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  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A judge reinstated an oil and gas lease on land in northwestern Montana considered sacred to some tribes in the U.S. and Canada— a ruling that could test the depths of the Trump administration's support for the energy industry. President Barack Obama's Interior Department improperly canceled the nearly 10- square-mile lease adjacent to...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 24- The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing Co a $376 million contract to build four helicopters in the first leg of a $2.38 billion deal to replace the fleet of 46- year-old fleet of UH-1N Huey helicopters. The Air Force said it will eventually order 84 helicopters to be delivered from 2020 through 2032.. The Air Force will use the helicopters to protect...

  • TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said the company remains committed to moving ahead with the project following years of reviews from federal and state regulators. The company has already started preparing pipe yards, transporting pipe and mowing parts of the project's right-of-way in Montana and South Dakota, but TransCanada said in court documents it...

  • Regional Forester Leanne Marten submitted a letter to the Bureau of Land Management endorsing the plan to withdraw 30,000 acres in Montana's Paradise Valley and the Gardiner Basin from new claims for gold, silver, platinum and other minerals, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Marna Daley said. The proposal has received bipartisan backing in Montana, with...

  • President Donald Trump (R) gestures towards Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) (L) while delivering remarks on health care.

    Sen. Dean Heller's vote for Obamacare repeal is perhaps the biggest issue in his re-election bid as President Donald Trump comes to Nevada to give the Republican incumbent a boost.

  • Attempts by foreign government hackers to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides persist— yet the Senate's security office is refusing to defend them, a lawmaker says. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that "at least one major technology company" has warned an...

  • Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal accounts of U.S. senators and their aides— and the Senate's security office has refused to defend them, a lawmaker says. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that "at least one major technology company" has warned an unspecified number of...

  • Attorneys general from California and New Mexico are suing the Trump administration over its rollback of a rule aimed at reducing pollution from energy drilling on federal lands. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in California on Tuesday. It came just hours after the U.S. Interior Department announced it was rescinding a methane pollution rule...

  • At issue in the decision by an 11- judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a federal law that allows an employer to pay workers who receive tips as little as $2.13 an hour as long as their tips earn them minimum wage. Six of those states fall under the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction: California, Alaska, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

  • A replacement rule from the Interior Department rescinds mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution, which Trump administration officials say already is required by some states. It comes a week after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed weakening a separate methane emissions rule affecting private land and some public lands.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Trump administration rolls back Obama-era methane pollution rule that aimed to help combat climate change.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- While U.S. states' financial health has strengthened in 2018 compared with last year, fewer than half have enough financial reserves to weather the first year of a moderate recession, according to an S&P Global Ratings report on Monday. Only 20 states have the reserves needed to operate for the first year of an economic downturn without having to...

  • GREAT FALLS, Mont.— A Montana photographer is suing Netflix, alleging the company violated copyright law by using one of his photos without permission to create storm images for the series "Stranger Things" and the movie "How It Ends." The Great Falls Tribune reported Friday Sean R. Heavey of Glasgow filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.

  • The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

    As of mid-September, roughly 40 percent of the more than half a billion dollars in direct contributions raised by Senate candidates had flowed into 10 battleground races that will decide control of the chamber. 

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— The fate of a Missouri nail manufacturer suffering under President Donald Trump's steel tariffs has put Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley in a bind between his support for the president's trade strategy and a local plant that says it could be forced to close. Mid Continent Nail Corporation says it could shutter its Poplar Bluff plant,...

  • President Donald Trump greets the crowd as he arrives for his "Make America Great Again" rally in Billings, Montana, September 6, 2018. 

    When asked who was going to win the "cultural show down," Trump says, "We are."

  • VIENNA- Speech by member of the ECB's Executive Board Peter Praet at the Eurofi Financial Forum 0830 GMT. BUFFALO, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams visits Buffalo and Niagara Falls, N.Y., to meet with leaders in business, community development, education and government- 1630 GMT. CHICAGO, Illinois- Federal Reserve Bank of...

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 LONDON- Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, speaks about BoE's decision to raise interest rates in August and its latest inflation report along with fellow policymakers Andy Haldane, Silvana Tenreyro and Michael Saunders- 1200 GMT. **VIENNA- Speech by member of the ECB's Executive Board Peter Praet at the Eurofi Financial Forum 0830...

  • CHICAGO/ DEVILS LAKE, N.D., Aug 31- Gordon Stoner, who grows wheat in Montana about a mile from the Canadian border, would like to sell his wheat to grain elevators in nearby Saskatchewan. The grading issue contributes to a striking imbalance in the U.S.- Canada wheat trade: 50,751 tonnes of U.S. wheat was exported to Canada in 2017 while 2.8 million tonnes of Canadian...

  • ALPBACH, Austria- National Bank of Austria Governor Ewald Nowotny takes part in a panel discussion on European capital markets at an economic forum in the Austrian village of Alpbach. ALPBACH, Austria- National Bank of Austria Governor Ewald Nowotny hosts reception at the Alpbach economic forum- 1100 GMT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 LONDON- Mark...