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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana authorities have launched a criminal investigation into claims that a high school athletic trainer sexually abused at least 18 student athletes under the guise of boosting their athletic performance. Attorney General Tim Fox said state investigators will assist Custer County officials as they examine the allegations in a lawsuit filed Friday against James E. "Doc" Jensen of Miles City. Jensen has acknowledged some of the allegations and offered an apology after they were first reported.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana environmental regulators are seeking public comment on a company's proposal to expand a storage facility for mining waste above the city of Butte. Montana Resources wants to raise the height of its Yankee Doodle tailings pond _ a repository for waste rock from the company's open-pit Continental mine. The mine produces about 50,000 tons of waste rock daily, causing the tailings pond to rise. The proposed expansion would increase its embankment height by at least 45 feet.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana wildlife officials want to prohibit state hunters from shooting bison in an area bordering Yellowstone National Park where dozens of hunters can congregate for the chance at an easy kill. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said the area near Gardiner known as Beattie Gulch has become unsafe as hunter numbers increased. It's used by bison to migrate out of Yellowstone in winter in search of food at lower elevations. Hunters harvested hundreds of bison there in recent years.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Police in Montana say a 20-year-old woman has been killed and two other people, including a 16-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries following a head-on collision. Billings Police Sgt. Ben Milam said in a Sunday statement that speed and alcohol appeared to have contributed to the accident in the city's Heights neighborhood. The victims' identities were not released.

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