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BOSTON (AP) - Two men have been indicted for illegally harvesting and selling juvenile eels from New Jersey and Massachusetts waters. Federal prosecutors say Joseph Kelley and James Lewis were indicted in Newark, New Jersey Thursday with conspiracy to smuggle the valuable eels, which are also known as "elvers" or "glass eels." The two men were charged as a result of an interagency sting known as "Operation Broken Glass."

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill aimed at cracking down on illegal hunting. The legislation would increase fines and other penalties for violating the state's hunting and fishing laws. It also directs the state to do a better job of marking the boundaries of wildlife sanctuaries so hunters won't mistakenly enter them.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A construction worker has been killed in an accident at a home renovation project. The Gloucester Daily Times reports the 27-year-old man died Thursday morning while operating a mini-excavator. Investigators say they don't suspect foul play.

BOSTON (AP) - A German beer hall that's one of Boston's oldest restaurants is up for sale. The Boston Globe reports the historic Jacob Wirth Co. restaurant is being sold by its longtime owner for an asking price of just over $1 million. The downtown restaurant was founded by a German immigrant in 1868. Current owner William Kevin Fitzgerald says personal financial struggles are prompting him to sell the business.

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