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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, John Miano of Destin, Fla., holds a monarch butterfly on his fingertip as he waits for the newly tagged insect to take flight during the Panhandle Butterfly House's Monarch Madness festival in Navarre, Fla. The Trump administration is proposing changes to the government's endangered species program that wildlife advocates say could make it harder to protect monarchs. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP, File)

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

- Associated Press

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield recovering species from harm.

Federal judge tosses out climate change lawsuit

- Associated Press

New York City's effort to hold oil companies responsible for global warming was rejected by a judge Thursday who said placing blame for the issue is not the judiciary's responsibility.

FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon now says it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

- Associated Press

In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S.

A fast-moving fire continues to rage across Wasco County southeast of The Dalles, Ore., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The blaze Wednesday doesn't bode well for a Pacific Northwest fire season that's expected to be worse than normal. The region has seen drought conditions in many areas. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

Oregon wheat farmers try to stop fire that's consuming crops

- Associated Press

Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one of the most bountiful harvests in years.

FILE - In a Wednesday, July 26, 2017 file photo, spectators catch a first glimpse of the Chincoteague Ponies on shore during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Va. NASA officials say it could take years to understand the extent of contamination at its Wallops Island site from a family of chemicals that has made its way into the drinking water for the nearby town of Chincoteague. NASA has provided supplemental water since PFAS was discovered in the water supply. (Allison Hess/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

Years of work ahead to study chemical pollution at NASA site

- Associated Press

Understanding the extent of contamination at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility from dangerous industrial chemicals that also made their way into the drinking water for the nearby island town of Chincoteague will take years, officials said this week.