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Mexican investigator in Falcon Lake case beheaded

The lead Mexican investigator in the Falcon Lake case, Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, has been killed, his severed head delivered Tuesday in a suitcase to the Mexican military, officials told CNN. "His head was delivered to the army garrison this morning in a suitcase after he failed to report back home last night," Zapata County, Texas, Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. said. A spokesman for the attorney general of Tamaulipas state in Mexico, Ruben Dario-Rios, confirmed the killing Tuesday afternoon in a telephone interview.
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Drilling ban lifted; uncertainties still face Gulf

WASHINGTON -- Deep water oil drills quieted by a six-month moratorium will again hum off the Gulf Coast, helping an industry that, despite its dangers, puts needed money in the pockets of thousands along the Gulf Coast. What's less certain is just how soon the jobs on hold because of the six-month ban will come back to a region trying to recover.
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Hunter fights off black bears from tree stand

Chad Fortune says he can't recall all of the details. But he remembers lots of yelling (his own) and snarling (from the bears) and frantic flailing with fists and feet as he fought off two black bears among a group of four that attacked him as he was perched in a tree-stand bow hunting deer Saturday evening.
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Utah DWR director requests citation for himself
Jim Karpowitz, director of the state wildlife agency for the past five years, remembers the words of a veteran wildlife officer when he began with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources 32 years ago. "Before you ever write a ticket, ask yourself if you could have made the same mistake." So when informed the two sage grouse he killed were in the wrong county, he requested he be cited, pleaded guilty this week and was fined $138.

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Man claims rabbits at Denver airport damaged his car
DENVER -- Anair traveler says rabbits took a chunk out of his car while it was parked at Denver International Airport. After a nine day stay at DIA's Pike's Peak lot, Dexter Meyer returned from vacation and found that his car would barely start. A mechanic told him wires had been chewed on and asked if he was parked at the airport as it seems to be a recurring issue.
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Alaska moves toward legalized bear trapping
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska wildlife managers say they need help: A growing number of black bears are roaming the state, chowing down on too many caribou and moose and leaving too few for humans to eat. So the state is poised for the first time to legalize the trapping of black bears.
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Mexico seeks 2 suspects in reported lake shooting
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico -- Authorities are searching for a pair of Mexican brothers they suspect in the reported border-lake shooting of a missing American, a police official in the border state of Tamaulipas said Sunday. David Hartley has not been seen since his wife reported the Sept. 30 attack on Falcon Lake on the Rio Grande.
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100 endangered Calif. condors flying wild in state
PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT, Calif. -- For the first time in half a century, 100 endangered California condors are flying free around the state that once was a domain of the species. Biologists in Central California are celebrating the milestone announced Wednesday. The 100-bird benchmark is the latest development in the slow recovery of the majestic birds.Read the complete story from The Associated Press.

Tarpon book covers all angles for anglers
In 1653, there was The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton. In the 1960s and '70s, there was the Fishing Encyclopedia by A.J. McClane. Now comes A Passion for Tarpon by Andy Mill of Boca Raton. Mill, 57, the most successful tournament angler to wield a fly rod in saltwater and a former Olympic skier, weaves 30 years of obsession for a single fish into a 500-page magnum opus that is at once a scientific reference volume; lyrical narrative; practical how-to guide; thumbprint biographical sketch series; and a photographic masterpiece.
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Novice's fishing trip nets a record catch
When Jessica Walton, an admitted novice, went fishing Monday, she didn't fully expect to catch anything. "I thought my chances were slim and none," she said. "I really enjoy fishing, but I'm still new to it. This is only the third fish I've ever caught." Maybe so, but she happened to be at Aurora Reservoir. And whatever the odds might have been, before the day was done she went home with a state record -- a channel catfish that weighed 43 pounds, 6 ounces, measured 40 1/2 inches and had a girth of 28 5/8 inches.
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