Come down from the mountains, eat our animals, and you best be ready for a battle, wolves. At least, that’s the mindset of officials in Russia’s enormous but remote Sakha Republic, who have declared a state of emergency. Experts quoted in Russian media believe a shortage of rabbits in the nearby mountains has led hungry wolves to prey on Sakha’s reindeer pastures. Reports say that a total of 16,111 reindeer were killed by wolves last year, amounting to $5 million in losses fo... Read More
An oil tanker struck San Francisco's Bay Bridge Monday morning, but authorities say it is not leaking oil into the water. A fireboat has been dispatched to the bridge's westernmost tower, where the 75-foot ship hit on its starboard side. While there is confirmed damage to both the tanker and the tower, Coast Guard investigators were unable to provide further details.
Via San Francisco Chronicle
Nearly three months after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) released a lengthy report that detailed allegations of doping (and months after stepping down as chairman of Livestrong, the cancer-fighting charity he founded in 1997), Lance Armstrong is said to be considering publicly admitting that he used the performance-enhancing drugs he has been accused of taking during his years as the world's best professional cyclist. Why? He has told anti-doping officials and associates that he ... Read More
After nabbing the first World Cup title of her career last month, 17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin has regained the lead in the World Cup slalom standings by winning Friday's event by a massive margin of 1.19 seconds. Shiffrin posted a combined time of 2 minutes, 1.73 seconds. Slovenian Tina Maze, who entered the slalom as the overall and discipline leader, finished the first leg in second, behind Shiffrin, but then failed to complete her second run. Maze remains atop the overall World Cup standin... Read More
A new measure passed this week by the Senate will allow for the construction of a new gas line through Denali National Park. Bill S. 302 permits a seven-mile stretch of pipeline to be built along the existing highway right-of-way in the park, along with distribution pipes to provide natural gas to park facilities. Lisa Murkowski, the bill's sponsor, said that a coalition of environmental groups had gotten behind the legislation, since it would enable park and local transportation to run on nat... Read More