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Fate of B.C.’s ancient forests being debated

SAANICH, B.C.—The Douglas fir Andy MacKinnon leans against is 40 metres tall.

It’s likely more than 500 years old and its fire-scarred trunk is almost two metres in diameter.

In most other countries, the tree would be the largest in the land, noted MacKinnon, a forest ecologist who spent three decades with British Columbia’s government researching old-growth forests.

Pet pig pardoned

MOSS POINT, Miss.—A mayor in a Mississippi city has decided not to banish a pet pig while its owner is on military duty in Iraq.

The Sun Herald reported that Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield has saved the bacon, so to speak, of Patrick the pig.

Patrick’s owner, Otis Lundy, will be deployed with the Air Force until this fall, and a friend is taking care of his pets.

Crash deaths worse in U.S. than other affluent countries

NEW YORK—Traffic deaths are down, but a new report shows fatalities on the road are still a bigger problem in the United States than in other affluent countries.

The U.S. had by far the highest fatality rate for car crashes of the nearly 20 countries studied.

The U.S. rate in 2013 was more than twice as high as in most of the other countries.