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A lion sleeps in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, in this 2006 photo. Adult lions spend the majority of the day sleeping and are not particularly afraid of humans, making it relatively easy to get close to one. (Bloomberg News - Nadja Brandt)

Lions Are in Trouble

Monday, August 3, 2015

Washington — The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle. When Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion, the Internet exploded with outrage. But scientists who have studied lions say the big cats have been in big trouble for years. They’ve watched the African lion population shrink by more than half since 1980 and …

Florida Tries to Stop Protecting Panthers

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Florida panther this week was struck and killed by a car in Collier County, Fla. Florida motorists have killed 17 of the big cats so far this year. Given that the best estimates put the remaining wild panther population somewhere between 100 and 180 animals, Florida drivers have wiped out roughly 10 …

Cheaper Power For Northeast Is Just North

Monday, August 3, 2015

Concord — Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec’s rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation’s highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. In review or under construction are five large-scale hydropower proposals that could pump thousands of megawatts into the …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug. 2-8

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Don’t Miss The Daily Show With Jon Stewart — This certainly doesn’t feel like a Moment of Zen. After 16 years, 19 Emmy Awards and more blistering one-liners than we can count, Stewart bids farewell to the fake newscast that gleefully skewered blowhards in the media and politics, …

Money Talk: How Installment Debt and Revolving Debt Differ

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Question: I need to understand how credit reporting agencies treat personal unsecured loan debt versus credit card debt. I am considering getting a personal loan from a reputable lender to pay down my credit card debt. The amount of my overall debt will still be the same, just …

A Crossover That Measures Up

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Nissan Rogue has a name that’s the antithesis of its look. There’s nothing rogue about it. And that’s a good thing. Or at least consumers think so. Since the vehicle’s launch in 2007, annual sales have climbed …

Higher Wages a Surprising Success for Seattle Eatery

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Seattle — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage ahead of schedule. It is …

S&P 500 Trims Monthly Advance

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New York — The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index pared its best monthly gain since February after disappointing results from Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp. Energy shares fell the most since January as Exxon and Chevron slumped at least 4.5 percent. LinkedIn tumbled 10 percent amid concerns growth …

Divided Taliban Clings to War In Wake of Its Leader’s Death

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kabul — Less than a week ago, Afghanistan seemed to be edging toward peace. Taliban insurgent leaders were preparing to attend a second round of negotiations with Afghan officials, prodded by Pakistani authorities amid a thaw in their …

Big Donors Pumping Millions Into Race

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Washington — More than 50 individuals and entities have shelled out at least $1 million apiece to big-money groups backing presidential candidates — with nearly half of the big donors giving to a super PAC aligned with former …

New Wildfire Off California Interstate Jams Traffic; 1 Dead

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Firefighters were battling another blaze in Southern California’s Cajon Pass on Saturday, prompting the closure of several lanes of the 15 Freeway. The Scales fire has burned 10 acres near the junction of the 15 and Highway 138 …

Suspected Flight 370 Wing Flap Arrives at French Analysis Facility

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Balma, France — A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts. After a 10-hour journey by road …

Death Of A King

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Johannesburg — When Cecil the lion’s carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week. Conservationists decided the most natural …