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Reminder: Scouting Food Drive happens in the Treasure Valley on Saturday | Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Star | Idaho Statesman

Last year, Scouts in the Treasure Valley collected 87,907 pounds of food to help families get through the difficult winter - donations to food banks and pantries typically fall after the holidays. You may have received a flier and a plastic bag already to fill with non-perishable items to leave on your front porch for scouts to collect on Saturday. If you haven't, you can drop donations for the scout drive throughout the day at these locations: The Idaho Foodbank: 3562 S TK Ave, Boise Boy Scout Office: 8901 W Franklin Rd, Boise Albertsons: 4700 N. Eagle Rd., Boise Meridian Food Bank: 15 E. Bower St., Meridian Albertsons: 2400 12th Avenue Rd., Nampa Albertsons: 415 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell Albertsons: 405 South 8th, St. Payette Albertsons: 1410 West Park Plaza, Ontario, OR El-Ada: 240 N. 3rd St. East, Mountain Home WICAP: 110 W. Pine St., Cascade Emmett collection site: Natl. Guard Armory, 2175 S. Johns Ave., Emmett Horseshoe Bend site: Ray’s Corner Market, 445 Hwy. 5

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Tools to Manage Internet Cookies

If you have ever worried about specifically aimed ads that seem aware of your private moments on the Web, such as looking at sites for kitten-heel pumps, eczema medications or how to get out of debt, here is something else to fret about. Keeping your computer free of tracking programs is not easy because of the ad industry’s aggressive and sophisticated efforts, says Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. “It’s like trying to get the room of your teenager clean,” he said. “You have to do it all again the next day.” A number of tools can minimize tracking, but using them requires considerable effort and tech know-how. “They’re for people with tinfoil hats,” said Pam Dixon, executive director of World Privacy Forum. Indeed, the Federal Trade Commission is examining the effectiveness and usability of these tools. It is trying to determine whether something simpler for consumers, like a do-not-track registry akin to the federal Do Not

Specter of trade war looms as G-20 nations gather - Yahoo! News

SEOUL, South Korea – Leaders of major economies faced the urgent task at their summit Friday of resolving currency disputes that have raised fears of a global trade war . A dispute over whether China and the United States are manipulating their currencies is threatening to resurrect protectionist policies like those blamed for worsening the Great Depression. The biggest fear is that trade barriers will send the global economy back into recession. Hopes had been high that the Group of 20, which includes wealthy nations like Germany and the U.S. and rising giants like China, could be a forum to forge a lasting global economic recovery. Yet so far, G-20 countries haven't agreed on an agenda, let alone solutions to the problems that divide them. G-20 leaders, who began their meeting Friday in Seoul, were expected to issue a communique detailing results of the summit later in the day. The delegates have clashed in particular over the value of their currencies. Some countries

Steven Pearlstein - After midterms, Obama needs to move to the center - of the country

Looking at those red-and-blue electoral maps following last week's voting , you couldn't help but notice the dramatic swing of the industrial Midwest from Democrat to Republican. This Story 2010 a banner year for conservatives Mr. President, some leadership, please After midterms, Obama needs to move to the center - of the country The industrial heartland has been contested territory ever since Richard Nixon's reelection campaign of 1972. And its no coincidence that for the last 40 years this region has come out on the losing end of globalization and rapid technological change, even as other areas have prospered. People who have seen their incomes stagnate and their jobs sent overseas, who have watched their communities decay, who never experienced the real estate bubble but now live surrounded by foreclosures and who have seen their children move away to find economic opportunity - these are not people who are likely to be swayed by vague promises of

Eat a carrot, hurt the economy? Sometimes - Yahoo! News

LONDON – Eating a healthy diet may be good for you, but it may be unintentionally slimming for the economies of some developing countries, a new study says. British researchers modeled what could happen if people in Britain and Brazil adopted healthier diets as defined by the World Health Organization, including more fruits and vegetables and less meat and dairy products. In Britain, experts estimated that fixing the country's bad eating habits might prevent nearly 70,000 people from prematurely dying of diet-related health problems like heart disease and cancer. It would also theoretically save the health system 20 billion pounds ($32 billion) every year. In Brazil, however, the rates of illnesses linked to a poor diet are not as high as in the U.K. So Brazilians would get relatively few health benefits while their economy might lose millions. The study was paid for by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was published online Thursday in the medical jou

DNA test casts doubt on executed Texas man's guilt | AP Top Stories | Idaho Statesman

DALLAS — A DNA test on a single hair has cast doubt on the guilt of a Texas man who was put to death 10 years ago for a liquor-store murder - an execution that went forward after then-Gov. George W. Bush's staff failed to tell him the condemned man was asking for genetic analysis of the strand. The hair had been the only piece of physical evidence linking Claude Jones to the crime scene. But the recently completed DNA analysis found it did not belong to Jones and instead may have come from the murder victim. Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, a New York legal center that uses DNA to exonerate inmates and worked on Jones' case, acknowledged that the hair doesn't prove an innocent man was put to death. But he said the findings mean the evidence was insufficient under Texas law to convict Jones. Jones, a career criminal who steadfastly denied killing the liquor store owner, was executed by injection on Dec. 7, 2000, in the closing weeks of Bush's t

Coziness between jails, ICE worries immigrants | US News | Idaho Statesman

NEW YORK — Luis Guerra swore he had nothing to do with any murder, that whoever picked him out of a lineup was wrong. Still, he was held at the Rikers Island jail for more than a year before the charges were dropped. It didn't end there. Federal immigration officials stepped in because Guerra was in the country illegally, brought over from Mexico as a child. He ended up in federal immigration detention in Texas before being allowed to return to Manhattan; he's now waiting to find out whether he'll be shipped to a country he hasn't seen since he was 9. Merely being at Rikers put him on the radar of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau, said Guerra, 21, who's trying to get a college degree while awaiting word on his future. City authorities made "a mistake, and now I'm paying for their mistake," he said. "I was living a normal life before." Removing illegal immigrants who come in contact with the criminal justice syst

Boise State football team could still end up in the Rose Bowl | Boise State Football | Idaho Statesman

T he Rose Bowl could end up choosing between Boise State and Stanford for this season’s game under a little-known provision in its agreement with the Bowl Championship Series. The next time the Rose loses one of its anchor teams to the BCS National Championship Game — likely Oregon this year — it is obligated to replace that team with an automatic qualifier from a non-BCS conference, if such a team is available. That could be a battle between TCU, now No. 3, and Boise State, now No. 4. The Rose must take the higher-ranked team. If TCU qualifies for the National Championship Game, the Rose is off the hook — only one non-BCS team qualifies automatically. However, the Rose could take Boise State as an at-large selection and still fulfill its non-BCS obligation. To do that, the Rose would have to choose the Broncos over BCS No. 6 Stanford — a decision that would snub the game’s traditional matchup of teams from the Pac-10 and Big Ten. “We have discussed it because of the situation -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

SPACE STATION RADAR ECHO: Tonight, Nov. 11th, the International Space Station (ISS) will fly through the US Air Force's Space Surveillance Radar beam over Texas. The echo will be broadcast live on Space Weather Radio . Tune in at 8:12 pm CST (02:12 UT on Nov. 12th) and listen for at least a full minute. Because the ISS is traveling at 17,000 mph, the echo sounds Doppler-shifted like the whistle of a moving train: recent example . JUPITER'S MISSING STRIPE, RETURNING? Earlier this year when Jupiter's great South Equatorial Belt (SEB) vanished , researchers urged amateur astronomers to be alert for its eventual return. The SEB had come and gone before, they noted, and the revival was something to behold. Alert: It might be happening now. After months of quiet in Jupiter's south equatorial zone, a white plume is surging through the cloudtops where the SEB should be. Christopher Go of the Philippines took this picture on Nov

BBC News - Warner Brothers to develop UK film base near Watford

Advertisement 10 November 2010 Last updated at 18:22 ET Help Europe's biggest film studio complex is to be developed at a site near Watford. Warner Brothers will invest £100m into Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire where all the Harry Potter films were shot. The development, which includes a new area to house props and costumes from Warner films made in the UK, could sustain 1,800 jobs in the area. Will Gompertz reports. via Posted via email from Peace Jaway

BBC News - Pentagon says aircraft caused mystery 'missile' trail

10 November 2010 Last updated at 15:24 ET Share this page Facebook Share Email Print Pentagon says aircraft caused mystery 'missile' trail A CBS News helicopter captured the vapour trail from near Los Angeles on Monday Continue reading the main story Related stories 'Mystery missile' launches in US The Pentagon has said an aircraft, not a missile, was the probable cause of a condensation trail off the coast of California on Monday. A CBS News helicopter captured what looked like a missile's vapour trail about 35 miles (56km) offshore. The Pentagon made its announcement after examining video of the plume and its missile launch detection systems. "There is no evidence to suggest it was anything other than an aeroplane," said Pentagon spokesman Col David Lapan. The vapour trail, which some said appeared

BBC News - Migrants from the Near East 'brought farming to Europe'

10 November 2010 Last updated at 14:39 ET Share this page Facebook Share Email Print Migrants from the Near East 'brought farming to Europe' By Katia Moskvitch Science reporter, BBC News The first farmers are believed to have brought domesticated cattle with them to Europe Continue reading the main story Related stories Farmers spawned most European men Ancient farmers were goat-herders Ancient farmers were GM experts Farming in Europe did not just spread by word-of-mouth, but was introduced by migrants from the ancient Near East, a study suggests. Scientists analysed DNA from the 8,000 year-old remains of early farmers found at an ancient graveyard in Germany. They compared the genetic signatures to those of modern populations and found s

BBC News - Model offers fish eyes' view of colour

10 November 2010 Last updated at 11:14 ET Share this page Facebook Share Email Print Model offers fish eyes' view of colour By Mark Kinver Science and environment reporter, BBC News During the breeding season, male sticklebacks' colouration becomes more vivid Continue reading the main story Related stories Flamingos use colourful cosmetics Uglier fish have 'better sperm' Apples' autumn colour change clue A maths model that mimics how a fish sees colour offers an insight into how markings help females choose mates. A team of scientists say sticklebacks' eyes are sensitive to ultraviolet light, invisible to humans, that is reflected by marking on males. The model provides clues how more colourful markings, produced by pigment

BBC News - How ID card database will be destroyed

10 November 2010 Last updated at 05:17 ET Share this page Facebook Share Email Print How ID card database will be destroyed By Brian Wheeler Political reporter, BBC News Computer breakers are going to be working overtime Continue reading the main story Related stories ID cards '100 day' target missed 'Why I love my ID card' ID card compensation move fails Identity cards may be history for British citizens - but what about all the personal details collected by the government and stored on its national identity database? Anyone who imagined it would simply be a case of an official somewhere hitting delete is in for a rude awakening. The Home Office is seemingly planning an orgy of destruction, as expensive and barely-used equipment

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BBC News - Leading mobile phone makers lose market share

10 November 2010 Last updated at 06:40 ET Share this page Facebook Share Email Print Leading mobile phone makers lose market share The Galaxy S from Samsung (right) and Apple's iPhone 3G, being demonstrated in South Korea Continue reading the main story Related stories iPhone sales overtake BlackBerry Over 5 billion mobiles worldwide The evolution of the mobile phone The world's leading mobile phone makers are losing market share to non-brand manufacturers, according to research. Analysts at Gartner say smaller, Asian companies accounted for a third of worldwide handset sales in July, August and September. Nokia is still the biggest seller of mobiles, followed by Samsung and LG. Meanwhile, Google's Android operating system has sharply increased its share and is now the second most popular mobi

BBC News - ATF 'must do more' to curb US gun flow to Mexico

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BBC News - Today - Lagerfeld warns against 'era of boredom'

Advertisement Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel, has urged designers not to allow difficult economic times to usher in an era of boredom. Speaking to Today presenter Evan Davis, he said that crises often generated the most exciting new developments in fashion. "In a bad moment, change is the best thing that could happen," he explains. via I think this applies not just to fashion, but to innovation in general. We run the risk, when things get bad, of closing down and trying to maintain the status quo out of fear or just complacency, but it's when things are bad that we're most motivated to find new ways to move forward and most likely to be courageous enough to take necessary steps toward doing so. Posted via email from Peace Jaway

BBC News - China jails tainted milk activist Zhao Lianhai

10 November 2010 Last updated at 03:29 ET Share this page Facebook Share Email Print China jails tainted milk activist Zhao Lianhai Some 300,000 children were made ill and at least six babies died after drinking the tainted milk Continue reading the main story Related stories Arrests over China tainted milk Why China's milk industry went sour Timeline: China milk scandal A Chinese activist who campaigned for compensation for victims of a 2008 contaminated baby milk scandal has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. Zhao Lianhai, whose child was among the 300,000 made ill by the milk, was convicted of inciting social disorder. Mr Zhao founded a website to provide information for parents after it was found milk formula had been laced with the industrial chemical melamine to give it a high protein-content r