NOAA outlines whale protection rules for Navy testing

...explosions from live-fire drills could harm other aquatic species.Under the rules released Thursday by NOAA, onboard observers can shut down the Navy's testing if marine mammals - a category that includes whales, dolphins and seals - come close to...
State | Outdoors
Paris attacks signal move toward more global IS strategy

...organization is dying."Hassan noted that until recently, many observers did not take IS seriously as a global threat. But their own...he wrote in a piece carried by IS media arm al-Battar.Observers assess that high-profile attacks involving mass murder of...
Nation and World
Push for end to Syria war seen as most serious yet

...rebels fighting to topple Assad.The Syria conflict has turned into a proxy war between regional and international foes, and observers have long said that any attempt to end the fighting will have to come from an agreement between the warring parties' regional...
Nation and World
Vatican observers question clerk's visit with pope

...track with what we're doing and agreeing, you know, it kind of validates everything," Davis told ABC News.But Vatican observers say that's reading too much into the visit."You can't take his presence with somebody as his affirmation of everything...
Nation and World
Wings of Alaska sold

...Wings of Alaska, sold the company to Fjord Flying Services, an air charter company based out of Gustavus.To the outside observer, the change in ownership will hardly be noticeable. Wings of Alaska will continue to operate out of its current locations...
Coast Guard anticipates high-tech future with Arctic center

...represented on screen at any given moment.Information that comes in less quantifiable formats, such as traditional knowledge, observer reports on walruses and video feeds from unmanned aircraft, can also be incorporated."We have this huge knowledge base...
On the Trails: What happens when animals eat poisons?

I have reports, from two good observers, of marmots on Gold Ridge eating monkshood, a plant that is known to be highly toxic. In fact, extracts of this plant (genus...
My Turn: It's time for a better dialogue on mining

Over the past few months some observers in Alaska have expressed fears about mineral exploration and mining development in northwestern British Columbia. The concerns...
Wisconsin GOP abolishes secret corruption probes

...retribution for the probe, which the state Supreme Court in July ended as unconstitutional. But Democrats and independent observers say the changes will transform the state's elections and regulatory process, making it more difficult to investigate politicians...
Nation and World
Marijuana legalization bid in California gains powerful backers

...election.Because of the deep pockets, political connections and professional credibility of its supporters, however, observers think the so-called Adult Use of Marijuana Act likely is the vehicle with the greatest chance of success."This is the...
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