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A Portuguese Man-o-War is seen in clumps of oil near Chandeleur Sound, La. Fish and wildlife are vulnerable to the oil spill resulting from the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. AP/Alex Brandon

Boat with containment box at oil site
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — It's never been tried before, but crews hope to lower a 100-ton concrete-and-steel box a mile under the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday to cut off most of the hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil spewing from a blown-out well.

Read the exclusive story from The Associated Press.


New England shrimp fishermen have solid season
PORTLAND, Maine — The combination of a healthy shrimp population, favorable weather and stable markets have made for solid shrimp fishing in New England — so solid, in fact, that the season is closing early because fishermen have caught so many of the small, sweet crustaceans.
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Gov. Perry shoots, kills 'wily' coyote during jog
AUSTIN — Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog.

Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during February run in an undeveloped area near Austin.

Read the complete story from WFAA.com.


Youth hauls in N.D. record paddlefish
Alex Mergen of Rapid City, S.D., caught a 130-pound, 74-inch paddlefish Sunday about 20 miles southwest of Williston, where the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers flow together. The previous record of 120 pounds was set in 1993.

Read the complete story from Rapid City Journal.


Zion National Park records third fatality in a week
A woman died Tuesday after falling 1,000 feet from Scout Lookout while hiking the Angels Landing trail in southern Utah's Zion National Park, the third fatality reported at the park this week. The bodies of two men were recovered Monday from the Virgin River, which they tried to navigate on a makeshift log raft.
Read the complete story from The Salt Lake Tribune.


Chanute, Kan., angler catches 4.34-pound white crappie at farm pond

Gerard Rausch doubts that he will ever have another day of fishing like the one he experienced last Sunday.

He spent the morning turkey hunting near Chanute, Kan., and decided to go fishing at a farm pond almost as an afterthought. He got his new rod and reel out of the truck and tried a few casts before he got a backlash.
Read the complete story from KansasCity.com.


Hawaii seeks to ban harvesting of shark fins

HONOLULU — Hawaii is attempting to ban the practice of killing sharks for the purpose of making shark-fin soup.

The state Legislature passed a bill Tuesday banning shark fins from being harvested, sold or owned.

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Girl amazingly survives box jellyfish incident

In December, a ten-year-old Australian girl named Rachel Shardlow was attacked by one of the most venomous creatures in the world, the deadly box jellyfish. And, Rachel wasn't just stung. According to CNN, the box jellyfish completely enveloped her until she lost consciousness.
Read the complete story from Yahoo! Buzz.