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2008-07-18 03:00:39

By Betty Lin-Fisher, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 18--A FirstEnergy subsidiary is getting into the coal-mining business. FirstEnergy Ventures, which is used by FirstEnergy Corp. of Akron for investments in the utility company's deregulated generation business, has partnered with coal broker Boich Cos. to buy a majority stake in a Montana coal mine. Other utilities around the country also have some ownership in coal mines. FirstEnergy Ventures will make a $125 million equity...

2005-11-15 19:15:29

By Jeffrey Hull HUSON, Montana (Reuters) - Bison hunting, once commonplace in the American West until the species was nearly wiped out, resumed amid controversy in Montana on Tuesday after a 15-year ban. On a bitterly cold morning just outside the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, a 17-year-old, hunting with his family, fired the first shot in the state's revived hunt. Dru Dixon, who filmed the shooting for bison advocacy group Buffalo Field Campaign, said it took...

2005-09-23 07:30:00

BUTTE, Montana -- Long before Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans with what officials describe as a dangerous toxic soup, Montana's mining capital struggled to deal with a massive watery hazard. Even as bad as the sewage and chemical infested water around New Orleans may be, the Berkeley Pit, a toxic lake filling a 1-1/2 by 1 mile open pit mine in Butte (pop. 34,000) may pose an even greater long-term ecological risk. The site, which includes land near the lake, is the largest...

2005-09-14 08:52:50

By Adam Tanner BROWNING, Montana (Reuters) - When Elouise Cobell became treasurer of the Blackfeet Tribe in 1976, she began to investigate U.S. government payments to Native Americans for the rights to mine, farm and graze on Indian land. Three decades later the banker is in her ninth year of a $27.5 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government, alleging that officials have cheated Indians for more than a century. The complex dispute dates back to 1887, when the United States...

2005-08-31 09:59:29

By Adam Tanner QUEBEC LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER, Montana (Reuters) - Shortly after a visitor entered a reinforced concrete bunker 60 feet below ground in a remote area of Montana, an electronic beep that could signal an order to launch nuclear missiles sounded. "That's the message; can you please step to the back of the capsule?" asked 1st Lt. Adam Bell as he sat beside Air Force Capt. William Swan scanning buttons that could trigger 10 U.S. missiles, each with up to three warheads. The...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'