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US agents to pull back in Portland but will stay on standby

Gillian Flaccus and Mike Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 1:02pm

Some federal officers guarding a U.S. courthouse that's been targeted during violent protests in Portland will leave in the next 24 hours, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. But the Trump administration's insistence that some agents would remain in the building and the entire contingent would stay in the city in case they're needed sparked confusion and concern among demonstrators.

Colleges plan for virus testing, but strategies vary widely

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 26th - 7:01am

For students heading to Colby College in Maine this fall, coronavirus testing is expected to be a routine part of campus life. All students will be required to provide a nasal swab every other day for two weeks, and then twice a week after that. All told, the college says it will provide 85,000 tests, nearly as many as the entire state of Maine has since the pandemic started.

Police declare riot at Seattle protests, make arrests

Sally By and Chris Grygiel, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th - 11:22pm

Seattle police retreated to a precinct early Sunday, just hours after declaring a riot during large demonstrations in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood near where weeks earlier people had set up an “occupied protest zone” that stretched for several blocks.

Portland protesters breach fence around federal courthouse

Gillian Flaccus and Sara Cline, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th - 10:51pm

Authorities declared a riot early Sunday in Portland, Oregon, where protesters breached a fence surrounding the city's federal courthouse building where U.S. agents have been stationed.

Police declare riot at Seattle protests, make arrests

Sally By and Chris Grygiel, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th - 7:59pm

Seattle police declared a riot Saturday following large demonstrations in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood and deployed flash bangs and pepper spray to try to clear an area near where weeks earlier people had set up an “occupied protest zone” that stretched for several blocks.

Tear gas fired again; Portland protest standoff continues

Gillian Flaccus and Sara Cline, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th - 2:39pm

Federal agents again repeatedly fired tear gas to break up rowdy protests in Portland, Oregon, that continued into the early morning Saturday as demonstrations that have happened every night for two months showed no signs of letting up.

Oregon governor: US agents to begin 'phased withdrawal' from Portland following clashes with protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 9:36am

Oregon governor: US agents to begin 'phased withdrawal' from Portland following clashes with protesters.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 3:20am

U.S land managers have approved a final plan for expanding an open-pit phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho proposed by the J.R. Simplot Company. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday approved the project that's expected to keep about 600 workers employed for another three years at Simplot's existing Smokey Canyon Mine and Don Plant processing facility in Pocatello. Phosphate mining is a major business in southeastern Idaho, where phosphate ore is turned into fertilizer needed by farmers to grow food. But the area also has more than a dozen federal Superfund sites requiring cleanup from past phosphate mining.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 1:40am

U.S land managers have approved a final plan for expanding an open-pit phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho proposed by the J.R. Simplot Company. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday approved the project that's expected to keep about 600 workers employed for another three years at Simplot's existing Smokey Canyon Mine and Don Plant processing facility in Pocatello. Phosphate mining is a major business in southeastern Idaho, where phosphate ore is turned into fertilizer needed by farmers to grow food. But the area also has more than a dozen federal Superfund sites requiring cleanup from past phosphate mining.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 3:20am

Organizations that advocate for schools, counties, county sheriffs and businesses say they want lawmakers called back into session to create a liability shield for protection against COVID-19-related lawsuits. The Judiciary and Rules Working Group on Tuesday took no action but plans to meet again later this week to consider legislation to be sent to Republican Gov. Brad Little. Little is the only one with the authority to call a special session. Speakers told the working group that compelling children to go to school who then get the coronavirus could leave districts open to lawsuits. Some lawmakers say a liability shield would remove incentives for businesses and government to take precautions.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 1:40am

Organizations that advocate for schools, counties, county sheriffs and businesses say they want lawmakers called back into session to create a liability shield for protection against COVID-19-related lawsuits. The Judiciary and Rules Working Group on Tuesday took no action but plans to meet again later this week to consider legislation to be sent to Republican Gov. Brad Little. Little is the only one with the authority to call a special session. Speakers told the working group that compelling children to go to school who then get the coronavirus could leave districts open to lawsuits. Some lawmakers say a liability shield would remove incentives for businesses and government to take precautions.

Orca who carried her dead calf for 1,000 miles is pregnant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 5:46pm

An orca known as Tahlequah, who raised worldwide concern when she carried her dead calf for 17 days and more than 1,000 miles almost two years ago, is pregnant, scientists said.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 3:20am

Law enforcement agencies are investigating after several hundred calves were reported stolen from a cattle feeding operation in southern Idaho. Cassia County Sheriff Jay Heward told The Times-News that MGM Calf Ranch owner Marcos Garcia reported the calves stolen on July 1. Garcia didn’t know exactly how many were missing from the ranch near Declo. The animals were all under 11 months and Jersey or Jersey mix, a breed commonly raised for dairies. Garcia was caring for the calves for other companies. Heward said the sheriff’s office is working with the state brand department and other Idaho agencies on the case. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 1:40am

Law enforcement agencies are investigating after several hundred calves were reported stolen from a cattle feeding operation in southern Idaho. Cassia County Sheriff Jay Heward told The Times-News that MGM Calf Ranch owner Marcos Garcia reported the calves stolen on July 1. Garcia didn’t know exactly how many were missing from the ranch near Declo. The animals were all under 11 months and Jersey or Jersey mix, a breed commonly raised for dairies. Garcia was caring for the calves for other companies. Heward said the sheriff’s office is working with the state brand department and other Idaho agencies on the case. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 26th - 3:40am

New Idaho GOP Chairman Tom Luna says Republicans in the state have an opportunity to unite by focusing more on what they have in common and less on their differences. Republicans elected Luna chairman at their state GOP convention in Nampa in June. Luna inherits a party with growing fractures, including disagreement over the state’s response to the coronavirus. Much of the animus has focused on Gov. Brad Little and state health officials but Luna tells the Idaho Statesman he thinks Little has done a “stellar job.” Luna says he plans more outreach for the party, especially among newcomers to the state. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 26th - 1:20am

New Idaho GOP Chairman Tom Luna says Republicans in the state have an opportunity to unite by focusing more on what they have in common and less on their differences. Republicans elected Luna chairman at their state GOP convention in Nampa in June. Luna inherits a party with growing fractures, including disagreement over the state’s response to the coronavirus. Much of the animus has focused on Gov. Brad Little and state health officials but Luna tells the Idaho Statesman he thinks Little has done a “stellar job.” Luna says he plans more outreach for the party, especially among newcomers to the state. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th - 3:40am

Federal agents again repeatedly fired tear gas to break up rowdy protests in Portland, Oregon, that continued into the early morning Saturday as demonstrations that have happened every night for two months showed no signs of letting up. Thousands of people gathered in front of the downtown federal courthouse beginning Friday evening. Authorities say six federal officers were injured and one person was arrested. Demonstrations have happened in Oregon’s largest city nightly since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis in May. President Donald Trump said he sent federal agents to Portland to halt the unrest but local officials say they are making the situation worse. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th - 1:20am

Federal agents again repeatedly fired tear gas to break up rowdy protests in Portland, Oregon, that continued into the early morning Saturday as demonstrations that have happened every night for two months showed no signs of letting up. Thousands of people gathered in front of the downtown federal courthouse beginning Friday evening. Authorities say six federal officers were injured and one person was arrested. Demonstrations have happened in Oregon’s largest city nightly since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis in May. President Donald Trump said he sent federal agents to Portland to halt the unrest but local officials say they are making the situation worse. 

US eyes building nuclear power plants for moon and Mars

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 24th - 3:32pm

The U.S. wants to build nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars, and on Friday put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how to do that.