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KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

BILLINGS —Civil liberties advocates sued the U.S. government Tuesday, alleging law enforcement agencies have been making preparations to crack down on anticipated protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and its Montana affiliate filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Missoula against the Defense, Homeland Security, Interior and Justice departments. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 423 words, photos.

WILDFIRE-INMATE-RAPE

SALT LAKE CITY — An Idaho prisoner sent to help fight a wildfire in Utah raped a woman who also was working to support firefighters, prosecutors said Tuesday. The woman had rejected several advances from Ruben Hernandez, 27, in the days before the Aug. 29 assault at the base camp, Sanpete County attorney Kevin Daniels said. Hernandez has been charged with felony rape. Hernandez was in Utah as part of a program similar to those run in other Western states. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 440 words, national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— MONTANA-ECONOMY — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state is outpacing most others in terms of wage increases, but faces challenges in transforming its economy as industries such as mining and utilities contract.

— MOTORCYCLE-FATAL CRASH — A 59-year-old Belgrade man has been killed in a motorcycle crash in southwestern Montana that left his female passenger injured.

— TALC PLANT LOCKOUT — State politicians and others from around the state joined union workers locked out at a talc-milling plant in Montana for a Labor Day rally. The workers are going on their fifth week of picketing outside of the Imerys America Talc Mill in Three Forks.

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