BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Republican Party and Chairman Tom Luna have filed a lawsuit to stop the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee from continuing what the lawsuit says are illegal endorsements in the Republican primary.

The eight-page lawsuit filed late Thursday in Fourth District Court in Ada County also contends the central committee is masquerading as the Idaho Republican Party in endorsing a slate of far-right candidates and confusing the state’s 400,000 registered Republicans.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team has been meeting with senators on Capitol Hill. The group is urging a fresh round of Russian sanctions over the war in Ukraine. They are discussing with senators a list of 6,000 people including Russian government officials and public figures who may potentially be more swayed by the financial strain. It's what Vladimir Ashurkov, the executive director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said Thursday is a more “nuanced” approach. The group is seeking to reach beyond the wealthy allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny, who has been jailed since 2021, is among Putin's most powerful critics.

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Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter is among the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the NHL’s coach of the year. Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers and Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers are the other two finalists. Sutter oversaw the biggest season-over-season improvement by any team in the NHL. The Flames captured the Pacific Division title and had the NHL’s sixth-best record. Brunette led the Panthers to the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history as the NHL’s top regular-season team. And Gallant became just the second head coach in franchise history to win 50-plus games in his first season.

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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, May 14, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2022 NPD Group.

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Oklahoma’s Legislature has given final approval to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill. Abortion providers say once the bill is signed, it would be the most restrictive abortion ban in effect in the country. Its passage is part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to scale back abortion rights. The bill would prohibit all abortions, except to save the life of a pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest that has been reported to law enforcement. It now heads to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who is expected to sign it.

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Red state officials are coming out swinging against growing Wall Street efforts to consider environmental risk in investment decisions. Their target is “ESG,” which stands for environmental, social and governance. The principles call on investors to consider factors other than traditional financial metrics in their decisions. The acronym has become the latest culture war fodder in conservative media and in state government this year. The movement against green investing indicates how the GOP has become more willing to damage its relationship with big business to fight ideological foes. Opposition has been particularly strong in red states where fossil fuels make up a large part of the economy.

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Former President George W. Bush is facing criticism after mistakenly describing the invasion of Iraq — which he led as commander in chief — as “brutal” and “wholly unjustified.” Bush then corrected himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The 75-year-old former president made the comment during a speech Wednesday night in Dallas, and jokingly blamed the mistake on his age. The comment was quickly shared on social media and drew condemnation from critics pointing to Bush’s decision to launch the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, an inquiry into alleged weapons of mass destruction that were never discovered. A spokesman for the former president did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Cyprus says Jordan’s King Abdullah II has offered to station firefighting aircraft in Cyprus through the summer fire season. The Cypriot foreign minister thanked the Jordanian monarch following talks with his Jordanian counterpart on Thursday. The king's offer comes after Cyprus urged Greece and Israel to create an east Mediterranean firefighting hub aimed at quickly addressing the huge summer wildfires that could overwhelm any single country. The wildfires that struck the region last year were devastating. Cyprus, Jordan and Greece have a separate trilateral cooperation arrangement that aims to strengthen their defense and security ties.

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The Preakness tradition of the Alibi Breakfast is back this week after a two-year absence because of the pandemic. The annual event that dates to the 1930s brings together owners, trainers and other horsemen for the kind of relaxed, lighthearted atmosphere the second jewel of the Triple Crown is known for. It's a stark contrast to the intensity of the Kentucky Derby. The Black-Eyed Susan drinks were flowing and D. Wayne Lukas brought the laughs with a series of jokes two days before he saddles filly Secret Oath in the Preakness. Some trainers got to experience it for the first time or didn't even know it existed.

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Lo van Pham’s journey to the NFL began when he fell in love with sports upon arriving in Texas after living in refugee camps with his family. More than 40 years later, van Pham is set to become the first Asian American to officiate in the NFL. Before he was introduced to football in America, van Pham and his parents and two brothers survived traveling the jungles of South Vietnam and bounced around refugee camps in Laos, Thailand and the Philippines for about three years. He was too young to remember much of that experience but his parents filled him in as he got older.

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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz all were placed on the same half of the French Open men’s bracket in the draw for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. Djokovic is the defending champion and seeded No. 1. He could meet 13-time champion Nadal in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. If that showdown happens, the winner could face No. 6 seed Alcaraz in the semifinals. Alcaraz is just 19, recently won the Madrid Open on clay and became the youngest man to break into the top 10 in the rankings since Nadal in 2005. The women’s draw was scheduled for later Thursday. The tournament begins Sunday.

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New York’s political landscape for the next decade is being quickly retooled by a rural judge and out-of-state expert after a court ruled Democrats controlling New York's legislature bungled the job. Now, New Yorkers are charging that the hasty redo of the redistricting is being bungled by outsiders linking and slicing communities they don’t understand. After new proposed congressional districts were unveiled Monday, New Yorkers flooded the rural court with a litany of complaints, sending more than 2,000 letters to the court in an attempt to persuade the judge and Pennsylvania-based expert to reconsider before the maps are finalized Friday.

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Closing arguments have ended in the trial of a Georgia man charged with murdering a popular high school teacher whose disappearance in 2005 remained a mystery for more than a decade. Prosecutors told the jury Thursday in Irwin County Superior Court that Ryan Duke convicted himself when he told investigators in 2017 that he fatally struck Tara Grinstead while robbing her home for drug money. Duke's defense attorneys said Duke was pressured into giving a false confession and the real killer was another man convicted previously of helping dispose of Grinstead's body. Duke told investigators he and a friend burned Grinstead's body in a pecan orchard. Bone fragments matching her DNA were later found there.

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The Greek electronic composer who wrote the unforgettable Academy Award-winning score for “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of other movies, documentaries and TV series, has died. The composer known as Vangelis was 79. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other officials expressed their condolences Thursday. Greek media reported that Vangelis died in a French hospital late Tuesday. Vangelis started playing the piano at age 4, although he claimed he never learned to read notes. His big breakthrough came with the score for “Chariots of Fire,” a 1981 film that told the story of two British runners in the 1924 Olympics. Vangelis’ score received one of the four Academy Awards the film won, including best picture.

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Best friends Sean and Kunle are about to have one of those nights that college comedies are built around: they're going to hit parties at all seven Greek houses on campus, a feat known as the Legendary, and they're going to be the first Black students in the history of their school to accomp…

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Wisconsin Republicans gathering for the state convention this weekend will vote on setting the party’s priorities for the next year, including resolutions calling for all ballots to be hand-counted on Election Day, imposing the death penalty for people who kill police officers, and opposing vaccine mandates. The resolutions were brought forward by Republicans across the state for approval at the convention and were made public this week. They are advisory only. But they show the priorities of the party that has a solid majority in the Legislature and would be able to enact whatever laws it wishes if Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is defeated in November.

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Community leaders say the city of Chicago pursues a “two-faced” strategy of acknowledging an ugly history of police brutality in public while directing its lawyers to deny that legacy in court when victims sue. That allegation came in a filing in Chicago’s U.S. District Court on behalf of nearly 50 civic, business and religious leaders. They say the city's approach delays just payouts and costs the city tens of millions in legal fees that could otherwise go to social programs or reducing taxes. The filing is in a lawsuit by James Gibson, who freed after 29 years when courts agreed officers under then-police commander Jon Burge tortured him into implicating himself in the 1989 slayings of two men. Gibson was later granted a certificate of innocence.

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A man who started a 2020 wildfire that killed 12 endangered California condors and seriously injured a firefighter has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. Ivan Gomez was sentenced Wednesday in Monterey County. He was found guilty of 16 felony counts, including arson and animal cruelty. Prosecutors say Gomez told them he set the August 2020 Big Sur Dolan fire while illegally growing marijuana in the Los Padres National Forest. The blaze northwest of Los Angeles injured several firefighters, one seriously, destroyed 10 homes and burned down a condor sanctuary.

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A new study says cancer deaths rates have steadily declined among Black people but remain higher than in other racial and ethnic groups. Cancer deaths have been dropping for all Americans for the past two decades because of lower smoking rates and advances in early detection and treatment. The rates among Black people fell 2% each year from 1999 to 2019. The highest cancer death rates in 2019 were in Black men, higher than other groups. The U.S. government report was published Thursday in JAMA Oncology.

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An Illinois man faces up to three years in prison after being convicted of illegally giving his son an assault-style rifle he later used to shoot and kill four people in 2018 at a Waffle House in Tennessee. A judge convicted Jeffrey Reinking last week of illegal delivery of a firearm to a person who had been treated for mental illness within the past five years. The Journal Star of Peoria reports Tazewell County prosecutors argued that Reinking knew his son, Travis Reinking, had undergone mental health treatment. Jeffrey Reinking’s attorney argued that his client didn’t know his son had been treated. Travis Reinking surrendered his guns to his father, who later returned them to him at some point before the deadly shooting in Nashville.

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Jessie Buckley is put through the wringer in writer-director Alex Garland's art-horror provocation "Men," and not since Jennifer Lawrence endured "Mother!" has an actress been pushed further in service of a filmmaker's vision.

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Britain and Rwanda are confronting two U.N. agencies that have sharply criticized their controversial plan in which British expects to send some asylum-seekers from the U.K. to the African country.  In an interview with The Associated Press, Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta acknowledged it was “fine" that U.N. refugee and rights agencies are concerned about the plan. He said Thursday's talks aim “to bring them on board” to work with the two countries. The U.N. refugee agency chief, on Twitter, sounded unconvinced. British Home Secretary Priti Patel says over 20,000 people entered Britain illegally over the last year. She insists that the Conservative government — along with Rwanda — was “finding new innovative solutions" to counter smugglers.

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The 18-year-old accused of killing 10 people at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, was indicted for murder by a grand jury during a brief court appearance on Thursday.

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Rich Strike may not be the only long shot to pull off a major upset this Triple Crown season. The horse with the longest odds at the Preakness is almost equally as unlikely to be there as Rich Strike in the Kentucky Derby. Fenwick also has as heartwarming a story. The 50-1 shot is named after owner Jeremia Rudan's mother, who died in a fire when he was 19, and is running for Kevin McKathan two years after the trainer lost his brother because of a heart attack. He does have a strong pedigree as the son of 2007 Preakness winner Curlin.

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Prosecutors in a western Colorado county say they found no evidence of tampering in the 2020 presidential election as alleged by a clerk who has become a prominent voice among those promoting former President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election. The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office presented findings to county commissioners Thursday after investigating claims by Clerk Tina Peters, who is under indictment on accusations of providing unauthorized access to county voting equipment, a breach that led to a release of sensitive information. Peters is running for the Republican nomination to become the state’s chief election official. District Attorney Daniel P. Rubinstein used video from inside the clerk’s office during the elections to refute Peters' claims.

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President Joe Biden’s order to protect the nation’s oldest woodlands is raising a simple but vexing question: When does a forest grow old? The answer could affect millions of acres of federally-managed forests where environmentalists want logging restricted as climate change, wildfires and other problems devastate vast forests. Scientists say there's no simple formula for what's old — in part because growth rates among species can vary greatly. That’s likely to complicate Biden’s efforts to protect older forests as part of his faltering climate change fight, with key pieces stalled in Congress. Underlining the issue's urgency are wildfires that have killed thousands of California's giant sequoias in recent years.

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If the 13 tracks of Harry Styles’ third LP are the walls in which he lives, “Harry’s House” is a place of self-expression, happiness and healing. From the jubilant, funky “Cinema,” to the meandering cruiser “Keep Driving,” Styles shows a breadth of style that matches the album’s emotional range, writes The Associated Press' Ragan Clark in her review. Styles is confident, but not cocky, bringing self-awareness and ease into each song. He displays a talent for storytelling, whether it's his own stories of pain or joy or channeling the experiences of others. “Harry’s House” finds Styles at his best — free, observant and content. The album is out Friday.

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All Times EDTNorth DivisionWLPct.GBWichita (Minnesota)2112.636—Tulsa (L.A. Dodgers)2113.618½NW Arkansas (Kansas City)1618.4715½Arkansas (Seattle)1619.4576Springfield (St. Louis)1421.4008