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Dozens stranded on broken chairlift at Red Lodge Mountain

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RED LODGE -- Dozens of skiers and snowboarders became stuck at Red Lodge Mountain after a chairlift cable derailed Saturday afternoon.

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Q2 Weather: Back country travel near impossible as heavy snow continues today

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Periods of moderate to heavy to moderate snow is expected Sunday in the mountains and foothills west of Billings, reaching 8 to 14 inches of new snow.

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Salute the Badge: Missoula officer spends spare time with 2nd grade student

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Missoula police officer Chea Hollis hangs out with Chief Charlo second grade student Braidon Bulter in her spare time. 

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Phillips 66 identifies gas odor smelled around Billings

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BILLINGS -- If you smelled gas in the Magic City on Saturday, you're not alone. 

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'Black Panther' brings in a record-breaking box office weekend

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All hail the king.

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Passenger plane crashes in Iran with 66 aboard, report says

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All 66 people on board a passenger plane that crashed Sunday in a mountainous region of southern Iran are presumed dead, the airline said. 

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17-year-old arrested after threatening to blow up Alamance County school

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Alamance County, N.C. (WGHP) -- It's a warning that students might not want to take for granted.

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Kasich to Trump: 'Take some steps' on gun control

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Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said the deadly school shooting on Wednesday should be a rallying moment for the nation on guns, but he predicted Congress would not live up to the task, and suggested the president should take the lead.

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Colorado deputy recovering from shooting honored at basketball game

Deputy Jeff Pelle honored at Longmont High School. (credit: CBS) Deputy Jeff Pelle honored at Longmont High School. (credit: CBS)
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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Students at Longmont High School helped honor a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot and seriously hurt more than a month ago.

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Helena snowball softball tournament raises money for charities

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Over half of the proceeds go to charities chosen by the top four teams as well as the Helena Umpires Association, which will donate to similar charities.
 

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Highway 191 from Harlowton to Eddies Corner closed; severe driving conditions across Montana

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Highway 191 North from Harlowton to Eddies Corner closed this morning because of severe driving conditions.

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Q2 Weather: Snow and cold, and then really cold

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More snow now, and especially cold by Tuesday morning. Click for more.

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CPR Saturday instructs how to help save lives

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BILLINGS -- Only about a quarter of those suffering a cardiac arrest outside a hospital receive CPR.

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There have been at least 12 incidents involving threats and weapons at schools since the Florida shooting

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Since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on Valentine's Day, there have been at least 12 reports of other incidents involving a threat to a school or a weapon on a school campus.

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Hundreds receive free dental service in annual event by Brewer Dental Center

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BILLINGS -- Ask those who work at Brewer Dental Center, they will tell you this is the best day of the year. 

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Florida student to lawmakers and gun advocates: 'We call BS'

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Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed a gun control rally on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, days after a gunman entered her school in nearby Parkland and killed 17 people. 

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Thousands attend MATE Show as it wraps up in Billings

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BILLINGS -- Farmers and ranchers had a chance to see the latest in equipment and technology at the MATE Show. 

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Woman reported as walk-away from Billings pre-release center

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A woman serving a sentence at the Passages Women's Program in Billings for theft has been reported as a walk-away.

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"I sleep well at night," says skier Lindsey Vonn as she answers hate tweets

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Lindsey Vonn had barely finished her first race at PyeongChang 2018 when the online abuse resumed.

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City funding for residential plowing in Billings is about to run out

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Just a couple of months after the winter’s first major storm, the funding for residential plowing has all but dried up.

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After Russian indictments, Facebook concedes it has "more to do"

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Following the indictment of 13 Russian nationals accused of breaking U.S. laws by interfering with the 2016 presidential election, Facebook said it has "more to do" and vowed to better protect its social media platform from outside intrusion. 

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Denver police urge gun owners to turn in bump stocks after ban

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Police in Denver are asking gun owners to turn over bump stocks after the city council voted to ban the devices. 

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Woman charged with driving drunk with child in vehicle

Jessica Kay Johnson  (Cascade County jail booking photo) Jessica Kay Johnson (Cascade County jail booking photo)
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A woman has been charged with criminal child endangerment after she allegedly was driving drunk with a child in her vehicle. 

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Missing Butte man found dead

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The body of a Butte man who was reported missing in late January was found Thursday. 

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Why Karen McDougal spoke out on alleged affair with Trump

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The White House is denying a new report that President Trump had an extramarital affair before he launched his political career. 

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Q2 Weather: More snow showers, and getting cold

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Periods of snow will continue through Monday.  And it gets really cold next week. Click for details

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How the Russians did it

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The operation sounds like a normal tech-savvy ad agency.

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Trump meets with those affected by Parkland shooting

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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited the victims of the Parkland, Fla. mass shooting Friday night, as well as members of law enforcement at the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

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How to talk to your kids about the Florida shooting

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Communication is a significant topic of conversation among professionals and parents after the school shooting that left 17 dead.

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Flu now blamed for 84 child deaths this season, CDC says

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The deaths of 22 more children from flu-related causes were reported Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its weekly surveillance report.

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Montana man still remembers deadly Lewistown school shooting 30 years later

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BUTTE - In 1986, Rob McClain was 16 years old and in the library at Fergus High School working on his book report.

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Lewis & Clark top team at Billings MathCounts competition

Lewis & Clark Middle Schoool wins Billings region MatchCounts competition. Lewis & Clark Middle Schoool wins Billings region MatchCounts competition.
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The best middle school math teams across the area converged on Billings for a numbers battle. The Billings regional MathCounts competition featured 118 students from 12 schools, at MSU Billings Petro Theater on Friday.

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Man suing Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office for unlawful solitary confinement

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A Gallatin County man who was sentenced in 2015 for numerous charges including, rape, assault, and escape is now suing the Gallatin County Sheriff's office and the detention center. 

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott calls on FBI Director Chris Wray to resign

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Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign, after the FBI admitted it received a tip about the suspect in the Parkland shooting as recently as January, but failed to follow through on it.

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Magnitude 7.2 earthquake jolts southeastern Mexico

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night, with the epicenter in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey reported. A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night, with the epicenter in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey reported.
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A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night, with the epicenter in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey reported.

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After Florida school massacre, Billings SD2 Superintendent stresses "communication and collaboration"

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BILLINGS -- In the wake of a deadly school shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday, the superintendent of Billings School District 2 issued a public letter Friday, telling parents, staff and community members that it takes collaboration to prevent tragedy from striking in Billings. 

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Trump administration recommends steep tariffs on steel and aluminum

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross suggested three options for Trump on steel and aluminum -- impose an across-the-board tariff, target select countries with higher tariffs, or limit the amount of steel and aluminum that comes into the United States. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross suggested three options for Trump on steel and aluminum -- impose an across-the-board tariff, target select countries with higher tariffs, or limit the amount of steel and aluminum that comes into the United States.
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The Commerce Department is recommending steep tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. 

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Stapleton updates review process for problematic mail ballots

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Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, who caused a political stir last year when he highlighted 363 mail ballots not counted because of improper signatures, says his office and others have agreed how to review such ballots for possible “voter misconduct.” 

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Montana wildlife officials: About 2 percent of 339 deer killed in special hunt near Bridger had CWD

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BILLINGS - Hunters killed and harvested 216 mule deer and 123 white-tailed deer during a special hunt near Bridger, which ended Thursday, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reported Friday. 

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Trump responds to indictment of 13 Russians: "no collusion!"

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President Trump responded to the indictment of 13 Russians Friday over allegations that they interfered to influence the 2016 presidential election, asserting as he has in in the past that his campaign did not collude with foreign entities.

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Indictments issued against Russians in U.S. election meddling case

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is announcing Friday the indictment of Russian nationals and entities accused of breaking U.S. laws to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

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Yellowstone County deputy awarded American Legion Officer of The Year

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Yellowstone County Deputy Sheriff Aaron Harris was honored with the American Legion Post 117 Law Enforcement Officer of The Year Award on Friday.

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Remains of Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park holding up against winter snow

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There’s still several weeks of winter left but there’s good news to report about the resiliency of the historic Sperry Chalet in the Glacier National Park backcountry. 

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Should employers keep testing workers for pot?

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Most employers screen job applicants for marijuana use, even in states where it's legal for medical and recreational use. That has some experts arguing that the practice is a waste of time and removes otherwise qualified candidates from consideration for jobs. 

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Large sinkholes threatening homes in Florida

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Multiple sinkholes are threatening at least two homes in Florida.

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No shortage of multimillionaires among MT’s 2018 congressional candidates

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont.
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Montana may have the wealthiest member in all of Congress – Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte – but he’s far from being the only multimillionaire running for federal office this year in Montana. 

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Video Extra: Brick-tossing burglar knocks out accomplice

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What happens when you add bricks to boneheads?

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Couple facing charges after police seize 150+ animals from Phoenix pet facility

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Phoenix police raided a pet boarding facility Thursday morning, seizing numerous sick and neglected animals from the business.

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First responder receives minor injuries in multi-vehicle Wyoming crash

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An overturned semi trailer was ripped in half and an ambulance responder injured in a multi-vehicle crash near Rawlins, Wyo., early Thursday morning.

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Baby elephant saved from well

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It was looking bleak for the frantic youngster as it fought to keep its head above the water. 

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Romney announces US Senate run

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Mitt Romney said in a video announcement Friday that he will run for the US Senate from Utah, setting out on a glide path to Washington where he will likely play a central role driving the direction of the fractious Republican Party. 

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New Yorker: Ex-model details Trump system for covering up affairs

Karen McDougal (Facebook) Karen McDougal (Facebook)
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A former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump beginning in 2006 is going public with a description of Trump's alleged system for concealing affairs.

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How effective is the flu vaccine?

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We are in the middle of one of the worst flu seasons in more than a decade. 

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Copycat threats surfacing after school massacre

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Authorities are reporting numerous "copycat" threats to schools in the wake of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead Wednesday.

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Endangered African Wild Dog puppies make debut at Denver Zoo

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Denver Zoo is introducing four endangered African wild dog puppies. 

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New plan for downtown Billings to be unveiled

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Next week, a little more than 20 years after the completion of the Downtown Billings Framework Plan, an updated, overhauled version of that document will be unveiled at a public meeting. 

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Retiring chaplain honored at Billings police banquet

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Every year, Billings Police Chaplains honor law enforcement officers at the Police Appreciation Banquet. A retiring Chaplain also was recognized at the Big Horn Resort on Thursday night.

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Fagg meets White House officials and talks Montana Senate race

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Former District Court Judge Russ Fagg of Billings met with White House officials Wednesday about his campaign for the Republican nomination to unseat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

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Another snow dump keeps plows, shovelers busy in Billings

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The latest snow storm had motorists in Billings digging out, scraping ice and sliding their way across town.

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Dentistry From The Heart set for Saturday in Billings

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Dentistry from the Heart started in Florida and a Billings dental office is the tops among 300 in the country providing free dental care.

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These are the victims of the Florida school shooting

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A football coach. An athletic director. And young, fresh-faced students. They are among the 17 people killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday.

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Luge track at Lolo Hot Springs carried Montanans to Winter Games

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LOLO HOT SPRINGS – Jim Murray grew up in Avon, Montana. As a young boy, he remembers going to the movies in Deer Lodge and watching newsreel footage of an American bobsled team, led by driver Stan Benham, winning a world championship. 

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On Special Assignment: Klepps: The Pursuit of Four

Klepps stands in an empty Rimrock Auto Area following the state wrestling tournament (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) Klepps stands in an empty Rimrock Auto Area following the state wrestling tournament (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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In the more than 60-year history of Billings Senior High School wrestling, there has been only one 4-time state champion. 

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Jeffrey Tambor not returning for Season 5 of 'Transparent'

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Jeffrey Tambor will not be returning for the next season of "Transparent," Amazon Studios tells CNN. 

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Man killed in Grass Range crash identified as Bozeman resident

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 A man is dead after rollover crash Thursday in Grass Range, where the Montana Highway Patrol said road conditions remain treacherous. 

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Bullock orders flags to half-staff

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock ordered flags lowered to half-staff out of respect for the Florida school shooting victims and families.

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Accused gunman confessed to Florida high school shooting, police say

Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Jacob Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He makes his initial court appearance Thursday, February 15, 2018 morning. Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Jacob Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He makes his initial court appearance Thursday, February 15, 2018 morning.
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The 19-year-old accused of gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, Fla., told police he carried out the rampage, according to a probable cause report.

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Chef of Lilac restaurant in Billings a semifinalist for prestigious culinary award

Jeremy Engebretson (left) is a semifinalist for a James Beard Award (Last Best News) Jeremy Engebretson (left) is a semifinalist for a James Beard Award (Last Best News)
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BILLINGS -- A Billings chef is in the running for the prestigious James Beard Award, which has been recognizing culinary professionals for excellence for 28 years.

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On Special Assignment Preview: The Pursuit of Four

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In the more than 60 year history of Senior High School wrestling, there’s been only one 4-time state champion. Charlie Klepps came in to his Senior year hoping to become the second. 

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Trump: "No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school"

Florida shooting victim Jaime Gutenberg Florida shooting victim Jaime Gutenberg
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"Today, I speak to a nation in grief." 

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McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers out of the Happy Meal

McDonald's is making Happy Meals healthier. By 2022, cheeseburgers won't be part of the menu for the kids' meals, although parents can still ask for them. McDonald's is making Happy Meals healthier. By 2022, cheeseburgers won't be part of the menu for the kids' meals, although parents can still ask for them.
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McDonald's is making Happy Meals healthier. By 2022, cheeseburgers won't be part of the menu for the kids' meals, although parents can still ask for them. 

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Police: Everett teen plotted high school shooting, wrote 'I can't wait'

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An Everett teen was arrested Wednesday after police found evidence that he was in the advanced stages of plotting a shooting at his high school.

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