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Yosemite among national parks that might see fee hike

October 26, 2017 — FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Visiting the country’s most popular national parks would get more costly under a federal proposal released this week. The National Park Service says its goal is to cut down on the nearly $12 billion in maintenance projects that have been put off

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Trump has no plans now to visit California wildfire damage

October 19, 2017 — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks, isn’t rushing to survey the damage from California’s wildfires. The president has no immediate plans to visit the state to inspect the aftermath of the wind-whipped wildfires, which have

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ICE official: Agency will arrest at California worksites

October 6, 2017 — SAN FRANCISCO — In another sign of escalating tensions between President Donald Trump’s administration and California, the nation’s top immigration official said Friday his agency will have “no choice” but to arrest immigrants who are in the country illegally in California’s neighborhoods and worksites. Immigration

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California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ as governor signs bill

October 5, 2017 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally — a move that gives the nation’s most populous state another tool to fight President Donald Trump. Brown’s signature means that police

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New Big Sur bridge to reopen months after landslide

October 5, 2017 — BIG SUR, Calif. — A Big Sur-area bridge that was closed when landslides cut off the Central California wilderness area is scheduled to reopen next week. The California Department of Transportation says the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 will reopen on Friday the

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Vegas gunman’s secret life thwarts investigators’ hunt for motive

October 5, 2017 — LAS VEGAS — The gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history led a secret life that has so far thwarted investigators trying to figure out a motive for the attack. In an effort to try to crack Stephen Paddock's state of mind,

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Trump meeting with victims of Las Vegas shooting

October 4, 2017 — LAS VEGAS — President Donald Trump met privately with victims of the Las Vegas shooting at a hospital Wednesday after he touched down in a city still reeling from the worst gun massacre in modern U.S. history. Air Force One landed at the airport near

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Las Vegas attack is deadliest shooting in modern US history

October 2, 2017 — At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded when a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Authorities have identified the suspected gunman in the Sunday night

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Gov. Brown signs bills aiming to fix California housing crunch

September 29, 2017 — SAN FRANCISCO — Lawmakers and housing advocates cheered Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature Friday of a package of bills aimed at tackling the growing affordable housing crisis in California, which lacks an estimated 1.5 million affordable rentals compared to demand. But with the skyline of one

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USOC boss lists Reno, Salt Lake, Denver as possible hosts for Winter Olympics

September 27, 2017 — PARK CITY, Utah — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee say they are interested in hosting a Winter Olympics, either in 2026 or 2030. At a news conference Monday, CEO Scott Blackmun said Salt Lake City, Denver and Reno, Nevada, are among the cities that

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California seeks more sway by moving up presidential primary

September 27, 2017 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday to move up California’s 2020 presidential primary in a bid to give the nation’s most populous state more sway in choosing the Republican and Democratic nominees.Holding an earlier primary in California, which is expensive to campaign

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California condor takes flight in wild after near extinction

September 20, 2017 — BIG SUR, Calif. — In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.The giant vultures flap their wings and circle the sky before perching on branches and observing their observers. Wildlife biologist Amy List uses a

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4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

September 19, 2017 — SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises. The recommendations, revealed in a leaked memo submitted

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California challenges Trump’s end to young immigrant program

September 11, 2017 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California sued the Trump administration Monday over its decision to end a program that gives protection from deportation to young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children or by parents who overstayed visas. The lawsuit’s legal arguments largely mirror those

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Wildfire-weary Western US coughs through late-season surge

September 6, 2017 — The smoke, the flames, the aching lungs, the evacuations. They’re summertime facts of life in the U.S. West, where every wildfire season competes with memories of previous destruction.This year was supposed to be mild after an extremely wet winter and spring but has ended up

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National monuments explained

August 24, 2017 — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for some national monuments but no eliminations. President Donald Trump ordered Zinke to conduct an unprecedented review of 27 monuments established by former presidents over more than two decades on lands revered for their natural beauty

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Nevada on way to record-setting fire season

July 27, 2017 — Nevada is on track for a record-setting fire season, according to state and federal fire officials. The average number of acres burned is approximately 500,000 and Nevada has already burned more than 850,000 acres this summer with a month or more to go in a

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Harsh winter took heavy toll on wildlife across western US

July 3, 2017 — CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife suffered higher than normal losses this winter in severe weather across the western United States, where the toll included the deaths of all known fawns in one Wyoming deer herd and dozens of endangered bighorn sheep in California.Wildlife managers in

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Apple plans $1 billion expansion at data center in Nevada

May 11, 2017 — RENO, Nev. (AP) — Apple announced plans Wednesday for a $1 billion expansion of its massive data center east of Reno, doubling its investment and roughly tripling its workforce at the technology campus where company officials expect to hire 100 additional workers. The announcement came

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Nevada economic forum adds $140 million to the revenue pot

May 3, 2017 — Nevada lawmakers and the governor have a total of $140 million more to spend this Legislative session. An optimistic Economic Forum voted on Monday to increase its projections for general fund revenues to $3.9 billion for the remainder of this fiscal year and $8.3 billion

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