can't stand it!

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