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Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters

Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters

Technology
Northern sea otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction along Alaska's Panhandle, have made a spectacular comeback by gobbling some of the state's finest seafood — and fishermen are not happy about the competition. Sea otters dive for red sea urchins, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers — delicacies in Asia markets — plus prized Dungeness crab. They then carry their meals to the surface and float on their backs as they eat, sometimes using rocks to crack open clams and crab. The furry marine mammals, which grow as large as 100 pounds (45 kilograms), eat the equivalent of a quarter of their weight each day. Phil Doherty, head of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association, is working to save the livelihood of 200 southeast Alaska fishermen and a $ 10 million in...
Backpage.com, CEO plead guilty to state, US charges

Backpage.com, CEO plead guilty to state, US charges

Technology
The chief executive of a website that authorities have dubbed a lucrative nationwide "online brothel" pleaded guilty Thursday to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at Backpage.com, authorities said. Federal prosecutors say that Backpage brought in a half-billion dollars since it began in 2004, mostly through prominent risque advertising for escorts and massages, among other services and some goods for sale. Authorities allege the site was often used to traffic underage victims, while company officials said they tried to scrub the website of such ads. Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer will serve no more than five years in prison under a California agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one cou...
Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

World
Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help.More than 430 people were killed and about 7,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday.The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province, where hundreds of homes were destroyed.President Hassan Rouhani, visiting the region, said state-built houses suffered more damage, and those responsible would be held accountable.Temperatures in Kermanshah province fell close to freezing for the second night in succession.Ali Gulani, 42, lives in the province's badly-hit town of Qasr-e-Shirin, and told BBC Persian people were burning crates to try to stay warm."We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water," he said. "You can ...
Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

World
It is hard to appreciate how dreadful Mosul's old city has become.Families are being torn apart here and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. They are being murdered for just trying to live.On the edge of the old city a disused shop is an emergency room. Injured civilians targeted by Islamic State as they try to escape the fighting and the starvation are brought here.The walking survivors trudge their way up the road to safety carrying what they can.In the dilapidated shop doctors, foreign medics and volunteers struggle to deal with the influx of injured people.Video:Iraqi special forces battle on in MosulThey are ferried here on the bonnets of humvees and in the backs of trucks. They are bundled inside. On beds the medics get to work. The floor is awash with blood.The moaning and...