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Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with tail number 9M-MRD _ the same aircraft that was shot down near the Ukraine Russia border on Thursday, July 17, 2014 _ takes off from Los Angeles International Airport. Ukraine said the passenger plane was shot down Thursd…

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David Ignatius: Obama's cautious policy on global challenges

WASHINGTON — In President Obama's sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without making the same mistakes it did in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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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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Wait at Montana border crossing prompts concerns

KALISPELL — On a rainy Monday morning in late May, the line of vehicles stretched almost 2.5 miles from the U.S.-Canadian border south along U.S. 93 past Trapper’s Saloon near Eureka.

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Oil train shipments in Montana raise concern

Oil train shipments in Montana raise concern

MISSOULA — With scrutiny growing about the safety of moving crude oil by rail, western Montana residents wonder how increased shipments will be kept safe along sensitive places like the border of Glacier National Park.

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Researchers test possibility of canola as biofuel

Researchers test possibility of canola as biofuel

MANDAN, N.D. — North Dakota canola could become a fuel source for military and commercial jets.

April 06, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Great Lakes Airlines to leave North Dakota

Great Lakes Airlines to leave North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Great Lakes Airlines will be leaving North Dakota by the end of the month after serving the state for more than two decades.

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Guest opinion: Don't scrap EPA’s wise carbon-reducing mileage mandate

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA’s vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.

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Mackinac Island offers Victorian charm in modern era

Mackinac Island offers Victorian charm in modern era

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Producers of the 1980 movie "Somewhere in Time" didn't need to build elaborate sets to depict the tale of a playwright who travels back to 1912 to find romance. They simply filmed on Mackinac Island, a Great Lakes enclave that retains its Victorian-era charm thanks t…

January 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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George F. Will: Making a case for containing Iran

WASHINGTON — Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things. They understand the agreement's manifest and manifold defects and its probable futility. Crucial components of Iran's nuclear infrastructure r…

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George F. Will: Constitutional rights hinge on case of injured thumb

WASHINGTON — This term the Supreme Court will rule on important subjects from racial preferences to restrictions on political speech, but its most momentous case, to be argued Tuesday, concerns the prosecution of a Pennsylvania woman who caused a chemical burn on a romantic rival’s thumb. Th…

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Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

CODY, Wyo. — After more than 15 years of contentious debate over snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service on Tuesday released a final winter-use plan that appears to have a solid chance of avoiding legal challenges.

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Guest opinion: Taxpayers’ small investment will enrich future generations

WASHINGTON — As more and more Americans become aware of the critical need to combat global warming, one of our key weapons literally is blowing in the wind.

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George F. Will: A congressional mandate that is off the rails

George F. Will: A congressional mandate that is off the rails

WASHINGTON — Texting while driving is dangerous, especially if you are driving a train. A commuter train engineer was texting on Sept. 12, 2008, near Los Angeles, when he missed a stop signal and crashed into a freight train. Twenty-five people died.

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Scenic, historic route for California Zephyr amazes

Scenic, historic route for California Zephyr amazes

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — The journey east on Amtrak’s California Zephyr train is as good as the destination. Riding the rails from the San Francisco Bay area to Reno, Nev., offers beautiful views and a tangible sense of history on the route over the Sierra Nevada mountain range that helped bring…

May 26, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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U.S. homebuilder confidence rises in May from April

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rebounded this month, reflecting improved sales trends during the spring home-selling season and the strongest outlook for sales over the next six months in more than six years.

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George F. Will: Conservatives must encourage judicial activism

"The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity, and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex."

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Robert J. Samuelson: Amtrak fantasy: U.S. government should quit train business

WASHINGTON -- There is something about Amtrak -- perhaps the romance of railroads or the promise of relieving traffic congestion and economizing on oil and greenhouse gas emissions -- that causes otherwise sensible people to lose contact with reality. The reality is that Amtrak is a waste of…

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Guest opinion: Obama in squeeze between friends in Keystone pipeline fight

A brief moment Feb. 13 showed why President Barack Obama can't win when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. In front of the White House, protesters led by actress Daryl Hannah and the head of the Sierra Club demanded that Obama kill the project. Just a few blocks away, the head of the AFL-…

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Guest opinion: U.S. can jump-start economy with green energy

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Abandoning fossil fuel exploration altogether is not feasible for America. But significant further government support of oil and gas drilling in places like the Alaskan wilderness or the American heartland in the name of economic growth would be a huge mistake.

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