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Trump administration ends endangered species protections for wolves as conservationists threaten lawsuits

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it is removing the gray wolf — a species that once faced near-extinction in the United States due to trapping, trophy hunting and habitat destruction — from the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. Conservationists and scientists have slammed the move as premature, and said it could potentially jeopardize the recovery of the species.

Gray wolves have been protected by federal law for more than 45 years under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the decision to remove those protections on Thursday, claiming that the species has had a “successful recovery” based on scientific and commercial data.  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will continue to monitor the species for five years, but state and tribal wildlife management agencies will now be responsible for managing and protecting gray wolves across the country. 

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Lauren McCluskey’s Parents And University Of Utah Reach Settlement In Lawsuits

On Oct. 22, 2018, Utah track and field athlete Lauren McCluskey was senselessly murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Melvin Rowland, a convicted sex offender who lied about his age and identity, tried to extort her for the sexual images she had shared with him during their time together.

While the murder and ensuing case made national news, the time the followed was nearly as difficult as the murder itself. Interesting pieces of the murder, and what led to it, detailed a flawed investigation by the University of Utah and the police department. Reports showed that both McCluskey and her mother Jill contacted the campus police as many as 10 days prior to the murder.

Now exactly two years later since that fateful day, and after Lauren’s parents had filed lawsuits against the school at the state level arguing that the University was criminally negligent, a settlement between both parties has been

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Lawsuits over football head injuries could pose a bigger threat to college athletics than coronavirus: Issues & Answers

This year has served up one challenge after another for major college athletic programs.

If the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t bad enough, there is another one brewing.

Here is an interesting story by Jason Schwartz of Sports Illustrated about attorney Jason Luckasevic. Luckasevic has lined up eight lawsuits in four states against the NCAA by football players contending their participation in college football caused repeated head injuries that have disabled them later in life.

Luckasevic knows the subject. He was the first lawyer to sue the NFL over concussions. He isn’t happy with how that turned out, even though the NFL settled for $1 billion over 65 years.

This time, he has his sights set on college football. This has the potential, Schwartz writes, to “threaten not just the NCAA’s finances, but also its very operational model. Especially at a time when the organization — beset by a revenue-depleting pandemic, congressional

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