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TransCanada moving ahead on Keystone XL line

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TransCanada Corp. announced Thursday it's secured enough contracts to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline, a big step forward for the 1,900-mile line that partially cuts through Eastern Montana.

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New procedure for vein disease offered in Billings

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Around 30,000 people in our area are likely to suffer from issues brought on by vein problems. Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic is one of the first locations in our area to feature a technology called VenaSeal to combat vein disease.

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Some of 52 released bison near Yellowstone National Park located

Bison. (MTN News photo) Bison. (MTN News photo)
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Yellowstone National Park says that some of the 52 released bison from the Stephens Creek facility have been located in the Mammoth area.

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Bullock administration estimates fed tax cuts will cost state $20 million

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The Bullock administration Thursday issued its final estimate on how federal tax cuts will impact state tax revenue, saying the new law will cost the state budget $20 million through June 2019. 

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Montana Historical Society showcases state's microbrewing history

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The presentation was based on 14 oral history interviews from last year that were conducted with some of Montana’s first microbrewers.

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Watch: Fisherman's last-second leap to evade oncoming speeding boat

Still from video posted on magazine Salmon Trout Steelheader's Facebook page shows moments before three people leaped for their lives from their boat as another barreled down on theirs. Still from video posted on magazine Salmon Trout Steelheader's Facebook page shows moments before three people leaped for their lives from their boat as another barreled down on theirs.
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An Oregon fisherman whose dramatic escape from an oncoming motorboat was caught on video is suing the driver of the other boat for $372,500. 

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Q2 Weather: Be careful out there!

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Be mindful of changing road conditions Friday. A fairly quiet weather pattern follows. 

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Montana man sentenced for killing wife with pickup truck

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A 61-year-old man was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls on Thursday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the death of his wife.  

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Billings area man who killed Glasgow woman admits kidnapping jail guard

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The Billings area man sentenced to prison for the murder of a Glasgow woman in 2016 now admits he kidnapped a guard while he was in the Valley County Detention Facility as part of an attempted jailbreak. 

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Shutdown looms larger in Senate after House vote

Sen. Jon Tester Sen. Jon Tester
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The Senate is bracing for a potential shutdown. 

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Two extricated from vehicle in Billings West End accident

A silver passenger car was involved in an accident on Billings West End. Justin Hosa/ Q2 News A silver passenger car was involved in an accident on Billings West End. Justin Hosa/ Q2 News
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BILLINGS - Two teenagers were extricated from a vehicle in an accident Thursday night at the corner of King Avenue West and 48th Street West in Billings. 

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Trump set to leave Washington ahead of shutdown deadline

President Trump speaks to reporters amid negotiations to prevent a government shutdown. CNN photo. President Trump speaks to reporters amid negotiations to prevent a government shutdown. CNN photo.
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President Donald Trump is scheduled to depart Washington and head to his Florida resort hours before the deadline to avoid a government shutdown Friday at midnight.

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House passes government funding bill but Senate delays

Rep. Kevin McCarthy. CBS News. Rep. Kevin McCarthy. CBS News.
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The House on Thursday passed a GOP-backed short-term spending bill that would fund the government through Feb. 16.

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Overcoming obstacles: Billings gym takes Spartan approach to fitness training

Altrain Fitness incorporates obstacle course into training (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) Altrain Fitness incorporates obstacle course into training (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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Altrain Fitness’ obstacle course inspired gym offers different spin on exercise.

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Government shutdown inches closer amid Congressional impasse

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Congress has less than two days to pass a government funding measure, but Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse over the path forward, increasing the chances of the first government shutdown since 2013.

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Medicaid expansion enrollment in MT passes 91K

Medicaid enrollee Amanda Childers of Thompson Falls Medicaid enrollee Amanda Childers of Thompson Falls
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Montana’s expanded Medicaid program, enacted in 2016 to provide government-funded health coverage for low-income adults, is now covering more than 91,500 people, state heath officials said Thursday. 

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Trump calls conservative Republicans as GOP leaders scramble ahead of House vote

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President Donald Trump called into a meeting of the conservative House Freedom Caucus on Thursday afternoon as Republican leaders search for enough support ahead of a vote on a stopgap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown.

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Early morning shooting in Butte sends one to hospital

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BUTTE - An early morning shooting on Thursday in Butte sent one woman to the hospital where she is currently being treated.

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Q2 Weather: Today is the warm before the storm in Billings

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It looked like the streets of Billings were wet from rain Thursday afternoon, but it turned out to be temperatures in the 40s melting the snow that was already there. 

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Trump admin seeking to keep national parks open during shutdown

A child stands on the barricade around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on October 2, 2013, on the second day of the federal government shutdown. courtesy of CNN. A child stands on the barricade around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on October 2, 2013, on the second day of the federal government shutdown. courtesy of CNN.
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 Even if the federal government runs out of money and shuts down this weekend, the Trump administration is working to keep the gates to some national parks open.

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Fraud Watch: The Do Not Call Registry

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The National Do Not Call Registry gives you the opportunity to stop most unwanted calls from telemarketers, but just because your number is on the list doesn’t mean you won’t still get calls.  

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"Depraved conduct" DA says of California couple accused of torturing kids

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The children of David and Louise Turpin were not allowed to shower more than once a year, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Thursday.

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Former Montana legislator sentenced to prison for dealing meth in Billings

Lange was sentenced for two meth-related charges (MTN News) Lange was sentenced for two meth-related charges (MTN News)

Montana legislator turned drug dealer, Michael Lange, learned at his Thursday sentencing hearing that he will spend a lengthy amount of time in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine in Billings. 

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Officials release name of Arlee shooting victim, say incident appears to be self defense

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Authorities have released the name of the man who was shot and killed on Wednesday afternoon in Polson.

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Police: Man threatened to “shoot up” the state Capitol

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Helena police said a Gallatin County man was arrested and sent to the Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs after allegedly making threats to shoot up the state Capitol.

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Report: Woman's killer sentenced after posting selfie with key clue

Murder victim Brittney Gargol / GOFUNDME Murder victim Brittney Gargol / GOFUNDME
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 A Canadian woman who was identified as her friend's killer after posting a Facebook selfie with an incriminating clue has been sentenced to seven years for manslaughter.

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Former Helena special education teacher accused of raping student

Helena Public Schools Superintendent Jack Copps said administrators did hear rumors the teacher was involved with a student. (MTN News photo) Helena Public Schools Superintendent Jack Copps said administrators did hear rumors the teacher was involved with a student. (MTN News photo)
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A former Capital High School special education teacher is accused of raping of an underage boy. 

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Keith Urban 2018 concert tour to make Montana stop

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Country superstar Keith Urban will include a Missoula tour stop when he hits the road in 2018, with a single show scheduled for early this fall.  

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Video shows man hurling himself at a door, trying to break into home

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Some incredible surveillance video shows a man hurling himself at a door, trying to break in to a home in the northwest Las Vegas valley. 

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2017 Yellowstone National Park marks second busiest year

Annual visitation has increased by over 40% since 2008, leading to traffic jams like this one in Hayden Valley. (NPS / Neal Herbert) Annual visitation has increased by over 40% since 2008, leading to traffic jams like this one in Hayden Valley. (NPS / Neal Herbert)
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Yellowstone National Park experienced the second busiest year on record in 2017. 

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Denver among finalists for Amazon's second headquarters

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Last year, Amazon received bids from 238 cities and regions from across 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America. The company said it would make a decision in 2018.

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Man charged after running naked along highway

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A Minnesota man was arrested in Gallatin County after allegedly crashing his vehicle, stripping naked, and running along the highway for several minutes. 

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"What Were You Wearing" exhibit showcases rape victims

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An art exhibit called "What Were You Wearing" follows the "Me Too" and "Times Up" campaigns by focusing on rape victims.  

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Red Lodge’s ex-prosecutor sues councilwoman, sister

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Joel Todd, the former city prosecutor for Red Lodge, has filed a half-million-dollar lawsuit against two sisters he accused of trying to ruin his career. 

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Extreme weather behind sudden die-off of rare antelope?

In May 2015, nearly half of all the saigas, a critically endangered antelope that roams the steppe of Kazakhstan, died off. Exactly why is still a mystery. / ALBERT SALEMGAREYEV In May 2015, nearly half of all the saigas, a critically endangered antelope that roams the steppe of Kazakhstan, died off. Exactly why is still a mystery. / ALBERT SALEMGAREYEV
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Scientists have determined that unusually warm temperatures and high humidity may have played a role in the mysterious die-off two years ago of half of the world's population of saiga antelope in Kazakhstan.

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Montana wildfire salvage projects underway

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The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce event “Rising From the Ashes” was packed with people there to learn about the impact of 2017’s fires and how to prevent similar destruction in the future.

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Former VP Biden headlines MT Dems’ annual fundraising dinner

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Montana Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner here in March. 

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Q2 Weather: Weather system brings wind now, rain and snow later

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Our next weather system arrives Thursday night. That means a good deal of wind and warmer temperatures Thursday, and a chance of rain and snow showers early Friday. 

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Former VP Biden to speak in Montana

Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak in Montana in March. (File photo) Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak in Montana in March. (File photo)
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Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Democrats’ Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Helena on March 10. 

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Report: 14 Montana children died last year after state received abuse reports

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Six of the fatalities led to criminal charges being filed.

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Montana Ag: Census of agriculture underway in Montana

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Montana farmers and ranchers are being asked to fill out an important survey to help paint an accurate picture of American agriculture: the Census of Agriculture. 

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RiverStone Health ready to open new Billings clinic

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Riverstone Health unveiled its new $11 million clinic on Wednesday.

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Montana Millionaire grand prize winner claims jackpot

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A winner has stepped forward to claim the million dollar prize in the Montana Lottery. 

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Red-hot Dow closes above 26,000 for the first time

The stock market is on fire. The Dow just zoomed another 300 points and closed above 26,000 for the first time. CNN Money The stock market is on fire. The Dow just zoomed another 300 points and closed above 26,000 for the first time. CNN Money
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The stock market is on fire. 

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Trump weighs in on immigration, funding talks: 'Working on it'

President Donald Trump is seen here speaking at an immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday, Jan. 9. Pool photo. President Donald Trump is seen here speaking at an immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday, Jan. 9. Pool photo.
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President Donald Trump promised that his administration is "working on it" as he faced a flurry of questions Wednesday about discussions to reach an immigration deal and fund the government. 

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McConnell: Trump hasn't said what he wants in immigration bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that despite months of intense debate over immigration legislation, President Donald Trump has not made clear what he wants in a final bill, one that he would sign into law. 

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Man in custody after fatal shooting in Arlee

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The shooting happened at a residence on Sanders Street in Arlee.

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Apple: We'll pay $38B in taxes and add 20,000 jobs in the U.S.

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Apple just made a bunch of big promises to the American economy. 

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Trump announces fake news winners on Twitter, but link stops working soon after

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President Trump announced the winners of the "FAKE NEWS" awards on Wednesday, after much anticipation -- especially from the news media.

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Republicans in Montana delegation support short-term budget fix

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont.
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HELENA - Montana’s two Republican members of Congress said Wednesday they’ll support a GOP budget plan to keep the federal government open past Friday – including the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan.

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Golden Age of board games thriving at local Billings shop

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In a digital age, more and more people are putting down the phone and setting up game night for friends and family to enjoy. 

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Investigation underway after dozens of bison released in Yellowstone National Park

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Park staff are now trying to locate and recapture the bison.

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ACLU vows to challenge Big Horn County attorney's crackdown on pregnant substance abusers

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HELENA - The ACLU of Montana will challenge any action by Big Horn County to restrain or incarcerate pregnant women based on alleged harm to the fetus.

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Jury finds Billings police officers justified in deadly shooting on Rims

Ryan Lowell died in May (obituary) Ryan Lowell died in May (obituary)
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BILLINGS -- The four officers who shot and killed a suicidal man on the Billings Rims last May were justified, a Yellowstone County coroner’s jury ruled Wednesday. 

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Chris Branden

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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Chris Branden.

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BIA investigating death in Heart Butte

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The Montana Highway Patrol said one person died in what was initially reported as a vehicle crash in Pondera County on Tuesday.

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Fatal crash reported in Toole County

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The Montana Highway Patrol reports one person died in a vehicle crash in Toole County on Wednesday. 

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Jail inmate charged with hiding knife in buttocks

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A woman has been charged in Great Falls with possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner. 

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Sen. Jeff Flake says press undergoing a "sustained attack" by Trump

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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, delivered a rebuke of President Trump on the Senate floor Wednesday, in a speech that drew a comparison between Mr. Trump and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and called for greater protections of the truth and members of the press around the world. 

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Best and worst states to retire

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Florida is a retirement mecca for good reasons.

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Meteor lights up sky over Michigan

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The National Weather Service in Detroit said a flash seen over Michigan and the boom heard was not thunder or lightning but instead a likely meteor. 

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McCain tells Trump to stop attacking press

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Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, is calling on President Trump to cease his persistent attacks on the press, writing in an op-ed for the Washington Post that Mr. Trump's charges of "fake news" when he disagrees with media coverage about him is creating a negative ripple effect across the world.  

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Video Extra: Racoon ransacks store

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Police officers responding to the alarm said they saw the racoon "tearing up the store." 

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Frozen: Temperature hits -88 in remote Russian region

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Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region.

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Video Extra: A Frosty Day in Great Falls

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Freezing fog and ice drifted across Great Falls and the surrounding area on Monday night. 

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Student of the Week: Christen Johnson and Brooke Billing of Broadus High School

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The Student of the Week is Christen Johnson and Brooke Billing of Broadus High School.

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Montana State Prison launches new chemical dependency program

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Montana state prisoners are getting another chance to overcome addiction.

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Billings man on probation faces felony drug charges in Gallatin County

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A Billings-area man faces drug charges in Gallatin County after a police officer stopped him for suspicious activity. 

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Survivor of Belgrade shooting fighting for her life

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"She's a small girl with a big personality and was always looking for ways to help others."

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Billings man accused of raping teenage runaway

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A Billings man is accused of raping a teenage runaway multiple times. 

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Cloud Peak lands major deal to ship Montana coal to Japan

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Coal from the Powder River Basin will soon be on its way to Japan to fuel two new coal gasification plants in Fukushima Prefecture. 

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3-mile trail project to connect Billings Rims from Zimmerman to Swords Park unveiled

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The Billings Rims can provide some breathtaking views and now there's a pitch to connect a three mile trail for anyone to enjoy. 

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Security footage shows arrest of California couple accused of torturing children

The home of a California couple accused of imprisoning their children. CBS News. The home of a California couple accused of imprisoning their children. CBS News.
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PERRIS, Calif. -- Bail has been set at $9 million each for the parents accused of imprisoning their 13 children inside their home in Southern California.

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Simone Biles says she, too, was abused by former USA team doctor

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On the eve of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing for sexually abusing girls in his care, American gymnast Simone Biles came forward to say me, too.

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White House doctor: Trump in 'excellent' health

What the world knows about President Donald Trump's general health is not much as of now -- and what the public learns about his health after a medical exam on Friday, January 12, 2018 might not be much, either. courtesy CNN. What the world knows about President Donald Trump's general health is not much as of now -- and what the public learns about his health after a medical exam on Friday, January 12, 2018 might not be much, either. courtesy CNN.
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Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who last week declared President Donald Trump in "excellent health," provided more details of the President's medical exam during a briefing on Tuesday.

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National Parks advisory group quits, complains about lack of meetings with Zinke

Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior. Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior.
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9 of the 12 board members suddenly quit on Monday night.

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House Republicans prepare to go it alone on government funding stopgap measure

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The House Freedom Caucus isn't making it easy for Republican leaders to keep the government funded.

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