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Two Idaho teenagers have been charged with brutally beating a 15-year-old boy who was left bloodied and unconscious in a park in Nampa last month.

The boy is still hospitalized after spending a week in an intensive care unit.

Nampa Sgt. Tim Riha declined to identify the suspects because they are under age 18. They were arrested after police spoke with some of the friends of the victim, Jason Cooley Jr., Riha said.

Jason was found by his mother after she called him and someone else answered his phone.

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A man was sentenced Monday to life in prison after being convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend's ex-husband in an ambush.

Joshua Alberts was convicted of second-degree murder for the February 2016 killing of Joshua Warren.

According to prosecutors, Alberts shot Warren at least 12 times in the face, neck, and torso while Warren was unarmed.

Alberts shot Warren when he went to the apartment complex where his ex-wife lived to pick up his two children.

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Federal officials have started an environmental analysis of a Canadian company's proposal for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho.

The U.S. Forest Service said Monday it's preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for a plan by Midas Gold Corp. to unearth what it says are an estimated 4 million ounces of gold.

Company officials say the 20-year project about 3 miles east of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness would generate 1,000 well-paying jobs and save taxpayers money by cleaning up past mining activities.

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An Idaho woman said she discovered a Nazi explosive as she was helping her parents clean out their shed.

Diana Landa identified the artifact by a Nazi insignia and the year 1938 etched on the bottom of it. It still had a propellant on it, she said.

Landa's parents have lived in their Meridian home for 25 years. They said they hardly used the old shed they cleaned out last week. They have no idea where the explosive came from and how it got there.

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Idaho continues to experience pockets of severe nursing shortages while better paying jobs in surrounding states are attracting Idaho's nursing graduates, according to a recently released report from the Idaho Department of Labor.

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If Lt. Gov. Brad Little wins his bid to be Idaho's next governor in 2018, he will be the only candidate to already have hands-on experience with the job.

The two-term Republican has served as acting governor 373 times since taking over the second-in-command position in 2009, according to records requested by The Associated Press.

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An excavator that slid into a nuclear waste pit in Idaho has been retrieved.

The excavator slid into the pit May 11 after a partial collapse of the dig area at the U.S. Department of Energy's desert site, The Post Register reported.

Crews dug a ramp for the excavator and drove it from the pit area into a nearby service bay, where it was inspected, Fluor Idaho spokesman Erik Simpson said. It will be repaired soon.

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Attorneys for the Idaho Department of Correction say inmates exaggerated problems with the prison medical care system and waited too long to complain, and as a result, prison officials shouldn't be held in contempt of court for violating a settlement in a decades-old class action lawsuit.

The court documents were filed late last week in federal court. They mark the latest twist in a lawsuit first brought by inmates in 1981 that contends unconstitutionally poor medical care was provided to prisoners at the Idaho State Correctional Institution.

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A man authorities are investigating in connection to a fatal shooting has been charged with owning a gun as a convicted felon, but a judge said in court that the suspect may face other charges.

Twin Falls County Deputy Prosecutor Kiel Willmore told the judge that Billy Duane Johnson is the primary suspect in the death of William Newton Scott outside Johnson's home in the city of Twin Falls last week, The Times-News reported.

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Scenarios in which police use drones for investigations keep going up and up.

Idaho State Police, which is about a year into its program of using unmanned aircraft to get birds-eye views of crash and crime scenes, has six drones and 13 pilots throughout the state, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press.

"Our missions to fly have started to pick up," ISP Capt. John Ganske said during a demonstration last week at the agency's District 1 office in Coeur d'Alene.

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Four Republican candidates are vying to be Idaho's next governor, a race that's expected to be one of the state's most competitive in 2018.

According to voter participation records requested by The Associated Press, three of the candidates have a strong history of casting votes on Election Day.

The fourth voted, but not as often — and not in a primary until speculation about his own potential bid emerged.

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The reputation of what is generally considered Idaho's premier and nationally renowned fly fishing destination has taken a beating after three years of drought, but Silver Creek could get its groove back this season as abundant water fills its channels.

With the fishing season opening this weekend, anglers hope the resurgence draws brown and rainbow trout to bite artificial flies dancing on the stream's mirror-smooth surface. The area, which attracted luminaries such as Ernest Hemingway in the 1940s, also is a prime spot for birders and nature enthusiasts.

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Officials with the University of Idaho say they have identified 14 recommendations to improve safety and emergency response policies as part of a review of an explosion in a school parking lot that injured four students.

In April, an explosion occurred when students had gathered to test a fuel system for an experimental rocket. The device exploded after the fuel was ignited at the lot outside the northern Idaho university's steam plant.

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An Idaho driver who fled the scene after striking a man and his two daughters as they were walking — killing the father — was sentenced Monday to serve up to one year in a "rider" prison rehabilitation program.

Tristian Donovan Myers, 20, pleaded guilty in March to one count of felony leaving the scene and one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

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Idaho lawmakers have billed state taxpayers roughly $107,000 so far this year for travel expenses accrued during the 2017 legislative session.

The Associated Press obtained the information through a public records request for this year's travel reimbursements for the 105 state lawmakers in the House and Senate. However, while many lawmakers have turned in their legislative travel reimbursement receipts, the Legislature doesn't have a deadline on when expenses need to be submitted.

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