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Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., and 144 other members of Congress signed a letter Wednesday demanding answers about the Environmental Protection Agency Region 10’s funding of

Merle Haggard, prolific country music outlaw, dies at 79

Merle Haggard, the prolific singer-songwriter who sang of his law-breaking Bakersfield youth and penned a seemingly effortless stream of natural, storytelling lyrics with vast popular appeal — more than 100 of his songs made the Billboard charts — died Wednesday at his home near Redding, Calif., said his spokeswoman Tresa Redburn. He was 79.