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Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires

Aug. 14, 2018 1:23 AM EDT

A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer season. Meanwhile, a Utah firefighter died Monday battling a massive...

The Latest: Firefighter killed battling California blaze

Aug. 14, 2018 1:15 AM EDT

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning across the US West (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Authorities say a Utah firefighter has died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history. Authorities say the man died Monday night at a hospital after he was injured at the site of the...

US wildlife boss departs after stirring fears on species law

Aug. 9, 2018 9:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is stepping down after a 14-month tenure in which the agency proposed broad changes to rules governing protections for thousands of species and pushed for more hunting and fishing on federal lands, officials said Thursday. Greg Sheehan...

Montana to keep 1,000 bears amid push to lift protections

Aug. 9, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials endorsed a plan Thursday to keep northwestern Montana's grizzly population at roughly 1,000 bears as the state seeks to bolster its case that lifting federal protections will not lead to the bruins' demise. The proposal adopted on a preliminary vote by Fish,...

Outgoing Yellowstone boss says he feels he was punished

Aug. 9, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — National Park Service officials told Yellowstone's departing superintendent that he wasn't being forced out over a disagreement with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, but Dan Wenk said Thursday he still believes he is being punished by being forced to move up his retirement. Wenk, who...

Trump Jr. remains defiant, combative amid Russia probe

Aug. 9, 2018 12:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump Jr. is worried, he sure doesn't show it. His father, the president, is reported to be fretting about his eldest son's entanglement in the Russia investigation. And Don Jr.'s role in the special counsel's probe continues to throw off headlines. But the 40-year-old son is...

'Superman' actress Margot Kidder's death ruled a suicide

Aug. 8, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — "Superman" actress Margot Kidder's death has been ruled a suicide, and her daughter said Wednesday it's a relief to finally have the truth out. Kidder, who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman in her most famous role, was found by a friend in her Montana home on May...

Ballot selfies at polling places are legal in Montana

Aug. 8, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana voters can take "ballot selfies" at polling places on Election Day as long as they aren't being disruptive or are coerced into doing so, the state's campaign and elections regulator has ruled. The advisory opinion by the state Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices...

Like father, like son: Trump Jr. defiant about Russia probe

Aug. 8, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump Jr. is worried, he sure doesn't show it. His father, the president, is reported to be fretting about his eldest son's entanglement in the Russia investigation. And Don Jr.'s role in the special counsel's probe continues to throw off headlines. But the 40-year-old son is...

Group says US energy panel stacked with industry supporters

Aug. 7, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conservationists claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a Trump administration committee reviewing royalties paid by companies on fossil fuels extracted from public lands is stacked with industry supporters who conduct some meetings in secret. The Western Organization of Resource...