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US pending home sales slipped 0.7 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November as higher mortgage rates and prices continued to squeeze would-be buyers out of the market. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its pending home sales index ...

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Wells Fargo pays $575 million to settle state investigations

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $575 million in a settlement with attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia that are investigating fake accounts opened without the knowledge of customers and a string of ...

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Forest Service taking comments on Idaho open-pit mine plan

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest in Idaho. The meeting comes two years after a federal judge rejected a ...

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Medicaid expansion on the ‘must address’ list for lawmakers

Despite legal challenges at the state and federal level, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is moving ahead with a citizen-directed Medicaid expansion effort. Health and Welfare spokeswoman Niki Forbing-Orr said the agency expects to submit its amended state ...

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Idaho lab protects US infrastructure from cyber attacks

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It’s called the “Dark Side” because the 50 workers there prefer to keep the lights low so they can dim the brightness on their computer screens. Or maybe it’s because of what they do in ...

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Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon make deal on fish passage (access required)

An Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon have reached a deal involving the operation of a hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border. The agreement made public Friday means water-quality certifications from each state for Idaho Power to ...

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US consumer spending rises solid 0.4 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lifted their spending 0.4 percent in November from the previous month, a moderate gain that should sustain steady economic growth. Personal incomes rose 0.2 percent, down from 0.5 percent in the previous month, the Commerce Department ...

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Company backs out of hyperloop test track east of Denver

DENVER (AP) — Colorado transportation officials say Los Angeles-based Arrivo has backed out of plans to build and test a futuristic system that would move passengers and freight at speeds of up to 200 mph (322 kph). The Colorado Sun reports the ...

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Groups plan to sue US over bear baiting in Wyoming, Idaho

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed notice they intend to sue the U.S. government for letting hunters use bait to lure bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming. Hunters often use livestock parts and other food to ...

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Montana court dismisses taxi companies’ case against Uber

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by three taxi and limousine companies that sought to strike down a law allowing ride-sharing companies like Uber to operate in the state. The court ruled 5-0 on ...

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