GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A 12-year-old girl who is among the eight people a Tennessee man is charged with killing was found partially undressed and lying on top of a serrated knife, baseball bat and...
Blizzard forecast for parts of northwestern Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the northern Rocky Mountain Front and a winter storm warning for other parts of northwestern and southwestern Montana.
The blizzard warning takes effect Tuesday afternoon with up to a foot of snow (30 centimeters) expected to fall at Marias Pass near Glacier National Park and wind gusts of up to 80 mph (129 kilometers per hour).
American Express profits jump 22 percent, beating forecasts
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express said its third quarter profits jumped by 22 percent from a year earlier, as the credit card giant benefited from a lower tax rate and increased spending on the company's credit cards.
The New York-based company said it earned a profit of $1.65 billion, or $1.88 a share, which is up from $1.36 billion, or $1.51 a share, in the same period a year ago. The results beat analysts' expectations, who were looking for AmEx to earn $1.77 a share, according to FactSet.
On the Money: AmEx Gold Card gets bigger perks, higher fee
NEW YORK (AP) — The middle child of American Express' suite of charge cards, the Gold Card, is getting a major upgrade this fall, but its bigger perks are going to come with a higher fee.
It's the latest move by American Express to keep and grow its card member base in the face of increased competition. But it also refreshes a product that industry experts have said was too expensive for the perks it previously was offering.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered Bitterroot National Forest officials to allow the public to comment on whether the Blue Joint and Sapphire Wilderness Study Areas should be opened to bicycle use.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen also rejected snowmobilers' effort to open those protected areas for their use.
Christensen's order on Friday largely upheld the U.S. Forest Service's plan to preserve the two southwest Montana wilderness study areas' primitive conditions.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man who nearly beat a woman to death must serve 100 months in prison for the crime.
The Spokesman-Review reports that Judge Kevin Korsmo sentenced Sonny Cannella on Friday after he pleaded guilty to first-degree domestic assault.
Before the sentencing, the woman, Sapphire Mattson, described the scene to the judge.
Jason and I lived parallel lives, growing up two houses from each other on Kankakee’s south side. Destiny brought us together in our late 20s, when we were introduced by a mutual friend. Our first date was on Valentine’s Day 2010, and we have been inseparable since.
After receiving my father’s blessing, Jason proposed with a sapphire and diamond ring during the Christmas season of 2013, and we quickly began planning our dream wedding.
South Florence dance team to participate in SCDA Dance Festival
FLORENCE, S.C. -- South Florence Bruin Elite Dance Squad has been selected to perform to two numbers for a panel of professors at The Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville for the South Carolina Dance Association Dance Festival.
Sapphire Srigley, now 16, was halfway through the ninth grade at Ewing High School in central New Jersey when she realized she wasn’t cut out for “the social pressures and academic stress” of public education.
Forest Service backs measures on Montana wilderness areas
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A senior U.S. Forest Service official voiced support Wednesday for creating one new wilderness area in Montana and another proposal that would remove five sites from consideration.
U.S. Forest Service Associate Deputy Chief Glenn Casamassa testified in Washington on the two measures being considered by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Campaign launched for Montana wilderness study areas
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Public lands advocates in Montana have launched a campaign to protect wilderness study areas in response to a Republican lawmaker's push to remove the federal designation from five sites.
Organizers of the Our Land, Our Legacy campaign announced Monday that they will be running newspaper advertisements across the state as they seek to protect the sites from changes.
Bacardi lines up shot of Patron, buying all of tequila maker
NEW YORK (AP) — Bacardi Limited plans to swallow the rest of Patron Spirits in a deal that values the tequila maker at $5.1 billion.
Bacardi has held a minority stake in Patron since 2008. The two private companies on Monday didn't disclose terms of the deal for the remainder of Patron. The acquisition is expected to close in the first half of this year.
The Latest: Helicopter that crashed linked to Texas investor
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter crash in New Mexico that killed five people, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader (all times local):
U.S. records show the helicopter that crashed and killed five people in New Mexico, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader, was registered to a Houston-based company associated with one of the victims.
‘Crippling’ snow on way as Pineapple Express meets Arctic cold over western MT
“Meteorologically beautiful” and “crippling” don’t often show up in the same sentence, but that’s the forecast for this weekend’s end-of-2017 snowstorm.
A wet channel of air blowing east from the Pacific Ocean should collide with an arctic air mass flowing south out of Canada over the next few days. As of Thursday morning, the forecast called for intensifying snowfall along the Montana-Idaho border, starting in the Kootenai-Cabinet region and Bitterroot-Sapphire mountains.
Monday’s prep roundup: Collegiate tops Southeastern
Detroit Collegiate Prep pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Detroit Southeastern, 57-44, in a girls basketball game at Southeastern on Monday.
Sophomore guard Ajanae Horton led Collegiate Prep (2-0, 1-0 Detroit Public School League Division 2) with 10 steals and 28 points, including a trio of three-point plays in the fourth quarter.
"Horton was playing within the offense, which led to our scoring opportunities," Collegiate Prep coach Orlando Watkins said.
Senator proposes act to subtract from Wilderness Study Areas
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines introduced the "Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act" to remove more than 700 square miles (1,819 square kilometers) from the state's Wilderness Study Areas.
Chrissy Teigen learned to embrace her Thai heritage through food.
The 32-year-old model confessed she used to be "embarrassed" of the strong smells that came from her mother's home cooking, but now she has learned to love them.
Chrissy told PEOPLE: "My mom, Pepper, who lives with us, is from there and is constantly cooking Thai recipes at home.
In Maryland prison, Girl Scouts get to visit with their moms
JESSUP, Md. (AP) — Nine-year-old Kuhmaria VanBuren ran into the prison gymnasium and jumped into her mother's arms with so much force they almost fell down.
For the next two hours, Kuhmaria let her mom braid her hair and cuddled in her arms, savoring the rare contact. Sapphire VanBuren, 26, has been incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women for over two years.
Sapphire Amber Brogley, 4 months, of Sauk City, passed away Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
We were all blessed with this precious little gem, Sapphire Amber Brogley, on Aug. 7, 2017. She was born the daughter of Sabrina Novosad of Sauk City and Alexander Brice Brogley of Baraboo.
‘Project Fig’ to invest millions in solar energy in Florence County
FLORENCE, S.C. – An electricity provider is gearing up to invest atleast $22 million in solar energy to meet electric needs in Florence County.
A tax agreement was introduced by Florence County Council on Thursday for a group of investments “Project Fig.”
According to county documents, the company behind the investment is considering 17 different projects that include conversion of solar electricity at a site in Florence County.
In JP Morgan’s 3Q, consumer banking offsets drop in trading
NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. third-quarter profits rose 7 percent from a year earlier, as the bank as able to increase revenue in its consumer banking business even though the company saw a sizeable drop in trading revenue in the quarter.
Twice lucky: Local couple able to ride out hurricanes Irma, Maria
LAUGHLIN — “It’s been an adventure that we never want to repeat,” said Debbie Dauenhauer. “We’ve had more excitement in 30 days than we need in a lifetime.”
Dauenhauer, Silver Rider executive director, and her husband, Darryl Dauenhauer, Colorado River Food Bank treasurer, survived Hurricane Irma’s Sept. 6 landfall on the tiny island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the aftermath of that storm, they escaped to Puerto Rico, where they then faced the power of category 5 Hurricane Maria.
Woman sues Maine nightclub that served driver in fatal crash
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine nightclub is being sued for serving a woman who was involved in a fatal accident on New Year's Day.
The Sun Journal reports Kathleen Berry filed the lawsuit against the Sapphire Nightclub and Event Center in Auburn after her husband was killed. An attorney for the nightclub filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last month.
Montana firefighting costs approach $400M
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The cost of fighting wildfires in Montana is approaching $400 million at the tail end of the state's worst wildfire season in two decades.
To date, wildfires have burned almost 1,900 square miles (3,000 square kilometers), slightly more than the area burned in Montana's devastating 2012 fire season.
Sutherlin has enjoyed a summer of successful events benefiting community, businesses and visitors alike. Music Off Central featured top talent and was the best place to be on a Friday evening, cool and refreshing Central Park. The brightly colored new playground equipment is a huge hit with families from morning until night and the water features are a delight in this hot weather.
The Chamber awarded plaques of Appreciation to our Major Sponsors:
NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers with means who want a lot of high-end rewards on their credit cards have plenty of options — at least right now.
Since JPMorgan Chase launched the $450-a-year Chase Sapphire Reserve Card a year ago, joining the market created by the American Express Platinum Card, companies like U.S. Bank and UBS have jumped in with similar cards. Citi's Prestige card, which gives the unique benefit of a fourth night free at hotels, already existed.
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II marked Canada's 150th birthday with a visit to Canada House in central London, where she was given a sapphire brooch Wednesday to celebrate her sapphire jubilee.
The queen was joined by her husband Prince Philip at the celebration, which drew tourists from nearby Trafalgar Square who gathered for a glimpse of the queen as she left in a chauffeur-driven Bentley flying the royal standard.
SAPPHIRE, N.C. (AP) — A popular waterfall is reopening after being closed when wildfires burned in western North Carolina last fall.
Cathy Dowd with the U.S. Forest Service in Asheville told local news outlets that Whitewater Falls was reopening Friday afternoon in the Nantahala National Forest.
The Whitewater Fire began Nov. 6 and Dowd said it burned only 23 acres but heavily damaged the stairs and the access facility to the observation deck.
NEW CARLISLE — The sound of spring is in the air and it’s emanating from the vocal chords of the New Prairie High School Choral Department as this year’s spring show blooms on stage Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., taking audiences through decades of pop hits.
Conservation groups seek to intervene in Bitterroot Forest travel plan lawsuit
HAMILTON — A coalition of hunters, anglers, horse packers, hikers and conservationists has asked to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Bitterroot National Forest’s 2016 travel plan.
In December, seven multiple-use recreation groups filed suit seeking to force the Bitterroot Forest to redo its travel plan that shut off thousands of acres classified to as Wilderness Study Areas and recommended wilderness to snowmobilers, ATV riders and mountain bikers.
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A sapphire rush has brought tens of thousands of people into the remote rainforests of eastern Madagascar, disfiguring a protected environmental area and prompting calls for military intervention.
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say they've seized 55 kilograms (121 pounds) of cocaine from a fictitious jewelry business in New York's diamond district.
They say the drugs were worth $2 million and had been shipped from a fake jewelry business in Los Angeles.
Law enforcers identified the two fictitious businesses as Los Angeles-based Sapphire and New York-based 21 Divine.
NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense competition for its higher-spending customers, American Express is expanding the benefits it offers its high-end Platinum Card members, like a $200 credit on Uber. But those benefits will come with a higher annual fee.
Raw: Gun Salute for Queen’s 65th Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth II marks record 65 years on throne
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the throne.
The queen's Sapphire Jubilee was marked Monday with a 41-gun salute by World War I-era field guns in London's Green Park, and another 62-round gun salute at the Tower of London.
Queen’s 65-year reign a milestone in a record-breaking life
LONDON (AP) — On Monday, Queen Elizabeth II marks her Sapphire Jubilee, becoming the first British monarch to reign for 65 years. It's just one of many milestones the queen has marked in her nine decades. Here's are some other significant numbers about her record-breaking life and reign:
Britain to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s record 65-year reign
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is poised for another historic milestone, an unprecedented 65 years on the throne.
But Buckingham Palace says Britain's longest-serving monarch plans to spend Monday's ceremonies far from the spotlight in somber contemplation of her late father.
North Carolina ski resorts decry spell of warm temperatures
SAPPHIRE, N.C. (AP) — Two weeks of unseasonably warm weather has caused headaches for ski resort operators in North Carolina, but a forecast for cooler weather next weekend gives them cause for hope.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2j68PpD) Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley closed Jan. 18 and plans to reopen Jan. 26. Manager Chris Bates said he can't remember a time the resort has closed in January.
7:17 p.m. Sunday (City) — 2120 Constellation Trail. Service assist.
7:23 p.m. Sunday (City) — 4215 Montana Sapphire Dr. Alarm.
4:41 p.m. Sunday (City) — 706 Daniel St. Alarm.
10:15 a.m. Monday (City) — 1038 Main St. Alarm.
10:33 a.m. Monday (City) — 2309 Ave. C. Service assist.
11:51 a.m. Monday (City) — 104 N. 28th St. Service assist.
500 block of Sudan, on Nov. 25
Initial block of Prince Albert, on Nov. 27
600 block of Sapphire, on Nov. 30
Total number of reported burglaries since Jan. 1: 81
1200 block of Reece, on Nov. 27
Initial block of Jubilee, on Nov. 28
Total number of reported burglaries since Jan. 1: 87
Total number of reported burglaries since Jan. 1: 113
New Greenwich store puts unconventional spin on gems
Diamonds, gold, rubies and sapphires are sold in an unusual way at the new neighbor of Betteridge and Tiffanys, whose window displays full of fine jewels make them popular Greenwich Avenue stops.
UNO drops homecoming king, queen titles in favor of ‘royals’
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska at Omaha has named its royal homecoming pair, but don't call them king and queen.
The school has joined a growing number of other schools around the county that are moving to gender-neutral homecoming courts to be more inclusive of transgender students.
Have You Heard: Sapphire Casino to open next month on Billings West End
The owner of a new casino lounge and liquor store on Billings West End said he’s aiming to open next month, before Thanksgiving.
Sapphire Lounge and Casino and its sister shop, Sapphire Liquors, will occupy about 3,100 square feet in the Montana Sapphire development on Shiloh Road, owner Kevin Welter said.
Although it’s two doors down from another gambling spot, Dotty’s Casino, Sapphire is in a great spot to attract customers, Welter said.
American Express upping rewards program for Platinum Card
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express will announce a major enhancement to its widely-used Platinum Card this week, allowing card members to earn five Membership Reward points per dollar spent on airlines.
The change comes as the credit card giant faces some new entrants into the high-end, luxury credit card space, including JPMorgan Chase's Sapphire Reserve card launched this summer to great interest, despite its $450 annual fee.
American Express upping rewards program for Platinum Card
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express is announcing a major enhancement to its widely-used Platinum Card this week, allowing card members to earn five Membership Reward points per dollar spent on airlines.
Rescued seal pups released off coast of Rhode Island
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut has released six seal pups in the waters off Charlestown, Rhode Island, after they were rescued earlier this year.
The harbor seal pups were rescued by the aquarium in April and May along the coast of Maine. Officials believe the pups were abandoned shortly after birth.
The pups — named Jett, Amethyst, Quartz, Obsidian, Amber and Sapphire — are between four and five months old.
Credit card sensation: The hottest new plastic is metal
NEW YORK (AP) — The demand has been so overwhelming that the manufacturer ran out of raw material in just a few days. Enthusiasts extol its virtues all over the internet. Millennials are clamoring for it.
It's not a new video game, or some fancy food craze, or even Apple's latest iPhone, but a credit card.