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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s congressional delegation is trying to get the federal government to approve a plan to expand U.S. Highway 85 between Williston and Watford City. The Williston Herald reported the state already has signed off on the proposal to widen the road from two to four lanes. U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven and Rep.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — An outdoor sign company says the city of Williston is treating it unfairly and the firm is seeking unspecified damages in a federal lawsuit. Great Plains Outdoor Advertising accuses the city of delaying permits, passing an illegal sign code and giving special treatment to a competing billboard company, among other things. The lawsuit, filed last week, said the company reached agreements with property owners to place a total of 16 signs in the city.
FARGO (AP) — Fargo fire officials say residents and pets were able to escape an early morning house fire that was contained in attic space. Firefighters arriving at the house about 3:30 a.m. found heavy smoke coming from the attic vents.
TOKYO (AP) — Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to move to the majors next season after his Japanese team Rakuten Eagles announced Wednesday it was prepared to let him leave, reversing its earlier rejection. Rakuten Eagles president Yozo Tachibana told a news conference that the team has decided to release him through the posting system, paving the way for his departure.
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins. Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. She compiled a 34-match winning streak. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women’s tennis. In February, she became the oldest No.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers missed having Kobe Bryant out on the court on Christmas Day. Same for LeBron James. Playing without its biggest star, Los Angeles stayed right with the Miami Heat for most of the day before slipping to a 101-95 loss against the defending champions. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had 23 points apiece, and James added 19 points in the Heat’s sixth straight win.
BISMARCK (AP) — A drilling services company says it has set a goal of hiring 300 employees to work in North Dakota by spring. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Nuverra Environmental Solutions Inc. said it is “launching a massive hiring blitz over the holidays” and will continue to search for qualified candidates until all positions are filled. Nuverra, together with its subsidiaries including Power Fuels, has nearly 2,700 employees in 26 states.
BISMARCK (AP) — Bismarck police arrested the same man twice this year for panhandling, accounting for all of the panhandling cases in the city this year. Officer Pat Renz told the Bismarck Tribune that an officer arrested a 61-year-old Bismarck man for the misdemeanor offense Saturday afternoon.
By Bradley Klapper Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive. Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn. Many consumers won’t feel the price increase immediately. Forever stamps, good for first-class postage whatever the future rate, can be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effective Jan.