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.
"Iron Man," the Marvel Comics adaptation starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, enjoyed a spectacular opening weekend, hauling in $104.2 million since its Thursday debut, the second-best premiere ever for a nonsequel. Movie attendance overall is down 6 percent in 2007.
Illinois announced plans Sunday for a seismic safety task force to assess earthquake preparedness in high-risk areas. A magnitude 5.2 quake shook the state last month.
In a National Hockey League playoff game that ran into early Monday morning, the Dallas Stars scored 9:03 into a fourth overtime to defeat the pesky San Jose Sharks, 2-1, and clinch their series in six games. Dallas faces Detroit in one conference final; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh meet in the other.