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Idaho to take over regulating water pollution from EPA

Idaho will take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government under an agreement signed June 5 by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agreement was ...

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Milestone for US job market: More openings than unemployed

For the first time on record, the number of job openings in the United States exceeds the number of unemployed Americans — a trend that may soon give workers more leverage for pay raises. The number of available jobs in ...

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US services firms grew at faster pace in May

U.S. services firms expanded at a stronger pace in May compared to the prior month, as companies saw gains in business activity, new orders and employment. The Institute for Supply Management said June 5 that its services index rose to ...

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Wells Fargo exits retail banking in 4 Midwestern states

Wells Fargo is exiting retail banking operations in four Midwestern states as the beleaguered company follows through on previous plans to reduce the number of locations it has open. The San Francisco bank said April 5 that it will sell ...

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Trump, facing pushback, vows US will be stronger on trade

President Donald Trump faced pushback June 4 from Republican lawmakers, an influential GOP group and foreign leaders over his tough negotiations that are hitting China, Canada and Mexico with tariffs amid fears of a trade war. But the president defended ...

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Trump says US farmers will be treated fairly in trade talks

President Donald Trump defended his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico on June 4, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated “unfairly.” The president vowed to turn the tide and break down large trade barriers with top trading ...

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Idaho officials pitch land swap in Lochsa River basin

Idaho officials are pitching a north-central Idaho land exchange involving a private timber company and the U.S. Forest Service that could result in Idaho receiving deed to some federal lands. The proposal calls for Western Pacific Timber to deed 38,000 ...

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Groups say central Idaho mine leaking pollution into river

An environmental group and environmental law firm say they’ll file a lawsuit against the state of Idaho if Idaho officials continue what the groups say are violations of the Clean Water Act at an abandoned mine in central Idaho. The ...

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Trump’s tariffs: What they are and how they would work

As a tool of national trade policy, tariffs had long been fading into history, a relic of 19th and early 20th centuries that most experts regarded as mutually harmful to all nations involved. But President Donald Trump has dusted them ...

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US construction spending up 1.8 percent in April to record

U.S. construction spending surged 1.8 percent to a record high in April as home building rose by the largest amount in 24 years. The April gain reversed a 1.7 percent drop in March, the Commerce Department reported June 1. The ...

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