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Man dies of brain inflammation caused by deer tick virus in N.Y.
In what scientists say might be the first case of its kind, a new report details the story of a 62-year-old man in New York state who died last year of meningoencephalitis, apparently after being bitten by a deer tick infected with deer tick virus.
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Guns on campus bill moves to La. House floor
BATON ROUGE — Over the objections of university officials, including campus police, a House committee has approved allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on college campuses.

The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 9-6 to approve HB27 by its chairman, Rep. Ernest Wooton, R-Belle Chasse. He got the committee's approval last year but widespread opposition led him to withdraw the bill before it was voted on by the House.
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Group says 3 more birds close to extinction
GENEVA — An Ethiopian lark, a Galapagos finch and a spectacularly colored hummingbird only recently discovered in Colombia have been added to the list of the world's most threatened species, an environmental group said Thursday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature — the producer each year of a Red List of endangered species — said the Sidamo lark could soon become Africa's first known bird extinction as the Ethiopian savanna becomes overgrown by bush, farmland and overgrazing.
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Four men charged with poaching in Juab County, Utah
Backed by the mounted heads of three deer — each defined as a trophy animal — and 14 antler racks, state wildlife officials named four Utah County residents Wednesday who have been charged with "wanton destruction of protected wildlife."
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Truex to drive turkey car In Nascar Sprint Cup Series Showdown
The National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) flying turkey logo will appear on the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing No. 1, Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet driven by two-time Nationwide Series Champion and current Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr. on Saturday, May 16. Truex will be competing for a win in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown in order to earn his way into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race later that night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC.
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Senate measure would allow loaded guns in national parks
WASHINGTON — Visitors would be able to carry loaded guns in national parks and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service public lands under a provision approved overwhelmingly by the Senate on Tuesday.

But final passage of the amendment, which was attached to legislation rewriting some credit card laws to favor consumers, isn't guaranteed.
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Deer hunter killing case advances
A circuit judge set bond at $20,000 Tuesday for a deer hunter charged with negligently killing another deer hunter last fall in the Sumter National Forest.

Michael Hawkins, 45, handcuffed and in a jail jumpsuit, at times wept during the brief bond hearing before Judge Howard King at Chester County Courthouse.
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N.C. Senate Panel Derails Sunday Hunting Proposal
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's 140-year-old ban on hunting with guns on Sundays appears safe for another year or two.

A Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday debated repealing the Sunday hunting ban, which the panel's chairman sidelined after hearing opposition.
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Burgers, hot dogs and even guns at Sunday's open carry picnic in Wisc.
Alcohol is prohibited during Sunday's picnic at Marvin Gardens Park. Firearms are not.

A family-friendly picnic for those who favor open carry of firearms will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the first event of its kind in Wisconsin on public property, said organizer and gun rights enthusiast Hubert Hoffman.
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Hunters take 1.9 million pheasants in S.D. in 2008
According to a survey done by the Game Fish and Parks Department, more than 176,000 resident and non-resident hunters pursued ring-necked pheasants in South Dakota during the 2008 season. Hunters harvested approximately 1.9 million birds. Resident hunters averaged 7.3 days in the field and harvested 11.5 birds each. Nonresident hunters averaged 4.5 days and 10.5 birds.
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Bowhunters, one and all
A bill that would open Texas' archery hunting season to all hunters using crossbows for the first time was passed in final version by the state Senate this afternoon — a move that some say could put many more hunters in the field. Previously, only disabled hunters could use crossbows during archery season.
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Conservationists hope to move and breed rare rhino
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya and Tanzania could relocate black rhinos to neighboring countries under a plan to increase the endangered species and boost tourism in the region, wildlife officials said Monday.
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Project launched to fight frog-killing fungus
WASHINGTON — Zoos in the U.S., Panama and Mexico are deploying researchers in Central America to develop new ways to fight a fungus blamed for wiping out dozens of frog and amphibian species as part of a project announced Monday.
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Judge rejects splitting up suit over bird
BOISE, Idaho — Environmental advocates say a judge's recent decision in their lawsuit over dwindling Western bird habitat will let them fight for a sweeping regional solution and avoid costly state-by-state legal battles.
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Record-topping black crappie caught on Lake Powell
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — It took some perseverance, but a Wisconsin angler has confirmed he broke a Utah state record with a black crappie he caught on Lake Powell. Jim Maack of Comstock, Wis., and some friends were fishing in the Escalante Arm last week when they found a school of large crappie hiding by a sunken tamarisk grove.
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Outrage builds in Anchorage after bear attacks
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Spring is here and bears are emerging from their dens for the short stroll to Alaska's largest city. Some residents are putting out the NO VACANCY sign. Anchorage has a reputation for being bear tolerant but after three maulings last summer — including a 15-year-old girl who nearly bled to death when attacked by a grizzly in a city park — a chorus of outrage is building.
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Elfrink catches state record yellow perch
Vince Elfrink of Branson has a new personal best. And it just so happens it's a Missouri best, too! Elfrink, fieldhouse supervisor at College of the Ozarks, loves to fish — and hunt — for that matter.
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Tiny Nat, ten, reels in record
Tiny Natalie Carter stunned the angling world by breaking two fishing records — including the capture of a monster cat fish that weighed almost as much as she did. Five-stone Natalie, ten, spent 45 gruelling minutes under the baking Thailand sun fighting a giant three-and-a-half stone Redtail catfish before getting it to the bank.
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Dennis gets 'record' shark, but it could be his last
When Capt. Bucky Dennis felt a hard tug on his rod around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning while sitting in Boca Grande Pass, he knew right away what he had on the hook. That's because he saw it.
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Almanac: Big fish, but no record
The fish is probably one of the largest ever caught in Minnesota. And it likely would have shattered the state record.

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