Wandering wolf may have met mate
Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, may have found the mate he has trekked thousands of miles seeking. Wildlife authorities said Monday that cameras in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the southern Cascades captured several images of what appears to be a black female wolf in the same area where OR-7's GPS collar shows he has been living. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson says it isn't proof, but it is likely the two wolves mated and are rearing pups. They would be the first breeding pair of wolves in the Oregon Cascades since the early 1900s. OR-7 has been looking for a mate since leaving the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011. He has traveled as far as Northern California.
First lady salutes military mothers
Extending the Mother's Day celebration by a day, Michelle Obama on Monday saluted military mothers for the sacrifices they make both for their families and their country, and she honored her own mother as the person who keeps her "standing up straight on my feet." Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, co-hosted the annual Mother's Day tea for military moms as part of Joining Forces, their nationwide initiative to encourage the public to support military families and veterans.
N.Y. police change policy on condoms
The New York Police Department will no longer confiscate unused condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution, ending a long-standing practice that had been criticized by civil rights groups for undermining efforts to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Under the new policy announced Monday, officers may continue to seize condoms as evidence in sex-trafficking and promotion of prostitution cases, but they will not use them in support of prostitution cases. Critics noted that New York City spends more than $1 million a year to distribute free condoms.