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The bear, nicknamed “Boo Boo,” needs daily care for second-degree burns on all four paws. Mark Drew, a veterinarian with the state Department of Fish and Game, said he is checking into a handful of facilities and hopes to pick a place for the bear soon.

The cub needs his bandages changed every day for at least four weeks to heal.

Boo Boo weighs about 25 pounds and is estimated to be 4 months old. He was discovered Sunday night clinging to a tree in a region recently scorched by a massive wildfire near Salmon.

Efforts to find the bear’s mother were unsuccessful, officials said.

The cub likely hadn’t eaten for at least four days and couldn’t walk when he was found, the Idaho Statesman reported.


Judge rules secret court arbitration unconstitutional

DOVER — A Delaware law allowing Court of Chancery judges to preside over secret arbitration in business disputes is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

The ruling was issued in a lawsuit filed by the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, which argued that the secret proceedings violated the rights of citizens to attend judicial proceedings and access court records.

In a 26-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Mary McLaughlin agreed that the Chancery Court, which often presides over high-profile business disputes involving some of the world’s largest corporations, cannot conduct secret arbitration.

Judge McLaughlin noted that under the arbitration process, a sitting judge hears evidence, finds facts and issues enforceable orders.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports