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Kanye West breaks with Trump, claims 2020 run is not a stunt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 12:54pm

Kanye West says he is no longer a Trump supporter.

Ivory Coast PM, presidential candidate Amadou Coulibaly dies

Toussaint N'gotta and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 12:48pm

Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the presidential candidate of Ivory Coast's ruling party, died Wednesday just days after returning from two months of medical treatment in France, where he previously had undergone a heart transplant.

What will back to school look like in Salt Lake City? Parental feedback decides

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jul 8th - 10:46am

There are still a lot of unknowns, but local school boards are moving ahead with plans to reopen public schools this fall and have road maps in place by Aug. 1.

Vindman retiring from Army, lawyer blames Trump

Jill Colvin and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 9:56am

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a national security aide who played a central role in President Donald Trump's impeachment case, announced his retirement from the Army on Wednesday in a scathing statement that accused the president of running a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation.”

GOP establishment boosting Kansas congressman's Senate bid

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 9:16am

Establishment Republicans who'd been coy for months about the GOP primary for Kansas’ open Senate seat are increasingly putting their thumbs on the scale, hoping to push Rep. Roger Marshall to victory over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach.

Criticism of US pullout from WHO from allies, China alike

Jamey Keaten and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 8:30am

Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally of Germany's chancellor warning that the withdrawal could make more room on the world stage for China.

New French PM defends promotion of minister accused of rape

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 2:41am

France's new prime minister firmly defended Wednesday the contested promotion of a colleague accused of rape as his interior minister, in charge of enforcing French laws.

German prosecutors close probe of 1980 Oktoberfest bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 2:23am

German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have closed their investigation into a deadly far-right attack on Munich's Oktoberfest in 1980, more than five years after they revived the probe in hopes that new testimony might point to previously unknown co-conspirators.

US envoy issues rare public criticism of N. Korean official

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Hyung-Jyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:42pm

The top U.S. official on North Korea accused a senior North Korean nuclear negotiator on Wednesday of being “locked in an old way of thinking,” days after the negotiator said Pyongyang won't resume talks with Washington because of its “hostile” policies.

In risky bid, Trump stokes racial rancor to motivate voters

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:14pm

President Donald Trump is wielding America's racial tensions as a reelection weapon, denouncing the racial justice movement on a near-daily basis with language stoking white resentment and aiming to drive his supporters to the polls.

Exhausted cities face another challenge: a surge in violence

Tom Hays and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:13pm

Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of George Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: a surge in shootings that has left dozens dead, including young children.

US general sees smaller but enduring troop presence in Iraq

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:11pm

Six months after a deadly American airstrike in Baghdad enraged Iraqis and fueled demands to send all U.S. troops home, the top U.S. general for the Middle East is talking optimistically about keeping a smaller but enduring military presence there.

Utah Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peterson ready to challenge Cox

Andrew Adams, KSL TV  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:38pm

As Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox claimed victory Monday in Utah’s Republican gubernatorial primary over Jon Huntsman, Cox’s Democratic challenger said he was poised to offer an appealing alternative to the status quo in November’s general election.

Mitt Romney sponsors bill to prepare country for future pandemics

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jul 7th - 7:01pm

Saying federal health officials were slow to gauge the COVID-19 threat, Sen. Mitt Romney introduced bipartisan legislation to prepare the country for future disease outbreaks.

The Latest: Cory Booker wins N.J. Democratic Senate primary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 6:36pm

The Latest on Tuesday's primary elections in New Jersey and Delaware (all times local):

Serbs storm parliament after virus lockdown announced

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 4:58pm

Thousands of protesters fought running battles with police and tried to storm the parliament building in Belgrade on Tuesday after the Serbian president announced that a coronavirus lockdown will be reintroduced in the Balkan country.

Why does Sen. Mike Lee have issues with conservative Supreme Court justices?

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jul 7th - 4:23pm

Sen. Mike Lee spent an “ungodly” amount of time poring through the judicial opinions of Neil Gorsuch and wholeheartedly supported his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court three years ago.

Ivory Coast prime minister who was ruling party's presidential candidate for October election has died, presidency says

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 12:35pm

Ivory Coast prime minister who was ruling party's presidential candidate for October election has died, presidency says.

Trump threatens to withhold federal funds from schools that don't reopen, lashes out at health officials over guidelines

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 8:19am

Trump threatens to withhold federal funds from schools that don't reopen, lashes out at health officials over guidelines.