August 11th, 2013
03:10 AM ET

Calif. teen rescued; alleged abductor killed

After an agonizing week of waiting, hoping and praying, Brett Anderson is expected to reunite with his 16-year-old daughter, Hannah, on Sunday.

Hannah was rescued from the Idaho wilderness after an FBI agent shot and killed the family friend suspected of killing her mother and brother, burning his own house down, and kidnapping Hannah.

James DiMaggio's death and Hannah's rescue late Saturday afternoon ended a frantic weeklong manhunt.

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Filed under: California • Crime • Idaho • U.S.
February 19th, 2013
04:43 PM ET

Suspect in airplane baby slapping surrenders

An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight has surrendered to federal authorities.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, turned himself in to federal officials in Idaho on Tuesday morning, the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta said.

Hundley was recently charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. According to court documents, Hundley, during a flight to Atlanta, allegedly told the baby's mother to "shut that (N-word) baby up."

He then turned around and slapped the child in the face with an open hand, according to the documents.

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Filed under: Crime • Idaho
Sen. Crapo pleads guilty to DUI charge
January 4th, 2013
11:13 AM ET

Sen. Crapo pleads guilty to DUI charge

It’s a new year, a new Congress, and a new driving ban for U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo.

The Idaho Republican, arrested in December on suspicion of drunken driving in Virginia, pleaded guilty Friday to the charges, which came with a $250 fine and a year-long suspension of his driver's license.

A 180-day jail sentence was suspended on condition of good behavior. His guilty plea came a day after the 113th Congress was sworn in.

Crapo, re-elected in 2010 with 71% of the vote, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. ET on December 23 in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, after a police officer noticed his vehicle running a red light. Alexandria police said Crapo's blood alcohol level was .110 at the time of his arrest.

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Filed under: Congress • Courts • Crime • Idaho • Politics
September 6th, 2012
10:27 AM ET

Baby black bear healing after being burned in wildfire, officials say

Could Boo Boo be the next Smokey Bear?

Idaho officials say the popularity of a baby black bear given the name Boo Boo, who was rescued after being burned in a wildfire, may help remind people of the wide consequences of wildfires.

"People from all over the country have asked after the bear," Idaho Fish and Game conservation educator Evin Oneale said. "Many have asked about contributing money to offset the cub's medical treatment costs."

Boo Boo was brought to the Idaho Humane society after firefighters found him last week while battling the Mustang Complex Fire that has scorched more than 250,000 acres in Idaho.

“He’s healing nicely,” Dr. Jeff Rosenthal, Director of the Idaho Humane Society said. “His pads and toes are no longer bleeding and new skin is already forming on the burned portions.”

Officials said the bear, which weighed 23 pounds when they first rescued it, is expected to make a full recovery. And Boo Boo is starting to act more like you'd expect of a black bear.

“Eating like a little pig, very feisty, and not very social,” Rosenthal said. “He charges the cage front whenever anyone gets near, trying to scare us off.”


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Micron CEO dies in Idaho plane crash
February 3rd, 2012
04:11 PM ET

Micron CEO dies in Idaho plane crash

Micron CEO and chairman Steve Appleton died Friday morning in a small-plane crash in Boise.

Micron, a maker of semiconductors and flash memory, confirmed Appleton's death at age 51 in a press release that praised his "passion and energy."

Appleton (pictured) was flying a Lancair fixed-wing single-engine plane that crashed at 8:58 a.m. local time at Boise Airport, a spokeswoman for the airport told CNN's John Fricke. She could not confirm whether the accident took place at takeoff, landing or during flight.

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Study: Yellowstone volcano much larger than believed
This new image shows Yellowstone's volcanic plume reaching about 400 miles from east to west.
April 13th, 2011
09:35 AM ET

Study: Yellowstone volcano much larger than believed

A new kind of image suggests the giant volcanic plume lying under Yellowstone National Park is even bigger than previously thought.

University of Utah geophysicists used the electrical conductivity of the huge tongue of hot and partly molten rock to create an image. That image suggests the plume is even bigger than it appears in earlier images made with seismic waves.


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Filed under: Earth • Environment • Idaho • Montana • Nature • Science • U.S. • Utah • Volcanoes • Wyoming
Idaho Mega Millions winner identified
January 12th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Idaho Mega Millions winner identified

The Idaho State Lottery office announced that Holly Lahti of Post Falls, Idaho, won $190 million dollars in last weeks Mega Millions drawing. 

She is one of two winning ticketholders who is splitting the jackpot. The other winner is Jim McCullar of Ephrata, Washington, who stepped forward last week to claim his half of the $380 million prize.

Lahti officially claimed the prize yesterday, an Idaho State Lottery spokesman said, adding that Lahti did not want to address the media at this time. She did not appear at the press conference to announce the winner.

"She has indicated that she may be willing to speak to the media when she has her affairs in order," the spokesman said.

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November 17th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Bad prison flicks, 'Poacher X,' 1st royal wedding

Inmates subjected to bad movies - Do inmates have a right to television in jail? Debatable. However, a federal judge is reviewing a case filed by inmate James Poulin who says he has a right to media. Poulin claims he and other inmates are subjected to the same movies over and over instead of basic programming. Sounds like a case of torture, but then again, if President George W. Bush is still defending waterboarding ...