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  • BOISE, Idaho— Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. Monsanto in a statement noted there were no allegations that the releases exceeded state of federal standards, or that they contributed to any known health concerns in the Soda Springs area.

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday that a subsidiary of Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings had pleaded guilty to violating U.S. sanctions related to Iran and Sudan and would pay a $237.2 million fine. "For years, in a variety of ways, this foreign company facilitated trade with Iran and Sudan from Sugar Land, Texas," U.S.

  • Commissioners seek Scotchman Peaks wilderness designation Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    SANDPOINT, Idaho— Bonner County commissioners have unanimously adopted a resolution calling on Congress to designate northern Idaho's Scotchman Peaks mountains a wilderness area. "The message we're trying to send is Scotchman Peaks is the exception to the rule," Commission Chairman Cary Kelly told the Bonner County Daily Bee. The 7,009- foot Scotchman Peak...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze— not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year. But what California is experiencing is historically low...

  • BOISE, Idaho— Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts." The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho- based J. R. Simplot Co. and two...

  • NEW YORK— Monsanto said Wednesday it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat. The St. Louis company said Wednesday it will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools at land grant colleges in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans are matching President Barack Obama's proposals to cut Medicare by more than $400 billion over the coming decade, though they're not embracing his specific cuts to health care providers like hospitals and drug companies. Slated for release Wednesday afternoon, the GOP senators' companion measure contains greater cost cuts...

  • BOISE, Idaho— There is no ongoing threat to the community following the arrest of a 22- year-old man connected to a triple killing, an Idaho sheriff says. Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney gave few details in a statement Friday about the active investigation into the killing of an Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son but said a diamond...

  • TOKYO, March 4- Uber Technologies Inc is reviewing its ride sharing service in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka after the transport ministry said it had banned the pilot project, citing potential legal concerns. Uber's month-old Fukuoka service pays drivers who use cars registered for personal use to ferry around passengers, a business model that...

  • TOKYO, March 4- Uber Technologies Inc said it was reviewing a free ride service in Japan after the government reportedly told it to halt the pilot project, a blow to the company's hopes in a potentially big market. Kyodo News reported late on Tuesday that Japan's transport ministry had told Uber to halt the month-old service in the southern city of Fukuoka on the...

  • TOKYO, March 3- Uber Technologies Inc has been told to suspend a free ride service in Japan over the possible infringement of unlicensed-taxi restrictions, Kyodo News said on Tuesday, a blow to the company's hopes in a potentially big market. The transport ministry believes Uber's free taxi-like service in southern Japan, which matches passengers via a...

  • UPDATE 1-Uber suspends operations in Boise, Idaho Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:41 PM ET

    "Steep and growing costs that come from offering thousands of free rides combined with unworkable and onerous regulations being proposed by the City leave Uber no other choice than to suspend operations in Boise for the foreseeable future," the company said in a blog post. Uber has been offering its ride sharing services in Boise since October.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- A short-term funding extension for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gained ground on Monday among Senate Republicans as a possible option to deal with a stalled spending bill and a Friday deadline looming for a partial shutdown of the agency. The Senate failed for a fourth time to advance a $39.7 billion bill to fund the agency that...

  • Leading drone makers PrecisionHawk and Trimble Navigation Limited, farm data services firms, including ones run by Monsanto and FarmLogs, and even some federal lawmakers are saying the proposed rules could delay the development of drone-assisted agriculture in the United States if they are finalized as currently written. The FAA said farmers can address...

  • Dan Pfeiffer, longtime Obama aide, to step down Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 1:13 PM ET
    Howard Daniel 'Dan' Pfeiffer, White House senior advisor, speaks last November.

    Dan Pfeiffer has told Mr. Obama he intends to leave the White House as soon as the end of this month, NYT reports.

  • Feb 3- The state of Washington said Tuesday it has established a third poultry quarantine zone after state officials discovered that a flock of about 100 birds in Okanogan County was infected with the avian influenza virus. The Washington State Department of Agriculture adopted an emergency rule on Sunday to establish the new quarantine area, which...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Jan XX- North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. That's because rules prohibit North Dakota landfills from accepting anything but miniscule amounts of radiation. But the oil industry says allowing North Dakota's landfills to...

  • Congress, President Barack Obama headed to the conservative heartland on Wednesday to promote his plans for bolstering the middle class. Obama left Washington for a two-day trip to Idaho and Kansas to push his message that everyone should stand to gain from an economy that has all but recovered from years in the doldrums. Despite losing control of the Senate to...