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Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

The state Board of Livestock voted Thursday to terminate five jobs and furlough other workers to cope with a substantial shortfall in the Live…

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Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Construction of a 120-turbine wind farm is underway in Carbon County as developers scramble to benefit from a last-minute federal tax credit p…

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North Dakota officials eager to expand trade with Cuba

North Dakota officials eager to expand trade with Cuba

BISMARCK, N.D. — Officials from North Dakota are applauding the Obama administration's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

To give you a feel for what that connectivity brings, here's a closer look at a few "smart" products for the home.

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Charter planning to hire 100 new workers in Billings

Charter planning to hire 100 new workers in Billings

Charter Communications is seeking to hire 100 new employees in Billings, primarily in sales and customer retention, company officials announce…

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North Dakota could lose billions in oil tax revenue if low oil prices persist

North Dakota could lose billions in oil tax revenue if low oil prices persist

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota stands to lose billions in revenue if oil prices continue to slip, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said Tuesday at a me…

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Email outage hits Charter customers

Email outage hits Charter customers

Officials at Charter Communications say they are working to fix problems with the email system for customers with Bresnan.net addresses in Montana.

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Developers still seeking oil patch housing in tiny Fryburg

Developers still seeking oil patch housing in tiny Fryburg

FRYBURG, N.D. — Despite a predicted downturn in oil drilling, developers whose proposed project was rejected earlier this year, are back with …

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Gift Guide: 5 fitness trackers offer wide range

Gift Guide: 5 fitness trackers offer wide range

By no means are these the only good offerings out there.

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Gift Guide: How to pick the right fitness tracker

Gift Guide: How to pick the right fitness tracker

The best device for you will depend on your current fitness levels and needs. 

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Small North Dakota towns dealing with loss of general store

Small North Dakota towns dealing with loss of general store

BISMARCK, N.D. — Several small towns in western North Dakota are looking for replacements as Alco stores in the communities close.

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Laughing Sun Brewing moves into distribution

BISMARCK, N.D. — A local brew house is taking advantage of a new law allowing small brewers to distribute their own beer.

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Tennessee family enjoying new life in Bakken

MINOT, N.D. -- Nick Vaughn earns in two nights what took him two weeks to make in his home state of Tennessee.

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Bakken boom brings surge of diversity to North Dakota

Bakken boom brings surge of diversity to North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Job seekers and immigrants have brought a surge of diversity to North Dakota, but the arrival of many new people from diverse…

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North Dakota still just dabbling in lottery

North Dakota still just dabbling in lottery

MOORHEAD – Moham Mitchell spends a lot of money on lottery tickets here every week at the Orton’s gas station near Minnesota’s first exit off …

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North Dakota state budget doesn't lean on lottery cash

North Dakota state budget doesn't lean on lottery cash

FARGO, N.D. — Among states that offer lotteries, North Dakota’s budget is the least reliant on the lottery.

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Bakken co-op customers to receive free electricity for 3 months

Bakken co-op customers to receive free electricity for 3 months

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative in North Dakota’s oil patch had a great year, and now it’s paying it back to its…

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Entrepreneurs: After job loss, lifelong hobby turns into new business

Entrepreneurs: After job loss, lifelong hobby turns into new business

At about the same time Kevin Woods had his customer service job outsourced to another country, he realized he had a house full of Lego bricks …

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Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

At Trailhead Spirits in downtown Billings, owner Casey McGowan is selling the Montana brand as much as his own products. So it’s worth jacking…

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Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

The state Board of Livestock voted Thursday to terminate five jobs and furlough other workers to cope with a substantial shortfall in the Live…

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Judge may toss 4 guilty pleas in inside-trade case

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday he's leaning toward tossing out four guilty pleas in an insider-trading case, the latest fallout from a …

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Hellman's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo'

Hellman's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo'

Hellman's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."

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China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals

CHICAGO (AP) — China is promising to streamline a regulatory process that has held up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the …

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Uber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said i…

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Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does busi…

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

HAVANA (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous cha…

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US regulators label MetLife as potential financial threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have labeled insurer MetLife as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings strict…

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Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands,…

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Amid scrutiny, Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

Amid scrutiny, Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A contrite Sam Nazarian who revamped the Sahara hotel and casino on the Strip, won a gambling license from Nevada's regulator…

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2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released

BOSTON (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, …

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Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Construction of a 120-turbine wind farm is underway in Carbon County as developers scramble to benefit from a last-minute federal tax credit p…

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Fed gives banks more time to sell risky holdings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is delaying by two years a requirement that U.S. banks sell off their riskiest investments such as stake…

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EU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth

EU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($386…

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Sides 'far apart' in West Coast port negotiations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently…

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Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knee…

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Dow industrials have their best day in three years

Dow industrials have their best day in three years

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain followin…

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How the Dow Jones industrial average did Thursday

The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a …

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Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainme…

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Cheniere and Rite Aid are big market movers

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:

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Dow soars 400 points, led by rally in tech sector

Dow soars 400 points, led by rally in tech sector

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended…

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Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associa…

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Investors say 'bye,' but not 'ciao,' to stock pickers

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock pickers might as well wear a scarlet "A."

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Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised T…

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Grain higher, livestock higher

CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

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