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NEW JERSEY
FBI says teens were rescued from pimps

Sixteen juveniles forced into working as prostitutes for the Super Bowl were rescued in the New York City area by the FBI in the weeks before the game, the agency said Tuesday.

Officials said the children, some of whom had been reported missing by their families, ranged in age from 13 to 17. Six were found in Newark, six in New York City and four in New Haven, Conn.

More than 50 adult women who were forced to work as prostitutes were also rescued. More than 45 pimps were arrested and numerous guns seized, according to investigators. Some of the victims were from other countries, authorities said.

Officials said pimps forced their victims to come to the New York area from 13 states ahead of the game held Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The rescues and arrests all took place in the two weeks leading up to Sunday’s game.

— Associated Press

OREGON
Minnow may move off endangered list

Twenty years of federal and local efforts to save the Oregon chub, a tiny minnow found only in the Willamette River Basin floodplain, have brought the fish to the verge of being taken off the Endangered Species List.

If the effort is successful, the chub will be the first fish de­listed because its species is considered recovered.

Chub thrive in habitats with little water flow and were imperiled by habitat loss and threats from nonnative fish.

Chub were listed as endangered in 1993 and down-listed as threatened in 2010. At the time of listing, fewer than 1,000 of the fish were known to exist in eight population groups. The current population stands at more than 150,000 fish at 80 locations.

In addition to the proposed delisting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to remove the chub’s critical habitat designation throughout its range.

On Thursday the proposal will be open to a 60-day public comment period. A final decision will be made next year.

— Los Angeles Times

ALASKA
Marijuana initiative qualifies for ballot

Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summer in Alaska, officials said Tuesday.

The petition has met all the thresholds necessary to appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot, the Alaska Division of Elections said.

Voters in two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized marijuana last year.

— Associated Press

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