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Leno's Miss. coast show to benefit fishermen
BILOXI, Miss. -- Jay Leno will be doing standup to help the Gulf Coast. The "Tonight Show" host and comedian will appear Saturday at the Beau Rivage Theater in Biloxi, Miss., in a benefit performance for residents who've been affected by the massive oil spill.

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Major study charts long-lasting oil plume in Gulf
WASHINGTON -- A 22-mile-long invisible mist of oil is meandering far below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, where it will probably loiter for months or more, scientists reported Thursday in the first conclusive evidence of an underwater plume from the BP spill.
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Radioactive boars on the rise in Germany
BERLIN -- It was a big shot. A big hog. And a big disappointment. When Georg van Bebber hauled back his wild boar from Ebersberg forest near Munich after a day of hunting, he was exhilarated about his impressive prey. But before he could take it home, a Geiger counter showed a problem: The boar's meat was radioactive to an extent considered potentially dangerous for consumption.
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Ohio bear kills caretaker; owner had convictions
COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio -- A bear fatally mauled its caretaker at the home of a man who accumulated dozens of dangerous, exotic animals despite past convictions and losing his license after animal rights activists complained he was making money by letting people wrestle bears.
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Indonesia's coral reefs dying at alarming rate
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Coral that survived the 2004 tsunami is now dying at one of the fastest rates ever recorded because of a dramatic rise in water temperatures off northwestern Indonesia, conservationists said, warning Wednesday that the threat extends to other reefs across Asia.

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Program reintroduces elk to far Southwest Virginia
RICHMOND -- Shunned for years, Rocky Mountain elk are finally being welcomed back into the state by Virginia wildlife officials. At a meeting Tuesday, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries board directed the agency's staff to undertake a pilot restoration program that calls for stocking 75 elk into Buchanan County, a rugged, economically depressed county where officials have been hoping for years to establish an elk herd.
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Hunters kill 742-pound alligator, but before properly restraining it
The hunters who killed the biggest alligator since the state of Alabama began a legal season five years ago apparently violated regulations in dispatching the animal Monday morning, but a conservation department official said charges probably won't be filed.

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Feds: No timeline for completing Gulf relief well
NEW ORLEANS -- The government's point man on the Gulf oil spill said Wednesday he is no longer giving a timeline for completing the final stages of plugging BP's runaway well. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters that he will give the order to complete the so-called relief well when he is ready.
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Grizzly in maulings was stressed, had parasites
BILLILNGS, Mont. -- An investigation into a grizzly bear that mauled three campers outside Yellowstone National Park reveals the animal had parasites and was struggling to feed herself and three cubs.

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Getting ready for hunting season
Most hard-core hunters are starting to get that "into the woods" bug. Despite the fact it's so hot the mosquitos are sweating, it's time to suck it up and start getting ready for hunting season. For some of us, however, our preparations need to include more than the requisite hunting camp chores.
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Anglers left reeling after death of UK's largest fish
He was a slippery character who attracted such devotion that he got the blame for breaking up several marriages. But despite being responsible for so much heartache, the sudden death of angling legend Two Tone has left legions of followers in mourning. The body of Britain's biggest freshwater fish was found floating on the surface of Conningbrook Lake in Kent this weekend by a devastated fisherman.

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Hong Kongers wage campaign against shark fin
HONG KONG -- When Steven Leung and Sylvia Cheung celebrated their nuptials in this southern Chinese financial center recently, they lavished their guests with one sumptuous dish after another -- bird nest soup, lobster, abalone. But one traditional dish was missing from the 13-course Cantonese banquet. The newlyweds chose not to serve shark fin soup.
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SE Mo. judge rules hunting regs on dogs, vehicles unconstitutional
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- A group of local hunters have won their first legal battle in an attempt to change conservation regulations. In a judgment signed on Aug. 5 by Circuit Judge Robert Smith, three code regulations, specifically pertaining to the use of dogs and motor land conveyances in respect to hunting deer, have been ruled too vague to be enforceable and therefore unconstitutional, the Doniphan Prospect-News reported.

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Rock star Nugent fined for baiting deer on TV show
Rock star and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent was fined $1,750 Friday in Yuba County Superior Court after pleading no contest to a charge of baiting deer on his hunting show "Spirit of the Wild." Yuba City attorney Jack Kopp, representing Theodore Anthony Nugent, entered the plea to Department of Fish and Game charges of baiting deer and not having a deer tag "countersigned" at the closest possible location, said Deputy District Attorney John Vacek.

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'CSI' for seafood: Gulf fish gets safety tests
WASHINGTON -- Fish, shrimp and other catches from the Gulf of Mexico are being ground up to hunt for minute traces of oil in what's considered unprecedented safety testing - sort of a "CSI" for seafood that's far more reassuring than the sniff test that made all the headlines.
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La. shrimpers reporting clean 1st day catch
GRAND ISLE, La. -- Commercial shrimpers out for the first season since BP's disastrous spill indicated their catch was plentiful and free of oil, despite a report by scientists that much of the crude remains below the surface of the Gulf. Fishermen spent much of the summer mopping up oil but got back to work as the fall shrimping season in Louisiana's coastal waters opened Monday amid anxiety over whether the catch will be tainted by crude and whether anyone will buy it even if it is clean.

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