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Woman at Dakotas reservation dies with no propane to heat home; cause of death investigated

BISMARCK, N.D. - Authorities on a North Dakota reservation are investigating whether a woman found dead in a mobile home with an empty propane tank died from the cold. Debbie Dogskin's body was discovered Tuesday morning at her Fort Yates home. Sioux County Sheriff Frank Landeis says the temperature on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation dropped to 1 degree below zero overnight. Landeis says he believes Dogskin "just froze to death." Autopsy results are expected by Friday.

Blizzard fund raises $400,000 for South Dakota ranchers

By Alyce Hinton (Reuters) - A relief effort has raised about $400,000 for South Dakota farmers and ranchers affected by a rare autumn blizzard earlier this month that killed sheep and tens of thousands of cattle. Considered one of South Dakota's worst agricultural disasters, the October 3-5 storm dumped up to 48 inches of snow on parts of the state.

USDA to assist South Dakota ranchers recovering from blizzard

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday it would provide assistance to South Dakota livestock producers to clean up from an early winter blizzard two weeks ago that killed tens of thousands of cattle. The agency would help producers dispose of livestock carcasses, replace destroyed fencing and rebuild shelters that were damaged by the storm, U.S. Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse told livestock producers in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Donations, prisoners aid cities, ranchers after South Dakota blizzard

By Michael Hirtzer (Reuters) - Donations of money and some cattle have been rolling in for South Dakota ranchers after a blizzard last week killed tens of thousands of cattle in one of the state's worst agriculture tragedies, state officials said on Thursday. Dozens of minimum-security prison inmates were aiding the clean-up effort, gathering debris in three towns in the western part of the state hit by record snowfall that felled trees and knocked out power lines.

Two-year-old son of NFL's Adrian Peterson dies after apparent assault: reports

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The 2-year-old son of National Football League Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson died on Friday in Sioux Falls after an apparent assault, according to police in South Dakota and media reports. Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said the boy died after suffering head injuries on Wednesday, adding that doctors at the hospital where the child was taken said they believed the injuries were caused by child abuse.

Record blizzard kills South Dakota cattle, government shutdown will slow aid

By Michael Hirtzer (Reuters) - Disaster aid will be slow to come for South Dakota ranchers who lost as many as 60,000 head of cattle during an historic blizzard over the weekend, industry officials said on Tuesday. Cattle died of hypothermia or suffocated under snowdrifts after a "perfect storm" brought rain, then record snowfall and strong winds to the portion of the state west of the Missouri River, said Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

'We Are Still Here,' photo history of American Indian Movement

By Randall Mikkelsen BOSTON (Reuters) - Dick Bancroft has been photographing the American Indian Movement (AIM) since it was founded in the late 1960s by activists with a vision of self-determination and a strategy of confrontation. "We Are Still Here: A Photographic History of the American Indian Movement," published earlier this year with text by Native American journalist Laura Waterman Wittstock, is his record of the group's fight for civil rights.

US bomber crashes in Montana

A US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber crashed on Monday in the northern state of Montana but its four-strong crew managed to eject before impact, the military said. The plane had taken off from Ellsworth Air Force base, home of the 28th Bomb Wing, on what was described as a routine training mission. The cause of the crash was not immediately known and all four crew members suffered "some injuries" during the incident, according to a statement.

Tribe votes to end alcohol ban on Pine Ridge Reservation

(Reuters) - Oglala Sioux Tribe members have voted to end a widely ignored prohibition on alcohol at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas in the United States. Tribe members voted 1,843 to 1,683 to end prohibition on the expansive reservation, spokeswoman Toni Red Cloud said on Wednesday.

Australian tycoon builds dinosaur park

Sydney, Apr 11 (EFE).- Eccentric mining tycoon Clive Palmer, known for his plans to build a replica of the Titanic, is creating the world's largest dinosaur park in Australia. The businessman has ordered 165 robotic dinosaurs from manufacturers in China for the forests at his 150-hectare (407-acre) Coolum vacation property in the northeastern coastal city of Sunshine. The dinosaurs will roar, wag their tails, move their chests and blink. Some of the dinosaurs will weigh up to 1,200 kilos (1.3 tons) and be 20 meters (65 feet) tall.
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