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Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

06/21/2014 1:41am
Idaho's unemployment rate has dropped below 5 percent for the first time in nearly six years. The Idaho Department of Labor in a statement yesterday says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in May. Total employment in the state is more than 741,000, setting a record for the ninth consecutive month. The state's labor force participation rate is 63.8 percent of all residents over age 15. The number of jobless workers in the state dropped below 38,000 for the first time since July 2008.

Clinton, Emanuel promote early childhood education

06/21/2014 2:10am
Former President Bill Clinton has joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to push for better access to early childhood education.

ECB's chief Draghi : time for more integration

06/21/2014 4:00am
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says current rules limiting European Union member states' budgetary policies — notably deficit spending — are not sufficient, and states should surrender some sovereignty in some economic policy areas, notably labor laws.

Obama: Workplace flexibility is a basic need

06/21/2014 4:20am
President Barack Obama says child care, family leave and workplace flexibility aren't frills, they're basic needs.

Ohio hospitals get guidance amid measles outbreak

06/21/2014 4:20am
Health officials have given Ohio hospitals updated guidance on dealing with patients who have measles and limiting the spread of the illness in health care environments as an outbreak continues to grow.

Chinese company demands edits to 'Transformers'

06/21/2014 5:51am
A Beijing property developer said Saturday it has terminated cooperation with the new "Transformers" movie, wants Paramount Pictures to make edits to it and is asking China to suspend screenings of the blockbuster film.

California expands Medi-Cal while continuing cuts

06/21/2014 7:21am
California has been praised by health advocates for its early embrace of the federal health care expansion, but the new state budget has raised questions about its commitment to getting the poorest residents into doctors' offices and dentists' chairs.

Watford City to break ground on hospital soon

06/21/2014 7:51am
Watford City is wasting no time following the June 10 approval of a one-cent sales tax increase and a $1 million donation from a major gas processor to build a new hospital and health care facility.

NY session touched on medical pot, pre-K, heroin

06/21/2014 7:51am
New York legislators have ended a six-month session that saw votes to authorize medical marijuana, fight a growing heroin epidemic and invest in prekindergarten education around the state.

Special-ed charter funding skews Pa. numbers

06/21/2014 8:00am
Frazier School District business manager Kevin Mildren compared the state's formula for special-education funding to taking a size 10 shoe and trying to force it on every foot in Pennsylvania.

Bacon preservative tested as feral hog poison

06/21/2014 8:41am
A preservative used to cure bacon is being tested as poison for the nation's estimated 5 million feral hogs.

Connecticut DCF vows changes after child deaths

06/21/2014 8:50am
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families is promising improvements to help prevent fatalities after a series of child deaths involving families who had contact with the agency.

Demand, aging buildings spur campus housing boom

06/21/2014 9:00am
Universities across the nation are in the midst of a campus housing boom, replacing aging residence halls with gleaming facilities whose technology and other comforts are aimed at attracting students who demand more from college life.

Sing Sing's power plant could become prison museum

06/21/2014 9:02am
An old power plant at Sing Sing that once supplied the juice for the electric chair is being eyed as the site for a museum dedicated to the infamous prison.

Iowa seeing rising numbers of doctors

06/21/2014 10:01am
Iowa continues to see a steady increase in its supply of doctors, despite gloomy predictions that physicians would flee the profession because of big changes in health care.

Gunmen attack port in Libya's eastern Benghazi

06/21/2014 11:21am
Gunmen in Libya attacked the port of the restive eastern city of Benghazi Saturday, firing wildly with small arms into the area for hours, a Libyan security official said.

Messages seek to sway Gov. Nixon on Missouri deer

06/21/2014 11:40am
Messages urging Gov. Jay Nixon to veto Missouri legislation dealing with deer are outnumbering those calling for him to sign the bills.

Company disputes Idaho rare earth mining claims

06/21/2014 12:41pm
An Australian company disputes that it is planning to mine rare earth elements and thorium in northern Idaho.

Libya suspect a shadowy figure among militias

06/21/2014 1:52pm
A strange silence has met the U.S. capture of a Libyan militant accused in the 2012 attack that killed the American ambassador and three others. In his hometown of Benghazi in eastern Libya, there have been few threats of revenge, only speculation among supporters and opponents that Ahmed Abu Khattala was betrayed by an insider.

New Illinois law taps retired doctors, nurses

06/21/2014 2:41pm
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday aimed at bringing doctors and nurses out of retirement to help as volunteers in free medical clinics. The Chicago Democrat also signed into law a measure allowing dentists to give flu vaccines under certain circumstances.

Major health care provider plans hospital merger

06/21/2014 2:41pm
One of Indiana's major health care providers has announced plans to merge two downtown Indianapolis hospitals.

Power company clashes with US history in Virginia

06/21/2014 3:31pm
A power company's plan to build high-rise transmission towers within sight of Jamestown Island has stirred opposition from historic preservationists who say they'll be a visual blight from the swampy shore where America sprouted.

Alstom board approves GE bid to buy power business

06/21/2014 3:50pm
The board of Alstom SA has unanimously approved GE's $17 billion offer to buy the French company's power generation business, the companies announced Saturday.

Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

06/21/2014 5:11pm
President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rainbow: transgender Americans.

Police warn of telephone scam in Wendover area

06/21/2014 5:51pm
Police are warning residents in the Wendover area to beware of a telephone scam involving a person who claims to represent Wells Rural Electric Company.

Utah A.G. will review Tribune, Deseret News JOA

06/21/2014 8:35pm
The Utah Attorney General's Office announced Saturday that it has opened an investigation into the recently-renegotiated joint operating agreement between the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News.

High CEO salaries can be bad for business, U. study finds

06/21/2014 9:27pm
A new study from the University of Utah shows that CEOs who average more than $20 million in compensation (salary plus incentive) are linked to an average yearly loss of $1.4 billion for their organizations.

Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

06/21/2014 10:30pm
President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rainbow: transgender Americans.

Feds to fly hundreds of migrants to California

06/21/2014 11:40pm
The Border Patrol will fly nearly 300 Central American migrants from south Texas to California for processing, an official said Saturday, as the government seeks to ease the workload on agents at the nation's busiest corridor for illegal crossings.