HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The bitter cold is driving homeless people into shelters at record numbers. The executive director of the Poverello Center in Missoula says 119 people checked into the shelter this weekend. Eran Fowler-Pehan says it's the highest number in more than 30 years, and similar numbers of people have shown up each night this week.
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A former director of the Chippewa Cree tribe's wellness center has been charged with embezzlement. The Havre Daily News reports that Wilford Harlan "Huck" Sunchild pleaded not guilty Wednesday to theft from a tribal government receiving federal grants, theft from an Indian tribal organization and theft from a health care facility. The judge set a Jan. 28 trial date.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Attorneys have wrapped up a 25-day trial in which Montana sought to prove Wyoming took too much water from the Yellowstone River basin. An initial decision is expected in mid-2014 from the U.S. Supreme Court appointee overseeing the dispute. Wyoming says Montana formally requested more water only twice and there was no clear evidence of harm to Montana water users.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Snow-white owls are thrilling bird-watchers as the magnificent Arctic birds set up winter residence at airports, fields and beaches far south of their normal range. Bird-watchers are reporting on eBird.org sightings across the United States as far south as Cape Hatteras, N.C. The owls live in the Arctic, but when their population spikes or lemmings are scarce, many fly south for food.