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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tells The Associated Press he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet. The former Montana congressman faces a number of ethics probes, including one involving dealings between a foundation Zinke created and the chairman of a major energy company. Zinke says he has spoken with Trump and the president remains supportive.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The state Department of Corrections is cutting 22 positions to trim its budget ahead of the 2019 legislative session. Nearly half the cuts come from the Youth Services Division, in part because the number of youth under supervision or in custody is declining.

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A 25-year-old Harlem woman has been arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide in an apparent hypothermia death south of Havre. The woman told investigators the victim drove a pickup into a ditch late Wednesday or early Thursday, leading to a fight. The suspect said the victim was intoxicated and had a bloody nose when she kicked her out of the pickup. Temperatures dropped to 12 degrees that night. Deputies found the victim in the ditch Thursday. She died at a Great Falls hospital.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Seventy-three Montana firefighters are traveling to California to help battle the deadly wildfires there. The firefighters come from 17 agencies and are traveling to California in 20 engines. They will stay for two weeks.

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