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The new Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife will use most of the 1,400 acres of the Audubon Species Survival Center on New Orleans’ west bank near the Mississippi River. Audubon Nature Institute Ron Forman said construction should start this year and continue into 2018, with the first animals moving into enclosures next year.


Funeral scheduled next month for Schwarzkopf

TAMPA — The funeral for Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf will be held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York.

A West Point spokesman said Tuesday that the retired general’s family has scheduled the funeral for Feb. 28. Schwarzkopf was a 1956 graduate of the academy.

Schwarzkopf commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991. He was 78 when he died in Tampa on Dec. 27.

He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he served in his last military assignment as head of U.S. Central Command.

At the peak of his postwar national celebrity, Schwarzkopf rejected suggestions that he run for office. After he retired from the military, he was active in raising money for Tampa-area charities.


Baby humpback whale stranded off coast dies

HONOLULU — A baby humpback whale that was found floundering in shallow waters off Hawaii’s Kawaikui Beach Park has died.

David Schofield, with NOAA’s Marine Mammal Response Network, said the carcass will be removed from the beach and taken to Hawaii Pacific University. Tissue will be taken in an effort to determine why the baby whale died.

KHON-TV reported that the whale died shortly before 9 p.m. Monday. A fisherman found it alive but in distress late in the afternoon. Mr. Schofield said the baby whale was stranded because it was separated from its mother. He said the calf was in poor shape when found.

Mr. Schofield said this is the time of year in which humpback whales are giving birth. He said four or five newborns wash up on beaches each year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports