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Idaho lab protects US infrastructure from cyber attacks

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It’s called the “Dark Side” because the 50 workers there prefer to keep the lights low so they can dim the brightness on their computer screens. Or maybe it’s because of what they do in ...

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Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon make deal on fish passage (access required)

An Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon have reached a deal involving the operation of a hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border. The agreement made public Friday means water-quality certifications from each state for Idaho Power to ...

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US consumer spending rises solid 0.4 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lifted their spending 0.4 percent in November from the previous month, a moderate gain that should sustain steady economic growth. Personal incomes rose 0.2 percent, down from 0.5 percent in the previous month, the Commerce Department ...

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Company backs out of hyperloop test track east of Denver

DENVER (AP) — Colorado transportation officials say Los Angeles-based Arrivo has backed out of plans to build and test a futuristic system that would move passengers and freight at speeds of up to 200 mph (322 kph). The Colorado Sun reports the ...

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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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