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  • KALISPELL, Mont.— Classes are scheduled to resume Tuesday in northwestern Montana's Flathead Valley after more than 30 public and private schools canceled classes last week because several schools received cyber-threats. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said investigators told school administrators there is no indication the person making the...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota oil drillers and U.S. But the title was given to a formation in Texas' Permian Basin last year, after a USGS assessment found nearly three times the amount of recoverable oil than in the Bakken and Three Forks formations. Hoeven now wants the USGS to take into account other formations in western North Dakota's oil patch that could be...

  • SALEM, Ore.— Wildfires that are blackening the American West in one of the nation's worst fire seasons have ignited calls, including from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to thin forests that have become so choked with trees that they are at "powder keg levels." Zinke's directive Tuesday for department managers and superintendents to aggressively prevent...

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  • WASHINGTON— Senators on Wednesday rolled out competing plans for the nation's health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Lindsey Graham, R- S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R- La., proposed legislation that would do away with many of the subsidies and mandates of the 2010 law and...

  • More than two dozen storage tanks holding crude oil, gasoline and other contaminants ruptured or otherwise failed when Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, spilling at least 145,000 gallons of fuel and spewing toxic pollutants into the air, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution reports submitted to state and federal regulators.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Asian shares edged up on Friday as investors kept a wary eye on another U.S. storm, while the dollar skidded after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi suggested the bank may begin tapering its massive stimulus program this autumn. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.1 percent, but was still down 0.2 percent for...

  • WASHINGTON— A group of Republican and Democratic governors became the latest voices Thursday to endorse a bipartisan Senate drive to control health insurance costs, in defiance of President Donald Trump. Leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee are trying to quickly write legislation that would continue those payments for a...

  • About 6.3 billion dead trees are still standing in 11 Western states, up from 5.8 billion five years ago, according to U.S. Forest Service statistics compiled for The Associated Press. Since 2010, a massive infestation of beetles has been the leading cause of tree mortality in the West and now accounts for about 20 percent of the standing dead trees, the Forest...

  • *Hurricane Irma possibly en route to Florida. "What we see is the market correcting back from some of the reaction yesterday," said Lisa Erickson, head of traditional investments at U.S. The S&P posted its biggest one-day loss in about three weeks on Tuesday after North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet on Sunday that triggered a dramatic...

  • *Hurricane Irma possibly en route to Florida. "What we see is the market correcting back from some of the reaction yesterday," said Lisa Erickson, head of traditional investments at U.S. The S&P posted its biggest one-day loss in about three weeks on Tuesday after North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet on Sunday that triggered a dramatic...

  • SEATTLE, Aug 28- BNSF Railway Co has called back roughly 4,000 of the 5,000 workers who were furloughed across its system last year, reflecting stronger volumes of coal, grain and intermodal containers and trailers, a spokesman said. Like other major U.S. railroads, the company owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc has shed...

  • TOKYO, Aug 22- Asian shares rose on Tuesday after modest gains on Wall Street, while robust metals prices underpinned some regional markets even as investors remained wary ahead of the annual central banking conference in Jackson Hole later this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended early gains and rose 0.7 percent.

  • TOKYO, Aug 22- Asian shares edged higher on Tuesday, taking solace from modest gains on Wall Street even as investors remained wary ahead of the annual central banking conference in Jackson Hole later this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.1 percent. Te country's forces began computer-simulated military exercises...

  • LAME DEER, Montana, Aug 21- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Vice President Mike Pence took a horseback tour in May of a Montana coal mine belonging to the Crow Nation. Their differences reflect a broader divide on drilling and mining among Americas 567 federally recognized tribes.

  • LAME DEER, Montana, Aug 21- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Vice President Mike Pence took a horseback tour in May of a Montana coal mine belonging to the Crow Nation. Their differences reflect a broader divide on drilling and mining among Americas 567 federally recognized tribes.

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111- year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land. Zinke is expected to recommend that at least some of the national monuments under review- which were all created since...

  • 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...