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News of the day from across the nation, Aug. 11

New Orleans’ municipal pumping system is supposed to move water out of the low-lying city. 2 Imperiled salmon: A group that represents farmers says saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest is too costly and is turning to the Trump administration. The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association in Kennewick, Wash. wants the government to convene a Cabinet-level committee with the power to allow exemptions to the Endangered Species Act. The group says the panel could end years of legal challenges over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers and bring stability for businesses that rely on the water. Environmental groups say such a change could hurt fishing companies and others that rely on healthy runs of federally protected salmon and steelhead. The cable news host said Ali damaged his reputation through what the court papers call the “highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff’s conduct and character.” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists photographed two animals in the eastern stock of North Pacific right whales.

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