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How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — The abrupt decline in oil prices stands to be bad news in North Dakota, a state that has reaped billions in tax revenue as new drilling techniques made it the second-leading producer in the U.S. behind Texas. But a lot of factors will determine how great that impact is.

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Conservation group to sue over water quality rule

A conservation group has filed notice that it plans to sue federal regulators for failing to make a decision on proposed water quality rules in Montana.

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Feds to boost mine blasting emissions rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting.

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DOJ says Native American tribes can decide whether to legalize pot

DOJ says Native American tribes can decide whether to legalize pot

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.

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Guest opinion: NRA takes aim against surgeon general nominee

Guest opinion: NRA takes aim against surgeon general nominee

The shadow of C. Everett Koop looms large at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Much has changed since he started here in 1946, but his fundamental discoveries in our discipline inform our work daily. And Koop was not reticent. Moved that even the littlest newborns with severe congenit…

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Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

WASHINGTON — Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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Legislative panel endorses uranium regulation bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A legislative committee has endorsed the idea of the state taking over sole regulation of uranium mining in Wyoming, the largest producer of uranium in the country.

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UW poll: Wyoming opposed to health care changes

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A University of Wyoming poll finds that Wyoming residents continue to strongly disapprove of the President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

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Bullock touts spending plan as opposition emerges

Bullock touts spending plan as opposition emerges

Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday sought to enlist the business community to help him promote to skeptical lawmakers a $300 million plan to upgrade state buildings, sewers, roads and other infrastructure across Montana.

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GOP vows to pass Keystone — later if Senate doesn't vote for it today

GOP vows to pass Keystone — later if Senate doesn't vote for it today

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders promised Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure this fall, or President Barack Obama vetoes it.

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E.J. Dionne: Ebola, pandering and courage in Massachusetts

BOSTON — Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts' North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record.

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North Dakota well leaking oil, gas and water

WILLISTON, N.D. — Authorities say workers are attempting to contain an out-of-control oil well in North Dakota.

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George F. Will: Football franchise tackled by the language police

WASHINGTON — Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let's hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to…

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Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can’t force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state’s legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

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Idaho dairy group urges farmers not to give tours

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho dairy industry group has sent a letter to its members urging them to deny media requests for tours and on-farm interviews in the wake of a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

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E.J. Dionne: Democrats tout new health care benefits, not Obamacare

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.”

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Women launch line of stylish concealed-carry handbags

Women launch line of stylish concealed-carry handbags

Faith Kohler wears skinny jeans, ankle boots, chunky bracelets and cropped jackets. She wasn’t about to settle for a handbag that didn’t fit her style.

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Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

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Train crashes trigger campaign to shape railroad safety rules

Train crashes trigger campaign to shape railroad safety rules

WASHINGTON — A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Highway Trust spending will shrink 30% if Congress does nothing

WASHINGTON — It's time for a primer on the Highway Trust Fund, which looms as the next battle in Congress' unending budget wars.

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