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Attorney General: Divide between blacks, police must change

Michael Balsamo and Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 3:10pm

Attorney General William Barr sought on Thursday to quell tensions over the death of George Floyd in police custody, acknowledging a divide between many black Americans and the police and promising to spare no resource as the Justice Department investigates whether a federal civil rights crime was committed.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump skews history by saying he fired Mattis

Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:52pm

When Jim Mattis announced his resignation as defense secretary, President Donald Trump thanked him for “tremendous progress” in helping to rebuild the military and for “retiring with distinction.” Times changed and so did Trump's story about losing his Pentagon chief.

Grassley vows to block Trump nominees over watchdog firings

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:32pm

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he is blocking two Trump administration nominees until the White House provides adequate reasons for the termination of two inspectors general.

Active-duty troops deployed to DC region start to leave

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:03pm

Several hundred active-duty troops brought in to help if needed with the civil unrest in the nation’s capitol are leaving Washington, D.C. Thursday, just a day after their initially planned departure was abruptly delayed.

Face coverings to be mandated on public transport in England

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 1:30pm

Passengers on England’s buses, subways and trains will have to wear face coverings from June 15 when most shops reopen, the British government said Thursday.

Ocasio-Cortez backs challenger of House Democratic chairman

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 1:30pm

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed the Democratic primary challenger of a veteran House committee chairman and fellow New Yorker in her latest challenge to party leaders.

Germany's Merkel dismisses talk she might seek 5th term

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 12:07pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday firmly rejected suggestions that she might seek a fifth term at the helm after pledging in 2018 to step down when her current government leaves office.

Utah Senate president tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jun 4th - 11:55am

Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, said Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies but never realized he had the deadly virus.

Trump calls Utah US attorney 'garbage disposal unit' for ending Clinton probe

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jun 4th - 10:42am

President Trump trashed Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber for ending an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton without charges.

Gail Miller, other business leaders endorse Spencer Cox for governor

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jun 4th - 9:39am

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was endorsed Thursday in the governor’s race by Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller and a list of other business leaders.

Turkey strips 3 legislators of seats, setting off protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 8:54am

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday stripped three opposition party deputies of their legislative seats, setting off a raucous protest inside the assembly hall by colleagues who accused the ruling party of an assault on democracy.

John Lewis says video of George Floyd's killing made him cry

Dino Hazell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 8:32am

Civil rights icon John Lewis said Thursday that the video of George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minnesota “made me cry.”

Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal

Matthew Lee and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 8:21am

A U.S. Navy veteran whose family said his only crime was falling in love left Iran on Thursday after nearly two years of detention, winning his freedom as part of a deal that spared an American-Iranian physician any more time behind American bars.

On WWI treaty's centenary, Hungary says its 'curse' must go

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 7:37am

Hungary's president on Thursday stressed the need for mutual respect between Hungary and neighboring countries where some 2 million ethnic Hungarians live following a post-World War I peace treaty signed exactly 100 years ago.

Dozens raided over hate comments on slain German politician

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 4:31am

German investigators on Thursday carried out raids on dozens of people suspected of posting hate messages about a regional politician from Chancellor Angela Merkel's party who was killed last year.

GOP reckons with polarizing candidates amid civil unrest

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 10:32pm

The Republican Party is facing a reckoning over some of its most divisive candidates. So far the results are mixed, and that's dicey for the GOP as a country shuddering from coast-to-coast civic unrest hurtles toward November elections.

Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 10:30pm

For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from center stage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring about its resurgence.

Democrats prepare police reform bills after Floyd's death

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 10:29pm

Congressional Democrats, powered by the Congressional Black Caucus, are preparing a sweeping package of police reforms as pressure builds on the federal government to respond to the death of George Floyd and others in law enforcement interactions.

US officials: US Navy veteran Michael White freed by Iran, has departed country on Swiss government aircraft

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 8:16am

US officials: US Navy veteran Michael White freed by Iran, has departed country on Swiss government aircraft.