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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chosen a man he once called a "weak" ambassador to represent the U.S. in Moscow. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Russia. Huntsman was ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush and to China under President Barack Obama. Huntsman and Trump buried their differences during Trump's transition.

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah mother has pleaded guilty to child abuse charges after her 12-year-old son was found severely malnourished in a feces-strewn bathroom where authorities believe he was locked for about a year. KSL-TV reports the 36-year-old woman pleaded guilty to three counts of abuse in a St. George courtroom Tuesday. The boy weighed just 30 pounds when he was found in January in a feces-strewn bathroom with one blanket, a few empty cans of beans and a camera.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A left-leaning advocacy group is suing Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes for documents detailing his ties with one of his chief political donors, the Republican Attorney Generals Association. The Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy says it filed a lawsuit in Utah against Reyes' office seeking documents about the Republican attorneys general group and its partner organization, the Rule of Law Defense Fund.

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Wildfire managers in Nevada say extensive growth of cheat grass from a very wet winter, combined with high winds, extremely low humidity and unusually hot weather has created a perfect storm for explosive rangeland fires. Monday was the first time the high temperature failed to reach 95 degrees or hotter in Reno since June 29. That 17-day stretch fell just two days shy of the all-time record of 19 consecutive days form Aug. 3-21, 1940.

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