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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior U.S. officials say the Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, ending years of delay for a project that has served as a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change. A State Department recommendation deeming the pipeline in U.S. interests will clear the way for a White House announcement that a presidential permit is being issued to TransCanada to build the $8 billion pipeline.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Texas college student stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon says she was making farewell videos for her family as she grew desperate for help. Arizona authorities say 24-year-old Amber VanHecke was well-equipped and did everything right after getting lost in a remote area during a solo road trip.

CHICAGO (AP) - Census data show the Chicago region has lost more residents than any other U.S. metropolitan area, a drop that comes as other Midwestern cities lost population and South and Southwest parts of the country saw gains. Two Texas metropolitan areas, surrounding Dallas and Houston, report the biggest numeric increases between July 2015 and July 2016. Experts say the reasons for the shifts are complex.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the first openly gay student body president at his alma mater, Texas A&M University, may have "stolen" the election. The former Texas governor made the suggestion in an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle. Those who know Perry best said they're not surprised that he would take the unusual step of weighing in on a parochial issue at his alma mater _ even as a presidential Cabinet member.

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