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Trump: Rep Who Body-Slammed Reporter Is 'My Guy'

Trump celebrated Greg Gianforte's 2017 assault of Ben Jacobs

(Newser) - "Any guy that can do a body-slam, he's my guy," President Trump shouted to a cheering Montana audience Thursday night as he simulated slamming someone to the ground, then noting, "I shouldn't say that." Trump was discussing Rep. Greg Gianforte, who assaulted Guardian reporter... More »

Zinke Signs Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

'There are places to mine and places not to mine'

(Newser) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As Zinke signed the mineral ban at... More »

5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

Trump Slams 'Sick' Democrats at Montana Rally

He calls senators' behavior during Kavanaugh hearings 'embarrassing'

(Newser) - At a campaign rally in Montana Thursday night, President Trump praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh 's progress toward winning confirmation to the Supreme Court but decried the "anger and the meanness on the other side," blasting Democrats' behavior toward his nominee as "sick." Trump sought to... More »

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled a Suicide

'It's a big relief that the truth is out there,' daughter says

(Newser) - Superman actress Margot Kidder's death has been ruled a suicide, and her daughter says it's a relief to finally have the truth out. Kidder, who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman in her most famous role, was found by a friend in her Montana home on... More »

Where Women Vanish, Someone Is Tracking Them

Student Annita Lucchesi creates a database to track missing indigenous women

(Newser) - Ashley Loring liked writing poetry, riding horseback, and experiencing the low rumble of distant storms. "She wasn't scared of anything," her mother Loxie says at Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, per NPR . "And for how small she is, she was..." At that point Loxie fights... More »

Grizzly Euthanized After 20-Foot Fall

Vertebrae damage left animal partially paralyzed

(Newser) - One of an estimated 300 grizzly bears in Montana's Glacier National Park had to be euthanized this week after a 20-foot fall left it partially paralyzed. It was found on its back in the middle of a road late Sunday, leading rangers to speculate it had been hit by... More »

After 6-Hour Search, Deputy Finds Baby in Woods

'This is what we call a miracle,' says sheriff's office in Missoula, Mont.

(Newser) - "This is what we call miracle," reads a Facebook post from the Missoula County Sheriff's Office in Montana. The reference is to a deputy who heard a faint cry in the woods and discovered a baby buried under sticks and debris, a happy end to a frantic... More »

Senator Gives Trump a Tongue-in-Cheek Greeting

Sen. Jon Tester ran full-page ad in a dozen Montana newspapers

(Newser) - Sen. Jon Tester gave President Donald Trump a tongue-in-cheek welcome to Montana on Thursday by taking out a full-page ad in more than a dozen newspapers thanking him for signing 16 bills the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored. Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in the city of Great Falls... More »

Woman Wielding Machete Forced Ex to Have Sex: Cops

Samantha Ray Mears allegedly entered house while ex was out, then accosted him

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Montana woman was arrested Friday after allegedly lying in wait for her ex-boyfriend with a machete and forcing him to have sex with her. The alleged victim, who had reportedly been in a relationship with Samantha Ray Mears for seven years before they broke up, told police he... More »

National Guard Rescues 140 Trapped Campers

Floating bears also a problem in Montana floods

(Newser) - Helicopters rescued people stranded as severe storms swept the Rockies and the Midwest, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain Bible camp for two days. Campers attending the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible near the small town of Augusta were lifted out Thursday after a washed-out road... More »

Mystery Animal Wasn't Such a Mystery

Creature shot by rancher in Montana turns out to be a gray wolf

(Newser) - The mystery is over: Wildlife officials have confirmed that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was merely a gray wolf. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks officials initially weren't certain what the creature was when a rancher shot it in May, noting that its legs, front claws, and canine... More »

49ers Mourn Receiver Who Made 'The Catch'

Dwight Clark, who was behind one of NFL's greatest plays, dies at age 61 after ALS battle

(Newser) - An ex-NFL player known for a play that pushed the San Francisco 49ers into a championship run in the '80s died Monday at the age of 61 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, per ESPN . "I'm heartbroken to tell you that today I lost... More »

A Week After Starting 'Dream Job,' a Bear Attack

Amber Kornak's quick thinking helped her survive mauling in the mountains of Montana

(Newser) - On May 11, Amber Kornak posted her new job on Facebook—a "dream job" with the US Fish and Wildlife Service that involved working with grizzly bears, People notes. But less than a week later, the 28-year-old was mauled by a bear in Montana, though her quick thinking helped... More »

2 US Citizens Spoke Spanish at a Gas Station. Enter Border Patrol

Ana Suda says she and another American friend were detained in Montana while getting milk, eggs

(Newser) - First a lawyer took issue with two women speaking Spanish in a New York City eatery. Now two US citizens in the Montana town of Havre have had the same experience—but this time the person with the issue was a Border Patrol agent. Ana Suda, 37, tells the Washington ... More »

1st US State Intervenes to Allow Net Neutrality

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signs order in response to FCC repeal

(Newser) - Montana on Monday became the first state to bar telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they "unreasonably interfere" with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps, under an order from Gov. Steve Bullock intended to protect so-called net neutrality. The Democratic governor's order comes after the... More »

Brothers Vanished in 2010. Box May Hold Clues to Their Fate

Police trying to determine if box of remains found in Montana could be tied to missing Skelton brothers

(Newser) - Three Michigan brothers went missing under odd circumstances in 2010, and now a box of remains in Montana may offer closure on their fate. Per MLive.com , Michigan State Police are exploring whether there's a tie between the disappearance of the Skelton brothers—9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander, and 5-year-old... More »

Report: Energy Company in Puerto Rico Jacking Up the Tab

Contractors for Whitefish Energy making up to $100 an hour, but Whitefish is billing $319

(Newser) - Called an "unusual" arrangement right from the start, a Montana energy company working in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria is now raising eyebrows even higher. The New York Times reports Florida linemen hired as contractors by Whitefish Energy are making up to $100 an hour with double time, which,... More »

Don't Want to Get in a Car Crash? This State's Your Best Bet

Montana has the safest drivers

(Newser) - In 2016, there were more than 40,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the US, per the National Safety Council . And while factors beyond drivers' control, such as weather, may play a role in these fatalities, 24/7 Wall St. notes that "driver choice" (as in choosing to text or break the... More »

Firm With 2 Full-Time Workers Lands $300M Puerto Rico Deal

Tiny Whitefish Energy happens to be financed by a big supporter of President Trump

(Newser) - A tiny for-profit company out of Montana has landed a $300 million contract to help get the power back on in Puerto Rico, reports the Spokesman-Review . How tiny? Whitefish Energy had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria slammed into the island. However, the company suggests that figure... More »

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