Colorado debates new gas line rules after fatal explosion

FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, workers dismantle the charred remains of a house where an explosion killed two people in Firestone, Colo. Energy companies, local governments and advocacy groups will debate proposed new rules for oil and gas pipelines in Colorado after the fatal explosion last year blamed on leaking gas. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission opens two days of hearings Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, on regulations for installing, testing and shutting down lines that carry oil and gas from wells to equipment. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators are considering proposed new rules for thousands of oil and gas pipelines after a fatal explosion last year blamed on leaking gas.

Ex-Arizona sheriff, Trump ally Joe Arpaio running for Senate

FILE- In this July 6, 2017, file photo, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio leaves the federal courthouse in Phoenix, Ariz. Arpaio is running for the Arizona U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. (AP Photo/Angie Wang, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was spared a possible jail sentence last year when his political ally President Donald Trump pardoned his criminal conviction for disobeying a judge’s order, announced Tuesday he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Flake.

Top US diplomat in Venezuela speaks out on Utah man’s case

Todd Robinson the Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas waits for his car after a special session of the Venezuelan National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Robinson attended the special session that that saw lawmakers swear-in new board members, Omar Barboza as President, Julio Cesar Reyes as first Vice President and Alfonso Marquina as second Vice President. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela — The top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela urged authorities Friday to ensure transparency in the case of a jailed American whose trial has become another sore spot in relations between the two nations.

Judge dismisses standoff case vs. rancher Cliven Bundy, sons

Rancher and states' rights figure Cliven Bundy, center, emerges from court on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, a free man, flanked by his wife, Carol Bundy, left, and attorney Bret Whipple, right, at the U.S. District Court building in Las Vegas. The 71-year-old Bundy was freed from federal jail custody after a U.S. judge dismissed all charges against him, two sons and a Montana militia leader who were accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authority in April 2014. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Las Vegas on Monday dismissed criminal charges against a Nevada rancher and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014.

Wyoming 2017 wildfire season saw many relatively small fires

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, firefighters just in from Pennsylvania get briefed on a wildfire as it burns off the shore of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. Wyoming recorded an above-average number of wildfires in 2017 but the state escaped the large conflagrations that plagued other western states, according to state forester Bill Crapser. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming recorded an above-average number of wildfires in 2017 but the state escaped the large conflagrations that plagued other western states, according to state officials.

2018 goal: Find new homes for mustangs rescued from Nevada

The Mustangs, which were rescued from Nevada wait for their food during feeding time at a farm near Scio, Ore., Thursday Dec. 28, 2017. The mustangs, which were rescued from slaughter are all less than a year old. (Mark Ylen/Albany Democrat-Herald via AP)

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Tami Fawcett calls the wild mustangs frolicking in a pasture near Scio “the kids” since they are only a few months old.

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