Yellowstone National Park's iconic bison herds are suffering their worst winter in several years with almost 400 of the animals being held for possible slaughter - and a much-heralded initiative to expand where they can roam on the verge of failure.
Forty-seven more bison were captured at the Montana border on Thursday. Yellowstone workers and state livestock agents were trying to halt the animals' exodus from the snow-packed park to lower elevations.
Lebanon is quietly trying to resolve its own political crisis. Newly-designated Prime Minister Najib Mikati is trying to piece together a unity government in the face of bitter polarization over an international tribunal investigating a 2005 political assassination.
Steve Inskeep talks to Issandrel Amrani about the current anti-government protests in Cairo and what they for the country and the broader Arab world. El Amrani covers culture and politics in the Middle East on the blog, the arabist dot net.