GOP targets environmental rules after wildfires

Joyce Farinato, a pastor and artist who lost her Glen Ellen, Calif., home in recent wildfires, stands in the ruins Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, and shows a mask she found in the debris, one of her few surviving possessions. Farinato said she wants to follow the environmental rules on cleaning burned sites but needs to know what they are. (AP Photo/Ellen Knickmeyer)

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are targeting environmental rules to allow faster approval for tree cutting in national forests in response to the deadly wildfires in California.

National parks seek fee hike to fund repairs

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, a large bison blocks traffic as tourists take photos of the animals in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in Wyo. The National Park Service is floating a proposal to increase entrance fees at 17 of its most popular sites next year. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Visiting the country’s most popular national parks would get more costly under a federal proposal released this week. The National Park Service says its goal is to cut down on the nearly $12 billion in maintenance projects that have been put off under budget constraints.

Study: Evidence links quakes to energy waste wells

FILE - In this June 21, 2014, file photo, signs warn against trespassing at a well injection site in Azle, Texas. Researchers at the University of Colorado have found more evidence that an increase in earthquakes on the Colorado-New Mexico border since 2001 was caused by wells that inject wastewater from oil and gas production back underground. Quakes in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas have also been linked to the practice. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

DENVER (AP) — Scientists say they have more evidence that an increase in earthquakes on the Colorado-New Mexico border since 2001 has been caused by wells that inject wastewater from oil and gas production back underground, similar to human-caused quakes in Oklahoma and other states.

Vegas shooter’s laptop was missing hard drive

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, a Las Vegas police officer stands by a blocked off area near the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas. Amid pledges of $1 million from the federal government and $600,000 from the state to defray police and emergency response expenses following the Oct. 1 Las Vegas Strip shooting, officials are projecting the cost of the massacre, in dollars, at about $4 million. Las Vegas police on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, gave what a department spokeswoman called a preliminary figure of $3.5 million for costs associated with the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A laptop found inside the Las Vegas gunman’s hotel suite after he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was missing a hard drive, a federal official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Rodeo queen advocates for domestic violence prevention

In this Oct. 20, 2017 photo, Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2018 Morgan Wallace shares a moment with her horse, Cookie Monster at the Spur Ridge Equestrian Center in Laramie, Wyo. (Shannon Broderick/Laramie Daily Boomerang via AP)

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Morgan Wallace was vacationing in June 2016 in the mountains when her mother called with devastating news about a friend and fellow rodeo queen.

Ex-colonel to oversee Puerto Rico power company

In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 photo, men push a generator along Fortaleza street, one month after Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Maria roared across the island on Sept. 20 and after a month, only 30 percent of residents have power. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A former military officer was appointed Wednesday to oversee reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s flattened electrical grid and operations of the island’s troubled power company amid growing concerns over a $300 million contract awarded to a small Montana company to help repair the damage from Hurricane Maria.

N.M. moves to defuse outrage over science standards

Roman Catholic Pastor Vincent Paul Chavez, right, of the Saint Therese school and parish in Albuquerque, protests proposed state science standards on behalf of the Santa Fe Archdiocese outside a public hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The proposed standards for public schools has come under intense criticism for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth. Comments at the hearing overwhelmingly sided against state revisions to a set of standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s public education secretary said the state will adopt widely used school science standards in their entirety in response public outrage over proposed changes that omitted references to global warming, evolution and the Earth’s age.

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