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Bill making holding cellphones while driving a primary offense passes Utah House

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 24th - 4:46pm

After years of languishing, a bill to ban hand-held cellphones as a primary offense cleared the full Utah House of Representatives Monday.

E-cigarettes, credit scores and scholarships: this week at the Legislature

Graham Dudley,  |  Posted Feb 24th - 3:34pm

It can be hard to keep track of the annual legislative session. Most Utahns just want to know one thing: How could lawmakers’ decisions affect me?

German far-right party laments isolation by rivals, media

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 1:48pm

The far-right Alternative for Germany called Monday for rivals to scale back their criticism of the party, saying the blackballing it is being subjected to could harm democracy in the country.

FBI official: Russia wants to see US 'tear ourselves apart'

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 1:42pm

Russia wants to watch Americans “tear ourselves apart" as the United States heads toward elections, an FBI official warned Monday.

Foreign leaders restrained in gifts to Trumps in 2018

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 1:27pm

Foreign leaders appear to have scaled back their generosity when it comes to gifts given to President Donald Trump, his family and top officials.

Generational split among SC black voters could hurt Biden

Tom Foreman Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 1:25pm

For James Felder, the question of which presidential candidate to support in the South Carolina primary has never been terribly complicated. The 80-year-old civil rights activist has always backed Joe Biden, appreciative of the eight years he spent as the No. 2 to the first black president.

New Virginia sentencing law ends high court's DC sniper case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 1:21pm

Lee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., area sniper, and Virginia agreed Monday to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed criminal sentencing law for juveniles.

High Court sympathetic to embassy bombing victims in case

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 12:55pm

The Supreme Court suggested Monday that it's inclined to allow a bigger award of money to victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. No matter what the justices decide, however, it's unlikely the victims will ever collect the full amount.

Super Tuesday voter registration deadline nears Staff  |  Posted Feb 24th - 12:45pm

If you’re looking forward to the presidential primary election next week, Tuesday is the last day to register to vote online or in-person at a county clerk’s office in Utah.

US appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 11:42am

A U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld Trump administration rules that bar health care providers in the federal family planning program for low-income women from referring patients for abortions.

Bill creates option for safety plans for student interns

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 24th - 11:30am

Companies that wish to offer internships to high school students will have the option of conducting background checks on employees or participating in “internship safety agreements” under SB147.

Chancellor Merkel's CDU party to elect new leader in April

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 11:28am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union will elect a new leader at the end of April, party officials said Monday.

Thomas criticizes a previous high court opinion - his own

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 10:36am

Justice Clarence Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant's right to a lawyer.

Senate panel OKs bill to update formula to calculate state special education funding

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 24th - 10:32am

The Senate Education Committee endorsed a bill Friday that would update the formula for calculating state special education funding in Utah schools.

Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect

Anita Snow, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 10:01am

Pastor Antonio Velasquez says that before the Trump administration announced a crackdown on immigrants using government social services, people lined up before sunrise outside a state office in a largely Latino Phoenix neighborhood to sign up for food stamps and Medicaid.

The Latest: Buttigieg keeps up attacks on Sanders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 5:51am

The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local):

2020 Watch: Why are there 8 candidates still in the race?

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 3:24am

Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks' Assange

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 1:45am

Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court.

Former French prime minister and wife go on trial for fraud

Sylvie Corbet and Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 1:34am

He was the front-runner to be president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed.