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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — After two years of refusing to comply with a federal law intended to stop prison rape, Idaho has reversed course. The governor advised the U.S. Department of Justice in a letter this week that Idaho's prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers would work toward coming into full compliance with federal standards. Idaho has lost roughly $82,000 a year in federal grant money for refusing to comply earlier.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge as part of an antitrust lawsuit has appointed a trustee and ordered the sale of an independent physicians' practice acquired by a Boise-area hospital. The Idaho Statesman reports the judge set a 12-month deadline for the sale of Saltzer Medical Group, which had been acquired by St. Luke's Health System. The judge previously ruled the acquisition violated antitrust laws and needed to be unwound.

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — Eastern Idaho authorities yesterday took into custody a 33-year-old man with violent tendencies who walked away from a mental health facility. Authorities say the man walked away from State Hospital South on Dec. 5. He was located by the Blackfoot Police Department.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 40 small earthquakes have been recorded in east-central Idaho this week in what experts say is another earthquake swarm. Officials in the Challis area on Friday reported no damage from the micro-quakes that started Tuesday and have mostly gone unnoticed or unreported. But the temblors ranging up to 2.9 magnitude have perked up scientists trying to understand the fault system in the area.

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