Scottie “Stats” O’Brien adjusts his oxygen tube Nov. 10 at his home in Idaho Falls. Pat Sutphin /

Nov. 18 was a particularly tough loss for the Portland Trail Blazers: It was the team’s final defeat in a seven-game losing streak. After the game, Coach Terry Stotts recalls flipping... More >>

Madison’s Rachel Morrin and Shelley’s Austin Stewart are the Post Register’s 2015 All-Area Runners of the Year.

A little more than a year ago, Rachel Morrin was new to Madison High School and eastern Idaho. The Alpine, Utah, native is now familiar throughout Idaho after a sophomore cross-country... More >>

Unidentified women hug at a vigil inside a church to mark Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Robert Lewis Dear was reclusive, and he seldom spoke to neighbors in a quiet patch of woods in rural Colorado where he lived. Now, it’s his... More >>

Usifu Bangura and his siblings recently made contact with their birth mother, Fatu Sankoh. Bangura said he is thankful she had the courage to give them up for adoption during a violent civil war. “It was a relief to know my mother made a choice to send us over here and we’re all in good hands and loving families,” he said. Pat Sutphin /

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of two articles. The first was printed Wednesday. The text message came from 6,300 miles away, piercing through nearly a decade-and-a-... More >>

Sales Manager Cindy Napier holds a “Shop Small” bag in the clothing department Friday at Idaho Mountain Trading in Idaho Falls. Idaho Mountain Trading is one of at least 35 downtown small businesses participating Small Business Saturday. Pat Sutphin /

There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday — but today, local business leaders want folks to remember another special shopping day sandwiched in between: Small Business Saturday.... More >>
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Crowds cheer at Pope Francis upon his arrival in Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Pope has landed in the capital of Central African Republic, his final stop in Africa and where he will seek to heal a country wracked by conflict between Muslims and Christians. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Pope Francis arrived Sunday in the conflict-...

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Ish Smith (4) shoots as Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz are no longer learning to play with Alec Burks,...

Smart Living

In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, photo, design consultant Byron Folwell discusses the condition of and restoration work needed for the work shed at the James Castle residence in Boise, Idaho. The modest century-old home sits idle and vacant in a quiet, residential neighborhood.

BOISE, — The Idaho home of James Castle, much like his artwork, is easy to miss at...

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In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 photo, Bart Fisher, farmer and president of the Palo Verde Irrigation District, looks at the Colorado River while pausing for photos in Blythe, Calif. The third-generation farmer who was born in Blythe, left 29 percent of his farmland fallow this year. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nations largest distributor of treated drinking water, became the largest landowner in the region including Blythe for good reason: The alfalfa-growing area sits at the top of the legal pecking order to Colorado River water, a lifeline for seven Western states and northern Mexico.( AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) — The nation’s largest distributor of treated drinking...

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The Framing Corner shop manager Dan-O Snarr strikes a pose Thursday afternoon. Snarr already had worked at the shop for 10 years when his sister bought the business in 2011.

It’s not hard to find a picture frame to hang a photo on the wall — cheap,...

Food & Home

This October 26, 2015 photo shows lightened cassoulet in Concord, NH. This recipe evokes some of the comfort of a classic French cassoulet, without quite so much heft. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

If you’ve ever spent any winter time in France, you’ve undoubtedly indulged in...

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Sam Painter, left, and Julie Painter cross-country ski along the Moose Creek Road east of Victor during a winter outing in 2009. Photo by Jerry Painter

The first time I ever went cross-country skiing, I wondered if I would ever get the hang...



FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman is helped by Emergency Medical Services EMT Paul Mitchell, left, Carlos Arredondo, center, and Devin Wang, right, after he was injured in one of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a documentary play and an HBO documentary are all in the works. Those most touched by the 2013 attack have decidedly mixed feelings about seeing the tragedy told on the stage and screen. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more...

Farm & Ranch

Pesticide-makers point to others in bee die-offs

Sarah Myers, right, a manager at the Bayer North American Bee Care Center, shows a tray of bees to St. Thomas More Academy student Maria Pompi, left, during a tour of the center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — In a Nordic-inspired building tucked in a corner of the Bayer CropScience North American headquarters, high school students wander through 6,000 square feet dedicated entirely to the specialness of bees. Children taste different types of honey and examine the differences between honeybee and carpenter bee specimens.

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