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Herbert signs bill lowering blood-alcohol limit to .05 percent

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:09pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday signed the controversial bill that lowers the legal blood-alcohol limit to .05 percent, stressing repeatedly it is an issue of public safety.

House intel committee chairman apologizes to Democrats

Julie Pace and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:42pm

The House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday, yet publicly defended his decision to openly discuss and brief President Donald Trump on typically secret intercepts that he says swept up communications of the president's transition team in the final days of the Obama administration.

AP Exclusive: US probe of ex-Trump aide extends to Cyprus

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:49pm

The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires.

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:00pm

The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress with the hardliners while House leaders struggled with moderates ahead of a showdown vote.

Hawaii Republican resigns from party after criticizing Trump

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:23pm

A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump resigned Wednesday from the Republican Party.

Top prosecutor pleads not guilty in gifts-for-favors case

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:02pm

Philadelphia's top prosecutor pleaded not guilty to federal bribery and extortion charges on Wednesday as pressure mounted from the mayor and others for him to resign.

Utah gun rights group takes aim at .05 DUI law

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:43pm

An unlikely ally emerged Wednesday to those pushing Gov. Gary Herbert to veto legislation that would lower the legal blood-alcohol content for driving in Utah to .05 percent.

Herbert signs bills on confidential reporting, college data

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:14pm

Gov. Gary Herbert signed 51 bills Tuesday and is spending a good chunk of his Wednesday reviewing more legislation that lawmakers sent to his desk this year.

AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin

Jeff Horwitz and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.

Hatch questions Gorsuch about religious freedom in Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:09pm

Sen. Orrin Hatch focused his questions to Judge Neil Gorsuch on religious freedom Wednesday on the third day of confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

New ad campaign takes aim at rescinding Bears Ears National Monument

Carter Williams  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:06pm

A website and advertisement campaign launched this week is taking aim at rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, emphasizing the impact the monument has on San Juan County residents.

The Latest: Prosecutor pleads not guilty in bribery case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:35pm

The Latest on a bribery and extortion indictment against Philadelphia's district attorney (all times local):

In Republican 'burbs, Georgia election centers on a Democrat

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:21pm

The garden room at Rivermont Golf and Country Club brims with Republican donors and activists, but Michael Fitzgerald wants to talk about Democrats.

Embattled West Jordan councilman resigns 9 months after alleged drunken incident

Katie McKellar  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:36pm

Embattled West Jordan City Councilman Jeff Haaga has resigned — nearly 9 months after his apparent drunken encounter with police, during which body camera shows he told an officer he had "protection" because he was an elected official.

Utah restaurant associations ask governor to veto .05 DUI law

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:32pm

Utah restaurateurs made their case against lowering the legal blood-alcohol concentration for driving to .05 percent in meetings Tuesday with Gov. Gary Herbert.

Trump signs NASA bill, ponders sending Congress to space

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:24pm

President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday adding human exploration of Mars to NASA's mission. Could sending Congress into space be next?

Prosecutor charged with taking $100,000 in gifts, trips

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:15pm

The city's top prosecutor accepted more than $100,000 in luxury gifts, Caribbean trips and cash, often in exchange for official favors including help with a court case, according to a bribery and extortion indictment unsealed Tuesday.

The Latest: Prosecutor denies compromising criminal cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:06pm

The Latest on corruption charges against Philadelphia's district attorney (all times local):

Altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia governor race

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:04pm

An altered Facebook headline on a newspaper story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor — another instance of politicians or their allies changing headlines to suit their own purposes on that platform.