Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings, amid international criticism that rapidly-growing Chinese demand could push wild African elephants to extinction within a generation. The move, which took effect Thursday, was announced by China's State Forestry Administration in a statement posted on its website. It comes days ahead of a visit to China by Britain's Prince William, who has campaigned against illegal wildlife trafficking. China is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, but regulated sales of ivory carvings are legal in the country.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — As Florida's governor, Jeb Bush was among the nation's most conservative state chief executives. He's quietly embarking on work to convince the right flank of the Republican Party that he would be that same kind of conservative in the White House.