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Idaho at 4:15 p.m.

NEW AND DEVELOPING:

SMALLBIZ-GUNS FOR CHRISTMAS

CRAPO-DUI ARREST

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo, the Idaho Republican arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, doesn't plan to fight the charges when he appears in court in January, a spokesman said Friday. Meanwhile, results from a secondary blood alcohol test performed at the jail show the conservative three-term senator registered a higher level about an hour after being arrested than when he was first tested by the police officer who stopped him. By Josh Lederman and John Miller.

SMALLBIZ-GUNS FOR CHRISTMAS

NEW YORK — The phones at Red's Trading Post wouldn't stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped. Overwhelmed, gun store manager Ryan Horsley had to do what no employee would ever think of doing just days before Christmas: He disconnected the phone lines for three whole days. By Joseph Pisani. AP Business News Writer.

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OIL TRAINS

BILLINGS, Mont. — Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse — the locomotive — to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand. Delivering oil thousands of miles by rail from the heartland to refineries on the East, West and Gulf coasts costs more, but it can mean increased profits — up to $10 or more a barrel — because of higher oil prices on the coasts. That works out to roughly $700,000 per train. By Matthew Brown And Josh Funk.

WESTERN WILDFIRES 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two massive wildfires raced across tinder dry forests in southern New Mexico in 2012, setting records for the largest and most destructive fires in the state's recorded history. In Colorado, the worst wildfire season in a decade has yet to be fully extinguished. Densely forested pockets within Rocky Mountain National Park continued to smolder just days before the new year. By Susan Montoya Bryan.

BURNED BEAR

HAMILTON, Mont. — An orphaned black bear cub burned in a wildfire last summer is recovering and may be released in June, an Idaho wildlife sanctuary official said. The 4-month-old bear nicknamed "Boo Boo" was discovered by a fisherman in a tree along the Salmon River in August days after the 312-square-mile Mustang wildfire complex passed through the area.

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KHAN ACADEMY-IDAHO

NAMPA, Idaho — Starting next fall, Idaho students could have the option of taking math, history and other online classes provided by the Khan Academy, the online content nonprofit that provides courses free to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Education officials with Northwest Nazarene University and the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation say they are arranging to have Khan Academy classes tested in about two dozen public schools next fall.

Also:

— MATH TEACHER-OBAMA — Federal official: Obama never called Idaho teacher

— OBIT-SIJOHN — Coeur d'Alene elder SiJohn dies at 67.

— VICE PRINCIPAL-ARRESTED — Idaho woman waives extradition in sex abuse case.

— STOLEN LAPTOP — Hospice to pay $50K over stolen patient data.

— DOG SLED RACE — Sled race sponsor donating dog food to 8 shelters.

— FATAL FIRE — Victim in Blackfoot mobile home fire identified.

— ASSAULT CHARGES — Police arrest Boise man in attempted-stabbing case.

— DRUG SETTLEMENT-WHOLESALE PRICES — Idaho collects $2.9 M in drug company settlement.

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