Conservation groups howled when Congress removed the Rocky Mountain gray wolf from the federal endangered species list. The "delisting" in most of the Northwest was attached to the budget deal in April between the White House and Congress.
The head of one environmental organization likened it to Congress throwing the wolf off Noah's Ark. But now that states like Idaho have full authority over the wolf's fate, they're eager to use it.
Darryl St. George, a Navy Corpsman with Weapons Co. 2/8 Marines, during a foot patrol this month in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
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President Obama is telling the nation tonight how fast and how soon the U.S. will start drawing down the number of troops it has in Afghanistan. He's going to talk specifically about the 33,000 or so military personnel who were added to the campaign there in the "surge" he announced in December 2009, and in broader terms about the length and size of the U.S. mission.
Ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias chatting with Cuban former President Fidel Castro (L) and his brother and current President of Cuba, Raul Castro (R), on June 17, 2011. This photo was released by the Cuban government.
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez isn't shy. He's known for his marathon speeches and his media savvy, but Chavez hasn't made a public appearance — not even a Twitter update — for nearly two weeks.
The leader has rarely been heard from since he went to Cuba to treat a "pelvic abscess."