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Ailing US worker: Government needs to reactivate insurance

Jan. 18, 2019 1:26 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon said she can't learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown, leaving her scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive. Jasmine Tool...

The shutdown today: Trump grounds Pelosi trip abroad

Jan. 18, 2019 12:45 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 28: WHAT'S NEW The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned into an escalating game of constitutional brinksmanship as he denied her a military plane to visit troops in Afghanistan in apparent retaliation for her...

Court allows sale of troubled Oregon dairy farm to proceed

Jan. 18, 2019 12:34 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has allowed the proposed sale of the troubled Lost Valley Farm to proceed despite objections by Oregon agencies over who will clean up the dairy's wastewater and manure. The Capital Press reports court-appointed trustee Randy Sugarman recently entered into an...

US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

Jan. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the...

Divers swim with giant great white shark off Oahu's coast

Jan. 17, 2019 3:26 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Divers monitoring a rotting whale carcass off the shores of Oahu this week found themselves face-to-face with a massive great white shark, prompting state officials to warn recreational divers and snorkelers to stay out of the water near the dead sperm whale amid reports some people have...

Final defendant sentenced in Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada

Jan. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's bodyguard in confrontations with U.S land management agents became the last of 19 defendants from 11 states to be sentenced on Tuesday in an armed standoff nearly five years ago. Brian "Booda" Cavalier, 47, of Mesa, Arizona, was told he won't serve any more...

Trapping ban urged for cat-sized forest predators in Montana

Jan. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Tuesday urged Montana officials to ban trapping along much of the state's border with Idaho to protect an isolated population of cat-sized predators living in old-growth forests. Representatives of five environmental groups said in a petition to Montana wildlife...

APNewsBreak: New pen may allow sale of horses for slaughter

Jan. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in Northern California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency acknowledged in court filings in a potentially precedent-setting legal battle that it built the pen for...

FAA says it is recalling more aviation-safety inspectors

Jan. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EST

Federal officials say they are recalling more aviation-safety inspectors who were idled by the partial government shutdown. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that the agency expects to have about 2,200 inspectors back on the job by the end of this week. That is up from 500...

Too much brine? Study highlights growing toxic brine problem

Jan. 14, 2019 12:46 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The world's thirst for fresh water is causing a salty problem. Desalination plants around the world are producing enough brine waste to swamp an area the size of Florida with a foot of salty water every year, according to a U.N.-backed report released Monday. The study by researchers from...