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U.S. lifts federal protections for gray wolf

Reuters — The Trump administration in the U.S. said Thursday said it will lift Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf, arguing the species had been brought back successfully from the brink of extinction. The move gives states in the continuous United States the authority to manage their local wolf populations, including by allowing

U. S. ethanol industry could face more bankruptcies

More U. S. ethanol distillers may be forced to seek bankruptcy protection if they fail to keep costs down as the industry gets squeezed by oil refiners and gyrating corn costs alike. VeraSun Energy Corp., the largest publicly traded U. S. ethanol company with 14 distilleries across eight states, said Oct. 31 it was seeking