Senate committee passes bipartisan RAWR Act to combat wildlife trafficking

Black rhinoceros mother and calf in the Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo by Yathin S Krishnappa, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

WASHINGTON – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced today that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on which he serves, has passed his bipartisan Rescuing Animals With Rewards (RAWR) Act.

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Solid gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill’s birthplace

Blenheim Palace. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

LONDON (AP) – A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen early Saturday from the magnificent home in England where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born.

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Mercedes-Benz sues in dispute with artists over Detroit murals

Mercedes-Benz G 500 displayed at Legendy 2018 in Prague. Photo by Jiří Sedláček, CC BY-SA 4.0

DETROIT (AP) – Mercedes-Benz USA is asking a judge to protect it from legal action over its use of images of murals in Detroit in social media posts.

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Auctioneer’s tip leads to recovery of art stolen from LA homes in 1990s

Sunset at Venice Beach, in LA’s Westside. Photo by Gustavo Gerdel, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Police have recovered a trove of art stolen from Los Angeles-area homes in the 1990s and investigators are hoping to return the pieces to their rightful owners.

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RAWR Act to authorize rewards for tips re: wildlife-trafficking crimes

The Siberian tiger is an endangered (EN) tiger subspecies. Three tiger subspecies are already extinct. Photo by Dave Pape

WASHINGTON – If passed by the Senate, the Rescuing Animals with Rewards (RAWR) Act will authorize rewards to individuals who furnish information assisting in the prevention or identification of crimes related to wildlife trafficking, through an existing Department of State rewards program. This bill would provide another tool for law enforcement to use in cracking down on transnational organized criminal syndicates, and protect wildlife around the globe from poaching and illegal trafficking.

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Charges dropped against alleged thief of McDormand Oscar

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped the case against a man charged with stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar statuette from a 2018 Academy Awards after-party.

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Man charged with theft of UNH antique turret, copper wire

Thompson Hall, University of New Hampshire. Photo by AcrossTheAtlantic, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) _ A New Hampshire man has been charged with a number of thefts, including a copper turret cover from the University of New Hampshire and cut copper wire that caused a campus power outage and $100,000 in repairs.

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Police arrest teen suspected of throwing child from top of Tate Modern

Christine Matthews photo of Tate Modern as viewed from Thames Pleasure Boat / CC BY-SA 2.0

LONDON (AP) – A youth court in London ordered a teenager held on an attempted murder charge Tuesday for allegedly throwing a 6-year-old boy from a viewing area at the top of the British capital’s Tate Modern museum.

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Police seek motive after 6-year-old thrown from Tate Modern

Tate Modern, overlooking the River Thames in London. Image © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

LONDON (AP) – British police said Monday they were searching for a motive after a teenager allegedly threw a 6-year-old boy from a 10th-floor viewing gallery at London’s Tate Modern museum.

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Phillies sue to block Phanatic from becoming ‘free agent’

The Phillie Phanatic entertaining the fans before a Spring Training game in Clearwater, Florida. Photo by Terry Foote, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License

NEW YORK (AP) – The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green furry fan favorite from becoming a free agent.

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