Ivory Coast elephants getting new home
Conservationists are capturing and relocating elephants in Ivory Coast forced out of their traditional habitat by encroaching humans, in the first such operation attempted in Africa's forests. The International Fund for Animal Welfare this week began tranquilizing elephants outside the western town of Daloa, then locking them in a crate for the 10-hour drive to Assagny National Park on the southern coast. The dozen or so elephants targeted for relocation moved near Daloa two years ago and began wreaking havoc, IFAW said. Conservationists estimate there only are a few hundred elephants in Ivory Coast.
Merkel is recovering but stays on crutches
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says the German leader faces several more weeks on crutches after cracking her pelvis in a skiing accident in Switzerland over the Christmas holiday — though she's ready to return to a fuller working schedule. Merkel has limited herself to a handful of public appearances, largely at Cabinet meetings, after doctors told her to rest for three weeks. Spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters on Friday that Merkel will give two planned speeches next week sitting rather than standing.
By the numbers
11.3 Percent of American workers with union membership in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was unchanged from a year earlier.
14.5M Overall number of union members in 2013.