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U.S. Supreme Court rulings could check ‘patent troll’ claims (access required)

U.S. Supreme Court rulings giving federal District Court judges more flexibility in awarding attorney fees to prevailing parties in patent suits could help curb the recent uptick in abusive patent litigation. Decisions in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & ...

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Mountain caribou status revised to threatened

The federal government has downgraded the protected status of the last remaining herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states from endangered to threatened. Environmental groups hailed the decision as good for the animals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

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Boise Police Department offers ‘active shooter’ training for businesses

The Boise Police Department is offering an ‘active shooter training’ seminar May 22 aimed at business security people. Lt. Doug Schoenborn, who is putting the seminar together, said on May 8 that the department hasn’t seen any specific threat locally, ...

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Boise’s Balihoo partners with Chicago company

Technology company Balihoo has  announced a new partnership with Local Spectrum, the location-based marketing unit of marketing communications firm Starcom MediaVest Group. Balihoo is a local marketing automation technology company based in Boise that helps national brands create locally targeted ...

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Business Briefs: New owner for Banbury Hot Springs (access required)

New owner for Banbury Hot Springs Banbury Hot Springs outside Buhl has a new owner who plans to upgrade the property to accommodate overnight guests. Banbury Hot Springs Manager and Co-Owner Bob Jensen purchased the 10.5-acre property in April after ...

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St. Luke’s prepares to roll out big development plans (access required)

Leaders of St. Luke’s Health System say they expect the hospital will need around 680,000 additional square feet of space by 2030 in downtown Boise. Officials at the state’s largest hospital haven’t determined timelines for specific projects yet. The hospital ...

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Cemetery, businessman test new idea for cremated remains (access required)

Dry Creek Cemetery in northwest Boise will start testing a new way to bury the cremated remains of a person or an extended family underneath a tree of their choosing. The new system, which its inventor calls Forestary, uses a ...

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Applicants, bosses both blamed as jobs go unfilled

Many potential employees don’t follow directions on job postings, are no-shows at interviews and sometimes accept a job only to say at the last minute, they’re going to work for somebody else. It’s a situation that’s leading small business owners ...

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling raises questions over lawyer-whistleblowers (access required)

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Massachusetts case not only expanded whistleblower protections available under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, but also seemed to go out of its way to make clear that lawyers themselves are entitled to such protections. ...

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Federal report: Warming disrupts Americans’ lives

Global warming is rapidly turning America into a stormy and dangerous place, with rising seas and disasters upending lives from flood-stricken Florida to the wildfire-ravaged West, according to a new U.S. federal scientific report. Climate change’s assorted harms “are expected ...

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