President Obama speaks Utah after clean energy speech


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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) — President Barack Obama has wrapped up 16-hour trip to Utah after delivering a short speech Friday at Hill Air Force Base about clean energy jobs.

Air Force One left the northern Utah base at 11:27 a.m. Mountain time Friday. He's headed back to Washington, D.C.

The visit was Obama's first to the state as president.

Obama stopped briefly in Park City while he was a presidential candidate in 2007.

While in the Beehive State Thursday night and Friday morning, Obama met with Utah political leaders, including Republican Gov. Gary Herbert.

He also met with leaders from the Utah-based Mormon church.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says that during the meeting, Obama praised a church-supported Utah law that protects some gay rights and religious rights.

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