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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. The ruling restored grizzly protections in and around Yellowstone National Park despite worries over bear attacks on livestock. It's being seized on by Republicans as the latest example of supposed flaws to the Endangered Species Act, a 1973 law meant to shields plants and animals from possible extinction.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming junior high teacher has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl, ending his trial that began this week. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports 34-year-old Joseph Meza pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of a minor after reaching an agreement with Laramie County prosecutors, who dropped seven counts against him. The Cheyenne math teacher told Judge Thomas Campbell that he had intercourse with his former student when she was between 15 and 16.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say a wildfire southeast of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park has burned at least 20 homes. The Sublette County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday the homes that were destroyed were in the Hoback Ranches subdivision near the community of Bondurant, and the fire is still active in the area. Recent satellite images show some homes that escaped the fire as small islands surrounded by blackened land. The fire has scorched an estimated 77 square miles.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Two members of a Wyoming animal shelter board have resigned after the shelter's board suspended the CEO instead of firing him for ordering a dog to be pepper sprayed after it bit a shelter employee. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Tuesday that Cheyenne Animal Shelter board member Lynn Boak resigned Monday. Bob Fecht apologized last week, saying he had a "personal and emotional reaction" to the dog biting the employee.

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