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MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2015

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Bergdahl to face court martial on 2 counts 61 

A top Army commander on Monday ordered that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in 2009, prompting a huge manhunt in the wilds of eastern Afghanistan and landing him in nearly five years of harsh Taliban captivity.

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Poll: It won't be Trump 20 

A majority of Hucks Nation doesn't believe that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. 166 of 300 respondents (53.33%) said Trump won't be the Republican nominee. Today's Poll: How do you prefer to refer to the 5 northernmost counties in Idaho?

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Op-ed: Idaho turns back on 'working poor' 65 

In an op-ed piece in the Idaho Statesman, Nicole Sorensen, an assistant professor at the College of Southern Idaho, writes that the "working poor" have been harmed -- big time -- by opposition of Gov. Butch Otter and other GOP leaders to Medicaid expansion.

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AM Headlines -- 12.14.15

AM Headlines for Monday includes Coeur d'Alene Press story re: a wedding ring lost and later found that belonged to a woman who had been married 38 years. Also: Landslide shuts I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass/SR, USPS returns to normal after wind storm/Press, CdA police chief to discuss wind storm response/Press + more ...

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Man found dead in downtown CdA

A 22-year-old Hayden man was found dead early Sunday in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Coeur d'Alene police officers were called at 12:45 a.m. to investigate a suspicious vehicle. They discovered Richard E. Baumgartner in the vehicle parked in a lot near North Third Street and East Indiana Avenue. He was unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head.

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Idaho still without new federal judge 

A Boise attorney who was a controversial prospect for Idaho’s vacant federal judgeship is no longer being considered, multiple sources say. Meanwhile, down to just one U.S. District Court judge, the court in Idaho is bringing in visiting judges from Colorado, Washington, California and elsewhere to hear Idaho cases.

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At least Obama kept speech short 

In his Saturday column for the Lewiston Tribune, conservative Michael Costello gave President Obama props for keeping his Sunday speech short. Costello was more impressed by the brevity of the president's speech than the content of the speech, especially the part that related to gun control to counter domestic terrorism.

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Trib: 'Frugal' Otter has $$$ to burn 

"Frugal" Idaho Gov Butch Otter talks a good game when he tells others about being frugal with the taxpayer's money. But, points out Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune, the governor doesn't abide by frugality when it comes to his pet issues. Take the legal fight over the sage grouse -- please.

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Alexsis Ash, 21, stirs two hot chocolates on Friday at Kisses Espresso coffee stand on Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. The employeess at the stand wear swimwear while on shift, year-round. (Jake Parrish / Coeur d'Alene Press)

Bikini stand stirs coffee, controversy 

It might be December, but at Kisses Espresso, it's always swimsuit weather. The baristas who work at the former Pink Spot drive-up coffee stand, located at 3023 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene, have somewhat unusual uniforms — bikinis. Except for Workout Wednesdays. Then it's yoga pants and sports bras.

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Hayden city administrator quits 

Stefan Chatwin is no longer Hayden’s city administrator. Chatwin, who worked for the city since 2009, submitted his letter of resignation effective Wednesday. “He is just looking for something else. He wanted to go in another direction,” Mayor Ron McIntire said.

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Hucks: It's North Idaho. Period 

In Sunday Huckleberries for The Spokesman-Review, DFO takes up the complaint from a Spokane reader that North Idaho should be called "northern Idaho." DFO, of course, points out the error of the complainant's ways be explaining: It's North Idaho, period. Only Gov. Otter and out-of-staters call it northern Idaho.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2015

TGIF Wild Card -- 12.11.15 

I've noticed several of you wondering why comments were deleted recently, usually newbies. Here's the deal. Huckleberries Online doesn't allow certain words including curse words that use *** to get around cuss word filter. Also, this blog frowns on abbreviations that refer to words that...

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Parting Shot -- 12.11.15

A Macedonian Army engineer fixes razor wire to a fence at the border crossing Medzitlija, between Macedonia and Greece, near the southern Macedonian town of Bitola, today. Macedonia is erecting another several kilometers long fence in order to prevent illegal crossings and to channel the flow of migrants through an official checkpoint.

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Wrap it please 

Hey, retailer; do you want to know how to get Christmas business from Joel Osborne of the Gift wrap his purchases. On his Facebook page, Joel says that's a sure-fire way to claim his Christmas dollars. Question: Do retailers gift wrap any more?

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Otter: Idaho to comply w/prison rape law 

Governor C.L. Butch” Otter today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch formally notifying her that Idaho will comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. He says a recent review of the Act by members of the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission shows Idaho is now able to declare its intent seeking PREA compliance.

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Edit: Painting over hate 34 

In an editorial this week, the Twin Falls Times News accuses GOP presidential candidate for reigniting a hatred for Muslims that has been simmering in the Magic Valley since this spring when plans for relocation of Syrian refugees surfaced.

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People reach out to collect relief materials being distributed in Chennai, India, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The worst flooding in a century in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has left scores of people dead since November. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)

Third World 

The Bard of Sherman Avenue ventures beyond the boundaries of North Idaho today, for a rhyme that focuses us on the needs in the greater world around us.

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Idaho to appeal 'ag-gag' ruling 16 

Just when you thought Idaho GOP leaders would be hesitant to waste more money on frivilous lawsuits, the state announced today that it would appeal a U.S. District Court decision overturning the state's "ag-gag law." The law was passed by the state Legislature making it a crime to surreptitiously videotape agricultural operations.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.11.15

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Favorite moments/War Bonds, 1st Take: Fear fear/Randy Stapilus, Bayview success story/Bay Views, 'Room' is one boy's view of world/7 Blog, Reading list with local twist/Slight Detour, School Board OKs school branch/CdA Today, Morning links: UI beats WSU again/SportsLink ...

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Abortion rate hits record low 17 

The U.S. abortion rate has declined by more than one-third over the past two decades to a record low, federal officials reported Friday. Abortions fell 35 percent between 1990 and 2010, reaching 17.7 procedures per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.

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