NEW YORK (AP) - THREE LARGE U.S. CITIES HAVE FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, SAYING MANY SERVICE MEMBERS WHO ARE DISQUALIFIED FROM GUN OWNERSHIP WEREN'T REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. NEW YORK CITY, SAN FRANCISCO AND PHILADELPHIA FILED THE LAWSUIT TUESDAY IN VIRGINIA. A DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FAILURE ALLOWED A DISGRACED FORMER AIR FORCE MEMBER TO BUY A HIGH-POWERED RIFLE AND SHOOT 26 PEOPLE TO DEATH NOV. 5 IN A TEXAS CHURCH.

NEW YORK (AP) - A FORMER SOUTH AMERICAN SOCCER OFFICIAL ACQUITTED OF CORRUPTION CHARGES AT A U.S. TRIAL SAYS HE IS FINISHED WITH THE SPORT AND WILL GO BACK TO PRACTICING LAW. MANUEL BURGA, THE 60-YEAR-OLD FORMER PRESIDENT OF PERU'S SOCCER FEDERATION, WEPT WHEN HIS ACQUITTAL WAS ANNOUNCED TUESDAY IN THE FIFA BRIBERY SCANDAL. HIS TWO CO-DEFENDANTS WERE CONVICTED LAST WEEK. AFTER THE VERDICT, BURGA SAID, "GOD BLESS AMERICA."

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - CALIFORNIA BILLIONAIRE HENRY NICHOLAS BECAME A FIERCE ADVOCATE FOR THE RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS AFTER HIS SISTER WAS MURDERED AND HIS MOTHER RAN INTO THE ACCUSED KILLER IN A GROCERY STORE. HE DONATED MILLIONS FROM HIS FORTUNE AS CO-FOUNDER OF BROADCOM TO CREATE A SO-CALLED "CRIME VICTIMS' BILL OF RIGHTS," DUBBED MARSY'S LAW. NICHOLAS IS TAKING HIS CRUSADE NATIONWIDE. MONTANA APPROVED IT IN 2016, BUT THE STATE'S SUPREME COURT RECENTLY TOSSED IT OUT. IT WILL APPEAR ON OKLAHOMA'S BALLOT IN 2018.
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WYOMING FEDERAL JUDGES RECENTLY SENTENCED 10 DEFENDANTS FOR CRIMES INVOLVING FIREARMS, DRUGS, ASSAULT, AND ILLEGAL ALIENS.

THE WYOMING U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAYS JUDGE SCOTT SKAVDAHL SENTENCED JEREMIAH MARTINEZ OF CHEYENNE TWO FOUR YEARS, THREE MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.

SKAVDAHL SENTENCED CHRISTINA MARQUEZ OF SACRAMENTO, CALIF., WHO WAS ARRESTED IN RAWLINS, TO SEVEN YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE AND FOR CARRYING A FIREARM DURING AND IN RELATION TO A DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME.

SKAVDAHL SENTENCED JAVONN RAE LYNCH OF FORT WASHAKIE TO ONE YEAR IN PRISON FOR ASSAULT, RESISTING, OR INTERFERING WITH A FEDERAL OFFICER.

HE SENTENCED ALLEN HENDRICKSON OF ROCK SPRINGS TO THREE YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.

SKAVDAHL ALSO SENTENCED CHER YANG OF ROBERTS, WISC., FOR POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA. YANG WAS ARRESTED IN CHEYENNE.

YANG RECEIVED FIVE MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT, TO BE FOLLOWED BY TWO YEARS OF PROBATION.

JUDGE NANCY FREUDENTHAL SENTENCED MANUEL SANCHEZ OF CHEYENNE TO EIGHT YEARS, ONE MONTH OF IMPRISONMENT, FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE.

JUDGE ALAN JOHNSON SENTENCED ANGELO REYES OF BLYTHE, CALIF., TO FIVE YEARS, 10 MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE.

FREUDENTHAL AND JOHNSON ALSO SENTENCED THREE MEXICAN NATIONALS ARRESTED IN TETON COUNTY FOR ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY OF A PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED ALIEN INTO THE UNITED STATES.

THEY ARE SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION AFTER RELEASE FROM CUSTODY.
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WYOMING U.S. REP LIZ CHENEY HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DAYS THAT HELI-SKIING IS ALLOWED IN WILDERNESS-QUALITY LAND SOUTH OF TETON PASS.

CHENEY'S BILL WOULD AMEND THE WYOMING WILDERNESS ACT AND SUPERSEDE A 2006 FEDERAL COURT OPINION THAT LIMITS THE NUMBER OF SKIERS COMMERCIAL HELICOPTERS CAN FERRY INTO THE PALISADES WILDERNESS STUDY AREA.

A PANEL OF TETON COUNTY RESIDENTS HAS BEEN CONSIDERING WHAT TO DO WITH PALISADES AND OTHER FEDERAL LANDS.

CHENEY WAS WITH HER FAMILY OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND WASN'T AVAILABLE FOR AN INTERVIEW.