Through his Facebook page, Boycott Black Thursday creator Brian Rich lists which retailers are closed on Thanksgiving and which stores — such as Kmart, which is requiring employees to work on Thanksgiving — have not. Katherine Jones / kjones@idahostatesman.com

In 2011, when big-box stores such as Toys R Us began starting their Black Friday sales Thanksgiving evening, Brian Rich started a Facebook page in protest. Rich, a 2001 graduate of Boise... More >>

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Administration sources say that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning from President Barack Obama's Cabinet. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure from President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a... More >>

Weber State’s Bo Bolen holds on tight to the ball as Idaho State’s Tyler Kuder (95) tackles him after a short gain during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Pocatello. Idaho State won 46-28. (AP Photo/Idaho State Journal, Doug Lindley)

The Idaho State football season is officially over. The Bengals (8-4, 6-2 Big Sky) were left out of the 24-team FCS playoffs, which were determined by the NCAA Division I Football... More >>

In this photo taken in June 2014, Dr. George Carlson, director of the McLaughlin Research Institute, who focuses his research on Alzheimer's disease, works in his Great Falls, Mont. lab. Mysterious illnesses baffled doctors and scientists for years, until the early 1980s when their cause was finally discovered. The discovery - that these and other diseases are caused not by genetic mutations or outside pathogens like viruses or bacteria, but by naturally occurring but damaged proteins within the body - turned the scientific community on its head. They are called prions - misfolded proteins that are infectious and cause fatal neurodegenerative diseases in animals and humans. McLaughlin Research Institute has become a biomedical outpost of the Montana prairie. Inside its blue and orange exterior, MRI scientists have built reputations studying neurodegenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. (AP Photo/The Great Falls Tribune, Larry Beckner) NO SALES

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An illness that strikes family members in their 50s, affecting their behavior and keeping them from sleeping. A shaking sickness that strikes only a tribe of... More >>

In this Nov. 21, 2014 photo, Jacob Strack speaks during an interview in Murray, Utah. Strack, the brother of five Utah family members found dead in September, says a goodbye letter from a 14-year-old boy makes relatives think the deaths were planned. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When relatives came into the home where five members of one Utah family were found dead in September, it looked like they’d been preparing for a long trip,... More >>
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The Idaho State football season is officially over. The Bengals (8-4, 6-2 Big Sky)...

Weber State’s Bo Bolen holds on tight to the ball as Idaho State’s Tyler Kuder (95) tackles him after a short gain during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Pocatello. Idaho State won 46-28. (AP Photo/Idaho State Journal, Doug Lindley)

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CHICAGO (AP) — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her...

ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2014, AND THEREAFTER - In this Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Lakeview High School teacher Kristin Hu, right, who attends the LaSalle Street Church, poses for a portrait with student Lucy, outside the school in Chicago. In September, members and regulars at the church each received $500 checks from the church. Hu plans to give $500 to a Dreamer organization or start a scholarship foundation for the kids. Lucy, a Mexican-born Dreamer in her class, inspired Hu after she spoke of how she and others want to attend college but dont qualify for financial aid because of their immigration status. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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