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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 15, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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LOS ANGELES — Margot Kidder, the Canadian actress who starred as a salty and cynical Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the “Superman” film franchise of the 1970s and 1980s, has died. She was 69. Kidder’s manager Camilla Fluxman Pines said she died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday. Police in Livingston, Montana, said in a statement that officers were called to Kidder’s home, where they found her dead. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause, but no foul play is suspected. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 750 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks. Despite opposition from the major sports leagues and the Trump administration, the high court struck down a federal law that had barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. By Jessica Gresko and Wayne Parry. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.



HELENA — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for betting on the outcome of sporting events won’t have an immediate impact in Montana, but it opens up the possibility of expanded gambling offerings. Montana is one of four states that allowed some types of sports betting before a 1993 federal law banned betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports. SENT: 400 words.


— MISSING SKIER-BODY FOUND — Searchers have recovered the body of a northwestern Montana physician who went missing while backcountry skiing in February.

— BILLINGS OFFICERS SUSPENDED — A state judge says the public has the right to know the names of three Billings police officers who were disciplined for having sex with a civilian department employee while on the job or on public property.

— FATAL CLIFF FALL — An 18-year-old Polson man has died after slipping into a creek and being swept over a waterfall while on a hike.

— MONTANA FLOODING-THE LATEST — The Clark Fork River near Missoula is closed to recreation due to downed power lines and other debris in the fast-moving water.

— HOTEL-DEATH LAWSUIT — A Colorado appeals court has reversed an earlier ruling on a wrongful death suit by a Montana woman against a Grand Junction hotel.


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