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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has agreed to rehear the case of a man convicted in Idaho of wearing military medals he did not earn. The court said yesterday a larger panel of judges would consider Elven Swisher's case. A three-judge panel upheld Swisher's conviction last year despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said falsely claiming to have received a military medal was protected free speech. The appeals court panel said Swisher's case was different because he wore the medals.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has released a plan to protect the habitat of a struggling bird species from being destroyed by wildfire. The new firefighting strategy comes as Western states work to avoid the sage grouse's classification as a threatened or endangered species. The plan centers on the rangeland and sagebrush landscapes in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Post Falls woman is suing the Red Robin restaurant chain, saying she was fired for complaining about racist hiring practices. Stacie Ward's whistleblower lawsuit says that a manager at the Coeur d'Alene restaurant refused to consider a job applicant because he was black, and that when she protested, managers retaliated by making up complaints about her and firing her. Red Robin didn't comment on the lawsuit.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers may be done setting the state budget and passing laws, but they'll keep working on hot button issues varying from multi-million contracts, school broadband access and public defense reform. Legislative leaders approved the 2015 interim committees yesterday. The panels will meet over the summer and provide recommendations to lawmakers during next year's legislative session.

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