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Spotted owl habitat on chopping block

GRANTS PASS — The Bush administration proposes cutting 1.5 million acres from Northwest forests considered critical to the survival of the northern spotted owl.

The move could reopen the 1990s debate over timber production on public lands, in which logging companies argued that efforts to save the owl contributed to the Northwest timber industry’s decline.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Tuesday to reduce the critical habitat for the owl by 22 percent, from 6.9 million acres of federal lands to 5.4 million acres.

The proposal was a result of a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the timber industry. A final decision is due by June 1 next year.

WISCONSIN

Police say massacre was murder-suicide

DELAVAN — A weekend shooting that left six persons dead in an apartment, including twin baby boys, was a murder-suicide committed by the father of the children, police said yesterday.

Ambrosio Analco, 23, killed infants Isaiah and Argenis Analco, his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend Nicole McAffee, and two others before shooting himself Saturday, police Chief Tim O’Neill said. He also wounded his 1-year-old daughter, who was found in a van outside the home in Delavan, in southeastern Wisconsin.

Although investigators were still waiting for the results of tests on forensic evidence, Chief O’Neill said, “all agencies are confident this was a murder-suicide.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports