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MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2016

Montana looks at partial approval for wilderness area mine

BILLINGS – Montana officials are considering giving only partial approval to a $500 million silver and copper mine proposed beneath a wilderness area near the Idaho border, injecting uncertainty into a project that’s been in the works for more than a decade. Regulators have continuing concerns with the Montanore Mine’s potential effect on surrounding waterways, said Tom Livers, director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is unveiled at the North American International Auto Show on Monday in Detroit. (Tony Ding / Fr143848 Ap)

With SUV look, tech touches, Chrysler aims to revive minivan

DETROIT – Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it’s reinventing it – with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first hybrid version that Chrysler hopes will make minivans popular again. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was unveiled Monday morning at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Asian elephants belonging to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are led from their enclosure Friday to a rehearsal at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Ringling circus elephants will be retired early

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May. The move comes amid increasing scrutiny of circus elephant acts, with local governments passing “anti-circus” and “anti-elephant” ordinances in response to concerns over animal cruelty.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016

BBB Tip of the Week: Lumosity's Deception 

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with the online brain training program "Lumosity" for allegedly deceiving consumers with unfounded scientific claims. The complaint from the FTC claims that the advertisements stating that Lumosity's games help with work and ...

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Harold Balazs is a local artist. An exhibition of his work titled "Old & New" is showing at Coeur d'Alene's Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave., through Feb. 6 (Michael Guilfoil / The Spokesman-Review)

Front and Center: The Best of Balazs 

Harold Balazs has always been part artist, part prankster. He even borrowed his motto – “transcend the bullshit” – from original “merry prankster” Ken Kesey. Today, Balazs’ playful concrete, brick, wood and metal creations – particularly his Riverfront Park fountain ...

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Week Ahead

Monday Social Media for Small Business 201 - This workshop is the second in a series specifically tailored to people just starting out with social media and social networking. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Startup Spokane Central, 610 W. Second Ave. For information or to register, visit www.scorespokane.org or call (509) 353-2821. $25.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2016

Campbell says it supports federal standard for GMO labeling

NEW YORK – Campbell Soup says it supports mandatory national labeling for products containing genetically modified ingredients, and it will stop backing efforts opposing such disclosures. The change of heart by the maker of Pepperidge Farm cookies, Prego sauces and Spaghetti-Os marks a break from industry groups that have sought to make labeling voluntary.

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Transportation Security Administration agents check travelers identifications at a security check point area Nov. 25 in Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Old driver’s license? You can still fly for 2 more years 

NEW YORK – Fliers who don’t have the latest driver’s licenses will have a two-year reprieve before their IDs are rejected at airport security checkpoints. Many travelers had been worried the Transportation Security Administration would penalize them because of a federal law requiring newer, more-stringent IDs at the start of this year.

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Traders work at the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. .

U.S. stock market drops, ending its worst week since 2011 

NEW YORK – A wave of late selling pummeled U.S. stocks Friday and pushed the market to its worst week in four years. The dismal start to the new year comes as investors worry that China’s huge economy is slowing down. That has helped send the price of oil plunging to its lowest level since 2004, the latest blow to U.S. energy companies.

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