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Sep 11, 2014

Wildlife activists say new U.S. lynx protections fall short

DENVER (Reuters) – The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats’ range and they vowed to challenge the move in court.

Thickly furred lynx roam through high country from Maine to Washington and south through the Rocky Mountains. They are classified as threatened in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act.

Sep 2, 2014

Florida-bound Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week.

Delta Air Lines said that “out of an abundance of caution” the captain of Flight 2370 from New York La Guardia to West Palm Beach chose to land instead at the closest airport, Jacksonville, where local law enforcement removed one passenger.

Aug 29, 2014

Alleged gangster admits lying in North Carolina kidnap probe

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A woman described by prosecutors as a gang member dubbed “Lady Jamaica” has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents during their investigation into the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father this year, court documents show.

Chason Renee Chase, 24, pleaded guilty on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina, to a charge of making a false statement, the documents showed.

Aug 29, 2014

NASCAR champ Stewart to race again, forever affected by tragedy

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – NASCAR champion Tony Stewart said on Friday that killing a fellow driver this month will affect him for the rest of his life, but that returning to racing this weekend would help him to deal with the tragedy.

Stewart has missed three races since he struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. in an Aug. 9 accident during a non-NASCAR sprint race in upstate New York. He will take to the track again this weekend in Atlanta.

Aug 29, 2014

Man charged with wire fraud in $1 million Miami Heat ticket scam

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Miami man has been charged with wire fraud in connection with a scam that yielded millions of dollars from investors and a premium ticket package for the Miami Heat NBA basketball team, prosecutors said on Friday.

An indictment said Haider Zafar, 36, portrayed himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family that operates several luxury hotels, including the Marriott in Islamabad, which was bombed in 2008, and other businesses.

Aug 29, 2014

Wildlife officials capture crocodile suspected in Florida attack

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida wildlife officials trapped a large crocodile on Friday believed to have attacked a pair of late-night swimmers in a first for the Sunshine State, a spokesman said.

The 300-pound reptile, locally nicknamed Pancho, died soon after being caught, said Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Aug 28, 2014

U.S. lists 20 corals as threatened; activists want more

MIAMI (Reuters) – The U.S. government pared back the number of reef-building coral species it was considering to label as threatened from 66 to 20 this week, prompting criticism from conservationists.

Environmentalists urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday to extend the protection to all threatened marine species.

Aug 27, 2014

Hurricane Cristobal seen passing west of rain-lashed Bermuda

MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Cristobal is expected to pass well west of Bermuda on Wednesday, where a tropical storm watch is in effect and heavy rain is likely, the National Hurricane Center said.

Centered about 425 miles (685 km) west of Bermuda, Cristobal was moving north at 12 miles per hour (19 km per hour) with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), the NHC said. It is seen turning northeast with a gradual increase in forward speed over the next two days.

Aug 25, 2014

Man dies after being Tasered by police in Florida

MIAMI (Reuters) – Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a man who was shot with a Taser stun gun by a police officer while resisting arrest, sheriff’s deputies said on Monday.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in central Florida said a 91-year-old woman reported a suspicious person in the yard of her Lake City home on Sunday evening, and that the man threw a metal pipe at her when she challenged him.

Aug 10, 2014

Colorado governor fights to stave off GOP election challenge

DENVER (Reuters) – When Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper was elected governor four years ago, the ebullient former Denver mayor and brew-pub magnate could do little wrong.

Once spoken of as a possible vice presidential candidate in 2016, the 62-year-old has burnished his man-of-the-people image with impromptu banjo performances and folksy charm.

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