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IG finds multiple abuse by NOAA agents, urges review of past cases
The U.S. Commerce Department inspector general today reported finding multiple cases of likely abuse of police or legal authority in the federal fisheries law enforcement system, and argued that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration needs to "look back" and redress miscarriages of justice against fishermen in Gloucester and elsewhere.
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Mass. woman bags 1,025-pound alligator in SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Massachusetts woman has a remarkable souvenir from South Carolina. Maryellen Mara-Christian bagged a 13 1/2-foot ,1,025-pound alligator in Lake Moultrie. Mara-Christian, 48, said she is an experienced hunter, but this was her first gator.
Read the complete story from The Associated Press.

Gulf oil well dead but pain remains
The well that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is finally dead, but residents will be feeling the pain for years to come. A permanent cement plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Read the complete story from The Associated Press.

Man indicted for using dead woman's name to get elk, deer tags
SANDY, Ore. -- A 68-year-old Sandy man will be arraigned Monday on charges that he used the name of a friend's dead 92-year-old mother to illegally apply for deer and elk hunting tags in the Keating and Snake River Units in northeast Oregon.
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Anglers in Malta establish world record

AIt was a bad day to be a fish in Marsascala bay. Hundreds of anglers lined the bay and successfully established a new Guinness world record of the number of anglers fishing together for up to four hours.

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Shark attack survivors don't forget but do forgive

A St. Landry, La., man charged with six counts of deer hunting violations will have to serve only 30 days of a slx-months sentence. Herbert David Messer was arrested last December and charged with two counts of hunting deer through illegal methods (snaring); two counts of failing to comply with tagging regulations; and two counts of failing to comply with harvest card commission rules.
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Angler lands West Virginia's biggest striper
James Brooks of Summers County is a happy fellow these days. Ever since September 3 it's doubtful anyone has seen him without an ear to ear grin on his face. That's the day Brooks caught the biggest striper anybody has ever caught in the state of West Virginia.
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FDA to consider approval of modified salmon
WASHINGTON -- A Massachusetts company is asking the Food and Drug Administration to approve the marketing of genetically engineered salmon, which would become the first such animal OK'd for human consumption.
Read the complete story from KnoxNews.com.