Dems want U.S. Interior Department staff moves explained

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk speaks at an event marking a conservation agreement for a former mining site just north of the park in Jardine, Mont. Democrats are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain the reassignment of dozens of senior agency officials including Wenk. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats in Congress pressed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent, who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he’d be gone in August.

Canadian company moves to mine on lands cut from monument

This July 9, 2017 photo, shows a view of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. A Canadian company is telling investors it plans to mine on Utah lands that were cut out of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by President Trump in a move that is angering environmental groups who are suing to reverse the downsizing. (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Canadian company’s plans to mine for copper and cobalt on Utah lands that were cut from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by President Donald Trump are angering conservation groups that are suing to keep the lands under monument protection.

Oregon officials criticized for pesticides killing pines

In this May 2, 2018 file photo, dozens of ponderosa trees that are dead or dying line U.S. Highway 20 just west of Sisters, Ore. Environmental advocates are calling out the Oregon Department of Transportation and its contractors for applying a weedkiller along a highway near Sisters that unintentionally killed hundreds of ponderosa pine trees. (Ryan Brennecke/The Bulletin via AP)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental advocates are calling out the Oregon Department of Transportation and its contractors for applying a weedkiller along a highway in Sisters that unintentionally killed hundreds of ponderosa pine trees.

Dancer’s solo on black history takes him to U.S. Capitol

In this June 15, 2018 photo University of Montana graduate Tsiambwom Akuchu preforms in Missoula, Mont. Akuchu recently performed a solo dance he choreographed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., during the national festival of the American College Dance Association. His dance piece traces the history of black dance and cultural resistance from its African roots to contemporary hip-hop. (Tommy Martino /The Missoulian via AP)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Tsiambwom Akuchu’s path to the stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., started with a little research.

Ex-Las Vegas headliner loses bid to undo federal porn plea

FILE - This March 17, 2007, file photo, magician Jan Rouven presents the Floating Virgin during the dress rehearsal of a German TV show in Riesa, eastern Germany. A federal judge has rejected a former Las Vegas Strip headliner's bid to withdraw his guilty plea in a pornography case involving thousands of videos and images, including some depicting kindergarten-age boys in sex acts. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas Strip headliner from Germany lost his bid to withdraw his guilty plea in a federal child pornography case involving thousands of videos and images.

Columbia Falls weightlifter to compete in Special Olympics

In this June 14, 2018 photo, power lifter Sylvester Vermillion poses at the Wave Aquatic and Fitness Center in Whitefish, Mont. At the 2018 Montana Special Olympics State Games, Vermillion squatted 405 pounds. He also bench-pressed 230 and deadlifted 430, winning each individual event and, with a collective 1,065 pounds, the combined powerlifting title as well. (Justin Franz/Flathead Beacon via AP)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Icelandic powerlifter Jon Pall Sigmarsson is shirtless and grunting, his two massive hands gripping a giant axel with monstrous wagon wheels on each end during a televised a strongman competition in the late 1980s. His face flushing red with effort, he takes one more rhythmic breath, straightens his arms and back, then slowly brings his legs to life to raise the enormous weight a few inches into the air.

Police: Backup driver in fatal Uber crash was distracted

FILE - In this March 20, 2018 file photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, investigators examine a driverless Uber SUV that fatally struck a woman in Tempe, Ariz. An Arizona police report says the human backup driver the Uber autonomous SUV was streaming a television show on Hulu just before the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in March. The Arizona Republic reported that the driver was watching “The Voice,” a television musical talent show. The newspaper received the more than 300-page report from Tempe police on Thursday, June 21. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” on her phone and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report.

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