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Backers seek funds for North Dakota Teddy Roosevelt library

May. 5, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Walmart heir, a wealthy governor and energy companies profiting from North Dakota oil could fund a big chunk of the private money needed by developers of a presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the western Badlands where he hunted and ranched before becoming the 26th U.S....

Officials say no charges expected in Boy Scout hiking death

May. 3, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — No charges are expected after a 16-year-old Boy Scout died while on a troop hiking trip in the Arizona desert, authorities said Friday. Investigators looking into the death at Picacho Peak State Park last Saturday don't expect to file a criminal case, Pinal County Sheriff's spokeswoman...

Authorities investigate death of Boy Scout on Arizona hike

May. 2, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

PICACHO PEAK, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 16-year-old boy during a hike with a Boy Scouts troop in the Arizona desert. Pinal County sheriff's officials say the group had water but ran out when they got to the top of a mountain Saturday and the teen began to exhibit signs of...

US agency reconsidering status of bistate sage grouse

Apr. 12, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is revising its plans to protect a type of imperiled game bird found only along the California-Nevada line after a federal judge struck down its earlier decision to rescind a proposal to list it as threatened. The agency announced late Thursday it will...

Photos of Miley Cyrus raise concern about Joshua trees

Apr. 3, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Social media photos showing Miley Cyrus posing in a Joshua tree have drawn criticism from people concerned about protecting the iconic desert species. The photos posted this week on Instagram were captioned "Looking down at all the petty drama like...." and "Monkey...

Fireball soars when officials blow up derailed train cars

Apr. 1, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A massive fireball soared into the sky in the central Utah desert after officials blew up 11 derailed tanker cars containing propane and biodiesel. The controlled detonation Sunday night was the safest way to deal with the explosive material, Juab County Undersheriff Brent Pulver said...