FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016, file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate is poised to reject President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia even as lawmakers express fears the legislation could backfire on the United States. “I will bet that Obama’s veto will not be sustained,” said Reid. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

WASHINGTON — The Senate acted decisively Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of Sept. 11 legislation, setting the stage for the contentious bill to become law... More >>

FILE - In tis June 21, 2016, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, listen to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats opened a last-minute push Tuesday, Sept. 27, for new talks on must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend, fight the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild. The aim is to see if Republicans will relent and add money to help Flint, Mich., with its water crisis — and get Capitol Hill off a collision course that could lead to a government shutdown this weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, clearing the way Wednesday for a spending bill needed to keep the... More >>

U.S. Forest Service Supervisor Garth Smelser addresses attendees at a meeting held at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Idaho Falls headquarters last week. Local outdoors advocates held the meeting to continue a community dialogue about nature deficit disorder in children. Kevin Trevellyan / ktrevellyan@postregister.com

Agency officials, outdoor advocates and a smattering of families gathered last week to discuss nature deficit disorder, a term coined in 2005 by nature writer Richard Louv to describe the... More >>

The Goshen Substation south of Shelley was the center of a power outage that affected tens of thousands in July. Officials say a proposed transmission line could help avoid or mitigate future outages. Post Register file

An electric transmission line project, first proposed a decade ago, would have lessened the impact of a July power outage that affected more than 100,000 regional customers, officials say... More >>

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.' (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON — The FBI will have up and running within two years a database that tracks instances of police use of deadly force, FBI Director James Comey told members of Congress on... More >>
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FILE - In tis June 21, 2016, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, listen to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats opened a last-minute push Tuesday, Sept. 27, for new talks on must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend, fight the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild. The aim is to see if Republicans will relent and add money to help Flint, Mich., with its water crisis — and get Capitol Hill off a collision course that could lead to a government shutdown this weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the...

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Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman Asmaa Albukaie, 33, and her two sons were the first Syrian refugees in Idaho 18 months ago. She feels there’s a reason they were the first: They have a lot of educating to do. “People, when they know (that I am) from Syria, they are surprised,” says Asmaa. “I ask them why you are surprised? They told me they had an idea of Syrian lady: terrorist, terrorist, terrorist.” Instead, Asmaa radiates. “If you love, there is no room for hate in my heart,” she says. “This I believe.” Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

WASHINGTON — Despite resistance by Idaho’s top political leaders, 118 Syrian...

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In a photo taken Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Basking Ridge, N.J., people leave Bernards Township Community Center after a prayer service. The case of the New Jersey Muslim charged with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey is the latest of many challenging moments for the state's large Muslim population. They have been a target of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the presidential campaign and have seen their governor, once considered a strong ally, endorse a presidential candidate who has thrown suspicion on their entire community. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — At the Islamic Center of Passaic County, which draws about 2,...

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Audra Kershner works at Girls Scouts of Silver Sage Council in Boise as a volunteer development manager — the same as coworker Megan Schuelke, right. Most employees at the office will change how they conduct their day with the new labor rule that requires employers to pay people overtime if their salary is less than about $47,500 a year. Kershner says the changes will be a good thing for her and others overall, but it will take some adjusting. Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The Girl Scouts may not be an obvious poster child for the national push to pay workers a...

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This undated photo shows harvested grapes and apples in New Paltz, N.Y. Grapes, picked dead ripe, and apples, picked mature to finish ripening indoors, are part of autumn's luscious bounty. (Lee Reich via AP)

“Ripe” is a term that’s used much too freely when it comes to fruits...

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A climber scales a vertical wall at City of Rocks National Reserve near Almo on Saturday. Friday’s weather was impressively bad for rock climbing, but Saturday turned out to be a pleasant day for the estimated 350 climbers participating in the Idaho Mountain Festival at Castle Rocks State Park and nearby City of Rocks. Jerry Painter / jpainter@postregister.com

The carnage from Friday night’s wind storm at Castle Rock State Park was impressive...

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Jason Isbell performs at the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer songwriter Jason Isbell won album of the year and...

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Steve Smith on the tractor, at left, and his brother, Leon Smith, on the thresher, at far right, demonstrate to about 70 FFA members how a 1949-vintage grain thresher works at their ranch 20 miles north of Mackay.

DICKEY — While brothers Steve and Leon Smith fired up their grandfather’s 1949-vintage Case grain thresher before about 70 FFA students, Blackfoot ag teacher and FFA adviser Cameron Flaming live-streamed a video of it on Facebook with his smartphone.

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