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New evidence gets mistrial in Montana senator's nephew death

Apr. 20, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The discovery of new evidence prompted a judge to declare a mistrial in the prosecution of a Spokane man charged with killing the nephew of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana in a sword attack, a newspaper reported. Court records show a sheriff's detective found a text message in the...

Judge: Resumption of US coal sales by Trump needs review

Apr. 19, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales from U.S. lands, but the court stopped short of halting future sales. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana said Interior...

Appeals court weighs Trump permit for Keystone XL pipeline

Apr. 18, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Justice Department attorneys want an appeals court to let construction proceed on the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. But opponents say President Donald Trump is trying to skirt the law by issuing a new permit for the project. The Trump administration has asked the 9th...

Former US Interior boss parlays post into private career

Apr. 16, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is quickly parlaying his time in President Donald Trump's cabinet into a lucrative private career. He's landed a more than $100,000-a-year post at a Nevada mining company and is pursuing involvement in natural gas exports that have surged...

Mining project on federal lands hires former Interior head

Apr. 16, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a new job: a more than $100,000-a-year post with a gold-mining firm that's pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago. Zinke told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his work for Nevada-based...

Montana pair get life for killing 2 found partly dissolved

Apr. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge sentenced a man and a woman Friday to life in prison after they pleaded guilty to stabbing two people to death, including a teenager, and trying to dissolve their bodies in tubs filled with chemicals. District Judge James Wheelis gave both Augustus Standingrock and...

Neo-Nazi website founder refuses to be in US for deposition

Apr. 9, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

A neo-Nazi website operator said Tuesday that he refuses to be present in the U.S. for questioning under oath in a lawsuit that accuses him of unleashing an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against a Montana real estate agent's family. The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin says he lives abroad and claims it's too...

Storm to hit Rockies before forming new 'bomb cyclone'

Apr. 8, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Flood, snow, avalanche and fire alerts popped up Monday from Idaho to Colorado, as parts of the U.S. interior that were paralyzed by blizzards and floods last month braced for round two of an unusual weather phenomenon. Welcome to springtime in the Rockies and parts of the Great...

Judge: Neo-Nazi website founder must be in US for deposition

Apr. 8, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

A neo-Nazi website operator must be present in the U.S. for questioning under oath in a lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against a Montana real estate agent's family, a federal judge has ruled. The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin says he lives abroad and says it's too...

Pipeline opponents ask judge to strike down Trump's permit

Apr. 5, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a federal court Friday in a lawsuit to declare President Donald Trump acted illegally when he issued a new permit for the project in a bid to get around an earlier court ruling. In November, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris...