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 >>

Switzerland's Lara Gut speeds down the course during the women's World Cup giant slalom ski race Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin had a big lead and was just a few turns from winning a World Cup race at home for the first time. Shiffrin could almost sense victory. The... 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 >>

From left to right, Melissa Pett, of Idaho Falls, and her daughters Andrea Pett, 12, and Brooklyn Pett, 10, search for discounts during the Thanksgiving doorbuster deals Thursday at Kmart in Ammon. Melissa Pett said shopping on Thanksgiving Day is bittersweet. “It’s nice to put the turkey in the oven and come shopping, but I feel bad for the workers,” she said. Pat Sutphin /

The doorbuster deals started at 6 a.m. Idaho Falls resident Sarah Baldwin pushed around a shopping cart filled with sale items as Christmas music rang through the speakers at Kmart in... More >>

Mayor Rebecca Casper carves the turkey at the start of dinner Thursday at the Idaho Falls Elks Lodge. Volunteers put the turkeys in the oven at 8 p.m. Wednesday night and returned at 6 a.m. Thursday to start cooking the other items for the meal. They made enough food to serve 750 people. Pat Sutphin /

Framed like a Norman Rockwell painting, Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper carved her first turkey at the 27th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Idaho Falls Elks Lodge. Casper... More >>
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Iowa players, including Nate Meier (34) and Dillon Kidd (16), celebrate with the Heroes Trophy after defeating Nebraska 28-20 in an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Iowa certainly didn’t change the minds of critics who say...

Smart Living

Olga Deacon, who has dementia, recalls to her granddaughter, Chris Boyce, that her brothers fought in World War II in front of a memory wall, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at The Easton Home in Easton, Pa. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are increasingly using sight, sound and other sensory cues to stimulate memory in people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient...

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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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