A fisherman off the coast of Mexico caught a 427.9-pound yellowfin tuna, the largest-ever with a reel and rod on record, last Thursday after a 30-minute battle. But Robert Pedigo's catch won't qualify as an official record, because a crew member touched the rod during the fight, qualifying it as an "assisted catch" under International Game Fish Association rules. The official world record dates back to 2010, when Californian fisherman Mike Livingston caught a 405-pound yellowfin in Mexican wat... Read More
Police in Moscow arrested 23 Greenpeace activists on Tuesday for protesting against Arctic drilling at an illegal rally outside the Arctic Oil and Gas Conference. Rosneft, Russia's largest oil producer, signed a deal with Exxon Mobil earlier this week that grants both companies access to each other’s reserves, including areas of Russia's Arctic Kara Sea, which is estimated to hold 36 billion barrels of oil. Environmentalists worry that oil exploration will destroy fragile Arctic ecosyste... Read More
In Annapolis, Maryland on Wednesday, Matt Rutherford became the first person to sail alone and unsupported around North and South America. Rutherford, 31, crossed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Wednesday morning just before 11 A.M., ten months after he first set sail from Annapolis on his boat, St. Brendan. Rutherford purified his own water, supplemented his diet of packaged food with fish, and lost his collection of books to mold in the Northwest Passage. He will not officially make la... Read More
The U.S. Forest Service is considering whether to use explosives to dispense with six cows that froze to death in a cabin in Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Other removal options under consideration include burning the cabin with the animals inside or moving the bodies with a helicopter or truck. Whichever option they choose, the Forest Service will have to act soon: if not moved soon, the cows could thaw and rot, potentially drawing hungry bears and contaminating local hot spring... Read More
More than 170 Afghan women and girls were sickened on Tuesday from a suspected act of poisoning at their school's water source. Local officials have blamed radical conservatives who oppose female education. A water sample has been sent to Kabul for testing, and the Afghan police are questioning two school workers who were taken into custody on Wednesday. Similar poisoning incidents affected more than 100 teachers and schoolgirls in 2010.
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