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  • IDAHO FALLS, Idaho— Rocky Mountain Power says two crows are responsible for knocking out electricity in mid-July to about 100,000 customers in eastern Idaho, western Wyoming and southern Montana. Spokesman David Eskelsen tells the Post Register in a story on Thursday that an investigation found the crows caused an electrical fault that caused a 5- foot-tall...

  • Bankruptcy Judge Ralph Kirscher is the latest turn in a years-long hunt for assets of Timothy Blixseth, the founder of the Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf resort near Big Sky with an elite group of members including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Blixseth diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from a 2005 Credit Suisse loan to the club, using the...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Adventure seekers encounter untamed wilderness when they enter the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. In the popularity contest between Yellowstone's natural wonders and on-demand phone service, park administrators appear to have lost ground on a 2009 pledge to minimize cellphone access in backcountry areas.

  • NEW YORK— American Express did not violate antitrust laws by barring merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another and steering consumers to another form of payment, a federal appeals court said Monday. To do so, it said, likely would increase the market shares of Visa and MasterCard at the expense of American Express, whose card members tend...

  • The land deal is a blow to the Sioux and other protesters who claim the pipeline would damage ancient burial sites and pose an environmental risk to the tribe's water supply. When fully connected to existing lines, the 1,100- mile Dakota Access pipeline would be the first to carry crude oil from the Bakken shale, a vast oil formation in North Dakota, Montana and...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Montana regulators on Thursday turned back an effort by environmentalists, health advocates and some landowners who sought to force energy companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals used to produce oil and gas. The Montana Oil and Gas Conservation Board voted unanimously against a petition that would have made...

  • Sept 21- ExxonMobil Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million to Montana and the U.S. government to restore natural resources damaged or destroyed by a pipeline rupture in 2011 that spilled oil into the Yellowstone River, according to a settlement proposed on Wednesday. ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's Silvertip pipeline burst July 1, 2011 at a crossing beneath the...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The Latest on a legal settlement from damages caused by a 2011 Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River:. Exxon Mobil has agreed to pay $12 million to settle damage claims over an oil pipeline break in the Yellowstone River, but it faces further potential fines for pollution violations. Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment is meant to settle claims from the U.S. and state governments that the crude...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 20- The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it would join officials from Montana and other federal agencies on Wednesday to announce a "significant development" toward restoring natural resources damaged by a 2011 crude oil spill from a pipeline owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. The announcement will be made in Laurel, Montana, at 10:30 a.m. EDT/...

  • ATLANTA— Gasoline should begin flowing again Wednesday— through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline— after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown that led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday. The roughly 500- foot section of pipe serving as the bypass is now complete, but supply...

  • LOS ANGELES/ WASHINGTON, Sept 19- The 27 states challenging Obama's Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP's early targets. Cynthia Coffman, attorney general of Colorado, said her state's likely ability to comply with the...

  • LOS ANGELES/ WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The 27 states challenging Obama's Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP's early targets. Cynthia Coffman, attorney general of Colorado, said her state's likely ability to comply with the...

  • WASHINGTON/ BISMARCK, North Dakota, Sept 9- The Obama administration stepped into a dispute on Friday over a planned oil pipeline in North Dakota that has angered Native Americans, appealing for calm while blocking construction on federal land and asking the company behind the project to suspend work nearby. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- The Obama administration stepped into a dispute on Friday over a planned oil pipeline in North Dakota that has angered Native Americans, appealing for calm while blocking construction on federal land and asking the company behind the project to suspend work nearby. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington rejected a request from...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- The U.S. government moved on Friday to temporarily halt an oil pipeline in North Dakota that has angered Native Americans, blocking construction on federal land and asking the company behind the project to suspend work nearby. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington rejected a request from Native Americans for a court order to block the...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- The U.S. government moved on Friday to halt a controversial oil pipeline project in North Dakota that has angered Native Americans, blocking construction on federal land and asking the company behind the project to suspend work nearby. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington rejected a request from Native Americans for a court order to...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- The U.S. government moved on Friday to halt a controversial oil pipeline project in North Dakota that has angered Native Americans, blocking construction on federal land and asking the company behind the project to suspend work nearby. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington rejected a request from Native Americans for a court order to...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- The U.S. government moved on Friday to halt a controversial oil pipeline project in North Dakota that has angered Native Americans, blocking construction on federal land and asking the company behind the project to suspend work nearby. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington rejected a request from Native Americans for a court order to...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- A U.S. federal judge is expected to rule on Friday on whether to halt construction of a crude oil pipeline in North Dakota that is opposed by Native Americans who say it would pollute nearby rivers and desecrate their sacred land. Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault said on Tuesday he was "disappointed" by Boasberg's ruling,...