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Homeowner shoots bear invader with shotgun
BOULDER, Colo. — It took three rounds from a shotgun, five bullets from a handgun and two shots from a rifle to kill the 120-pound black bear that broke into a Boulder County home early Monday morning.
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Woman nets record ND catfish in Moon Lake
WEST FARGO, N.D. — A West Fargo woman has landed a North Dakota record channel catfish.
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House acts to protect marine turtles, sea otters
WASHINGTON — The southern sea otter and the marine turtle would get federal assistance in their struggles to survive under bills the House passed Tuesday.
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OR man grabs shotgun, kills bear in house
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Everett Skinner and his family have started keeping their windows closed at night after a bear broke into their southwest Oregon home and he fatally shot it.
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Maine lobsterman charged in turf war shooting
PORTLAND, Maine — A turf war in the lobster-rich waters off Maine escalated into a dispute that left a lobsterman with a gunshot wound to the neck and another in jail, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
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Who can cool his body fast? Toucan
WASHINGTON — The toucan's colorful bill gives new meaning to the phrase cool dude. Indeed, that gigantic schnoz turns out to be a radiator the rain forest dweller uses to lose body heat. The bill of the Toco Toucan makes up about one-third of its body length and ornithologists have long wondered about the purpose for the appendage.
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Appeals Court OKs use of motorized rafts in Canyon
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the use of motorized rafts operated by commercial river runners in the Grand Canyon over the protests of environmental groups.
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Fishing key issue as Iceland applies to join EU
STOCKHOLM — Iceland formally applied Thursday to join the European Union but said it would not accept a "rotten deal" for its fishing industry, a key sector of the island nation's troubled economy.
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Gulf's 'dead zone' much smaller than predicted
NEW ORLEANS — The Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" - where there is too little oxygen in the water for anything to live - is less than half the size predicted earlier this year but also unusually severe, a scientist said Friday.
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Godbout catches state record white grunt
Paul Godbout obviously spends a lot of his spare time on the water. In the most recent Trident Fishing Tournament, Godbout has the top catch in eight line class categories that encompass six species — grouper, snapper, triggerfish, blackfish, bonito (little tunny) and flounder.
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A tiddler lands the fish record
Incredible as it may seem 4ft 10ins Jessica Wanstall was able to land this giant 9ft catfish, which weighed twice as much as her.
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State record blueline tilefish caught in Newport News
NEWPORT NEWS — A 20-pound, 10-ounce blueline tilefish caught June 28 by Kenneth Bowe of Chester has been certified as the new Virginia state record for the species by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament.
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For second day, grouper record falls at Tarpon Rodeo
GRAND ISLE — Michelle Gueldner is proving that beginner's luck can definitely payoff at the 88th Annual International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.
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