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  • Helicopter makes emergency landing in McCormick Park

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 06:26:21 PM MDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2015 10:31:40 PM MDT
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    A U.S. Army Special Operations serviceman is being treated for injuries at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula after his parachute reportedly failed during a training exercise over in Hamilton.

    Officials say the soldier's team, based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, has been practicing free falls and the Bitterroot was selected because of its rugged terrain.

    Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman says it's routine for soldiers to be in Ravalli County. They come up for training about every six months.

    Before 5 p.m. Tuesday, a parachute malfunction caused a soldier to land away from his designated drop zone and in a residential area instead.

    The soldier was loaded into a Black Hawk helicopter. That craft flew to Missoula and landed near in McCormick Park near the baseball stadium. It was the closest location to St. Patrick Hospital that the helicopter could safely land. From there, the soldier was transported to the hospital.

    "The person did not look like they had control of the parachute. They were either unconscious already or had basically lost complete control of what was happening. He was not drifting towards what I'm assuming is the target they were trying to land," said Hamilton resident and witness Suzanne Shope.

    "I couldn't tell who it was or what was wrong with them. They just wheeled someone on a gurney across to the ambulance," said Missoula resident and witness Sherry Reid.

    Special Operations Command public affairs officials say the soldier is being monitored at the hospital and is in stable condition.

    A press release from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command says, "Members of U.S. Army Special Operations have been conducting military free-fall training in the Bitterroot National Forest and Ravalli County from August 31 to September 4."

    The press release states the exercises will pose no risk to residents and very little noise.

    NBC Montana will keep following this story.

  • More than 225,000 iPhone accounts hacked

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 07:31:54 AM MDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2015 11:53:48 AM MDT
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    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -

    Hackers have stolen more than 225,000 Apple accounts from iPhone customers.

    Security company Palo Alto Networks is calling the attack "the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware." Palo Alto Networks discovered the hack along with Chinese tech group WeipTech.

    The good news for most iPhone customers is that the malware, nicknamed KeyRaider, only targets "jailbroken" iPhones.

    Jail-breaking allows iPhone owners to access parts of a phone's file systems that are otherwise restricted for security reasons.

    KeyRaider is mostly found in Chinese websites and apps that provide software for jailbroken iPhones. But the malware has spread far beyond China, showing up in 18 countries, including the United States.

    Once infected with the KeyRaider malware, a jailbroken iPhone will give up all of its owner's iTunes App Store information to the hackers, including the Apple account username, password and the iPhone's unique ID. It also steals all the information about the owner's App Store purchases and prevents people from recovering their phones once they've been hijacked.

    The hackers aren't keeping all that for themselves: They have allowed other people to take advantage of the stolen account information.

    The hackers have uploaded software that lets other people purchase iTunes apps for "free," using the victims' accounts. About 20,000 people have downloaded the software that lets them steal from the 225,000 affected iPhone owners.

    Palo Alto Networks said victims have reported that their Apple account purchase history has displayed apps they never bought. Others say their phones have been locked, and the hackers are demanding a ransom to return access to the owners.

    Jailbreaking phones can be a useful way for technologically savvy iPhone owners to customize their devices to their liking and install apps that don't appear on the iTunes App Store. But it also bypasses some important barriers Apple puts in place to prevent these kind of attacks from happening.

    "Users ... need to consider carefully if the additional functionality is worth the additional risk," said Nicko Van Someren, chief technology officer of mobile security company Good Technology.

  • Appeals court upholds Jesus statue on Montana mountain

    Published On: Aug 31 2015 02:46:40 PM MDT
    HELENA, Mont. -

    A federal appeals court has ruled a 6-foot tall statue of Jesus that has spent the last 60 years overlooking a northwestern Montana ski hill may stay there.

    In Monday's ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejects arguments from a group of atheists and agnostics that placing the statue on U.S. Forest Service land violates the separation of church and state.

    The three-judge panel agreed with a federal judge from Montana, who found the statue's secular and irreverent uses - as a meeting place and for photo opportunities - far outweigh its few religious uses.

    The Knights of Columbus placed the statue on Big Mountain in 1955 as a memorial to World War II soldiers.

    The Freedom from Religion Foundation argued the statue was a Catholic shrine.

  • Hunters reminded to keep an eye out for missing ND doctor

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 04:00:12 PM MDT
    BOZEMAN, Mont. -

    Law enforcement officials in southwestern Montana are asking hunters to keep an eye out for anything that might help them find a 74-year-old North Dakota doctor who was reported missing in early July.

    A vehicle belonging to Dr. Patrick Fitzpatrick of Bismarck was found on July 4, on the edge of a bean field south of Willow Creek, which is southwest of Three Forks.

    Searchers have been unable to find Fitzpatrick or any sign of his whereabouts.

    The Gallatin County sheriff's office issued a reminder Monday that Fitzpatrick is still missing and asked anyone hunting or recreating in the Willow Creek area to keep an eye out for any sign of him.

    He was last seen at a Bozeman bank on July 2 wearing a green polo shirt and brown pants.

  • Study shows college students picking marijuana over cigarettes

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 06:59:43 PM MDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2015 08:35:53 PM MDT
    BOZEMAN, Mont. -

    A study by the University of Michigan suggests marijuana has beaten cigarette smoking in widespread use on college campuses across the nation.

    The study surveyed students in 2014, and about 6 percent of those surveyed said they use pot either daily or around 20 times in the past month. That's compared to about 5 percent who said they're heavy cigarette smokers.

    At Montana State University in Bozeman, one school official says marijuana use on campus is low.

    "Our daily use on marijuana is extremely low. I think it's about 1.8 percent, so not a significant number for us. Our rates of tobacco use
    are higher than that for daily use," said MSU Director of Health Advancement Marci Torres.

    Tobacco use has declined since 1999, where 19 percent said they smoked heavily every day.

    Some students at MSU think marijuana isn't that harmful.

    "Honestly, I think that weed is a much less harmful drug than, say, alcohol or even caffeine. It just makes you calm and you're not about
    to go get into a fight with someone, you're going to sit on your couch and eat a bag of Doritos," said Miranda Seim, a sophomore.

    Torres says marijuana research only started to pick up recently, and she thinks that may be why there are differing opinions on smoking weed.

    The study also found fewer students are extreme binge drinking. Only 5 percent of those surveyed in the study said they had 15 or more drinks in a row at least once in two weeks. 

  • First Alert Forecast: Autumn-like weather later this week

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 04:53:21 PM MDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2015 06:54:31 PM MDT

    A cold front will be some significant changes to western Montana.

  • First Alert Weather: Windy, wet weather on the way

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 08:58:41 AM MDT

    Hazy sunshine and rain free conditions are expected today. High temperatures will be in the 70s and low 80s this afternoon.

    We are tracking a cold front that will bring wind and a chance of rain to the area for the second half of the week. Showers are expected late Wednesday with more rain in the forecast Thursday. Highs will be in the 60s.

  • West Fork Fish Creek Fire

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 06:10:02 PM MDT   Updated On: Sep 01 2015 06:14:13 PM MDT
  • First Alert Weather: A pleasant Tuesday, more cool weather on the way

    Published On: Aug 31 2015 06:38:16 PM MDT

    September starts with weather that feels like fall.