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A bird’s eye view of the proposed central plaza where retail/office spaces and loft apartments will be available for rent/lease. (Plan is for illustrative purposes only and is subject to change) A bird’s eye view of the proposed central plaza where retail/office spaces and loft apartments will be available for rent/lease. (Plan is for illustrative purposes only and is subject to change)

New home development to be largest neighborhood in Billings Video included

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If you're looking for a new home, you may find it in a new subdivision planned for south Billings. 

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Bullock admin asks state agencies to ID additional 5 percent in budget cuts Video included

Gov. Steve Bullock Gov. Steve Bullock
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The Bullock administration has asked state agencies to identify an additional 5 percent in budget cuts, MTN News has learned. 

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Q2 Weather: Our weather is stuck on "high" for a few days Video included

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The smoke is a little less but the temperature is a little bit more on this Tuesday in Billings. We can contribute the less smoke to some easterly winds at 7 mph. However, the warmer temperatures are a direct result from a new Ridge of high pressure building into the region. But if you want to see smoky skies just get a load of Missoula. 

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Billings band makes pitch to open for Foo Fighters

Left to Right: Kaleb Barkac (Bass), Jake Golberg (Vocals, Guitar, Keys), Marcus Barkac (Drums) Left to Right: Kaleb Barkac (Bass), Jake Golberg (Vocals, Guitar, Keys), Marcus Barkac (Drums)
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A Billings band is making its pitch to Grammy Award winning band Foo Fighters. 

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Yellowstone National Park experiences dramatic influx of traffic Video included

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Heavy traffic flow in Yellowstone National Park prompted park officials to stop incoming traffic in some parts of the park on Tuesday.

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Police fire tear gas on protesters following Trump campaign-style rally

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Police in Arizona fired tear gas and flash bangs to disperse protesters at a rally in downtown Phoenix following a campaign-style rally by President Trump on Tuesday night.

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Bullock urges patience, continued support for firefighting efforts

Governor Steve Bullock (MTN News photo) Governor Steve Bullock (MTN News photo)
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Governor Steve Bullock is told the Lolo Peak Fire will be a "prolonged" event that could burn for weeks, but fire managers say they're also making progress fighting the blaze, which has now consumed over 33,000 acres. 

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Visit Billings launches new tourism promotional video touting Magic City region

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Visit Billings rolled out a new video touting the Magic City on Tuesday. 

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Trump says Arpaio "going to be just fine" at rally, suggests pardoning convicted sheriff

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President Trump did not pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio at an Arizona rally on Tuesday, but suggested he will in the future. 

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VP Pence: Confederate monuments help US 'remember our history'

Vice President Mike Pence Vice President Mike Pence
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Vice President Mike Pence offered a defense of Confederate Civil War monuments in an interview on Fox and Friends Tuesday, declaring that he's "someone who believes in more monuments, not less monuments."

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Victim's false statements lead prosecutors to dismiss sexual assault case against Hardin man

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Charges against a Hardin man accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl have been dismissed following the revelation that the victim made a false report to law enforcement.

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Powerball jackpot hits $700 million, 2nd largest in history

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The Powerball jackpot keeps climbing. 

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West Nile Virus-positive mosquito cases detected in Montana

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos through bites. West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos through bites.
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The Cascade County Weed & Mosquito Division has detected its first West Nile Virus-positive mosquito pool for 2017.

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Missouri governor halts execution of convicted killer amid new DNA evidence

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A Missouri man convicted of murder will not be put to death on Tuesday night after Gov. Eric Greitens issued a stay of execution and ordered a review of his case amid new DNA evidence.

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Transient charged with kidnapping

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A transient held three people against their will at a Bozeman home over the weekend. 

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Authorities: Passengers left scene of fatal crash near Crow Agency

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A rollover crash near Crow Agency on Monday left one man dead and two others presumably injured, though Montana Highway Patrol reported two survivors left the scene of the crash. 

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Denver police officer dies while boating in Nebraska

Officer Joseph Teeter (Denver Police Department photo) Officer Joseph Teeter (Denver Police Department photo)
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A Denver police officer died while boating at a Nebraska lake, the department announced on Facebook Monday evening. 

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Montana Made: Tucker Family Farm

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Hidden away from a smokey summer day, head cheese maker Allison Dembek looks over these sheep milk cheeses aging in a cheese cave on the Tucker Family Farm.

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Transgender reveal in kindergarten class leaves parents feeling "betrayed"

Parents say the transgender student at some point during class also changed clothes and was revealed as her true gender.  CBS SACRAMENTO Parents say the transgender student at some point during class also changed clothes and was revealed as her true gender. CBS SACRAMENTO
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The Rocklin Academy school board is facing tough questions from parents concerned over a controversial incident involving transgender discussions inside a kindergarten class.

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A Waiting Child: Louann

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This month’s A Waiting Child is 17-year-old Louann, who hopes one day to find a family and become a big sister. 

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Chipotle still struggling and queso may not save it

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Shares of the once super popular Mexican food chain are in free fall again, even though Chipotle reported decent sales and earnings last month. 

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Amid heightened tensions, Phoenix mayor urges Trump to delay campaign-style rally

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President Trump's planned rally for Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona, is expected to draw thousands of supporters and protesters. At least six different protests are planned for the area, the largest of which could draw more than 3,000 people. 

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Former Laurel educator suspended for sending partially nude photos to teen student Video included

Sarah Sheldon's license was suspended last month (LinkedIn) Sarah Sheldon's license was suspended last month (LinkedIn)
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The former assistant principal at Laurel Middle School had her license suspended for three years following revelations that she sent a teenage boy partially nude photos during the last school year. 

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Q2 presents Lockwood family $5K prize

Montana This Morning Anchor Victoria Hill and Q2 General Manager Shawn Wilcox present Marna Beltran and her family a check for $5K during the morning show on Tuesday. Montana This Morning Anchor Victoria Hill and Q2 General Manager Shawn Wilcox present Marna Beltran and her family a check for $5K during the morning show on Tuesday.
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A Lockwood family was presented with a $5,000 prize Tuesday on Montana This Morning.

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Q2 Weather: Summer is hanging on

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Very warm and very dry for Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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Motorcyclist killed in Laurel crash

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A man in his mid 30's from the Laurel area was killed when he drove his motorcycle into the back of a semi trailer. 

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Hate Rising: White supremacy's rise in the U.S.

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"In all of our years of tracking, we've never seen this many (hate) groups." 

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Police: Florida drunk driver hits 17 cars while trying to park

A car is towed away from a Davenport, Florida parking lot after a suspected drunk driver struck 17 vehicles on Friday, Aug. 21, 2017.  CBS AFFILIATE WKMG A car is towed away from a Davenport, Florida parking lot after a suspected drunk driver struck 17 vehicles on Friday, Aug. 21, 2017. CBS AFFILIATE WKMG
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A 25-year-old Orlando man was arrested on DUI charges after he allegedly struck 17 parked vehicles while trying to park his own SUV.

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Backburning leads to loss of 2 homes in Lolo Peak Fire

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Two homes were burned in the fight to contain the Lolo Peak Fire.

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Gianforte ordered to have mugshot, fingerprints taken for assault charge Video included

Gianforte (MTN News Photo) Gianforte (MTN News Photo)
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Judge Rick West has ordered Rep. Greg Gianforte to take a mug shot and be fingerprinted at the Gallatin County Detention Center by September 15.

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President Trump outlines new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

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President Trump unveiled what he described as a "dramatically" new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia Monday night, but declined to provide specific details about a possible increase in troops. 

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VA secretary: Years before we get VA health system where we need it

U.S. VA Secretary David Shulkin (right) at a public forum in Helena with Sens. Daines and Tester (center) U.S. VA Secretary David Shulkin (right) at a public forum in Helena with Sens. Daines and Tester (center)
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VA Secretary David Shulkin came to Montana at the invitation of the state’s two U.S. senators

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Boy who had heart transplant dies on first day of school

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A 13-year-old Ohio boy who received a new heart in March collapsed and died as he arrived for his first day of school last Thursday.

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President Trump to unveil Afghanistan strategy

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President Donald Trump is set to announce the newest chapter in the US war in Afghanistan with an expected troop increase, a pointed focus on counterterrorism that involves regional actors, and a drive to push Pakistan to do more about terrorist groups operating within its borders.

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Six Flags removes Confederate flags

Six Flags Over Texas is no longer flying the Confederate flag pictured here, to the left of the American flag. This picture was taken prior to Aug. 18, when Six Flags took it down. Six Flags Over Texas is no longer flying the Confederate flag pictured here, to the left of the American flag. This picture was taken prior to Aug. 18, when Six Flags took it down.
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Six Flags is no longer flying the Confederate flag. Six Flags Entertainment Corp, which owns 20 amusement parks in North America, removed the Confederate flag on Friday from the three parks that were still flying it, two in Texas and one in Georgia. 

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Report: Secret Service can't afford to protect Trump family

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The Secret Service can no longer afford to pay agents needed to protect President Trump and his family because of an unprecedented number of White House protectees and because of frequent travel, according to USA Today.

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Details emerge in brutal Missoula double homicide

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The bodies had been placed into plastic tubs filled with chemicals. 

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Plenty of excitement in Casper for eclipse

Swedish tourists Johan Hast and Leona Rohrbeck flew into Denver Friday and drove up to Casper. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) Swedish tourists Johan Hast and Leona Rohrbeck flew into Denver Friday and drove up to Casper. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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Here on the front lines, things are running pretty smoothly. After reading all about the total eclipse for days on end, and hearing stories about how people from all over the world could be converging on Casper for front-row seats, we didn’t know what to expect.

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Family outraged by charges filed in deadly ATV crash involving best friends

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A woman accused of killing her best friend in an ATV accident now faces a felony manslaughter charge. 

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Total solar eclipse: What to know

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On Monday, the sun will disappear, for a short time, across America.

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Transient who fatally stabbed Billings man in 2015 dies while incarcerated Video included

Bauer was convicted of mitigated deliberate homicide (MTN News) Bauer was convicted of mitigated deliberate homicide (MTN News)
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A transient sentenced to prison in September for fatally stabbing a man in downtown Billings has died.

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Vandals hit fire trucks in Poplar

Photo from Poplar Volunteer Fire Department Photo from Poplar Volunteer Fire Department
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Three of the department's "ready reserve" trucks were damaged by vandals.

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The day the sun disappears is here

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It's a story that could eclipse all other stories. There is no way you can stop today's total solar eclipse from happening. It is celestial, and we have no control over it. The only way to stop it would be to extinguish the sun or knock the moon or Earth out of orbit.

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Heavy traffic on Wyoming highways as motorists flock to path of totality

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The Wyoming Highway Patrol has seen a substantial increase in traffic on Wyoming’s highways during the 2017 Solar Eclipse event.

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Ranch family receives help replacing fence lost in Lodgepole fires Video included

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Volunteers helped a family replace fencing damaged in the Lodgepole Complex of fires that started on July 19 and burned more than 270,000 acres. 

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10 US Navy sailors missing after destroyer collides with merchant ship

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Ten US Navy sailors are missing after a US Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore early Monday, the fourth incident/accident in Asia waters involving a US warship in 2017. 

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Wolverine Fire still burning in Glacier County

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Firefighters are still working to contain a 3,000-acre fire that is burning in Glacier County.

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Trump to make announcement on strategy for Afghanistan

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President Trump has decided on a strategy for Afghanistan that also takes a broad approach toward tackling competing interests in South Asia.

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Photo of boy taking nap with cow wins internet's heart

Jeremy Miner took a photo of his son, Mitchell with his heifer, Audri as they slept together after their Iowa State Fair contest on Sat., Aug. 12, 2017. (JEREMY MINER) Jeremy Miner took a photo of his son, Mitchell with his heifer, Audri as they slept together after their Iowa State Fair contest on Sat., Aug. 12, 2017. (JEREMY MINER)
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A boy and his cow didn't snag the top prize at the Iowa State Fair last weekend, but a photo of them taking a nap together after the contest has won over the internet.

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National Guard arrives to help at Lolo Peak fire

The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News) The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News)
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The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire.

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Some mandatory evacuations lifted near Lolo Peak fire

The Lolo Peak fire as seen on 8.19.17 from Lolo. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell) The Lolo Peak fire as seen on 8.19.17 from Lolo. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell)
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Evacuation orders remain in place for thousands of residents in Lolo and Florence because of the blaze.

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No winner in massive Powerball jackpot

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Don't despair if you didn't match the Powerball jackpot in Saturday's drawing.

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Ride to Remember honors prisoners of war and those missing in action

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About 300 motorcyclists crowded the parking lot at Memorial Park in Helena this morning for the annual Ride to Remember event. 

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Sen. Daines tours Lolo Peak fire

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Sen. Daines was given a full tour of the Lolo Peak fire and the new command center at the Florence Carlton School. 

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Internet shaming: When mob justice goes digital

A white nationalist marching in Charlottesville was misidentified on social media as University of Arkansas professor Kyle Quinn. The hate mail started pouring in. (INSTAGRAM) A white nationalist marching in Charlottesville was misidentified on social media as University of Arkansas professor Kyle Quinn. The hate mail started pouring in. (INSTAGRAM)
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Last Friday night, Kyle Quinn, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, was enjoying a pleasant night out with his wife at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark. 

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Sunrise fire at 24,000 acres

The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org) The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org)
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The Sunrise fire burning 11 miles southeast of Superior is now sitting at over 24,000 acres and remains 35% contained.

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USS Indianapolis discovered 18,000 feet below Pacific surface after 72 years

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It's been 72 years since the USS Indianapolis went missing after a Japanese submarine torpedoed it in the final days of World War II.

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13-year-old boy with Down syndrome finds friendship in personal trainer

Sammy Callari and his client, 13-year-old Parker Seward, pose with matching LeBron James jerseys -- their favorite player.  (INSTAGRAM/@SAMMYCALLARI) Sammy Callari and his client, 13-year-old Parker Seward, pose with matching LeBron James jerseys -- their favorite player. (INSTAGRAM/@SAMMYCALLARI)
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To personal trainer Sammy Callari, 13-year-old Parker Seward is more than a client. He's his "little bro." 

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Burn survivor shocked by orangutan's curious reaction to her scars

Darci Miller was hospitalized in May 2015 after suffering serious burns from a garbage pile fire.  (DARCI MILLER) Darci Miller was hospitalized in May 2015 after suffering serious burns from a garbage pile fire. (DARCI MILLER)
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Days after undergoing treatment for severe burns, Darci Miller headed to the Indianapolis Zoo with her fiance, Jason Costello, looking for a distraction. 

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Confederate monument vandalized

A monument dedicated to the women who supported the Confederacy has been vandalized in Kansas City, Missouri.  (ERIC SMITH/KCTV) A monument dedicated to the women who supported the Confederacy has been vandalized in Kansas City, Missouri. (ERIC SMITH/KCTV)
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A Confederate monument dedicated to the United Daughters of the Confederacy has been vandalized with graffiti in Missouri.

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USS Indianapolis discovered 18,000 feet below Pacific surface

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It's been 72 years since the USS Indianapolis went missing after a Japanese submarine torpedoed it in the final days of World War II.

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Feeling lucky? There's a $535M Powerball drawing tonight

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There's a half-billion dollar lottery prize up for grabs.

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Waters of Seeley Lake reopen

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Seeley Lake waters are open again to recreators after being shut down to help with firefighting operations on the Rice Ridge fire.

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Second officer dies in Florida police shooting

Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard died Saturday afternoon from wounds he suffered in a shooting Friday night. (Kissimmee Police Department) Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard died Saturday afternoon from wounds he suffered in a shooting Friday night. (Kissimmee Police Department)
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A second Florida police officer has died from wounds he suffered in a shooting Friday night.

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Death toll mounts in Sierra Leone mudslides

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Sierra Leone is facing significant health challenges after this week's devastating mudslides claimed nearly 500 lives.

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Woman walks away from smoking area at Pre-Release Center

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Missoula Pre-Release Resident, Jessica Stejer, walked away from the Pre-Release Center's designated smoking area at 9:30 p.m. Friday night.

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Thousands march in Boston counterprotest

Counter-protesters march at the front of the crowd with a sign that reads "Which side are YOU on?" (CNN) Counter-protesters march at the front of the crowd with a sign that reads "Which side are YOU on?" (CNN)
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Thousands of counterprotesters marched Saturday morning in downtown Boston in response to a free speech rally.

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Oregon wildfire spreads in prime eclipse-viewing area, hundreds evacuated

A tree explodes into flames during a wildfire near Sisters, Oregon on Thursday (CNN) A tree explodes into flames during a wildfire near Sisters, Oregon on Thursday (CNN)
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About 600 residents were evacuated Friday in a prime eclipse-viewing area in Oregon because of a rapidly growing wildfire.

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Lolo Peak fire explodes to 28,000 acres

The Lolo Peak fire burning on 8.18.17 along Highway 12 west of Lolo. (photo credit: Christi Thorsell) The Lolo Peak fire burning on 8.18.17 along Highway 12 west of Lolo. (photo credit: Christi Thorsell)
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The blaze has now charred nearly 28,000 acres -- adding 9,000 acres on Friday alone.

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Sprague Fire in Glacier National Park continues to grow

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The fire is burning along the eastern side of Lake McDonald on the Gunsight trail and has seen steady growth.

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Bogert Park hosts Hate Free Zone Unity Love Rally

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A Hate Free Zone Unity Love Rally is being held Saturday at Bogert Park.

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Seven weeks into fiscal year, Montana's $62M firefighting fund is almost empty

Forest fires continue to burn in MT -- and eat up firefighting fund Forest fires continue to burn in MT -- and eat up firefighting fund
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The federal government covers much of the cost of firefighting on federal lands, but Montana also bears a portion of the cost.

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Stacked wins at ZooMontana, advances to World Burger Championship

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The Burger Dive and Brad Halsten won the World Burger Championship last year, after a first place finish at a qualifying competition in Billings. This year, Stacked, A Montana Grill won for best burger at the second annual Zoofari at ZooMontana Friday night.

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Murder investigated in Missoula

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Authorities are investigating what's being called a case of homicide in Missoula.

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A look at the Lolo Peak Fire containment line Video included

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The smoke gets thicker as you head towards the containment line dug by firefighters to stop the spread of the Lolo Peak Fire.

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Couple takes puppetry to new heights with Animal Cracker Conspiracy at MontanaFair Video included

The couple dances in 3.5 ft stilts (Animal Cracker Conspiracy) The couple dances in 3.5 ft stilts (Animal Cracker Conspiracy)
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You're bound to see some characters at MontanaFair, but one couple truly walks on the wild side. 

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Dramatic video gives new look at raging Lolo Peak Fire

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Exclusive video courtesy Jim Kinsey/Skullbound TV.

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Montana Highway Patrol releases weekly fatal report

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A weekly report showed 124 deaths on Montana roads in 2017 from January 1st to August 17th, which is one above the 123 fatal crashes in the same time period for 2016. 

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Enter to win $5,000 at MontanaFair!

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Enter to win tickets to MontanaFair below:   

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Protesters gather near Confederate memorial in Helena, one arrested

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A group of about 20 people has gathered near a Confederate memorial fountain in Helena to protest its removal. 

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Actor who appeared in "Twin Peaks" accused of attacking girlfriend with bat

Jeremy Lindholm in a Washington court  KREM Jeremy Lindholm in a Washington court KREM
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A Washington actor who recently guest starred on the series "Twin Peaks" is charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking his girlfriend with a bat. 

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Structures lost in Lolo Peak Fire

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Authorities have confirmed that the Lolo Peal Fire has burned structures off of Highway 12 in Lolo.

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Search warrant leads to Missoula murder investigation

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A search warrant was served Thursday evening as part of a reported "home invasion burglary/stabbing” that occurred on July 23.

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