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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the use of its genetically engineered potato. The potato is designed to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and allows the potato to be stored longer at colder temperatures. It's the second generation of genetically engineered potatoes created by Simplot.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 22-year-old Nampa man has been sentenced to three life terms for killing a family in their Boise home. Adam Dees apologized at his sentencing Friday. He pleaded guilty to the March deaths of Theodore and Delores Welp and their 52-ytear-old son Thomas Welp. Theodore Welp was a former Arizona power company executive.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a fire that destroyed three businesses in downtown Idaho City was deliberately set. The Idaho Statesman reports that the June 5 five caused an estimated $311,000 in damage. Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl says the investigation confirmed initial suspicions that the fire started in Calamity Jayne's restaurant and spread to the other businesses nearby.

OREM, Utah (AP) — Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador will join Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul at an outdoor rally in today in Orem, Utah. Last night, the Kentucky senator attended a fundraising dinner in Salt Lake City hosted by CEO Patrick Byrne.

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