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Boris Johnson's father defends trip to Greece via Bulgaria

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 11:42am

The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended his decision to fly to Greece via Bulgaria in order to “COVID-proof” his property there before he potentially rents it out.

'People aren’t stupid': Pence's virus spin tests credibility

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 7:09am

Vice President Mike Pence has long played the straight man to Donald Trump, translating the president's bombast into more measured, calming language.

At Mount Rushmore, Trump digs deeper into nation's divisions

Stephen Groves, Darlene Superville and Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:10pm

At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump dug deeper into America's divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”

Critics of US-Taliban deal say militants can't be trusted

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:57pm

Intelligence that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops did not scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war.

Much of US scales back on holiday, but Trump is going big

Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:47pm

As coronavirus cases spike, public health officials are pleading with Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations, but subdued is not President Donald Trump's style, and he was going big with a “special evening” that could bring tens of thousands to the National Mall.

The Latest: Trump to establish 'National Garden' of heroes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 5:40pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore (all times local):

Sen. Mike Lee accuses Democrats of being on the side of ‘dimwitted’ violent protesters

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:08pm

Sen. Mike Lee charged Senate Democrats with being on the side of violent protesters he described as “dimwitted, phony drama addicts” for opposing his resolution Thursday condemning “mob violence” in the wake of nationwide demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd.

July 4th military flyovers to go over DC, 4 other cities

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 3:38pm

President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration will feature an extensive U.S. military air show over Washington, D.C., but four other cities will get mini-versions of the air power display on Saturday,

French government ministers investigated over virus crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 1:40pm

A special French court ordered an investigation Friday of three current or former government ministers over their handling of the coronavirus crisis.

New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:00am

The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark last month, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic.

Can Trump's anti-mail-voting crusade hurt him in key states?

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:44am

President Donald Trump's campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials who are promoting the opposite in their states.

In shake-up, UK government plans televised media briefings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 6:04am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will introduce White House-style televised media briefings, in a shake-up to the traditional system of political communication.

French court OKs end to Rwanda genocide investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 5:02am

The Paris appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to end a years-long investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence.

At Rushmore, Trump says protesters seek to 'defame' heroes

Stephen Groves and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 3:43am

Speaking to a largely maskless crowd at Mount Rushmore, President Donald Trump said Friday that protesters have waged “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history” amid demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality.

Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents' briefings

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 10:16pm

The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence.

Utah County commissioner ousted, says sexuality was 'absolutely' a reason for loss of support

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 9:09pm

Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie, who came out as Utah’s first openly gay elected Republican last year, was one of several local government incumbents voters booted from office in this week’s election.

Inmate death at federal jail in Los Angeles ruled a homicide

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 11:48am

The death of an inmate at a federal jail in Los Angeles this past week has been ruled a homicide, resulting from stab wounds and strangulation, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:21pm

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows:

France returns remains of Algerian anti-colonial fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:57am

After decades in a French museum, the skulls of 24 Algerians decapitated for resisting French colonial forces were formally repatriated to Algeria on Friday in an elaborate ceremony led by the teary-eyed Algerian president.