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EPA delays rule for miners to give cleanup assurances
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Facing pushback from industry and Republicans in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency delayed on Friday a proposal that would require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill....

Government wants appeal of travel ban put on hold
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Justice Department wants a federal appeals court to put President Trump's travel ban case on hold until he issues a new order, but the states who sued to stop the ban want the case to move forward....

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border....

Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days - the middle of political tumult....

Kansas community tries to heal from shooting; bar to reopen
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help....

GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after Kansas worker killed
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters - a largely white Kansas City suburb - didn't reflect it....

AP Exclusive: Analysts downplay threat from 7 nations in ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States....

Bill Cosby won't face a barrage of accusers at his trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian's multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago....

Judge sentences high school football player in assault case
DIETRICH, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho judge has sentenced a high school football player to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service after prosecutors said he took part in a locker room sexual assault on a black football player in a small Idaho town....

Novelist maintains innocence despite plea in wife's death
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Novelist Michael Peterson agreed to a plea deal Friday that enables him to maintain his innocence even as he acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter in his wife's death. The district attorney, for his part, insisted that he's guilty....

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