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Several injured when Montana-bound United flight hits turbulence

(Reuters) - Three flight attendants and a number of passengers were injured after a United Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence as it approached a Montana airport, an airline spokesman said on Tuesday. One passenger, Bill Dahlin, told Billings television station KTVQ there was a lot of screaming when the airplane dropped sharply during its descent on Monday, and a woman struck her head on the ceiling so hard a panel cracked.

As Bakken oil patch booms, drug crimes spike; 16 arrested in Montana, North Dakota

BILLINGS, Mont. - The booming Bakken oil patch that's given a major boost to U.S. energy production has emerged as a new front in the fight against drug trafficking. Organized crime rings are popping up in the Northern Plains, with traffickers sensing opportunity in the thousands of men and women lured there by the hope of a big paycheque. Law-enforcement officers across the region have teamed up to crack down, netting one of their most significant successes this week — four arrests in North Dakota and a dozen in Montana, all but one on drug charges.

Montana judge says month-long prison term for rape may be too lenient

(Reuters) - A Montana judge who controversially sentenced an ex-teacher to a month in prison for raping a student who later killed herself said on Tuesday the penalty may been more lenient than allowed by law and called a new hearing for the end of the week. District Judge G. Todd Baugh came under harsh criticism last week for sentencing former Billings high school teacher Stacey Rambold to 15 years in prison, then suspending all but 31 days of that term, for the 2007 rape of 14-year-old Cherice Moralez.
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