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Police Fire Pepper Spray, Bean Bags at Pipeline Protesters

More than 20 protesters were arrested; at least 1 was injured

(Newser) - Officers in riot gear fired bean bags and pepper spray at protesters Thursday as they tried to clear them from a camp on private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the AP reports. A North Dakota State Emergency Services spokesperson said officers were responding to "... More »

Riot Charges Dropped Against Reporter at Pipeline Protest

Amy Goodman was accused of trespassing and rioting after her coverage

(Newser) - Another arrest related to protests over a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota is making headlines. In this one, journalist Amy Goodman was accused of participating in a riot while covering a protest that turned violent last month, but a judge rejected the charge on Monday, reports Gothamist . Goodman works... More »

Shailene Woodley Livestreamed Her Own Arrest

Actress was protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline

(Newser) - The Fault In Our Stars actress Shailene Woodley was arrested Monday in North Dakota while protesting the construction of an oil pipeline on Native American lands. The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline protest encampment has been the site of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in a century, CBS... More »

Government Sides With Tribe, Halts Pipeline Construction

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says it's a 'game changer'

(Newser) - On the heels of major defeat comes surprising victory: Shortly after a federal judge denied a request from the Standing Rock Sioux to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the federal government stepped in and did exactly that. ABC News reports the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior,... More »

Judge Denies Tribe's Request to Halt Pipeline

Judge: Standing Rock Sioux didn't prove Dakota Access injunction warranted

(Newser) - A federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux's request for a temporary halt to construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline Friday, the AP reports. Judge James Boasberg says he took the tribe's request very seriously— NPR notes he acknowledged the "contentious and tragic" relationship between Native... More »

Protest Over Dakota Pipeline Near Reservation Is Growing

A big decision is expected Friday

(Newser) - The protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline launched by the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is continuing to grow, with fellow tribes and environmentalists joining the cause. The planned pipeline would transport oil from Canada to Illinois, but it would cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation... More »

3 Siblings Born on Same Date 3 Years in Row

Birthdays come just one day a year in the Stevenson household

(Newser) - Three’s the charm for the Stevenson family. The North Dakota family welcomed baby Henry on Sept. 1, their third child born on the same date the third year in a row, the Dickinson Press reports. And that’s not all. In a tangle of threes, Seth and Lauren Stevenson... More »

Warrant Issued for Jill Stein's Arrest

She's been charged with mischief in ND after spray-painting bulldozer

(Newser) - An arrest warrant has been issued for a 2016 presidential candidate—and it's for neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. Instead, Green Party candidate Jill Stein has been charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief in Morton County, ND, after spray-painting construction equipment during a pipeline protest, the AP... More »

Pipeline Protest Near Reservation Turns Violent

Tribe in North Dakota taking a stand against four-state project

(Newser) - A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota. Four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after several hundred protesters confronted construction crews Saturday... More »

Best, Worst States for Student Debt

Utah is best; DC is worst

(Newser) - Congratulations to anyone heading off to college in Utah this fall. A WalletHub ranking finds the state is the friendliest in the country when it comes to student debt, based on average debt, loans overdue or in default, unemployment, the availability of student jobs and grants, and other factors. Other... More »

He Sold $80 of Pot, Turned Informant, Ended Up Dead

Now Andrew Sadek's family is suing

(Newser) - Six weeks after Andrew Sadek was last seen leaving his North Dakota State College of Science dorm in May 2014, his body turned up in the Red River. He'd been shot in the head. The 20-year-old was attending college on an electrician's scholarship and was just weeks shy... More »

Big Tip Brings Triplet-Raising Grandma to Tears

'Words can't describe how grateful I am'

(Newser) - A bartending grandmother in North Dakota was floored by a tip left by two strangers last Saturday night, ABC News . According to the Grand Forks Herald , 48-year-old Shiela Weisgerber was talking about her 4-year-old triplet grandsons—who she's raised on her own practically since they were born—with customers... More »

Study Names Worst State for Drunk Driving

It's North Dakota, though Montana isn't great, either

(Newser) - Be careful on the roads in North Dakota. The state is the most dangerous in the country when it comes to drunk driving, according to an analysis by . It considered five factors: a state's drunk-driving-related deaths and arrests in 2015, its penalties and laws, and its cost... More »

N. Dakota Picks Cruz-Friendly GOP Delegates

But they will remain unbound at convention

(Newser) - North Dakota's GOP convention finished Sunday with the selection of 25 unbound delegates to the Republican National Convention—though that didn't stop Ted Cruz's campaign from declaring itself the winner after days of wrangling for delegates. At the convention, which the state GOP holds instead of a... More »

Fargo Shaken by First Line-of-Duty Cop Death Since 1882

Suspected shooter was found dead the next day

(Newser) - The death of a Fargo police officer in the line of duty has shaken the city, North Dakota's largest. Officer Jason Moszer, 33, died Thursday of a gunshot wound suffered while responding to a domestic disturbance hours earlier. The six-year veteran of the force, who had a wife and... More »

Police Dog Finds Suspect Hiding in Garbage Can

'Great work, Falco!'

(Newser) - Ah, the sweet smell of justice. Or is that garbage? A Fargo police dog named Falco helped the North Dakota Highway Patrol track down an elusive suspect early Friday morning, according to a post on the Fargo Police Department's Facebook page. Falco and his nose led troopers from the... More »

Cat Missing for 5 Years Is Going Home

Hemi may take plane ride from N. Carolina to be reunited with family in N. Dakota

(Newser) - A cat that went missing from its military family has been found four years later, and now he's prepping for a possible plane ride home to be reunited. Hemi—so named because owners Jennifer and Robert Connell first found him under their car hood in 2009—disappeared in 2011... More »

University of ND Has New, Non-'Hostile' Nickname

It's now the Fighting Hawks

(Newser) - University of North Dakota backers have selected Fighting Hawks as the school's new nickname, the school announced Wednesday. The predatory bird received 57% of the mascot vote compared to 43% for Roughriders. The new nickname replaces Fighting Sioux, which was retired by the state Board of Higher Education in... More »

North Dakota Lets Police Drones Fire Rubber Bullets

One expert says it's 'one of the worst' ideas ever about drones

(Newser) - Watch the skies in North Dakota: The state has passed a first-of-its-kind law legalizing the use of armed police drones, though they must carry "less than lethal" weapons like tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbags, pepper spray, and Tasers, reports NPR . Interestingly, the law was first introduced as legislation prohibiting... More »

Plane Almost Runs Out of Gas After Airport Closure

Pilot tells air traffic controller: 'I don't have 20 minutes'

(Newser) - Federal officials are investigating why an Allegiant Air passenger jet nearly ran out of fuel before landing at an airport that was temporarily closed to most traffic. The Allegiant plane with 144 passengers landed safely last Thursday at Hector International Airport in Fargo, ND, after a flight from Las Vegas.... More »

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