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US pending home sales surged 3.5 percent in October

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More people signed contracts in October to buy homes, ending three straight months of declines. The National Association of Realtors said Nov. 29 that its index of pending home sales jumped 3.5 percent to 109.3 in October. Despite the increase, ...

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Ruling preventing Idaho horse herd sterilization is appealed

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is appealing a federal court ruling preventing the sterilizing of a herd of wild horses in southwestern Idaho that opponents of the plan fear could set a precedent. The notice filed Nov. 28 in ...

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Forest Service plans public meetings on Idaho open-pit mine

The U.S. Forest Service is holding public meetings on a proposed open-pit molybdenum mine a Canadian company wants to build in the Boise National Forest in central Idaho. The agency on Nov. 28 announced meetings on Dec. 5 in Boise, ...

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US home prices leapt in September by the most in 3 years

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U.S. home prices rose at the fastest pace in more than three years in September, lifted by a record-low supply of houses for sale. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index rose 6.2 percent in September from ...

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Chobani gets new look and hints at going beyond yogurt

Chobani's new look. Photo courtesy of PR Newswire.

Chobani, the company that helped kick-start the Greek yogurt craze, is shrinking those words on its label as it may expand beyond that food in an increasingly crowded yogurt market. The new look, which will show up in supermarkets this ...

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US new-home sales jumped 6.2 percent in October

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Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade — a 6.2 percent monthly increase that reflects both the underlying strength of the economy and the worsening shortage of existing homes for sale. The Commerce Department ...

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Universities are working to sweeten stevia’s taste, US yield

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University researchers are leading an effort to improve the taste of a natural sweetener, and sweeten its yield in the United States. Michigan State in East Lansing school has received a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

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Deer hunting limited in Idaho, other states after tough winter

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Hunting guide Mike Clark normally has more than 20 clients lined up each fall for trips deep into Wyoming’s western wilderness to shoot mule deer, prized by hunters for their size and impressive antlers. But unusually cold weather and heavy ...

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Idaho fire marshal suggests review of nursing home codes

An eastern Idaho nursing home destroyed by fire met all applicable fire codes, the Idaho state fire marshal says, but he’s going to recommend those codes be reviewed on a national level. Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl said Nov. 24 that ...

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