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Justice Department Announces Effort to End Use of Private Prisons

The Justice Department has launched an effort to reduce, and eventually discontinue, its use of privately operated prisons, according to the department’s second-in-command. “I am directing that, as each contract [with private prisons] reaches the end of its term, the Bureau should either decline to...
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University of Idaho eyes partnering with Peru potato center

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru, in hopes of getting access to the center’s vast potato gene bank. More than 4,000 potato varieties that include potatoes cultivated in the Andes thousands of...
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Republicans formally nominate Trump for U.S. presidency

By Steve Holland CLEVELAND (Reuters) – After vanquishing 16 party rivals, warring with much of the Republican establishment and provoking controversy at the party convention, Donald Trump on Tuesday secured the party’s 2016 nomination for the White House. His son, Donald Trump Jr., announced the...
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Congress leaves Washington, its dysfunction on display

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress exited a sweltering Washington on Thursday, its dysfunction on full display as it left behind must-do legislation to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a stalemate over lawmakers’ basic job of fulfilling agency budgets. The twin failures highlighted the one step...
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'Jurassic Park' Paleontologist Retiring From Museum He Built

Jack Horner, the paleontologist who helped the world understand how dinosaurs lived, plans to retire from the Museum of the Rockies in June. Horner discovered the world’s first dinosaur embryos, the Western Hemisphere’s first dinosaur eggs and led groundbreaking research into the growth and development...
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