HELENA, Mont. -

 A Helena judge has postponed a church sex-abuse trial so attorneys for an order of nuns and hundreds of plaintiffs can try to work out a settlement.
The first three plaintiffs who say priests and nuns abused them as children in western Montana had been scheduled to go to trial July 14.
District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock pushed that date to December on Thursday after the sides agreed to hold informal negotiations.
The Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena are defendants in two lawsuits filed by 362 people who say they were abused between the 1940s and 1970s.
The case against the diocese was put on hold after it filed for bankruptcy as part of a $15 million settlement, but the claims against the Ursulines are going forward.