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King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump
ATLANTA (AP) -- As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters....

GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities....

Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82
HOUSTON (AP) -- Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child's initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk on the moon....

Officials: FBI arrests widow of Orlando nightclub shooter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, was arrested Monday by the FBI in connection with the attack, authorities said....

Tax deadline looms for Prince estate; government to get half
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," Prince once sang. But his money matters a lot to the IRS, and the case provides a cautionary tale not just for the wealthy, but not-so-rich Americans as well....

Teen slain in 'rape-murder fantasy' was friend to the lonely
GLENSIDE, Pa. (AP) -- The smiles radiate from photos posted online by friends: Grace Packer sporting an impish grin as a toddler, floating happily in a pool as a young teen, leaning in to talk to a friend at her school lunch table....

Parties, protests to take over DC for Trump's inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after. How many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question....

A look at next steps after damning report on Chicago police
CHICAGO (AP) -- The release of a damning Department of Justice report, which found civil rights abuses permeate Chicago's 12,000-officer police force, was in many ways just the start of a process that could take a decade or more....

Years after slayings, some seek relief in killer's execution
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The brutal murders of a well-known Richmond couple and their young daughters as they were preparing to host a New Year's party sent shock waves through Virginia's capital city. More than 11 years later, some hope the execution of a man convicted in their deaths will close a painful chapter of this community's history....

Ice threat lingers for some Midwest states
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A few states in the Midwest again are on alert for icy conditions....

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Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others

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