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Bumble Bee, 2 employees charged in death of worker in oven

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bumble Bee Foods and two employees were charged Monday with violating safety regulations in the death of a California worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna, prosecutors said.
 
The company, its plant operations director and its former safety manager were each charged with three counts of violating Occupational Safety & Health Administration rules causing death.
 



Troy Polamalu retires

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- His flowing locks bouncing off the top of his No. 43 jersey, Troy Polamalu spent more than a decade flying across football fields as the heady but humble backbone of a defense that fueled the Pittsburgh Steelers' return to the NFL's elite.

Now, his singular career is a part of franchise lore. Move over Joe Greene, Jack Lambert and Mel Blount. You've got company.



Reps for West Coast dockworkers urge union to OK contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tentative contract agreement that restored the flow of international trade through West Coast seaports took a big step closer Friday to becoming official, as representatives of the dockworkers' union overwhelmingly recommended that rank-and-file members vote to approve the deal.

Difficult contract negotiations nearly closed 29 seaports from San Diego to Seattle, causing major delays in the delivery of billions of dollars of imports and exports.



Hundreds of fishermen rescued amid Indonesian slavery probe

BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) -- Hundreds of fishermen raced to be rescued Friday from the isolated Indonesian island where an Associated Press investigation found that many were enslaved to catch seafood that could end up in the United States and elsewhere.



NZ, Fiji make quarterfinals at Hong Kong 7s day 2

Samoa goes up against U.S.

HONG KONG (AP) — New Zealand and Fiji struggled to stamp their authority before booking their berths in the quarterfinals at the Hong Kong Sevens on Saturday.

New Zealand led 24-12 at the break but came within inches of losing to Portugal with scrumhalf Nuno Guedes failing to convert his own scrambling try which had tied the scores at 24-24 in the final stages of the pool match. The final kick of the match was just wide of the uprights.



AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

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BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) -- The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.

Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States.



US agency: Keep threatened status for green sea turtles

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's green sea turtles should continue to be classified as threatened because its population is small and nearly all of them nest at the same low-lying atoll, federal wildlife agencies said Friday.

The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs petitioned the government in 2012 to study whether Hawaii's green sea turtles might have recovered to the point where they no longer need Endangered Species Act protections.



UN: 24 dead in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The United Nations reported Monday that 24 people are confirmed dead and 3,300 have been displaced by Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu.

Radio and telephone communications with outer islands have not yet been established two days after what the country's president called a "monster" storm, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.



Feds move to stop fishing crimes by tracking imports

BOSTON (AP) — In an effort to eradicate illegal fishing and seafood fraud, the Obama Administration is launching a fish tracking system that would eventually tell consumers where their fish was caught, processed and stored.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews announced the initiative at the Seafood Expo conference in Boston on Sunday, describing an action plan to stamp out imports of illegally caught fish.



Attention falls on Marcus Mariota at Oregon's pro day

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota highlighted Oregon's pro day Thursday, looking to show he has the skillset to succeed in the NFL.

Five NFL general managers, as well as Tennessee coach Ken Whisenhunt, watched the workout at the Ducks' indoor practice facility. It was not open to the public.

Mariota, along with 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, also participated in the NFL Combine last month. Both quarterbacks are considered top picks when the draft starts on April 30. Tampa Bay has the top pick, followed by the Titans.



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