Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections

FILE - In this July 16, 2004, file photo, a gray wolf is seen at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list _ and to prevent the courts from reversing that decision again. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, urging a fast floor vote before calving and lambing season begins in earnest. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock.

Fundraiser grows for girl shot and left in ditch

This undated photo provided by Lauren Anderson shows Deserae Turner, a Utah teenager who was shot in the head and left in a ditch. Residents of a small town in northern Utah are struggling to comprehend why two teenage boys plotted to rob and kill, Turner, 14, before shooting her in the head and leaving her critically wounded in a ditch, according to prosecutors. (Lauren Anderson via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An online fundraiser for 14-year-old girl who police say was shot in the head and left in a ditch has grown to over $45,000 in donations.

Parting is such sweet sorrow for a Shakespeare fan

This Nov. 23, 2016, photo, Fred Adams, right, founder of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Scott Phillips, his first full time hire in 1977 who went on to become executive director of the festival, pose for a photo at the Utah Shakespeare Festival Headquarters in Cedar City, Utah. On the swiftly approaching first day of March, Phillips will step down as executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival exactly 40 years to the day from when he was hired. (Lee Benson/The Deseret News via AP)

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — On the swiftly approaching first day of March, Scott Phillips will step down as executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival — exactly 40 years to the day from when he was hired.

White House blocks coal mining royalties changes

FILE - In this July 1, 2013, file photo, smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in Colstrip, Mont. The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how it values coal extracted from public lands after mining companies sued in federal court to challenge the rules. Interior officials say in a Federal Register announcement due to be published Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, that current rules will remain in place pending a court decision. The changes, crafted under the administration of President Barack Obama, were aimed at ensuring companies don't shortchange taxpayers on coal sales to Asia and other markets. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court.

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