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Biden says nation grieves for 100,000 US coronavirus victims

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 5:58pm

Joe Biden released a video Wednesday evening marking the grim U.S. milestone of 100,000 Americans killed by the coronavirus, saying somberly, “To all of you hurting so badly, I’m so sorry for your loss" and “This nation grieves with you.”

Navy admiral submits results of probe on virus-infected ship

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 5:09pm

The Navy's top admiral on Wednesday received the results of an internal investigation into the spread of the coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the firing of the aircraft carrier's skipper in April.

Biden accuser's credentials, expert testimony under scrutiny

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 5:01pm

State prosecutors in California are investigating the credentials that Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who has accused Joe Biden of assaulting her in 1993, attested to in as many as 20 criminal trials, including an attempted murder case where her testimony was deemed “critical.”

US Congress approves China sanctions over ethnic crackdown

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 3:56pm

Congress voted Wednesday to toughen the U.S. response to a brutal Chinese crackdown on ethnic minorities, adding another factor to the increasingly stormy relationship between the two countries.

Mitt Romney says 'enough already' to Trump tweets on 2001 death of GOP congressional staffer

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted May 27th - 1:53pm

Sen. Mitt Romney called on President Donald Trump to stop tweeting Wednesday about the 2001 death of a former Republican congressman’s staff member.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 1:08pm

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, the former vice president and President Donald Trump's Democratic opponent.

Graham calls Rosenstein as first witness in Russia inquiry

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:10pm

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify next week at a Senate committee hearing on the Justice Department's Russia investigation, the committee chairman said Wednesday.

Trump opposition throws surveillance legislation in doubt

Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:59am

House legislation extending surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown into doubt Wednesday as President Donald Trump threatened a veto and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats said they would oppose it.

Mia Love endorses Kim Coleman in 4th Congressional District primary

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted May 27th - 11:06am

After toying with a run herself to reclaim the 4th Congressional District seat she held for two terms, former Utah Rep. Mia Love endorsed state lawmaker Kim Coleman Wednesday in the four-way GOP primary race.

Pompeo says Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 9:56am

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China, setting the stage for U.S. to withdraw the former British colony’s preferential trade and financial status it has enjoyed since it reverted to Chinese rule 23 years ago.

Belgium, France: 26 arrests over ring linked with UK deaths

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 9:24am

Judicial authorities in Belgium and France on Wednesday announced the arrests of 26 people suspected of taking part in a human trafficking network involved in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a refrigerated truck's container in Britain last year.

Denmark residents sue over laws for dismantling 'ghettos'

David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 8:19am

A group of Copenhagen residents sued the Danish government Wednesday over legislation that authorized dismantling neighborhoods designated as “ghettos," arguing that the measures discriminate on the basis of ethnicity and should be overturned in court.

French lawmakers endorse the country's virus tracing app

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 6:16am

France's lower house of parliament endorsed Wednesday a contact-tracing app designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid sharp debate over privacy concerns.

First look at proposed state budget cuts deemed potentially ‘detrimental’ to public health

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted May 27th - 6:12am

Utah lawmakers kicked off the process of slashing as much as $2 billion from the state budget with a four-hour virtual meeting Tuesday.

In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

Barbara Ortutay and Dino Hazell, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 6:13pm

The move comes after years in which Twitter has declined to apply its community guidelines and other rules of the road to the 45th U.S. president.

Biden knocks Trump for 'this macho stuff' in shunning masks

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 5:37pm

Joe Biden said Tuesday that wearing a mask in public to combat the spread of the coronavirus is a sign of leadership and called President Donald Trump a “fool” who was “stoking deaths” for suggesting otherwise.

Pentagon's No. 2 IG official resigns after being passed over

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 12:11pm

The No. 2 official in the Pentagon's office of inspector general, Glenn Fine, resigned Tuesday, several weeks after he was effectively removed as head of a special board to oversee auditing of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package.

Russia says US leaving overflight treaty will hurt security

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 11:59am

Russia said Tuesday that the U.S. decision to withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities would erode global security by making it more difficult for governments to interpret the intentions of other nations.

Can Trump feel your pain? US nears haunting virus milestone

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 11:23am

In the rubble of buildings and lives, modern U.S. presidents have met national trauma with words such as these: “I can hear you.” “You have lost too much, but you have not lost everything.” “We have wept with you; we’ve pulled our children tight.”