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Montana, North Dakota push against Washington state rail law

Jul. 18, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments. In a legal petition to the U.S. Department of...

Judge recommends $14M award to neo-Nazi trolling victim

Jul. 15, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The publisher of a neo-Nazi website should have to pay the victim of an internet trolling campaign over $14 million and remove all posts that encouraged his readers to contact the Montana real estate agent, a magistrate judge recommended on Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch...

Clarification: Wheat-Trade Agreement story

Jul. 11, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In a story July 10, The Associated Press reported that Republican senators from border states want grains rules addressed as part of a trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The request was made by a bipartisan group. An updated version is below: Lawmakers along the northern U.S. border...

Congress probes approval of Trump backer's housing project

Jul. 10, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A congressional committee is investigating whether the U.S. Interior Department helped an Arizona developer and supporter of President Donald Trump get a crucial permit after a wildlife official said the housing project would threaten habitat for imperiled species. U.S. Rep. Raúl...

Keystone pipeline opponents again seek to block construction

Jul. 10, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a judge to again block construction of the $8 billion project after President Donald Trump issued it a new permit. Attorneys for environmental groups made the request Wednesday in a lawsuit before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in...

Krakauer: Court ruling on privacy hurts right to know

Jul. 9, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Author Jon Krakauer said he feels "a moral obligation" to fight a recent court ruling against him as he tries to obtain records detailing how the expulsion of a University of Montana quarterback over a rape allegation was overturned. The author of "Into Thin Air" and "Into the Wild"...

More alcohol seized in connection to resort for ultra-rich

Jul. 8, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials said Monday that they confiscated over 800 bottles and cans of alcohol in a raid just days after the Yellowstone Club signed a deal to settle charges of serving booze at unlicensed bars at the private ski resort for the ultra-rich. Officials believe the alcohol seized...

Authorities: Boy dies after mother drowned his brother

Jul. 8, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 7-year-old boy lost a fight for his life that began when his mother tried to drown him after she drowned his 12-year-old brother last month in California, authorities said. Jacob Telnas died Sunday in a Visalia hospital, eight days after deputies found him and his 12-year-old...

Writer Krakauer denied records on college player's rape case

Jul. 3, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Author Jon Krakauer's five-year quest to find out how and why Montana's top higher education official intervened to prevent a star college quarterback's expulsion over a rape accusation stalled Wednesday when the state Supreme Court denied him access to those documents. The 4-3...

California mom charged in son's death left parole in 2014

Jul. 2, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman accused of drowning her 12-year-old son in a California irrigation ditch was released from probation in 2014 after her parole officer in Montana said she didn't pose any risk to the boy she had tried to drown as a baby in a Montana river. Sherri Telnas' Montana parole officer...