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Republican Greg Gianforte (right) welcomes Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, onto the stage at a rally in East Helena, Mont., on May 11. Gianforte, a businessman, is embracing his party's president in his race for the state's open congressional seat.

On Eve Of Election, Montana GOP Candidate Charged With Assault On Reporter

Updated on May 25th at 1:09 a.m. ET

The Montana special congressional race was roiled on the eve of Thursday's vote after GOP nominee Greg Gianforte allegedly "body slammed" a reporter and was subsequently cited by local authorities.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office announced they were charging Gianforte with misdemeanor assault:

Pumpjacks in North Dakota's Bakken oil patch extract oil from deep underground. Oil production has grown nationally in recent months to 9.3 million barrels of oil per day.<em></em>

Boom Time Again For U.S. Oil Industry, Thanks To OPEC

Oil producers across the country are watching to see what OPEC does at its meeting in Vienna this week, since the cartel of oil-exporting countries has recently played a big role in turning around a two-year U.S. slump.

There are more than twice as many U.S. rigs drilling for oil as a year ago, a turnaround that's felt keenly in places like the Bakken oil patch in North Dakota. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco are flying off the shelves of the gas station Angela Neuman manages in the town of Williston.

Eating Chocolate, A Little Each Week, May Lower The Risk Of A Heart Flutter

There's a rich body of evidence that links chocolate to heart health.

Now comes a new study that finds people who consume small amounts of chocolate each week have a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a heart condition characterized by a rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Some 55 percent of families with kids that receive food stamp benefits are earning wages. The problem is, those wages aren't enough to actually live on.

Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work

When President Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, unveiled the administration's budget blueprint earlier this week, which calls for significant cuts to food stamps, he noted that the aim of the budget was to get people working.

"If you're on food stamps and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work. If you're on disability insurance and you're not supposed to be — if you're not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work," Mulvaney said Tuesday.

The Charlotte Hornets, who play in the city's Time Warner Cable Arena, will host the 2019 NBA All-Star game.

NBA Says 2019 All-Star Game Will Be In N.C. After Partial 'Bathroom Bill' Repeal

The NBA has announced that Charlotte, N.C., will host the 2019 All-Star Game, after the state partially repealed its controversial law that limited civil rights protections for LGBT people.

The professional basketball league moved last year's All-Star game from Charlotte, where it was originally scheduled, to protest the state's HB2 law.

A farmer passes along a border fence that divides his property in Mission, Texas. The state alone shares more than 1,200 miles of border with Mexico.

President Trump's Big Wall Is Now Just 74 Miles Long In His Budget Plan

After making the need for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border a central campaign theme, President Trump has asked Congress for just $1.6 billion to start building 74 miles of barriers. Texas alone shares more than 1,200 miles of border with Mexico.

If Congress approves the current request, 14 miles of old fencing in the San Diego sector would be replaced, and 60 miles of new structures would be built in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas — the region with the heaviest illegal traffic.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan holds up a copy of the American Health Care Act during a March 7 news conference with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (left), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., outside Ryan's office in the Capitol.

GOP Health Plan Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured, Budget Office Says

The revised Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more people uninsured in 2026 than if that act, also known as Obamacare, were to remain in place. The GOP bill would also reduce the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.

Forensic teams search the Manchester, England, neighborhood of Salman Abedi, the deceased suspect in Monday's bombing of an Ariana Grande concert.

What We Know About The Suspect In The Manchester Arena Bombing

Updated at 1:30 a.m. ET

British police have identified Salman Abedi, 22, as the bomber behind the attack on an Ariana Grande concert Monday in Manchester, England. Abedi died in the bombing, which claimed the lives of at least 22 victims and injured dozens more — many of whom were children.

Republican Governor Phil Scott announced Wednesday he would veto the Vermont legislature's bill to legalize recreational marijuana. Above, the governor waves to supporters on election night in November.

Vermont's Governor Vetoes Recreational Pot Bill

Vermont Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, said on Wednesday he was vetoing a bill to legalize marijuana, and sending it back to the legislature for changes.

"We must get this right," Scott said in prepared remarks at a press conference today. "I think we need to move a little bit slower."

Though he said he views the issue "through a libertarian lens," Scott vetoed the bill due to concerns about detecting and penalizing impaired drivers, protecting children, and the role and makeup of a Marijuana Regulatory Commission.

Mount Everest as seen from peak Gokyo Ri in Nepal.

Everest Death Toll Rises To 10 This Season After 4 More Climbers Found Dead

Four people have been found dead in tents on Mount Everest, bringing the death toll for this climbing season to 10.

Nepalese Sherpas discovered the bodies in tents at Camp IV, the camp closest to the summit of the world's tallest mountain. It stands at an altitude of more than 26,000 feet, near the so-called death zone where there is very little oxygen.

Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summits Trek group, the company the Sherpas worked for, confirmed the news to The Associated Press and Reuters on Wednesday.

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