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Belarus leader says nation being forced to merge with Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:26am

The president of Belarus said Thursday that his country is "being forced into integration” with Russia and insisted that real integration of the two countries' economies implied “sovereignty and independence” for Belarus.

Putin rejected offer to use body doubles during Chechen war

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:09am

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had rejected an offer to use body doubles for personal protection during a conflict in Chechnya.

Sanders' rise fuels Dems' angst over keeping House control

Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:20pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders' ascendancy as Democrats' leading presidential hopeful fueled growing unease as lawmakers openly expressed anxiety that the self-proclaimed democratic socialist could cost them House control and questions abounded over what party leaders should do.

Labor union unveils $150M campaign to help defeat Trump

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:17pm

One of the nation’s largest labor unions is unveiling plans to invest $150 million in a nationwide campaign to help defeat President Donald Trump, a sweeping effort focused on eight battleground states and voters of color who typically don’t vote.

Fight by 2 Republicans for Georgia Senate seat unnerves GOP

Ben Nadler and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:15pm

A Republican congressman's decision to challenge freshly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler is pitting two visions of the GOP's future against each other. So far, it's divided voters and been anything but polite.

Texas looms large as Super Tuesday bonanza for Democrats

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:14pm

Bernie Sanders packed a rodeo arena in Dallas. Mike Bloomberg has spent more than $13.5 million on television ads around Houston alone. And neither Joe Biden nor Elizabeth Warren can afford big losses.

Astronaut administers oath to 850 future soldiers

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:28pm

A group of soon-to-be soldiers in Utah began their respective military journeys Wednesday with the help of a U.S. Army astronaut traveling in space.

Utah bill to lower bigamy penalty clears House

Sahalie Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:53pm

A Utah bill to drastically lower the penalty for bigamy — but enhances penalties for crimes committed in concert with bigamy such as fraud and child abuse —cleared what is likely its last big legislative hurdle Wednesday.

Online 'impersonator' tried to contact campaigns, DNC says

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:53pm

The Democratic National Committee has warned its presidential candidates to be cautious after Bernie Sanders' campaign reported that an “impersonator” with a domain registered overseas had posed as one of its staffers and sought conversations with members of at least two other campaigns.

Utah House speaker urges teachers union to ‘consider alternatives’ to walkout

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:26pm

Teachers ‘walking for students,’ not out on them, Salt Lake association president says.

Deal reached between lawmakers, Better Boundaries on redistricting

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL and Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 26th - 4:05pm

A deal has been struck between lawmakers and backers of a voter-approved citizens initiative creating an independent redistricting commission to recommend new legislative, congressional and State School Board boundaries following the census every decade.

Saudi military students resume US flight training

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 4:01pm

Military students from Saudi Arabia have resumed flight training at U.S. bases, nearly three months after a Saudi trainee shot and killed three U.S. Navy sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

Buttigieg aides say path beyond March 3 possible but tricky

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 3:57pm

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is bracing his supporters for a difficult stretch, with the sobering assertion that front-runner Bernie Sanders will likely emerge from next week's Super Tuesday contests well ahead in the race for delegates.

For a historic high court pick, Dems must think outside box

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 3:31pm

Joe Biden is dangling a history-making promise shortly before South Carolina's presidential primary on Saturday, the first 2020 contest featuring a majority black electorate. Elect him president, Biden says, and he might nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court.

Bloomberg's online campaign tests Facebook, Twitter rules

David Klepper and Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:51pm

and confusing.

Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

Lauran Neergaard and Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:49pm

President Donald Trump faces a critical challenge in grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak: Asking Americans to believe him after he and top advisers have contradicted federal scientists in playing down the threat.

Pelosi urges Democratic unity amid Sanders' campaign surge

Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:21pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged party unity amid Bernie Sanders' surge in the presidential race, even as House Democrats worry about a volatile election season that could put a self-described democratic socialist atop the ticket and threaten their majority.

President Donald Trump appoints Vice President Mike Pence to lead US response to coronavirus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 4:52pm

President Donald Trump appoints Vice President Mike Pence to lead US response to coronavirus outbreak.

ABC News suspends reporter caught in Project Veritas 'sting'

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 3:02pm

ABC News has suspended political reporter David Wright after he was recorded in a barroom conversation calling President Donald Trump a “nightmare spouse that you can't win an argument with.”