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Judge orders partial halt to North Dakota pipeline construction; protest rolls on

Judge orders partial halt to North Dakota pipeline construction; protest rolls on

An American Indian tribe has succeeded in getting a federal judge to temporarily stop construction on some, but not all, of a $3.8-billion, four-state oil pipeline, but its broader mission still hangs in the balance.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled Tuesday that work will temporarily stop between North Dakota's State Highway 1806 and a point 20 miles east of Lake Oahe, but may continue on privately owned land west of the highway because he believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacks jurisdiction on private property.

The judge said he would rule by the end of the day Friday on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's challenge of federal regulators' decision to grant permits...

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