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Biden ally sees Klobuchar as less likely Biden running mate

Alan Fram - Àssociated Press, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:42pm

Sen. Amy Klobuchar seems a less likely choice to become Joe Biden's running mate on his presidential ticket following this week's death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis, a key ally of the former vice president said Friday.

Trump to resume fundraisers next month with COVID-19 checks

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:46pm

President Donald Trump will resume in-person fundraisers for his re-election campaign next month with additional precautions for the coronavirus.

Transcripts released of Flynn's calls with Russian diplomat

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:38pm

Transcripts of phone calls that played a pivotal role in the Russia investigation were declassified and released Friday, showing that Michael Flynn, as an adviser to then-President-elect Donald Trump, urged Russia's ambassador to be “even-keeled” in response to punitive Obama administration measures, and assured him “we can have a better conversation” about relations between the two countries after Trump became president.

Democrats expand probe into firing of State Dept. watchdog

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:16pm

Democrats announced Friday that they are expanding their investigation into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, part of an effort to find out more about President Donald Trump’s moves to sideline several independent government watchdogs.

Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

Mike Stobbe and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:33pm

The spark that started the U.S. coronavirus epidemic arrived during a three-week window from mid-January to early February, before the nation halted travel from China, according to the most comprehensive federal study to date of when the virus began spreading.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:17pm

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong’s special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government, escalating tensions with China that have surged during the coronavirus pandemic.

After criticism, Russia expands stats on virus-linked deaths

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:14pm

The Russian government on Friday presented more detailed mortality figures for last month that include more deaths linked with the coronavirus, in a bid to dispel suspicions from some Russian and Western experts that authorities were trying to lower the toll for political reasons.

Trump cuts WHO ties over virus, takes action against Hong Kong

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:02pm

President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak in China and will begin the process of withdrawing special trade benefits for Hong Kong because of the Chinese government’s imposition of a new security law in the semi-autonomous city.

US: Russian jets in Libya present broader worries for region

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 1:58pm

U.S. Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia's longer term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies.

Biden speaks of racial 'open wound,' contrasting with Trump

Will Weissert and Kat Stafford, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 12:17pm

Joe Biden lamented the “open wound” of the nation's systemic racism on Friday as he responded to the police killing of a black man in Minnesota. He drew an implicit contrast with President Donald Trump, who has suggested authorities could respond with violence to the protests that followed George Floyd’s death.

Masks on Leatherneck Square: Virus changes Marine training

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 11:31pm

The booming shouts of the rain-soaked Marine recruits echo across Leatherneck Square training field, barely muffled by their masks. And as they jog by, belting out responses to drill instructors in a rhythmic cadence, the white fabric across their faces is the only telltale sign of the coronavirus' effects on their quest to become Marines.

US cuts World Health Organization ties over virus response

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 10:16pm

President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus because China has “total control” over the global organization.

Trump exacerbates rage over Floyd death with incendiary post

Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 10:09pm

President Donald Trump on Friday responded to outrage over the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis by threatening to take action to bring the city “under control,” calling violent protesters outraged by the killing “thugs” and reviving a civil-rights-era phrase fraught with racist overtones.

Utah Rep. John Curtis proposing to give Hong Kong residents priority refugee status as China asserts control

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted May 28th - 9:55pm

Utah Rep. John Curtis and Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher plan to introduce legislation giving priority status to people in Hong Kong as China approved a plan to assert more control over the semiautonomous territory.

Trump tries a new response after George Floyd's death

Jill Colvin and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 4:29pm

It was the kind of personal statement expected from a president in response to the disturbing video of a black man gasping for help as a white policeman pinned him to the street by the neck. But it was a very different tone for President Donald Trump, who has often been silent in the face of white-on-black violence and has a long history of defending police.

Utah governor says ‘no deal’ made with gubernatorial candidate Wright

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted May 28th - 4:07pm

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday “there’s no deal been made” with gubernatorial candidate Thomas Wright, but he acknowledged that he asked Wright to drop out of the race and support his chosen successor, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:51pm

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows:

Trump says US to sanction Chinese officials responsible for eroding autonomy of Hong Kong

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 12:59pm

Trump says US to sanction Chinese officials responsible for eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with World Health Organization, says group hasn't made coronavirus reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 12:56pm

Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with World Health Organization, says group hasn't made coronavirus reforms.