Wood storks not endangered
The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it's getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday. The tall, bald wading birds that nest in swamps and coastal marshes from Florida to the Carolinas are now a "threatened" species, a step up that indicates the wood stork is no longer considered at risk of extinction, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced during a visit to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, home to a large wood stork colony on the Georgia coast.
Court says no to large soda ban
The state's highest court Thursday refused to reinstate New York City's limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city's final appeal and handing a major victory to the U.S. soft-drink industry. In a 20-page opinion, Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr. of the New York state Court of Appeals wrote that the city's Board of Health "exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority" in enacting the proposal.
Rival concedes N.Y. race to rangel
State Sen. Adriano D. Espaillat officially conceded to Rep. Charles B. Rangel on Thursday and announced his intention to run for re-election to the New York state Legislature. Espaillat called Rangel to congratulate him, according to a campaign spokeswoman, on his victory in the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District and on his service to the community. The state senator had been silent since early Wednesday.
By the Numbers
$60.8M The amount Buckingham Palace says the monarchy cost British taxpayers last year.