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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016






In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama, joined by schoolchildren from Washington area, pick sweet potatoes as they participate in a harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden at the White House in Washington. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016, NOON

For some girls, first lady rivals Beyonce as a role model

NEW YORK – Healthy food and plenty of exercise. The challenges military families face. Education for girls around the globe. The feel-good initiatives of first lady Michelle Obama have served as both inspiration and eight years of teaching moments for many families. So what, exactly, do they think is her legacy over a period that spans much of the lifetime of today’s kids?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. (Pavel Golovkin / AP)

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016, 11:39 A.M.

Putin praises Trump’s judgment, rejects hacking claims

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced hope Friday that frayed relations with the U.S. will improve once Donald Trump becomes president despite his pledge to strengthen the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal. Speaking during a marathon end-of-the-year news conference that lasted the best part of four hours, Putin heaped praise on the U.S. president-elect while downplaying any concerns stemming from Trump’s support for a strengthened U.S. nuclear capability.

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FILE – Indiana Gov. and Vice President-elect Mike Pence rests his hand on the shoulder of Brian Felts at Wheeler Mission Ministries in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. A merit pay system instituted by Pence rewards teachers in wealthy school district significantly more than those in poor districts. (Mykal McEldowne / AP)

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016, 11:30 A.M.

Indiana teachers in wealthy districts paid $2,400 bonuses. Those in poor districts got $42.

In 2013, then-Indiana Gov. – and now Vice president-elect – Mike Pence proposed a state budget item that would award public school districts and their educators annual bonuses based on academic performance and individual teacher success. The concept, known as merit pay, was both popular and controversial at the time, and Pence, whose wife is a schoolteacher, had made education reform a top priority.

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An Afriqiyah Airways plane from Libya stands on the tarmac at Malta's Luqa International airport, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Two hijackers diverted a Libyan commercial plane to Malta on Friday and threatened to blow it up with hand grenades, Maltese authorities and state media said. (Jonathan Borg / AP)

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016, 7:46 A.M.

Malta plane hijacking ends peacefully; 2 Libyans surrender

Two Libyan hijackers diverted a domestic flight to the Mediterranean island of Malta on Friday to demand asylum in Europe and create a new political party in honor of the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi, officials said. After hours of negotiations, the standoff ended peacefully with the hijackers freeing all 117 people on board and walking off the plane to surrender.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016







Blogs

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The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, co-host Melissa Davlin interviews outgoing U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. The show also ...