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Off the wire

5/27/2010

New oil flow estimate: Gulf nation's worst spill
ROBERT, La. — New oil flow estimates by scientists studying the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico would make leak the worst in the nation's history, far bigger than 11 million gallons that spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster.
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BP shoots mud at oil as Obama halts drilling plans
ROBERT, La. — BP hoped to know as early as Thursday afternoon if a stream of mud will finally end its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a five-week disaster that was putting other U.S. offshore drilling projects on hold as far away as Alaska.
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From marlin to mackerel, Gulf anglers out of luck
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Anglers hoping to hook blue marlin, tuna, swordfish, mackerel and other prizes catches in sport fishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast are mostly out of luck because of the massive oil spill fouling the waters.
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Chicago poisoning operation finds no Asian carp
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A poisoning operation aimed at rooting out the voracious Asian carp in a Chicago-area river before they make their way into the Great Lakes didn't turn up any of the unwanted fish, Illinois officials said Monday.
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Spill hasn't emptied Gulf Coast hotels — yet
MIAMI — Dramatic rate cuts are luring visitors to Gulf Coast resorts despite a massive oil spill that threatens beaches and salt marshes from Texas to Florida, but it's too early to say whether the disaster will leave a more permanent stain on Southeastern tourism.
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Gulf Coast population surges, but will it last?
WASHINGTON — The population of counties situated along the Gulf of Mexico is rising sharply but demographers warn that the trend won't last because of a constant threat of hurricanes and uncertainty over the current oil spill.
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Short term, oil spill means mini job boom in Gulf
NEW ORLEANS — Much as he hates to say it, Mark Leonard knows it's true: The oil spill that is fouling the Gulf of Mexico may save his family's business.
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Paula Deen comes out to to help Gulf fishermen
NEW ORLEANS — As the thick oil from the BP spill bubbles through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening sea life and wetlands, foodies are taking up knife, fork and wine glass to defend the equally vulnerable reputation of the coast's seafood industry.
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Group: Madagascar bird declared extinct
GENEVA — Alien fish species and nylon nets have forced the extinction of a water bird in Madagascar, a conservation group said Wednesday.
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White House takes heat over spill response
Billy Nungesser, the president of Plaquemines Parish on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, has a blunt message for Barack Obama: Cut out the middleman, Mr. President.
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Government needs BP technology to "kill" oil spill
HOUSTON — BP Plc warned on Tuesday that a planned attempt to plug its gushing Gulf of Mexico oil well may be delayed or even abandoned, as the Obama administration intensified pressure on the energy giant to contain a catastrophic spill.
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IG report: Meth, porn use by drilling agency staff
WASHINGTON — Staff members at an agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and used government computers to view pornography, according to an Interior Department report alleging a culture of cronyism between regulators and the industry.
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Towns fight NY state saltwater fishing licenses

ALBANY — Seven Long Island towns are making an old argument against the state's new saltwater fishing license.
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The towns argue that Colonial-era fishing rights exempt them from the requirement and have won court orders temporarily preventing the state from enforcing licensing off their shores.

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1st convictions under new antler regulations

Wyoming Game and Fish Department wardens have secured their first convictions under a new law that prohibits collecting antlers during the first four months of the year.
Read the complete story from Jackson Hole Daily.


First invasive quagga mussels in Utah may have been discovered

HURRICANE, Utah — Utah officials are investigating the first possible discovery of quagga mussels in the state, from the Sand Hollow Reservoir near Hurricane, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday.
Read the complete story from AZ Daily Sun.