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  • Ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have been suffering through the region's worst drought in 30 years, which has withered grazing fields, causing a severe spike in the cost of hay to feed their animals. It will change how they're going to operate for the next several years in order to get through it, "Greg Lardy, head of North Dakota State University's...

  • *Euro down, sources signal no Draghi policy clues at Jackson Hole. NEW YORK, Aug 16- U.S. shares rose Wednesday as investors bet that weak housing data could slow U.S. rate hikes, while the dollar gained on the euro as hopes ebbed for a monetary policy change in Europe. Equity investors bet the weak data would hold back the Fed, according to Scott Wren, senior global equity...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 16- The U.S. dollar rose for a third straight session on Wednesday, reaching its highest level in nearly three weeks against a basket of rival currencies, boosted by expectations for another Federal Reserve interest rate rise in 2017 and cooling geopolitical fears. Stung last week by growing tensions between the United States and North Korea, the...

  • BATON ROUGE, La.— A Muslim-American radio host is accusing the publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website of defaming him by falsely labeling him the "mastermind" of a deadly concert bombing in England, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah sued The Daily Stormer's publisher, Andrew Anglin, two days after domain...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A fugitive who escaped custody in Wyoming four years ago has been added to a list of U.S. environmental crimes fugitives and is being sought by investigators for illegally dumping radioactive oilfield waste in North Dakota in incidents dating back to 2011, authorities said Tuesday. James Kenneth Ward, 55, is considered violent and dangerous...

  • District Judge Donald Molloy issued an order Monday barring Signal Peak Energy from mining in the 11- square mile expansion area at the Bull Mountain coal mine pending a new round of environmental studies. Molloy says the Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining must consider the environmental effects of shipping the fuel to customers in Asia and...

  • A leading neo-Nazi website was sporadically accessible Monday despite efforts by website registration companies Google and GoDaddy to oust it after it mocked the woman killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. The registration had moved there after GoDaddy tweeted late Sunday night that it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to...

  • HELENA, Mont.— Montana's health care co-op, one of America's few remaining alternatives to traditional health insurance, will resume accepting new enrollees Sunday after it voluntarily pulled itself from the state's insurance marketplace in December. Just four remain— in Montana, Wisconsin, Maine and New Mexico. The Montana Health Co-op, which also serves...

  • *North Korea says it is considering missile strike on Guam. Treasury yields fell on Wednesday, and yields on the benchmark 10- year note hit a six-week low, as escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea spurred demand for safe-haven assets such as government debt. Bill Northey, chief investment officer at U.S. Bank Private Client Group in...

  • North Korea says it is considering missile strike on Guam. Treasury yields fell on Wednesday, and yields on the benchmark 10- year note hit a six-week low, as escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea spurred demand for safe-haven assets such as government debt. Bill Northey, chief investment officer at U.S. Bank Private Client Group in...

  • The co-owners of the Colstrip Generating Station have decided Pennsylvania- based Talen Energy will keep running the southeastern Montana plant for the foreseeable future, said Talen spokesman Todd Martin. Montana lawmakers this year approved a measure allowing Talen to borrow up to $10 million annually to keep Colstrip fully operational until 2022.

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline questioned its proposed pathway through Nebraska on Tuesday in hopes that state regulators will reject or reroute it, a decision that would create more delays for the 9- year-old project. But pipeline builder TransCanada defended its proposal to the Nebraska Public Service Commission, arguing that the...

  • LONDON, Aug 8- The dollar inched down for a second day on Tuesday, still holding on to most of the gains made on Friday after strong U.S. jobs data even though investors remain unconvinced that the Federal Reserve will hike rates again this year. Louis Fed President James Bullard said the Fed can leave interest rates where they are for now because inflation is not...

  • TOKYO, Aug 8- The dollar inched down slightly in Asian trading on Tuesday, but maintained most of the gains it made on last week's robust employment data that kept hope alive that the U.S. "Looking to the Fed futures market, there's less than a 50 percent chance of one more rate hike this year," said Bill Northey, chief investment officer at U.S. Bank Private Client Group...

  • TOKYO, Aug 8- The dollar steadied in Asian trading on Tuesday, maintaining most of the gains it made on last week's robust employment data that kept hope alive that the U.S. "Looking to the Fed futures market, there's less than a 50 percent chance of one more rate hike this year," said Bill Northey, chief investment officer at U.S. Bank Private Client Group in Helena,...

  • WASHINGTON— The Interior Department on Monday scrapped an Obama-era rule on coal royalties that mining companies had criticized as burdensome and costly. The final repeal notice was published Monday in the Federal Register and takes effect Sept. 6. The valuation rule, crafted under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama, was aimed at...

  • WASHINGTON— The Interior Department on Monday unveiled a plan to protect the threatened sage grouse that gives Western states greater flexibility to allow mining, logging and other economic development where it now is prohibited. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the strategy for the ground-dwelling bird that has suffered a dramatic population...

  • The Nebraska Public Service Commission hearing is the last major regulatory hurdle pipeline developer TransCanada must overcome in its nine-year quest to complete the $8 billion pipeline. Omaha attorney Dave Domina questioned whether TransCanada would agree to limits on how long the pipeline would remain in the ground if it's approved, an idea one...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- U.S. lumber mill owners said on Thursday they were "in no hurry" to reach a softwood lumber deal with Canada that fails to limit Canadian producers' share of the U.S. market to a strict percentage. The owners of four lumber mills told Reuters that talks to end a decades-old dispute with Canada should stay on a separate track from negotiations to...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- A sluggish forecast for U.S. economic growth as well as an increase in U.S. states' Medicaid and pension contribution costs is creating a budgetary squeeze in many state capitols, according to a research report issued by S&P Global Ratings on Monday. "And while the risk that federal policy could trigger a recession has eased, the potential for a...