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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - President Donald Trump is praising a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, saying he thinks it might have helped the lawmaker win election in Montana. At a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. Trump said: "Any guy that can do a body slam _ he's my kind of guy." The comments come amid an international furor over the apparent assassination of a journalist who was allegedly dismembered.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - President Donald Trump is accusing Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana of viciously attacking Adm. Ronny Jackson, the president's pick for secretary of Veterans Affairs. Trump said Thursday at a campaign rally for Tester's Republican opponent that Tester "led the Democratic mob" in an effort to destroy Jackson's reputation. Jackson withdrew amid ethics allegations, including claims that he drunkenly wrecked a governmental vehicle. Tester's role was leading the investigation.

VALIER, Mont. (AP) - Montana wildlife officials tranquilized and relocated a 900-pound grizzly bear that wandered onto the Birch Creek Hutterite Colony south of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Colony members had tried to haze the bear away from the residential area Wednesday, but it sought shelter in a garage and wouldn't leave. Members of the colony called wildlife officials for help. The bear was relocated to a spot west of East Glacier.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A western Montana county mailed inaccurate instructions with absentee ballots for the general election. Mineral County Clerk and Recorder Staci McGrew says she mistakenly included the primary election instructions, which directed recipients to "Vote Only One Party Ballot." The mailing includes one ballot and voters can vote for candidates from any party.

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