Defenses in Bundy trial focus on government conduct

Ryan Bundy, center, walks out of federal court with his wife Angela Bundy, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. Ryan Bundy, along with his father Cliven Bundy, brother Ammon Bundy, and co-defendant Ryan Payne, are accused of leading an armed standoff in 2014 against government agents in a cattle grazing dispute. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cattleman and states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy’s eldest son goes before a federal jury on Wednesday to provide firsthand allegations of government misconduct, a day after his father’s lawyer blamed federal agents for escalating tensions ahead of a 2014 gunpoint standoff near the family ranch in Nevada.

UN: Better protections needed from mine water disasters

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, a cow skull is wired to a fence post in front of a hamlet destroyed by a mudslide triggered by the Nov. 5, 2015 failing of a dam holding back a giant pond of mine waste in Paracatu, Brazil. The UN environment program says a string of mining waste disasters — some deadly — over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, file)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A string of mining waste disasters — some deadly — over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites, according to a United Nations report.

Lander bronze foundry produces sculptures seen nationwide

Foundry workers pour molten metal into ceramic shells to cast bronze pieces of artists' sculptures Nov. 3, 2017 at Eagle Bronze in Lander, Wyo. Eagle Bronze is one of the largest monument-producing foundries in the country, foundry manager Ed Hooper said. Local artists as well as the internationally-known cast their work at the foundry before the sculptures are placed around the world. (Elysia Conner, Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Beverly Paddleford carved the clay veil of a towering Virgin Mary statue. The sculptor’s small metal loop tool scraped off small clumps of the clay, which she collected in her hand.

Leadership shakeup complete in polygamous town

In this Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 photo, Donia Jessop holds her mayoral campaign sign outside her store in Colorado City, Ariz. Campaign signs are unusual in a town where elections have long been quietly decided behind the scenes, with hand-picked men from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints running unopposed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A polygamous group’s dwindling control of a remote Utah-Arizona border town that it has called home for a century slipped a bit more after official election returns showed four non-group members took over the mayor’s office and three city council seats.

Lawmaker accused of harassment says he’s being harassed

This photo taken April 22, 2014, shows Rep. Steve Lebsock with his tablet while in the House chambers at the Colorado State Capitol. Colorado’s House speaker on Friday, Nov.10, 2017, called for a Democratic lawmaker to resign and removed him from a committee post following a colleague’s accusations that he sexually harassed her in 2016. Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran removed state Rep. Lebsock of Adams County as chairman of the Local Government Committee on Friday. (Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via AP)

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state representative accused of sexually harassing a fellow Democratic lawmaker and two other women said Tuesday he is getting harassing texts and offers of jobs if he’ll step down.

UW astronomy exchange programs seek overlooked students

In this Oct. 18, 2017 photo, Brad Lyke, a graduate student in the University of Wyoming Department of Physics and Astronomy, uses a telescope on the roof of the Physical Sciences Building in Laramie, Wyo. Lyke, who is from California, decided to apply for graduate school at UW after taking part in a collaborative undergraduate research internship with the department in summer 2017. (Shannon Broderick/Laramie Daily Boomerang via AP)

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Graduate student Brad Lyke recently arrived in Laramie to begin work on an astronomy Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming, but it was not that long ago that he had never heard of the place.

Hanford workers finish stabilizing collapsed tunnel

FILE--In this file photo taken June 13, 2017, the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant, right, stands adjacent to a dirt-covered rail tunnel, left, containing radioactive waste, amidst desert plants on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. The U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, that workers have finished stabilizing the partially-collapsed tunnel containing radioactive wastes left over from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, file)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished stabilizing a partially-collapsed tunnel containing radioactive wastes left over from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons, the U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday.

Documents: Puerto Rico utility ignored advice on repair deal

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, greets Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, center, and U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, at a hearing on hurricane recovery, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico’s bankrupt electric utility ignored advice from its own lawyers before signing an expanded contract worth $300 million with a tiny Montana company to repair its damaged power grid, newly released documents show.

Shootings at multiple sites kill 3, wound kids at school

Crime tape blocks off Rancho Tehama Road leading into the Rancho Tehama subdivision south of Red Bluff, Calif., following a fatal shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Jim Schultz/The Record Searchlight via AP)

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — A series of shootings at multiple locations in rural northern California left three people dead and several others wounded Tuesday, including students at an elementary school, authorities said.

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