WASHINGTON (AP) - THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE IS CALLING ALLEGATIONS AGAINST DONALD TRUMP JR. A "VERY BIG DEAL." TRUMP JR. IS ACKNOWLEDGING THAT HE MET WITH A RUSSIAN LAWYER LAST YEAR WITH THE HOPE OF GETTING DAMAGING INFORMATION ON HILLARY CLINTON. THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTED THAT HE WAS TOLD AHEAD OF TIME THE SOURCE OF THE INFORMATION WAS THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. REP. ADAM SCHIFF TELLS CNN HIS COMMITTEE WOULD SUMMON THE MEETING PARTICIPANTS "TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT."

BAGHDAD (AP) - A FEMALE SUNNI LAWMAKER IN IRAQ SAYS THAT UPROOTING ISLAMIC STATE GROUP'S IDEOLOGY IS THE KEY FOR A PEACEFUL FUTURE IN MOSUL, WHICH REELED UNDER THE EXTREMISTS' HARSH RULE FOR THREE YEARS. LAWMAKER INTISAR AL-JABOURI FROM NINEVEH PROVINCE WHERE MOSUL IS THE CAPITAL, SAYS THAT REBUILDING THE CITY "MUST START WITH THE EXTRACTION OF DAESH EXTREMISM IDEOLOGY AND THE MENTAL CONTAMINATION THAT HIT NINEVEH RESIDENTS." DAESH IS THE ARABIC ACRONYM FOR IS.

UNDATED (AP) - THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP HAS LOST THE IRAQI CITY OF MOSUL AND IS FACING AN IMPENDING DEFEAT IN RAQQA IN SYRIA. BUT EVEN THOUGH THE URBAN HEART OF ITS SELF-PROCLAIMED CALIPHATE MAY BE GONE, THE EXTREMIST ORGANIZATION HAS BUILT-IN PLANS TO ENDURE AND HAS SHOWN YEARS OF FLEXIBILITY THAT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO COUNTERACT. IS HAS RESORTED TO A MIX OF A LOCAL INSURGENCY AND DIGITALLY-CONNECTED GLOBAL JIHADIS TO ATTAIN STAYING POWER AND THE MEANS TO RELAUNCH ITS FUTURE.

ITTA BENA, MISS. (AP) - THE U.S. MILITARY PLANE THAT CRASHED IN A SOYBEAN FIELD IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI KILLING AT LEAST 16 PEOPLE ON BOARD WAS FROM MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT. THE STATION IS ABOUT 115 MILES SOUTHEAST OF RALEIGH AND ABOUT 20 MILES FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

WASHINGTON (AP) - REPUBLICAN LEADERS HOPE TO STAGE A CLIMACTIC VOTE ON THEIR HEALTH CARE BILL NEXT WEEK. BUT INTERNAL RIFTS OVER DIVISIVE ISSUES LIKE COVERAGE REQUIREMENTS AND MEDICAID CUTS STILL LEAVE THE MEASURE'S FATE IN DOUBT. NO. 2 SENATE GOP LEADER JOHN CORNYN OF TEXAS SAYS "WE NEED TO START VOTING" ON THE PARTY'S BILL ANNULLING MUCH OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S LAW. BUT NO ONE IS CERTAIN IT WILL BE APPROVED.
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THE DIRECTOR OF THE WYOMING ECLIPSE FESTIVAL SAID MONDAY THAT AREA RESIDENTS SHOULD GET THEIR BASIC NECESSITIES BEFORE AN ESTIMATED 35,000 PEOPLE ARRIVE FOR THE ECLIPSE NEXT MONTH.
HOWEVER, ANNA WILCOX ADDED THAT PEOPLE SHOULDN'T STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES JUST TO HUNKER DOWN IN THEIR HOMES FOR THE WEEK LEADING UP TO THE MAIN EVENT ON MONDAY, AUGUST 21.

WILCOX SAID LOCAL RETAILERS OF FOOD AND FUEL ARE URGING AREA RESIDENTS TO BUY THEIR GROCERIES A WEEK BEFORE THE CROWDS ARRIVE, AND FILL UP THEIR TANKS A FEW DAYS BEFORE AUGUST 21.

FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS ALSO WANT CENTRAL WYOMING RESIDENTS TO GET OUT AND ENJOY THE ACTIVITIES LEADING UP TO THE ECLIPSE INCLUDING THE BEARTRAP SUMMER FESTIVAL, ACADEMIC DISCUSSIONS, CONCERTS, FOOD, PARTIES, CHURCH EVENTS, AND ART SHOWS.

SHE SPOKE AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TEAM OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CITY OF CASPER AND NATRONA COUNTY, THE CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, THE WYOMING MEDICAL CENTER, AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
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PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION OF WYOMING PRESIDENT BRUCE HINCHEY IS TOUTING A BUDDING REBOUND FOR WYOMING OIL, ESPECIALLY FOR THE POWDER RIVER BASIN AND CAMPBELL COUNTY.

HINCHEY CITES A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN WELL APPLICATIONS AND A HIGHER RIG COUNT.

HE SAYS THAT HE BELIEVES THE STATE'S OIL INDUSTRY IS LOOKING PRETTY GOOD COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.

FOLLOWING A 12 PERCENT DECLINE IN OIL PRODUCTION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR COMPARED TO 2016, HINCHEY SAID PRODUCERS ARE STARTING TO PUMP MORE AND ARE RAMPING UP FOR A BUSY SUMMER.

IN ALL OF 2016, 11 RIGS OPERATED IN THE STATE. SO FAR THROUGH JUNE THIS YEAR, 25 RIGS HAVE BEEN REPORTED OPERATING.

APPLICATIONS FOR OPENING UP NEW WELLS ARE UP 43 PERCENT SO FAR.