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December 21st, 2014
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Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

08/12/2014 1:31am
Former GOP candidate for Idaho's state superintendent Randy Jensen is not endorsing current Republican nominee Sherri Ybarra despite being listed as a campaign committee member on her website. Ybarra's campaign spokeswoman says that Ybarra took Jensen's support as an endorsement. Jensen did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug

08/12/2014 1:41am
An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?

DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

08/12/2014 1:50am
The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak employee hundreds of thousands of dollars over two decades to obtain confidential information it could have gotten for free, according to internal investigators at the railroad.

Airport tests new way to avoid deadly bird strikes

08/12/2014 2:21am
When birds and planes collide, the results can be deadly. That's why airports around the world work hard to keep birds away, even resorting to shooting or poisoning large flocks.

EU hopes for new impetus in Vietnam trade talks

08/12/2014 2:31am
The European Union is making progress in free trade talks with Vietnam but a concerted push would be needed to reach an agreement this year, the EU's top diplomat said Tuesday.

Russia food ban hurts Moldova, bad omen for others

08/12/2014 3:00am
Farmer Sergiu Calmac watches as row upon row of juicy red apples once destined for Russia ripen, fall to the ground and start to rot.

John Kerry stayed at US-blacklisted Myanmar hotel

08/12/2014 3:20am
The U.S. says Secretary of State John Kerry did not break any rules when he stayed in a glitzy hotel owned by a tycoon blacklisted because of ties to Myanmar's former military regime.

German ZEW confidence index sags on Ukraine fears

08/12/2014 3:50am
Germany's ZEW indicator of confidence among professional investment analysts sagged to a 20-month low in August.

Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

08/12/2014 5:21am
Fisherman Randy Slavich drags a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters, long before millions of gallons of oil spilled off Louisiana's coast in 2010.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

08/12/2014 6:50am
Authorities say a Coast Guardsman identified as a suspect in the slaying of a Washington state woman has been found dead in an apparent suicide in a remote area of Arizona. U.S. Marshals say they found 33-year-old Michael Arnold of Boise on Saturday at a family-owned cabin. Police in Bellingham say they questioned Arnold last week in the Aug. 3 death of Abigail Gulotta. Police say detectives had insufficient evidence to arrest Arnold but his statements "made him a stronger suspect."

Atlantic City's Revel Casino says it will close next month after failing to line up a buyer

08/12/2014 7:10am
Atlantic City's Revel Casino says it will close next month after failing to line up a buyer.

Airport tests new way to avoid deadly bird strikes

08/12/2014 7:41am
Dayton International Airport in Ohio is experimenting with a new, gentler way to prevent potentially deadly collisions between birds and planes.

US stocks waver in early trading

08/12/2014 8:00am
U.S. stocks are moving between slight gains and losses in early trading.

9 rescued from mine collapse in Turkey

08/12/2014 8:00am
Nine miners were rescued from a collapsed mine on Tuesday after being trapped inside for several hours, Turkey's state-run news agency said.

AP PHOTOS: Planting rice traditionally in Myanmar

08/12/2014 8:10am
Flooded paddy fields stretch along both sides of the highway leading to Myanmar's capital where thousands of farmworkers, mostly women, uproot sprouts and then gently tap them on their feet to remove mud from the roots. Others walk through the mist, balancing sprouts on bamboo poles.

Saab owner faces bankruptcy petition

08/12/2014 8:10am
The company that lifted Swedish automaker Saab out of bankruptcy is now facing financial difficulties of its own.

10 feared dead in Denmark listeria outbreak

08/12/2014 8:10am
Danish officials say a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated sausages may have killed 10 people during the past few months, and they have closed down a small meat producer in the capital, Copenhagen.

Open

08/12/2014 8:50am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Tue.:

Grain lower, livestock lower

08/12/2014 9:00am
Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Pfizer, 23andMe team up to study bowel disease

08/12/2014 9:30am
Pfizer Inc. is teaming up with DNA testing company 23andMe to study the possible genetic underpinnings of inflammatory bowel disease, a hard-to-treat ailment that affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans.

Libraries feeling pinch of state budget fight

08/12/2014 9:30am
A dispute between Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri Legislature could cause some financial pain for libraries, particularly in rural areas.

US job openings in June hit 13-year-plus high

08/12/2014 9:51am
U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.

Airport tests new way to avoid deadly bird strikes

08/12/2014 10:00am
When birds and planes collide, the results can be deadly. That's why airports around the world work hard to keep birds away, even resorting to shooting or poisoning large flocks.

Medical device company staffers admit to fraud

08/12/2014 10:00am
Federal prosecutors say two staffers at a northern New Jersey medical devices firm have admitted their roles in a scheme to defraud hospitals out of more than $800,000.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

08/12/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Simplot potato processing plant closures delayed

08/12/2014 10:50am
The J.R. Simplot Company has delayed the closure of two potato processing plants in Idaho.

Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

08/12/2014 11:45am
Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive.

Pilots strike in Argentina, stranding thousands

08/12/2014 12:01pm
Argentina's government stepped in to halt a brief pilot's strike that stranded thousands of passengers Tuesday in the country's capital.

Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

08/12/2014 12:21pm
Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.

US budget deficit running 24.2 percent below 2013

08/12/2014 12:30pm
The federal government ran a lower deficit this July than a year ago, keeping it on course to record the lowest deficit in six years.

Tenn. man gets life in prison in postal shootings

08/12/2014 1:01pm
Armed with pistols, Chastain Montgomery and his 18-year-old son walked into the small, red-brick post office in a rural Tennessee town almost four years ago, intending to rob it and escape with what they thought would be a bounty of cash.

Groups to EPA: Stop muzzling science advisers

08/12/2014 1:01pm
Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through agency officials.

Mexico says mine slow to report huge acid spill

08/12/2014 1:01pm
A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not immediately report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.

Wal-Mart: Try, try again

08/12/2014 1:10pm
Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout.

Close

08/12/2014 1:20pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Tue.:

FDA approves lung preservation machine

08/12/2014 1:30pm
Federal health regulators have approved a novel device that can preserve donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients.

Crude falls

08/12/2014 1:31pm
Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell 71 cents -- closing at $97.37 a barrel.

Dollar mixed

08/12/2014 1:31pm
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Gold rises, silver falls

08/12/2014 1:31pm
The August gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1308.80 an ounce -- up $.30.

Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men

08/12/2014 1:41pm
Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.

Atlantic City's Revel Casino to close in September

08/12/2014 1:41pm
When it opened just over two years ago, many people hoped Revel would save Atlantic City's struggling casino industry, which has been bleeding money and jobs for years.

Ga. plant manager 'scared' by salmonella test

08/12/2014 2:01pm
The former manager of a peanut processor linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella testified Tuesday he was "scared to death" the first time he saw a lab test had identified the deadly pathogen in a product.

US stocks move lower in quiet trade

08/12/2014 2:21pm
Stocks are closing lower following two days of gains as investors focus on problems in Ukraine and Iraq.

Nine miners reported rescued

08/12/2014 2:21pm
Turkey's state-run news agency says nine miners have been rescued from a collapsed mine after being trapped inside for several hours.

Texas abortion law could send women across borders

08/12/2014 2:41pm
Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn't require leaving town.

URI economist: Rhode Island still floundering

08/12/2014 3:21pm
A University of Rhode Island professor says the state's economy had a disappointing performance in June — and so far this year — according to his monthly analysis.

Report: ND has rich state employee health plans

08/12/2014 3:21pm
North Dakota's state employees have among the richest health care plans in the nation and they get far more of their costs covered than private sector workers or those choosing health plans under the federal Affordable Care Act, according to a report released Tuesday.

Markets-At-A-Glance

08/12/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Tuesday:

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

08/12/2014 3:31pm
An independent report finds that Idaho's state employee health insurance plans are comparable to the most expensive option offered under the Affordable Care Act and better than what most private companies provide. The Pew Charitable Trusts report says Idaho covers 93 percent of all medical costs for state employees.

Tentative deal in Northwest grain terminal dispute

08/12/2014 3:40pm
A bitter and occasionally violent two-year labor dispute at Northwest grain terminals ended with a tentative deal reached in the middle of the night.

Report: State workers get generous health benefits

08/12/2014 3:40pm
Iowa state employees receive health benefits comparable to the most expensive option offered on the federal health care marketplaces and pay little out of pocket for the coverage, according to a report released Tuesday.

Nasdaq SUMMARY

08/12/2014 3:41pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

Watchdog: Officials didn't OK immigrant releases

08/12/2014 4:01pm
The Obama administration wrongly denied for weeks in 2013 that it had released more than 2,000 immigrants from jails because lower-ranking government officials failed to notify the Homeland Security secretary they were letting them go due to budget concerns, according to an oversight report released Tuesday.

Creditor opposes Detroit debt plan, says scrap it

08/12/2014 4:02pm
A major Detroit creditor on Tuesday objected to the bankrupt city's plan to wipe out or reduce billions of dollars in debt, saying it should be scrapped before a trial scheduled to start next week.

New road makes trip to Grand Canyon Skywalk faster

08/12/2014 4:11pm
Officials from the Hualapai Tribe gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial grand opening of a road that had been a major headache for tourists headed to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Megaload moving across Idaho on way to Montana

08/12/2014 4:11pm
Dozens of people demonstrated in Moscow when an oversized load of oil refinery equipment moved through town.

Idaho gives state workers premium health coverage

08/12/2014 4:11pm
Idaho's employee health insurance plans are comparable to the federal government's most expensive option offered under the Affordable Care Act and better than what most private companies provide, according to a report released Tuesday.

State workers in Arizona get 'platinum' insurance

08/12/2014 4:41pm
A new study released Tuesday shows most states provide their employees with health insurance that most private workers would envy — and Arizona is no exception.

Report: Other state health plans better than SD's

08/12/2014 4:41pm
South Dakota's public workers receive less-generous health plans than their counterparts in most other states, but their insurance benefits are superior to other South Dakota residents who have private insurance or are enrolled in the federal marketplace, according to a study released Tuesday.

Flooding slows production at Detroit automakers

08/12/2014 4:50pm
Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production, automakers said Tuesday.

Obama administration eases part of lobbying rule

08/12/2014 5:31pm
The Obama administration is easing a key part of its rule restricting lobbyists from serving in government.

SEC examining 'alternative' mutual funds

08/12/2014 6:10pm
Federal regulators are scrutinizing a type of mutual fund that's potentially riskier than conventional funds and is growing in popularity, prompting concerns over possible harm to ordinary investors.

Report: State offers workers generous health plans

08/12/2014 6:11pm
Health insurance plans offered to state employees in California and elsewhere are relatively generous, with government picking up a large share of deductibles and co-pays, according to a report released Tuesday.

Taxes for recreational pot fall short of estimates

08/12/2014 7:00pm
Original estimates for taxes to Colorado for recreational marijuana were $33.5 million for the just ended fiscal year. Gov. John Hickenlooper's office predicted $100 million.

Commonwealth Bank posts $8 billion annual profit

08/12/2014 7:20pm
Commonwealth Bank of Australia, one of the nation's largest lenders, has posted a 13 percent increase in annual profit to 8.6 billion Australian dollars ($ 8 billion) on Wednesday and expressed cautious optimism for the current fiscal year.

Judge quits case over share in Israel stores

08/12/2014 8:10pm
A Detroit federal judge withdrew Tuesday from the case of a Palestinian immigrant accused of lying about her role in a fatal terrorist attack, saying he just learned his family had an investment in the Jerusalem supermarket she helped bomb in 1969.

Foreign tourism to Mexico grows 19.6 percent

08/12/2014 8:11pm
Mexico's central bank says the country's international tourism grew 19.6 percent in the first six months of 2014, compared to the same period last year.

Record crops predicted; farmers market carefully

08/12/2014 8:21pm
Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which on Tuesday revised upward its estimate of this year's corn crop to 14 billion bushels to exceed last year's 13.9 billion bushel record.

UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak

08/12/2014 8:51pm
The World Health Organization declared it's ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, although the tiny supply of one experimental treatment has been depleted and it could be many months until more is available.

Asia stocks drift as Iraq, Ukraine tensions simmer

08/12/2014 11:01pm
Asian stocks drifted on Wednesday as investors remained cautious amid uncertainty over potential conflict in Ukraine and Iraq plus new numbers showing a slowdown in Japan's economy.

Japan's economy shrinks as tax hike hits spending

08/12/2014 11:01pm
The Japanese economy shrank at an annual pace of 6.8 percent in the second quarter after spending got slammed by a sales tax hike that kicked in from April, government figures showed Wednesday.

GM says China venture contacted by regulators

08/12/2014 11:30pm
General Motors Co.'s main China joint venture has joined automakers that say they have been contacted by Chinese anti-monopoly regulators as part of an investigation of the industry.
 
   
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