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Wildfire Risk High In Southwest, Northern Great Plains

Forecasters say Utah, Arizona and other parts of the Southwest could face more big wildfires this summer and fall, while hot and dry weather has also put the northern Great Plains at risk. The National Interagency Fire Center’s four-month outlook released Saturday shows elevated danger of significant fires in parts of Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah, as well as eastern…

House Intelligence Threatens Subpoena Over Comey tapes

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House Intelligence committee is threatening a subpoena if the White House doesn’t clarify whether there are any recordings or documents from President Donald Trump’s meetings with fired FBI Director James Comey. The panel had set a June 23 deadline for the White House to respond. The day before, Trump tweeted that he “did not make, and…

Pipeline Security Company Says It’s Victim Of Smear Campaign

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The heavily criticized company that handled private security for the Dakota Access oil pipeline says its efforts were aimed at creating a safe working environment and that it’s the victim of a smear campaign. North Carolina-based TigerSwan faces trouble in North Dakota for operating without a license. It’s been lambasted by pipeline opponents for aggressive tactics…

Trump Promises ‘Big Surprise’ On Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the Republican health care effort is “working along very well” and suggested there could be a “big surprise coming.” The White House did not elaborate on what Trump meant. Earlier Wednesday, Trump told reporters getting approval of a Senate health care bill will be “very tough.” But he predicted that Republicans will at…

Minnesota Scientist: EPA Pressured Her To Change Testimony

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota scientist who leads an Environmental Protection Agency scientific advisory board says she was pressured by the agency’s chief of staff to change her congressional testimony to downplay the Trump administration’s decision not to reappoint half the panel’s members. Emails show that EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson asked Deborah Swackhamer, who recently retired from the…

McConnell Delays Health Care Vote; Trump Engaged

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is delaying a vote on a Senate health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes. He says they are “still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place.” Republican senators are headed to the White House Tuesday afternoon to talk to President Donald Trump…

House Panel Weighs Privatizing Air Traffic Control

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House panel is considering legislation that would split off management of the nation’s skies from the Federal Aviation Administration and give that responsibility to an independent, nonprofit company. The idea is to remove air traffic control from the uncertainties of the government budget process. Proponents say Washington dysfunction has hampered the FAA’s efforts to update equipment…

College Borrowers Promised Loan Forgiveness Are Left To Wait

BOSTON (AP) – Thousands of former students of failed for-profit colleges are still waiting for loan forgiveness they were promised by the Obama administration. Borrower advocates say the process to get loans canceled appears to have slowed since President Donald Trump took office. The Education Department disputes that. It provided data Monday to The Associated Press showing it has cleared…

Pride Parades Filled Streets Across The Nation Sunday

(NBC) – Gay Pride parades jammed the streets in cities across the nation Sunday. In New York City, millions of people were expected to turn out for Sunday’s rainbow-colored celebration, although organizers were also focused on protesting. They picked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union to be the grand marshals, aligning with the resistance movement. Some wore hats that…

New York Police Officer Shot In The Face, Motive Unclear

(NBC) – Police in Rochester, New York are looking for the person who shot an officer in the face Saturday night. Officer Jeremy Nash was responding to an unrelated call when he was shot. The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but the Police Chief says they are investigating the possibility that Officer Nash was targeted because he is a…

Texas Mom Arrested After Baby Drowns In Bathtub

Authorities Say The Mother Was On Social Media

(NBC) – Police in Reno, Texas say a six-month-old baby drowned in the bathtub while her mother was on social media. Twenty-one-year-old Cheyenne Summer Stuckey was arrested and charged with injury to a child. Parker County investigators say Stuckey initially told them she left the child in the tub for only a couple of minutes and returned later to find…

Texas Mom Arrested After Leaving Kids In Hot Car To Teach Them A Lesson

Children Found Dead Locked Inside Car

(NBC)- Authorities say a Texas woman left her two young children in a hot car as punishment. The children were later found dead locked inside the car. Cynthia Randolph of Weatherford, Tex. was arrested Friday on two counts of causing serious bodily harm to a child. The incident happened in late May. Then she initially told authorities the children locked…

Reaction Continues After GOP Health Care Bill Revealed

Sen. Thune, South Dakota Democrats Discuss Debate Of Obamacare Replacement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The reveal was quiet but the reaction was loud. The GOP-controlled Senate released their version of the Obamacare replacement Thursday. Senator John Thune said the response to the bill was “predictably partisan.” “Even if Hillary Clinton had been elected president, we’d still be having this conversation because this is a failed system that has to be…

Spicer: Trump Thinks Russia ‘Probably’ Meddled In Election

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the president continues to believe Russia “probably” interfered in the 2016 election, but that “maybe some other countries did as well.” Spicer said earlier this week he hadn’t discussed the topic with the president. He said Friday that Trump stands by his January comment that, “As far as hacking, I…

Honda Denies Covering Up Dangers Of Takata Air Bags

DETROIT (AP) – Honda is going public as it tries to debunk claims by lawyers that it knew about the dangers of Takata air bag inflators nearly two decades ago, but covered it up. The escalation of Honda’s fight comes just three days before Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Japan and the United States. The company’s…

Trump Says He Didn’t Tape His Conversations With Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he “did not make” and doesn’t have any recordings of his private conversations with James Comey – his fired FBI director. Trump also tweets that he has “no idea” whether other “tapes” or recordings exist. Trump has disputed Comey’s assertion that Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty during a dinner meeting…