Government

North Ogden library upgrade nearly done, curious visitors already trickling in

BZ 051618 North Branch Library 06-5

Completion of the North Branch Library overhaul marks the last prong of a series of improvements...

Government

Backchannel with 'Dracula' helped free Utah man in Venezuela

ADDITION Venezuela Jailed America

WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret backchannel led by a veteran Republican Senate staffer and a flamboyant Venezuelan official nicknamed “Dracula” broke through hostile relations between the two governments to secure the release of American prisoner Joshua Holt, who traveled to the South American country...


Government

Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

Venezuela Jailed American

A Utah man jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges nearly two years ago was released Saturday after a U.S. senator pressed for his freedom in a surprise meeting with President Nicolas Maduro days after the embattled socialist leader expelled the top American diplomat in the South American country.


Government

The Latest: US team heading to Singapore to work on summit

Trump North Korea Analysis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local): 10:30 a.m. The White House says a team is still heading to Singapore this weekend to work on logistics for a possible summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. White House...


State

The Latest: Trump welcomes freed American after 'ordeal'

Venezuela US Senator's Visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the release of a Utah man, Joshua Holt, who has been held in Venezuela (all times local): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump has welcomed to the White House an American held for two years in a Venezuelan jail, saying the Utah man has undergone a “very tough ordeal.”...


Government

Trump's 'phony' source turns out to be White House official

Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump accused The New York Times on Saturday of inventing a source for a story who, in fact, was a White House official conducting a briefing for reporters under the condition that the official not be named. Trump tweeted that the Times quoted an official “who...


Government

US official says American Joshua Holt, held in jail in Venezuela for 2 years, has

WASHINGTON (AP) — US official says American Joshua Holt, held in jail in Venezuela for 2 years, has returned to U.S.


Business

Court: Gov't violated privacy law for defrauded students

Student Loans For Profit Colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the Education Department violated privacy laws with regard to students defrauded by the Corinthian for-profit college chain. In a break with Obama administration policy, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in December that some students cheated...


Business

Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

EPA Pruitt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and promote...


Government

More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

Supreme Court LGBT Issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Courts are engaged in two...


Government

US still preparing for Trump-Kim summit should it take place

South Korea Koreas Tensions-6

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House team is heading to Singapore this weekend as previously planned to prepare for a possible summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader, a further sign that the meeting Trump called off might get back on track. Trump on Friday welcomed the North’s...


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