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State and federal authorities investigating the apparent shooting deaths of six sea lions in the Columbia River below the Bonneville Dam said they were treating the area on the Oregon-Washington border as a crime scene. Federal permission for the states to capture and kill a limited number of sea lions, which eat endangered salmon, has been on hold during an ongoing court challenge.

The recently opened David & Joyce Dinkins Gardens housing complex, named for New York's former mayor and his wife, is earning recognition as Harlem's first affordable "green" community. The 85-unit development incorporates solar shades, recycled building materials, a rainwater harvesting system, and energy-efficient mechanical systems in the low-income residence.

A youth reading survey released Monday by Renaissance Learn-ing, which monitors student reading progress online in more than 63,000 schools, found that seventh-graders averaged 7.1 books read in 2007, but 12th-graders only 4.5, according to The Washington Post.

To prevent beetle-infested trees from falling on visitors, the US Forest Service has announced it will close 21 campgrounds and recreation sites this summer in Wyoming and Colorado.

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