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Montana judge extends deadline for returning mailed ballots

HELENA – A Montana judge has extended the state’s deadline for returning 2020 general election ballots by mail, saying that uneven U.S. Postal Service delivery times could result in ballots being delayed, unfairly requiring some people to vote earlier than others or requiring voters to risk exposure to COVID-19 to return their ballots in person.

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

MADISON, Wis. – Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, entire dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with local community leaders over the spread of the disease.

Oregon governor sends state police to Portland for protests

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she's sending state troopers and sheriffs deputies to Portland through the weekend to help police in the state's largest city monitor a weekend rally in the city by the right-wing group Proud Boys and counter protests by liberal groups.

High alert: Deadly Northwest fires burn hundreds of homes

Deadly windblown wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest destroyed hundreds of homes in Oregon, the governor said Wednesday, warning it could be the greatest loss of life and property from wildfire in state history.

Woman sues, says she was hospitalized after prison dentistry

 A woman who says she suffered a life-threatening infection after Idaho’s prison staffers denied her antibiotics following dental surgery is suing state officials and Corizon Health, claiming she was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

Kansas candidate who admitted to revenge porn drops out

A 19-year-old Kansas House candidate who had been disowned by some Democrats for his incendiary social media posts and because he abused girls online when he was 14 years old announced Sunday that he is dropping out of the race.

Public lands chief hangs on despite nomination getting nixed

BILLINGS – A former oil industry attorney will continue calling the shots for a government agency that oversees nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West, despite the White House saying over the weekend that President Donald Trump would withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley.

Court hearing held in notorious case of children’s deaths

BOISE – A detective Monday described in excruciating details how investigators unearthed the remains of two children who had been missing for months while searching the rural Idaho property of a man charged with concealing evidence.

U.S. agents to pull back in Portland but will stay on standby

PORTLAND – Some of the federal officers guarding a U.S. courthouse that’s been targeted during violent protests in Portland will leave in the next 24 hours, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. But the Trump administration’s insistence that some agents would remain in the building and the entire contingent would stay in the city in case they’re needed sparked confusion and concern among demonstrators.