Scientists blast plan for wolves
The federal proposal to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states came under fire Friday from a scientific peer review panel that unanimously found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision does not reflect the best available science regarding wolves. That could make it difficult for officials to stick with their proposal. In light of the findings, the agency announced that it would extend public comment another 45 days. A final decision is expected late next year.
Russian punk band tours New York
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot to City Hall on Friday. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are on a tour of the city. They were released in December following nearly two years in prison after being convicted of hooliganism for staging a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a church. De Blasio applauded their defense of "human rights" and "free speech."
From Crime Dog to federal prisoner
A Houston man who once portrayed McGruff the Crime Dog has shown that his commitment to crime fighting apparently wasn't very deep. John Morales was sentenced this week to 16 years in federal prison on drug and weapons charges after police found more than 1,000 marijuana plants and 27 weapons at two indoor farms. Morales wore the McGruff costume for the Harris County Sheriff's Association in the 1990s.
By the numbers
$354M Amount the U.S. Postal Service lost in the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended Dec. 31. The total was $1.3 billion a year earlier. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe continues to urge Congress to give the agency flexibility to make changes.