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Virgin Galactic ground crew guide the company's carrier plane into the hangar at Spaceport America following a test flight over the desert near Upham, New Mexico, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The carrier plane is now permanently based at the spaceport after arriving earlier this week. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
August 15, 2019 - 8:13 pm
UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored...
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This March 26, 2019 photo shows the water level of the Colorado River, as seen from the Hoover Dam, Ariz. For the seven states that rely on the Colorado River that carries snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California, that means a future with increasingly less water for farms and cities although climate scientists say it's hard to predict how much less. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, will release its projections for next year's supply from Lake Mead, which feeds Nevada, Arizona and California. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
August 15, 2019 - 2:20 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Snow swamped mountains across the U.S. West last winter, leaving enough to thrill skiers into the summer, swelling rivers and streams when it melted, and largely making wildfire restrictions unnecessary. But the wet weather can be misleading. Climate change means the region...
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In this Aug. 1, 2019 photo the corporate headquarters of Cheyenne-based Taco John's, which has nearly 400 locations in 23 states, is seen in Cheyenne, Wyo. Taco John's recently sent Freedom's Edge Brewing Co. in Cheyenne a cease-and-desist letter for using "Taco Tuesday" to advertise the taco truck parked outside on Tuesdays. Taco John's has owned the trademark to "Taco Tuesday" since 1989 and calls the term part of its "DNA." Some say the term has become so common that Taco John's can't legitimately continue to claim it. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)
August 13, 2019 - 9:08 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — "Taco Tuesday" may be a well-known term for a themed dinner night out or at home, but as restaurants across the U.S. have learned, it's also trademarked. Cheyenne-based Taco John's — which has nearly 400 locations in 23 states — put its legal stamp on "Taco Tuesday" 30 years...
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FILE - This April 27, 2019 file photo shows Katy Perry at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. The penalty phase in a copyright infringement trial will begin Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Los Angeles and will determine how much Perry and other creators of her hit song “Dark Horse” will owe for improperly copying elements of a 2009 Christian rap song. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
August 01, 2019 - 9:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a federal jury decided Thursday. It was an underdog victory for rapper Marcus Gray, a relatively obscure artist once...
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Police tape stretches behind a perimeter fence at the Gilroy Garlic Festival the morning after a deadly shooting at the food festival in Gilroy, Calif., Monday, July 29, 2019. Experts say organizers should take another look at their emergency plans in the wake of the shooting at the festival to see if they can make additional safety improvements. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
July 30, 2019 - 2:25 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Event organizers should review their emergency plans after a deadly shooting at a California food festival to see if they can make additional safety improvements as the peak of summer and fair season culminates with a series of open-air events that are notoriously difficult to...
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FILE - This Nov. 15, 2018, aerial file photo shows the remains of residences leveled by the Camp wildfire in Paradise, Calif. A group of insurance companies are offering a plan to take over Pacific Gas & Electric, the latest to offer competing proposals to pay the utility's wildfire liabilities and pull it out of bankruptcy. In court filings Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the insurers said PG&E Corp. owes them more than $20 billion in claims paid to victims of recent California wildfires caused by PG&E equipment and offered a "viable path" to emerge from bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
July 24, 2019 - 7:40 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge agreed Wednesday to give California officials two weeks to sort out competing proposals to seize control of Pacific Gas & Electric and pull the utility out of a bankruptcy tied to billions in wildfire claims. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali's decision...
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This photo taken Sunday, July 21, 2019, and provided by KGO-TV shows the scene after a woman was arrested after running a red light in a rented Tesla in San Francisco and causing a crash that killed a tourist and left his wife critically injured. Officers were investigating whether the Tesla, which was rented through the peer-to-peer car rental service Get Around, was operating on self-driving mode, police said in a statement Monday, July 22, 2019. (Kate Larsen/KGO-TV via AP)
July 22, 2019 - 6:04 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman was arrested after running a red light in a rented Tesla in San Francisco and causing a crash that killed a tourist and left his wife critically injured, authorities said Monday. Officers were investigating whether the Tesla, which was rented through the peer-to-peer...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2004, file photo, a customer looks over color chips at a Sherwin-Williams store in Columbus, Ohio. The nation's major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California's largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly two-decade old lawsuit. The settlement announced Wednesday, July 17, 2019, comes after years of legal and legislative battling in California and other states. The settlement is with the Sherwin-Williams Company, ConAgra Grocery Products Company and NL Industries, Inc. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
July 17, 2019 - 6:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's former major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California's largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly 20-year-old lawsuit, attorneys said Wednesday. The settlement comes after years of legal and legislative battling in California and...
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Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, center, shakes hands with Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, after their wildfire measure they co-authored, along with Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The bill, AB1054, aimed at stabilizing the state's electric utilities in the face of devastating wildfires caused by their equipment, was approved overwhelmingly and now goes to the governor. At left is state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, who carried the measure in the Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 11, 2019 - 6:50 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a multibillion-dollar plan Thursday to shore up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment. It requires major utilities to spend at least $5...
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Truckers and loggers opposed to the carbon capping bill hold a rally at the Oregon Capitol Thursday morning, June 27, 2019. - Truckers and loggers opposed to the carbon capping bill hold a rally at the Oregon Capitol Thursday morning, June 27, 2019. (Noble Guyon/The Oregonian via AP)
June 28, 2019 - 2:20 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republicans in the Oregon Senate said Friday that they will end a more than weeklong walkout over emissions-lowering climate legislation that ground the Legislature to a halt, declaring victory in the political crisis that pitted 11 GOP lawmakers against a Democratic...
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