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A U.S. soldier operates a gun during the annual joint Georgia-U.S. military training at Vaziani military base near Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Exercises mainly focus on counter-insurgency and counter improvised explosive device training, according to the Georgian Defense Ministry. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
News roundup: America now the 101st most peaceful nation

America now the 101st most peaceful. Federal judge rejects parts of Utah's immigration law. Shurtleff says search warrant raid still stings.

Happy Thursday. The United States is no longer part of the top 100 most peaceful nations, according to one analysis. America now stands as the 101st most peaceful nation, according to the annual Global Peace Index, which looks at data and measures things like internal crime stats, political forces and population trends. The most peaceful place on the planet: Iceland. The least: South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria. [WaTimes]

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Topping the news: A federal judge "de-fanged" an immigration House bill passed in 2011 by limiting the powers a police officer has to check the legal status of people they stop. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff spoke at the Utah Legislature's law enforcement committee and reiterated that the agents who searched his home took inappropriate measures and terrorized his daughter, who was also at the hearing; state officials said the FBI led the search. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13]

-> John Swallow's lawyer is dropping his client because of a conflict of interest. [Trib]

-> The Bureau of Land Managements severed ties with Utah sheriffs, adding to an already uncooperative relationship between the two entities on matters. [Trib] [DNews]

Tweet of the day: From @DavidCopass: "Wonder if the #Redskins are gonna change their name to the Washington Drones? It's very fitting . . . "

In other news: The Bluffdale City Council will serve as gatekeeper to records and appeals after cutting out the State Records Committee from the process. [Trib]

-> Utah legislators are designating $750,000 so rape kits in the state will be processed in a private lab rather than sit in storage. [Trib] [KSL]

-> The Utah Legislature discussed UTOPIA bailouts and possible fixes for the Internet service providers. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert officially declared June 18 Dick Bass Day in the state to honor the co-founder of Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. [Trib]

-> Utah lawmakers would like to use $1 billion in bonding to finish freeway projects. [Trib]

-> Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, is working to eliminate taxes on Social Security benefits in Utah. [Trib]

-> Lawmakers discussed and approved potential reforms to the state tax policy, regarding local sales tax. [Trib]

-> Lobbyists told the Utah Senate that a Medicaid expansion could actually cost low-income citizens their access to health insurance. [DNews]

-> The fundraising numbers for the SL County Council race district 3 are surprising. [UtahPolicy]

-> The Utah Health and Human Services Interim Committee hopes to regulate, but ultimately support, electronic cigarettes. [DNews]

-> Citizens and health care workers implored legislators to zone for more affordable housing for senior residents throughout the state. [DNews]

Nationally: The showdown for House majority leader between Kevin McCarthy and Raul Labrador ends today with a vote, but first check out how each candidate fared in their speeches. [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico]

-> The Washington Redskins trademark was cancelled because it is "disparaging to Native Americans," according to the federal trademarks board. [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico]

-> Jay Carney officially leaves the White House as press secretary on Friday and delivered his last briefing at the podium. [WaPost] [Politico]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says Lois Lerner's missing emails will not likely be recovered. [Politico]

-> The Keystone XL bill passed through one Senate committee. [WSJ]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Chris Stewart hits an Appropriations Committee mark up, votes in the House leadership election and meets with the University of Utah president.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert takes part in a Junior Achievement Governor's breakfast at Gateway Mall, attends a Governor's Economic Council meeting, speaks with Kristen Cox to discuss the Priority One SUCCESS Project and goes to a farewell for Spencer Eccles.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox also attends the Junior Achievement breakfast and later speaks at the Wasatch Wildlife Weekend at Utah Valley University.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with the Unified Police Department, attends C.R. England's veterans recognition event, speaks with Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and gives a talk at the National Association of Women in Business gala.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker travels to Texas for the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting.
  • President Barack Obama participates in a President's Expo Council meeting and awards the Medal of Honor to a retied U.S. Marine.

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-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner

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