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Mexico City to retire last iconic Vokswagen 'Bug' taxis

Beetle taxis are being retired

Mexico City announced Friday that the last of the iconic Volks­wagen Beetle taxis will be withdrawn from service by the end of 2012. Victor Ramirez, the director of taxi services for the transport department, said about 3,500 of the two-door cars nicknamed "bugs" are on the streets. For safety reasons, the city started mandating four-door taxis in 2003. The two-door VW model hasn't been made since 2003, when the last one rolled off an assembly line in the Mexican state of Puebla.

Wolf's California vacation is done

Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, has crossed the border back into his home state after spending the last couple of months in Northern California. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that the latest GPS tracking collar data put him in Klamath County on Thursday and in Jackson County at midnight. OR-7 was the first known wolf in California in 87 years.

Poachers exact a toll on elephants

Cameroon announced a military offensive to flush out elephant poachers from a remote national park in the country's northeast. In just eight weeks, the World Wildlife Fund estimates that poachers believed to be from Sudan have decimated the elephant population, killing between 200 and 300 of the roughly 400 elephants in the Bouba N'Djida National Park.

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