06/21/2014 1:41amIdaho'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.
06/21/2014 2:10amFormer President Bill Clinton has joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to push for better access to early childhood education.
06/21/2014 4:00amEuropean 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.
06/21/2014 4:20amPresident Barack Obama says child care, family leave and workplace flexibility aren't frills, they're basic needs.
06/21/2014 4:20amHealth 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.
06/21/2014 5:51amA 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.
06/21/2014 7:21amCalifornia 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.
06/21/2014 7:51amWatford 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.
06/21/2014 7:51amNew 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.
06/21/2014 8:00amFrazier 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.
06/21/2014 8:41amA preservative used to cure bacon is being tested as poison for the nation's estimated 5 million feral hogs.
06/21/2014 8:50amThe 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.
06/21/2014 9:00amUniversities 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.
06/21/2014 9:02amAn 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.
06/21/2014 10:01amIowa 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.
06/21/2014 11:21amGunmen 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.
06/21/2014 11:40amMessages urging Gov. Jay Nixon to veto Missouri legislation dealing with deer are outnumbering those calling for him to sign the bills.
06/21/2014 12:41pmAn Australian company disputes that it is planning to mine rare earth elements and thorium in northern Idaho.
06/21/2014 1:52pmA 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.
06/21/2014 2:41pmIllinois 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.
06/21/2014 2:41pmOne of Indiana's major health care providers has announced plans to merge two downtown Indianapolis hospitals.
06/21/2014 3:31pmA 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.
06/21/2014 3:50pmThe 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.
06/21/2014 5:11pmPresident 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.
06/21/2014 5:51pmPolice are warning residents in the Wendover area to beware of a telephone scam involving a person who claims to represent Wells Rural Electric Company.
06/21/2014 8:35pmThe 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.
06/21/2014 9:27pmA 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.
06/21/2014 10:30pmPresident 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.
06/21/2014 11:40pmThe 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.