Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. 'on the edge of death'

The anti-gay Kansas preacher who courted notoriety by picketing the funerals of gays and U.S. soldiers is living out his last days in a hospice care facility near his Topeka church. Steve Drain, a Westboro spokesman, confirmed Sunday that Phelps is in ill health.

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Federal appeals court upholds delta smelt protections

In a big win for a little fish, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld delta smelt protections that have cut deliveries of Northern California water to the Southland and the San Joaquin Valley.

A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded in a 2-1 decision that a number of environmental provisions that federal and state water contractors have disputed as ill-founded were in fact justified. In effect, the court backed pumping limits.

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