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Weld takes GOP bid to oust Trump to New Hampshire; voters are confused.

Hunter Woodall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 12:07pm

Bill Weld jokes about not kissing the back of a child's head because he doesn't want to be accused, like Joe Biden, of making people uncomfortable. He tells voters they wouldn't know how obese Americans truly are until they go to county fairs, where "those overalls are working overtime." And he believes his opponent's policies are trending in the direction of Adolf Hitler.

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks

Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 10:42am

President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area.

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 9:21am

Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election.

Utah governor kicks off European trade mission with visit to Swiss rail company

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jun 14th - 7:34pm

Stops on the trade mission include the International Paris Air Show that opens Monday. The largest air show in the world is a showcase for aerospace and defense technology. Eight Utah aerospace companies are expected to attend.

O'Rourke: White Americans don't know full story of slavery

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 2:49pm

Beto O'Rourke took a path somewhat less traveled on Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential primaries.

Sarah Sanders speculation shakes up Arkansas governor's race

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 2:44pm

Speculation that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders could run for governor in her home state of Arkansas is shaking up a race three years away that was already expected to attract a crowd of Republican candidates.

Chaffetz defends, Romney rips Trump on being open to foreign dirt on political opponents

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jun 14th - 12:47pm

President Donald Trump gave a shout out to former Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz who defended his being open to foreign opposition research on his political opponents.

North Carolina wants to know who owns voting-machine makers

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 12:10pm

North Carolina won't clear voting-machine makers to sell their systems to county elections boards until it learns more about who owns them, the state's elections board chairman said Friday.

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 11:59am

NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris.

Mexico migration chief resigns, prisons director tapped

MarÍa Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 11:39am

Mexico's immigration chief resigned Friday and the country's prisons director was swiftly nominated to replace him, as the country embarks on a crackdown on irregular migration through its territory in response to U.S. pressure.

The Latest: NBC announces 1st 2020 Democratic debate lineups

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 11:05am

The Latest on the Democrats' first 2020 presidential debates later this month (all times local):

Trump looms large as West Virginia GOP leaders squabble

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 10:18am

In a state where President Donald Trump's name is still gold, Republican leaders are fighting in a public and caustic way over who's his best friend.

4-term Indiana GOP Rep. Susan Brooks won't seek reelection

Rick Callahan and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 8:15am

Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks announced Friday that she won't seek reelection next year because she wants to spend more time with her family after four terms in Congress — a pending retirement that follows Democrats' plans to target her suburban Indianapolis district in 2020.

Moulton signs fellow 2020 hopeful Gillibrand's cyber pledge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 8:04am

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) says fellow challenger Seth Moulton has agreed to sign her cyber pledge not to use stolen or hacked material for political gain.

NYC mayor: Trump's openness to foreign help 'treasonous'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 6:58am

New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio says President Donald Trump's stated willingness to accept a foreign power's help in his 2020 campaign should spur Congress to begin impeachment hearings.

Trump doesn't commit to backing Pence for president in 2024

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 6:54am

President Donald Trump says Vice President Mike Pence doesn't automatically have his backing should he mount his own run for the White House in 2024.

Hong Kong in limbo as extradition protests crisis deepens

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 10:30pm

Hong Kong's legislature suspended meetings Thursday as leaders considered their next steps following violent clashes between police and protesters opposed to a bill that would allow suspects to be tried in mainland Chinese courts.

Calls mount for compromise over unpopular Hong Kong bill

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 8:19pm

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced calls from both outside and within her government to delay extradition legislation that has spurred massive protests.

Mitt Romney takes aim at e-cigarettes, proposes national ban near schools, child care centers

Wendy Leonard, KSL  |  Posted Jun 13th - 5:45pm

Sen. Mitt Romney is teaming up with Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico to try and tackle the e-cigarette industry, adding vaping to national smoking bans.