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  • 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. (David Zalubowski/AP)
    In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

    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.

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    Interior says 1 in 3 employees report being harassed

    Results released Thursday from an anonymous survey of the department’s 70,000 employees show that 8 percent report being victims of sexual harassment and 16 percent report harassment based on gender. More than 9 percent report harassment based on race or ethnicity.

  • In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides in the Bears Ears National Monument with local and state representatives in Blanding, Utah. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)
    Zinke, House GOP escalate feud with Patagonia over monuments

    The dispute pitting the GOP against a private company raised questions about use of taxpayer resources for political criticism and whether Republicans are trying to stop Patagonia sales weeks before the Christmas holiday.

  • In this July 30, 2017 file photo, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks during a news conference near Gold Butte National Monument in Bunkerville, Nev. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
    Interior chief spent more than $53K on 3 helicopter trips

    Newly released records show Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer, including one that allowed him to return to Washington in time for a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence.

  • In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
    Interior watchdog faults Zinke for incomplete travel records

    The Interior Department’s internal watchdog says Secretary Ryan Zinke has failed to keep complete records of his taxpayer-financed travel — hampering an investigation into his use of private charter flights for government business.