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Planned US ivory rules not fazing California Chinatown shops

In this Monday, July 27, 2015 photo, Heike Dietrich, of Germany, looks at a mammoth ivory tusk for sale in the window of a Chinatown shop in San Francisco. Merchants of carved ivory tusks and trinkets in San Francisco's Chinatown wonder what impact President Obama's sweeping new order restricting ivory sales will have in California, the country's No. 2 market for elephant ivory. Lawmakers in New York recently closed most loopholes allowing ivory sales, but California lawmakers this summer rejected similar measures. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ivory dealers in San Francisco’s Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world’s endangered elephants.

“Wooly mammoth ivory,” not elephant ivory, Michael Rasoyli said this week of the carved tusks for sale in the store he manages.

“Cow bone,” Virginia Lo, manager of a Chinatown shop next door, said of the half-dozen curved tusks up to 4

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