A rescue attempt is being planned for Ilya, a manatee stuck near an oil refinery in New Jersey, where plunging temperatures and a lack of food are endangering his life. Ilya has been known to marine scientists for 10 years as he made his way up and down the East Coast. He has recently been spotted in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland. But on Friday he was huddling near an outfall pipe at an oil refinery in Linden, the only place he could find warm water. "Above 68, they're okay. Below that, they become susceptible to hypothermia. That's our concern," said Charles Underwood, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The water where Ilya is now is between 60 and 64 degrees. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a rescue group located outside Atlantic City, received permission from federal wildlife officials to attempt a rescue this weekend. The rescue would involve loading Ilya aboard a special boat and taking him to their facility, where he could be placed in a heated holding tank for a few days to warm up. After that, Ilya could be flown to Florida, possibly aboard a military transport plane.
The new Cold War: Moscow vs. snow
Moscow's mercurial mayor, famous for seeding clouds to prevent rain during parades, is escalating his war on weather with plans to slash this year's snowfall by one-fifth in the Russian capital. Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's office will marshal the Russian air force and air defense systems to intercept advancing storm fronts and hit them with dry ice and silver iodine particles, city officials reportedly said this week. The idea is to reduce the amount of snow that clogs Moscow's frigid streets and costs the city millions to manage. Instead, the snow would be dumped on poor villages and satellite towns far from Moscow city limits - which Luzhkov reportedly suggested would help crops.
Lincoln documents to go on display
Three historic documents that distinguished Abraham Lincoln's presidency will be on rare display at Cornell University. An original handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address and signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be part of the exhibit at Cornell's Carl A. Kroch Library. "Together, these documents determined the direction of the country and shaped its most sacred values," said Katherine Reagan, curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. "It is special to see them in one place." The three documents were gifts to the university from Nicholas and Marguerite Lilly Noyes. Lincoln delivered his famous speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg Civil War Cemetery on November 19, 1863. Cornell's is one of five known copies written by Lincoln.
Anti-Islam Dutch legislator in London
Anti-Islamic Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders returned to Britain on Friday - eight months after being turned away by authorities at Heathrow Airport. British authorities had warned Wilders in February he would not be welcome in the country, but he boarded a plane to London anyway and was sent back by British immigration officials under a blaze of publicity. On Friday, Wilders returned after successfully suing the British government to overturn the ban on his visiting. Wilders has outraged Muslims by comparing their holy book, the Koran, to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and calling for an end to Muslim immigration. His 15-minute film, Fitna, which suggests that Islam justifies violence and terror, prompted angry protests last year.
THIS JUST IN
"Why do people hate you? They supposed to love you - and God is love."
Tyren Scott, a fourth-grader in a question Friday in New Orleans to President Barack Obama, who hugged him and responded:
"That's what I'm talking about. ... First of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me now. I got a whole lot of votes. ... If you're watching TV lately, it seems like everybody's just getting mad all the time. You've got to take it with a grain of salt - some of it is just what's called politics. ... So you've just got to keep on going even when folks are criticizing you. ... I'm a pretty tough guy."