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US may pick Western BLM headquarters in 8 months (access required)

The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation’s largest land management agency in the next six to eight months. Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee July ...

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Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what’s found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers at Iowa State and Cornell ...

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Soy “milk” makers may need to find alternative description

Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as “milk” may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested the agency may start cracking down on use of the term. The Food and Drug Administration signaled plans to start ...

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US housing starts tumbled 12.3 percent in June

U.S. homebuilders sharply curtailed the pace of construction in June as housing starts plummeted 12.3 percent. The Commerce Department said July 18 that housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million from 1.34 million in May. ...

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Medicaid expansion initiative qualifies for Idaho ballot

A Medicaid expansion proposal has received enough signatures and will be on the November ballot. Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said July 17 that more than 56,000 valid signatures have been counted. The signatures include at least 6 percent ...

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Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care. Planned Parenthood filed ...

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Lab-grown meat could be in restaurants in 3 years

A Dutch company that presented the world’s first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said July 17 it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021. Mosa Meat said it ...

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Survey of economists: US sales and employment likely to grow

Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them. But a majority of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics say the corporate tax ...

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Family sues over deadly Tamarack Resort fire

A wrongful death lawsuit says a fireplace inside an Idaho rental resort cabin exploded, causing the death of four people. The Idaho Statesman reports Erin Smith reserved the Tamarack Resort vacation rental last year, the weekend before the Fourth of ...

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US retail sales rise at a healthy 0.5 percent pace in June

U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month despite higher prices and modest wage gains, a sign of underlying consumer optimism. The Commerce Department said July 16 that sales at retailers and restaurants increased 0.5 percent in June, ...

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