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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A former Idaho high school student of Washington lawmaker Rep. Matt Manweller says she had a sexual relationship with him in the 1990s, when she was 17 and he was 27. Under Idaho state law at the time, sex between an adult male and a female younger than 18 constituted statutory rape. Manweller acknowledged that he taught the woman in Hailey, Idaho, but denies that he had a sexual relationship with her when she was 17. House Republican leaders on Friday evening called on Manweller to resign.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in a case that could determine whether individuals have the right to sue if they think a journalist implied _ but didn't outright say _ something defamatory. The issue arose in a lawsuit brought last year by former teacher James Verity against USA Today and television stations in Idaho and Oregon after they reported on a national investigation into teacher licensing. Verity had his Oregon teaching license revoked but he later obtained one in Idaho.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. officials are recommending approval of a plan to block new mining claims for 20 years on public lands in the mountains of Montana north of Yellowstone National Park. The U.S. Forest Service on Friday endorsed the plan to withdraw 30,000 acres from new claims for gold, silver, platinum and other minerals. The move follows concerns that mining projects proposed in the Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone could damage waterways and hurt tourism.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church says a new youth program it will roll out in 2020 when it cuts ties with Boy Scouts of America will still include outdoor and adventure activities even as the initiative becomes gospel-focused. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided a few additional details about the program in a news release Friday. The Utah-based faith announced in May it was leaving the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year in a move that ends a nearly century-old relationship.

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