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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a 22-year-old Montana man to almost 42 years in prison for kidnapping and violently raping a 4-year-old girl on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Wednesday's sentencing in U.S. District Court in Great Falls came in a case that prosecutors had described as every parent's nightmare. The defendant was found guilty of chasing down the young girl at night in a park, raping and strangling her and then leaving her for dead in an abandoned pickup truck in February of 2016.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities are telling residents in part of western Montana's Mineral County to leave their homes immediately as a wildfire approaches. The fire is threatening 60 homes and other structures Wednesday 11 miles southeast of Superior in the Lolo National Forest.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's largest insurer says not knowing what Congress and President Donald Trump will do with health care has caused the company to propose a rate hike 10 times higher than it would have otherwise. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana President Mike Frank spoke Wednesday at a public hearing on proposed 2018 rate increases by the three insurers that offer individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana is allowing a conservative group to move forward with a proposed ballot initiative that would let people sue for emotional distress if they spot a transgender person using a public bathroom that doesn't correspond to their gender at birth. The proposal is similar to a law in North Carolina and legislation being pushed by GOP Texas lawmakers. Tuesday's decision in Montana came as President Donald Trump said he wanted to ban transgender people from the military.

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