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News Minute: Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A 59-year-old Valier man is charged with attempting to solicit child prostitution after police say he responded to an online ad for sex with girls who were "barely legal." Court records say Curtis Aaberg agreed to pay $200 for several sex acts with a 12-year-old. The Great Falls Tribune reports a public defender said Aaberg is the publisher and distributor of a newspaper in Pondera County, where he has lived since 1969. He has no criminal record.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Sen. John Walsh said his extensive, unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism. The Montana Democrat instead cites "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on post-Iraq war trauma. He says the plagiarism allegations first reported by The New York Times should not harm his campaign to keep his seat in the race against U.S. Rep. Steve Daines this fall.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- State officials say they've resolved a breach of contract issue with Xerox over developing a new computer program for Medicaid payments. Montana Department of Health and Human Services Director Richard Opper says his department has accepted a revised work plan and that they have been encouraged by Xerox's cooperation.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are preparing excavate a sinkhole-type cave in northern Wyoming that contains the ancient remains of tens of thousands of animals. Natural Trap Cave is a 15-foot-wide hole in the ground that opens up into an 85-foot-deep cavern. Tens of thousands of animals accidentally fell into the pit and died. One goal is to retrieve DNA from the animal bones.

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