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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - U.S. Census Bureau estimates show a continued loss of population in Wyoming between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, despite a recovering state oil industry. An analysis by the state Economic Analysis Division released Thursday finds that Wyoming cities located in regions with large mineral extraction lost the most residents during the period.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inside an Air Force unit entrusted to protect nuclear missiles, a drug ring operated undetected for nearly a year. Documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal at least six airmen were buying, distributing or using the illegal hallucinogen LSD. A social media slipup put investigators on their trail, prompting one of the accused to flee to Mexico and others to confess.

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Wildlife managers are investigating the shooting of a grizzly bear in northwest Wyoming. Dan Smith of the state Game and Fish Department says the female bear was killed Tuesday on a mountain southwest of Cody. The person who shot the bear told officials that the shooting was done in self-defense after a surprise encounter with a mother grizzly bear with cubs.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A 46-year-old man accused of shooting at a Wyoming state trooper during a chase west of Casper last month has pleaded not guilty to several felony charges. During his arraignment Thursday before District Judge Catherine Wilking, Zachery Whiteman pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to cause bodily injury to a peace officer, possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent and two counts of aggravated assault.

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