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New Mexico leases ranch land to Epstein company

Jul. 16, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state land regulators are reviewing property leases to a company controlled by financier Jeffrey Epstein in light of federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard on Tuesday delivered lease documents to state...

Biden plan seeks to boost rural America through investments

Jul. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

MANNING, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to build on his appeal to rural voters with the release of a broad plan to revitalize rural America through investments in agriculture, rural economies and infrastructure. "We have to ensure we bring along everyone," the...

Feds: Moving land agency will save money, improve decisions

Jul. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it can save taxpayers millions of dollars, make better decisions and trim a "top heavy" office in Washington by moving the headquarters of the nation's biggest land agency to Colorado and dispersing scores of jobs across 11 states in the U.S. West....

Scientist ready to get back to work after case dismissed

Jul. 16, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent coastal scientist in Louisiana said Tuesday that he's ready to get back to work one day after federal charges against him for allegedly stealing trade secrets were abruptly dropped when prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence. Ehab Meselhe, along with Kelin Hu, were...

The Latest: Trump administration to move land agency west

Jul. 16, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration plan to move the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to Colorado (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The Trump administration says it can save taxpayers up to $100 million over 20 years and trim a "top-heavy" office in Washington by moving...

Aerial photo not clear picture of North Dakota pelican count

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have learned that conducting an aerial census of American white pelicans nesting in south-central North Dakota is better done when the big-billed birds are visible on the ground — and not in flight. The nesting colony at Chase Lake National Wildlife...

Company wants to mine at edge of protected Okefenokee Swamp

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company is seeking permits to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, a vast untamed wilderness that's home to the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern U.S. The proposal comes 20 years after chemical giant DuPont abandoned plans to mine outside the Okefenokee...

Lawmaker: Expand compensation from nuclear weapons testing

Jul. 16, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A compensation program for those exposed to radiation from years of nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining would be expanded under legislation that seeks to address fallout across the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan rolled...

The Latest: Expert captures alligator at Chicago lagoon

Jul. 16, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on alligator captured in a lagoon in a Chicago public park (all times local): 10:50 a.m. An alligator that eluded Chicago authorities for a week has met with the media after an expert from Florida captured it using a fishing pole in a public lagoon. On Tuesday morning, about eight...

Jury says Toyota must pay $16M in dealer recall lawsuit

Jul. 15, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Toyota has been ordered to pay nearly $16 million to a Southern California dealer who alleged the company's Prius recalls didn't fix safety problems. The Los Angeles Times says an Orange County jury decided Monday that Toyota had breached "good faith and fair dealing" with Roger...