Autos overshadow the small gadgets at CES tech show in Vegas

Toyota's e-Pallet concept is unveiled during a news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles.

Prison sought for ex-Montana lawmaker, convicted meth dealer

FILE - In this April 26, 2007, file photo, Montana House Majority Leader Rep. Michael Lange, R-Billings, speaks during a news conference in Helena, Mont. Prosecutors are seeking 28 years in prison for the former Republican lawmaker after he pleaded guilty to charges of distributing large volumes of methamphetamine in the Billings area. (George Lane /Independent Record via AP, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending a former Montana House majority leader be sentenced to 28 years in prison for operating a drug trafficking ring that brought large volumes of methamphetamine into the state.

Colorado debates new gas line rules after fatal explosion

FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, workers dismantle the charred remains of a house where an explosion killed two people in Firestone, Colo. Energy companies, local governments and advocacy groups will debate proposed new rules for oil and gas pipelines in Colorado after the fatal explosion last year blamed on leaking gas. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission opens two days of hearings Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, on regulations for installing, testing and shutting down lines that carry oil and gas from wells to equipment. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators are considering proposed new rules for thousands of oil and gas pipelines after a fatal explosion last year blamed on leaking gas.

Ex-Arizona sheriff, Trump ally Joe Arpaio running for Senate

FILE- In this July 6, 2017, file photo, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio leaves the federal courthouse in Phoenix, Ariz. Arpaio is running for the Arizona U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. (AP Photo/Angie Wang, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was spared a possible jail sentence last year when his political ally President Donald Trump pardoned his criminal conviction for disobeying a judge’s order, announced Tuesday he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Flake.

Top US diplomat in Venezuela speaks out on Utah man’s case

Todd Robinson the Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas waits for his car after a special session of the Venezuelan National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Robinson attended the special session that that saw lawmakers swear-in new board members, Omar Barboza as President, Julio Cesar Reyes as first Vice President and Alfonso Marquina as second Vice President. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela — The top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela urged authorities Friday to ensure transparency in the case of a jailed American whose trial has become another sore spot in relations between the two nations.

Judge dismisses standoff case vs. rancher Cliven Bundy, sons

Rancher and states' rights figure Cliven Bundy, center, emerges from court on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, a free man, flanked by his wife, Carol Bundy, left, and attorney Bret Whipple, right, at the U.S. District Court building in Las Vegas. The 71-year-old Bundy was freed from federal jail custody after a U.S. judge dismissed all charges against him, two sons and a Montana militia leader who were accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authority in April 2014. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Las Vegas on Monday dismissed criminal charges against a Nevada rancher and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014.

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