LAS VEGAS (AP) - FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR ANDREW MCCABE SAYS HE'S SURPRISED THAT INVESTIGATORS HAVEN'T UNCOVERED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LAS VEGAS GUNMAN STEPHEN PADDOCK. PADDOCK LED SUCH A LOW-KEY, PRIVATE LIFE THAT NO ONE SEEMED TO KNOW HIM WELL. THE 64-YEAR-OLD HAD NEARLY NO CLOSE FRIENDS, SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE OR OTHER CLEAR CONNECTIONS TO THE BROADER WORLD.

WASHINGTON (AP) - THE GOP IS SHOWING SOME WILLINGNESS TO CONSIDER A RESTRICTION ON A GUN ACCESSORY. SENIOR REPUBLICANS ON CAPITOL HILL ARE EXPRESSING OPENNESS TO THE IDEA OF A BAN ON "BUMP STOCKS" LIKE THE SHOOTER IN LAS VEGAS APPARENTLY USED TO MAKE SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLES PERFORM MORE LIKE FULLY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. THE COMMENTS FROM THE NO. 2 SENATE REPUBLICAN AND OTHERS ARE AN UNUSUAL DEPARTURE FROM THE GOP CONGRESS' GENERAL ANTIPATHY TO GUN REGULATIONS. BUT THE COMMENTS DON'T CLEAR THE WAY FOR ACTION.

WASHINGTON (AP) - REPUBLICANS PLAN TO PUSH A $4.1 BILLION BUDGET PLAN THROUGH THE HOUSE ON THURSDAY. THE 2018 HOUSE GOP BUDGET PROMISES DEEP CUTS TO SOCIAL PROGRAMS AND CABINET AGENCY BUDGETS. BUT THE MAIN GOAL IS TO SET THE STAGE FOR ACTION LATER THIS YEAR ON A COMPREHENSIVE OVERHAUL OF THE U.S. TAX CODE THAT IS THE PARTY'S TOP POLITICAL PRIORITY AS WELL AS A LONGTIME POLICY DREAM OF KEY LEADERS LIKE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN.

HUNCHUN, CHINA (AP) - AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT EXPORT SEAFOOD PROCESSED BY NORTH KOREAN WORKERS IN CHINA, INCLUDING WALMART AND ALDI, HAVE VOWED TO EXAMINE THEIR SUPPLY CHAINS AND CRACK DOWN ON FORCED LABOR AFTER AN AP INVESTIGATION. THE NORTH KOREAN WORKERS ARE OUTSOURCED TO HUNCHUN, CHINA, BY THEIR GOVERNMENT, WHICH TAKES UP TO 70 PERCENT OF THEIR SALARIES. THIS MEANS THAT AMERICAN CONSUMERS BUYING SALMON OR SQUID RINGS FOR DINNER MAY INADVERTENTLY HAVE SUPPORTED FORCED LABOR AND THE NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT.

BAGHDAD (AP) - TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN HAS SUGGESTED THAT TURKEY, IRAN AND IRAQ ARE CONSIDERING BLOCKADING IRAQ'S KURDISH REGION BY CLOSING ITS AIRSPACE AND BORDERS AFTER THE KURDS' VOTED FOR INDEPENDENCE LAST WEEK. ERDOGAN SAID DURING A SPEECH IN ANKARA ON THURSDAY: "ALL AIRSPACE WILL BE CLOSED, FLIGHTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN BANNED... SOON THE BORDERS WILL BE CLOSED TOO."
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A UTAH RESIDENT WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AND CHARGED WITH BURGLARIZING A CASPER BUSINESS, STEALING A CAR, AND FINALLY CAUGHT DRIVING A SUV NEAR RIVERTON.

WEDNESDAY, RONALD WAYNE CREBS III HEARD THE CHARGES OF BURGLARY AND THEFT FILED AGAINST HIM IN NATRONA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT.

IF CONVICTED ON BOTH COUNTS, HE FACES UP TO 20 YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT.

THE 40-YEAR-OLD CREBS SAID HIS HOME WAS IN UTAH, BUT HE HAD BEEN AT THE CASPER RE-ENTRY CENTER AND WAS HOMELESS AFTER HE WAS RELEASED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO.

JUDGE STEVE BROWN SET CREBS' BOND AT $15,000.

THE HUNT FOR CREBS BEGAN WHEN A WORKER REPORTED A BURGLARY SUNDAY MORNING AT A BUSINESS ON EAST YELLOWSTONE HIGHWAY.

THE WORKER FOUND A WINDOW OPENED AND A BICYCLE BY THE BUILDING, DRAWERS AND CABINETS OPENED, A LOCKED DOOR THAT HAD BEEN PRIED OPEN, AND A SEDAN THAT HAD BEEN STOLEN.

AN OFFICER REVIEWED SECURITY CAMERA FOOTAGE AND SAW A WHITE MALE WEARING A HOODIE AND BAGGY PANTS, BUT COULD NOT IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT.

AT 11 A.M. MONDAY, CASPER POLICE RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE RIVERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT THEY SAW THE SEDAN.

OFFICERS CHASED IT BUT STOPPED FOR THE PUBLIC'S SAFETY.

TEN MINUTES LATER, THE FREMONT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECEIVED A REPORT OF A STOLEN SUV.

OFFICERS WENT TO THE RESIDENCE OF THE STOLEN SUV AND FOUND THE SEDAN.

THE WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL SAW THE THE SUV ON HIGHWAY 20-26, CHASED IT, AND FINALLY STOPPED IT WITH SPIKE STRIPS.
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WESTERN GOVERNORS SAY ELECTRIC VEHICLES WILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL EASIER ACROSS 5,000 MILES OF HIGHWAY UNDER A NEW AGREEMENT PROMISING TO BUILD A NETWORK OF CHARGING STATIONS IN SEVEN STATES.

THE GOVERNORS OF WYOMING, UTAH, COLORADO, IDAHO, MONTANA, NEVADA AND NEW MEXICO ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY THEY HAD SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO CREATE A REGIONAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE PLAN.

ACCORDING TO THE AGREEMENT, GOVERNORS WILL COORDINATE CHARGING STATION LOCATIONS AND CREATE VOLUNTARY MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR STATION OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT.

IDAHO GOV. C. L. "BUTCH" OTTER SAYS THE INITIATIVE WILL ALLOW LOCALS AND VISITORS TO EXPLORE THE WEST USING THE VEHICLE THEY PREFER.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED AT THE ENERGY INNOVATION SUMMIT HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION.

CURRENTLY, MORE THAN 20,000 ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND PLUG-IN HYBRIDS ARE USED ON ROADS IN WESTERN STATES.