July 15, 2013 |
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the killing of a female Mexican gray wolf that had been denning with pups in New Mexico. The animal, known as F1108, was found in late June shot to death, authorities said. Her pups were assumed to be dead. The 6-year-old female was born in the wild, captured with her pack and placed in New Mexico's Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. She and a male were released in May and placed in a temporary pen in the Gila National Forest.
April 3, 2012 |
Not one but two federal agencies raided the Oakland medical marijuana businesses run by Richard Lee, one of California's leading advocates of legalization, on Monday. A judge has sealed the affadavits behind the raids of Lee's apartment, dispensary, marijuana museum and medical marijuana trade school, so there's no way of telling yet what led the Internal Revenue Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration to target him. But Lee was unabashedly pushing the edge of the legal envelope in at least one respect: He argued that dispensaries could be run as for-profit businesses, not simply collectives that members joined to share the weed they grew.
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May 25, 2013 |
Federal officials released a photo Saturday afternoon of a Mexican smuggling boat carrying nearly a ton of marijuana that ran aground in Manhattan Beach. Border Patrol agents spotted the panga boat just before 3 a.m. in waters illuminated by a full moon. After the vessel came ashore near 44th Street, authorities discovered 1,850 pounds of marijuana and two Mexican men, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The men were taken into custody for questioning, ICE said.
July 5, 2013 |
Utility-scale solar plants have been given priority over mining claims on federal lands, according to a decision announced Friday. The federal Bureau of Land Management withdrew more than 300,000 acres of federal land in six Western states from eligibility for new mining claims in an effort to preserve the land for commercial-scale solar energy development. The decision, published in the Federal Register, formalizes an earlier announcement to prohibit new claims for the next 20 years on public land previously identified for solar development in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
September 26, 2012 |
U.S. Bancorp is the next major financial institution supposed to be targeted by a hacking group that has disrupted banks' online operations over the last two works. U.S. Bancorp is aware of the hacking group's stated plans to attack its website Wednesday, following its attack on Wells Fargo's online and mobile banking operations Tuesday, spokesman Tom Joyce said. "We're working very closely with law enforcement authorities on the issue," said Joyce, who declined to elaborate. Recent cyber attacks have hit Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The so-called denial of service attacks involve bombarding the bank's servers, causing them to slow down or seize up. Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp is the eighth-largest bank holding company by assets, according to Federal Reserve data.
July 15, 2013 |
Persistent drought in the West has prompted federal agencies to begin hauling water to wild horse herds in Nevada and restricting public lands grazing across the region. In one part of Lincoln County, Nev., the Bureau of Land Management said it is trucking 25,000 gallons of water per day, five days a week to four locations at a cost of $5,000 per day. Temperatures in the state have soared well above normal, and at the same time Nevada has received scant rain -- 0.1 to 0.5 inches recently.