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Democratic Senator Accused of Plagiarism

Montana's John Walsh lifted thesis material, says New York Times

(Newser) - It's bad news for Democrats in general and worse news for one Democrat in particular: The New York Times is out with a detailed report alleging plagiarism on the part of Montana Sen. John Walsh. It's not pretty: The report shows that about 25% of Walsh's 2007... More »

Boeing Fuselages Get Stuck in Montana River

Derailment tosses fuselages in water

(Newser) - Rafters on Montana's Lower Clark Fork River are encountering an unusual sight as they round a bend: The fuselages of three Boeing 737 aircraft. The huge aircraft bodies and the train cars carrying them got stuck in the river last week when 19 freight cars derailed, the Missoulian reports.... More »

Ancient Mystery Solved, Toddler's Remains Are Reburied

Boy's DNA helped point out origins of Native Americans

(Newser) - The 12,600-year-old remains of a toddler were reburied Saturday in a Native American ceremony after the boy's DNA pinpointed the ancient roots of today's American Indians and other native people of the Americas. The boy's remains were put back as close as possible to the original... More »

Dino Grew 'Wings'— on Its Head

Mercuriceratops gemini used protrusions to attract mates

(Newser) - If you thought the " Pinocchio Rex " looked a bit odd, get a load of this dinosaur: Scientists have discovered a Triceratops relative, the smaller Mercuriceratops gemini, which sported bony "wings" on either side of its head. The fact that fossil fragments showing butterfly-like protrusions from the skull... More »

Wife's DUI Leads to Husband's DUI

He tried to bail her out of jail, unsuccessfully

(Newser) - In the grand tradition of those accused of drinking too much trying to bail out loved ones accused of the same: A Montana man got charged with DUI after trying to post bond for his wife, who had been jailed on DUI charges of her own three hours earlier, reports... More »

Judge Suspended Longer Than 30-Day Rape Sentence

Baugh gets 31 days, will be publicly censured

(Newser) - The Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control" as the teacher who had sex with her has received a suspension a day longer than the 30 days he handed down in the case. The Montana... More »

Man's Defense for Killing Teen: 'Castle Doctrine'

Markus Kaarma pleads not guilty to deliberate homicide

(Newser) - Markus Kaarma, the man accused of laying a trap and then shooting a teen in his garage last month, feels badly about killing German exchange student, Diren Dede, 17, his lawyer says—but that doesn't change the fact that it was justified. "It was so dark in there... More »

Man's 30-Day Sentence in Girl's Rape Is Bogus: Court

Initial judge, who blamed victim, cited as Montana Supreme Court overturns

(Newser) - Montana's Supreme Court today dumped the jaw-dropping decision of a lower court to sentence a high school teacher to 30 days in the rape of a 14-year-old student. The high court cited Judge Todd Baugh —who suggested that the victim, who later committed suicide, was partly to blame... More »

Police: Montana Man Laid Trap, Killed Teen

Victim was German exchange student Diren Dede, 17

(Newser) - A Montana couple frustrated by recent thefts allegedly set a trap for potential burglars—and upon hearing a would-be intruder after midnight on Sunday, the husband fired four shots into the darkness, he says. Now, Markus Kaarma of Missoula has been charged in the death of German exchange student Diren... More »

Snowboarder 'Triggers Avalanche' That Buries 3

Two adults, 8-year-old boy buried in snow that destroyed house

(Newser) - Rescue officials say about 100 neighbors in Missoula, Montana, converged to help find three people buried Friday during an avalanche that may have been caused by a snowboarder. The avalanche swept down a mountain in a residential area of Missoula and crushed a house at the bottom. "It was... More »

DOJ: Prosecutor Said 'Boys Will Be Boys' About Rape Case

Feds say it's part of a 'disturbing pattern' in Montana's Missoula County

(Newser) - The Justice Department thinks prosecutors in the Missoula County Attorney's Office in Montana take reports of sexual assaults so lightly that it "places the safety of all women in Missoula at risk," reports Mother Jones . It's not the first time DOJ has gotten involved , but the... More »

Catholic School Fires Pregnant, Unwed Teacher

She 'failed to follow Catholic lifestyle'

(Newser) - An unmarried Montana schoolteacher who became pregnant is now unemployed because she failed to "follow a lifestyle in line with Catholic teachings," the diocese says. Shaela Evenson, who has taught literature and physical education to sixth, seventh, and eighth-graders for nine years, was sacked from a private school... More »

Snowboarder Fined for Moose Harassment

Viral video shows guy chasing animal

(Newser) - A pair of Montana snowboarders made a name for themselves after chasing a moose down a mountain and filming the whole thing. After they posted the video to Facebook , it earned them national media coverage—and, for 21-year-old snowboarder Charlie Rush, a $225 fine, Fox News reports. The fine is... More »

Man's Sentence: Write 'Boys Do Not Hit Girls' 5K Times

Pacer Anthony Ferguson also gets 6 months in jail ... and 8 years for 2nd crime

(Newser) - It's a tale of two men out of Montana: One an infamous felon, one a rather infamous judge. Pacer Anthony Ferguson showed up twice in Yellowstone County District Court this week. One appearance was about an attempted robbery that took place at knife-point in a Walmart parking lot in... More »

Cliff Bride: I Pushed My Husband 'and I Took Off'

FBI statement played during day 3 of trial

(Newser) - The bride accused of pushing her new husband off a cliff to his death wrapped day three of her trial yesterday, and this was the day's standout line: "I pushed him and I took off." That was what Jordan Graham said to the FBI in a recorded... More »

Jurassic Park-esque Find: Blood-Filled Mosquito Fossil

But don't expect dinosaurs anytime soon

(Newser) - OK, so the mosquito is only 46 million years old—too recent to have sucked dinosaur blood. But for the first time in history, scientists have found a fossilized skeeter that's still got a belly full of blood, harkening back to the plot of Jurassic Park, the Smithsonian points... More »

Roadkill Permits? Montana's Getting an App for That

To find dinner, hit the road; or the gas when you see an animal in the road

(Newser) - Roadkill: It's what's for dinner in Montana—and now it's even legal, as a new law went into effect today allowing Montanans to harvest meat from animals who meet their untimely end on the road. As the AP reports, should you find yourself snacky on the roadside... More »

Ex-Teacher Leaving Jail After 30-Day Rape Sentence

Sentence appealed to Montana high court

(Newser) - It's been a month, and that means confessed rapist Stacey Rambold is leaving prison today following a 30-day sentence that continues to fuel anger. The former teacher faces 14 years and 11 months of probation, CNN reports, and that may not be all: His short sentence, for the rape... More »

Cops: New Bride Shoved Husband Over Cliff

She confesses to killing 8 days after wedding

(Newser) - A Montana newlywed turned herself into a widow just eight days into her marriage by pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park, police say. Jordan Linn Graham, 22, has told investigators that she argued with Cody Johnson, 25, while they walking on a steep hiking trail on... More »

Court Won't Allow Judge to Undo Rapist's Sentence

Montana man's 30-day sentence will stand, at least until the appeal

(Newser) - That controversial 30-day sentence handed down to a Montana teacher who had sex with a teenage student won't be changed after all. The state Supreme Court today ruled that Judge G. Todd Baugh—the one who set off an uproar by saying the 14-year-old victim was older than her... More »

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