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Monday, October 25, 2010
Updated: October 29, 2:51 PM ET
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Scientists to see if oil spill hurt deep sea life

NEW ORLEANS -- A team of scientists are leaving on a research cruise to see if the BP oil spill hurt deep-sea coral and organisms that live around natural oil and gas seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Anglers win epic battle with giant tuna

A 351-pound yellowfin tuna caught Tuesday beyond Cabo San Lucas fell nearly 38 pounds shy of the longstanding world record.
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Nugent's SD pheasant hunt may be afoul of game law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Rocker and celebrity hunter Ted Nugent may have run afoul of South Dakota game laws by shooting pheasants after some of his hunting privileges were revoked in California.
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Coast Guard checks on discolored water near La.

NEW ORLEANS -- The Coast Guard said Saturday that an area of discolored water near a Mississippi River pass south of New Orleans appears to be an algae bloom, but another spot 10 miles away could be oil. Jeff Hall, spokesman for the Unified Area Command, said tests could determine if the suspected oil is from the BP spill.
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ND vote could ban big game hunting on fenced land

LISBON, N.D. -- Butch and Deb Dick's lifelong dream was to open a big game hunting preserve and after years of preparation, they expected to welcome the first customers to their southeastern North Dakota ranch this month. Voters will decide next month whether to shut them down.
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Surfer fatally attacked by shark off Central California

A shark attack in the waters north of Santa Barbara killed a 19-year-old college student Friday morning. Lucas Ransom, 19, was bodyboarding with a friend 100 yards from Surf Beach when a shark suddenly pulled him under. Such deadly attacks are rare. According to California's Department of Fish and Game, there have been 12 fatal shark attacks since the 1920's.
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A Whopper of a Wahoo: Rodeo record falls to 98.2-pounder

When the fish exploded on the bait, there was no doubt they had a big one on the line. Omar Breiz of Destin hauled in a 98.2-pound wahoo Thursday morning while fishing aboard the Don't Hate with Capt. Scott Whitehurst. The catch set a Destin Fishing Rodeo Record in the Wahoo Division. The previous record was a 96.1-pounder.
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Salmon harvest one for the record books with high ex-vessel prices

Alaska's 2010 salmon season could be one for the record books. Based on preliminary data, stronger prices, hefty fish and a good haul will combine to make the salmon fishery the most valuable in two decades. "We will be at least at the $450 million level and probably at or above $500 million for salmon ex-vessel (dockside) value," said market expert Chris McDowell of the Juneau-based McDowell Group. "That's the highest value since 1992 when it was $607 million (ex-vessel)."
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Family dogs do $3,000 in damage to van while trying to get raccoon

NEWARK -- When Jennifer Hardbarger's two young daughters urgently summoned her into the driveway Sunday afternoon, saying the family's two dogs had scratched their van, Hardbarger was expecting to see a few scratches. That is until she actually looked at the van, at which point she began to think a bear might have attacked the 2006 Honda Odyssey.
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