Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of US lands

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks on the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and repeated complaints that dissenting views have been sidelined. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees.

Agency managing vast U.S. lands experiences year of upheaval

FILE - This April 14, 2017 file photo shows trees near where U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Kings Canyon National Park, Calif. A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and repeated complaints that dissenting views have been sidelined. (AP Photo/Scott Smith, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees.

4 survivors of Grand Canyon helicopter crash still critical

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, a survivor, lower right, walks away from the scene of a deadly tour helicopter crash along the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. Authorities say four people who survived when a sightseeing helicopter crashed at the Grand Canyon earlier this month are still hospitalized in critical condition. Three British tourists were killed on Feb. 10, while the pilot and three other Britons were injured and taken to a Las Vegas trauma center. (Teddy Fujimoto via AP, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say four people who survived when a sightseeing helicopter crashed at the Grand Canyon earlier this month are still hospitalized in critical condition.

Plane lands on California highway median; no one injured

A single-engine Piper propeller plane sits down on a grassy strip freeway landing dividing State Route 101 in Morgan Hill south of San Jose, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot reported engine failure before the emergency landing Sunday morning. Gregor says the pilot, who was the only person on board, was not hurt during the landing near San Martin Airport south of San Jose. The California Highway Patrol says there were no injuries on the ground. (Joshua Miller via AP)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has landed on the median of a Northern California highway but that no injuries have been reported.

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

FILE - In this June 4, 2012 file photo, a girl looks at Facebook on her computer in Palo Alto, Calif. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook told the National Association of Secretaries of State on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S. The plan was unveiled a day after special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians with interfering in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.

Legendary climber Jim Bridwell dies at 73

This Jan. 18, 2013 photo provided by Ron Gomez shows legendary climbers Layton Kor, left, and Jim Bridwell in Kingman, Ariz. Bridwell, a hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who lived his life vertically on some of the toughest peaks in Yosemite National Park, has died at age 73. Bridwell died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at a hospital. He had liver and kidney failure from hepatitis C that he may have contracted in the 1980s when he got a tattoo from a headhunting tribe in Borneo, his wife, Peggy Bridwell of Palm Desert, told The Associated Press on Saturday. (Ron Gomez via AP)

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Jim Bridwell, a hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who lived his life vertically on some of the toughest peaks in Yosemite National Park, has died. He was 73.

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