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Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

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The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners’ children, state officials said.

The state’s highest court had imposed a stay on the adoptions in May, while Utah appealed a federal ruling last year that permitted same-sex marriages for 17 days before the Supreme Court halted them pending appeal.

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Earlier this month, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals of same-sex marriage bans and an appeals court reaffirmed its order making same-sex marriage legal in the state, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes ordered county clerks to recognize all legally performed same-sex marriages.

On the same day, Reyes petitioned the state Supreme Court to remove its stay of the adoptions, saying the issue was now moot.

Missy Larsen, a spokeswoman for Reyes, said the high court’s action on Thursday came in response to that petition.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, Calif.; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Fox & Friends begs viewers not to watch ‘boring’ impeachment trial: ‘Turn to us to summarize it’

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Fox News hosts assured viewers who hadn't tuned in to the first day of the impeachment trial that they hadn't missed anything.

The hosts of "Fox & Friends" told their viewers that Day One of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial was long, opaque and ran well into the morning hours -- which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted upon.

"There were snippets, and we're showing you the good stuff," said co-host Steve Doocy. "It was unbelievably boring. I don't know how people can follow it."

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt summed up the first day by saying Republicans had approved the rules, but Democrats insisted "over and over and over" that they wanted additional witnesses, and co-host Pete Hegseth assured viewers they didn't need to watch themselves.

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Rudy Giuliani urged Justice Dept to go easy on wealthy Venezuelan client: report

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Rudy Giuliani told U.S. prosecutors that his wealthy Venezuelan client deserved leniency in a criminal investigation, according to his indicted associate Lev Parnas and others.

Alejandro Betancourt, who's reportedly an unindicted co-conspirator in a money laundering case, introduced President Donald Trump's lawyer to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, reported Reuters.

Betancourt told Guiliani at a meeting in Spain that he secretly bankrolled Guaido’s efforts to take over leadership of Venezuela, according to four people familiar with the situation.

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Trump threatens 25 percent tariffs on European cars if he can’t ink a new EU trade deal

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US President Donald Trump relaunched a major trade offensive against Europe on Wednesday, threatening to hit the EU with damaging auto tariffs if Europeans failed to agree a long-delayed trade deal.

"The European Union is tougher to deal with than anybody. They've taken advantage of our country for many years." Trump told Fox Business News on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

"Ultimately, it will be very easy because if we can't make a deal, we'll have to put 25 percent tariffs on their cars," he added.

Trump added that his attention would now to turn to Europe, after he sealed a trade truce with China after several years of a trade war that destabilised the world economy.

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