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Nationally, health care sign-ups may miss goal

The Obama administration said it’s making steady progress on health care sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month. It could happen ...

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Prison company wants lawsuit held during FBI probe

Private prison company Corrections Corporation of America is asking a federal judge to put an Idaho lawsuit on hold while an FBI investigation into the company is underway. In a motion filed in Boise’s U.S. District Court the week of ...

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2 key senators agree on Fannie-Freddie overhaul

A plan to phase out government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and instead use mainly private insurers to backstop home loans has advanced in Congress. The agreement by two key senators and a White House endorsement sent shares ...

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Idaho a leader in the nation for health care sign-ups

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says nearly 44,000 Idahoans have selected a health insurance plan on Your Health Idaho. The agency says Idaho remains second in the nation per capita for the number of people selecting plans ...

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Environmentalists and mountain bikers reach deal

Environmentalists and mountain bikers have reached agreement on a proposal for protecting the Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument. The Idaho Statesman reported March 11 that the agreement creates zones to maintain wilderness characteristics in some areas, while continuing mountain-bike ...

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Bill to help payday loan borrowers passes Senate

A plan to give people who use payday loans more leeway in settling their debt passed the Idaho Senate. The bill, which passed 21-13 March 10, would let borrowers set up a payment plan to return the money if they ...

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Stock and housing gains put US net worth at record

A surging stock market and rebounding home prices boosted Americans’ wealth to a record in the final three months of last year, though both trends have slowed so far in 2014. U.S. household net worth jumped nearly $3 trillion during ...

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Albertsons parent Cerberus to buy Safeway

Safeway says it has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerebus Capital Management, the owner of Albertsons and several other supermarket chains. The acquisition is worth about $7.64 billion in cash, and pending other transactions could ...

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Eminent domain bill may make state pay court costs

A plan to provide financial relief for Idahoans who successfully fight the government’s seizure of their land under eminent domain is headed to the Senate floor. Under the bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, a government agency that changes ...

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Micron to pay $66.7 million in antitrust lawsuit

Boise-based computer chip maker Micron Technology has agreed to pay about $66.7 million to settle an antitrust lawsuit. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced the settlement of the lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against Micron and 11 other makers ...

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