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US rig count down by 3 to 936; Wyoming adds 3

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by three this week to 936. That exceeds the 694 rigs that were active this time a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported on Friday that 747 rigs were drilling for oil and 189 ...

2 more deaths in North Dakota attributed to flu

BISMARCK (AP) — State officials say two more people have died of flu-related complications in North Dakota. That brings the number of flu deaths so far this season to 10. The latest deaths happened in the week ending on Jan. 13. The health department says there were 619 flu cases reported ...

Pipeline protester accused in shooting reaches plea deal

BISMARCK (AP) — A Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline has reached a deal with prosecutors to avoid trial. Attorneys for Red Fawn Fallis said the decision was based on anti-protester sentiment in the area and ...

Longtime newspaperman, former state Sen. John Andrist dies

CROSBY, N.D. (AP) — Longtime newspaperman and former state Sen. John Andrist has died. Steve Andrist says his father died Wednesday morning in Fargo from complications of a stroke he suffered earlier. He was 86. The Republican from Crosby was first elected to the Senate in 1992, serving ...

Landowners dispute ND highway sculpture site

BISMARCK (AP) — The site of a popular highway sculpture in southwest North Dakota has been closed to the public after new landowners disputed the site's liability and the sculptor's lease. Seth and Kayla O'Donnell purchased a 28-acre parcel in February that included the site of "Geese in ...

Effort to recall Washburn City Commission president fails

BISMARCK (AP) — An effort to oust Washburn's City Commission president has failed. President Larry Thomas defeated challenger Derek Laning 190 votes to 157 votes in Tuesday's recall election. Recall committee members sought to oust Thomas over what they said were open meeting law ...

Former North Dakota TV reporter Roxana Saberi joins CBS News

FARGO (AP) — Former North Dakota TV reporter Roxana Saberi, who was imprisoned in Iran for 100 days in 2009, has joined CBS News as a London-based correspondent. Saberi reported for KVLY-TV in Fargo from 2000 to 2002 before working for several major international news organizations in the ...

North Dakota GOP Rep. Cramer passes on US Senate run

BISMARCK (AP) — GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said Thursday he won't run for the U.S. Senate, depriving Republicans of the candidate many saw as the party's best chance to unseat vulnerable Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Cramer passed up the race despite a personal appeal from ...

ND medical marijuana rules poised for approval

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's State Health Council is poised to sign off on administrative rules for medical marijuana amid uncertainty over whether the federal government might crack down on state marijuana operations. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week rescinded an Obama ...

Foundation plans to build Theodore Roosevelt library in 2019

DICKINSON (AP) — The foundation for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library says they hope to begin construction next year on the estimated $100 million facility in western North Dakota. The library will honor the man who served as president from 1901 to 1909. He was born in New York ...

Police looking for suspects after attempted assault in dorm

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Police are looking for two suspects after a report of an attempted sexual assault in a University of North Dakota dormitory. Authorities say a female student awoke to an unknown male suspect in her Noren Hall room early Saturday morning. The suspect allegedly tried to ...

Many Puerto Ricans fled to North Dakota after hurricane

MANDAN (AP) — Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have fled devastated Puerto Rico for the continental United States since Hurricane Maria. Many have left the island for Bismarck and Mandan, where their families and friends reside. Their move to the Peace Garden State presents significant ...

Company pays $950,000 fine for oilfield waste dumping

BISMARCK (AP) — A Wyoming-based company that illegally dumped oilfield waste in western North Dakota has paid the state more than $950,000 after the state Supreme Court affirmed the fine last month. The Department of Mineral Resources tells The Bismarck Tribune that Black Hills Trucking ...

Pilot lands single-engine plane without wheels in Fargo

FARGO (AP) — A pilot and three passengers escaped injury when their single-engine airplane made an emergency landing at the airport in Fargo. Officials at Hector International Airport say the pilot put the plane down on its belly after its landing gear failed Monday evening. The pilot ...

Man’s death may have been from exposure to cold

BISMARCK (AP) — Police in Bismarck, North Dakota say a man whose body was found near the Missouri River may have died as a result of exposure to extreme cold. Lt. Luke Gardiner says the 52-year-old man's body was found at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday near a dry-docked river boat beneath the ...

North Dakota health officials set new vaccine requirements

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota health officials have unveiled new immunization requirements for children in schools and child care facilities in an effort to increase vaccination rates and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The changes take effect during the 2018 ...

North Dakota man wants large chair for upcoming murder trial

BISMARCK (AP) — The attorney for a North Dakota man accused of killing his mother says his client needs a chair wide enough to sit down during his upcoming trial because of his large build. Christopher Vick's attorney made the request in a recent court filing in which he also asked for ...

ND trio accused of stealing dozens of credit cards

BISMARCK (AP) — Authorities say they arrested three people in North Dakota suspected of stealing dozens of credit cards and driver's licenses from 32 different individuals. The Burleigh County Sheriff's Office says a deputy arrested the trio after stopping their car last week for license ...

Gov. Burgum’s former foe to defend him in state’s high court

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he will personally defend his former political foe, Gov. Doug Burgum, against a lawsuit filed by the Republican-led Legislature challenging the first-term Republican governor's veto powers. Stenehjem told The Associated Press ...

New North Dakota voter law still unconstitutional

BISMARCK (AP) — Several members of an American Indian tribe in North Dakota have filed an amended lawsuit challenging the state's voter identification laws, saying the law remains a "form of voter suppression." Republican Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation in April that reworked the ID laws ...