Pardoned ranchers arrive home, plan lots of ‘decompressing’

Rancher Dwight Hammond Jr., center, is embraced after arriving by private jet at the Burns Municipal Airport, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Burns, Ore. Hammond and his son Steven, convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon, were pardoned by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, July 10. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Father and son ranchers, who were the focus of a battle about public lands and were freed from prison after receiving a presidential pardon, were welcomed home Wednesday in Oregon by relatives and horseback riders carrying American flags.

Execution blocked: Company objects to use of its drug

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Nevada Department of Corrections photo shows death row inmate Scott Raymond Dozier, who was convicted in 2007 of robbing, killing and dismembering a 22-year-old man in Las Vegas, and was convicted in Arizona in 2005 of another murder and dismemberment near Phoenix. A Nevada judge halted the use of a drug in the execution of Dozier hours before he was scheduled to die Wednesday, July 11, 2018, by a first-of-its-kind lethal injection mixture. (Nevada Department of Corrections via AP, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A twice-convicted killer who wants to die rather than spend his life in prison was about an hour from eating his final meal Wednesday when he found out a Nevada judge had indefinitely delayed his execution after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death.

Alaska plane survivor: ‘For those wondering I’m alive’

Emergency responders assist a passenger in Ketchikan, Alaska, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, after the crash of a Taquan Air float plane on Prince of Wales Island's Mt. Jumbo. The chartered Taquan Air flight plane crashed Tuesday on a rocky mountainside near Ketchikan. Everyone survived and were rescued hours later by the U.S. Coast Guard. (Dustin Safranek/The Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Ginny Hacker Eiseman spent the weekend reeling in a bounty of colorful fish at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club on remote Noyes Island in Alaska. She was returning home to Ketchikan when the unthinkable happened.

Explore Seattle with map of sites known for ‘high weirdness’

In this June 12, 2018 photo, Seattle residents Garrett Kelly, left and Jeremy Puma, sitting next to the Time Travel Mailbox located at 20th and Union, are creating a crowd sourced map of Liminal Seattle that shows people all the magical and liminal places in town. Kelly found a message in the mailbox thanking the recipient for believing in time travel. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) — Jeremy Puma and Garrett Kelly, friends and observers of the paranormal, have launched a crowdsourced map of the Seattle places where people have experienced peculiar, preternatural or spooky phenomena. Got an addition for their map? They want it.

Utah: No change to plans for Medicaid with work requirement

FILE - In this June 27, 2017, file photo, protesters block a street during a demonstration against the Republican bill in the U.S. Senate to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, in Salt Lake City. Utah officials aren't making any changes to their plans to expand Medicaid and institute a work requirement, despite a federal judge halting a similar effort in Kentucky in June 2018. State Medicaid Director Nathan Checketts said Wednesday, July 11, 2018, the state was awaiting approval for its proposal from the federal government and wouldn't change course unless directed to do so. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials aren’t making changes to the plan to expand Medicaid and institute a work requirement, despite a federal judge halting a similar effort in Kentucky last month, they said Wednesday.

The Latest: Massive Nevada wildfire human-caused

This July 8, 2018 satellite image from NASA's Suomi NPP satellite shows a wildfire, shown in red, also known as the Martin Fire, in Nevada, and smoke reaching to Idaho. The NASA satellite captured infrared imaging of the fire that has burned nearly 700 square miles (1,813 sq. kilometers) of mostly sage brush, grasses and rangeland, an area almost half the size of the state of Rhode Island, according to the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. (NASA via AP)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in northern Nevada (all times local, PDT):

1 in 7 Idaho prison inmates are in on drug convictions

Prisoners are seen at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise on June 26. The Idaho Legislature’s Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee hopes to have significant recommendations for lawmakers to combat the state’s prison growth when they convene in January. Brian Myrick / Idaho Press

BOISE — Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor told state lawmakers Tuesday that no one goes to prison for a first-time drug possession charge, saying a more typical picture is an addict who runs up three, four or five convictions before authorities give up and incarcerate him.

Officers describe faint whimper, finding abandoned infant

This Sunday, July 8, 2018 photo provided by the Missoula County Sheriff's Office shows a 5-month-old infant with dirt under their fingernails after authorities say the baby survived about nine hours being buried under sticks and debris in the woods. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says the baby is in good condition at a hospital and calls it a "miracle" that the child survived the weekend ordeal. Authorities say they were called about a man threatening people in the Lolo Hot Springs area of western Montana's Lolo National Forest. Deputies apprehended the man who indicated that the baby was buried somewhere in the woods. (Missoula County Sheriff's Office via AP)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A faint whimper in the darkness was all it took.



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