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12/11/2017 - 12:50pm
To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation's long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered...

Sports

12/11/2017 - 12:53pm
BASKETBALL   THURSDAY Gardiner boys vs. Shields Valley, 7 p.m. Gardiner girls vs. Shields Valley, 5:30 p.m.   FRIDAY Gardiner boys at Ennis, 5:30 p.m. Gardiner girls at Ennis, 7 p.m. Park boys at Havre, 6 p.m. Park...

MONTANA/REGION


In this March 10 photo, Blackfeet Tribal Business Council Chairman Harry Barnes laughs with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke after a ceremony with members of the Blackfeet tribe in West Glacier. (AP photo)
12/11/2017 - 12:36pm
BILLINGS (AP) — Even as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is pursuing creation of a new monument on the border of a Montana reservation where tribal officials remain...

Nation


In this April 17, 2015, file image from NASA-TV, the SpaceX Dragon 6 resupply capsule nears the International Space Station. The capsule will be making a return trip to the space station when it is launched on a recycled rocket for NASA on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (NASA-TV via AP, File)
12/11/2017 - 12:45pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space Age hand-me-downs are soaring to a whole new level. On Tuesday, SpaceX plans to launch its first recycled rocket for NASA. The unmanned Falcon 9 — last used in June — will carry up a Dragon capsule that's also flown...

World


Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, shake hands after a news conference following their talks in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/pool photo via AP)
12/11/2017 - 12:47pm
CAIRO (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared "victory" in Syria during a surprise visit Monday to a military base there, then traveled to Egypt and Turkey, where he celebrated Moscow's deepening ties with those key regional powers. The...