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KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE
WASHINGTON — In a setback for the Trump administration, a federal judge has blocked a permit for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and ordered officials to conduct a new environmental review. Environmentalists and tribal groups cheered the ruling by a U.S. district judge in Montana, while President Donald Trump called it “a political decision” and “a disgrace.” By Matthew Daly. SENT: 670 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his boss, President Donald Trump, moved Friday to tamp down talk that Zinke might be the next Trump administration official to go. The 57-year-old former Montana congressman has pushed to develop oil, natural gas and coal beneath public lands in line with the administration’s business-friendly aims. But Zinke has been dogged by ethics probes, including one centered on a Montana land deal involving a foundation he created and the chairman of an energy services company that does business with Interior. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 320 words.
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NEW YORK — President Donald Trump claimed on Friday that a White House-released video depicting contact between a staffer and a CNN reporter wasn’t altered, and he seemingly threatened to revoke the White House press credentials of more reporters. Trump insisted that the video distributed by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was simply a “close-up” and “was not doctored.” By David Bauder and Jonathan Lemire. (Eds: Includes reference to a New York Times editorial that mentions Rep. Greg Gianforte’s assault on a Guardian reporter.)
— MONTANA GOVERNOR-ZINKE — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he won’t run for Montana governor in 2020.
— MONTANA ELECTION-VOTER TURNOUT — More voters cast ballots in this week’s election than any other midterm in Montana history, and only two presidential elections have had higher voter numbers.
— DEADLY POLICE SHOOTING — A coroner’s jury has found that five Billings officers were justified in the deadly shooting of a Montana man last year.
YELLOWSTONE GEYSER TRESPASS — A 27-year-old Colorado man who walked dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser in September is banned from Yellowstone National Park and nearby Grand Teton National Park for five years. (With AP Photos)
BLACKFEET COLLEGE-ELOUISE COBELL — The Blackfeet Community College has named its new health science and education building in honor of Elouise Cobell, a tribal elder and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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