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With consumer confidence up, sales on Black Friday are expected to be up about six percent. CBS NEWS With consumer confidence up, sales on Black Friday are expected to be up about six percent. CBS NEWS

Shoppers hit the stores and sign on early to score Black Friday deals

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NEW YORK - Thanksgiving is the day we give thanks for what we have. For many, it is also a day to rush out and get some more.

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Firefighters respond to trailer fire in Lockwood

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A trailer caught fire in grove of trees, but the blaze has not spread.

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Blind 97-Year-Old Colorado man sets record at Turkey Day 5K

Bob McAdam. courtesy of CBS4 in Denver. Bob McAdam. courtesy of CBS4 in Denver.
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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – A 97-year-old Colorado man appears to have set a world record at the annual Turkey Day 5K in Highlands Ranch.

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Big Sky Resort opens in south-central Montana

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Skiers traded mountains of food for the real thing today at Big Sky Resort.

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Montana Ag: Ranching with grizzlies

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Ranching along the Rocky Mountain Front has always been tough, but a growing population of grizzly bears can make that job even tougher.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving coast to coast

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Some people take plane trips, while others settle in for football. CBS News' Chris Martinez visits with Americans coast-to-coast to see how they celebrated the holiday. More>>

On Special Assignment: Native American suicide a rising problem in Montana

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Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. 

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Navy ends its search for 3 missing sailors in the Philippine Sea

The US Navy has filed a report investigating two fatal collisions involving ships in the Pacific Fleet. Ivan Watson reports from the USS Ashland. courtesy of CNN. The US Navy has filed a report investigating two fatal collisions involving ships in the Pacific Fleet. Ivan Watson reports from the USS Ashland. courtesy of CNN.
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The U.S. Navy stopped the search and rescue mission to find three sailors who went missing after their plane crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday, a statement said.

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U.S. troops celebrate Thanksgiving near the North Korean border

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CBS News' Ben Lewis visited with U.S. troops as they took a little time to celebrate the holidays while continuing their work overseas. More>>

Billings man stabbed early Thanksgiving morning

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The victim's wounds were life threatening and he was transported to the Billings Clinic for treatment.

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Seventh Annual Run! Turkey Run! held in Billings

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The run proceeds go to four local charities combating hunger in our area.

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Wildland fire erupts in Phillips County

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The fire is southeast of Malta and is being pushed east by a strong west/southwest wind.

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Teacher arrested after students catch her doing drugs in classroom

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Arrested was 24-year-old Samantha Cox, who was led from the school at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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"Explosion" heard near missing Argentine submarine's last known location

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A noise detected near the last known location of a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew aboard was consistent with an explosion.

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Q2 Weather: Today is one for the record books

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It is a record-breaking day here in the Magic City of Billings.

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The most popular Thanksgiving side dish in every state

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Google created a list of the most popular Thanksgiving side dish in each state, based on unique searches in 2017, and the results are interesting.

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Montana rape law redefines "consent"

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A new Montana rape law is making the definition of consent much clearer.

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President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Thanksgiving

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President Donald Trump arrived in Florida Tuesday to celebrate his first Thanksgiving while in office, but he will spend it a little differently than past presidents.

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Looking to cut calories during Thanksgiving? Here are some tips

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You can rack up a lot of calories and fat when you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner.

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How much does a float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade cost?

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Known for its larger-than-life parade float ideas, the world-famous procession kicks off at 9 a.m. sharp in New York City.

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Q2 Weather: Wind and warm temperatures highlight Thanksgiving weather

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Gusty winds will be the big weather concern for this Thanksgiving. And will be watching the thermometer for record high temperatures. Click for more.

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OSHA looking into fatal accident at Billings Knife River construction site that killed Laurel man

Justin Cruea and his wife, Tabitha. courtesy of Charity Watkins. Justin Cruea and his wife, Tabitha. courtesy of Charity Watkins.
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BILLINGS - The man who died Tuesday night in at the Knife River industrial site in Billings was identified Wednesday as Justin Cruea, 28, of Laurel, according to Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder.

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Driver arrested after Lake County pursuit hits 100 mph

Jay Vallejo (photo credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office) Jay Vallejo (photo credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
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Polson Police say the chase reached speeds of up to 100 mph on U.S. Highway 93 south of Polson.

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Local groups start countdown clock for mining ban near Yellowstone

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Local businesses and environmental groups want a ban on mining next to Yellowstone National Park before the end of the year.

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Trial underway for man who shut off pipeline valve in Chouteau County

Leonard Higgins is accused of trespassing and turning off the valve at the Express Pipe Line in Coal Banks Landing. MTN News. Leonard Higgins is accused of trespassing and turning off the valve at the Express Pipe Line in Coal Banks Landing. MTN News.
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FORT BENTON - The trial began on Tuesday for Leonard Higgins, who is accused of trespassing and turning off the valve at the Express Pipe Line in Coal Banks Landing in October 2016.

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Lawsuit challenging Keystone XL approval will move forward

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GREAT FALLS - A federal judge rejected a motion from the owners of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Trump administration Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit against the project.

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Thanksgiving tips for travel and cooking

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If you're getting ready to travel or make a meal for Thanksgiving, we've got you covered. Check out this video as you begin your Thanksgiving preparations.

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Oregon climate activist found guilty of turning off pipeline valve in Chouteau County

Leonard Higgins. (MTN News) Leonard Higgins. (MTN News)
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The criminal mischief charge is a felony, and the trespassing charge is a misdemeanor.

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Q2: Weather: Your travel forecast for Wednesday

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A new Ridge of high pressure is starting to build back into the region today but hasn’t quite finished the job yet.

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Student of the Week: Joey Moore & Peyton Croaker of Billings West High

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Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and is brought to you by Town Pump. More>>

Reward offered for information on elk left to waste south of Pompeys Pillar near Billings

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BILLINGS - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information about two bull elk killed south of Pompeys Pillar last weekend and illegally left to waste.

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Copper star that will top U.S. Capitol Christmas tree makes a stop in Billings

Two women take a photo of the copper star when it made a stop in Billings on Wednesday morning Two women take a photo of the copper star when it made a stop in Billings on Wednesday morning
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The spirit of Christmas came to billings early, as the star that will top the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree made a stop in the magic city. 

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Texas congressman apologizes for circulation of nude photo

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. courtesy of Rep. Barton's office. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. courtesy of Rep. Barton's office.
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Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, released an apology Wednesday for a nude photo of him that circulated around the internet this week.

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Bail set at $1 million for Bozeman man accused of stabbing father to death

Tanner Franks. Tanner Franks.
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A Bozeman man accused of stabbing his father to death will be seen in Gallatin County Justice Court Wednesday. Tanner Franks, 37, was charged with deliberate homicide after being arrested in Big Sky on Tuesday, Nov. 21. 

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At least 81 percent of Sen. Tester’s campaign money from outside MT

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
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U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, bracing for another tough election battle in 2018, has received at least 81 percent of his nearly $8 million campaign war chest from sources outside Montana, an MTN analysis shows. 

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On Special Assignment: More Montanans putting retirement on hold

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BILLINGS - It's doesn't take long to realize Lori Stepper has a routine, the kind built from being in the Army.

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Don’t look now – but here comes Election Year 2018 in Montana

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
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This story is the first of a two-part series previewing Montana’s 2018 election year. Montana’s 2018 general election may be considered an “off year,” with a limited menu of big-time races – but those on the front line of politics in Big Sky country are gearing up for some epic battles. 

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Midtown crash sends 4 children to the E.R.

Rollover crash sends 4 kids to hospital (MTN News/Paul Humphrey Photo) Rollover crash sends 4 kids to hospital (MTN News/Paul Humphrey Photo)
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Four children were transported by ambulance to a Billings hospital after rollover crash on Cook Avenue Wednesday morning.

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Knife River issues statement on employee death at Billings West End facility

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Knife River issued a statement Wednesday morning and said the team member's death is under investigation. 

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Red Lodge Mountain ready to open Friday

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Ski season is here! Opening day is Friday Nov. 24.  The upper mountain at Red Lodge will be open but will not be groomed.  

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Suspect wanted in Billings casino robbery

Police hope to identify robbery suspect (Billings Police) Police hope to identify robbery suspect (Billings Police)
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The robbery took place on Sunday night at the Caribbean Nites Casino on Gabel Road. 

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Adoption ceremony held in Helena

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HELENA – Fifteen children were officially adopted on Tuesday as a part of the Annual Adoption Celebration of Joining Hearts and Families.

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Billings judge among three Montana Supreme Court justice finalists

Montana Supreme Court candidates (left to right): Ingrid Gustafson, Mike Lamb, Russ McElyea Montana Supreme Court candidates (left to right): Ingrid Gustafson, Mike Lamb, Russ McElyea
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HELENA - After considering six applicants to fill an open seat on the Montana Supreme Court, the state’s Judicial Nomination Commission has selected its top three choices. 

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Company: New Keystone Pipeline route through Nebraska could add cost, time

More than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota Thursday. More than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota Thursday.
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Nebraska regulators seemed to give new life Monday to the Keystone XL pipeline when the controversial project was granted a permit to cross the Cornhusker State.

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Trump all but endorses Roy Moore

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended embattled Alabama Republican Roy Moore, all but endorsing the Senate candidate who has been accused of sexual assault.

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One more day to sign up for turkey deliveries from Montana Rescue Mission in Billings

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BILLINGS - Montana Rescue Mission (MRM) has extended the deadline to sign up to for the homebound Thanksgiving meal delivery to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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New non-stop flights to LA coming to Missoula, Glacier

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Daily non-stop seasonal service from Missoula to Los Angeles will begin on June 7, 1018 -- but customers can already book their flights. 

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House Ethics Committee investigating Conyers allegations

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan. courtesy of Conyers' office. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan. courtesy of Conyers' office.
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The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday it has opened an investigation into allegations against Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan after reports being made public this week that he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 after allegedly sexually harassing a staffer, according to an explosive report published Monday.

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Man charged in reported stabbing death in Bozeman

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BOZEMAN - A man is dead after a reported stabbing in Bozeman Tuesday.

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David Cassidy, '70s teen heartthrob, dies at age 67

David Cassidy. courtesy of Dr. Phil. David Cassidy. courtesy of Dr. Phil.
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David Cassidy, who came to fame as a '70s teen heartthrob and lead singer on "The Partridge Family," has died, according to his publicist Jo-Ann Geffen. He was 67. The singer-actor had recently been admitted to the intensive care unit of a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area hospital. Cassidy was in critical condition and suffering from organ failure before his death Tuesday, Geffen said. "David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain t... More>>

On Special Assignment: Montana's aging workforce

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BILLINGS - More than 164,000 people over the age of 65 are working in the state of Montana.

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Reliving Billings Senior's championship victory

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The Billings Senior High Broncs won their second straight Class AA title Saturday, defeating the Helena High Bengals for their 25 consecutive victory.  In this video, Q2's Brandon Sullivan relives the magic of the victory along with an interview with Coach Chris Murdock.

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Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

Uber logo. courtesy of CBS News. Uber logo. courtesy of CBS News.
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Hackers have stolen personal data for 57 million Uber customers and drivers, the ride-hailing company said Tuesday.

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Montana Made: My Dude Box aimed at helping with awkward time for boys

My Dude Box provides help for boys going through puberty (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) My Dude Box provides help for boys going through puberty (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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Going through puberty is hard. 

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CBS News fires Charlie Rose after sexual misconduct allegations

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CBS News has cut ties with "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose over allegations of sexual assault, CBS News president David Rhodes announced Tuesday. 

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Sheriff says woman with anti-Trump decal is getting "15 minutes of shame"

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A Texas sheriff who called out a woman that displayed a controversial "F*** Trump" decal is speaking out about her latest move — the addition of an expletive-filled sticker targeting his actions.  

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Malmstrom Air Force Base: Always On Alert

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Montanans drive past these launch control centers every day but they might not realize it.

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Players, fans react to Griz football coach firing

Griz football head coach Bob Stitt (MTN News photo) Griz football head coach Bob Stitt (MTN News photo)
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The University of Montana will have a new head football coach for the fourth time in nine seasons. 

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Billings police down 13 officers due to fatal shooting investigations

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The Billings Police Department has been stretched thin after three fatal shootings involving officers in just over a month.

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Powerful women lend their voices to help others speak out on sexual harassment

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CBS News has suspended "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose over claims of sexual misconduct, made by several women at his private production company. This story brings new emphasis to the #MeToo campaign, which is giving a voice to many women who say they've experienced sexual harassment and abuse.

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U.S. Senate candidate Russell Fagg talks platform, policy with West High seniors

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Fagg, a Republican, discussed his background, platform and what he plans to do if elected U.S. senator.

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Crash slows traffic on I-90 east of Billings

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Icy road conditions on Interstate 90 east of Billings slowed traffic early Tuesday. 

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Brazil police officer shoots armed robber to death while holding baby

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An off-duty military police officer's trip to the pharmacy with his family turned into a deadly shootout in Brazil over the weekend. 

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Man charged with poaching Berkeley Pit buck

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Charges have been filed against a 19-year-old man in a case involving the illegal killing of a large mule deer buck known to spend most of its time on the outskirts of the Berkeley Pit. 

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Whitefish is halting Puerto Rico power repairs, claiming it's owed $83 million

Andy Techmanski, CEO of Whitefish Energy. courtesy of CNN. Andy Techmanski, CEO of Whitefish Energy. courtesy of CNN.
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Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico's broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island's power authority. 

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Q2 Rewind: CBS Fall Promotion 1962-1963

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Q2 has carried CBS programming since the station first went on the air in 1953. In a CBS promo reel from the fall of 1962, Dragnet's Jack Webb tells CBS viewers what to expect from new and continuing shows on CBS that fall — featuring television legends like Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Red Skelton, Dennis the Menace, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Mr. Ed, and more. The list of programming seems like a veritable who's who of stars from Television's Golden Era. That fall also gave viewers ...

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Stitt out as Montana Grizzlies coach

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MISSOULA – Montana football coach Bob Stitt will not return to the Grizzlies.

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CBS News suspends Charlie Rose following sexual harassment report

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NEW YORK -- CBS News said Monday evening that "CBS This Morning" anchor Charlie Rose has been suspended following a report in the Washington Post in which eight women accused him of sexual harassment.

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Colorado police determined to close bizarre painting vandalism case

The thief was captured on video. courtesy of Aspen Times and CBS4 of Denver. The thief was captured on video. courtesy of Aspen Times and CBS4 of Denver.
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ASPEN, Colo. – It’s the mystery of the year: who was the person responsible for slashing a multi-million dollar painting in Aspen while wearing a disguise.

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Great Falls man guilty of negligent homicide for the death of wife

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"He stated that they were both lying on the floor and he put his arms around her in an attempt to control her arms."

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