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Blue Cross of Idaho is implementing new guidelines for the prescription of opioid painkillers, an effort to combat the rising tide of opioid addiction in the state. Blue Cross insures about 542,000 Idahoans, or about one-third of residents in the state.

GENEVA (AP) — Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

Changes are coming for the most significant piece of federal legislation aimed at preventing animals and plants from fading out of existence: the Endangered Species Act.

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