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London Zoo calls gorilla escape ‘minor’; others see risks

London Zoo said Friday that a silverback gorilla’s escape from its enclosure was a “minor incident” that posed no danger to the public ‚Äî but animal rights activists are demanding an official, independent investigation.

A wildlife advocacy group said the incident, which ended without injuries to visitors or the animal, could have had a more tragic outcome.

Weight survey for Pago Pago fliers prompts airline action

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines executives had a dilemma: Their planes were burning more fuel than projected on their regular 2,600-mile route between Honolulu and American Samoa.

Various factors for increased fuel use, like winds, were ruled out. So the carrier asked passengers on the twice weekly flights if they wouldn’t mind being weighed before boarding.

Obama grants waiver to South Sudan, others on child soldiers

JUBA, South Sudan — President Barack Obama has issued waivers that continue U.S. military assistance for troubled South Sudan and six other nations where child soldiers have been used, disappointing advocates who say his administration hasn’t made curbing the use of children in combat a higher priority.

Once lauded as a peacemaker, Obama’s tenure fraught with war

WASHINGTON — Seven years ago this week, when a young American president learned he’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize barely nine months into his first term arguably before he’d made any peace a somewhat embarrassed Barack Obama asked his aides to write an acceptance speech that addressed the awkwardness of the award.