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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of staff members reassigned, rules governing industry shelved and complaints its leaders are ignoring public input. The evolving status quo at the agency has met with praise from energy and mining companies and congressional Republicans. Others say the changes have curbed outside input and elevated corporate desires above the government's duty to safeguard public lands and resources.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say four people who survived when a sightseeing helicopter crashed at the Grand Canyon earlier this month are still hospitalized in critical condition. Three British tourists were killed on Feb. 10, while the pilot and three other Britons were injured and taken to a Las Vegas trauma center. A hospital spokesman says the four are still listed in critical condition as of Sunday.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police in Las Vegas have arrested a man who allegedly killed his wife in a domestic violence-related incident and left her body in a vehicle at a casino-hotel. They say 42-year-old Willie Bain called police early Sunday from the Fiesta Henderson casino, saying he had hurt his spouse. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police took Bain into custody after finding the woman dead at the scene of apparent head trauma. They say Bain is jailed on suspicion of one count of open murder with a deadly weapon.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The sorry state of the snowpack in the Sierra has forced a ban on snowmobiling until further notice at a popular recreation area near the California-Nevada line. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the U.S. Forest Service says it's one of the earliest seasonal closings ever at the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area. Officials say 2018 would be its shortest season on record if the area doesn't reopen.

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