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Search Ends for 9 Missing in Northwest Floatplane Crash
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Search Ends for 9 Missing in Northwest Floatplane Crash

By MARTHA BELLISLE and MANUEL VALDES, Associated PressWHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for nine people missing after a floatplane crashed in the waters of Puget Sound northwest of Seattle.A nearby resident said they heard what sounded like a thunderclap at the time of the crash Sunday.Just after noon on Monday, the Coast Guard said it was halting the search for survivors after “saturating an area” of more than 2,100 square nautical miles (nearly 2,800 square miles or 7,250 square kilometers).“All next of kin have been notified of this decision,” the Coast Guard said on Twitter. “Our hearts go out to the families, loved ones and friends of those who remain missing and the deceased.”Political CartoonsThe body of a 10th person, an unidentified fema...
States tap historic surpluses for tax cuts and rebates to offset inflation hit on residents
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States tap historic surpluses for tax cuts and rebates to offset inflation hit on residents

Stoked by the largest surplus in state history, Missouri's Republican-led Legislature devised a $500 million plan to send one-time tax refunds to millions of households. In a shock to some, GOP Governor Mike Parson vetoed it. Parson's objection: He wanted a bigger, longer-lasting tax cut. "Now is the time for the largest income tax cut in our state's history," Parson declared as he called lawmakers back for a September special session to consider a $700 million permanent tax reduction. Upon the plan's likely approval, Missouri will join at least 31 states that already have enacted some type of tax cut or rebate this year — an astounding outpouring of billions of tax dollars back to the people. Idaho lawmakers are convening Thursday to conside...
FTC accuses data broker of selling sensitive geolocation data
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FTC accuses data broker of selling sensitive geolocation data

Federal regulators have sued a data broker they accuse of selling sensitive geolocation data from millions of mobile devices, information that can be used to identify people and track their movements to and from sensitive locations, including reproductive health clinics, homeless shelters and places of worship.The Federal Trade Commission on Monday sued Idaho-based Kochava amid a charged debate over the privacy of individuals who may be seeking an abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling in June ending the constitutional protection of abortion. Although it's not the first case the FTC has brought against a data broker, experts say it is the first one involving health care data and referencing reproductive health clinics."This is potentially a big deal," Jeff Chester, e...
Oregon Wildfire Grows Rapidly, Destroys Several Structures
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Oregon Wildfire Grows Rapidly, Destroys Several Structures

MERLIN, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire in remote southwest Oregon continued its rapid spread through a rural area and destroyed several structures, after forcing evacuations and prompting the state to take command of efforts to contain the blaze, officials said Sunday.The Rum Creek Fire has burned 9,500 acres (3,850 hectares), according to the National Interagency Fire Center. That's more than double the 4,700 acres (1,900 hectares) reported Saturday.Three structures were reported destroyed but there was no immediate word on whether any were houses.A remote area with about 200 people and more than 100 houses and other structures remained under evacuation, according to information from Josephine County Emergency Management.The evacuation included the unincorporated community of Galice. Sections ...
Dorli Rainey, Symbol of Occupy Movement, Dies at 95
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Dorli Rainey, Symbol of Occupy Movement, Dies at 95

SEATTLE (AP) — Dorli Rainey, a self-described “old lady in combat boots” who became a symbol of the Occupy protest movement when she was photographed after being pepper-sprayed by Seattle police, has died. She was 95.The longtime political activist died on Aug. 12, the Seattle Times reported. Her daughter, Gabriele Rainey, told the newspaper her mom was “so active because she loved this country, and she wanted to make sure that the country was good to its people.”Rainey was a fixture in the local progressive movement for decades, demonstrating for racial justice, affordable housing and public transit, and against war, nuclear weapons and big banks.In November 2011, in the early days of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Rainey, then 84, joined protesters in blocking downtown intersections...
Idaho rural health clinics to receive $3.6 million in USDA emergency grants | Idaho
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Idaho rural health clinics to receive $3.6 million in USDA emergency grants | Idaho

Five health clinics that serve rural Idaho communities will receive a total of about $3.6 million in emergency grants to use for costs related to COVID-19 and to continue providing medical care to rural Idahoans, according to a news release Thursday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Terry Reilly Health Services will receive $1 million in funding for a clinic in Homedale. The grant will expand access in Owyhee County to primary care, dental, behavioral and pharmaceutical care, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, as well as COVID-19 treatment when available. The nonprofit operates free clinics around southwest Idaho, including its clinic at 108 E. Idaho ...
Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban
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Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban

By REBECCA BOONE, Associated PressBOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway.Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho Legislature is asking for permission to intervene in the federal case, just as it has done in three other abortion-related lawsuits filed in state courts.“If allowed to go into effect, the Idaho law will cause significant irreparable harm, including to the public health of patients across Idaho,” Justice Department attorney Lisa Newman wrote in court documents filed Monday.The Justice Department sued Idaho last week over the state's strict abortion ban, saying it would force doctors ...
Scientists Expand Study on Air Quality Impact on Health
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Scientists Expand Study on Air Quality Impact on Health

By SHERAZ SADIQ, Oregon Public BroadcastingScientists at the Oregon Institute of Technology were recently awarded a $1 million grant from the federal government that could result in research that improves health outcomes in Southern Oregon due to wildfire smoke.Since 2019, a team of Oregon Tech scientists has been studying the capacity of hospitals in the Rogue Valley to handle patients arriving with respiratory problems during wildfires when air quality plummets due to wildfires.“If it’s in what we call ‘the purple,’ which is the really bad air quality, the likelihood that a hospital is going to exceed their capacity goes up to about 70 percent,” Kyle Chapman, an associate professor of sociology and population health at the Oregon Institute of Technology, told Oregon Public Broadcastin...