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Wiretap: Oregon militant dead, five arrested, occupation contained

Ground stood The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers’ leader Ammon Bundy was arrested. Their spokesman Lavoy Finicum, who said he’d rather die than be arrested, was...

Malheur occupation, explained

Militiamen have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. High Country News explains what's happening.   This story first appeared on High Country News. Update:...

Littwin: How many shootings will it take for us to stop...

There is much to be said in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, of yet another mass school killing, of yet 10 more...

Wiretap: Religion, guns and politics fuel the mass-shooting debate

Another shooting The Umpqua Community College killer was armed, reports say, with three handguns and an assault rifle. One witness said the Oregon shooter, Chris...

Fast-growing but still-patchy gay rights create absurdities

Utah gay marriages performed in December have been ruled valid, even as gay marriage remains illegal. Same-sex adoptions were partly legalized and then halted. It's one great hazy state of limbo.

Colorado, Oregon attorneys general strike opposite positions toward gay marriage suits

"My advice to the Colorado attorney general when it comes to marriage cases is: Don't defend the indefensible and waste taxpayers' money."

Salazar: ‘Better days ahead’ but fire-torn American West not out of...

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited his native state Monday where he declared there will be “better days ahead” but, he also warned, Colorado and the nation have not seen the end of fire season.

Study: Kids in conservative parts of country more depressed, suicidal

Teenagers who live in politically conservative parts of the country are more depressed and suicidal than teens who live in politically progressive parts of the country, according to a study by Columbia University psychologist Mark Hatzenbuehler published this week. The study comes as the nation, spurred by media coverage of recent tragic youth deaths, reckons with the fact that school harassment drives gay young people in particular to depression and suicide. It also comes in the wake of competing days dedicated to drawing attention to school bullying, the Day of Silence organized by gay rights groups and the Day of Dialogue organized by Colorado Springs-based Christian group Focus on the Family.

Oregon votes for taxes while Colorado stares again down the barrel...

The biggest Colorado political news today comes from Oregon, where voters looking to shore up the state's declining public schools and social programs bucked...