Judge throws out convictions of 2 ‘Norfolk Four’ defendants

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal judge on Monday threw out the rape and murder convictions of two former sailors who have long maintained that police… Continue reading

A male pink salmon fights its way up stream to spawn in a Southeast Alaska stream in August 2010.

More Pacific hatchery salmon could receive protections

BOISE, Idaho — Federal authorities want to add more hatchery-raised fish to the 28 Pacific Coast salmon and steelhead stocks listed under the Endangered Species… Continue reading

A male pink salmon fights its way up stream to spawn in a Southeast Alaska stream in August 2010.

Nevada tribes seek $117,000 in legal costs in voting lawsuit

RENO, Nev. — Two Nevada tribes are asking a federal judge to order the state of Nevada and two counties to pay them more than… Continue reading

Officials say they cannot enforce Hawaii fishing contracts

HONOLULU — Federal officials cannot enforce a contract being proposed by the commercial fishing industry as a solution to concerns about foreign fishing crews in… Continue reading

Gallup: Record high 60 percent of Americans back legal marijuana

NEW YORK — A record high 60 percent of American adults support legalization of marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll released three weeks before… Continue reading

State battles are hot; election isn’t just about White House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Years of losses have left Democrats at historic lows in state legislatures. But now they’re seeking to wrest control of as… Continue reading

Law enforcement officers line the street in front of the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan, N.D., as Dakota Access Pipeline protesters stand on the opposite side of the street on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The protesters gathered in support of journalist Amy Goodman before her court hearing on a rioting charge while covering the protesters in September. A SouthCentral District judge dismissed the charge.  (Mike Mccleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

‘Democracy Now’ reporter to plead not guilty to riot charge

MANDAN, N.D. — Journalist Amy Goodman, host of the syndicated program “Democracy Now!” said she planned to plead not guilty Monday to a riot charge… Continue reading

Law enforcement officers line the street in front of the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan, N.D., as Dakota Access Pipeline protesters stand on the opposite side of the street on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The protesters gathered in support of journalist Amy Goodman before her court hearing on a rioting charge while covering the protesters in September. A SouthCentral District judge dismissed the charge.  (Mike Mccleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
In this file Aug. 24 photo, a fisherman casts a lure at the mouth of Sheep Creek as Holland America’s Amsterdam arrives in Juneau.

US wants to strengthen agreement to ban Arctic Ocean fishing

PORTLAND, Maine — The United States is trying to broker an agreement between a host of nations to prohibit unregulated fishing in the international waters… Continue reading

In this file Aug. 24 photo, a fisherman casts a lure at the mouth of Sheep Creek as Holland America’s Amsterdam arrives in Juneau.
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, holds Princess Charlotte, as she is given a balloon animal during a children's tea party at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Thursday

British royal kids make rare appearance in Canada

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Princess Charlotte took her first steps in public on Thursday as she and brother Prince George played in a children’s… Continue reading

Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, holds Princess Charlotte, as she is given a balloon animal during a children's tea party at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Thursday

Alaska’s Congressional delegation supports new Native tourism bill

On Friday, President Barack Obama signed into law a piece of legislation that requires federal agencies to include tribes and Native organizations when those federal… Continue reading

In this Sept. 22 photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Aston, Pennsylvania. The most telling moments in presidential debates often come out of the blue, an offhand remark or unrehearsed gesture that helps to reveal the essence of a candidate who's already been poked, prodded and inspected for years.

Viewers’ guide: Look for trust, temperament themes in debate

WASHINGTON — The most telling moments in presidential debates often come out of the blue — an offhand remark or unrehearsed gesture that helps to… Continue reading

In this Sept. 22 photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Aston, Pennsylvania. The most telling moments in presidential debates often come out of the blue, an offhand remark or unrehearsed gesture that helps to reveal the essence of a candidate who's already been poked, prodded and inspected for years.

Native Hawaiians given way to create ties with US government

HONOLULU — Native American communities with their own governments have long had a way to establish a relationship with the United States, but until now… Continue reading

Conditions in many older county jails are grim, dangerous

PRINEVILLE, Oregon — The noise in the tiny jail, built decades ago to house firefighting equipment, is constant. Voices bounce off the walls.Nothing dissipates the… Continue reading

Prosecutor: Occupiers being tried for actions, not beliefs

PORTLAND, Ore. — The armed occupiers who seized a remote bird sanctuary in Oregon early this year are being tried because their actions intimidated and… Continue reading

Judge denies Spokane mayor recall effort

SPOKANE, Wash. — An effort to recall Spokane Mayor David Condon because of his firing of former police chief Frank Straub was thrown out Tuesday… Continue reading

Hawaii volcano offers view of rolling, spattering lava

HONOLULU — The lava lake at the summit of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been rising in recent days, offering visitors a dramatic view of rolling,… Continue reading

This image provided by NOAA shows a humpback whale sighted off Maui, Hawaii. Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Malia Chow said Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, that the animal is emaciated and covered in whale lice. At least four sharks were following the whale. She says these are all indicators of a whale in distress.

Feds: Plan addresses impact of ocean noise on marine mammals

PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government says a new strategy to address the issue of noise in the ocean will better protect the safety of… Continue reading

This image provided by NOAA shows a humpback whale sighted off Maui, Hawaii. Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Malia Chow said Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, that the animal is emaciated and covered in whale lice. At least four sharks were following the whale. She says these are all indicators of a whale in distress.
A line of protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota head to a unity rally on the west steps of the State Capitol late Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver. Several hundred marchers walked from the four directions to the Capitol to take part in the rally against the oil pipeline.

Feds halt work on part of oil pipeline despite court ruling

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. — The federal government stepped into the fight over the Dakota Access oil pipeline Friday, ordering work to… Continue reading

A line of protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota head to a unity rally on the west steps of the State Capitol late Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver. Several hundred marchers walked from the four directions to the Capitol to take part in the rally against the oil pipeline.
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo, volunteers harvest hemp during the first known harvest of the plant in more than 60 years, in Springfield, Colo. Colorado is expected to reach another national first on cannabis Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, when state agriculture officials show off the first domestic certified hemp seeds. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has been working for years to produce hemp seeds that consistently produce plants low enough in the chemical THC to qualify as hemp and not its intoxicating cousin, marijuana. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda, File)

Colorado hits another cannabis first with certified hemp seed

DENVER — Colorado notched another nationwide first Wednesday involving cannabis when state agriculture officials showed off the first certified domestic hemp seeds.The Colorado Department of… Continue reading

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo, volunteers harvest hemp during the first known harvest of the plant in more than 60 years, in Springfield, Colo. Colorado is expected to reach another national first on cannabis Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, when state agriculture officials show off the first domestic certified hemp seeds. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has been working for years to produce hemp seeds that consistently produce plants low enough in the chemical THC to qualify as hemp and not its intoxicating cousin, marijuana. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda, File)

Authorities to build up presence before N. Dakota pipeline ruling

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota authorities are recruiting law enforcement officers from across the state to guard the site of a protest in anticipation of… Continue reading