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President Joe Biden's administration is providing nearly $36 billion to shore up a financially troubled union pension plan. The federal aid is intended to stop severe cuts to the retirement incomes of more than 350,000 Teamsters workers and retirees. The Biden administration says it's the largest-ever federal payment to a union pension fund. The money for the Central States Pension Fund is part of a broader $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that Biden signed into law in 2021. Retirement plans have been under financial pressure because of underfunding and other issues. Without the federal assistance, Teamster members could have seen their benefits reduced by roughly 60%.

Environmentalists want the U.S. government to list coyotes as endangered in parts of Arizona and New Mexico where Mexican gray wolves are found. A coalition of groups argue in a petition submitted Thursday that the small statured wolves are often mistaken for coyotes and that protecting coyotes would in turn cut down on wolf deaths. Environmentalists say illegal killings are the leading cause of death for the endangered animals. Ranchers argue that there are now more Mexican wolves roaming the Southwest than any time since recovery began more than two decades ago, and that they continue to bear the costs of livestock losses due to wolves.

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