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  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy is charging up the East Coast as a cold front is tearing across the U.S. from the west and an arctic blast is barreling down from the north. Valerie Dziengiel isn't worried one bit.

  • FACTBOX-The wealthy behind U.S. presidential race Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:48 PM ET

    Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.

  • Networks, AP changing exit poll strategy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • Idaho wind developer's woes mount with lawsuit Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:50 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- Legal challenges facing an Idaho wind energy company are mounting, after a contractor building one of its projects in Minnesota went to court asking a judge to hand over control.

  • Regulator approves Idaho Power efficiency costs Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- The state agency that regulates utilities has approved $42 million in expenses incurred by Idaho Power Co. to reduce demand and encourage smart energy use. But it's a sign the commission approves of the costs Idaho Power paid for operating 20 programs that were covered for by a 4 percent rider on bills.

  • Avista offering buyouts to 900 employees Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 12:57 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.-- Avista Corp. is offering more than 900 non-union workers a buyout in an effort to help the utility cut its 2013 budget by about $14 million. Avista spokesman Dan Kolbet says 919 of the utility's 1,550 employees will have until Dec. 14 to decide, and will learn by Dec. 21 if they've been chosen for the buyout.

  • Idaho awards school laptop contract to H-P Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:49 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- State officials say they have awarded an eight-year, $180 million contract to Hewlett-Packard Co. to supply Idaho high school students and teachers with laptop computers as part of the Students Come First education overhaul. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Public Schools Superintendent Tom Luna announced the winning vendor Tuesday.

  • Upset with FERC ruling, Idaho Power wants do-over Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 9:58 AM ET

    The IdaCorp Inc. unit on Monday told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission its Sept. 20 order was premature and disregards negative impacts on ratepayers. Idaho Power and other utilities have been scuffling with wind farms over whether utilities can curtail contractually-required purchases at times when few customers need electricity.

  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • Idaho unemployment falls to 7.1 percent Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:36 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.1 percent in September, in part because more people are leaving the workforce. The Department of Labor said Friday that 720,600 people were employed in September _ the highest level in four years.

  • FDA: Fungus in tainted steroids and patients match Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

  • Ukrainian man accused of disturbing Delta flight Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY-- A Ukrainian man, hung over from a 50- day drinking binge, said he believed the wing of the airplane was on fire when he disrupted a Salt Lake City- bound Delta Air Lines flight and had to be wrestled to the floor by passengers, authorities allege in a criminal complaint.

  • Big water gear to be transported on Idaho's US 12 Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:43 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- A large shipment of water-purification equipment will be transported through Idaho to Montana on a disputed mountain highway where big loads have been the subject of oversized controversy.

  • The demonstration is planned for Nov. 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election. Before the presidential debate between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had concluded on Oct. 3, two men who had never met each floated the Million Muppet March idea on social media.

  • Indicted resort suitor's lawyer wants off case Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:00 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- The lawyer for a would-be Tamarack Resort buyer under federal indictment wants off the fraud case, citing deep communication problems over legal strategy and a potential conflict of interest.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- Micron Technology's chief executive said he expects to complete the acquisition of failed Japanese memory chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc in the first half of next year, despite opposition from a group of bondholders.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- Micron Technology's chief executive said he expects to complete an acquisition of failed Japanese memory chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc. in the first half of next year, despite opposition from a group of bondholders.

  • CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    J. Todd Weber of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as the death toll reached 14.. The other case is an ankle infection discovered in Michigan; steroid shots also can be given to treat aching knees, shoulders or other joints.

  • SALMON, Idaho, Oct 11- Conservationists on Thursday asked a state judge to end trapping of wolverines in Montana at a time when fewer than 300 of the elusive animals roam the Northern Rockies and Northern Cascades.

  • *Minnesota woman sues pharmacy in federal court. WASHINGTON/ BOSTON, Oct 11- The pharmacy at the center of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak possibly linked to tainted steroid injections faced mounting federal and state scrutiny on Thursday, including a potential criminal investigation, as the national death toll climbed to 14..