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MINNESOTA

Third sextuplet dies at hospital

MINNEAPOLIS — Half of the sextuplets born prematurely to a Minnesota couple have died, while the others remained in critical condition, hospital officials said Saturday.

A third boy, Lincoln Sean Morrison, died Friday. Two of his brothers, Tryg and Bennet, died earlier in the week.

The four boys and two girls were born last Sunday about 4½ months early at a Minneapolis hospital. Doctors had advised the couple to selectively reduce the number of viable fetuses to two, but they declined.

Parents Ryan and Brianna Morrison released a statement saying it’s been “a difficult week” for them and thanking everyone for their prayers and support.

“We continue to trust in the Lord and are hopeful for a good outcome for Cadence, Lucia and Sylas,” the statement said.

Hospital officials said no further information would be released.

NEW YORK

Shark hunt attracts commerce, protesters

MONTAUK — In this Long Island fishing hamlet, hundreds of adults drank beer and children marveled at the bloodied sharks caught in a fishing contest, including a heart from a gutted 180-pound thresher shark that several children poked with awe.

A banner that flew overhead read “Enter the Cruel Shark Tournament Now.” It belonged to a smaller group protesting what they said was the killing on Friday and Saturday of a species that was already declining in number.

The small group of protesters, backed for the first time by a large U.S. animal-protection group, want to stop the shark-hunting tournament, one of the largest in the United States where the winner can take home more than $400,000 in prize money and from bets placed among fishermen.

Organizers refused to shut down the tournament, and Sam Gershowitz, the owner of the Star Island Yacht Club, which hosts the event, now in its 21st year, said it did not contribute to declining shark populations and instead educated the public.

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