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  • AP names new enterprise editor for western US Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Raghu Vadarevu, an editor on The Associated Press' West Desk, has been promoted to West assistant editor for enterprise. The appointment was announced Friday by West Region Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news for 13 states.

  • Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would force President Barack Obama to submit quickly to Congress any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran and give lawmakers the chance to reject the deal and reimpose sanctions.

  • Judge eyes whether port records should be released Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— A federal judge said Tuesday he would weigh whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must release environmental review documents involving a proposed coal port criticized by environmentalists.

  • Study says national parks boost economy in West Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 2:22 PM ET

    JACKSON, Wyo.— National parks and monuments boosted the economies of surrounding communities in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho by a combined $1.15 billion last year, according to a new study. Wyoming saw $723.3 million in spending by visitors to parks and monuments run by the National Park Service; Montana, $397.3 million; and Idaho, $29.4 million.

  • 2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

  • The California cities of San Jose, Vallejo and San Diego all saw a heightened threat, as new fault lines have been recently discovered, the report said. It also upgraded the risks facing parts of the central and eastern United States, singling out areas near New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Growing wildfire empties Washington town Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    The sheriff issued his highest evacuation notice Thursday for Pateros, a town of about 650 people along the Columbia River. "There's nobody in Pateros" except a few "stragglers" who stayed, he said, adding the fire was burning in the town, although the small business district was believed intact.

  • Senate votes to extend terrorism insurance program Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate voted Thursday to extend a program that helped stabilize jittery insurance markets in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Senate voted 93-4 to extend the program through 2021. Under the program, the federal government helps pay damages for attacks that cost more than $100 million.

  • U.S. senators urge Treasury to fix money fund tax concerns Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    In a series of three letters dated July 15 and seen by Reuters, Democratic Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Mark Warner of Virginia and Republicans Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mike Crapo of Idaho said the Treasury needs to issue quickly guidance because it will help inform both the public and the SEC.

  • Idaho ends budget year with more cash than planned Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:47 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— State officials say Idaho closed the 2014 fiscal year with $7.2 million more than anticipated. The Idaho Division of Financial Management reports that June's general fund receipts of $294.4 million were $8.4 million above economists' projections.

  • 3 remain hospitalized after Grand Teton bus crash Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming— Three people injured when a bus carrying mostly Chinese tourists flipped on its side while traveling through Grand Teton National Park remained in the hospital Saturday.

  • Sun Valley talks national service, education Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 10- Media and technology CEOs and investors get together every year at the Allen& Co conference in Sun Valley for a week of mingling and deal-making at the upscale Idaho mountain resort.

  • CHICAGO, July 8- Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by Foster Farms to include products believed to have been sent to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, July 6- Boeing Co will easily recover financially from a 19- car train derailment in Montana last week that sent three fuselages for its popular 737 jetliner tumbling down a steep embankment toward a river and damaged other plane parts, analysts said on Sunday.

  • LOS ANGELES, July 1- Rupert Murdoch jets into Idaho's Sun Valley next week for the year's most exclusive tech and media industry gathering, armed with both the money and the appetite for a major deal.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to July 10 Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    ZURICH- Bank for International Settlements releases its annual report. IDAHO, United States- 2014 Montana and Utah Bankers Association meeting. PARIS- 6th International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean on Beyond the Golden Decade?

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- If the battle over the U.S. Export-Import Bank is Washington's latest political tempest, then Don Nelson from Bakersfield, California is aiming at the eye of the storm.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 9 Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks in New York on "Monetary policy and Income inequality" at the Charles Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics. LONDON- Bank of England publishes half-yearly Financial Stability Report and Governor Mark Carney holds news conference- 0930 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to July 8 Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Australia- RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe speaks at a conference on "Strengthening the G20's Accountability and Effectiveness"- 0300 GMT. FRANKFURT- Bundesbank board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele gives update on Single Euro Payments Area- 0900 GMT.