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The Latest: Raul Castro gets own theme song

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 12:01pm

The Latest on Raul Castro's handover of Cuba's presidency (all times local):

UTA president to leave agency after new legislation eliminates position

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 9:45pm

The Utah Transit Authority board has voted to terminate President and CEO Jerry Benson because new legislation eliminates his position.

Utah lawmakers override Herbert's vetoes of bills expanding legislative power

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 7:00pm

Utah lawmakers one-upped Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday in the ongoing power struggle between the state's legislative and executive branches.

Utah GOP asks for full appellate court review of SB54 ruling

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 6:30pm

Republicans want the entire 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a three-judge panel's decision last month upholding Utah's controversial election law that gives candidates an alternative path to the primary election ballot.

Billionaire backs Feinstein challenger in US Senate race

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 4:03pm

California billionaire Tom Steyer endorsed state Sen. Kevin de Leon on Wednesday in his uphill challenge to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 3:33pm

An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria.

New report dings Utah for its ozone levels

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 3:05pm

The American Lung Association handed out failing grades to multiple Utah counties for pollution in its latest State of the Air report. It noted the country's ozone levels overall had worsened "significantly" since its last report in most areas.

UN team fired on at suspected Syria chemical attack site

Philip Issa and Michael Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 2:21pm

Assailants opened fire at a U.N. security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, an official said Wednesday, forcing it to retreat to its base and further delaying a fact-finding mission by outside experts to examine the claims.

Legislation: Let DC teens vote in presidential elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 9:15am

The mayor of Washington, D.C., and a majority of the council are voicing support for letting 16-year-olds vote for president.

APNewsBreak: Trump campaign rebukes Indiana candidate signs

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 8:19am

Donald Trump's re-election campaign has demanded that Rep. Todd Rokita take down yard signs it says give the false impression the president endorsed the Indiana Republican's Senate bid, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

SL County Council eyeing sales tax option to bring Prop 1 tax hike back from the dead

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 7:03am

Faced with the chance to collect 100 percent of its revenue until June 2019, Salt Lake County leaders are eying the opportunity to revive the failed sales tax hike that would have captured about $58 million in new revenue for transportation projects.

A 'strong matriarch': Utah leaders remember Barbara Bush

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 10:30pm

Condolences from Utah leaders and political candidates poured in following the Tuesday death of former first lady Barbara Bush, who was known for her wit and focus on family. She was 92.

US officials say Pompeo has met with NKorea's Kim

Matthew Lee and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 8:53pm

CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, two officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Duckworth proposes rule allowing babies on Senate floor

Sunlen Serfaty, CNN  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 7:39pm

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who just gave birth to her second child, is attempting the rare move of changing longstanding Senate rules in order to accommodate senators with newborns.

Possibility of Arizona teacher strike creates some confusion

Melissa Daniels, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 6:24pm

Arizona teachers on Tuesday began weighing whether to walk out of their classrooms to demand more school funding after weeks of growing protests — a vote that's raising questions about how an unprecedented strike could play out across the state's education system.

Attorney general hopeful hires man convicted in fraud case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:01pm

Campaign finance paperwork shows that the Democratic nominee for Illinois attorney general has hired a former employee of imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich who pleaded guilty in a fraud case.

Judge: Kansas secretary of state in contempt in voting case

Margaret Stafford, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 7:11pm

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated a court order that required his office to inform certain people that they were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship worked its way through the courts, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Federal judge finds Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated court order, holds him in contempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 3:24pm

Federal judge finds Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated court order, holds him in contempt.

Kucinich was paid $20K by pro-Syrian government group

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 4:55pm

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a candidate for Ohio governor, reported Tuesday earning speaking fees from a group with sympathies toward the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.