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    Accidentally Killing Birds Not a Crime in Trump Rule Change

    This changes the pecking order. The Trump administration has reversed another Obama-era rule, declaring it won’t prosecute companies that kill birds by accident under the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which carries a maximum six months imprisonment and a $15,000 fine. The change means oil companies may be treated more gently after a devastating spill. Critics of the change said it removes an incentive to safeguard birds — millions of which die every year from contact with wind turbines, power lines and oil pits.

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