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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.



Vanuatu struggles to determine damage

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Officials struggled Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.

Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu early Saturday, packing winds of 270 kilometers (168 miles) per hour, and leaving a trail of destruction and unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths.



In US territories, gay marriage hasn't arrived

While more than 70 percent of U.S. states now allow same-sex marriage, the waves of change have yet to reach America's far-flung and socially conservative territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.

Of the five territories, only Puerto Rico has faced a lawsuit seeking the right for gay and lesbian couples to wed, and a federal judge there - bucking the trend in federal courts on the mainland - rejected the suit. That case is under appeal before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.



Vanuatu residents remain in shelters after Pam

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Aid workers say eight people are confirmed dead in Vanuatu after a massive cyclone tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago and the death toll is expected to rise much higher.

Chloe Morrison, a World Vision emergency communications officer in Port Vila, said Sunday that officials from Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office confirmed to her agency that eight people in and around the capital had died during the cyclone.



Hawaii County police warn of bogus raffle ticket sales

HONOLULU (AP) - Police on the Big Island are warning the public about a man selling bogus raffle tickets.

Police said Thursday a man has been confronting shoppers in parking lots in the Puna district and asking for a $5 donation for a raffle ticket.

The tickets are described as pink, unnumbered and printed with the name of a seed shop.

The man is claiming the tickets are from a seed shop in Hilo, but police say the seed shop isn't offering raffle tickets.



Google's safe browsing system targets 'unwanted software'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.

The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" - a term that Google uses to describe secretly installed programs that can change a browser's settings without a user's permission. Those revisions can unleash a siege of aggravating ads or redirect a browser's users to search engines or other sites that they didn't intend to visit.



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