Tuna Crabs Invade San Diego Beaches by the Thousands

Thousands of tuna crabs washed up on a California beach.

“The crabs start to die because the local waters are much cooler,” Shane told ABC News today. “Local animals have begun to eat the crabs and they have been found in the gut contents of sea lions, fish, and birds.”

Thousands of tuna crabs washed up on a California beach.

Thousands of tuna crabs have invaded the beaches of San Diego Bay.

The result is certain death and nothing can be done to save the crabs.

They’ve washed ashore periodically over the years because of any number of natural effects, but research scientist Michael Shane of the Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute in San Diego cited El Nino as the phenomenon that might have pushed the crabs up from their normal habitat far offshore.

The thumb-sized crustaceans started washing ashore further up the California coast earlier this year, but turned up this week in San Diego in unusually larger numbers, officials said.

The remaining carcasses will remain on the shore until they decompose or are swept back into the water.

Thousands of tuna crabs washed up on a California beach.

Online Gambling Rolls the Dice in New Jersey Today

“The thinking is that new revenue streams that could come about through more attractive play by casinos and the internet could generate that much more revenue,” for the casinos and New Jersey.. Chris Christie in February as a possible boon to Atlantic City, which has seen declining revenue in recent years as neighboring states legalized casinos.

“The focus has been on the rebirth of Atlantic City,” Rebuck said. “It is not a government website and look, capitalism is a wonderful thing and it worked. Now, they legally operate in New Jersey and are tied to one of six brick-and-mortar casinos, forming online-offline partnerships that many hope will be a boon to the ailing casino industry in the state.

“There’s a lot of stiff competition and brands out there competing for the same players, so we’re going to give compelling reasons to come back,” Carter said.

The law allowing online gambling was signed by New Jersey Gov.

“Today is the first full day of live internet gaming that’s open to the entire state, and we’ve started to see significant traffic increases,” said Rebuck.

“This is an area that is private sector run,” Rebuck said, making a veiled comparison to the rocky rollout of the Obamacare website last month. The rollout of 13 websites that allow users to gamble online was pretty seamless, according to operators and the state.

The websites “soft-launched” last week and began testing their software, including geolocation technology that prevents residents from other states from accessing the websites.

Betfair and other website operators contacted by ABC News declined to provide numbers of how many users signed up today. in the past. It is the private sector competing against one another, so there’s innovation and challenges to be best platform to attract customers to be successful commercially.”

Now, users can log on from anywhere within the borders of New Jersey and wager money on games like online poker, blackjack, and slot machines.

“There have been challenges around geolocation for all operators, but we had our guys on the ground in Jersey City and they’ve been to 150 locations to see whether they could or couldn’t get on, and the results are great, above what we expected them to deliver,” said Ben Carter, digital director of the online site BetFairCasino.com, which is partnered with Trump Plaza Casino. The Division of Gaming Enforcement also said it did not have numbers available to release.

Online gambling officially launched in the state today, making it the third state, and the most dense, to have casinos and online gambling operations legally operating in the United States. The company is based in the United Kingdom and runs online gaming sites around the world.

The websites are all run by online gaming companies that have operated sites inside and outside the U.S. Many of the companies reported initial issues with the geolocation but said it was working better this week.

New Jersey residents can now bet the house from the comfort of their own house.

David Rebuck, director of New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, oversaw the development of the online system and said today that it rolled out so well because it was a privatized system in which companies compete against one another to have the best operational sites.

Rebuck said the DGE had developed exacting minimum standards for the websites, including those that prevent underage individuals from gambling, identity fraud measures, and geolocation rules

CNN – Rolling dice on the Web

Hundreds of Web sites, mostly located outside the United States, currently lure surfers to virtual slot machines, craps and other Las Vegas-style games. “I chased that big win every day of my life, figuring that I can do (it) again.”

While compulsive gambling is a legitimate medical diagnosis, treatment is not covered by insurance.

”I was running around at that time of my life, wishing and praying I had enough guts to kill myself,” Wexler told CNN.

While most are not addicted to day trading, it’s feared that more of those who are will come forward when the market falls.

When that happens, warns Taulli, brokers may be blamed for putting day traders in financial danger.

But that hope is a myth, according to Wexler, who says occasional big wins only made things worse. Still, he says, the downside is always on his mind. ”I thought that if I killed myself and left my wife (and two children) with $5,000 of insurance money … Some have even called agencies that specialize in gambling dependency.

”The Internet and the availability of an instant trade, without the use of even going through a broker … Such a policy is unlikely to change, compulsion experts say, until society accepts compulsive gambling as a real disease.

Correspondents Don Knapp, Mark Marino and Steve Salvatore contributed to this report.

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. has really made problem gambling show its face,” says Thomas Tucker of the California Council on Problem Gambling.

Online brokers have become the stock market’s answer to the ATM, and business is brisk.

”While they’re not saying, ‘Come over here, you’ll make a lot of money (by) short-term trading,’ ultimately it’s set up to do that,” says industry analyst Tom Taulli.

How many day traders are actually addicts is a matter of debate, but distinguishing the rational from the renegade investor is easier, says Terry.

”If someone has 95-percent of their portfolio in their day trading account and they’re trading all 95-percent every day, I’d say that’s dangerous, very dangerous,” he told CNN.

By year’s end, the Internet is forecast to be the favorite playground for 10 million individual investors in the United States. A recovering compulsive gambler for 31 years, he now runs a hotline for gambling addicts.

”This is a well-recognized and established form of entertainment that people enjoy,” says Alex Igelman of the Web casino GalaxiWorld.com. David Yamins, a clinical psychiatrist. His own dependency, says Wexler, nearly destroyed him. it was the only way out of this mess.”

Pushed-to-the-edge experiences such as that are proof that compulsive gambling is a real illness, say medical experts in the field.

”The addiction to gambling is different in that it’s purely a behavior,” says Dr. EDT (1807 GMT)

(CNN) — Fred Marino knows from personal experience what can happen to Internet gamblers if they can’t control themselves. and they injure themselves with it,” he said.

For Charles Schwab, the top online investing firm, the best protection from such a scenario is “to educate our investors,” says the company’s Martha Deevy.

Or, as Terry puts it: “Learn your limits to stay within your comfort zone.”

’The only way out of this mess’

That’s easy to say, but for Arnie Wexler it was hard to do.

”The risks are huge,” Terry told CNN, “so I think that’s what keeps me on the fence in terms of wanting to get too involved with it and risk too much.”

Risking too much is exactly what many Internet stock traders already have done. ”With a click of a mouse, you can lose your house,” says the Californian. “They are intimately involved.”

A federal commission that spent two years studying America’s gambling habit urged Congress in a report issued on Friday to make all Internet gambling illegal.

Some compulsive gambling counselors regret the report does not address a related problem: mounting losses suffered by untrained people who use the Web to trade stocks.

Too many of these amateur “day traders” are losing tens of thousands of dollars in their family savings with a single bad wager, experts say.

”Day trading is the addiction of the new millennium,” said Ed Looney, a recovering gambling addict and executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey Inc.

’The risks are huge’

Michael Terry knows that, but quit his job anyway to concentrate on day trading.

That’s because society views gambling as a behavioral problem — something people should be able to control.

On some, a disclaimer in small type reads, “This site does not allow for gambling for money by persons within the United States.”

Day trading addiction

Gambling online and on credit, Marino’s casino clicking cost him the equity in two houses and ruined his marriage as he ran up more than $80,000 in gambling debts.

Now, he’s suing the credit card companies that let him do it. US
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Web posted at: 2:07 p.m. ”(They are) extending credit to perform that illegal act,” says Marino’s attorney, Ira Rothken. ”It’s not an addiction to a chemical or substance, but it involves a similar process, in that it’s a compulsive behavior that the person has no control over.”

Not covered by insurance

The thrill, Yamins told CNN, is the expectation that a big payoff will solve all the gambler’s problems. residents under a federal law that bans wagering through telephone technology, a 38-year-old law written long before the Internet boom.

As Congress considers plugging that loophole by amending the law to cover newer technological transmissions, some gambling Web sites are playing it safe. And he did.

Online gambling is a lucrative multimillion-dollar industry worldwide that’s expected to grow to $10 billion in three years, according to Datamonitor PLC, a market researcher in London. “You could be held liable if you, in a sense, put the gun in their hand … “Why not let them enjoy it through a new telecommunications medium, which is the Internet?”

Such forms of gambling may — or may not — be legal for U.S