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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lost Boise dog is back home after nine months and a brutal winter alone in the Idaho mountains. Mo, an elderly Chesapeake Bay Retriever, wandered away from her owners during a hunting trip north of Boise in September. The Idaho Statesman reports a dog rescuer took in a starving retriever that had collapsed at a nearby ranch last month. The woman posted photos of the dog on Facebook, and eventually Mo was reunited with her owners.

UNDATED (AP) — Slightly cooler temperatures and diminishing winds were helping California firefighters as they battled several wildfires Monday that have forced thousands to flee their homes. Here's a closer look at the fires burning in the western United States and Canada.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A wildfire burning in southwestern Idaho has grown to about 62.5 square miles (100.5 km) overnight, forcing the closure and evacuation of Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park. Kelsey Brizendine, fire information officer for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said Monday that the blaze is expected to grow due to the extremely dry and windy conditions surrounding the area.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The panel that disciplines judges in Idaho has exonerated a southern Idaho judge who sentenced a teen to probation for assaulting a football teammate in a controversial case earlier this year. Judge Randy Stoker was widely criticized by some who thought a sentence was too lenient and that the judge failed to recognize the racial implications of the case.

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