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Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to UN, dies suddenly at 64

Richard Roth and Holly Yan, CNN  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:28pm

Tributes poured in Monday for Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations who died suddenly in New York. He was remembered for his intellect, wit and the pride he took in serving his country.

Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:31pm

Utah enacted a law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those abortions says no changes have been made in how doctors perform them.

Utahns turn out for 'Not My President's Day' rally

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:57pm

Boisterous, passionate and armed with their convictions, a couple hundred people participated in a protest march and rally in Salt Lake City. The event called "Not My President's Day" was to express their opposition to President Donald J. Trump.

Known for political temperance, Iowa moves sharply right

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 6:34pm

After decades as the crossroads of prairie populists and checkbook conservatives, Iowa has suddenly become solidly Republican like many of its Midwestern neighbors.

Trump rallies supporters by renewing old promises, insults

Catherine Lucey and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 6:33pm

Just four weeks into his administration, President Donald Trump appeared at a campaign rally that mirrored the months leading up to Election Day, complete with promises to repeal the health care law, insults for the news media and a playlist highlighted by the Rolling Stones.

Herbert signs resolution urging shrinkage of monument

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 4:47pm

Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a resolution asking Utah's congressional delegation to support shrinking southern Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The story behind executive order pens

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 1:42pm

It didn't take long for President Donald Trump to start running out of the custom-made Cross pens he uses to sign executive orders.

Harward turns Trump down for national security adviser job

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 16th - 7:03pm

Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing.

Former Gov. Leavitt: GOP will end up fixing rather than replacing Obamacare

Tim Skoczek, CNN  |  Posted  Feb 16th - 1:39pm

Republicans in Congress ultimately will opt to fix elements of Obamacare and claim victory, despite pressures to fully dismantle the law, says a leading GOP voice on health care.

Trump announces Alexander Acosta as labor secretary pick

John King, Manu Raju and Dan Merica, CNN  |  Posted  Feb 16th - 11:28am

President Donald Trump announced Thursday his plan to nominate Alexander Acosta to be labor secretary, telling assembled reporters on Thursday that Acosta is going to be "a tremendous secretary of labor."

Struggling Utahns plead lawmakers to keep Obamacare; Street-legal OHV bill advances  |  Posted  Feb 16th - 10:48am

Utahns gathered at the Capitol as results of a survey were given to the governor and state legislators Wednesday to show how repealing the law might affect them, and bills on street-legal off-highway vehicles and judicial nominees advanced committees. Here's a roundup on the 2017 legislative session in Utah:

New bill would do away with 'one size fits all' mandatory '25 to life' for child rapists

Mike Headrick and Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Feb 15th - 11:17pm

A new bill currently in discussion on Utah's Capitol Hill would do away with the minimum mandatory sentence of '25 years to life in prison' for the most severe child sex abuse convictions.

Chaffetz calling for investigation of 'mishandling' of classified information in reporting on Trump

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Feb 15th - 9:57pm

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Wednesday he is calling for the U.S. Inspector General to investigate the potential "mishandling" of classified information in news reports about President Donald Trump's now former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

Trump slams intel officials, media over Flynn and Russia

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 15th - 8:52pm

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blamed the media and "illegally leaked" intelligence information for bringing down his national security adviser Michael Flynn, one day after the White House said Trump had asked Flynn to resign because he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia.

Herbert talks cutting U.S. Education Department, upcoming D.C. trip

Michelle L. Price - Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 15th - 7:42pm

Gov. Gary Herbert says he supports a proposal to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education and hopes to use his trip to Washington next week to discuss states' authority and the new Bears Ears National Monument with the Trump administration.

Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary

Laurie Kellman and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 15th - 6:44pm

President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.

AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly

David Saleh Rauf, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 8:33am

Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.

Iowa GOP passes bill opponents say will gut public unions

Barbara Rodriguez and Linley Sanders, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 16th - 5:04pm

Public sector unions in Iowa will have less authority to negotiate working conditions for teachers, nurses and correctional officers under a bill passed Thursday in the new Republican-controlled Legislature that critics say is aimed at crippling organized labor in the state.

Government seeks to head off Menendez Supreme Court appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 15th - 2:14pm

Government attorneys are pushing back against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's attempts to have his corruption indictment thrown out.