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SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah is investigating a report from a Texas woman who has discovered through genetic research that the biological father of her 21-year-old daughter is not her husband but an employee at a fertility clinic associated with the University of Utah. The University of Utah said in a statement that there is “credible” evidence of a mislabeling or tampering of a semen sample. University officials say they’ve been investigating the incident since April but don’t know how it happened, in part because the fertility clinic is now closed and the man accused has been dead since 1999. The genetic genealogist who helped Pamela Branum figure out what happened fears there are other children who the man, Tom Lippert, fathered without people’s consent. She has set up a blog to help others. The university announced on Friday it was opening a hotline and offer free DNA testing to anyone who used the clinic from 1988-1993. By Paul Foy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2:30 p.m. MST.
SALT LAKE CITY — Enrollment in health care plans on the federal government’s website spiked in Utah in December as thousands who were previously stuck in the pipeline got signed up. About 18,600 people had signed up for plans in Utah by Dec. 28 — more than 10 times the total at the end of November, the federal government announced Wednesday. The spike in enrollment occurred across the country in December as people scrambled to beat enrollment deadlines. Nearly 2.2 million had signed up through Dec. 28, more than six times the November total. The online federal marketplace that went live in October was plagued by glitches, leading to a slow start for enrollment. Slightly have women signed up than men in Utah. Adults ages 55-64 were the most heavily represented age group. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.
UNDERCOVER FARM FILMING-UTAH
SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah is pushing back against animal-welfare activists who contend a state law to prevent filming of agricultural operations is designed to silence them. In new court papers filed last week, state attorneys argue a federal judge should throw out a lawsuit because the activists have not shown they face an immediate threat of criminal prosecution. The state first asked for the case to be dismissed in October. The law, passed in 2012, makes it a misdemeanor to trespass on private property to record images or sounds of a livestock operation. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed the lawsuit in July, saying the law restricts free expression. They filed court papers in December saying the law singles them out for punishment and was motivated by hostility toward them. The groups contend the threat of prosecution hampers their ability to shed light on the “horrors” of factor farming. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 400 words.
LINCOLN, N.H. — Farming is tough in New Hampshire in the winter — unless you’re growing icicles. That’s what’s happening at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, where thousands of icicles have been grown, picked and assembled to create an ice castle not unlike the palace in the Disney movie “Frozen.” It’s one of three ice castles being built this winter — the others are in Breckenridge, Colo., and Midway, Utah. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 850 words, AP Photos CON301, CON302, CON303, CON304, CON305.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Denver Nuggets have won five straight going into Monday night’s game against the Utah Jazz. By Matthew Coles.
— MISSING SNOWBOARDER — A snowboarder rescued after spending a night in the Snowbasin Resort backcountry says he was determined to make it back to his wife and kids.
— DOG HOARDER-ST GEORGE — A 48-year-old man is accused of hoarding 13 dogs and then abandoning them in a dirty home in St. George.
— OFFICER RESCUES MAN-BURNING HOME — Officials are hailing a Roy police officer as a hero for pulling a man from the basement of a burning house shortly before the first level of the structure exploded.
— FATAL CRASH-TWO SEMITRAILERS — Authorities say a 54-year-old truck driver from Fairview is dead after a crash with another semitrailer in Duchesne County.
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