US Interior chief wants smaller monuments, but not at home

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closely followed his boss' playbook, encouraging mining and drilling on public lands and reducing the size of national monuments that President Donald Trump called a "massive land grab" by his Democratic predecessors.

Except, that is, in Montana.

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  • Written by By MATTHEW BROWN , Associated Press

Preaching security after deadly Tennessee church shooting

When a masked gunman killed a woman and wounded six people at a Tennessee church last weekend, it drew national attention — as did the 2015 massacre of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, the 2014 slayings of three people at a Kansas Jewish center and retirement home and the 2012 killings of six at a Wisconsin Sikh temple.

  • Written by By TERRY SPENCER , Associated Press

'Nothing, nothing.' Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico

MONTEBELLO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Relatives helped Maribel Valentin Espino find shelter when Hurricane Maria roared through her community in northern Puerto Rico. Neighbors formed volunteer brigades to cut fallen trees and clear twisty mountain roads after the storm had passed. Now, friends and a local cattle ranch provide the water they need to survive in the tropical heat.

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  • Written by By BEN FOX and DANICA COTO , Associated Press

Big stakes in high court fight over partisan political maps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans are poised for a Supreme Court fight about political line-drawing with the potential to alter the balance of power across a country starkly divided between the two parties.

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  • Written by By MARK SHERMAN and SCOTT BAUER , Associated Press

VA: Money for private health care may run out by year's end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks after a veterans' health initiative received $2.1 billion in emergency funding, the Trump administration says the private-sector Veterans Choice health care program may need additional money as early as December to avoid a disruption of care for hundreds of thousands of veterans.

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  • Written by By HOPE YEN , Associated Press