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Arizona Senate candidate shot mother, speaks on gun control

Melissa Daniels, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:33pm

A Republican Arizona state Senate candidate has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago.

Onetime Trump critic Roby wins GOP House runoff in Alabama

Kim Chandler and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:27pm

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama's Republican runoff on Tuesday, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president.

Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 7:11pm

Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

With Trump endorsement, Roby tries to fend off GOP challenge

Kim Chandler and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:09pm

Having once turned her back on Donald Trump, a Republican congresswoman from Alabama is fighting for her political career in the heart of Trump country in a Tuesday runoff election that tests anew the influence of the president in the 2018 midterm season.

APNewsBreak: Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in 4Q

Barbara Ortutay and Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:29pm

Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company's newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 2:30pm

Democratic lawmakers joined scores of scientists, health providers, environmental officials and activists Tuesday in denouncing an industry-backed proposal that could limit dramatically the scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency considers in shaping protections for human health.

Republican realistic about long odds against Ocasio-Cortez

Stephen R. Groves, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 2:29pm

Republican congressional candidate Anthony Pappas says he knows he has almost no chance of beating rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Many state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct run again

Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 2:19pm

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide.

Sen. Orrin Hatch would back legislation to restrict Trump's 'reckless' reliance on tariffs

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jul 17th - 1:15pm

One of the Trump administration's biggest supporters says he would back legislation to restrict the president's trade authority if he continues his "misguided and reckless" reliance on tariffs.

Correction: Kansas-Governor-Republicans story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:47am

In a story July 16 about the National Rifle Association's endorsement of Gov. Jeff Colyer in his Republican primary race, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the NRA also praised a rival Republican candidate, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, for helping to draft a 2013 state law declaring that the federal government has no power to regulate guns made, sold and kept only in Kansas. In a letter to Kobach, the group praised him for other positions favoring gun rights, but not for his work on the 2013 law.

Legislative task force considers sponsors for UDOT emergency assistance fleet

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:46am

The Utah Department of Transportation's fleet of incident management team trucks that primarily patrol Wasatch Front freeways could end up covered with sponsor advertising.

Ocasio-Cortez stumps for insurgent Democrats in the Midwest

Stephen R. Groves, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 10:21pm

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is back on the campaign trail, but this time in the Midwest. The 28-year-old Democratic rising star is stumping for two young, progressive Democrats hoping to win Democratic primaries in Kansas and Michigan.

US open to direct talks with Taliban, officials say

Matthew Pennington and Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 10:03pm

The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officials said Monday.

Wave of condemnation hits Trump after summit with Putin

Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:33pm

"Bizarre." ''Shameful." ''Disgraceful." That's the swift and sweeping condemnation directed at President Donald Trump on Monday after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a stunning appearance in Helsinki — and that's just from the Republicans.

Trump embraces longtime US foe Putin, doubting own intel

Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:13pm

In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Monday openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that Moscow’s hands were clean.

Herbert announces inland port compromise, calls for special session

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:23pm

In a joint news conference with Salt Lake City Council members Monday, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a compromise made up of a long list of changes to the controversial Utah Inland Port Authority law and called a special session for Wednesday.

Bullock outlines jobs initiative for governors association

Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 6:03pm

As Montana's governor prepares to serve a yearlong chairmanship of the National Governors Association, he announced his top initiative: Good Jobs for All Americans.

Some Utah politicos blast Trump after meeting with Putin; others more restrained

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:20pm

Utah's two Republican senators believe Russia interfered in the 2016 election but neither criticized President Donald Trump for not pushing back against Russian President Vladimir Putin for denying any sabotage.

Cuomo outraises Nixon, but questions about donors linger

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:32pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easily outpacing Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon in campaign contributions but can't shake questions about some donors.