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Man pleads guilty to decapitating Montana casino patron

Jun. 17, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of two men charged with decapitating a casino patron has pleaded guilty. The Billings Gazette reports that 34-year-old Jeffery Glen Haverty pleaded guilty Monday. Haverty and 32-year-old Donald Ray Cherry were both charged with deliberate homicide in the October 2017 death of...

US lawmakers push Canadian province on mining pollution

Jun. 13, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers from four U.S. states bordering British Columbia say the Canadian province needs to do a better job preventing mining pollution from fouling downstream rivers in the U.S. Senators from Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Washington state in a joint letter...

Jury awards duck boat crash survivor $4 million in damages

Jun. 12, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A jury has awarded $4 million in damages to a Montana woman for physical and emotional injuries she suffered after being ejected from a duck boat tour vehicle in a crash that killed five college students and injured dozens nearly four years ago. The verdict is believed to be the resolution...

Scientists find flaws in plan to lift US wolf protections

May. 31, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Scientists tasked with reviewing government plans to lift protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. said in a report released Friday that the proposal has numerous factual errors and other problems. The five-member scientific panel's conclusions were detailed in a 245-page...

Montana judge shouldn't have called for Mexican man's arrest

May. 30, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal court says a Montana judge and sheriff's deputy violated a Mexican-born man's rights when they detained and arrested him based solely on suspicions he was in the country illegally. Construction worker Miguel Angel Reynaga Hernandez was at a Billings courthouse in October...

Grizzlies on the move in US Rockies as hunting in limbo

May. 25, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are expanding their range in the U.S. Northern Rockies, spreading from remote wilderness into farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting. New government data from grizzly population monitoring show bruins in the Yellowstone region of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho...

US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

May. 24, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and...

The Latest: US attorneys challenge grizzly bear ruling

May. 24, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on court case that will decide if Yellowstone-area grizzly bears should retain federal protections (all times local): 5:15 p.m. U.S. officials are asking a federal appeals court to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48...

US withdraws train crew proposal that came after explosions

May. 23, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it was withdrawing a proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members, nullifying a safety measure drafted under President Barack Obama in response to explosions of crude oil trains in the U.S. and Canada. A review of accident data...

US says Trump coal moves hasten but don't increase emissions

May. 22, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gases, but officials concluded Wednesday it would make little difference in overall U.S. climate emissions. That conclusion from...