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28 finalists named in '7 Wonders of Nature' poll
GENEVA  The Grand Canyon, the Matterhorn and the Great Barrier Reef are competing with 25 other spectacular natural landmarks in the final phase of the global poll to choose the "New 7 Wonders of Nature."
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Master angler Don Adcock credits his team for rodeo win
DAUPHIN ISLAND  Don Adcock's 120.79-pound, rodeo-record amberjack gave him the extra quarter point he needed to break a tie with Michael Fournier Sr. to claim Master Angler honors at the conclusion of the 77th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on Sunday.
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NOAA chief: New ocean uses such as wind power creating conflicts, show need for more planning
BOSTON  New pressures on the nation's oceans, from wind turbines to fish farms, are increasingly sparking conflicts with more traditional activities such as shipping and recreational boating and show the need for better planning, the head of the agency overseeing federal ocean research services said Monday.
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Predators battle bugs, become pests themselves
SAN FRANCISCO  Imported insects have been deployed as foot soldiers in the fight against invasive bugs and plants that cause billions of dollars in damage each year. But some of those imports are proving to be pests themselves that upset the balance of nature and threaten native species.
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San Diego will ask judge to lift order forcing city to remove seals from La Jolla beach
SAN DIEGO  San Diego will ask a judge to lift an order giving the city 72 hours to scare a colony of harbor seals away from a La Jolla cove called the Children's Pool. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says the city will make the request on Thursday and will appeal if the judge refuses.
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Record amberjack highlights opening day of Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
DAUPHIN ISLAND  Don Adcock emphasized the difference between the bite of a smaller amberjack, which tends to chase the bait before eating, and the bite of a big fish by violently slamming his closed fist into his open palm. The latter bite was what Adcock said he felt shortly past noon on the first day of the 77th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Friday.
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Two Wis. agencies won't give out names
MADISON, Wis.  Two state agencies that issue hunting, fishing and driver's licenses in Wisconsin appear to be violating a state law requiring them to disclose the names of every person who is granted a license. Under the law, people who receive licenses from the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation can ask that their names not be included in lists that telemarketers and others can purchase.
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Giant spadefish sets Va. record, eyes world title
After years of effort, Virginia finally has a new record spadefish. Roland Murphy's 14-pound, 14-ounce giant was caught June 13 at the Cell. The Fredericksburg angler's catch was certified as the record last week.
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Burmese python hunting open
The Burmese python unfurled on the grass, a long slit running down its white belly where hunters had gutted it with a knife. A dot on its head marked where its brain had been separated from the spinal column.
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Shark catch a Maryland record
When Golden resident Jim Apelgit first hooked the thresher shark that was to become a Maryland state record, his reaction was pure astonishment.

"It jumped immediately, that huge tail in the air and peeling line."
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Red fox moving into downtown Detroit
DETROIT  Keen-eyed anglers or people heading to work near Detroit's riverfront typically spot them, padding quietly in the pre-dawn light through weed-filled lots or in the shadows of long-abandoned factories.
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Should we deliberately move species?
LOS ANGELES  On naked patches of land in western Canada and United States, scientists are planting trees that don't belong there. It's a bold experiment to move trees threatened by global warming into places where they may thrive amid a changing climate.
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For Great Lake fishing captains, rough sailing
OAK HARBOR, Ohio  Gulls shrieked overhead as Bob Hall lugged a pair of plastic 5-gallon gas cans down the dock to fill up his fishing boat, then hopped on a golf cart and headed to a gas station for another load.
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Arctic Mystery: Identifying the great blob of Alaska
A group of hunters aboard a small boat out of the tiny Alaska village of Wainwright were the first to spot what would eventually be called "the blob." It was a dark, floating mass stretching for miles through the Chukchi Sea, a frigid and relatively shallow expanse of Arctic Ocean water between Alaska's northwest coast and the Russian Far East. The goo was fibrous, hairy. When it touched floating ice, it looked almost black.
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