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A group of sea lions sleep on a dock  (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) Oregon community takes unusual approach to sea lion problem

A community in Oregon is bringing in some unusual help to try to fix their sea lion problem. They're hoping a fake killer whale from Bellingham, Washington, will do the trick.

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California declares state of emergency as oil spill harms pristine coastline (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Finding California oil spill's cause could take months
The operator of a broken oil pipeline that fouled a California shoreline says it could be weeks or even months before investigators are able to determine what caused the break and subsequent spill.
(File) (Ethan Miller, Getty Images)
Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts
Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expect to get an answer on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks.
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 17:  Protestors demonstrate outside the Boy Scouts of America Steve Fossett Center on May 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The protestors hoped to persuade the Boy Scouts of America leadership not to make any changes to the organization policy banning gay scouts and scout leaders. As of January 2014, gay youths are now allowed to become scouts, but the ban on openly gay adult leaders continues. (Scott Olson/Getty Images, 2013 )
Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable
The national president of the Boy Scouts says the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and is urging change.
  (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
Survey finds US schools ramping up safety measures
U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday.
GOLETA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 20: Crews clean oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, California. About 21,000 gallons spilled from an abandoned pipeline on the land near Refugio State Beach, spreading over about four miles of beach within hours. The largest oil spill ever in U.S. waters at the time occurred in the same section of the coast where numerous offshore oil platforms can be seen, giving birth to the modern American environmental movement. (David McNew/Getty Images)
California oil sop-up starts, thousands of gallons gathered
More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast in a cleanup effort that is now going 24 hours a day.
As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, farmers are struggling to keep crops watered as wells run dry and government water allocations have been reduced or terminated.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images )
California water cuts move to those with century-old rights
California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state.
Detroit, Michigan (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight
Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city's overall population shrinks.
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images, 2009 Getty Images)
DEA wrapping up 4-state southern prescription drug crackdown
The Drug Enforcement Administration is raiding pain clinics, pharmacies and other locations in four southern states as part of a crackdown on prescription pain drug abuse.
WACO, TEXAS - MAY 18: Waco Police Department Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Patrick Swanton gives a press conference in front of the Twin Peaks restaurant May 18, 2015 in Waco, Texas. A shootout between rival biker gangs began in the afternoon May 17, led to nine dead, many injured and 170 arrerested.  (Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
Some see differences between perceptions of Waco, Baltimore
Some civil rights activists and media critics are wondering about the differences between public perceptions of the fatal violence in Waco, Texas, and protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men.
In this photo illustration, a woman smokes an e-cigarette. (File) (Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images)
Michigan Senate again looks to ban e-cigarettes for minors
Michigan lawmakers will again move to ban minors from using e-cigarettes despite Gov. Rick Snyder's continued opposition to the legislation because it would exclude the products from being regulated as tobacco under state law.

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