FILE - In this March 26, 1999, file photo, the first load of nuclear waste arrives at 4 a.m. to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in Carlsbad, N.M., from Los Alamos National Labs. New Mexico on Saturday Dec. 6, 2014, levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository. (AP Photo/Thomas Herbert, File)

The morning of Feb. 5, deep below the New Mexico desert, a salt-hauling truck caught fire inside the nation’s only repository for nuclear weapons waste. Nine days later, on the... More >>

Bill Croft, owner of Croft Chimney Sweep, cleans a chimney at a client’s house on Croft Street in Idaho Falls on Friday. Croft, a chimney sweep with almost 30 years of experience, said debris lodged in a chimney can push smoke back in to the house and cause fires. Croft also recommends not burning wrapping paper, one of the main causes for chimney fires that he sees. Pat Sutphin /

During the holidays, many people are focused on shopping, decorating and family. With so much to do, it’s easy to let something as important as fire safety slip the mind. “... More >>

Skyline senior Jai Jai Ely puts the ball up for two while Sawyer Storms of Idaho Falls attempts to block him Friday at Skyline High School. Photographer Pat Sutphin /, Date 12/19/2014, Lens 70, ISO 2500, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/400, Aperature {aperature},

Skyline High School boys basketball guard Mason Baker felt some jitters going into Friday night’s game against rival Idaho Falls. Then he hit a 3-pointer. And a free throw. And... More >>

A cross-country skier takes advantage of a sunny day to traverse the groomed 7-mile loop at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The loop will be open to the public as soon as enough snow accumulates. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is closed to motorists for the season, but still offers plenty of winter fun. The park’s 7-mile loop will be groomed for cross-... More >>

A security guard checks an incoming car into the Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious... More >>
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FILE - In this Aug. 2014 file photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prepares to be interviewed by Army investigators. U.S. officials have finished an investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl) disappeared from his base in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Taliban. (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt...

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Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, left, drives past Orlando Magic guard Ben Gordon (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It took nearly two months, but the Utah Jazz finally has a...

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Members of the Little Lost River Bible Church congregation in Howe load shoebox gifts into a car Nov. 23 for distribution from their building that was built in 1974. At right in the background is the original church built in about 1955. From left are Ann Lagomarsino, Candace Shayman, Lyn Stauffer and Elizabeth Andreason, all of Howe. The congregation donated 57 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Sponsored by Samaritan's Purse, each shoebox gives children an opportunity to learn about the Good News of Jesus Christ, as well as receiving a Christmas present, according to the Rev. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse.

HOWE — The year was 1911 when a small group of Christian ranching and farming...

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