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  • Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 PM ET

    That would give his client time to obtain documents related to the 2011 sale of a Mexico resort in defiance of an earlier court order, Ferrigno wrote in his request. A second attorney, Philip Stillman, said he received a collect telephone call from Blixseth on Friday from the Missoula County jail. Blixseth, 64, founded Montana's Yellowstone Club and was blamed for...

  • Montana ex-billionaire jailed for contempt Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    BUTTE, Mont.— Embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth was taken away in handcuffs on Thursday after a federal judge ordered the onetime billionaire jailed until he accounts for millions of dollars he owes his creditors. The incarceration of the 64- year-old Blixseth marks a dramatic turn in his six-year legal struggle against accusations that he illegally...

  • BUTTE, Mont.— Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt.

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • Keystone pipeline to top Senate agenda next year Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared Tuesday that approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January, potentially setting up an early veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. The $8 billion pipeline would carry oil from Canada into the United States and eventually to the Texas Gulf Coast.

  • Artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit goes forward Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a Seattle artist who says she was cheated out of millions of dollars when the company that sold her line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular video game of the same name. Juli Adams designed the "Angry Birds" toys in 2006 for The Hartz...

  • Auto dealer chain to pay fine for deceptive ads Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— A family-owned chain of automobile dealerships located in Iowa, Montana and South Dakota will pay a $360,000 civil penalty for running misleading ads, federal regulators announced Friday. The complaint named Billion dealerships in Iowa City, Clive and Sioux City, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Billings, Montana. Their ads routinely reach...

  • Spending bill delays protections for sage grouse Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Montana— A legislative rider in Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that's been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The bill also delays protections for the related Gunnison sage grouse of Utah and Colorado and for two subspecies of greater sage grouse in Washington, Nevada...

  • Obama announces $1B for early childhood education Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. He said the investments announced at a daylong...

  • Both sides appeased by limits on SD Keystone case Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 3:51 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— South Dakota regulators agreed Tuesday to limit the scope of information opponents could receive in a case about the Keystone XL oil pipeline from the company trying to build it, but not as strictly as TransCanada Corp. requested. The commission partially approved TransCanada's request to limit the discovery— or information disclosure— process...

  • Tipped workers push for higher minimum wage in NY Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    New York law lets employers pay them less than the state's $8 standard minimum wage, set to rise to $8.75 in January and to $9 a year later, provided tips make up the difference. The seven states are Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Minnesota and Montana, they said. A new study by the Eastern Research Group for the U.S. Labor Department estimated 399,000...

  • Amtrak struggles to stay on time in Montana Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    KALISPELL, Mont.— Eight months after Amtrak adjusted its schedule through northwest Montana to curb delays, the long-distance passenger train is still struggling to stay on time during trips between Chicago, Seattle and Portland. Freight and passenger congestion in Chicago are other contributing factors. On April 15, trains began leaving Seattle and...

  • Proved reserves of crude oil and lease condensate in North Dakota, meanwhile, surpassed those in the federal Gulf of Mexico in 2013, ranking it second only to Texas among U.S. states, EIA said. Collectively, North Dakota and Texas accounted for 90 percent of the overall net increase in U.S. proved oil reserves in 2013.. Tight oil plays accounted for 28 percent of all...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- U.S. economic activity continued to expand in October and November, with lower gasoline prices boosting consumer spending, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. "In early November, oil and gas exploration activity decreased in North Dakota and increased in Montana relative to a month earlier; production remained at record levels," the Fed said. "

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • Nov 12- Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto did not admit liability, but agreed to pay $250,000 to wheat growers' associations, including $100,000 to the...

  • Nov 10- Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm has been ordered to pay nearly $1 billion to his ex-wife in one of the largest-ever U.S. divorce judgments, according to a court filing on Monday. Although the award could make Sue Ann Hamm, 58, one of the 100 wealthiest women in the United States, according to Forbes' rankings, it is far smaller than...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could lead to new legislative measures that directly effect the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas, more than the six gains...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- With Congressional election results so far confirming expectations, a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will likely deal investors a result that could have a direct effect on the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South...

  • But a Reuters investigation found in 2012 that coal companies were using affiliated brokers to settle royalty payments on exports to Asia at much lower domestic prices. The findings prompted Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, to call on the U.S. Interior Department early last year to investigate the practice. While that review continues, the U.S. Office...