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Mr. Dreenen, 28, said his response was impulsive and “was completely wrong and unacceptable,” and that he didn’t actually turn anyone away from the store, which opened last year.

He said he removed the sign after about 10 minutes, realizing it was wrong.

Ryan Culbertson-Faegre, captain of the Springfield chapter of the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which helped organize the convention, said the sign violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination based on race, religion and national origin.


Feds confiscate fishermen’s 881-lb. tuna

NEW BEDFORD — It’s the big one that got taken away.

Massachusetts fishing boat owner Carlos Rafael was elated recently when one of his trawlers snared an 881-pound tuna.

The Standard-Times of New Bedford reported that the tuna was likely inadvertently snagged as Mr. Rafael’s crew set a net to catch bottom-dwellers. Federal fishery-enforcement agents seized the fish when the crew returned to port Nov. 12.

Mr. Rafael had tuna permits, but was told catching tuna with a net is illegal. They must instead be caught with rod and reel.

A fish that big is hugely valuable — a 754-pound tuna recently sold for nearly $396,000.

Mr. Rafael’s fish will be sold overseas. He will likely get a warning and no share of the proceeds if regulators find a violation.

He said he might give up his tuna permits, saying they’re apparently worthless.


Bomb suspect’s attorney questions informant’s record

NEW YORK — A new attorney for a New York City man charged with crafting homemade bombs in a terrorism plot against police stations and post offices says a confidential informant in the case also has legal trouble. A person familiar with the matter says it’s a minor marijuana charge.

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