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Small but insignificant increase in Cook Inlet belugas, NOAA reports

The number of endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales is up a bit from last year, but not enough to indicate a turn-around in the population’s slow decline. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center, which announced Thursday that the 2012 whale population is 312 animals, up from 284 in…

U.S. Sen. Inouye of Hawaii dies

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye died Monday of respiratory complications at a Washington, D.C.-area hospital.  He was 88 years old. He was the longest serving U.S. senator and president pro tempore of the Senate, making him third in the presidential succession line. He was the first Japanese-American to serve in Congress,  elected to the U.S. House…

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