SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has pleaded guilty to federal charges filed in a stunning string of crimes that included the slaying of a train worker and the kidnapping of a mother and her daughters.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Native American tribes from seven states and Canada say the U.S. government's recent decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area violates their religious freedom.

LINCOLN, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook western Montana at 12:30 a.m., and was followed by a magnitude 4.5 quake five minutes later. Nine smaller quakes followed over the next several hours.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed an order calling for faster and more efficient oil and gas permitting to clear a backlog of federal drilling permits in U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices out West.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A vaccine developed in Wisconsin has been shown to protect prairie dogs from plague, a bacterial disease that has sickened three people in New Mexico this year.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Odessa College bull rider Bradie Gray had arrived at the Wyoming Medical Center without a pulse after a bull bucked him to the ground and stepped on him, breaking multiple ribs, collapsing both his lungs and bruising the main artery attached to his heart.