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Toughening penalties if pets are harmed during crimes

Mary Esch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:31am

When Denise Krohn came home to find her goldendoodle Kirby bleeding on the kitchen floor, she at first thought it was a terrible accident. But she soon realized that her home had been ransacked, and that her other dog, Quigley, was lying dead on his favorite blanket in the living room.

Senior Trump appointee fired after critical comments

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:24am

A senior Trump administration official was fired after criticizing President Donald Trump's policies toward Mexico during a private speech.

Boise National Forest hires new deputy supervisor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:06am

The Boise National Forest has a new deputy supervisor.

2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:36am

Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms.

Iraqi forces advance on Islamic State-held western Mosul

Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:04am

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake Iraq's second largest city.

Trump embraces legacy of Andrew Jackson

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 6:44am

It was an ugly, highly personal presidential election.

Governor's proposed gun permit fees come under fire

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 5:34am

Gun rights supporters and state Republican lawmakers are fighting huge gun permit fee increases proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying they would price many people out of being able to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Norma McCorvey, at center of landmark abortion ruling, dies

Jamie Stengle and Diana Heidgerd, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 12:57am

Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, has died. She was 69.

Man dies after breaching security at Honolulu airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 10:54pm

A man is dead after he breached security at Honolulu International Airport and stopped breathing, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The Latest: Water levels at lake keep falling despite rain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 10:50pm

The Latest on storms in California (all times local):

Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 10:43pm

A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off Saturday. But it was only a temporary reprieve as new storms took aim farther north.

McCain says a free press is essential to a healthy democracy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 9:22pm

Sen. John McCain says a free press is vital "to preserve democracy as we know it." And he cautions about efforts to muzzle a free press, saying "that's how dictators get started."

Study finds underage, fearful women in Vegas sex trafficking

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 9:15pm

A yearlong academic study of sex trafficking in Las Vegas is providing a glimpse into a shadowy world beneath the neon glow where underage girls, threatened by pimps, solicit for business in casinos, on streets and online.

Greybull fire chief dies at home after helping remove jams

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 9:07pm

A statewide fire group says the longtime chief of the Greybull Fire Department has died.

Arpaio successor pulls back on immigration holds in jails

Josh Hoffner and Paul Davenport, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 9:04pm

For years, immigrants being released from jails in Phoenix would routinely be kept locked up an extra couple days to give federal authorities time to check their immigration status and launch deportation proceedings.

Montana officials alarmed as they fight surge in meth use

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 9:00pm

Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem.

Trump motorcade hit by 2x4, 5 students face charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 6:40pm

Authorities say a vehicle in President Donald Trump's motorcade was struck by a "2x4" and five middle school students are now facing charges.

McCorvey, who was at center of Roe v. Wade, dead at 69

Jamie Stengle and Diana Heidgerd, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 6:34pm

Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday. She was 69.

Trump rallies supporters by renewing old promises, insults

Catherine Lucey and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 6:33pm

Just four weeks into his administration, President Donald Trump appeared at a campaign rally that mirrored the months leading up to Election Day, complete with promises to repeal the health care law, insults for the news media and a playlist highlighted by the Rolling Stones.