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At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

Michael Biesecker and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:14pm

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to underlings.

Senate candidate writes children's book trashing GOP rival

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:51pm

Indiana Senate candidate Todd Rokita is releasing a politically themed children's book that trashes one of his Republican primary opponents.

Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

Chad Day and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:12pm

Bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller now lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance it.

Hatch, Lee vote against Mueller legislation that clears Senate panel

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:57pm

Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee vote against a bill that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Thursday that would shield special counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt by President Donald Trump to fire him.

Mike Pompeo narrowly confirmed to be secretary of state

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:31am

The Senate narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state on Thursday, clearing the path for him to take over as the top U.S. diplomat just as President Donald Trump faces high-risk moments on Iran and North Korea.

Commissioner accused of sexual harassment threatens to sue for slander

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:35am

Embattled Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves is threatening to sue his fellow commissioners and the county, claiming he has been defamed, slandered and libeled by the female county employee who filed a sexual harassment claim against him.

AP FACT CHECK: Romney didn't illegally gather voter info as Dem opponent claimed

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:22am

Republican Mitt Romney's likely Democratic opponent in the Utah Senate race has accused the former presidential candidate of improperly gathering voter information, the latest attack from challengers who aren't letting him just cruise to victory.

'A true friend': Salt Lake County Councilman Sam Granato dies at 67

Annie Knox  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:34pm

Salt Lake County Councilman Sam Granato has died following a battle with cancer, his family said Wednesday. He was 67.

Brazil debates da Silva jailing impact on presidential race

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:02pm

With former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva behind bars, the people of Latin America's largest nation are pondering how October's presidential election will be affected by the jailing of the poll front-runner.

Lieutenant governor: AG's Flint probe 'gross abuse of power'

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:57pm

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday escalated his criticism of state Attorney General Bill Schuette's prosecution of top state officials for the Flint water crisis, calling it a "gross abuse of power" intended to aid Schuette's run for governor.

Arizona's only black legislators chastised after race talk

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:57pm

The only two black members of the Arizona Legislature were formally chastised for speaking out against a Republican lawmaker's published column, which included a racial slur and they say derided black activists while attempting to discredit leaders of a teacher group protesting for better pay.

Trump and Kanye West trade Twitter love

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:32pm

Trump-West 2020?

Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress

Josh Lederman and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:51pm

French President Emmanuel Macron drew sharp contrasts with President Donald Trump's worldview Wednesday, laying out a firm vision of global leadership that rejects "the illusion of nationalism" in a candid counterweight to Trump's appeals to put "America first."

Herbert signs 8 bills for suicide prevention in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:45pm

Gov. Gary Herbert signed eight suicide prevention bills into law at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

The Latest: Federal court sides with Florida in voting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:33pm

The Latest on restoring voting rights to felons after they leave prison in Florida (all times local):

Michigan board agrees to put marijuana question on ballot

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:11pm

Michigan voters will decide in November whether to allow recreational marijuana, after officials certified Thursday that there were enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

Colorado congressman sues to get onto GOP primary ballot

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:52pm

Rep. Doug Lamborn filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday in a last-ditch bid to get his name back on the GOP primary ballot after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled he must be kicked off it because his campaign did not gather petitions correctly.

Ohio governor's race feud grows over Kucinich's Syria work

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:12pm

Accusations escalated Wednesday in Ohio's Democratic primary for governor over former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich's work with an organization sympathetic to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Latest: Peace activist behind Kucinich fee met Hamas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:32pm

The Latest on former U.S. Rep. and governor candidate Dennis Kucinich's work with an organization sympathetic to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad (all times local):