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  • Watters becomes Montana's first female US judge

    BRADLEY KLAPPER LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press|Updated Dec 19, 2013

    BILLINGS (AP) — Former state Judge Susan Watters has been sworn in as Montana's first female U.S. District Court judge. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy swore in the 55-year-old Billings native in a Thursday ceremony at the federal courthouse attended by several dozen friends, colleagues and family members. Watters worked in private practice and as a prosecutor before becoming a state judge 15 years ago. She fills a vacancy on the federal bench created with the retirement of U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull. Other f...

  • Shots outside Capitol, officer injury

    BRADLEY KLAPPER LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press|Updated Oct 3, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown. The shooting unfolded after police chased a black car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol, said tourist Edmund Ofori-Attah, who walked toward the scene as the car stopped. "Then I heard the gunfire" and hit the ground, he said. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told reporters he was walking from the C...

  • Clinton: Military action in Syria demands unity

    BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that every day of slaughter in Syria is strengthening the case for tougher international action, yet stressed that military intervention would require support from the world community and Syria's ally Russia. Speaking to Danish university students, Clinton noted that U.N. and international backing made possible last year's coalition that helped force Moammar Gadhafi from power in Libya. But she lamented that Russia and China are standing in t...

  • GOP senators more troubled after Rice meeting


    WASHINGTON — Three Republican senators who met Tuesday with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice say they are more troubled now over her initial explanations about the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, center, arrives for a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who could find her name in contention as early as this week to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Rice met behind closed doors Tuesday with Sens...

  • Obama: '67 borders reflect longstanding policy

    BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

    AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Demonstrators call out as President Barack Obama's motorcade passes en route to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention in Washington, Sunday. WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama defended his endorsement of Israel's 1967 boundaries as the basis for a future Palestine, telling America's pro-Israel lobby Sunday that his views reflected longstanding U.S. policy that needed to be stated clearly. He also said the Jewish state will face growing isolation without "a credible p...