FILE - This July 15, 2016, file photo, shows the "Moonhouse" in McLoyd Canyon which is part of Bears Ears National Monument, near Blanding, Utah. President Donald Trump's rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who vowed to unite and take the fight to court to preserve protections for lands they consider sacred. Trump decided to reduce Bears Ears — created last December by President Barack Obama — by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante — designated in 1996 by President Bill Clinton — by nearly half. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
December 06, 2017 - 9:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outdoor retailing giant Patagonia on Wednesday joined a flurry of lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's decision to chop up two large national monuments in Utah could finally bring an answer to the much-debated question of whether presidents have the legal authority to...
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The Getty Center is seen after a wildfire swept through Los Angeles' Bel Air neighborhood Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. The Getty Center, the $1 billion home to the J. Paul Getty Museum and related organizations, stands on the west side of Sepulveda Pass. The fire did not immediately cross the wide expanse of the pass to the Getty side, but if it had, the facility is prepared. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
December 06, 2017 - 8:48 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Getty Center art complex in Los Angeles made sure it could protect its priceless artwork and antiquities from flames like those just across a freeway Wednesday, from its landscaping to a space for helicopters to land. Officials say fire protection was designed into the...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2017 file photo, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks during a news conference near Gold Butte National Monument in Bunkerville, Nev. Zinke and outdoor retail giant Patagonia are trading harsh words over the Trump administration's plans to shrink several national monuments, an opening salvo in an imminent legal battle that could be waged for years. A barrage of lawsuits is expected by groups looking to block President Donald Trump's order on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, drastically reducing Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)
December 06, 2017 - 8:36 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's plan to shrink two national parks in Utah (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Outdoor company Patagonia has sued to block President Donald Trump's cuts to Utah's Bears Ears National Monument. Patagonia's lawsuit was filed Wednesday night,...
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Washington Solicitor General Noah Purcell, center, speaks during a protest rally, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, outside a federal courthouse in Seattle. The U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing President Donald Trump's third travel ban to take effect has intensified the attention on a legal showdown Wednesday before three judges in Seattle who have been cool to the policy as they hear arguments in Hawaii's challenge to the ban, which restricts travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries and has been reviled by critics as discriminatory. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
December 06, 2017 - 8:29 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Three federal appeals court judges who blocked President Donald Trump's second travel ban earlier this year had some skeptical questions about his third and latest set of restrictions on travelers from six mostly Muslim nations during oral arguments on Wednesday. Ninth U.S. Circuit...
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FILE - In this undated file photo, the Upper Gulch section of the Escalante Canyons within Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument features sheer sandstone walls, broken occasionally by tributary canyons. Utah has long stood out for going far beyond other Western states in trying to get back control of its federally protected lands. When President Donald Trump on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, announces he's going to shrink two national monuments in the state, his warm welcome will stand out in a region that is normally protective of its parks and monuments. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
December 06, 2017 - 5:24 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump ordered U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke earlier this year to conduct an unprecedented review of 27 monuments established by former presidents over more than two decades on lands and waters revered for their natural beauty and historical significance...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, a bison munches grass in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. North Dakota health officials have concluded that a proposed oil refinery close to the picturesque national park should comply with federal and state air pollution rules. (AP Photo/Blake Nicholson, File)
December 06, 2017 - 12:45 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed oil refinery close to the picturesque Theodore Roosevelt National Park has met federal and state air pollution rules but must undergo a period of public comment before a permit can be issued, North Dakota health officials said. A state Health Department review that...
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This Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 photo shows the front of the Diamond Eagle of the Society of the Cincinnati which was owned and worn by George Washington, at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The eagle embedded with diamonds, emeralds and rubies is scheduled to be on view from Dec. 6 to March 3. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
December 06, 2017 - 9:04 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jewel-encrusted medal owned and worn by George Washington is going on display in Philadelphia for the first time since it was presented to Washington in the city 233 years ago. The Diamond Eagle is the badge of office of the president general of the Society of the Cincinnati...
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December 06, 2017 - 12:47 am
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Delta flight from New York City to Seattle had to make a stop in Billings after the plane's toilets stopped working and passengers couldn't hold it any longer. The Billings Gazette reports that the direct flight diverted hundreds of miles south on Saturday to make the...
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A Los Angeles County firefighter puts water a burning house in a wildfire in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Ferocious winds in Southern California have whipped up explosive wildfires, burning a psychiatric hospital and scores of other structures. Tens of thousands of people have been ordered evacuated. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
December 05, 2017 - 10:47 pm
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Wind-driven fires tore through California communities Tuesday for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people. The most damaging fire was in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, where 150 structures were...
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Smoke rises behind a leveled apartment complex as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Over 100 structures have burned so far in Ventura County, officials said. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
December 05, 2017 - 9:02 pm
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in Southern California (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Erratic winds are hampering efforts to battle a 100-acre (40-hectare) brushfire in Southern California that has left two people burned, one critically. The fire erupted Tuesday afternoon in San...
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