Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

In this April 5, 2014 file photo, people walk past the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City. On Tuesday, Mormon leaders made a national appeal for what they called a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom, promising to support some housing and job protections for gays if they back some exemptions for religious objectors to same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a “balanced approach” in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom.

Idahoans flock to Capitol for Add the Words

House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, center, and Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, right, listen to testimony by James Hanna in favor of a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the state’s Human Rights Act, at the state Capitol building on Monday in Boise. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

BOISE — Nearly 500 people flocked to the Capitol on Monday to give heartfelt testimony both for and against a proposed law to ban discrimination against gays and transgender people in housing, empl

Siddoway holds gov’s feet to fire on teacher pay

In this February 2013 photo, Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, stands in his Senate office suite in Boise next to an enlarged photo of 3,000 sheep that trail off into the snowy Idaho distance. Siddoway’s office decor underscores his passion for the state’s ranching past and present. AP Photo / John Miller

BOISE — Don’t forget who you are.

Lawmakers begin listening to ‘Add the Words’ testimony

House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, center, and PeteNielsen, R-Mountain Home, right, listen to testimony by James Hanna in favor of a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the state’s Human Rights Act, at the state Capitol building on Monday in Boise. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

BOISE (AP) — Thousands of Idahoans have flocked to the Statehouse to testify in front of lawmakers concerning a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the sta

Bigger wilderness designation sought in Alaska

FILE - This July, 2001 aerial file photo shows the Coastal Plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. President Barack Obama says he will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the Coastal Plain, as a wilderness area. The designation would seal the area off from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal

SAG Awards win sends ‘Birdman’ Oscar hopes soaring

Edward Norton, left, and Michael Keaton accept the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for Birdman on stage at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)

Oscar hopes for “Birdman” got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-ru

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