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Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman President Pro Tempore, Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, runs the days business on the Senate floor Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The 2018 Idaho legislative session begins Jan. 8, and top leaders say the House and Senate are likely to tackle several major issues. From increasing teacher salaries to health care to the... More >>

Betty Anderl sorts donations to the 40th annual Christmas Basket food and gift drive. The drive typically sees 40 to 50 volunteers for sorting, 60 to 80 for wrapping and another 80 for distribution. Kevin Trevellyan / ktrevellyan@postregister.com

Though the usually vacant Kingston Plaza building’s interior is chilly this time of year, the work going on there is heartwarming. Volunteers are working to brighten the holidays... More >>

Heavy snow weighs down shrubs in front of a home, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Kennesaw, Ga. The frigid temperatures behind a cold front combined with moisture off the Gulf of Mexico to bring unusual wintry weather to parts of the South. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

ATLANTA (AP) — A pre-winter storm that roared through the Deep South and coated half of North Carolina and portions of Virginia in snow pushed northward on Saturday, leaving motorists... More >>

Firefighters monitor the Thomas fire as it burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been... More >>

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec.9, 2017.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes killed two Hamas members early Saturday following a rocket attack on Israel, in the latest fallout from President Donald Trump’s... More >>
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Madison High's new basketball coach Travis Schwab makes calls during practice at Thursday, December 7, 2017. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

REXBURG — First-year Madison High School boys basketball coach Travis Schwab said...

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This cover image released by Minotaur shows "The Vanishing Season," by Joanna Schaffhausen. (Minotaur via AP)

“The Vanishing Season” (Minotaur), by Joanna Schaffhausen Ellery Hathaway...

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ADVANCE FOR TUESDAY, DEC. 5, 2017 - Former NFL football player Vonta Leach, left, who voted for Hillary Clinton, gets his haircut alongside Jamie Locklear, who voted for Donald Trump, at a barbershop in Lumberton, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Leach has no problem with Trump's supporters: he works out every morning with some, he plays basketball with them, he routinely gets his hair cut next to a friend who happens to be a Trump fan. He can deal with debate. "But I can't deal with it if you can't see the world through someone else's eyes," he said, "if you can't see it through a black person's eyes." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ROWLAND, N.C. (AP) — They put down their pompoms and lined up along the football...

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This November 2017 photo shows chocolate peppermint cookies in New York. The main ingredient here is 1 1/2 pounds of chocolate, which guarantees an intensely chocolate-y flavor. The cookie’s base is made of a combination of unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate. (Sara Moulton via AP)

If, like me, you’re a fan of dark chocolate peppermint bark at Christmastime, you...

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A skier and his dog head up the Teton Canyon Road on Saturday east of Driggs. There was just enough snow for groomers to set tracks and smooth it out for skate skiers. In the background, Mount Owen, the Grand, Table Mountain and the Middle Teton can be seen. (Jerry Painter photo)

Last week, sweat was dripping off my face as if a tiny sprinkler was perched on my crown...

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This image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," in theaters on Dec. 15. (John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP)

LOS ANGELES — Han Solo is dead. Luke Skywalker is back, but changed. And Leia Organa...

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