Things you should know today: 8/16/17

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Utah mayor shrugs off attacks, wins GOP primary for US House

Rick Bowmer
Provo Mayor John Curtis celebrates after winning Utah’s Republican primary to become the favorite to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Provo, Utah. Curtis of Provo, defeated former state lawmaker Chris Herrod and business consultant Tanner Ainge, son of Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Provo Mayor John Curtis won the Utah Republican primary to become the favorite to fill the vacant U.S. House seat left by Jason Chaffetz.

Defiant Trump again blames “both sides” in Virginia protest

Pablo Martinez Monsivais
President Donald Trump gestures as he answers reporters questions in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump blamed “both sides” for the unrest and violence that erupted last week in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Airlines make it harder to earn free flights for loyalty

Elaine Thompson

FILE – In this Tuesday, March 24, 2015, file photo, a traveler walks past a sign advertising a Delta Air Lines credit card at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. Airline loyalty programs are losing much of their allure even for frequent flyers, and the rules for navigating the system have changed. The biggest bang for your buck comes from signing up for the right credit card. Even if you make purchases with another card, consider getting the card of the airline you usually fly to enjoy benefits such as priority boarding and free bag-checking, even on so-called basic economy tickets. If you check a bag a few times a year, you will more than offset the annual fee. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)The best way to earn miles and points is no longer flying more often as credit cards now offer the easiest way to earn rewards.

 

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