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Rejection of Oregon forest ballot measures draws lawsuit

Oct. 14, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Backers of rejected ballot measures proposed by environmentalists to tighten Oregon's forestry have filed a lawsuit, saying Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno broke with legal precedent and based her rejection on bad advice from political appointees. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports...

Thousands of protesters in Haiti loot stores, battle police

Oct. 11, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thousands of protesters clashed with police as they looted stores and tried to break through a barricade leading toward the residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse Friday in one of the biggest demonstrations in weeks to demand his resignation. The violence came a day...

Payouts for Vegas victims a 'cold, mathematical calculation'

Oct. 4, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — They may have been united by a love for country music, but the people gunned down two years ago at a Las Vegas concert will not be seen as equals when up to $800 million is paid out from a legal settlement. The administrator overseeing the process will have the icy task of calculating the...

MGM Resorts commits up to $800M to victims of Vegas shooting

Oct. 3, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two years after a shooter rained gunfire on country music fans from a high-rise Las Vegas Strip hotel, MGM Resorts International has agreed to pay up to $800 million to families of the 58 people who died and hundreds of others who were injured, attorneys announced Thursday. The...

The Latest: Attorneys say MGM deal settles most lawsuits

Oct. 3, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a legal settlement over the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Three attorneys for 4,400 people with claims against MGM Resorts International over the Las Vegas shooting acknowledge a few other lawsuits are out there. But a chief...

Trump administration loses bid to dismiss monument lawsuits

Oct. 1, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has rejected the Trump administration's bid to dismiss lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a 2017 decision to downsize two sprawling national monuments in Utah. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan's written decisions issued Monday night means the legal...

Tree-cutting ban in Southwest forests hurts heating needs

Sep. 26, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People who rely on wood stoves to heat their homes in the winter are scrambling to find other options after a U.S. District Court halted tree cutting on large swaths of national forests in the Southwest over concern about a threatened owl. "We have some elderly people that we have...

US appeals court to decide fight over jaguar habitat

Sep. 25, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to a federal appeals court to decide whether tens of thousands of acres in New Mexico should be reserved as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments Wednesday from lawyers representing farmers and...

Stolen game camera sends pix that identify holder

Sep. 23, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WOODWORTH, La. (AP) — Louisiana wildlife agents say a stolen cellular game camera kept sending pictures, letting them identify the man who had it. He and the man he said he'd bought it from were arrested. A Department of Wildlife and Fisheries statement Monday said 55-year-old Kurt Wiggins is accused of...

Judge: Suit over farm pollution of Raccoon River may proceed

Sep. 12, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has handed a significant victory to environmental groups by allowing a lawsuit challenging Iowa's management of fertilizer and hog farm pollution in rivers and streams to move forward. Judge Robert Hanson in a ruling filed Wednesday said Iowa Citizens For Community...