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US consumer spending surges in April

Consumers revved up their borrowing in April, with growth in credit card debt accelerating at the fastest pace in more than a dozen years. Overall credit expanded by $26.8 billion during the month, up from an increase of $19.5 billion ...

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States balk at keeping oil-train info from public

U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying June 5 that the information shouldn’t be kept from the ...

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Skip the website? Some small businesses still do

It’s cheap. It’s easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don’t have a website. “It’s just ridiculous,” says Jim Blasingame, a small business author ...

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Carson City, Boise lead nation in warming trend

Nevada’s capital city is getting hotter. An Associated Press analysis of federal temperature records shows Carson City has warmed the most than any other city in the nation in the last 30 years. The average temperature in Carson City has ...

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Crews battle central Idaho fire in tourist area

Ground and air crews on June 4 were battling a 60-acre wildfire burning in a popular tourist area about 10 miles south of Stanley in central Idaho. The goal was putting out the Gold Fire before it spreads, U.S. Forest ...

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Study: Hatcheries can disrupt steelhead navigation

A new study suggests that steelhead trout can have trouble using the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate if they were raised in a hatchery, where the field can be distorted by iron pipes. Scientists at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center ...

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US home price gains slow in April amid tepid sales

U.S. home prices rose in April compared with a year earlier, but the increase was the smallest annual gain in 14 months. Price gains have slowed this year as sales have faltered. Data provider CoreLogic said June 3 that prices ...

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Idaho’s federal lands panel hires private attorney

Idaho’s federal lands interim committee has hired outside legal counsel even though the state’s own attorney general’s office has questioned the legality of Idaho taking control of federally managed public lands. The committee is relying on the Legislature’s Legal Defense ...

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US construction spending up 0.2 percent in April

U.S. construction spending posted a modest gain in April, helped by increases in home building and government construction that lifted total activity to the highest level in five years. The Commerce Department says construction spending rose 0.2 percent in April ...

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Workers say cows mistreated at Northwest dairies

A prominent Northwest dairy cooperative, Darigold Inc., may have allowed some member farms to milk cows that had injuries and infections in their udders, among other ailments, according to allegations made May 30 by workers and the farmworker union. Darigold’s ...

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