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Shark Alliance urges international trade restrictions

Whether to protect eight shark species - spiny dogfish, porbeagle, oceanic whitetip, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, dusky and sandbar sharks - that are vulnerable to international trade will be a question debated at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).



Yacht captain wants Natalie Wood case reopened

Actress Natalie Wood's sister has asked authorities to reopen an investigation into her drowning in November 1981 near Catalina, Calif.



Trial set for tour boat capsize lawsuit

Ruling that a question of fact exists whether the wake from a boat owned by the Lake George Steamboat Company contributed to the capsizing of the Ethan Allen tour boat on Lake George in 2005, killing 20 senior citizens, a federal judge has scheduled a trial to begin June 10.



Twin yachts to race across Atlantic

The IMOCA 60 yachts, named Estrella Damm and W Hotels, will compete to claim the record for the fastest time sailing from New York to Barcelona. The goal is to sail 3,750 nautical miles in less than 20 days.



Boater accused of whale harassment fined

A Gloucester, Mass., fisherman accused of harassing humpback whales on Stellwagen Bank in 2008 reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors that will see him fined $200.



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