Program teaches students and teachers to love music

In this June 9, 2018, photograph, Mariana Henke, 18, of Fort Collins, Colo., performs during the Modern Band Summit in Fort Collins. The summit, put on by Little Kids Rock, helps train teachers how to incorporate modern music into the classroom. (Kelly Ragan/The Coloradoan via AP)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Mariana Henke stood barefoot while strumming her black guitar on stage. She played several original songs as teachers from across the country listened.

Special Olympics celebrates 50 years of inclusiveness

In this photo provided by Special Olympics Unified Cup, Soccer players celebrate a score during the first day of an inaugural Special Olympics Unified Cup soccer game in Chicago, Ill., Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Special Olympics hits 50-year mark of providing people with intellectual disabilities a platform to shine. The organization is celebrating its anniversary in Chicago, where Eunice Kennedy Shriver helped organize the first games (Kamil Krzaczynski/Special Olympics Unified Cup via AP)

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Bases loaded, a gold medal on the line. Manuel Velasco Jr. stands in the batter’s box sniffling, tears streaming down his face.

Wheat farmers try to stop fire that’s consuming crops

Fire Retardent is dropped on the Substation fire near where the Deschutes and Columbia Rivers meet along I-84 and SR 15 on Thursday, July 19, 2018, east of Portland. Ore. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — 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.

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

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)

DENVER (AP) — 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.

3 wolves killed in central Idaho after sheep attacks

FILE--In this Jan. 14, 1995, file photo, a wolf leaps across a road into the wilds of Central Idaho north of Salom, Idaho. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, said it killed the wolves earlier this month near Stanley at the request of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game after confirming wolves killed six sheep. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac, file)

BOISE (AP) — Three wolves have been killed by federal authorities in central Idaho near Stanley, an action blasted by an environmental group.

Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

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)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

Helicopter mishap turns Army medical drill into real deal

This photo provided by the U.S. Army shows a tent that was blown down by a helicopter injuring 22 people at the Fort Hunter Liggett military base in California on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. A U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was landing about 9:30 p.m. when the wind from its rotor caused the tent to collapse, said Amy Phillips, public information officer at the Monterey County base. (Spc. Derek Cummings/U.S. Army via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A medical evacuation drill at a California military base turned into a real emergency when two U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters participating in the exercise blew down four large tents and injured 22 Army Reserve soldiers, officials said Thursday.

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