Trump dropped an explosive hint about Mueller and the Russia investigation

President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet on Friday night that the Russia investigation being conducted by the special counsel Robert Mueller is illegitimate. Trump made that assertion in a tweet, while drawing a handful of conclusions: that former FBI director James Comey illegally leaked classified information, and that the leak resulted in Mueller’s appointment to oversee the Russia investigation, making Mueller’s appointment the product of an “illegal act,” as Trump put it. He then asked: “Does everybody know what that means?” President Donald Trump suggested on Friday night that the Russia investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller is illegitimate. That’s the conclusion Trump floated in a tweet,… Read More

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Here’s what John Muir — the father of national parks —thought about early Utah

Conservationist, explorer, author and environmental philosopher John Muir was born nearly two centuries ago on April 21, 1838, in a small coastal Scottish town. Today, Muir is remembered for his profound influence on the American environmentalist movement, considered by many the “father of our National Park System,” a “wilderness prophet” and “the patron saint of environmentalism.” Studying the “inventions of God” Muir found his love for the natural world as a young man in the wake of a dramatic engineering accident. As a boy, Muir was far more interested in man-made inventions, constructing intricate wooden clocks and even a “loafer’s chair” designed to reinforce good posture by triggering a pistol… Read More

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Police: Woman called in bomb threats to cancel boyfriend’s court dates

OGDEN — Police say a woman called in three bomb threats to an Ogden courthouse in order to keep her boyfriend from going to jail. The calls came a week apart from each other, on April 5, 12, and on Thursday, when the man, Jerry Larkin, was due in court in a DUI case. Each time, police swept the courthouse and determined there were no explosives. “The male suspect had court appearances on those specific dates, and the female was the distractor in trying to get the court proceedings canceled,” said Ogden Police Capt. Danielle Croyle. Larkin and Tonisha Lester, both 44 years old, were arrested and booked in Weber… Read More

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We took a 1,000-horsepower electric luxury sedan for a spin on the streets of Silicon Valley

We have driven, reported on, road-tripped, and talked about our fair share of electric and hybrid vehicles at Business Insider. These are exciting times for a technology that was born more than 100 years ago, but only started to gain steam in the last 20 years with the Toyota Prius. Electric-vehicle sales reached a milestone in 2017, crossing the one-million-vehicle threshold for that year. Nearly 200,000 of those plug-in vehicles — up from about 159,000 in 2016. That growth has spurred a whole new class of EVs from investor-funded startups. While many of these companies poach engineering and design talent from big-name automakers, the new companies themselves have never mass-produced… Read More

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Parole officer charged in shooting seeks gag order

SALT LAKE CITY — An officer criminally charged in a shooting that the district attorney recently ruled unjustified is seeking a gag order in his case. Defense attorneys for Andrew Reed O’Gwin, 48, argued in a motion filed Friday that the 3rd District Court should “hold an emergency hearing and immediately enter an order preventing counsel from making extrajudicial statements regarding this case.” The motion contends that the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, as well as the attorney of the shooting victim, “prejudiced Agent O’Gwin’s constitutional interests and undermined the integrity of these proceedings.” O’Gwin was chargedApril 9 with second-degree felony aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of… Read More

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Police say woman called in Ogden bomb threats to cancel man’s court dates

OGDEN — Police say a woman called in three bomb threats to an Ogden courthouse, each around the time a man she knows was due in court in a DUI case. Jerry Larkin and Tonisha Lester, both 44 years old, were arrested and booked in Weber County Jail Friday, Ogden police said. Larkin was booked for investigation of three counts making a false alarm; Lester on a warrant issued after he failed to appear in court. The bomb threats came in a week apart from each other, on April 5, 12, and on Thursday. Each time, police swept the courthouse and determined there were no explosives. “The male suspect had… Read More

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A small family-run firm bought Flickr from Verizon and says it can bring back its glory days (VZ)

Flickr, which was owned by Verizon, has been acquired by photo sharing and image hosting site SmugMug. SmugMug does not have any plans to lay off any employees nor fold Flickr into SmugMug. The price of the deal has not been disclosed. Flickr, the once red-hot photo-sharing site, has withered under the corporate ownership of Yahoo and Verizon. Now Flickr is part of SmugMug, a small family-owned online photography firm that just bought it from Verizon. Despite its small size, SmugMug is confident it has the right touch to bring back Flickr’s glory days. “We love photographers, we are photographers, we’ve been catering directly to photographers for a long long… Read More

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