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Julie Christie, senior North America keeper at the Oregon Zoo, examines a baby river otter born Jan. 28 to Tilly. After several weeks of consideration, keepers at the zoo decided to call the pup “Molalla,” or “Mo” for short, after the Oregon river. “A lot of North American zoo animals get their names from nations or cultures associated with their native habitats,” Christie said. “For the river otters, we like to choose names based on local waterways.” Mo’s mother was named after the Tillamook River. Mo is the first river otter to be born at the Oregon Zoo. He and his mother have a private, off-exhibit maternity den, but keepers say visitors have shown a lot of interest in the new arrival, even though they can’t see him yet.

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Boeing CEO Jim McNerney’s compensation rose 15 percent last year to $21.1 million, as the company rewarded him for better-than-expected profits and faster airplane production. McNerney’s pay was disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday and analyzed by The Associated Press. It covered 2012, before problems emerged with Boeing’s new 787 that have grounded the plane for two months and counting. Other reasons cited by the company for the CEO’s pay raise included more orders and deliveries of Boeing’s 737 and

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