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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday. The elk jumped into the chopper’s tail rotor as the aircraft flew about 10 feet (3 meters) above ground in a mountainous part of eastern Utah, with its crew trying to drop a net on the elk, said Jared Rigby of the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office. The two people on board weren’t seriously hurt, but the elk died of its injuries Monday afternoon.
KYLE, S.D. (AP) - The FBI says an officer with the Oglala Sioux tribal police department was shot and killed in an apparent domestic dispute. The FBI says it happened around 4:30 a.m. Saturday but is providing few other details. The FBI says there's no threat to the public. The officer's name has not been released. The FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Oglala Sioux tribal police are investigating. The FBI's Minneapolis field office, which also covers South Dakota, says no further comment will be available.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That’s far more in defense spending than America’s two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else.
YPSILANTI, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed when his vehicle struck three horses standing in a county road west of Ypsilanti, in southeastern North Dakota. Stutsman County Deputy Casey Yunck says that the accident happened just before 5 a.m. Saturday. After striking the horses, the man’s vehicle left the road and crashed into a semi-trailer parked in a private lot. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released. All three horses were killed.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Associated Press tallied the purchases from invoices obtained through a public records request. They included pepper spray, flash-bang and smoke grenades, riot helmets, gas masks, night-vision goggles and more than 2,000 rounds of non-lethal ammunition.
GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) — Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille’s epic “The Ten Commandments.” The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota rural schools with limited finances are using online classes to expand course offerings for students. It's reported that the North Dakota Center for Distance Education, which offers hundreds of online courses, has seen a considerable increase in course enrollments after the state Legislature started subsidizing course costs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Army veteran has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of inappropriately touching her more than a decade ago while she was on a military deployment to Kuwait.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is renewing his call for the chamber's ethics committee to investigate Sen. Al Franken after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment. Lindsay Menz told CNN that the Minnesota Democrat grabbed her bottom as the pair posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. Menz's allegation comes days after a Los Angeles broadcaster accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour.
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA-- A North Dakota man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for scamming Minnesota welfare programs out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Forty-seven-year-old Elfonzo Shelby, of Fargo, was sentenced in Ramsey County District Court Tuesday for using fake identities to swindle more than $300,000 in general assistance and food stamp benefits. Shelby pleaded guilty to the allegations in September.