Vice President Mike Pence speaks as Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat of California, listens during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt

Pence, Harris spar over COVID-19 in vice presidential debate

As the coronavirus sweeps through the upper reaches of government, Republican Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Sen. Kamala Harris faced off Wednesday night in a debate highlighting the parties’ sharply conflicting visions for a nation in crisis.

A Somali woman wearing a purple headscarf answers the phone in an office with American flags and East Africa map on the wall.

US-based Somali Bantu face deportation to a country they’ve never known

US members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wearing protective masks, gather at Toncontin International airport before heading home, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 29, 2020.

Latter-day Saints calls missionaries home amid coronavirus 

Signs direct voters at a polling place in the state's presidential primary election in Greenfield, New Hampshire, Feb. 11, 2020.

MIT researchers sound alarm over voting app’s security flaws

North American beaver

‘Beaver Believers’ say dam-building creatures can make the American West lush again

Phytosaur fossil

Rare fossils could face trouble outside new Bears Ears National Monument boundaries


The Trump administration recently slashed the size of Bears Ears National Monument, leaving paleontologists worried about the fate of the area’s rare fossils.

Rugged mountain with long, slim peak. Brush in front

He can make national monuments, but many legal scholars say Trump can’t destroy them


The Trump administration plans to drastically shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah. Conservation and Native American groups have sued, saying only Congress can make that change.

US President Donald Trump displays an executive order

Trump cuts federal protection for two national monuments


Trump shrunk the size of Bears Ears National Monument by more than 80 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by roughly 45 percent by signing two presidential proclamations.

Drilling in Wyoming

The US Department of the Interior’s new four-year strategic plan calls for maximizing fossil fuel extraction from public lands


Remember “Drill, baby, drill”? Well, it’s back — and this time it’s likely to become a reality.

Grand Escalante

US interior secretary recommends altering some national monuments for commercial use


A leaked report says Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wants to shrink or alter some national monuments in order to allow greater commercial use of the land.