WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic.

EIRMC’s Prudent selected as ‘Fellow’Jan Prudent, manager of Sterile Processing Department at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, has been selected as a Fellow for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management. Just 29 nominees were selected from a field o…

POCATELLO — Idaho State University now offers an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program through its College of Business.

Facebook along with its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms suffered a worldwide outage Monday that has extended more than three hours. Facebook’s internal systems used by employees also went down. Service has not yet been restored.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs.

The Idaho Cancer Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center has been accredited for radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology, the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body.

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found. It’s the latest work to argue the U.S. reliance on private corporations for war-zone duties that used to be done by troops contributed to mission failure in …

Martin joins EIRMC as Chief Financial OfficerEastern Idaho Regional Medical Center announced the addition of Aaron Martin as Chief Financial Officer to the hospital’s administrative team.

A new, casual, yet high-end restaurant will begin remodeling in the coming weeks in downtown Idaho Falls.

Ask for a roast beef sandwich at an Arby’s drive-thru east of Los Angeles and you may be talking to Tori — an artificially intelligent voice assistant that will take your order and send it to the line cooks.

PHOENIX — The Fiesta Bowl Organization announced a multi-year partnership with Caesars Entertainment on Monday, pairing one of the biggest postseason college football games with legal sports gambling in Arizona.

The emergence of the COVID-19 delta variant has been troubling for movie theaters and Hollywood as theater attendance and box office revenue has declined in the late summer, although moviegoers in eastern Idaho have kept local theaters going strong.

Businesses large and small, from McDonald’s and Home Depot to local yoga studios, are reinstituting mask mandates as U.S. coronavirus cases rise. Bars, gyms and restaurants across the country are requiring vaccines to get inside.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s oil-producing company, Aramco, announced Sunday a net income of around $47 billion for the first half of the year, double what it earned over the same period last year when the coronavirus grounded travel and pummeled global demand for oil.

Tuesdays at Mac n’ Kelly’s Pub and Grill are usually relatively slow for the Idaho Falls restaurant, demanding little from staff members. That changed on July 27, when a huge influx of customers caused a minor crisis.

Kraupp named to Independent Banker’s 40 Under 40 listIndependent Banker magazine, the monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America, has unveiled its annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders list. The award recognizes the nation’s up-and coming community bank…

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level since the pandemic struck last year, further evidence that the U.S. economy and job market are quickly rebounding from the pandemic recession.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Fred Meyer warehouse workers have voted unanimously to authorize a strike, which could disrupt food distribution at 180 locations across the Pacific Northwest as early as Monday.

Performing arts venues took a big hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of them canceling the majority of their 2020 programming to comply with health and safety guidelines. Recently announced federal grant money is helping many organizations and venues in Idaho, such as the Idaho Fall…

WASHINGTON (AP) — As America’s job market rebounds this summer and the need for workers intensifies, employers won’t likely have a chance to relax anytime soon. Worker shortages will likely persist for years after the fast-reopening economy shakes off its growing pains.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months of sharply rising prices have raised concerns that record-high government financial aid and the Federal Reserve’s ultra-low interest rate policies — when the economy is already surging — have elevated the risk of accelerating inflation.

DALLAS (AP) — The airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic passed a milestone as more than 2 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Friday for the first time since early March 2020.

John V. Evans Jr. promotes Taylor Crossley to assistant vice president commercial loan officerJohn V. Evans Jr., president and chief executive officer of D.L. Evans Bank, announced the promotion of Taylor Crossley as assistant vice president commercial loan officer for the Ammon branch. As a…

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 559,000 jobs in May, an improvement from April’s sluggish gain but still evidence that many companies are struggling to find enough workers as the economy rapidly recovers from the pandemic recession.