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American to pay $45M to settle airfare collusion lawsuit

The Free Press WV

American Airlines has agreed to pay $45 million to settle a lawsuit that says it and other major U.S. airlines colluded to drive up the price of airfares.

In settling the case, American denied any wrongdoing. The company, in a statement, said fighting the case in court would be costly.

Earlier this year, Southwest Airlines also reached a settlement in the case, agreeing to pay $15 million. Southwest also denied any wrongdoing.

The lawsuit alleges that major U.S. airlines colluded to limit capacity in order to increase ticket prices.

Frog season starts

The Free Press WV

The 2018 West Virginia Fishing Regulations pamphlet published by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources includes a misprint for the start of frog season.

The correct starting date for West Virginia’s frog season is Saturday, June 16, not June 17.

“Noodling,” or hand-fishing season opens June 15

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A law passed during the 2018 legislative session will soon allow West Virginia anglers to hand-fish, or “noodle,” in public waters. The annual season will run from June 15 to August 31.

Hand-fishing is permitted between sunrise and sunset.

However, it is prohibited in all state-managed impoundments except Stonecoal Lake, Hawks Nest Lake, Mount Storm Lake, Cheat Lake and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes.

The daily creel limit for all catfish species taken by hand-fishing is four. Only one fish may be over 35 inches, and only two may be blue catfish.

In waters with special regulations, the more restrictive regulations apply.

The daily creel limit for hand-fishing counts as part of any daily limit for hook-and-line fishing.

“Noodlers” may only hand-fish in naturally-occurring habitats such as hollow logs and cavities in river banks.

The placement or use of artificial cavities and nesting boxes for hand-fishing is prohibited.

The use or possession of hooks, gaffs, spears or anything other than hands while hand-fishing is prohibited, as is the use of bait or fish attractors.

The use of SCUBA gear or any other artificial breathing apparatus also is prohibited.

Two Volcanos, Two Very Different Outcomes

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The eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano and Guatemala’s Fuego volcano are both devastating but in very different ways, reports the New York Times. The Kilauea eruption has been a slow-motion disaster, steadily destroying homes for a month but presenting little threat to people, while the Fuego eruption has been faster and fiercer, killing more than 100 thus far. Scientists say the volcanos have different underlying geology and magma viscosity. “The magma at Kilauea is quite runny, which means the gasses can easily escape,“ a volcanologist tells National Geographic. “At Fuego, the magma is stickier and more viscous.“ Fuego is belching what’s called a “pyroclastic flow,“ a fast-moving noxious cocktail of rock and gas with temperatures topping 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, per CNN.

By contrast, Kilauea’s lava flow is moving so slowly that people can easily walk away from it. “Lava flows rarely kill people,“ one volcano expert tells the Times, but “you will not survive a pyroclastic flow.“ The volcanos’ proximity to population centers has also made a difference: Kilauea is located in a national park, while Fuego is near densely populated areas that were quickly overtaken by ash and gas moving at more than 400 mph. Both regions will be uninhabitable for years, but according to one analyst, Fuego poses the additional challenge of volcanic mudflows that occur “when the loose debris mixes with rain/river waters.“

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