Kirk Siegler Kirk Siegler is a correspondent for NPR's National Desk. In this role he covers Southern California and the West from NPR West's studios in Culver City, CA.

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Why Fires Are Becoming California's New Reality

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Was It 'Illegal' For Trump To Shrink Utah's Monuments? The Battle Begins

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In Utah, Trump Announces Dramatic Decreases In Size To State's National Monuments

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Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction In U.S. History

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Ryan Bundy, one of Cliven Bundy's sons, walks out of federal court Tuesday in Las Vegas. John Locher/AP hide caption

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How The Bundy Trial Hits America's Widening Information Divide

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Federal Trial Of Anti-Government Rancher Cliven Bundy Delayed

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Cliven Bundy Trial Gets Started With Jury Selection

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Cliven Bundy And Sons Face A Jury As Federal Trial Opens In Las Vegas

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Why It Will Be Tough To Hold Hotel Legally Responsible For The Vegas Shooting

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Shayna Zerbe, right, instructs Garret Sloan on how to fire a fully automatic machine gun in 2014 at Machine Guns Vegas. Nevada's gun laws are lax compared to other states, and gun tourism is nearly as ubiquitous in Las Vegas as gambling and stage shows. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Las Vegas Massacre Prompts Further Look Into Nevada's Gun Laws

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Build A Brewery, And They Will Come

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