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United joins Delta in tightening rules for comfort animals

United Airlines wants to see more paperwork before passengers fly with emotional-support animals — and don’t even try to bring a peacock on board. The airline announced Feb. 1 that it will tighten rules starting March 1. The changes are ...

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US added strong 200K jobs in January; pay up most in 8 years

U.S. employers added a robust 200,000 jobs in January, and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years, evidence of a consistently healthy job market. The unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent, the lowest level since 2000, the ...

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January US auto sales up 1 percent; full-year drop expected

January’s U.S. auto sales were a little better than a year ago, but most analysts and automakers predict a small full-year decline despite economic factors that favor the industry. Automakers reported a 1 percent increase last month to 1.15 million ...

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New bill would place restrictions on Idaho bonds, levies

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would require cities, counties and other taxing districts to wait one year before a failed bond or levy could be placed back on the election ballot. The House State Affairs agreed to ...

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Downtown Boise parking rates rose on Feb. 1 (access required)

Downtown Boise parking rates at meters and ParkBOI garages went up Feb.1. And, for the first time, drivers have to feed the meters on Saturdays, starting Feb. 3. The city of Boise, which governs parking meters, and the Capital City ...

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Fire marshal: Burley blaze was arson

The state fire marshal has ruled a blaze that destroyed a vacant downtown building in a southern Idaho town to be arson. Authorities are investigating the Jan. 29 fire in Burley and the pipe bomb that was found across the ...

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Cobalt company refines processing plans

A Vancouver company is seeking to build a cobalt processing plant near Blackfoot that could create dozens of jobs paying $70,000 to $80,000 annually. The company, eCobalt Solutions Inc., doing business in the U.S. as Formation Capital Corp., released a ...

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Idaho candidates report big balances in governor’s race

Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist outraised his Republican gubernatorial candidates last year by reporting more than $1.7 million in fundraising, but his opponent Lt. Gov. Brad Little closed out 2017 with a bigger bank balance of nearly $638,000. End-of-year financial disclosure ...

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