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Republican Sen. John McCain is at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receiving treatment for the “normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy.”

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CAT scans are revealing more information about life in Pompeii, an ancient Italian city buried under the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The findings are the focus of a new exhibit at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. Sari Custer is the Vice President of Curiosity. She says the scans reveal fascinating facts about the people and environment in Pompeii.


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The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing Tuesday on whether to reverse a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims on a million acres near the Grand Canyon. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a representative of the mining industry and a member of the Havasupai Tribal Council were among those who testified.  


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A former polygamous sect leader has been sentenced to nearly five years for his role in carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial.

The Navajo Nation says Wells Fargo targeted tribal members with predatory and illegal sales practices. Member station KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the tribe announced a lawsuit Wednesday for alleged violations of federal, state and Navajo law. 


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National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks' plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says he has signed a contract to purchase software to implement an emergency system for Amber Alerts, wildland fires, hazardous waste spills, weather notification and road closures.

Earth Notes: Colorado Natural Heritage Program

Dec 13, 2017
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Nearly everyone who lives on the Colorado Plateau is familiar with the extensive pinyon-juniper woodlands. The stunted trees look tough and unbreakable, but the PJ community is fragile and slow to recover when disturbed. 


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There is a shower in tonight’s forecast—not of rain or snow, but shooting stars. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today released two opinions affecting uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one case was brought by the Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups, and the other by the National Mining Association. 


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