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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group has settled a lawsuit against the U.S Forest Service with an agreement that suspends cattle grazing in a central Idaho area that includes part of the White Clouds Wilderness and has salmon-spawning habitat. The agreement between Hailey, Idaho,-based Western Watersheds Project and the Forest Service late last week removes cattle from portions of the East Fork of the Salmon River in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's staff says the Republican politician has undergone surgery twice in the past week to address a bulging disk in his back. Jon Hanian, Otter's spokesman said Friday that the governor is expected to continue to do some state business via telephone and working closely with his staff.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man told a judge he shot another man during a road-rage incident to protect himself after the man said he was going to kill him. The Idaho Statesman reports Jacob Wall pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter in the November shooting death of Luis Lara. An Ada County prosecutor says Wall had the opportunity to walk away after Lara first retreated, but did not.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Nov. 8 murder of his fiancee. The Post Register reports Jeremy White changed his plea Thursday from not guilty to guilty during a court hearing. Judge Bruce Pickett asked White why he was changing his plea. White said he "willingly strangled" his fiancee knowing it would take her life from her.

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