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Just how conservative is Utah?

600,000

Number of troops Rep. John Murtha said Tuesday that is needed to fully squelch violence in Afghanistan. The Pennsylvania Democrat, who chairs the powerful subcommittee that funds the military, said his figure was based on the country's history of rigorous fighting and its size.



Candidates for 'Best Job' down to 50

Despite its conservative political bent, Utah's per-capita appetite for online pornography makes it the nation's run-away red-light state.

A study by Harvard Business School professor Benjamin Edelman shows that Utah outpaces even more conservative states — which all tend to purchase more Internet porn than other states.

Online porn subscription rates are higher in states that enacted conservative legislation banning same-sex marriage or civil unions, and where surveys show support for conservative positions on religion, gender roles and sexuality, according to the Harvard analysis published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Utah's No. 1 score may have to do with its demographics, particularly its large population of young people, Edelman said. Other factors are income, education and marital status. But, "even when I control for income, age, education, and marital status, Utah residents still consume disproportionately more than people from other states," Edelman said.

The study used data from anonymous credit card sales from a top 10 Internet porn provider that operates hundreds of Web sites offering a wide variety of adult entertainment. Edelman then correlated that data with ZIP code information for his analysis.

Salt Lake Tribune

BY THE NUMBERS

1 Utah's rank among states in online porn subscriptions.

2 Utah's rank among states in Google searches for "hot sex" and "naughty."

5.47 Online porn subscriptions per 1,000 home broadband users in Utah.

1.92 Subscriptions per 1,000 home broadband users in neighboring Montana.

Fifty lucky people are on a short list to become caretaker of a tropical Australian island — dubbed the "Best Job in the World." Officials with the tourism department of Australia's Queensland state on Tuesday revealed the 50 finalists from a pool of 34,684 applicants for the job — a $96,000 contract to relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef for six months while writing a blog to promote the area. The finalists hail from 22 countries and include an actor, a chef and a scientist. The public can view their video applications on the job ad's Web site, islandreefjob.com, and vote for a favorite until March 24. The top vote-getter and 10 other people chosen by the tourism board will be interviewed. The winner will be announced May 6, and the job begins July 1. The job is part of a campaign to publicize the charms of northeastern Queensland state. In one video, a man from Queensland is seen scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and riding a horse along a beach. He ends his video with the line, "You'd be out of your mind not to give the job to an Aussie bum" — and with that, walks away from the camera — in a thong.

Euthanized

The only jaguar known to still be living in the wild in the United States was euthanized late Monday afternoon after being captured and found to have advanced kidney failure, Arizona officials said. The cat, known as Macho B, age 15 or 16, was euthanized at the Phoenix Zoo a few hours after he had been captured in southern Arizona.

Found

Scientists have found a new moon in one of Saturn's dazzling outer rings. The international Cassini spacecraft spotted the moon, which measures about a third of a mile wide. Researchers have long puzzled over the formation of Saturn's G ring. They now think it was likely formed from icy debris that scattered when meteorites crashed into the newfound moon.

Nominated

President Obama named Julius Genachowski as his nominee to chair the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday. Obama and Genachowski are friends from their time at Harvard Law School. He raised money for Obama's campaign.

Times wires

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