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Lawmakers debate whether to kill mass of sea lions in Pacific Northwest

A House Natural Resources Committee panel is holding a hearing this morning about the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act (HR 946), which, under its tame-sounding official name, would authorize tribal members in the Pacific Northwest to kill sea lions to allow the endangered wild salmon to replenish in the Columbia…

China drought threatens more than 34 million people

BEIJING (AFP) – A debilitating drought along China’s Yangtze river has affected more than 34 million people, leaving farmers and livestock without water and parching a major grain belt, the government said Saturday. More than 4.23 million people are having difficulty finding adequate drinking supplies, while more than five million…

Counter-terrorism exercise features pot growers setting off bombs, seizing dam

Marijuana activists are criticizing — and at least partly laughing off — a counter-terrorism exercise carried out Wednesday in California that featured marijuana growers setting off bombs and seizing a dam. Organized by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, the exercise involved 20 government agencies and some 250 personnel, according to…

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