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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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Internet sales tax collection laws gradually taking effect

NEW YORK (AP) — As 2019 approaches, many online retailers are either collecting or preparing to collect sales tax from out-of-state-customers for the first time. A majority of the states have enacted laws requiring remote sellers to collect sales tax ...

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Grad student’s research ruins potatoes to find fungus fix

KIMBERLY, Idaho (AP) — Andrew Hollingshead estimates he’s ruined 10 to 12 tons of potatoes. Now in the third year of his research project, the Ph.D. student will continue bruising, battering and dissecting tubers throughout the winter. But these unusual ...

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Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel ...

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Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday. About $7 billion in claims are from the Camp Fire that destroyed the Northern ...

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Tesla tour offers glimpses of noise, vibration, innovation (access required)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The noise and vibration at Tesla’s northern Nevada Gigafactory is a constant reminder of what company CEO Elon Musk refers to as “the machine that builds the machine.” Operating 24 hours per day, more than 7,000 ...

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OMG: California regulators consider charge on text messaging

California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The proposal is scheduled for a ...

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Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas (access required)

California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday ...

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Gov.-elect Little names budget chief

Gov.-elect Brad Little has named his budget chief. Little in a news release Wednesday named Alex Adams as the next administrator of the Idaho Division of Financial Management. Adams is currently the executive director of the Idaho State Board of ...

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