For bears and hares, the mild weather is a mixed bag

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For now, the El Nino-driven mild weather is a boon to some wildlife, which are able to forage for more food and are using less energy surviving, experts say. But for some species — like snowshoe hares, whose white fur makes them conspicuous to predators — the lack of snow isn't good news.

  • Written by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

EU demands Thailand address slavery in its seafood industry

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned Thailand on Friday that it should "promptly" address the human rights and slavery issues that have dogged its seafood industry if it wants to stave off an EU seafood import ban.

  • Written by RAF CASERT, Associated Press

Jackpot-fixing investigation expands to more state lotteries

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The allegations read like a movie plot: a lottery industry insider installs an undetectable software program in the computers that pick winning numbers so he can know them in advance. He enlists accomplices to play those numbers and collect the jackpots. And they enrich themselves for years until a misstep unravels their high-tech scheme.

  • Written by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press DAVID PITT, Associated Press

AP Source: Records: Sanders aides saved Clinton voter data

WASHINGTON (AP) — A summary of computer logs shows that four aides to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign accessed proprietary voter data compiled by the campaign of rival Hillary Clinton and some of the aides saved the voter information.

  • Written by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

Obama commutes sentences of 95, pardons 2 in year-end spree

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday commuted the sentences of 95 prisoners and pardoned two more, part of a broader effort to rethink a criminal justice system that critics say has resulted in overly harsh and expensive sentences for thousands of drug offenders.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press