Off the wire

On Gulf, crews hope kill attempt will do the trick
NEW ORLEANS — Crews hoped to begin pumping mud and perhaps cement down the throat of the blown-out oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday in what BP officials said could be the method of attack that finally snuffs the spill.

Engineers planned to probe the busted blowout preventer with an oil-like liquid to determine whether it could handle the static kill. If the test is successful, they plan to spend Tuesday through Thursday pumping the heavy mud down the well.
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Bass cheats do prosper until caught
This past week during the U.S. Open, WON Bass' premier bass fishing competition each year at Lake Mead, a fluke event uncovered one of the most notorious episodes of cheating in a major fishing event.
Popular and accomplished angler Mike Hart, apparently a Castaic Lake bass fishing wizard, was found to have put lead weights into the bellies of all five bass he weighed in the final day of the competition, padding the weight of his fish by at least 10 ounces according to reports on the WON Bass website and bass fishing forums and blogs.
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La. fishermen wrinkle their noses at 'smell tests'
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — Even the people who make their living off the seafood-rich waters of Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish have a hard time swallowing the government's assurances that fish harvested in the shallow, muddy waters just offshore must be safe to eat because they don't smell too bad.
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Strader nets potential Tennessee spotted bass state record
BENTON, Tenn. — A serendipitous fishing trip while visiting a friend en route to the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup may have just landed FLW Tour pro Wesley Strader in the record books. Strader, a lifelong resident of Tennessee, hauled in a massive 6.43-pound spotted bass on the Ocoee River while fishing with friend and fellow FLW Outdoors angler Brad Peterson of Benton, Tenn. Although the record has yet to be officially certified, that fateful day on the water is one that Strader will never forget.
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Hail yes, it's big: Colo lab gets record hailstone
BOULDER, Colo. — North America's heaviest hailstone ever might also be its most-traveled.

A 1-pound, 15-ounce hailstone that fell in Vivian, S.D., on July 23 has been taken to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., about 370 miles away.
Read the complete story from The Associated Press.