Off the wire


Angler lands world record peacock bass

MANAUS, Brazil — The strike barely dimpled the water, but it sent waves hurtling throughout the freshwater fishing world by shattering a coveted world record that stood for 16 years. On the sixth day of his first Amazon adventure, Bill Gassmann of Des Moines, Iowa, landed a peacock bass he didn't realize could become the world record.

Read the complete story in the Examiner.com

Fishermen rally against federal catch limits

WASHINGTON — Fishermen and charter boat captains from Massachusetts to Florida rallied outside the Capitol Wednesday to demand changes to a federal fisheries law they say is killing jobs and eroding fishing communities. Participants in the "United We Fish" rally want to loosen federal catch restrictions they say are severely damaging their industry.

Read the complete story in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Python hunting season set for South Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — State wildlife officials have created a special python hunting season to try to stop the spread of the nonnative snakes throughout the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says anyone with a hunting license who pays a $26 permit fee can kill the reptiles from March 8 to April 17 on state-managed lands around the Everglades in South Florida.

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Survivor writes book on fatal boating ordeal

TAMPA, Fla. — The sole survivor of a Florida boating accident that killed two NFL players and a former college football player is releasing a book about the tragedy.

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Feds outline plan to nurse Great Lakes to health

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Obama administration has developed a five-year blueprint for rescuing the Great Lakes, a sprawling ecosystem plagued by toxic contamination, shrinking wildlife habitat and invasive species.
The plan envisions spending more than $2.2 billion for long-awaited repairs after a century of damage to the lakes, which hold 20 percent of the world's fresh water.

Read the complete story in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Without a wing, no prayer for female mosquitoes

WASHINGTON — First it was just swatting. Then poison. Then sterilizing males. Now it's grounding females. Is there anything people won't try in the war against mosquitoes? The latest idea: Genetic engineering that results in wingless female mosquitoes.

Read the complete story in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Thousands give last rites to dead whale in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam — Thousands of Vietnamese fishermen are giving a royal send-off to a 15-ton dead whale, gathering at a southern Vietnamese village to pay homage at a funeral for the creature they call "Your Excellency."

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Dog found after missing for 40 days

LOS GATOS, Calif. — A 13-year-old black lab stuck in a hole in a creekbed returned home this week after going missing for 40 days and 40 nights in the Santa Cruz Mountains about a mile away from his rural home.

Read the complete story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Guinness: Arizona Great Dane is tallest dog ever

TUCSON, Ariz. — A 250-pound blue Great Dane from Arizona gives new meaning to the term "big dog." Guinness World Records says Giant George from Tucson is the tallest dog ever on record.

Read the complete story in the Associated Press.