AUTHORITIES SAY SEVERAL VEHICLES ON INTERSTATE 5 WERE STRUCK BY THE FALLING TRAIN CARS WHEN AN AMTRAK TRAIN DERAILED SOUTH OF SEATTLE, AND "MULTIPLE MOTORISTS" WERE INJURED ON THE ROADWAY.

NO FATALITIES OF MOTORISTS WERE REPORTED.

ALL SOUTHBOUND LANES OF I-5 WERE CLOSED SOUTH OF JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, AND MOTORISTS WERE BEING WARNED TO AVOID THE AREA.

THE PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS "INJURIES AND CASUALTIES" WERE REPORTED WHEN THE TRAIN DERAILED BEFORE 8 A.M. MONDAY, BUT NO SPECIFICS WERE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE.

WASHINGTON (AP) - PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYS HE IS NOT CONSIDERING FIRING ROBERT MUELLER, THE SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE TIES BETWEEN THE TRUMP ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA. BUT THE PRESIDENT IS PLENTY UPSET ABOUT THE WAY THE INVESTIGATOR OBTAINED AND IS USING THOUSANDS OF EMAILS SENT AND RECEIVED BY TRUMP OFFICIALS BEFORE THE START OF THE ADMINISTRATION. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE CAN'T IMAGINE THERE'S ANYTHING BAD ON THE EMAILS BECAUSE THERE WAS "NO COLLUSION."

WASHINGTON (AP) - THE FAMILY OF ARMY SGT. LA DAVID T. JOHNSON SAYS THEY STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SOLDIER'S OCTOBER AMBUSH IN NIGER. A MILITARY INVESTIGATION HAS CONCLUDED THAT JOHNSON WAS KILLED BY ENEMY GUNFIRE BUT THAT HE WASN'T CAPTURED ALIVE OR KILLED AT CLOSE RANGE. JOHNSON'S MOTHER, COWANDA JONES-JOHNSON, TELLS CNN THAT SHE FIRST LEARNED OF THE LATEST INVESTIGATION RESULTS ON FACEBOOK. SHE SAID: "I WANT THE TRUTH ... BUT THERE'S NO CLOSURE."

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THE WYOMING SUPREME COURT ON FRIDAY UNANIMOUSLY UPHELD THE CONVICTION OF A CASPER MAN WHO WAS CONVICTED LAST YEAR OF SEX CRIMES DATING TO THE MID-1970S.

DESMOND TRIPLETT WAS FOUND GUILTY BY A JURY IN NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT IN MARCH 2016 OF ONE COUNT OF IMMODEST, IMMORAL OR INDECENT ACTS WITH A MINOR, AND THREE COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR.

IN APRIL 2016, TRIPLETT ASKED JUDGE CATHERINE WILKING FOR A NEW TRIAL, SAYING THE PROSECUTION ASKED ONE OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS IF THERE HAD BEEN OTHER ACCUSATIONS OF HIM INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHING OTHER PEOPLE, TO WHICH THE QUESTION WAS ANSWERED WITH A YES.

IS ATTORNEYS SAID THAT LEFT THE JURY TO SPECULATE ON WHETHER HE MIGHT HAVE COMMITTED THE SAME ACT OTHER TIMES.

WILKING DENIED THE MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL.

IN NOVEMBER 2016, SHE SENTENCED HIM TO 26 TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON, AND HE APPEALED TO THE SUPREME COURT.

HE CLAIMED THE INDECENT LIBERTIES CHARGE WAS DUPLICITOUS IN THAT IT ALLEGED A SINGLE CHARGE BASED ON A COURSE OF CONDUCT OCCURRING DURING A 28-MONTH PERIOD.

THE PROSECUTION SHOULD HAVE IDENTIFIED A SINGLE ACT AND DATE AS A BASIS FOR ITS CHARGE.

TRIPLETT ALSO CLAIMED THE PROSECUTION VIOLATED A PRETRIAL ORDER REQUIRING IT TO TELL THE COURT ABOUT ASKING ABOUT A SPECIFIC AREA OF FACTS.

BUT THE SUPREME COURT SAID THE PROSECUTION DID NOT ACT IMPROPERLY AND IT UPHELD THE CONVICTION.
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A COMPANY THAT'S DEVELOPING A PROCESS INTENDED TO PRODUCE CLEANER-BURNING COAL PLANS TO START OPERATING A NEW TEST PLANT IN NORTHEAST WYOMING BY NEXT SUMMER.

CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGIES CEO ROBIN EVES SAYS THE COMPANY'S TEST FACILITY SHOULD ARRIVE FROM TULSA, OKLAHOMA, ABOUT THE END OF JANUARY.

EVES ADDED THAT A COMMERCIAL FACILITY CAPABLE OF PROCESSING 30 TONS OF COAL AN HOUR ALSO WILL BE LOCATED AT THE SAME SITE OF THE TEST PLANT SOUTHEAST OF WRIGHT IN CAMPBELL COUNTY.

THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THE COMMERCIAL PLANT OPERATIONAL BY THE END OF 2019.

CLEAN COAL SAYS ITS PROCESS PRODUCES A COAL PRODUCT WITH FEWER HARMFUL EMISSIONS WHEN BURNED, INCLUDING CARBON DIOXIDE.
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OFFICIALS SAY LOWERING THE SPEED LIMIT ON A WYOMING HIGHWAY MAY HAVE HELPED REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CRASHES INVOLVING WILDLIFE.

THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCED LAST FALL THAT THE SPEED LIMIT ON YELLOWSTONE HIGHWAY WEST OF CODY WOULD BE REDUCED TO 55 MILES PER HOUR AT NIGHT FROM 65 DURING THE DAY.

WYDOT SPOKESMAN CODY BEERS SAID OFFICIALS HOPE TO CHANGE LOCAL DRIVERS' HABITS.

A STUDY FOUND THE NUMBER OF DEAD ANIMALS COLLECTED IN THE AREA DROPPED TO 28 SO FAR IN 2017 COMPARED TO 49 IN 2016.

BUT OFFICIALS ARE CAUTIOUS ABOUT DRAWING A DIRECT LINE BETWEEN THOSE RESULTS AND THE SPEED LIMIT, SAYING WINTER SNOW STORMS ALSO MAY HAVE SLOWED DOWN DRIVERS.