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Apology given, fishing fines returned after probe

The U.S. Commerce Secretary on Tuesday ordered $650,000 in unjust fines returned to Northeast commercial fishermen, while the nation's oceans chief apologized to the group and said restoring the money marks a turning point in their tense relationship.

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Unsung heroes of a tsunami response

In the early morning hours of March 11, the residents of Crescent City, Calif., woke to a tsunami warning in the wake of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Japan, which is nearly 4,500 miles away from this sleepy little town in Northern California.

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Five injured as whale-watch boat hits rogue wave

A whale-watch boat carrying passengers out of Hyannis, Mass., was hit by a rogue wave Monday morning, causing what are being described as minor injuries to several passengers.

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Boatbuilding kit manufacturer honored

John Harris knows exactly how quirky his company is. Businesses that sell boats are all over the place, especially around the Chesapeake Bay. But a business that sells build-your-own-boat kits to crafty people all over the world?

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Breaching whale damages sailboat

A sailboat participating in the Oregon International Offshore Race was struck by a breaching whale, suspected to be a humpback, last Thursday off the coast of Oregon. Nobody aboard was injured.

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