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FILE - This May 30, 1997, file photo, shows the varied terrain of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Boulder, Utah.  The U.S. government’s final management plan for lands in and around the Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn’t include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards than were in a proposal issued last year. The Bureau of Land Management’s plan for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southwestern Utah codifies that the lands cut out of the monument will be open to mineral extraction such as oil, gas and coal as expected, according to a plan summary the agency provided to The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
APNewsBreak: US government issues final Utah monument planThe U.S. government's final management plan for lands in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized is light on new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there
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In this Aug. 20, 2019 drone photo released by the Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso, brush fires burn in Guaranta do Norte municipality, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year. (Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso via AP)
Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiantAmid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation
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First-grade teacher Hillary Madrigal is photographed at her school Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Across the country, teachers and school districts alike are grappling with the latest political and economic realities of educator pay. Madrigal jumped to the nearby school district last year, lured by higher salaries that would allow her to quit her second job as a housekeeper and buy a new car. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Teacher shortage, protests complicate educator pay dynamicsAcross the country, teachers and school districts alike are grappling with the latest political and economic realities of educator pay
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Tennessee lawmakers in session Friday to replace ex-speakerTennessee lawmakers are returning for a special session to replace their scandal-plagued former speaker
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2005 file photo, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco assures Hurricane Katrina victims Joeliene L. West, right, and Verlinda Wagner, left, both of New Orleans, that the state and federal governments will assist them with emergency housing as fast as they humanly can, during a visit at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La. Blanco, who became Louisiana's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. She was 76. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis, File)
Memorials for former governor Blanco move to her Cajun homeMemorial events honoring former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco are shifting to Cajun country, her beloved home region
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North Carolina hearing set to consider voting machinesElections officials are deciding which voting machines are cleared to use in North Carolina, and whether they must count ballots that can be checked by human eyes
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FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. Powell is scheduled to speak at the annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Friday, Aug. 23. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Investors hope Powell's speech offers clarity. But will it?Investors hoping Powell's speech will clear up confusion over likely path of rate cuts
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In this Aug. 10, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa. Democratic voters appear to be re-assessing their approach to health care, and pragmatic ideas are getting a closer look. “Medicare for All” remains hugely popular, but in a recent poll, majorities of Democratic liberals and moderates said they would prefer to build on “Obamacare” to expand coverage.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Democrats take a look at a practical health care approachDemocratic voters look at pragmatic approaches on health care amid weakening support for 'Medicare for All'
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In this undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections, Gary Ray Bowles is shown. Bowles, a serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree in 1994 that left six dead, was executed by lethal injection Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Florida State prison. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)
Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed in FloridaA serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead has been executed by lethal injection
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Today in History - Friday, August 23 2019
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, NYU student researchers sit on top of a rock overlooking the Helheim glacier in Greenland. As warmer temperatures cause the ice to retreat the Arctic region is taking on new geopolitical and economic importance, and not just the United States hopes to stake a claim, with Russia, China and others all wanting in. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspotGreenland and the rest of the Arctic region are taking on new geopolitical and economic importance as warmer temperatures cause the ice to retreat
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FILE -- In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots' Patrick Chung gestures before the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game in Atlanta. Chung has been indicted in New Hampshire on a charge of cocaine possession. A Belknap County grand jury indicted the 32-year-old Chung on Aug. 8, 2019. Authorities said Chung knowingly possessed cocaine on June 25 while in Meredith, N.H. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)
Patriots safety Chung indicted on cocaine possession chargePatriots safety Patrick Chung has been indicted in New Hampshire on a charge of cocaine possession
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