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US construction spending drops 1.7 percent in March

U.S. construction spending dropped 1.7 percent in March, the biggest setback in 11 months, with weakness in a number of sectors including the biggest plunge in home building in nine years. The March decline was the first monthly drop since ...

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Lawsuit targeting oil, gas lease sales cites imperiled bird

Environmental groups sued the Trump administration on April 30 for selling oil and gas leases on huge swaths of Western public lands while allegedly ignoring policies meant to protect an imperiled bird. Attorneys for Western Watersheds Project and Center for ...

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Owners of Boise homes destroyed by slide settle lawsuits

The city of Boise has agreed to pay five homeowners $275,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after a hillside started sliding and destroyed the homes. City spokesman Mike Journee tells the Idaho Statesman in a story on April 27 that ...

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Ada County starts ‘record’ year of construction projects

Local residents and businesses in an Idaho county are preparing for what is expected to be the busiest road construction year in history. The Idaho Statesman reports the Ada County Highway District has begun a $61 million construction season, tearing ...

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US won’t restore Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

U.S. officials will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, despite a court ruling that called into question the government’s rationale for turning grizzly management over to states that are now planning public hunts for the animals, according to ...

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Hospital sues Idaho prison contractor over medical bills

A hospital system has filed a lawsuit against a company hired to provide medical care for Idaho’s prison inmates, claiming it owes more than $14 million in medical bills. The Saint Alphonsus Health System filed the suit April 25 against ...

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Poll: Younger Americans less apt to use unique passwords

The number of online accounts compromised by hackers is now in the trillions — enough, perhaps, to make even technophobes think hard about the security of their passwords. Indeed, many are — especially older Americans, a new survey shows. Start ...

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February home prices soar 6.3 percent in a fierce competition to buy

U.S. home prices jumped in February as buyers compete fiercely over a dwindling number of properties for sale. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index released April 24 jumped 6.3 percent in February from a year earlier, matching December’s ...

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Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

Federal health officials on April 24 announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online ...

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Alaska Airlines tightens emotional support animal policy

Alaska Airlines has updated its policy on emotional support animals. Starting May 1, customers flying with psychiatric service animals must provide animal health and behavioral documents and a signed document from a medical professional at least 48 hours prior to ...

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