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  • After a Thursday hearing in U.S. District Court in Helena, it's clear that Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth won't be freed anytime soon after spending more than two months in the Cascade County Detention Center. District Judge Sam Haddon ordered the 65- year-old Medina, Washington, resident locked up for contempt on April 20 for not providing a full...

  • Correction: Carnegie Heroes story Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— In a story June 30 about the Carnegie Heroes awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the fate of a boy whose brother drowned in a river. Late Oregon teen among 18 to win Carnegie Medal for heroism. PITTSBURGH— A 16- year-old Oregon boy who drowned while trying to save his younger brother's life is one of 18 people to be honored with a Carnegie...

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked protests and boycott threats earlier this year before being quickly revised, is...

  • —Craig Randleman, 50, of Bend, Oregon, and Thomas Joy, 28, of Spokane, Washington, rescued an 8- year-old boy from attacking pit bulls in Spokane in April 2014. —Robert A. Pritchard Jr., 13, of Jacksonville, Florida, rescued a 6- year-old girl from a burning mobile home in June 2014. —S. Alexander Smith, 16, of Aloha, Oregon, drowned trying to rescue his 13- year-old brother from...

  • S. Alexander Smith, of Aloha, jumped into the Row River upstream from a 15- foot waterfall to try to save his 13- year-old brother, Christian, on July 1, 2014. Smith was the only one of those honored Tuesday by the Pittsburgh- based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission who died during a rescue attempt. The other 16 winners are from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio,...

  • The rule— a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the EPA to clarify which smaller waterways are protected— was published in the Federal Register on Monday and takes effect Aug. 28. The EPA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri,...

  • The USDA decided in April to include Greek yogurt as a permanent option in its school lunch program after classifying it as an approved meat substitute in 2013. Chobani was selected as the exclusive provider after it successfully led a Greek yogurt pilot program over the past year, expanding the program from four to 12 states. During the first three months of...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators has been working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • "We're starting to have some concern that some of them could go dry," said Geological Survey scientist Roy Bartholomay. Practices in past decades at the 890- square-mile U.S. Department of Energy facility that opened in 1949 and is now called the Idaho National Laboratory included pumping radioactive waste underground. The Department of Energy in an emailed...

  • NEW YORK— Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nation's governors "to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators is now working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • Investigators at Alaska site of plane crash that killed 9 Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 12:47 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators is now working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • Micron Technology squeezed by falling PC demand Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 12:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of Micron Technology tumbled 18 percent Friday, hitting levels not seen in more than a year as demand for PCs continues to fade. Micron was by far the biggest percentage loser on the S&P 500 index and its third-quarter numbers dragged down Sandisk, Intel, Semiconductor Manufacturing International and other chipmakers. "Below-seasonal demand...

  • Wildfires are chewing through parched parts of the West, including a resurgent blaze in California that forced residents of some desert communities to flee their homes. Residents of the tiny Mojave communities of Burns Canyon and Rimrock were ordered to leave their homes Thursday. The forecast calls for weekend thunderstorms, which could produce mixed...

  • June 25- Micron Technology Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, hurt by a fall in prices and lower demand for its chips used in personal computers, sending its shares down 7.8 percent in after-market trading. Morgan Stanley analysts said last week a sharp rebound they expected in Micron's earnings was delayed at least until the...

  • BOISE, Idaho— Shares of Micron Technology slumped in aftermarket trading Thursday after the chipmaker said the weak PC market hurt its business in its fiscal third quarter. Analysts had forecast a profit of 57 cents per share in the latest quarter on $3.94 billion in revenue, according to Zacks Investment Research. Micron Technology Inc. shares sank $2.84, or 12...

  • Clarification: Potato Cartel-Settlement story Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— In a story June 19, The Associated Press reported that a federal judge signed off on a $25 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit between Associated Wholesale Grocers, United Potato Growers of America and United Potato Growers of Idaho.

  • NEW YORK, June 1- Medicare, the government-run health insurance program for elderly and disabled Americans, paid physicians $90 billion in 2013, up 17 percent from $77 billion in 2012, U.S. healthcare officials reported on Monday. Physician payments accounted for less than one-fifth of Medicare's 2013 net outlays of $492 billion, which rose from $466 billion...

  • SYDNEY, May 19- Australian agribusiness GrainCorp Ltd plans to nearly double output capacity at one its U.S. malt plants to capitalize on soaring North American demand for craft beer. GrainCorp on Tuesday said it would spend $75 million to increase production capacity at its Great Western Malting facility in Pocatello, Idaho by 120,000 tonnes to 220,000...

  • The Republican-controlled House of Representatives Appropriations Committee rejected a Democratic bid to provide Amtrak the full $2.45 billion in funds for the upcoming fiscal year requested in President Barack Obama's budget. The cause of Tuesday's crash has only begun to be investigated, but federal investigators said preliminary data showed the...