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Federal investigators said six sea lions found dead last weekend at a Columbia River dam had not been shot as initially reported. Necropsy results shared Wednesday turned up no gunshot wounds in the carcasses, but officials indicated they have not ruled out human involvement. Sea lions swim upriver to prey on salmon, whose numbers are dwindling. Fisheries personnel are trying to address the problem.

Sales reports issued Thursday showed some of the nation's largest retailers, especially discounters and wholesale clubs, enjoyed a little relief in April after months of dismal sales. Wal-Mart and Costco stores were among the top performers.

More than 70 prominent evangelical pastors and theologians urged Christian conservatives Wednesday to not let their faith become an ideology. A 19-page "Evangelical Manifesto" urges moving beyond "single-issue politics." The position paper was not supported by many right-leaning Christian activists.

The Rev. Al Sharpton was arrested in New York Wednesday on disorderly conduct charges, along with 215 other people participating in a "pray-in" to protest the acquittal of three detectives in the 50-bullet shooting death of an unarmed black man. Sharpton was quickly released, but he indicated that the traffic-blocking protest was a preview of similar actions designed to encourage federal authorities to investigate the shooting.


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