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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…

Syria troops seize hotbed town, ‘mass grave’ found

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian troops on Sunday seized the flashpoint northern town of Jisr al-Shughur, state television said, as international outrage mounted at the regime’s harsh crackdown on protesters. Rights activists had earlier reported heavy gunfire and explosions in the town near the Turkish border after troops backed by helicopter…

Argentine lab clones cow to produce human-like breast milk

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) – An Argentine laboratory announced that it had created the world’s first transgenic cow, using human genes that will allow the animal to produce the equivalent of mothers’ milk. “The cloned cow, named Rosita ISA, is the first bovine born in the world that incorporates human genes…

Delta charges troops $2,800 in excess baggage fees

It’s not uncommon for air travel passengers to complain about airlines’ baggage policies and treatment of customers, but when it’s members of the U.S. military coming home from Afghanistan raising complaints about unfair rules, the grievances tend to be amplified. Staff Sgts. Fred Hilliker and Robert O’Hair made a video…

Senior U.S. economic adviser to Obama resigns

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Economist Austan Goolsbee announced that he was resigning as the chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers to return to his tenured teaching job at the University of Chicago. Goolsbee will return to Chicago in time for the academic year that begins in September, the…

Key al-Qaeda operative killed in Pakistan by U.S. drone

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Senior al Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri, regarded as one of the most dangerous militants in the world, was killed by a U.S. drone aircraft missile strike in Pakistan, an intelligence official and local media said on Saturday. The death of the Pakistani militant was another intelligence coup…

Greenpeace activists arrested for Greenland oil rig protest

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Two Greenpeace activists who scaled an oil rig off the western coast of Greenland at the weekend to protest oil prospecting in the Arctic were arrested overnight, police and the environmental group said Thursday. “Last night, the police decided the time was right, and we arrested the…

Missouri twister: 29 still missing, ‘miracle needed’

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – The number of people still missing from a killer tornado has dropped to 29, but officials said finding any of them alive eight days after the twister struck would require “a miracle.” The massive May 22 tornado killed 142 people in Joplin, Missouri, in what was…

‘Miracle’ needed for 29 still missing after Missouri tornado

JOPLIN, Missouri — The number of people still missing from a killer tornado here dropped Monday to 29, but officials said finding any of them alive eight days after the twister struck would require “a miracle.” The massive May 22 tornado killed 142 people in Joplin, Missouri, in what was…

Former Texas governor Bill Clements dies

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Former Texas Governor Bill Clements, who was the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction when he took office in 1979, has died at the age of 94. Clements, who served two terms as governor, from 1979 to 1983 and from 1987 to 1991, was remembered by…

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