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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - House Democrats say U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's revised plan to overhaul his department's sprawling bureaucracy has the same problem as his original proposal: It puts industry first. Zinke on Friday revealed in an Associated Press interview that he's backing away from plan to split up his agency based on natural features such as watersheds. Instead he wants to create 13 regions, largely along state lines, and to speed up permits issued by the agency.
DUMFRIES, Va. (AP) - A man has died after being shot by a federal officer working with a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force at a hotel in Virginia. Prince William County police said the man was shot Friday morning at the Days Inn in Dumfries after he allegedly got into a physical struggle with an officer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Members of the task force were attempting to serve arrest warrants on the man.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge says he has no authority to allow home confinement for a former Delaware prison guard sentenced to three years for smuggling drugs and cellphones to inmates. Thomas Nadill Boyce Jr. complained that the Virginia penitentiary where he is confined is eight hours from his home. He asked to be allowed to serve the second half of his sentence on home confinement. The judge said Friday that he doesn't decide where inmates are held and has no jurisdiction to modify Boyce's sentence.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A high-school dropout from Arkansas who developed software used by hackers has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. Twenty-seven-year-old Taylor Huddleston of Hot Springs, Arkansas, pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Alexandria. He admitted developing a program called "NanoCore" that allowed users to take over another computer from a remote location. Huddleston sold and marketed NanoCore on hacker forums, knowing they would be used illegally.
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