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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, former Columbus Police officer Canyon Boykin, center, is led from the Lowndes County Courthouse in handcuffs while people applaud in Columbus, Miss. The Mississippi attorney general said Thursday, May 28, 2020, that a manslaughter charge will be dropped against Boykin in the October 2015 shooting death of an African American man because her office reviewed the case and concluded the officer acted in self-defense. (Luisa Porter/The Commercial Dispatch via AP, File)

DA: Bad time to drop charge of ex-cop in black man's death

May. 29, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A local Mississippi prosecutor said Friday that the state attorney general had bad timing in dropping a manslaughter charge this week against a white former police officer in the 2015 killing of a black man, given protests erupting across the U.S. over similar killings. District...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, former Columbus Police officer Canyon Boykin, center, is led from the Lowndes County Courthouse in handcuffs while people applaud in Columbus, Miss. The Mississippi attorney general said Thursday, May 28, 2020, that a manslaughter charge will be dropped against Boykin in the October 2015 shooting death of an African American man because her office reviewed the case and concluded the officer acted in self-defense. (Luisa Porter/The Commercial Dispatch via AP, File)

Mississippi to drop charge of white ex-cop in man's death

May. 28, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi attorney general said Thursday that a manslaughter charge will be dropped against a white former police officer in the October 2015 shooting death of an African American man because her office reviewed the case and concluded the officer acted in self-defense. The...

FILE - In this May 15, 2020, file photo U.S. Park Rangers close the entrance to the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon, Ariz. The Grand Canyon is expanding access to its more popular South Rim entrance and planning to let visitors in around the clock next month after it shuttered temporarily over coronavirus concerns. The entrance station will be open from 4 a.m. until 2 p.m., starting Friday, May 30, 2020, until June 5, 2020, when the national park will drop restrictions on the hours the park said Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Grand Canyon to fully open South Rim entrance in June

May. 28, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The Grand Canyon is expanding access to its more popular South Rim entrance and planning to let visitors in around the clock next month after it shuttered temporarily over coronavirus concerns. The entrance station will be open from 4 a.m. until 2 p.m., starting...

In this April 27, 2019, photo, an aerial view shows the Canyon Mine near Tusayan, Ariz. A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups and a tribe in their bid to keep the mine near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance from operating. (Scott Buffon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Environmentalists lose bid to halt uranium mine in Arizona

May. 27, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups and a tribe in their bid to keep a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon from operating. The Canyon Mine near the national park's South Rim entrance has been on standby for nearly 20 years. The company that owns it, Energy...

Some Columbia River Gorge trails, parks reopen today

May. 27, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, Ore. (AP) — Some trails and day use sites in the Columbia River Gorge are reopening Wednesday, while crowded sites including most waterfall viewing areas, campgrounds, and visitor’s centers will stay closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, state and federal agencies said. ...

Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land

May. 26, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix-based company that was eyeing the Little Colorado River for power generation is floating a new proposal that would rely on groundwater rather than surface water to make electricity. Pumped Hydro Storage LLC recently applied for a preliminary permit for a project adjacent...

Rain, cooler weather helps slow Colorado plains wildfire

May. 26, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

KIM, Colo. (AP) — Cooler temperatures and precipitation have helped stop the spread of a lightning-sparked wildfire on Colorado's southeastern plains, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said late Monday. Rain and hail fell on the Cherry Canyon Fire between Sunday and Monday and cooler...

Light rain helps slow wildfire in southeastern Colorado

May. 25, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

KIM, Colo. (AP) — Light rain helped slow the growth of a lightning-sparked wildfire burning on Colorado's southeastern plains on Sunday, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said. The fire in canyon land 10 miles northwest of Kim has burned 18.6 square miles (48 square kilometers) and was...

Teenage girl dies after tree falls at Detroit Lake

May. 25, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A teenage girl died at Detroit Lake in northwest Oregon on Sunday afternoon after the top of a large tree fell and hit two pontoon-style boats tethered together near the shoreline in the Box Canyon area. The Oregonian/OreganLive reports the 13-year-old girl, who was visiting from Utah...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2005, file photo, tourist Chris Farthing, from Suffolks County, England, takes a picture of Anasazi ruins in Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he'll extend the public comment period on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas drilling and other development in an area of New Mexico that includes a national park and locations important to Native American tribes. (AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File)

US to grant more time to consider New Mexico drilling plan

May. 21, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Thursday he’ll extend the public comment period on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas drilling and other development in an area of northwestern New Mexico that includes a national park and locations important to Native...