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Fading wolf population to be restored at Lake Superior park

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:05:17 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials announced a tentative plan Friday to relocate 20-30 gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan over three years to replenish a population that has nearly died out because of inbreeding and disease. The National Park Service said it would make a final decision after giving the public a month to react to its proposal for rescuing the predator species that has roamed the Lake Superior wilderness park for about 70 years. The wolves have helped to maintain the ecosystem by culling a moose herd that otherwise would overeat the island's vegetation, while delighting tourists with their eerie howls and occasional appearances on backwoods hiking trails.

Grand jury indicts 4 in death of university frat pledge

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:04:47 UT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A grand jury indicted four people Thursday in the death of a Louisiana State University student whose blood-alcohol content was more than six times the legal limit for driving after fraternity members allegedly subjected him to a hazing ritual. The state grand jury issued the indictments six months after 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver died at a hospital after a night of drinking at the Phi Delta Theta house on LSU's campus. Fraternity members found the freshman from Roswell, Georgia, lying on a couch and couldn't tell if he was breathing. The jury indicted Matthew Alexander Naquin, 20, of Boerne, Texas, on a felony negligent homicide charge, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

'Godfather of Grass' sentenced to 57 months in prison

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:20:54 UT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The "Godfather of Grass," who fled to Canada after being indicted on federal drug charges and spent eight years on the run, was sentenced Thursday to almost five years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III in Louisville sentenced John Robert "Johnny" Boone, 74, formerly of Marion County, Kentucky, to 57 months. Prosecutors said he pleaded guilty in December to a single count, admitting that he conspired to possess, grow and distribute more than 1,000 marijuana plants at an operation near Springfield. Boone watered and fertilized the plants and concealed them on a farm near his home, prosecutors said.

Regulators OK environmental review for disputed oil pipeline

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:18:35 UT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators approved the final environmental review Thursday for Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline in northern Minnesota, setting the stage for a final decision on the disputed project in June. The Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to declare the review "adequate," meaning it met the legal requirements, after ordering rewrites in December in four narrow areas dealing mostly with proposed route alternatives. "You're going to make a really important decision here in a couple months," Brent Murcia of Youth Climate Intervenors, which opposes the project, told the commission.

Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs, a black hole for toy makers

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:46:01 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords. The 70-year-old retailer sought court approval Thursday to liquidate its remaining 735 stores, eliminating the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot. The closing of the company's U.S. stores over the coming months will finalize the downfall of the chain that succumbed to heavy debt and relentless trends that undercut its business, from online shopping to mobile games. And it will force toy makers and landlords who depended on the chain to scramble for alternatives.

Los Angeles Zoo puts new 'mob' of meerkats on exhibit

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:29:43 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Zoo's new breeding group of meerkats is now on exhibit. The "mob" of meerkats includes four males that arrived from the Zoo de Granby in Quebec last September and three females that came from Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, in January. The Los Angeles Zoo said this week that the two groups of meerkats were slowly introduced to each other at a quarantine facility before entering their outdoor habitat together in late February. Meerkats, which constantly tunnel and dig holes, are tiny members of the mongoose family and are native to deserts and grasslands on the southern tip of Africa.

Sons urge Canada's Trudeau to pressure Iran to release mom

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:23:04 UT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The sons of an Iranian-Canadian university professor who died in a Tehran prison last month urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday to speak out publicly and pressure the Iranian government to free their mother. They also want Canada to seriously investigate their father's arrest and death. Ramin and Mehran Seyed-Emami said in a joint interview with The Associated Press that they have been speaking out despite intimidation and threats. They said they believe it is their only hope for getting their mother back to Vancouver after she was stopped at the airport March 7 and barred from leaving Iran.

Toys R Us is planning to liquidate its US operations

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:10:42 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot. The closing of the company's 740 U.S. stores over the coming months will finalize the downfall of the chain that succumbed to heavy debt and relentless trends that undercut its business, from online shopping to mobile games. CEO David Brandon told employees Wednesday the company's plan is to liquidate all of its U.S. stores, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The Associated Press.

Brother of late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford new PC party leader

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 05:11:08 UT

TORONTO (AP) — The new leader of Ontario's conservative party is the brother of late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who became famous for smoking crack cocaine. The Progressive Conservatives elected Doug Ford as the party's new leader Saturday ahead of the June election in Canada's most populous province. Doug Ford is a former city councilor and was his brother's most aggressive defender. Rob's Ford's tenure as mayor of the country's largest city was marred by revelations about his illegal drug use. He was repeatedly videotaped while intoxicated in public. Rob Ford died of cancer in 2016. Doug Ford has himself been the subject of drug allegations. The Globe and Mail newspaper reported in 2013 that he sold hashish for several years in the 1980s.

Thousands march to protest Canada pipeline expansion project

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 23:54:52 UT

BURNABY, British Columbia (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators marched Saturday to speak out against a pipeline expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Canada's tar sands to the Pacific Coast. Indigenous leaders led the march in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby after telling the crowd that the day's event was a celebration of unity, but they should be prepared in the future to "cross the line" with potential arrests. "Our spiritual leaders today are going to claim back Burnaby Mountain," Rueben George, a member of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, said before the crowd marched to the steady beat of drums and chants toward a site near Kinder Morgan's storage tank farm in Burnaby.

The Latest: Indigenous leaders begin anti-pipeline march

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 18:53:31 UT

BURNABY, British Columbia (AP) — The Latest on Canada pipeline protest (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Thousands of demonstrators are marching Saturday morning to speak out against a pipeline expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Canada's tar sands to the Pacific coast. The march led by indigenous leaders has drawn people from throughout the region. Many held signs, some saying "Keep it in the Ground" and "No consent, no pipeline." The crowds moved to the steady beating of drums and chants as they began walking to a site about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) away, not far from Kinder Morgan's storage tank farm in Burnaby. ___ 9:50 a.m.

Indigenous, environmental leaders protest Canada pipeline

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 06:57:02 UT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Indigenous leaders are calling on people to raise their voices Saturday to stop a $5.7 billion pipeline ($7.4 billion Canadian) expansion project that pumps oil from Canada's tar sands to the Pacific Coast. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the Canadian division of Texas-based Kinder Morgan would nearly triple the flow of oil from Alberta's tar sands to the Vancouver area and dramatically increase the number of oil tankers traveling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state.

Agriculture Secretary: Trump tariffs not as bad as feared

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 00:02:12 UT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue said Friday that while he's as anxious as farmers are about President Donald Trump's new tariffs, the move doesn't look as bad as he originally thought. Perdue said during a trip to meet with representatives of North Dakota's agricultural sector that Trump's decision to enact a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent levy on aluminum looks better in the final version than it did when first announced. He joked with farmers in Iowa earlier this week that one option for farmers who fear a trade war may be to pray.

Judge rejects polygamy law challenge in Canada

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 21:34:54 UT

CRANBROOK, British Columbia (AP) — A judge has rejected a challenge of Canada's polygamy laws that was launched after two men were found guilty in British Columbia. Winston Blackmore and James Oler were found guilty in British Columbia Supreme Court last July of having multiple wives, but a lawyer for Blackmore argued the law infringes on constitutional right of freedom of religion and expression. Justice Sheri Ann Donegan dismissed all arguments Friday that the charges should be dropped, including a claim that the prosecution was an abuse of process.

EPA plan seeks cuts in pollution that causes Lake Erie algae

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 00:35:48 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called for stepped-up efforts Wednesday to reduce nutrient pollution that contributes to algae blooms in Lake Erie but recommended no new federal regulations to accomplish the task. A plan released by EPA's Chicago-based Region 5 office sets targets for reducing phosphorus that feeds giant algae masses that in the past decade have caused fish kills and beach closures on the shallowest of the Great Lakes, harming tourism and threatening drinking water. A 2014 bloom settled over the drinking water intake pipe for Toledo, Ohio, contaminating the municipal supply for more than 400,000 people.

Hops and hopes: Female brewers toast Women's Day

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 05:11:15 UT

Female brewers worldwide are raising a stein to International Women's Day. Thousands of women in the beer business and female homebrewers are brewing together around the event, which falls on Thursday, seeing it as a way to raise the profile of women in a male-dominated industry. "There's a spot for everybody in brewing and especially in learning about brewing," said Emily Engdahl, executive director of the Pink Boots Society, a U.S. nonprofit that supports women in the brewing industry. "It's important we all help each other." British brewer Sophie de Ronde began encouraging women to brew together on March 8 five years ago to promote female brewers and beer drinkers, and to draw others in.

Canadian man pleads guilty to US terror charges

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 20:56:51 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian man pleaded guilty Tuesday to U.S. charges that he sent money and provided long-distance support to Tunisian jihadists believed responsible for a 2009 suicide attack in Iraq that killed five American soldiers. The deal could spare him a term of life behind bars. Faruq Khalil Muhammad 'Isa entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn for a murder conspiracy charge that carried a maximum life sentence. He instead faces a 26-year prison term followed by deportation as part of the deal that a judge still must sign off on. Assistant U.S.

Toronto police find 7th victim in serial killer case

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 21:01:10 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto police have found a seventh set of remains related to the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur and have released a picture of a bearded, darker skinned dead man. Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Monday they could not identify the man in the picture and are now seeking the public's help. "I do not want to release this picture and I'm doing so as a last resort," he said. Idsinga declined to say how police obtained the picture of the dead man. He said they showed the picture to members of the gay community but could not identify him. Many of the other alleged victims have been darker skinned and of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent who frequented the "Gay Village" area of Toronto.

Washington Legislature phases out Atlantic salmon farming

Sat, 3 Mar 2018 04:21:38 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Legislature on Friday voted to phase out marine Atlantic salmon aquaculture, an industry that has operated for decades in the state but came under heavy criticism after tens of thousands of nonnative fish escaped into waterways last summer. After lengthy debate, the Senate passed the bill on a 31-16 vote. The House earlier passed it on 67-31 vote and it now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who has expressed support. The bill would end state leases and permits for operations that grow nonnative finfish in state waters when current leases expire in 2022. The bill targets Canada's Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, the largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon in the U.S.

Toronto chief comments on serial killer angers community

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 01:14:15 UT

TORONTO (AP) — A suggestion by Toronto's police chief that an alleged serial killer would have been arrested sooner if the public had been more cooperative with investigators has angered LGBTQ residents and could worsen already strained relations, community leaders said Tuesday. Chief Mark Saunders told the Globe and Mail that "nobody" came to officers with information in 2012 when police launched a special task force called Project Houston to investigate three missing South Asian or Middle Eastern men from the city's gay village. Police didn't arrest landscaper Bruce McArthur until this year and have since charged him with six counts of first-degree murder.