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Officials: nuke waste treatment plant could be working by next spring

Officials say a treatment plant designed to treat radioactive waste stored in eastern Idaho could start operating next spring. The Post Register reports the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit was built to treat 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste by 2012, ...

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Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people. The lawsuits were ...

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Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

The Supreme Court ruled¬† June 21 that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age. The justices’ 5-4 ...

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Fed finds biggest US banks strong enough to survive shock

The Federal Reserve says that all of the 35 largest U.S. banks are fortified enough to survive an economic shock and keep on lending. Banks’ hypothetical losses from credit cards increased in the latest “stress tests,” however. The first round ...

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Supreme Court rules states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax

The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling June 21 is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions ...

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Independent allies helped boost spending in Idaho primary

An unprecedented amount of money from independent allies helped boost contenders in Idaho’s primary election. More than $1.2 million was spent on so-called independent expenditures by wealthy donors in the final weeks leading up to May 15, according to a ...

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Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option

The Trump administration’s new health insurance option offers lower premiums for small businesses and self-employed people, but the policies are likely to cover fewer benefits. Another caveat: if healthy people flock to the new plans as expected, premiums will rise ...

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Officials: Idaho as ready as possible for wildfire season

Idaho is as prepared as possible for the approaching wildfire season, with fire crews and air resources strategically placed, more ranchers signing up to help fight fires and two state-owned drones that can be deployed, officials said June 19. Idaho ...

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US housing starts jumped 5 pct. in May off Midwest building

A surge of construction in the Midwest drove U.S. housing starts up 5 percent in May from the prior month. The Commerce Department said June 19 that housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.35 million, the ...

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