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Police: Car Full of Teens Drove Straight at a Cop

Officer in Billings, Mont., was seriously injured

(Newser) - Montana police say a 14-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a car that struck and seriously injured a Billings officer early Saturday morning. The Billings Police Department said in a press release that five females between the ages of 13 and 16 were also in the car, which had... More »

8 Bears Died Here in 2019. Cow Carcasses Sealed Their Fate

Record 51 bears killed in Montana for 2nd year in a row, with 8 deaths attributed to trains

(Newser) - Researchers are developing a system to warn grizzly bears about approaching trains in response to climbing death rates, which have some fearing for the future of the species. Some 51 bears were killed in Montana's Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, including Glacier National Park and parts of the Flathead and... More »

Lawmaker Who Said Socialists Can Be Shot Is Staying Put

Rodney Garcia said Constitution allows them to be jailed or shot

(Newser) - The Montana state lawmaker who said the Constitution allows socialists to be shot won't resign, despite much outcry over his remarks and an official request from party leadership that he step down. State representative Rodney Garcia of Billings tells the AP the "only way I would give my... More »

Lawmaker: The Constitution Says You Can Shoot Socialists

State Rep. Rodney Garcia claims it's in the US Constitution

(Newser) - A Montana state lawmaker claims that the US Constitution approves of jailing or shooting anyone who identifies as socialist. State Rep. Rodney Garcia framed his remark as a question at a state party gathering in Helena on Friday, then confirmed it to a reporter the next day: "So actually... More »

Body of Selena Not Afraid Found Near Rest Stop

Sheriff says foul play not suspected in death of indigenous teen

(Newser) - The search for a Native American teenager whose disappearance brought attention to the wider issue of missing and murdered women from the community came to a tragic end Monday morning. The body of 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found less than a mile from the I-90 rest stop in rural... More »

Missing Teen's Case Puts Focus on a Troubling Issue

Selena Not Afraid is the latest Native American girl or woman to disappear

(Newser) - It has been nearly three weeks since 16-year-old Selena Bell, aka Selena Not Afraid, went missing. The Native American teen disappeared at a rest stop in rural Montana, and searches by police and volunteers have been fruitless. As the hunt continues, Selena's disappearance is calling attention to the larger... More »

Supreme Court Case Could Boost Religious Schooling

It's rooted in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program

(Newser) - A Supreme Court that seems favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states, the AP reports. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program... More »

Who's Ready for Blizzard Conditions?

North-central states could see up to 2 feet of snow over next few days

(Newser) - Get your snow boots ready. A "potentially historic" winter storm is expected over the next several days in the north-central part of the country, which could see record low temperatures and up to two feet of snow, USA Today reports. Parts of Washington state, northern Idaho, and western Montana... More »

Men Who Pretended to Be Veterans Must Wear 'I AM A LIAR' Signs

Plus complete a few other unusual sentencing requirements

(Newser) - Two men who pretended to be military veterans were sentenced to some very interesting punishments in Montana Friday, KRTV reports. As the Great Falls Tribune explains, Ryan Patrick Morris, 28, and Troy Allan Nelson, 33, were appearing before Judge Greg Pinski for violating the terms of deferred or suspended sentences... More »

A Lost Man's Heartbreaking Note to Pregnant Wife

Luckily, Kaden Laga made it back alive after 5 days in the Montana wilderness

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Utah man lost in the wilderness along the Montana-Idaho border last week, not sure if he'd ever make it out, found himself thinking about his pregnant wife—so he composed a note on his phone "in case they found my body cold," Kaden Laga now... More »

He Said Boy Was Snubbing National Anthem. Then a 'Pop'

Curt James Brockway charged with assault on a minor

(Newser) - A grown man allegedly fractured a boy's skull because the 13-year-old didn't remove his hat as the national anthem played at a county fair. The boy was flown to a hospital in Spokane, Wash., after he was thrown to ground at the Mineral County Fair in Superior, Mont.... More »

Toddler Found Dead After Parents' Murder-Suicide

Police in Montana believe they have found body of Aiden Salcido

(Newser) - The body of a missing Oregon boy whose parents died in an apparent murder-suicide is believed to have been found in a remote area of Montana, police said. Police in Medford, Oregon, say Montana authorities reported finding the body Sunday thought to be that of 2-year-old Aiden Salcido, the son... More »

After Apparent Murder-Suicide, Cops Search for Missing Toddler

Police in Northwest believe Aiden Castiel Salcido could be anywhere from Montana to Oregon

(Newser) - Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak had been on the run since June 11, when, police say, they were reported missing after Janiak didn't show up to start serving her jail sentence in Oregon for a burglary conviction. Cops found them in Kalispell, Mont., this week, but now the two... More »

Youth Ranch Raided After Complaint About Nail Gun

Children allegedly 'hit, kicked ... spit on' at Montana's Ranch for Kids

(Newser) - Montana has removed 27 children from a home for troubled youth after reports of abuse, including one mentioning a nail gun shot at a child, per NBC News . "No child should have to experience what multiple sources have alleged has happened at the Ranch for Kids" in Rexford, near... More »

He Fled the Feds in 2011. He Was Just Found 'Squatting'

Michael Duane Strain, busted on Native American reservation in Montana, was on most wanted list

(Newser) - They thought he was hiding in Minnesota, but they nabbed him in Montana. USA Today reports 62-year-old Michael Duane Strain, one of the 15 most wanted fugitives on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' list, was busted last week by US Marshals Service deputies on a Native American reservation... More »

No. 22: Another Democrat Is In, With a Key Bragging Point

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has won in a solidly red state

(Newser) - Democrats are closing in on the two-dozen mark. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock joined the race Tuesday morning, making him (by most counts) the 22nd major candidate to do so. As the Daily Beast notes, the 53-year-old has one key attribute he's expected to bring up often: He knows how... More »

Petition: Sell Montana for $1T

So argues a cheeky Change.org petition

(Newser) - With the national debt pushing $22 trillion, why not sell off a state and ease the fiscal pain? So says a cheeky Change.org petition that suggests selling Montana to Canada for $1 trillion, the Huffington Post reports. "We have too much debt and Montana is useless," writes... More »

They Were Stopped for Speaking Spanish. Now They're Suing

Complaint: 'no legitimate reason' for CBP to detain Ana Suda, Martha Hernandez, both US citizens

(Newser) - Two native-born US women were detained by a Border Patrol agent last May at a convenience store in Havre, Montana. Now those women are suing US Customs and Border Protection, noting in their complaint that the CPB agent "singled out, detained, and interrogated" Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi"... More »

This Is How They Found Their Frozen Cat. Then, a Miracle

Looks like Fluffy will be OK after being found nearly frozen to death in a snowbank

(Newser) - Veterinarians in Montana revived a cat named Fluffy that nearly froze to death after being found in a snowbank covered from head to tail in ice and snow. Dr. Jevon Clark of the Animal Clinic of Kalispell said Thursday that Fluffy was unresponsive and her body temperature didn't register... More »

Fox's Bret Baier After 'Major' Crash: 'Wear Your Seatbelt'

Anchor, family released from hospital in Montana

(Newser) - Fox News anchor Bret Baier is "banged up, but alive" after a "major" car crash involving his family. The 48-year-old was traveling to an airport with family members after a weekend ski trip in Montana when their vehicle overturned on an icy road Monday, reports USA Today . A... More »

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