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FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

Police: No arrest in Montana fatal shooting during assault

Sep. 22, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities have not filed charges against a man involved in a fatal shooting in response to what police said was an ongoing assault of a woman. The Yellowstone County coroner said 43-year-old Robert Aven Kolter of Roundup died of multiple gunshot wounds during the shooting...

Judge will rule soon on GOP attempt to block mail ballots

Sep. 22, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Requiring Montana counties to open polling places for November's election would be “absolutely catastrophic," for voters and for public health, the governor's chief legal counsel, Raph Graybill, told a federal judge Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen heard arguments...

Cooney takes in more donations than Gianforte in past month

Sep. 22, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney again received more donations than Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in the most recent campaign reporting period in the race for Montana governor. However, Gianforte has outraised Cooney $3.3 million to $2.5 million overall. Gianforte has also loaned...

Doctor: Montana seeing 'remarkable increase' in COVID cases

Sep. 22, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is seeing a “remarkable increase” in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, the state's medical officer said Tuesday, as officials urged residents to step up measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and seasonal influenza. The increase in cases is caused...

The Dude abides: “Big Lebowski” star stumps for Montana Dems

Sep. 22, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrats are rolling out “The Dude” again as they seek to burnish the party's November ticket with some star power and counter GOP heavyweights such as Vice President Mike Pence. Actor Jeff Bridges, who played The Dude on the cult-classic film “The Big...

Second suspect pleads no contest in beheading case; no trial

Sep. 22, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has pleaded no contest after he and one other were accused of decapitating another man in 2017, authorities said. Donald Ray Cherry, 34, changed his plea Monday in Yellowstone County District Court to deliberate homicide under a deal that dismissed charges of witness...

Coal production in Montana saw 21% decline from last year

Sep. 21, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Coal Council has announced that coal production across the state fell during the coronavirus pandemic, wearing on an already declining market. Montana mines produced 15.1 million tons of coal in the first seven months of the year, 21% down compared to the same time last...

Police in Billings investigating fatal shooting early Monday

Sep. 21, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Police in Billings are investigating a fatal shooting that followed an argument at a residence early Monday. Sgt. Matt Lennick says the 43-year-old man who died was not from Billings. His name has not been released. The man was shot several times just before 4:30 a.m., Lennick said....

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2011, file photo bison from Yellowstone National Park are herded down the Yellowstone River valley toward Cutler Meadow in the Gallatin National Forest, in Mont. Yellowstone National Park officials said in a 2018 briefing paper that they were ordered by then, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to manage the park's bison

Documents detail push to manage Yellowstone bison as cattle

Sep. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In May 2018, Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent was ordered by then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to manage the park’s bison “more actively like cattle on a ranch,” according to a park briefing statement. About a month later, Yellowstone...