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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Fur trappers are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who want to block the export of bobcat pelts from the United States. Attorneys for trapping organizations said in recent court filings that the lawsuit infringes on the authority of state and tribal governments to manage their wildlife. Plaintiffs in the case allege the government's fur export program doesn't protect against the accidental trapping of imperiled species such as Canada lynx.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - As political strategist Steve Bannon goes after the Republican establishment in Senate primaries, he seems more intent on backing candidates who are loyal to President Donald Trump than those who agree with him on policy. For the former Trump White House aide, one test is how such Republicans reacted during the 2016 campaign to the 2005 video showing Trump bragging about imposing himself on women. Those who stuck with Trump may earn Bannon's favor now even if it means some conflict on policy.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a bid by the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls, Montana, on Wednesday rejected Justice Department arguments that the court had no authority to second-guess the permit.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The pilot program that Grand Teton National Park started to curb food waste has been deemed successful after its first season. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that from May through October, 73.3 tons of food waste was diverted from landfills to a composting facility in West Yellowstone, Montana.

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