APNewsBreak: US easing land restrictions across US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is finalizing plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other industries that were meant to protect an imperiled bird species that ranges a...

Trump's national monument changes return to spotlight

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump's review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rema...

Fouled waters reveal lasting legacy of US mining industry

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding ...

List of regulation rollbacks for oil, gas and coal industry

Under President Donald Trump, federal agencies have moved to roll back regulations for companies that extract, transport and burn oil, gas and coal. Government analyses show companies will save billio...

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As President Donald Trump rolls back rules on the energy sector, government projections show the savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost. An Asso...

Embattled Zinke defends legacy after leaving Trump Cabinet

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved ethics investigations, he says he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roose...

Zinke denies report that he lied to Interior investigators

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Newly-departed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tells The Associated Press that he's been truthful with investigators looking into numerous ethics complaints against him and has no...

Ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunt plans appealed by US

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that restored protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies and blocked plans to hol...

APNewsBreak: US miscalculated benefits of oil train brakes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration miscalculated potential damages from train derailments when it canceled an Obama-era rule requiring the installation of more advanced brakes by railroad...

States ask court to stop Trump from reviving US coal sales

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration in federal court from selling vast reser...

US officials move to ease Obama-era drilling restrictions

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that w...

Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada, ...

Zinke '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in probes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that stirred speculation he could get ousted fr...

Montana Sen. Jon Tester prevails despite battering by Trump

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Only U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana survived President Donald Trump's aggressive campaign to topple Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states who voted against his Sup...

Montana Senate, House candidates press toward finish line

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Candidates for Montana's closely-contested U.S. Senate race face a grim reality as they press toward Tuesday's finish: There's a dwindling pool of voters left after large number...