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In this Aug. 5, 2015 file photo, fire engulfs sagebrush near Roosevelt, Wash. (Don Ryan / Associated Press)

Officials: Efforts failing to save U.S. West sagebrush land

Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird, officials said.
Northwest Nazarene University student Ryan Pacheco works with a drone at Hoodoo Creek. (Dale Hamilton / Courtesy)

NNU summer drone project to map Idaho history

Every summer for the past four years, Northwest Nazarene University professor Dale Hamilton has worked with five to seven students to map burn areas across southwestern Idaho using drone technology. This summer, Hamilton and computer science students will help archaeologists get a better look at Idaho's history.
In this May 22, 2018  photo, actor Morgan Freeman attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Morgan Freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations

UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman apologized Thursday to anyone who may have felt “uncomfortable or disrespected” by his behavior, after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional settings.
Linda Thomas was convicted of murdering her sister Zonna Thomas. (Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office / Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office)

Two sisters wed two brothers. Sibling rivalry and a grudge led to murder.

Linda shot and killed Zonna in the kitchen, a crime police describe as a premeditated murder-suicide driven by sibling rivalry. This week, a jury in Contra Costa convicted Linda of first-degree murder, the East Bay Times reported. The strange trial hung on the bitter feelings souring the sibling bond – a relationship stranger still because the sisters, Linda and Zonna, married a pair of brothers, Richard and Donald Thomas.
Grimes, left, and Elon Musk attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition on Monday, May 7, 2018, in New York. (Charles Sykes / Associated Press)

Pravda: Elon Musk’s solution for punishing journalists

For months now, Elon Musk, the billionaire inventor trying to colonize Mars, tunnel under Los Angeles and make electric vehicles mainstream, has been seemingly preoccupied with another obsession: the media.