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Cod Fisheries Set to Face Restrictions, Shut Down

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By: Megan Gosch
The federal government is considering severely restricting and possibly shutting down cod fisheries in the Gulf of Maine, in order to protect the species for future generations.
The New England Fishery Management Council set a deadline in 2004 to rebuild the cod population of the area by the year 2014. The Council will decided in the next year how much progress has been made toward their goal, reported the Atlantic Wire.
The Council's decisions will be based upon catch records and research trawlers who fish in the Gulf many times a year, reported the New York Times.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has sent a team to meet with the area's fishermen to discuss possible options for the stabilization of the cod population. The options presented include an extension of the deadline for the rebuilding of the cod population, the temporary shut-down of cod fisheries, and heavy restrictions of the industry.
New England fishermen say that heavy restrictions of the industry would make it nearly impossible to fish in the area because ground-dwelling fish cannot be caught without also catching cod that swim closer to the surface.
Although commercial fishermen reported catching about nine million pounds of cod between May of 2010 and April of 2011, many who fish in the gulf area say that there is no shortage of cod and that the data that has caused concern over cod populations is inconsistent and based upon imprecise science.

Cain Considers His Continuation in Presidential Race

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By: Megan Gosch

Presidential candidate Herman Cain will announce Saturday whether he will continue on in the upcoming presidential race after facing several controversial setbacks.
Cain mentioned on Friday at a town all in South Carolina that the announcement would come in a news conference scheduled for Saturday morning in Atlanta, reported the Washington Post.
Cain's continuation in the presidential race has been speculated due to Cain's scheduled news conference as well as the blemishes that have marked his campaign thus far.
Cain has recently been accused of having an adulterous 13-year-long affair as well as the perpetrator of several separate instances of sexual harassment and assault.
A recent video-recorded interview with the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal also left Cain appearing uninformed on America's foreign affairs when he struggled to produce an opinion about the issues facing Libya.
However, Cain's news conference, originally scheduled for 11 a.m, has been postponed until early afternoon, reported the New York Times.

FDA Revokes Use of Avastin for Breast Cancer

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By: Megan Gosch
The Food & Drug Administration revoked the approval of the drug Avastin Friday as a treatment for advanced breast cancer after months of consideration, announced FDA officials.
Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the commissioner of the FDA, issued a 69-page decision explaining the FDA's actions and concerns with the side effects and clinical results of Avastin when used by breast cancer patients, reported the Washington Post.
According to Hamburg, the drug was not helping patients to live longer or control tumor growth as it is meant to and causes serious side effects such as high blood pressure and hemorrhaging, reported the New York Times.
"Patients must have confidence that the drugs they take are both safe and effective," Hamburg said.
Avastin is no longer approved for breast cancer patients but will continue to be available to patients with other forms of cancer, reported FDA officials. Avastin will also be available breast cancer patients by prescription as an off-label drug.
Without approval from the FDA, many insurance companies will no longer be able to cover the costs of the drug for their clients, which can cost up to $99,000 a year per patient.
The loss of approval and insurance coverage for Avastin will likely cause the drug's manufacturer, Genentech, to suffer in sales. However, Avastin has been approved for breast cancer treatment throughout Europe, and most recently in Japan.

Penn State Football Coach Fired, Unable to Finish Season

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By: Megan Gosch

Joe Paterno, Penn State University's head football coach of 46 years, was fired Wednesday night in relation to the sex abuse scandal involving the former assistant coach.
Paterno, who had announced early Wednesday that he would be retiring at the end of the season, will be replaced by Tom Bradley, the defensive coordinator, reported the New York Times.
Graham B. Spanier, Penn State's President, was also fired in relation to the scandal involving the school's former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier was removed by the Board of Trustees for failing to fully address the scandal and taking precautionary measures to prevent further assaults.
Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing eight boys over the course of 15 years. Spanier and Paterno were aware of the assaults for some time and failed to take forceful action in removing Sandusky.
After the announcement of Paterno's dismissal, over a thousand angry Penn State students stormed the university administration building, chanting "hell no, Joe won't go," reported the Guardian.

Man Sues Photographer, Attempts to Recreate Wedding

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By: Megan Gosch

A recently divorced man is suing the company that he hired to photograph and record his wedding, demanding a refund for the services as well as an additional sum to recreate the original wedding.
Todd J. Remis has filed suit against H&H Photographers for failing to shoot the final 15 minutes of his 2003 wedding to his now ex-wife Milena Grzibovska, including the celebration's last dance and the bride's bouquet toss. Remis has pursued legal action against the company for a refund of the original $4,100 paid for the service, and $48,000 to recreate the wedding with a different photographer, reported NBC New York.
Remis and Grzibovska were legally separated in 2008 and officaly divorced in 2010. Grzibovska has returned to her home country of Latvia since the separation, reported the New York Times. Remis intends to fly Grzibovska back to America for the recreation of the wedding.
Remis complaints stated in the lawsuit included not only the missing final 15 minutes of the wedding, but also "unacceptable" photos in aspects of color, lighting, poses and positioning. Remis was also under the impression that the video recording of the wedding would be of the entire six hours of the wedding, while the actual video was only two hours in length.
Justice Doris Ling-Cohan from the State Supreme Court of Manhattan assessed the case, allowing the lawsuit to continue as a violation of Remis' original contract with the company.

Wall Street Protestors Overstay Welcome

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By: Megan Gosch
Occupy Wall Street protesters across the nation Wednesday began to cause concern and tension with citizens, businesses, and local officials as bigger issues arise.
Issues including rat infestation, noise, sanitation, public safety and general cleanliness have resulted from the presence of protesters in parks and other public spaces as Occupy Wall Street continues across the country, reported USA Today.
Disease is one of the biggest concerns for those monitoring the protesters.
Angello Bellomo, director of environmental health for Los Angeles County, said "any time you have a large number of people in an event like this, there's potential for illness to spread rapidly.
Tension has resulted from these issues, causing action to be taken in the form of arrests and clearing of public spaces in cities such as Oakland, Atlanta, and Chicago, reported the New York Times.
In some cities, police have begun using riot gear and tear gas to protect themselves as well as fight off angered protesters resisting arrest or evacuation.

Illegal Chemicals Used in "Bath Salts" Banned by D.E.A.

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by: Megan Gosch

The Drug Enforcement Administration placed a temporary ban on chemicals found in a drug commonly referred to as "bath salts" Friday, said officials.
The D.E.A. took emergency action in banning the chemicals, which will make it illegal in the United States to posses or sell these chemicals as well as products that contain these chemicals, reported Reuters.
The chemical is a an organic stimulant called "khat" and is often found in Arab and East African countries, reported the New York Times. Products containing this stimulant are sold in a powder or crystal form and can be found at tobacco shops, online, convenience stores, and even gas stations with names such as "Purple Wave," and "Vanilla Sky."
These products have become increasingly popular among young adults, commonly snorted, injected, or swallowed as a recreational alternative to drugs such as cocaine or LSD, with dangerous and serious side effects such as impaired perception, disorientation, extreme paranoia and violence.
The drugs have not been approved by federal regulator for human consumption and are reported by doctors to be unusually dangerous.
Michele M. Leonhart, agency administrator of the D.E.A. stated that "these chemicals pose a direct and significant threat...we will aggressively pursue those who attempt their manufacture and sale."
The D.E.A.'s ban will last for a year in which it will be determined whether permanent prohibition is necessary.

8 Dead in California Salon Shooting

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by: Megan Gosch

A man killed eight people Wednesday afternoon, when he opened fire in a beauty salon in Seal Beach, California, said police.
Scott Dekraai, 42, was arrested for the shooting at Salon Meritage, after police spotted him driving away in his white pickup truck and caught up to him about a half-mile from the scene, reported the New York Times.
One man and five women were found dead at the scene. One man and one woman died after being transported to the nearby Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and one woman currently remains in critical condition.
Dekraai had once been married to Michelle Dekraai, who worked at Salon Meritage. The two had divorced and neighbors and co-workers of both knew that the two were going through a bitter custody dispute over their son, and had been having problems for years, reported Time.
The shooting came as a great shock and tragedy to the community, that had only seen one other homicide within the past four years.

Steve Jobs Dies at the Age of 56

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by: Megan Gosch

Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., passed away Wednesday at the age of 56.
Jobs, who had suffered a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, passed away at his home in Palo Alto, California. He died in the company of his wife and four children.
Although Jobs kept his health struggles private, he stepped down as the CEO of Apple in August, announcing that he could "no longer fulfill his duties as chief executive," reported MSNBC.
The loss of Jobs has driven fans to mourning, leaving flowers, candles, and apple memorials outside of Apple stores to commemorate a man who has changed the face of technology and the lives of those who rely on it.
Jobs not only revolutionized the potential of technology and its role in the individual personal life, but also revolutionized business journalism, noted David Carr of the New York Times. Jobs made news about business "seem relevant," and created an interest and excitement in business for young reporters who now find that business reporting is "cool," said Carr.

by: Megan Gosch
Hundreds of members of the Occupy Wall Street group that have come together to protest an unjust financial system, are now turning heads as they create a home in the Lower Manhattan Zuccotti Park.
The protesters, made up of New York City residents as well as out-of-state travelers, have sought refuge and set up camp in the park for the past 10 days, as they continue to protest on Wall Street. Their make-shift home is not only made up of tents and tarps, but also includes; a library, an information booth, a computer center, a kitchen, and a lost and found, reported the New York Times.
Brookfield Office Properties, the private owners of Zuccotti Park, are "extremely concerned," with the conditions that the protesters have created, said Melissa Coley, Brookfield's spokeswoman.
"[We are] working with New York City to address these conditions and return the park to its intended purpose," said Coley. Coley has said that the intended purpose of the park is "for the use of enjoyment of the general public for passive recreation."
Broofield posted new rules Saturday in the park, banning the use of sleeping bags and tarps, and lying down or storing personal property in the park, reported WNYC News.
After making more than 80 arrests over the past weekend, the New York Police Department have made no comment about the possible eviction of the protesters.

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