A 250-pound black bear has surprised observers by recovering from injuries suffered in a collision with a Toyota Camry that damaged the car so badly it was totaled. The bear was part of the ongoing research of Ely bear expert Lynn Rogers and carried a radio transmitting collar. It's estimated the car was traveling at about 60 mph, and the bear hit it square in the middle of the front end. After the accident, Rogers found the collar -- broken off the bear from the July 10 collision along Minnesota Highway 169 between Tower and Ely.
Five years after Congress approved the popular Do Not Call List to limit unwanted telephone calls, environmental groups and activists are calling for a national Do Not Mail List to slow the flood of junk mail. The group ForestEthics said Americans receive about 105 billion pieces of junk mail every year -- 392 pieces each year for each person in the country. The group, based in Bellingham, Wash., said junk mail also contributes to identity theft and takes time to sort, shred and toss or recycle. But the group also claims junk mail is more than an inconvenience for consumers -- it's a h