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Idaho Wildfires
4:06 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Forest Service gives different picture of young Idaho firefighter's death

US Forest Service

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 6:01 pm

The U.S. Forest Service says the death of a 20-year-old firefighter in Idaho last summer was a “chance” occurrence. The new report is in sharp contrast to the findings of federal workplace safety investigators.

The newly released report determines fire managers did not violate any safety protocols at the fire where Anne Veseth died. She was killed when a 150-foot fire-damaged cedar came crashing down last August. The young firefighter from Moscow, Idaho, was working the Steep Corner Fire in the northwest part of the state.

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1:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Forest service gives different picture of firefighter's death

Anne Veseth, 20, was a Forest Service firefighter from Moscow, Idaho. She was killed at a fire in August 2012.
U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service says the death of a 20-year-old firefighter in Idaho last summer was a “chance” occurrence. The new report is in sharp contrast to the findings of federal workplace safety investigators.

The newly released report determines fire managers did not violate any safety protocols at the fire where Anne Veseth died. She was killed when a 150-foot fire-damaged cedar came crashing down last August. The young firefighter from Moscow, Idaho, was working the Steep Corner Fire in the northwest part of the state.

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Marijuana Legalization
1:23 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Inslee sends letter detailing Washington's legal pot plan

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee sent U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a letter this week detailing the efforts the state is taking as it moves forward with creating rules for a voter-approved legal market for marijuana.

Inslee wrote the "the world is watching" both Colorado and Washington as the two states implement last fall's votes that approved the recreational use of marijuana.

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Valentine's Day
10:11 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Kiss, Taxonomically Classified

If it were a movie, it would be called The Third Wheel by Orson Welles
Topical Press Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 9:36 am

Actually, this isn't at all scientific. Here are just a few examples of PDA that hopefully won't make your skin crawl. Happy Valentine's Day!

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Other News
10:01 am
Thu February 14, 2013

'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius In Custody After Girlfriend's Shooting Death

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa leaves the starting blocks of the men's 400-meter race at the 2012 London Olympics.
Michael Steele Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 10:50 am

Our most recent update was added at 1:45 p.m. ET.

South African Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius "has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend," The Associated Press reports from Pretoria.

Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed inside Pistorius' home early Thursday, police say.

The AP adds that:

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Other News
9:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Sun Valley becomes hub for healing vets through sports

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:34 pm

KETCHUM, Idaho - A ceremony in Sochi, Russia a few days ago started the one year countdown to the 2014 Winter Games. Here in the Northwest, the Sun Valley, Idaho ski team has set a goal to get at least six of its skiers or snowboarders on Team USA in Sochi.

The Paralympic Games for physically disabled athletes follow right after the Olympics. That U.S. team will also likely have lots of Northwest ties. Sun Valley is developing a reputation for uncovering exceptional paraplegic and amputee athletes through programs geared toward injured veterans.

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Other News
9:30 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The journey from soldier, to double-amputee, to pro athlete

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:39 pm

KETCHUM, Idaho - A winter's worth of racing and training for the best disabled skiers and shooters culminates later this month at the Paralympic Nordic World Championships in Sweden. For the first time, the U.S. team headed to the competition is made up entirely of disabled veterans. It's a good example of how some wounded soldiers are finding a new mission and purpose.

Sun Valley, Idaho has become a hub for healing veterans through sports and one ex-soldier went from infantryman to badly wounded warrior to pro athlete.

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Automobiles
5:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Study Of Used Cars Recommends Buying Newly Launched Models

Newly redesigned for the 2010 model year, the Buick LaCrosse was found to be one of the most reliable midsize cars, in a study released by J.D. Power and Associates.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:36 pm

In the 2010 model year, the most dependable cars and trucks were either new to the market or had been through a major redesign, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates. The finding contradicts the traditional stance that consumers should let carmakers work out the bugs in a new model before they buy.

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Other News
10:46 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Four Loko Cans Will Now Make Clear They're Loaded With Alcohol

Popular fruit-flavored malt liquor Four Loko
Haraz Ghanbari AP

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:32 am

Cans of the popular flavored malt beverage Four Loko will soon sport an "Alcohol Facts" label to make it plain they pack a potent punch.

The changes are part of a final settlement announced Tuesday between the Federal Trade Commission and Phusion Projects, whose products have been blamed for hospitalizations and deaths among young people.

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Other News
4:42 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Inspectors finds unsafe conditions led to firefighter's death

Anne Veseth, 20, died fighting a wildfire in Idaho in August 2012.
AP

Wildland firefighting has always been dangerous but new standards in the last few decades have made fatalities rare. So it was news when a 20-year-old wildland firefighter was killed six months ago in northwest Idaho.

Now several government investigations into the death of Anne Veseth are coming out. Correspondent Jessica Robinson obtained the first one. It finds Veseth died under hazardous conditions that could have been avoided.

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Other News
9:52 am
Tue February 12, 2013

10 clues that the zombie outbreak announced on T.V. is not a hoax

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 11:25 am

As reported on Tuesday's Morning Edition, KRTV in Great Falls, Mont., was apparently the victim of hackers who broke in and broadcast a warning of attacking zombies. The station now says that it was a hoax, fortunately.

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USPS
10:22 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Ending Saturday mail affects Washington balloting

With Saturday mail delivery ending this summer, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says voters should think about getting their ballots in the mail sooner.

She says ballots should be mailed Friday before Election Day to make sure they are postmarked by the deadline.

The Postal Service plans to end Saturday service on Aug. 3, which will be the final weekend before Washington's Aug. 6 primary.

Voters also can return their ballots in drop boxes and many counties say more than half their ballots are dropped off.

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8:43 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Postal Service says no more Saturday mail

Letter carrier Raymond Hou delivering mail on his route in San Francisco (March 2010 file photo).
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:57 pm

(We updated the top of this post at 10:37 a.m. ET.)

Calling it "absolutely necessary" if the U.S. Postal Service is going to stop losing billions of dollars a year and reach anything close to financial stability, Postmaster Gen. Patrick Donahoe confirmed Wednesday morning that USPS is moving to eliminate Saturday delivery of first-class mail.

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Work life
5:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Working in a space with no windows can affect your brain

ehow.com

How much natural light do you have in your work space? Is there a window? Can you see the sky? Some architects say those are the sorts of questions building designers need to be asking.  It’s part of a movement to bring more daylight into our work lives.

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Other News
4:12 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Alabama Hostage Standoff Ends; Kidnapped Child Is Safe

Posters for Ethan decorate power poles all over town, like this one outside the elementary school in Midland City, Ala.
Butch Dill AP

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 4:09 am

Nearly a week after it began, the standoff in Midland City, Ala., where a 5-year-old-boy has been held captive in an underground bunker, has come to an end.

Citing a U.S. official, CBS News reports the "kidnapped child is alive [and the] kidnapper is dead."

CNN reports that an "explosion" was followed by "gun shots" shortly before the standoff came to an end.

State Rep. Steve Clouse said the boy is at a hospital seven or eight miles away from Midland City and he is "relatively healthy."

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