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There are about 400,000 greater sage grouse left on the landscape, spread across 11 Western states, from California to North Dakota. That's a fraction of what their numbers were just a century ago.

Fight To Save The Sage Grouse Finds Friends In All Corners Of The West

The greater sage grouse is a peculiar and distinctly Western bird. It's about the size of a chicken and about as adaptable as the dodo bird, which is to say it's not very adaptable at all — at least not in a human-driven time scale.

In biological terms, the greater sage grouse is perfectly adapted for its habitat: the rolling hills of knee-high silver scrub that's sometimes called the sagebrush sea. It's the oft-forgotten parts of the fast-changing West; The Big Empty, as settlers used to call it.

Back To School? Back To The Piggy Bank

So if you add up all the college costs that students and parents probably didn't plan for — the stuff that isn't tuition and room and board, how big is that number? The National Retail Federation estimates that, this year, it will total $43 billion. That's a hard number to grasp so let's break it down to one family — mine.

With our daughter now beginning her fourth and hopefully final year in college, here's one thing I've learned: No matter how much you plan to spend, it won't cover everything. Not even close.

Global food giant Nestle is among several major employers that have announced increases in family leave benefits this year.

Boosting Family Leave Is Often About Getting Workers To Stay

This has been a banner year for employees seeking greater paid parental leave.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaking in Cleveland last week. She has said nothing in her emails was marked classified.

10 Highlights From The 7,000 Pages Of Released Clinton Emails

The State Department released some 7,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails Monday from her time as secretary of state. This batch is the latest in a series of monthly, court-ordered releases that started in May. This is the largest batch so far.

An early scan reveals little new information — a lot of logistics planning, tech issues, and news articles sent around. One email appears to suggest some confusion at the State Department help desk about Clinton's actual email address.

Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis shows emotion as she speaks Aug. 22 at a gathering of supporters on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky.

Kentucky Clerk's Request For A Stay Is Denied By U.S. Supreme Court

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lost her bid for a stay Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied her application.

As is often the case in such rejections, the decision came without comment: "The application for stay presented to Justice Kagan and by her referred to the Court is denied."

The court's one-line order did not mention whether any justices dissented.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. (left), seen here at a hearing in Johnson County court in Olathe, Kan., last December, is a self-described white supremacist who killed three people in two attacks last spring.

Man In 2014 Anti-Semitic Shooting Found Guilty Of Capital Murder

A jury has found Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., also known as Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., guilty of murder for killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home near Kansas City, Mo. The jury will next decide whether he should be executed.

In their deliberations, the jurors took less than two hours to return the guilty verdict, The Kansas City Star reports.

A file photo provided by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Clerk's Office shows Terry Lee Loewen, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday.

Wichita Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Airport Bomb Plot

Terry Loewen, who pleaded guilty to attempting to drive an explosives-laden vehicle and detonate it at an airport in Wichita, Kan., has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. Loewen, an avionics technician, had an employee access card at the airport.

Loewen was arrested in 2013; investigators said he spent months planning his attack, discussing his work with what he thought was a group of conspirators — but was actually a team of undercover FBI agents.

From member station KMUW in Wichita, Abigail Wilson reports:

Hillary Clinton perusing her mobile phone as secretary of state after an address to the Security Council at United Nations in 2012.

150 Classified Messages In Latest Batch Of Clinton Emails

The latest batch of Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state contains 150 the government now considers "confidential," the State Department said Monday.

"We stand by our contention that the information we've upgraded was not marked 'classified' at the time the emails were sent," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday in a press briefing.

Line-sitters waited for hours outside Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, on July 3.

5-Hour Line Turns Barbecue Pilgrims Into Cash Cow For Locals

Texas has a barbecue joint known as much for the line of people waiting outside as for its tender brisket.

At Franklin Barbecue in Austin, people start lining up around 5 a.m., waiting six hours, chatting with others in line until the restaurant opens at 11 a.m.

This barbecue place is such a big deal that entrepreneurs like Desmond Roldan are cashing in on its fans.

"People know me. I'm a big deal," he says, chuckling.

Despite being declared illegal in the city, Uber has been operating in Philadelphia for 10 months.

Uber Faces $300,000 Fine, Court Case From Philadelphia Regulators

The ride-hailing service Uber has served more than 1 million customers in Philadelphia, despite operating under disputed terms for nearly a year. Now the city's regulators are taking the company to court.

Uber says it doesn't plan to stop operating in the city where it first launched service last October.

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