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Court rules Riverton not part of Indian Country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:43pm

The city of Riverton and surrounding lands are not part of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, an appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case that involves federal air-quality law and had major implications for the city's day-to-day business.

Utah lawmaker's resolution reaffirms push for public lands

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:42pm

Days after a blistered outdoor recreation industry yanked a lucrative expo from Utah to protest the state's public lands policy, Utah lawmakers are working on a resolution that reaffirms their push to gain control of public lands from the U.S. government.

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Chaffetz letter: Tweet from Bryce Canyon shows 'coordination' with White House

Ladd Egan and Tracie Snowder  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:39pm

A letter obtained by KSL shows Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been chasing down the intent behind a Bryce Canyon National Park tweet.

The Latest: Attorney says shooting has torn apart 3 families

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:33pm

The Latest on a teenage girl who was shot in the head and left in a ditch in Utah (all times local):

Utah lawmakers express support for refugee rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:25pm

A resolution expressing Utah's commitment to protecting the rights of legal immigrants and refugees fleeing persecution has received full support from a panel of lawmakers.

2 men sentenced for hate crime attack against Somalis

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:25pm

Two southwest Kansas men were punished Wednesday for their roles in a hate crime attack on three Somali that a federal judge said flies in the face of everything cherished in this country.

Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

Republicans who benefited from rowdy town halls six years ago and harnessed a wave of discontent with Democrats to win seats in Congress are learning a hard lesson this week as they return home: The left is happy to return the favor.

Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry

Michael Biesecker and Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show.

Trump administration lifts transgender student bathroom protections, citing legal confusion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:10pm

Trump administration lifts transgender student bathroom protections, citing legal confusion.

Medical workers quitting prison after fatal inmate uprising

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:57pm

More than two dozen medical workers at a Delaware prison have quit in the aftermath of an inmate uprising and hostage taking in which a prison guard was killed.

Lawyer says she failed prep school grad at sex assault trial

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:47pm

A judge determining whether a New Hampshire prep school graduate received effective counsel during his sexual assault trial heard conflicting testimony Wednesday about whether defense lawyers were derailing the case or making reasonable strategic decisions.

Alabama bidding to set execution date for convicted killer

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:47pm

Alabama is bidding to execute a convicted killer who has been on death row for more than 30 years.

Astronomers discover 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star

Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:43pm

Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Reform may have eased jail time for police slaying suspect

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:33pm

California's efforts to ease overcrowding in state prisons did not lead to an early release of a gang member accused of killing a police officer and wounding another but may have shortened the amount of time he was locked up for repeated probation violations.

Colorado town's ban on topless women put on hold by judge

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:33pm

A Colorado judge has blocked a college town's law against women going topless, saying the law is likely unconstitutional.

McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:33pm

Sen. John McCain, one of President Donald Trump's harshest critics, made a secret trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists, his office said Wednesday.

Man charged in toddler's fatal shooting during drug deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:33pm

Authorities say they've arrested the man responsible for a toddler's fatal shooting during a drug deal in South Florida.

Missing skier found alive near Jackson Hole resort

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:22pm

A skier missing in Grand Teton National Park since Monday has been found alive.

Police release audio of suspect in Indiana girls' deaths

Rick Callahan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:14pm

One of two teenage girls killed along a northern Indiana hiking trail last week used her cellphone beforehand to capture video of a man police now consider the main suspect and recorded a male voice saying "down the hill," authorities said Wednesday.

Bill to allow armed school staff goes to Senate floor

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:10pm

A Senate committee advanced a bill that would allow individual Wyoming school districts to allow K-12 school personnel to carry concealed guns during classes.