Sep 10, 2019 4:24 PM

US seeks to dismiss tribes' lawsuit over Keystone pipeline

Posted Sep 10, 2019 4:24 PM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Trump administration are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes that want to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Trump approved the pipeline in March without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.


The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux tribe say Trump's action violated their rights under treaties from the mid-1800s.


The administration argues Trump's presidential permit applies only to a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) section of pipeline along the U.S.-Canada border in northern Montana.


U.S. District Judge Brian Morris will preside over a Thursday hearing on the government's attempt to dismiss the case.

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Sep 10, 2019 4:24 PM
SUV driver killed in collision with semi hauling bricks

JANSEN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a driver was killed in a collision between a semitrailer and a sport utility vehicle.


The crash occurred just after 5:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 136, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) east of Fairbury. Station KWBE reports that witnesses say the eastbound SUV swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the truck, which was hauling several pallets of bricks on a trailer.


The SUV driver was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear whether the truck driver was injured.


The names of those involved haven't been released.