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Owens scores 22 to lead Montana over Sacramento St. 78-66

Jan. 21, 2021 10:53 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Owens scored a career-high 22 points and Montana beat Sacramento State 78-66 on Thursday, pouring in the most points the Hornets have allowed all season. Robby Beasley III added 17 points for Montana (7-7, 3-4 Big Sky Conference). Brandon Whitney added 14 points. Mack...

Belo scores 14 to lead Montana St. over N. Arizona 62-51

Jan. 21, 2021 10:32 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jubrile Belo registered 14 points and seven rebounds as Montana State topped Northern Arizona 62-51 on Thursday night. Xavier Bishop had 12 points for Montana State (8-3, 5-0 Big Sky Conference) and Amin Adamu added nine points and eight rebounds. The Bobcats have won six in a row...

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. In the closing months of the Trump administration, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years. That stands to undercut President-elect Joe Biden's plans to block new drilling on public lands to address climate change. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Biden halts oil and gas leases, permits on US land and water

Jan. 21, 2021 7:51 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday a 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters, as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment. The suspension, part of a broad review of...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, is University of Montana cross country runner Juniper Eastwood, center, warming up with her teammates at Campbell Park in Missoula, Mont. Transgender kids would be banned from playing on school sports teams for the gender with which they identify under a GOP-backed bill that advanced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Montana. The proposed ban is personal for people like Eastwood, a transgender woman and former member of the University of Montana's track and field and cross-country running teams. She said the legislation

Transgender youth bills in US states reflect deep divisions

Jan. 21, 2021 6:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Transgender kids would be banned from playing on school sports teams for the gender with which they identify under a GOP-backed bill that advanced Thursday in Montana, one of more than a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health...

Bishop leads Montana St. past Portland St. 69-64

Jan. 16, 2021 5:12 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Xavier Bishop had 22 points as Montana State edged past Portland State 69-64 on Saturday. Amin Adamu had 12 points for Montana State (7-3, 4-0 Big Sky Conference), which won its fifth straight game. Jubrile Belo added 10 points and 10 rebounds. James Scott had 15 points, six rebounds...

Mains scores 17 to carry N. Arizona past Montana 62-58

Jan. 16, 2021 4:37 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Nik Mains came off the bench to score 17 points, five in a game-ending 12-0 run, to carry Northern Arizona to a 62-58 win over Montana on Saturday. Cameron Shelton had 15 points and eight rebounds for Northern Arizona (4-9, 3-4 Big Sky Conference). Carson Towt added 13 points....

Hood scores 19 to lift Montana St. past Portland St. 71-64

Jan. 14, 2021 11:20 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Mike Hood had 19 points off the bench to lead Montana State to a 71-64 win over Portland State on Thursday night. Jubrile Belo had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for Montana State (6-3, 3-0 Big Sky Conference), which won its fourth straight game. Borja Fernandez added 13...

Steadman lifts Montana over N. Arizona 67-56

Jan. 14, 2021 10:16 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Michael Steadman tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds to carry Montana to a 67-56 win over Northern Arizona on Thursday. Josh Vazquez had 15 points and six rebounds for Montana (6-6, 2-3 Big Sky Conference). Kyle Owens added 13 points. Cameron Shelton had 19 points and 10 rebounds for...

A man and woman wearing masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus share a smartphone on the street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers for the World Health Organization arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000

Jan. 14, 2021 9:40 PM EST

BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission said Friday that 1,001 patients are under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition. It says 144 total new cases were...

FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators.  (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves

Jan. 14, 2021 5:54 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Northern California seeking to...