White House backs Obama in national monument clash

FILE - In this July 6, 2000, file photo, Pilot Rock rises into the clouds in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument near Lincoln, Ore. Contrary to President Donald Trump's numerous efforts to shred Obama's legacy, U.S. Justice Department lawyers are in Obama's corner as they defend his expansion of the national monument in Oregon. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A dispute over acts of Congress in 1906 and 1937 has put the Trump administration in court — and into the unusual position of supporting a proclamation by former President Barack Obama.

Work to demolish nuke weapons plant to resume in Sept.

FILE - This May 13, 2017, file photo, shows a portion of the Plutonium Finishing Plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. Work to demolish the former nuclear weapons production factory in Washington state may resume in September 2018, about six months after it was halted when workers were exposed to radioactive particles, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday, July 26. The agency will implement extra safety measures for workers demolishing the Plutonium Finishing Plant. The plant was involved in producing much of the plutonium for the nation's nuclear arsenal. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production factory in Washington state may resume in September, about six months after it was halted when workers were exposed to radioactive particles, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday.

‘Urban island effect’ compounds Phoenix’s sweltering heat

In this Monday, July 23, 2018 photo, the sun beats down on downtown Phoenix. Already devilishly hot for being in the Sonoran desert, Arizona’s largest city is also an “urban heat island,” a phenomenon that pushes up temperatures in areas covered in heat-retaining asphalt and concrete. Phoenix officials say they are tackling urban warming, monitoring downtown temperatures, planting thousands of trees and capturing rainwater to cool off public spaces. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX (AP) — When temperatures soar as they have this week in downtown Phoenix, homeless people ride the air-conditioned light rail to avoid a heat so brutal it killed 155 people in the city and surrounding areas last year. An occasional siren wails as paramedics rush to help people sick from the heat.

Tribal land near Grand Canyon suffers extensive flood damage

This Wednesday, July 11, 2018 photo provided by Eric Kremer shows waterfalls normally blue-green turning muddy brown in Supai, Ariz., after flooding the area. Hundreds of tourists who booked coveted overnight trips on tribal land deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon will have to reschedule after heavy flooding forced evacuations and shut down the area for at least a week. (Eric Kremer via AP)

SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — An American Indian tribe whose land lies deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon has issued a disaster declaration after extensive flooding forced the evacuation of tourists.

Fatal wildfire rips through California towns; residents flee

An historic schoolhouse burns as the Carr Fire tears through Shasta, Calif., Thursday, July 26, 2018. Fueled by high temperatures, wind and low humidity, the blaze destroyed multiple homes and at least one historic building. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — An explosive wildfire tore through two small Northern California communities Thursday before reaching the city of Redding, killing a bulldozer operator on the fire lines, burning three firefighters, destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands of terrified residents to flee.

Arson wildfire forces entire Calif. town to evacuate

Smoke from the Cranston Fire clouds the skies over Highway 243, south of Idyllwild, Calif., Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Authorities ordered residents to leave Idyllwild, home to about 12,000 people, and surrounding forest communities in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles. (Richard Lui/The Desert Sun via AP )

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire — believed to have been sparked by arson — tore through trees, burned five homes and forced evacuation orders for an entire forest town as California sweltered under a heat wave and battled ferocious fires at both ends of the state.

Defense: If FBI agent had fired, he wouldn’t have missed

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2016, file photo, mourners gather at roadside memorial for rancher LaVoy Finicum near Burns, Ore. Opening statements begin in federal court in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in the trial of an FBI agent accused of lying about firing two shots that missed Finicum, a spokesman for a group that took over an Oregon wildlife refuge in January 2016. (AP Photo/Nick K. Geranios, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — FBI special agent W. Joseph Astarita is one of the FBI’s best shooters, and he knows when to shoot and when not to shoot, his defense attorney told jurors Wednesday.

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