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Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat

Mary Clare Jalonick, Matthew Lee and James Laporta, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 10:09pm

Criticized for inaction, President Donald Trump and top officials stepped up their defense of the administration's response to intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Trump's national security adviser said he had prepared a list of retaliatory options if the intelligence proved true.

Biden tops Trump in June, 2nd-quarter cash; GOP still flush

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 8:56pm

Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden outpaced President Donald Trump's campaign fundraising juggernaut in June and in the second quarter of this election year, continuing a stunning reversal of fortune from his threadbare primary campaign.

House passes bill rebuking China over Hong Kong; Senate next

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 7:28pm

The House on Wednesday joined the Senate in approving a bill to rebuke China over its crackdown in Hong Kong by imposing sanctions on groups that undermine the city’s autonomy or restrict freedoms promised to its residents.

Dueling protests face off in downtown Provo 2 days after demonstration turned violent

Amy Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Jul 1st - 6:59pm

Days after gunshots rang out during a protest in Provo decrying racism and police brutality, two dueling protests face off near the Provo Police Department.

3 GOP candidates concede 4th District primary race to Burgess Owens

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jul 1st - 5:47pm

The contentious 4th District Republican primary race to take on Utah’s only Democrat in Congress in November is over as three candidates have conceded to former NFL player Burgess Owens.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely asserts Biden was fed questions

Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 5:12pm

President Donald Trump has fabricated a complaint that Democratic rival Joe Biden was fed questions at a news conference and read his answers from a teleprompter. This didn't happen.

'It's been the honor of my life': Utah’s longest-serving state senator ousted in Republican primary

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Jul 1st - 4:35pm

Utah’s longest-serving state senator, who has held a seat representing a northern Utah district for more than three decades, was ousted by Republican voters in Tuesday’s primary.

Trump says he looks like Lone Ranger in a mask and likes it

Aamer Madhani and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 3:19pm

After long resisting wearing a mask in public, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he thinks it makes him look like the Lone Ranger — and he likes it.

Wednesday numbers show Cox remains ahead of Huntsman in race for governor

Graham Dudley,  |  Posted Jul 1st - 3:12pm

More than 111,000 ballots may be outstanding across the state.

Trump supports new round of direct coronavirus payments

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 2:42pm

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he supports a fresh round of government payments to individuals to help them weather the coronavirus pandemic but “it has to be done properly.”

Department of Homeland Security to safeguard US monuments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 2:06pm

The federal agency that was created to improve the nation’s response to terrorism announced Wednesday that it will be adding the protection of statues and monuments to its mission.

LeBron James' group touts sports venues as mega-voting sites

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 1:26pm

If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election.

Ex-Bush officials launch super PAC backing Biden over Trump

Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 1:20pm

A group of former George W. Bush administration and campaign officials have launched a new super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the latest in a growing number of Republican groups to come out in support of Biden over President Donald Trump.

Bars? Restaurants? Pools? Mitt Romney wants people to know where COVID-19 risk is greatest

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jul 1st - 1:13pm

Sen. Mitt Romney wants the nation’s medical experts to pinpoint where people are at the greatest risk for COVID-19, especially given the recent surge in positive cases across the country.

Hughes, Wright concede in gubernatorial GOP primary after initial results

Graham Dudley,  |  Posted Jul 1st - 11:28am

Former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright have conceded in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.

Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention

Aaron Morrison, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 11:16am

Spurred by broad public support for the Black Lives Matter movement, thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention in August to produce a new political agenda that seeks to build on the success of the protests that followed George Floyd's death.

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC's concerns

Ellen Knickmeyer and Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 10:35am

President Donald Trump’s July Fourth celebration on the National Mall will feature one of the largest fireworks displays ever and as many as 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them — but despite health concerns from D.C.'s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear them.

Analysis: Trump fights to keep a job Dems say he isn't doing

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 10:08pm

President Donald Trump is asking Americans to let him keep his job. His critics are questioning how much of that job he’s actually doing.

Russian election officials say amendments allowing Vladimir Putin two more terms receive overwhelming approval

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 11:00am

Russian election officials say amendments allowing Vladimir Putin two more terms receive overwhelming approval.