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COAL LEASING-CLIMATE CHANGE

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge in Montana has given the Trump administration until late 2019 to analyze reductions to mining in the nation's most productive coal fields as a way to fight climate change. The order from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, issued Tuesday, applies to the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. The region supplies about 40 percent of the nation's coal, much of it from massive strip mines on public lands. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 470 words, photo.

MONTANA WILDFIRES

HELENA, Mont. — The slow start to Montana's fire season this summer has been a relief with the state still recovering from the record amount spent fighting fires last year. But that may soon change with new warnings popping up after a dry July. Red-flag conditions exist across much of Montana, with high temperatures, low humidity and strong wind gusts forecast through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. That's prime fire weather after a July that saw less than one-third of the average rain that falls in 13 towns and cities across the state. By Matt Volz. SENT: 450 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SACHA BARON COHEN CREATION

JERUSALEM — Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again. After tapping into his familiarity with Israel and his fluency in Hebrew to shape previous eccentric personas such as Borat and Bruno, the Jewish comedian has created his most stereotypical Israeli character yet — a grotesque, faux counterterrorism instructor in his new Showtime series "Who is America?" Retired Col. Erran Morad has already managed to dupe former Vice President Dick Cheney into signing a waterboarding kit, convinced former Senate majority leader Trent Lott to endorse a plan to arm kindergartners and caused a Georgia state representative to resign after he shouted racial slurs and exposed his rear end in a supposed self-defense drill against homophobic jihadis. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— WYOMING WILDFIRES — Firefighters have managed to gain 47 percent containment of a wildfire burning in a remote area of southwest Wyoming.

— DEADLY CRASH-HOMICIDE CHARGE — A 33-year-old Lusk man has entered not guilty pleas in a Wyoming court to three felony charges related to a crash last year that killed a woman and her infant son.

— YELLOWSTONE BISON — A plan to transfer wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to an American Indian tribe in northeast Montana faces possible delay.

— BEAR RAIDS HIVES — A northern Wyoming business says it suffered more than $25,000 in damage and lost production after a black bear tore through its bee hives near the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area.

— WYOMING GOVERNOR-HAYNES — The issue over whether Republican gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes meets state residency requirements has ended up in court.

— SUBLETTE SHERIFF — The Wyoming Supreme Court has overturned one of the four convictions against a former Sublette County sheriff.

SPORTS:

FBC-WYOMING-EBERHARDT

LARAMIE — Ayden Eberhardt is on a roll. In spring camp, he stood out in practice to coaches and on television as Josh Allen's only Pro Day receiving target who was still an active Cowboy. Then, this summer, he got a text from head coach Craig Bohl. By Brandon Foster, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 430 words.

ROCKIES-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — Jose Martinez is making the most of his limited opportunities. Martinez sliced an opposite-field pinch-hit single to the right-center field gap off Wade Davis with one out in the ninth inning, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs and lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Thursday. By Joe Harris. SENT: 790 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— AVALANCHE-NEMETH — The Colorado Avalanche are bringing back defenseman Patrik Nemeth on a one-year deal. Nemeth ranked first on the squad with 185 blocked shots last season.

— COLTS-CALLENDER SIGNS — Rookie guard Nick Callender has signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

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