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  • Tribes, state reach new deal on water

Montana officials have reached a new agreement on a water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox announced Thursday.
  • No one hurt when blast hits Whitefish construction site

A crew of construction workers were thanking their lucky stars Thursday morning after a large propane explosion shook Whitefish awake but left no injuries and minimal damage in its wake. According to Whitefish Fire Chief Joe Page, a malfunction in a propane heater allowed gas to fill up the basement of a new townhouse under construction on Stumptown Loop Road off State Park Road. An electrical extension cord from the heater was connected to a power outlet outside. When crews arrived for work at 7:15 a.m. they plugged in the cord, which set off the explosion.
  • Students join Hour of Code effort

Flathead Valley students on Thursday participated in a worldwide Hour of Code in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. The nonprofit Code. org sponsors the Hour of Code campaign to get millions of students to learn and practice cod-ing from Dec. 8-14.
  • Spending bill leaves out county money

Montana counties could lose $20 million - including $9.8 million in Northwest Montana - in federal funding for schools and roads under a spending bill moving through Congress. The Secure Rural Schools Program was left out of a $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to fund government opera-tions through September 2015.
  • County delays decision on 'doughnut' regulations

The Flathead County Plan-ning Board on Wednesday delayed a recommendation on how to proceed with Whitefish area zoning and lakeshore regulations because the board hadn't received all of the public comments and correspondence.
  • Missoula gunman says he panicked

MISSOULA - A Missoula man on trial in the shooting death of a German exchange student said in a telephone call after the incident that he didn't know if the person he shot inside his garage was armed and that he panicked.
  • CIA chief challenges Senate report

CIA Director John Brennan threaded a rhetorical needle in an unprecedented televised news conference at CIA headquarters Thursday, acknowledg-ing that agency officers did "abhorrent" things to detainees but defending the overall post-9/11 interroga-tion program for stopping attacks and saving lives.
  • Father captured on bridge; four sons safe

A three-day search for a man wanted for questioning in his wife's disappearance and the abduction of their four young sons ended dramatically Thursday when police officers tackled him on a freeway bridge as he began climbing over a railing 150 feet above the ground.
  • 'Pineapple Express' drenches Calif.

A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada.
  • Democrats, Obama part on spending bill

In unlikely alliance, the Obama White House and House Republicans joined forces Thursday in a furious attempt to pass a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill over clamorous protests from Democrats who said it would roll back bank regulations imposed in the wake of the economic near-meltdown of 2008.
B Section
  • Girls basketball: Glacier, C-Falls loaded, again

Another basketball season has arrived and once again the Flathead Valley has a host of talented girls teams with potential title runs in their sights.
  • C-Falls sweeps Flathead

The Columbia Falls boys and girls both improved to 2-0 on the basketball season Thursday evening by defeating Flathead in nonconference action.Columbia Falls is back on the court today at the Northwest and Southwest Class A Tip-Off Classic in Missoula at the University of Montana.
  • Cardinals ends Rams' shutout streak, win 12-6