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Obama to seek new assault weapons ban
The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.
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Sector Snap: Pistol makers up since Obama election
The election of President Obama and a Democratically controlled Congress has been a boon to U.S. handgun makers, with sales of one pistol manufacturer climbing enough that an analyst Wednesday upgraded its stock to "Strong Buy" from "Accumulate."
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West Coast salmon numbers up, but not enough
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — West Coast salmon fishermen can expect another lousy fishing season - the third in a row.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council said Wednesday that there are barely enough chinook returning to California's Sacramento River to spawn a new generation.
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Family upset over man skinning game in his yard
A Lewisville family is angry that their neighbor is skinning game animals in their back yard.

"I don't want to see it. I don't want to see it at all," Frank Hlatky said. "You can't get rid of that stench."
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Indonesia's psychedelic fish named a new species
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A funky, psychedelic fish that bounces on the ocean floor like a rubber ball has been classified as a new species, a scientific journal reported.
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Study of fossils shows prehistoric fish had sex
BANGKOK, Thailand — The fossilized remains of two pregnant fish indicate that sex as we know it - fertilization of eggs inside a female - took place as much as 30 million years earlier than previously thought, researchers said Thursday.
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Melting of Antarctic glaciers is faster, more widespread than previously thought
GENEVA — Glaciers in Antarctica are melting faster and across a much wider area than previously thought, a development that threatens to raise sea levels worldwide and force millions of people to flee low-lying areas, scientists said Wednesday.
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Contest-winning fish smuggled in sweatshirt
Something smelled fishy at Saturday's Somerset Youth Athletic Association Ice Fishing Contest at Bass Lake: the former winner's sweatshirt.

Lee Shehow of New Richmond, crowned the winner of the contest Saturday, may face criminal charges after admitting to smuggling in the fish to win the contest, keeping it alive in his sweatshirt during the tournament.
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Lure of fishing pushes enthusiasts onto frozen ice
MEREDITH, N.H. — Peter Muse's tiny New Hampshire house has a fireplace, bathroom, 4-burner stove and outdoor hot tub.
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Broomfield man reports coyote bite
A Broomfield man reported being bitten by a coyote last night.

The 38-year-old man told police he was walking two dogs in the Trails Park area at about 8:15 p.m. Monday. The man took one dog off-leash and threw a dummy for the dog to chase, a police news release said. The other dog stayed with him.
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Coyote sighted at C.F. school; students kept inside
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hansen Elementary School students were kept inside for morning recess after reports of a coyote sighting on school grounds.

A neighbor reported sighting a coyote under goal posts at the Hansen/Holmes school complex Monday morning and reported it to police and to the schools.
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Bodies of 2 teen Ky. hunters found in lake
GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — A coroner says two bodies found in a western Kentucky lake are two teenage hunters who have been missing since their boat sank last month.
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