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A grizzly mother and her cub in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park.

After 42 Years, Yellowstone Grizzly Will Be Taken Off Endangered Species List

For the first time in more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is set to lose its federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Citing a rebound in the bear's population, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its intention Thursday to end these protections and return oversight of the animal's status to the state level.

The agency says the rule to remove the grizzly from the endangered species list will be published "in coming days" and "will take effect 30 days after publication."

Mueller plans to build his chicken barns in this cornfield just south of his home. His barns would house "breeders," the hens that lay the eggs that will hatch to be raised for meat.

Farmers Take Out Millions In Loans To Raise Chickens For Big-Box Retailers

Tim Mueller has raised corn and soybeans on 530 acres near Columbus, Neb., for decades, but now he is planning to take a huge gamble.

The big-box retailer Costco is building a new chicken-processing plant in Fremont, Neb., about an hour away from Mueller's farm. The company plans to slaughter 2 million birds per week. To raise all those chickens, Costco is recruiting about 120 farmers to sign on as contract poultry farmers.

CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Republicans in the Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. The long-awaited plan marks a big step towards achieving one of the Republican party's major goals.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to the media about the Senate Republican health care bill proposal on Thursday.

Senate Health Care Bill Could Be In Jeopardy As Conservatives Announce Opposition

Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET

Senate Republicans' health care bill may already be on life support, with four key lawmakers announcing their opposition just hours after the GOP's latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was released.

A McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle, like the one pictured at a trade show in 2010, was used to make the record-breaking shot during an operation in Iraq.

Canadian Sniper Hit A Target More Than 2 Miles Away, Military Confirms

A sniper with Canada's elite special forces is being credited with making a world record shot, after the military confirmed Thursday that he hit a target from nearly 2.2 miles away during a recent operation in Iraq.

Military sources tell Canada's The Globe and Mail newspaper that the sniper killed an ISIS insurgent during an attack on Iraqi security forces.

An international team of scientists believes it has solved the mystery of how eggs got their shapes.

How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It

One of nature's most efficient life-support systems is the egg. Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago as vertebrate animals adapted to living on land. And since then, they've taken on numerous shapes, especially among birds.

Biologists have long wondered why there are so many shapes, and what determines each one. Hummingbirds, for example, have eggs like Tic Tacs. Birds called murres produce eggs shaped like big teardrops. Some eggs are more like pingpong balls.

Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, N.C., surrenders to police in December in Washington, D.C.

'Pizzagate' Gunman Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

A North Carolina man who fired an AR-15 rifle inside a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., last year as he was "investigating" a baseless conspiracy theory has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Edgar Maddison Welch pleaded guilty in March to federal charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and transporting a firearm over state lines. The case is seen as a clear example of the potential real-world consequences of fake news stories.

President Trump shakes hands with James Comey, then-director of the FBI, during a reception at the White House on Jan. 22.

Trump: 'I Did Not Make, And Do Not Have' Recordings Of Comey

Updated at 1:59 p.m. ET

President Trump gave a straight answer on Thursday about whether he has recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey — No.

The question of the existence of tapes arose on May 12, when shortly after firing Comey, Trump tweeted that the former FBI director "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations."

Former President Barack Obama signed the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015, surrounded by the families of two New York police officers who were killed in an ambush attack.

FCC Moves To Streamline Emergency 'Blue Alerts' For Threats To Law Enforcement

In May 2015, then-President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that created a new kind of public emergency notification — the Blue Alert.

It's similar to the well-known Amber Alert for abducted children, but is meant to help catch people who credibly threaten or actually harm law enforcement officials.

The Supreme Court says a lower court erred in its guidance to a jury about the standard for stripping a refugee of her American citizenship.

Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court On Grounds For Stripping U.S. Citizenship

A naturalized U.S. citizen should not have been stripped of her citizenship for the sole reason that she lied to U.S. officials, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, vacating a lower court's decision. The plaintiff, an ethnic Serb who entered the U.S. as a refugee, had argued that false answers she gave to immigration officials were immaterial to procuring citizenship.

"We have never read a statute to strip citizenship from someone who met the legal criteria for acquiring it," Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the court's opinion. "We will not start now."

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